Sunday, May 28, 2017

निवडक चि. व चि. सौ. कां.



Radically opposite व्यक्ती एकमेकांच्या प्रेमात पडतात, आणि मग काही काळानंतर त्यांना साक्षात्कार होतो, की radically त्रासदायक असे सगळे दुर्गुण आलेत आपल्याच पार्टनरच्या देहाच्या शामियान्यात वस्तीला! हे तसं म्हटलं तर बहुतवेळा सिनेसृष्टीने आजमावलेलं कथानक असलं, तरी लेखक-निर्देशक जोडीने चि. व चि. सौ. कां. च्या निमित्ताने आपलं वेगळेपण आणि नावीन्य सार्थ केलं आहे.

या सिनेमात मला एक महत्वाचा संदेश दिसला, तो म्हणजे equal empowerment चा. मुलगा, मुलगी दोघंही चांगल्या वृत्तीचे, सजग, सुशिक्षित सादर केले आहेत. एरवीच्या दोन बायका असणाऱ्या नवऱ्यालाही सुधारण्याच्या मागे असलेल्या बिचाऱ्या मुलीगत ती रडकी स्त्री भूमिकाही नाही, आणि एकुलता मुलगा म्हणून लाडावलेला pseudodude असा तो नायकही नाही. उलट, उच्चशिक्षण आणि नोकरीतून independence आणि work satisfaction मिळवणारे आपापल्या ठिकाणी strong असे characters उभे करून शिवाय social मीडियाचा जागरूक वापर वगैरे गोष्टी अधोरेखीत केल्या आहेत, म्हणजे सध्याच्या 'आमच्या वेळी हे असं नव्हतं' trend ला थोडा positive हादरा दिलेला आहे.

Social मीडिया च्या वापरावरून आठवलं, ह्या movieचं, पात्रांचं आणि त्यांच्या मार्केटिंग टीमचं फेसबुक, instagram, twitter सारख्या upcoming माध्यमांतून छान advertising झालेलं होतं! आपापल्या कितीतरीM followers कडून फ्री publicity मिळणं ही त्यांच्या talent ला एक प्रकारे दादच आहे. सोबत चला हवा येऊ द्या सारख्या platform वर मराठी फिल्मची गाडी येत असल्यामुळे घरोघरी प्रेक्षकांची नीरक्षीरविवेक करण्याची सोय झालेली आहे.

विशेष करून मला आज्जीचं पात्र आवडलं. या वयात आपल्यावरच्या मुलांवर संस्कार करण्याच्या जबाबदारीला पार पाडून आपण मुक्त झालेलो असतो, खासकरून त्यांच्या मुलांना घडवण्याची, योग्य ते संस्कार बिंबवण्याची ससेहोलपट पाहताना enjoy करत असतो. बहुतांश वेळा, आपल्या मुलांना अमुक करू नकोस, तमुक घालू नकोस हे म्हटलेलं असतं, पण त्यांच्या पुढच्या पिढीच्यांनी ते घालणं करणं याला खरोखर मनापासून सहमती देत असतो! माझी आज्जी म्हणायची ना, "तुम्ही ते shorts घालता ना, छान वाटतं!" ते काही आता लहान नाहीत, पण म्हातारे आहेत ना, ह्या मधल्या पिढीच्या काळजीवाहू line मधून वेगळ्या generations मधली gap छान टिपली आहे.

आपली पिढी ना, result ओरिएंटेड नाहीये, experiment oriented आहे. Trial and error बद्दल आपण औत्सुक्याने विचार करतो, हो तर हो नाही तर नाही असा attitude ठेवून. याऊलट, आपल्या आईवडिलांची generation परिणाम काय होईल ह्याच्या चिंतेत जास्त असते. त्यांच्या आधीची पिढी आपण guidance देऊ गेलो, की तो interference वाटणार हे अनुभवून शांत असते, neutral असते, आपलं personal मत तेवढं मांडते आणि विमुक्त राहते. थोडं प्रत्येक पिढीचं बरोबर असतं, पण climax आधीचा twist येईस्तोवर ते आपण समजून घेत नाही.

