Vettaveli Thannil, one of the end pieces of Sanjay Subramanyan’s concert at Brahma Gana Sabha on Dec 15th, had some captivating lyrics. I had never heard the song before(not like am some severe Carnatic enthusiast to have heard a million songs). But to me, it rose above the mesmerizing Sriranjini in the end – Kana Vendamo. Also loved the elaborate Mohanam piece with Kapali. Say what you want, Mohanam is after all, Mohanam. It’s Sanjay’s way of flirting with the intricacies of a raagam, like he did with this Mohanam and the RTP Marg Hindolam that puts him miles and miles ahead of other contemporary artists. Somehow, every concert of his ends up being a learning experience. Of course am saying this as a nOOb but am pretty sure even an ardent knowledgeable fan would agree. On a lighter note, decked up Page 3 type pseudo maamis at his concerts. Whatay groupies they make!
Finally caught up with Band Baaja Baarat and thoroughly enjoyed. Some inspired writing, well constructed moments and for a romcom, it actually keeps you interested till the very end. Not to mention the superlative lead performances, something that’s become so rare in Hindi mainstream cinema these days. Shruti Kakkar(Anushka Sharma) manages to bring in some light into the poor characterizations we’ve got to see of late. She takes the DTC to travel and doesn’t drive around in a Volkswagen Beetle. Also when she gets her first car, it’s a Maruti Swift(And Swift is the new Maruti 800 anyway). But for all that, she isn’t pictured as someone naive, but someone who after the initial awkwardness, can probe the man she slept with in a state of inebriation to realize and move on from the situation. And Anushka Sharma plays her with the right amounts of spunk, fluff and temerity. In a lot of ways, she is the hero of the film. Like in the final scene, she asks Bittoo(Ranveer Singh) if she has to teach him even matters of love. Surely, the line of the year has to be, “Shit bolti hai toh bhi lagta hai FM bhaj gaya“. This is also #GRCA Movie of the Year. I haven’t consulted with the President yet, but am sure he’d agree once he catches it.
At one of the concerts this month, I caught the P.G.O.A.T. Actually caught her putting thaalams as the concert progressed. She is Joelle van Dyne in all her glory. Of course, Joelle van Dyne is severely deformed but then don’t forget that there is a theory that her disfigurement is a ruse to cover her face all the time, as one look at her face makes men fall in love with her. But then I have another theory, but that’s not for public consumption. In fact, you’re not supposed to pay much attention to this paragraph. This is just a recording of sorts, of a could-be-significant event for future purposes. So never mind.