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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Thanksgiving - Movie Marathon

I shall have some wonderful memories of this year's Thanksgiving holiday. This was one of the rare times when we had a lonnngggg vacation and we didn't go and visit a place. We stayed at home, relaxed, caught up with friends and studied a bit too :). A related thing which happened as a result of all this was that we ended up seeing quite a few movies and luckily all of them were very good. Here is the list:

(1). The Incredibles - What do I say about this movie ? - it is, well, INCREDIBLE. The makers of Finding Nemo, Pixar (and Disney) are back with their latest offering. Pixar has raised the bar on animation movies - in this movie, they have displayed all possible emotions of a human, car chases, press conferences etc and etc. Sometimes, it was difficult to imagine that it was all animation. Truly, a superbly made film and of course, it has a poignant story line.

(2). National Treasure - I am not a very big fan of Nicholas Cage : so, I wasn't too enthusiastic on seeing this movie. But it turned out to be surprisingly good. It belongs to the same genre as an Indiana Jones movie - hunt for treasure, adventure, puzzles, clues, romance etc. It is a racy movie and the director maintains the pace all throughout the movie. It is definitely a one-time must-see.

(3). Veer Zaara - Another classic from the master of romance, Yash Chopra. I always believed that Shahrukh Khan was a bigger star than an actor and that his biggest strength was that he carred his star status in movies quite well. But in this movie, his acting as an aged army officer was what surprised me. Also, the story line was good and powerful. The songs, composed out of some of the unpublished tunes of the late Madan Mohan and penned to Javed Akhtar's lyrics are just wonderfully pleasant. It is a touching movie and of course, very romantic.
[Caution : you might come out of the theatre a little wet-eyed :)]

I shall end with an excerpt from a song in Veer Zaara:

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Tum chhupa na sakogi main woh raaz hoon
Tum bhoola na sakogi woh andaaz hoon
Goonjta hoon jo dil mein toh hairaan ho kyun
Main tumhaare hi dil ki toh awaaz hoon
Sun sako, toh suno, dhadkanon ki zabaan
Main yahaan hoon, yahaan hoon, yahaan hoon, yahaan
Kaisi, sarhadein, kaisi majbooriyaan
Main yahaan hoon, yahaan hoon, yahaan hoon, yahaan
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Happy movie watching !

Thyaga