महत्वाचं म्हणजे प्रेक्षक म्हणून टिपायला या सिनेमात चांगल्या गोष्टी फार आहेत. कथानक जरी अतिरंजित आगळ्यावेगळ्या गुणवैशिष्ट्यांवर वर based असलं तरी मला छोट्या छोट्या गोष्टींमधून पात्रांचा दिसणारा support खूप आवडला, म्हणजे oncall स्त्री डॉक्टरला रात्री  सोडायला जाणं, धांदरटपणामुळे फुटणाऱ्या गोष्टींना सांभाळून घेणं, AC चं scheduling, एखादवेळेस आपल्या पार्टनरची वकिली करणं these little things matter boss!

परत सिनेमाबद्दल थोडंसं सांगायचं झालं तर, अभिनय सर्वांचेच उत्तम झाले आहेत. भारत गणेशपुरे यांचा ब्रह्मदेव सगळ्या pieces ची सांगड घालून छान entertain करतो. भावंडांचे संवाद, आई वडील कम सासू सासरे एकच नंबर comedy! आमटे दाम्पत्याचा छोटासा संवादसुद्धा सुखद आणि apt वाटतो. सापाचा VFX तेवढा unnecessary वाटला, बाकी प्राण्यांचा वापर उत्कृष्ट केला आहे! खरंतर कॉमेडी चित्रपटात सिरीयस स्टोरी पेक्षा कॅमेऱ्याचा वापर, फोकसिंग, वळण सगळं जास्त शिताफीनं सांभाळावं लागतं, तसं इथे चांगलं सांभाळलं आहे. Normalcy maintain होईल असं styling, मजेदार music आणि गाणी गम्मत वाढवतात. Picture सुरुवात ते शेवट, कॉमेडी-tragedy-message कुठेच पकड सोडत नाही, आणि प्रेक्षक हसतमुखाने पैसावसुल बाहेर पडतो!



Friday, May 5, 2017

Ego

There are voices in my head. They kept me awake all night long.
They all tried to protect me. Made me aware of my vulnerabilities. Made me feel alone and mistreated.
They made it sound like it's us against the world, all the voices on my side.
And I was right.
They ran through my veins and pumped the memories out. Memories of being at peace. Indignant I felt.
They showed me clips from the past, threatened about how the future will look like with a shadow that succeeded the now.
I cursed my creativity. I ain't no artist. Bloody unstoppable thoughts. I felt tired.
I told myself to fall asleep. Sleep shook her head.
I stayed in denial for a while and accepted at the end of a reel projecting a generic persistent series of events.
Accepted that this is it.
The voices reassured that I was honest. The voices assured that the rest are mistaken.
I felt uncertain but I also felt confident.
Because in the past, I tried till the end.
For approvals, for compassion, for equality, to make it work. And met with judgemental assumptions in the voices from others' heads, faint screaming voices. I gave my 100%. Sometimes nothing is enough. Sometimes, the voices tell me that nothing is worthy of being so exhausted.
Because in the past, I quit. People, friends, challenges, consequences. And survived. I knew that I am happier.
Quitting wasn't a negative word when the world turned happy.
Then, the world had agreed that I was right.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

