Friday, November 14, 2014

Interstellar: HiFi SciFi!

The thought of watching a movie as good as it is shown in its trailer, itself was very ecstatic. Months before its release date I was waiting for the Nolan's so called masterpiece, anxiously.
Lot of planning and plotting at work place led me to the PVR, to witness the Magnum Opus with my own eyes.
The movie opens up with huge fields in the backdrop and a small family, in some remote countryside. The mystery builds up when the dust starts coming in from no where. You just have to accept the dust and not question it's origin. Brilliantly showcased by Nolan with the help of beautifully crafted little scenes of dust storm. Our protagonist, an astronaut-farmer, gets nightmares of flight mishap, crazy as hell for anything that flies so much so that he makes his son drive his truck on a flat tire just to capture a drone who's baseless origin was stated so deliberately in the movie as if it is going to make so much sense in the end. So, the little child see ghosts which later defines the entire theme of this movie. Scary though. :P With small incidents Nolan leads the hero to NASA and our go-getter boy takes up the space mission as easily as it sounds. The very spaceship which uses two propulsion rockets to escape the Earth's gravitational force later needs none to escape planets having 130% and 80% of Earth's gravity. But Nolan managed it, brilliant.

I must admit that the real theme of the movie was carefully hidden in the plain sight by inserting far too many vague, non-related scenes in between, throughout the movie. Why there is a blight? Where is the dust coming from? Why was the family shown having issues between them? The thing worth noticing is that the Director made these distracting scenes so shallow so that you wouldn't get lost in the unwanted directions. He forced the viewers to put their mind around space and time and supernatural phenomena, that worked in the trailers and also in the movie. 

One thing I must say, I did notice the difference in passage of time in space and on Earth. Like, while these guys were on a rescue mankind mission, carrying DNAs and stuff, with the idea of raising a fetus using surrogacy whose possibility was questionable based on the evidence and plan shown in the movie. And that is for obvious reasons, Nolan wanted viewers to push their imaginations and die wondering if at all these are even possible. Coming back to time, they took two major time jump, one 2-year sleep to reach near Saturn and another 23-years leap while they landed on one of the planets of another galaxy, but, trust me, inside the theater it felt like I am trapped inside a black hole for eternity. The movie grows into you forever, you just have to give in and believe what they are showing is actually true and logical. Nolan used simple, layman terms to describe what was happening in the space, so that it will connect to the viewers instantly, He didn't care even if the dialogues were lame and were of trivial impact on the minds of the audience. 

The story telling was brilliant, Nolan showed how one can do impossible things, like even if you are low on fuel you can travel half way around the universe and get back safely, or how one can survive in the black hole by not being sucked into singularity, how to be so down-to-earth and humble that even when you are heading NASA, you can drive a man's truck back to his home, after-all he is driving your space shuttle without any questions/conditions. The entire cast was smoking pot but this fact is not revealed by anything that you will see on screen. This is an amazing fact in itself.

The characters intrigued me a lot, like the Dr. Mann who was trapped in some remote planet for decades and have contributed a lot towards mankind had such low moral values that he spiked the recorded data and enters into a fist fight with another guy, halfway across the universe, that too for weirdly stupid reason. The never dying love which was pulling our leading lady in the movie, to travel to a planet, going where would be futile according to facts and logic and science. But, Love makes people do amazing things, no? Also, the way they showed how a crisis can be managed in deep space. Without logic, science and a plan they mnaged to do shitty things in some far off galaxy with utmost ease.  Respect the vision Nolan had while putting this shit together. My fav scene was when they kept a guy hanging in the universe for 23 years and he was like 'it's cool yo brah, happens to me all the time'.

Fist fights in some remote planet of the universe, managing blasts in absense of oxygen, surviving without medical help or food, people managing to take up deep space exploration without proper training, and shit more like these will totally blow your mind. This movie is a greatest sci-fi comedy troll you'll ever come across. If you haven't seen it yet, go watch now. If you like it, visit the nearest psychiatric ward without delay. Have fun. 

P.S. Couldn't write more at this time, might have to watch this brilliant shit again for some more insight.

Monday, August 13, 2012

I am !!

