Monday, 24 July 2017

Alternate endings #3 ~ Bharatham

Bharatham

There are many Malayalam movies which are close to our hearts. However, we wish if only the ending could have been different. ‘Alternate endings’ is an effort to imagine just that – what if those movies had different endings. 


Gopi (Mohanlal) becomes a world renowned singer. Devi (Urvashi) is by his side as a strong pillar of support. At every performance, he remembered his brother. He ensured that his nephew, Appu got the best in class training in music. He took Appu along for all the concerts too. At one of the international concerts, after singing a few Keerthanams, he said that his voice is strained. He asked Appu to sing. He was hesitant. Gopi insisted that he sings and sing he did. The audience appreciated with a thunderous applause. The musicians asked him, “Is the history repeating itself?” He just smiled. On the way back to the hotel, Devi asked “Even after singing continuously for three nights, your voice has never strained. It did not strain today also, did it?” . He smiled and replied “ After all these years, I will find peace in tonight’s sleep”.

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Alternate endings #2 ~ Manichitrathazhu

      Manichitrathazhu


There are many Malayalam movies which are close to our hearts. However, we wish if only the ending could have been different. ‘Alternate endings’ is an effort to imagine just that – what if those movies had different endings. 


Nakulan and Ganga moved back to Calcutta. They were happily settled with 2 kids – Naga and Gulan. Sunny used to visit them often. One day, to his surprise, Sreedevi was also there at Nakulan’s house. He was in touch with Sreedevi through letters and phone calls. He asked “You never said you are coming?”  “I wanted to surprise you”, said she. “I hear that doctors who treat psychiatric patients themselves fall ill by the end of their careers. Is that true?, she asked.  He said “Yes. At times, that happens. We deal with someone else’s mind for so long that we lose our own. But why are you bothered?”. She said “I was just thinking, it will be difficult to look after a mad psychiatrist in old age”.

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Alternate endings # 1 ~ Vandanam

Vandanam

There are many Malayalam movies which are close to our hearts. However, we wish if only the ending could have been different. ‘Alternate endings’ is an effort to imagine just that – what if those movies had different endings.


 Unnikrishnan (Mohanlal) and Gaadha (Girija Shettar) separated different ways at the traffic signal. They continued living their lives. She was fed up of the advertising job and put her heart and soul in to studying and prepared for a bank exam. Her first posting was in a Bank of Baroda branch in Hyderabad. One day, she got a loan application. She was going through it and came, the applicant. He was applying for his home loan. Upon seeing him after so long, she was overjoyed. She could see the happiness in his eyes too.  “On whose name will the house be? Yours or in the name of someone close to you or someone you trust?”, she asked expectantly. “I am registering the house in my name itself till I find someone I can trust”, he told her.  She let out a sigh unknowingly. Both of them laughed their hearts out. 

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

My son has become a Dulquer!

My son has become a Dulquer!

It was a family function and I happened to overhear an uncle saying this” My son has become a Dulquer”. Intrigued, I went ahead and asked him as to why he says so.


Uncle went on to explain “All the time, my son roams around on a bike. From time to time, he tells his mother that he wants “space” and “freedom”. Our house is quite big. I don’t know why he says that. And freedom from what? The British? Then he says that it is his life, his decisions, his individuality and his destiny. I agree to all of that. But does he know anything about his destiny? Where he is headed? Also, he says he wants to do things differently. That is what all youngsters are saying these days. If all of them start doing things differently, won’t all of them again become similar? Isn’t these things that Dulquer Salman says in his movies? That’s why I say my son has become a Dulquer”

Listening to that uncle, I couldn’t stop laughing. The way he told all of this much more hilarious in person. Imagine the above dialogues in the voice over of Innocent or Lalu alex. You get the drift? That’s how funny it was.

p.s. Dulquer is one of the most successful stars in the Malayalam film industry now. He is doing very well for himself inspite of being his father’s son, not because of it. So I don’t agree with the uncle here. But that dialogue, “My son has become a Dulquer”is quite insightful and humorous all at once!