डॉ. प्रकाश आमटे: The Real Hero - एक प्रेक्षणीय चरित्रपट


शाळेत असताना मराठीच्या धड्यातून आणि Readers Digest मुलाखातीतून मी बाबा आमटेंबद्दल आणि आनंदवनाबद्दल वाचलं होतं. दुर्दैवाने त्यांची भेट घेण्यास जायची क्षमता माझ्यात येण्याअगोदरच बाबांच्या निर्वाणाची बातमी आली. यानंतर या थोर व्यक्तिमात्वाशी भेटण्याच्या संधीला आपण मुकलो, ही एवढ्या वर्षांपूर्वीची जाणीव आनंदवन आणि लोकबिरादारी बद्दल प्रकाशित झालेल्या प्रत्येक पुस्तकाने खोडून काढली. समृद्धी पोरे यांच्या 'डॉ. प्रकाश आमटे: द रीयल हीरो' मध्ये तर प्रत्यक्ष बाबाच आपल्या भेटीला येतात, केवळ बाबांची व्यक्तिरेखा साकारणाऱ्या मोहन आगाशेंच्या रूपातूनच नव्हे, तर प्रकाश आमटे, मंदाकिनी आमटे आणि हेमालकशात घडणाऱ्या प्रत्येक सत्कार्मातून!
चित्रपटाच्या सुरुवातीच्या काही क्षणातच आपल्याला वाघाच्या तेजस्वी सौंदर्याची प्रचिती येते, ती प्रकाश आमटेंचा एंट्री scene पाहून! पडद्यावरील आमटे बघताना 'कैसे वागणे, कैसे बोलणे, सलगी देणे कैसे असे| सकळ सुखाचा केला त्याग, करूनी साथीचे जो याग। राजसाधनाची लगबग कैशी केलि।।' हे शिवारायांबद्दलचे बोल आजही प्रशासनातून नाही, पण लोककल्याणातून महाराष्ट्र जागवून आहे असे वाटते. कधी वाचनातून, कधी मुलाखतीतून ऐकलेले अनेक प्रसंग कुठलीही घाई न करता प्रसंगाला न्याय्य वेळ योजून चितारलेले पहायला मिळतात आणि प्रेक्षक खुश होतो. काही प्रसंगी त्याग आणि dedication यांचं मूर्तिमंत उदाहरण असलेल्यांची कसोटी का लागते, एवढ्या चांगल्या लोकांच्या वाटेला एवढ्या अडचणी येणं का नशिबात असतं हे जाणवत राहतं. त्यांच्या सुखदु:खात समरस होउन आपल्याला आपण प्रसंगानुरूप हसताना रडताना सापडतो.
अतिरंजीत थट्टा या चित्रपटात अजीबात नाही. छोट्या छोट्या गोष्टितल्या गम्मतशीर प्रसंगांतून खडतर जीवन सुसह्य करण्याचं विनोदाचं सामर्थ्य व गोष्टी lightly घेणाऱ्याचं धैर्य आणि परिपक्वता पाहताना प्रेक्षक नकळत बरंचसं शिकून जातो. Romance मधील माधुर्य, डोळसपणा, आणि सहजता पाहून 'मैं तुम्हारे लिए कुछ भी करूंगा' म्हणणाऱ्या दिखावेछाप movies पेक्षा काहीही शब्दबम्बाळ न बोलता व्यक्त होणारा एकमेकांप्रतीचा आदर, प्रेम आणि विश्वास काही औरच आहे, त्यात दोघान्नाच नाही तर इतरांनाही कायमस्वरूपी जोडून ठेवण्याची शक्ती आहे, हे चित्रित करणारे सुरेख प्रसंग सिनेमात आहेत. प्राण्यान्शी माणसाला प्रेमाने ओळख करवून देणं आणि माणसातल्या प्राण्याला समूळ बदलणं ही समाजाची मोठी गरज आहे, त्यासाठी आमटयांनी सुरु केलेल्या ark ची ही चौथी पीढ़ी असून बिनधास्त बिबट्या सोबत खेळणाऱ्या चिमुक्ल्यान्मधेही आपण त्यांना बघतो. ह्या काही आखीव रेखीवपणे टिपलेल्या moments ना सुंदर साजेशा प्रासंगीक वाक्यांच्या कोन्दणात बसवून अधिकच उठावदार बनवलं गेलंय!
तांत्रिकदृष्ट्या सांगायचं झालं, तर नाना पाटेकर स्वत:च्या अनुभवातला प्रकाश साकारण्यात एकमेवाद्वितीय ठरले आहेत. Glamorous Bollywood पासून सामाजिक आणि art cinema मधील आपल्या अनुभवाची कुठलीही छाप न पाडता अगदी साधेपणाने पण तितक्याच ताकदीने सोनाली कुलकर्णी यांनीही मंदाकिनी प्रेक्षकान्पर्यंत पोहोचवली आहे. खरोखर हेमलकशातील सज्जनच नव्हे, तर सिनेमातील villains सुद्धा आपापल्या व्यक्तिरेखेत कसून रुळलेले दिसतात. अभिनयात दिग्गजान्पासून ते अक्षरश: एक्स्ट्रास पर्यंत प्रत्येकाने दाद देण्यालायक भूमिका बजावल्या आहेत. निर्मिती, पटकथा, संवाद, दिग्दर्शन अशी चौफेर जबाबदारी पेलणं, तेही आमटे परिवारासारख्या नावाजलेल्या समाजसेवाकांची, हे अत्यंत आव्हानात्मक असणारच, पण समृद्धी पोरे व team यांनी ही कामगिरी चोख बजावली आहे. Location, camera, sound आणि वेशभूषा चित्रपटास पूरक आणि आल्हाददायक आहे.
या चित्रपटाची स्तुतीपर समीक्षा सर्व माध्यमातून नक्कीच वाचावयास मिळेल, यात शंका नाही. पेच फक्त एवढाच की, एका तेजस्वी सवित्याच्या प्रकाशवाटांना stars देण्यास आभाळ अपूरे पडणार आहे! As a commoner, मी या चित्रपटातून एक प्रेरणा घेणे आहे, की निव्वळ स्तुतिसुमानांच्या उधळणीपुरते नव्हे, तर शक्य त्या परीने कृतीतून स्तुती करण्याचा प्रयत्न मी करेन. 'त्याहूनी करावे विशेष, तरीच म्हणवावे पुरुष। याउपर्याताविशेष काय ल्याहावे।।'