I think I am what you think I am.

When you thought I am a friend, I was.
When you thought I am happy, I became.
When you said I am no good, I worsen.
When you said I am the best, I was better.

I was quiet when you wanted me to.
I was there when you needed a support.
I left when you thought I would.
I came back just when you thought I should.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Motorcycles Diaries - Part One

“Sometimes it's a little better to travel than to arrive” 

The Alarm was at its best when it went on at 4:30 AM on a Saturday Morning. I reluctantly called my friend, Max to give him a wakeup call as decided few hours before. After few thoughts I knew that I am going with the plan on this day. I was greeted by him at around 6:00 and on the Thunderbird 350 cc our Journey to Nimrana Fort begun.

Riding the monster in turns we reached Nimrana Fort at around 1000 hours with lot of little breaks in the highway. There stood a man in mustache in typical Rajasthani attire who welcomed us with not so pleasing words. We were told that the fort is now a hotel and the bookings are done from Delhi. Which also means that we could not enjoy anything there as all were for the guests of Nimrana Fort. Not sure what to do next, quick calls were made to random friends equipped with internet and familiar with the geographical locations of Rajasthan. Suggestions came in from all directions; 'go to Jaipur', 'Ajmer' , ' no... go to Alwar', etc.

We took our time and finally decided to take our chances with Sariska Tiger Reserve as guided by a local cab driver. Little did we know about what's going to unfold ahead, we kept the same enthusiasm of a traveler. We have already crossed Nimrana and the road to Sariska was through Behror and Alwar. The road from Behror to Alwar was a Biker's nightmare. It was broken all along till 7kms before Alwar. The best part in that summer heat was the sound of the monster. Suddenly Life had the background score. The GPS on the phone said follow the road endlessly. Somehow, we still manage to ask the lone locals about the road ahead, and would follow their pointers skeptically. We crossed lot of resorts, which people said would help us getting a jungle safari. We zoomed past them.

We stopped at a roadside cafe to brace ourselves with some chilled liquid drinks and ask about our itinerary. The guy offered tips and suggestions that we can spend the night there and with lots of entertaining things around we were thinking that we might go for it. But there was something that was dragging us to take one more step. And finally we left for greater glory.

Not to mention the road was at its worst and we, trying to ride through the pit holes, finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel. We were at the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary. It was almost the closing time and we managed to get a safari ride equipped with a human guide to show us the jungle. They took us to route 3, making it clear that the chance of spotting a tiger is scarce. Nevertheless, we were excited to see the jungle and the antelopes which include Neelgai, Sambar, spotted deer and plenty of birds. Then it rained. The jungle was, all of a sudden, more beautiful. We spotted the Peacocks dancing with their feathers in the air, fully spread. It was majestic. The safari ended in no time with lot of sight-seeing and the guide showing us few of the hunted animals' corpses half-eaten on the cruise. 

After this we decided to ride back to Alwar for the night stay. We rode in the mesmerizing weather and in no time we were there. We asked about a place to stay and finally got ourselves a nice hideout of RTDC. We ordered food in the room and had plenty of discussions on various topics which led us to sleep. Next morning was supposed to take us to Alwar fort and museum and then back to Delhi.

We took off to the Police station to get an approval to visit the fort. The uphill road to the fort was fascinating itself. The curvy roads with valleys around quickly took us to the top. The fort was in jarred condition and repair work was in progress. We entered the fort and looked into every nook and corner of it. Finally when we came to the exit gate a Police officer told us not to go inside the fort as it is prohibited because of the on-going maintenance work. We laughed mildly and descended to the Museum in the city. The museum was nice displaying the literature and weapons. The variety of guns and swords were amazing. The mercury was rising and we decided to leave Alwar. 

We devoured few roadside delicacies and left for Delhi. This time we managed to get another state highway, which was newly constructed. It took us no time to reach the NH8 with few stops in between. Once we were in the highway we stopped for lunch and then reached Gurgaon in good time. The city traffic caught our tired selves and slowly guided us to our homes.

We settled in our adobes thinking about the hell of a ride and made promises to ourselves for forthcoming trips. Many more to come.. stay tuned ..