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Amazon Exclusives - Hindi

Amazon has tied up with content creators in India to create many series for Prime video.
I watched Laakhon mein ek and Inside Edge. Both don't compare to the international series but are far superior to what we see on Indian television today.

Laakhon Mein Ek

LMK has been created by Biswa Kalyan Rath who is one of the best stand up comedians in the country. You must watch his live shows. The kind of energy he has on stage is amazing. He is genuinely funny and his content is very, very different from other comedians.
LMK is a 6 episodes series (less than 30 mins long, thankfully) about a 15 year old, Akash, whose parents send him to an IIT entrance coaching institute in Vizag. He got 55% marks in 12th and wants to join Commerce but this is India and everyone must atleast try to be a doctor or an engineer even if it kills them.  The series isn't anything new but it's a story that can't be repeated enough number of times. Worth a watch. I hope season 2 covers new ground.


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MAMI 2016

I have been scouting recommendations on the internet and watching good movies screened at MAMI last year.

Here are the ones I have seen yet. Will keep updating them in this post so it's easier to access.

Under the Shadow

Language : Persian
English dubbed version is available for viewing on Netflix

This is a Persian movie set in Iran during the 80s when it was at war with Iraq. Iraj is a doctor who is sent off to the war zone leaving his wife, Shideh and daughter Dorsa alone. A missile lands on the roof of their building and brings along a Djinn who is starts haunting Dorsa.
But the movie is so much more. It is about Shideh's insecurities as a mother, the grief of losing her mother, the new rules set by the government she has to now live by. The only place she can be herself is her home and even that is haunted by a ghost.
I watched most of it during my commute to work and couldn't watch the horror scenes very clearly. Thankfully.
Worth a watch.


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MAMI 2017

Mukkabaaz

Language : Hindi
Director : Anurag Kashyap

This was the opening film at MAMI this year. Which means that it is screened right after the opening ceremony. I don't know when it will release in the theatres. Generally, it takes around 6 months after screening at MAMI.
Mukkabaaz is based in a small town of UP where Shravan Singh (Vineet Kumar Singh) aspires to be a famous boxer and compete nationally. His coach is Bhagwan Das Mishra (Jimmy Shergill) who makes everyone run his errands instead of training them. Shravan Singh falls for Bhagwan Das's niece and everything changes.
Does Shravan marry the niece? Does he become a successful boxer? How does he deal with Bhagwan Das?
The movie is a typical Anurag Kashyap film with lots of expletives, realistic look at the game in rural UP mixed with first of its kind love story.
It has lots of flaws but I only remember the hooting, cheering, clapping of 500 or so people at every scene.

Montparnesse Bienvenue

Language : French
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My watchlist on Amazon Prime

I've read Neil Gaiman's book American Gods but wasn't impressed. He couldn't tie all the loose ends and the climax wasn't half as good as the build up. I wish he had written a sequel instead. The Amazon original series based on the books is stunning. It brings out the darkness in the book very well and keeps the viewer hooked. Hopefully, the climax in the series will be much better than the one in the book.  In fact, the series is far, far better than the book or atleast whatever I can remember of it. I am seeing this happen more and more where a series plugs all the holes in the book and the casting makes it far superior to the book.  Do catch this one.


I discovered this series on Amazon Prime and am surprised nobody is talking about it. This is from the 70s when many newsrooms only employed women as researchers and they weren't allowed to write. They could never be reporters. Researchers were paid less than half of what reporters got paid. It is the same as …

Bookerworm

The Vegetarian by Han King The cover of the book mentioned that this is an erotica and so I picked it up. The beginning was very intriguing with a woman, Yeong-hye who stops eating meat one day. In Korea, this is considered weird. Her husband, who didn't love her anyway, walked out of the marriage. Her brother-in-law becomes obsessed with her and they have sex. The sister catches them in the act and the woman tries to commit suicide. She is put in an institution.  I am still trying to figure out what the book was all about. It wasn't erotica for sure. Was it about mental illness? But it doesn't talk about that either.  The end felt like the writer was bored or lost his thought mid way. 
An Era of Darkness by Shashi Tharoor It took me a few weeks, a break of 2 months, and another few weeks to finish reading the book. Shashi Tharoor had given a speech about how the British rule is responsible for many of India's problems and they should pay a token penalty as a symbol. Th…

What I watched on Netflix

Mostly Sunny
This documentary is on Netflix. It is about Sunny Leone and her recent success in India. I liked it. Mainly because of how real and down to earth Sunny is. She knows she is a brand and has no issues promoting herself. The documentary also talks to her extended family and her brother. They don't dig very deep but you realise her life hasn't been easy. Her family had a difficult time dealing with her career as a porn star and they have cut her off.  Sunny has positioned herself as the happily married woman who is monogamous in India and it is working for her. We, Indians, want our porn stars also to be sati savitris.  What the documentary missed was the hard work behind the glamour. I would have loved to see her workout/grooming sessions or the preparation for item songs or behind the scenes on a regular day.  All in all, a good documentary and worth a watch.
What the Health
I started watching this documentary on Netflix. This is about how meat, chicken and eggs are …

Lipstick under my burkha

I was extremely happy when this movie released after so much struggle with the censor board. I had decided to not miss it in the theatre and we went for the 10 am show today. Was happy to note that the theatre was almost full at that hour.

The movie stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, Sushant Singh, Vikrant Massey and Shashank Arora.

There is so much I want to say about the movie. Yes, it is a "lady oriented" film, whatever the censor board means by that. I guess it means that this movie realistically portrays women of all ages and that is reason enough for it to get most men's and some women's knickers in a twist.

*Spoilers ahead*

A 50 year old who reads erotica??? OMG. And wants to have sex? With a man half her age? How dare she!!! That is ridiculous. Whoever heard of people having sex with other people half their age.

There is a woman having an affair with another man while her mother has arranged her marriage against her wish…