Thursday, January 30, 2014

बर्‍याच दिवसांनी म्हटलं लिहू :)

सरावाच्या मूक भावना
साठवल्या किती मनी,
प्रश्न निरूत्तर बरा,
मना नकाराची भीती.

जमलेल्या मंडळींच्या
मुक्तछंद गुजगोष्टी
कान एकाग्र ऐकण्या
तुझ्या शब्दांच्या चाहूली

धडधडीची चाल
तुझ्या हाकेला निराळी
तुला हाक मारू जाता
मनोमन गुदगुली

सांजवेळी माझ्यापुढे
आठवणीची साउली,
खिडकीतुनी खुणावे
वाट तुझी तिन्ही काळी

कोण्या कारणा, का वाटे
मला तुझी रे काळजी
काय हक्काने पुसावी
अशी तुझी मी खुशाली

तू सुखाचा कबीर,
मी शब्दांची गरीब,
तुझ्या होकारास का रे
माझे पारखे नशीब.

की तू अजुन अबोल
जरी हेच तुझ्या मनी,
स्वप्नं पुरी होण्यासाठी
वाट पाहे समदुख्खी.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly






Stuck for 10 days at home, I've learnt the following lessons:

1. My family loves me. Like, in a 'I'll never know if I'll be able to love my children/sibling this much' way. They've bloody catered to all my needs and wills during the days of my bed-rest so readily. Be it dad visiting in the hospital every time he took off from home for court/office, be it for bringing food, for closing the door innumerable times, shooing the pigeons away, for reminding me to eat, posting my saline-connected pictures on WhatsApp groups.. et cetera.

2. I've observed their complaints downsize as the 12 hours + rest time has induced timely sleeping pattern in me. May be a grown person staying at home doing nothing but watch her/his favourite sitcom is a pain to the eyes of any normal spectator, thus occasional advice like "Purrey ata laptop, doka kunacha dukhata..(Enough with the laptop, whose head starts hurting later..)" has to be selectively filtered by my head.

3. Never get filthy roommates. You'll have ill experiences, so sick, you'll suffer the consequences even after 10 months of moving out from the house. And this time, your pocket will cry as they're still not returning your deposit money!

4. I can dream even under sleeping pill's spell. Today I dreamed of an itchy black cat and advising the owner to get her medication to get rid of the intestinal parasites. Most of the times, my dreams don't make sense, but when they do they're irrelevant.

5. Suspicious activity has been observed on this blog. I'm getting a hundred + views everyday 90% from FireBird & FireFox browser, North and South Amurikka.

6. I will never be watching a horror movie again. But I'm going to complete The Shining e-book before TOEFL.

7. My ex-employer surprised me with crediting a 'Whoa!' amount in my account this Sept, as 'Salary for the month of September'. I gotta call the HR!

8. The only Ganpati I could visit this time was at Chaitu's place. But had super fun meeting all my girlfriends after so long.

                        

9. Teaching facebook to parents is a task I've classified as 'necessary evil'.

10. I have to write a complete article on the last trek to earn some money for the next one. Also, I have to plan a one-day trek for the ex-work friends on 5th October. Ending the post here.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

About Roopkund Day


A gist of the day 5+6 of Roopkund Trek covered in one day, on 24th May. I hope Soham will soon write about all the other days in his note about Roopkund:

 
Roopkund
1. May end can be a precarious time to visit the Himalayas, even if this is famous as THE season for Roopkund. On high altitudes, the weather is as unpredictable as the year end bonus of a PBTech employee.

  
Roopkund is right behind Mayuresh -_-
Indiahikes' original plan had to be tweaked to fit the two day journey from Pathar Nauchuni to Bhagwa Bhasa and Bhagwa Bhasa to Roopkund and back, in one day as the campsite at Bhagwa Bhasa was covered under snow. So, our day had to start at 3 am, with strict instructions to reach Kalu Vinayak (crossing the zig-zag climb) before 7:00. "Anyone who reaches Kalu Vinayak after that, will be advised to return back to Pathar Nauchuni", our leader Akhil said, "if you cannot make it upto 7 there, then you cannot make it to Roopkund by 11 and  you have to start descending when the snow there starts to melt due to sunlight with greater chances of slipping."
Having no intentions of venturing a fall, we started at 3:30 with our torches to show us the way in pitch dark night.

2. It is easier to cover steeper climbs at night, as you get stressed very less due to concentrating on the path below your feet more than the path remaining to be covered. It's good to take breaks as you have to manage a constant breathing pattern to avoid mountain sickness.
We were done with the regular intervals of 15 mins walk - 10 mins break as per instructed and reached Kalu Vinayak at 6:40 am, to meet clouds crossing the edge of the mountain, running past us as the wind carrying them clouds made us cringe with cold! The night had drifted while we were busy trekking and breathing. Adorned with a few visible stars above those clouds, the sky had turned a faint shade of blue-pink. Here, we had to quickly wear those crampons and move ahead to reach Bhagwa Bhasa. through the snow.

A thousand shades of sunlight
 
On the road towards Roopkund 
3. Bhagwa Bhasa was nearer than our expectation. There was snow everywhere! In fact, TTH's campsite was built on the snow and they had to melt the snow to get water the night before. As we stood in a line, we were all made aware that there is no turning back if you move henceforth. Somehow hardcore trekkers carry an aura of discipline with them, which reflected through Rahul and Akhil's every action and made us more observant of the sincere danger that lay ahead. [I have chosen to keep our slipping, falling, cursing, hating ice in all forms off this post.]


4. Infinite number of ever ending turns is the USP of Himalayan treks. The sun traverses his path quicker at such heights.
I must've asked "aur kitni dur?" a hundred times to our guides on the way towards Roopkund. Bright sunlight gets reflected from the snow wherever your eyes fall and you feel like walking in a crystalline field.. but it does NOT end. It starts becoming frustrating as you sense the monotone of walking through the snow, exerting energy to make each steady-stable step, taking time to breathe and constantly avoid thinking about an accidental slip. I hate wearing shades (or any kind of glasses for that matter) and we had to keep our eyes covered, to be protected against sunlight & whiteout.
The only reason why this 3-4 hour journey was bearable was that there were some people who were as tired as me behind us (:P), I had fantastic company who never got tired of my bakbak and that the view of the valley and the mountains we had to reach to be at Roopkund was getting nearer. 

Most patient guy I've EVER met

5. We met the TTH group at the second last snow-covered hill we had to climb to meet roopkund, and they were descending the hill sliding in uncontrolled directions and told us even this small climb will be tough. Finally, with a pace of one step - 2 minutes break at a time, I reached Roopkund where Mayuresh (who had reached an hour before me) was waiting. 
Roopkund has to be seen without the shades, but removing the shades, I felt blinded by the sunlight for a few seconds. All the struggle was washed by that very emotion of accomplishment which nobody has learned to limn completely. I closed my eyes and took a nap for 10 minutes, and that's a strange thing to do, trust me! Everyone was worried and asked, "what happened? are you all right?"
By the lake Roopkund, I sat down and slept

6. I do not remember eating at all during this day! we only carried some dry fruits and chikki or something like that with us for munching and throughout the journey we felt kinda repulsed at the thought of food. Indiahikes had provided us with roti-sabji and boiled aalu; but none of us had the taste for it. I was heartily disappointed when we didn't get any Roopkund maggi as promised by Pujari ji.. but again, in return of my "kyaa Pujari ji, aapne mere Maggi ke sapne tod diye!" nagging, he did make us awesome 'Hakka noodles' the next day!

Celebrating Roopkund!
7. I was the only one from our team who got to slide down the snow "Wooohoooo!" with a trained mountaineer ;)
We experienced the thrill of watching Jess fall approx 100-150 ft straight, sliding on the snow caught & stopped by the guide who dived right after her and locked her before the situation got worse.
As me and Mayuresh were at the end on our way back, Pujari ji took a shortcut after Kalu Vinayak with us and we saw that priced insect (some insect useful for Ayurvedik medicine, which gets sold @ 1 Lakh/kg, hence being the reson of people sitting on edges of these mountains al lthe afternoon!)

Photo courtesy: Garreth, Supriya, Gadgil and Aniket.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Date a girl who likes to go trekking (only once in a blue moon, like it's a picnic)


Date a girl who doesn't usually go trekking, 'cause she can wear her plums or flipflops there and dance around crying in the middle of a 2 ft narrow steep road on a mountain, over an ankle sprain. You'll wonder how thoughtful she was wearing exactly the wrong pair of footwear. Why? Bacause you louuu her!
Date a girl who doesn't really trek a lot. 'Cause she'll keep cribbing over how untidy her hair look, how stained her pink tracks got and how she hates the mud on her 'spensive' shoes.. She might be reluctant to hold your hand, calling it too dirty (as you had to hold the rocks for balance when she was about to trip over); but you'll know she loves you in spite of her 'why the heck did you bring me here?'s.. you know why...? Because you louuu her!
Date a girl who doesn't love trekking as much as you do. What a delight it is to hold another bag, carrying your own AND telling her where to put her foot on each step! You really really want to finish packing your bag early, for helping her out organize her own, don't you? There's only one reason.. Aww, you louuu her!
Date a girl that loves going on dinners and picnics more than trekking.. why? 'Cause you require exercising photography for the sake of her facebook display images.
Just imagine how you'll be looking at the mountain range spread in front of your eyes in awe, wondering what a humbling experience this is.. and she'll be looking at the same landscape thinking of how many 'like's her picture with this in the background will get.. isn't that how 'soul mates' think!
You've gotta be madly in louuu with this girl who makes faces at the maggi/pohe/chai you made in the cave for her, when you talk about the sleeping arrangement trying to convince her how even a mattress is comforting after the day's toil. She'll agree alright, don't worry, all you gotta do is shed a few tears and act helpless maybe.. hey, that's all a relationship is all about, anyway!
Date a girl who will give up midway and choose to stay in the caves in stead of following you ahead. She'll not sit next to you after a day entirely spent in trekking, with hardly any water supply remaining towards the end, through the places you've never before been to, to visit the setting sun from the topmost point of the mountain, to look in your eyes when you feel so content about the successfull trek. You need some space in louuu too.. but wait THAT'S A TEST! If you choose to go ahead, you're over. You need to sit in the cave beside her, and miss the sunset, bwoy! That's louuuu!
Date a girl who'll shrug her shoulders when you idly ask her 'Why are we here...? What are we doing walking the whole day..? Are we insane really?" 'Cause she won't return your smile knowing how happy you are to do all that, but agree thinking you mean it, as much as she does. You'll hit yourself for regretting being with her, you know why...? 'Cause it's mandatory to act stupid in louuu!