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It had been very long time since i last watched a Bollywood movie. Last week while i was wandering around searching about new releases, i came across “Dangerous Ishq”. I consulted a few Hindustani friends and got negative feedback, which encouraged me to watch the movie surely due that  my taste and tastes of my friends are totally unmatching. And i did not regret my choice/decision, which was a bit risky indeed.

I had no idea/info about the leading actor of the movie, whose name is Rajneesh Duggal. He was not bad at all in all those different outlooks in the movie. And as for the Karisma Kapoor, it felt good to see her back on screens. Comparing to her old movies (very few of them i saw), she still has a good-looking and is surely talented.

Regarding the topic, my mouth is zipped yet only clue is “reincarnation”. Add some love story and enmity to it, which equals to a high level bollywood in calculation :)) Seriously speaking, i can say it was neither good nor bad, but an average time pass. So in total it can be ranked as 7/10.

Songs were good and soothing. You can find my favorite one below. Hope you like it as well.

Cheers,

Choti

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A few months back, i was cherished with the news that a movie named “Raavan” by Bachchans was soon to be released. I turned into an impatient soul again, which was the case for all the long-waited movies or books. However, soon, due to unexpected developments in life and the yield of the cyclical daily life, i had totally forgotton about it!

Yet recently, when i came to know that “Raavan” was already released, i immediately got the movie and was seated comfortably with lots of hope and expectations both with the cast and the movie itself. But in the end certain expectations of mine had been replaced by some disappoinments…

The story was simple on the surface, which was based on the concept of ‘revenge’. However, when we digged deeper, there were also love (indispensable item of bollywood), enmity, loyalty, human relations in general and the balance between the good and the bad sides treated in detail and embroidered with songs and dance scenes (sine quo non)!

Concerning cast, i was introduced to Vikram for the first time in this movie and at first glance he got my appreciation by his acting. As for Abhishek, he was damn good in pretending a mad, wild and revengeful man. He was really impressive and scaring as well while looking wild, talking wild, behaving wild and dancing wild! However, his dearest wife, Aishwarya Rai, unfortunately disappointed me to a large extent. She seemed pretty intalented and as if reluctant to act. I have always been a big fan of her regarding her porcelain-like clear face, innocent deep looks, butterfly-like dancing skills yet in this movie i did not observe any of them. It is normal that she can look old by appearance, still she should not reflect that her acting spirit is also getting older. Remembering her previous movies such as Devdas, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Taal or Jodhaa Akbar, this time i really missed her energetic and synergic moves. I hope next time she can get rid of her dull condition!

When we evaluate the movie as a whole, it is catchy by story, fluent by process, impressive especially by gentlemen’s acting hence worth watching…

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Lonnngggg time ago there was a girl called Choti who was blogging about anything that makes sense or non-sense to her, she was also quite fond of watching Bollywood movies and talking about them yet she gave a lonnngggg break suddenly both to watching the movies and blogging about them; as far as i heard she had good reasons for this silent time of hers. Some said she seeked multifariousness and finally got it while others were claiming that she was on an unknown mission (even she did not know what the mission was).  Not the reason but the result counts for us, and the result is that she is back to screen 😛 Let’s have a look what she found lately!

Karthik Calling Karthik:

Main Cast: Farhan Akhtar (as Karthik) and Deepika Padukone (as Shonali Mukherjee).

Short Summary (without spoiler): In the first half it talks about how Karthik (an introvert, miserable, cowed, clumsy person) turns out to be a smart, charming, extrovert, talented and successful one via phone calls he gets regularly everyday at 5 am from a mysterious person who claims to be Karthik himself. In the second half the person behind these unknown calls is revealed in quite a surprising way. And the relation between Karthik and Shonali finally gets the shape of love.

Soundtrack:

Track # Song Singer(s) Duration
1 Uff Teri Adaa Alyssa Mendonsa & Shankar Mahadevan 5:06
2 Hey Ya! Clinton Cerejo, Shankar Mahadevan 4:17
3 Jaane Ye Kya Hua KK 4:10
4 Kaisi Hai Yeh Udaasi Kailash Kher & Sukanya Purayastha 6:07
5 Karthik Calling Karthik Suraj Jaggan, Shankar Mahadevan, Caralisa Monteiro 3:11
6 Karthik 2.0 MIDIval Punditz, Karsh Kale 4:15
7 Uff Teri Adaa (Remix) Alyssa Mendonsa, Shankar Mahadevan & Loy Mendonsa 4:06
8 Hey Ya! (Remix) Clinton Cerejo, Shankar Mahadevan 5:17
9 Karthik Calling Karthik Theme Remix MIDIval Punditz, Karsh Kale 3:11

(Soundtrack List from Wikipedia)

How Do I Like It : The first half was quite dull, dragging the audience to the borders of impatience. In the second half, it just gets a little speed yet without blowing any wind. The only remarkable point is when the mysteries are found out.

Rate: 2.5/5

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I am lucky that i was able to see this long-waited movie in such a short time after it met with the wide screens. As i always repeated, Turkey is a country where bollywood cinema has no place for the time being, yet there are some struggles (as far as i observed on some groups on FB) to bring Bollywood into Turkey. For now net is our one and only source it seems or if we are luckier we can find some DVDs of some hindi movies produced by American corporations.

Too much for an intro?! Let’s talk about the movie. What is there to love “My Name is Khan”?

  1. Leading cast comprises of SRK and Kajol as a couple after years , and that is already charming on itself.
  2. It is a newly released SRK movie after a long break (no he didn’t give any break but it was too long for me to wait).
  3. It has such a variety sheltering under its roof such as Hindi-Muslim clash, the attitude of USA towards Desi people, a general outlook about the patients of Asperger’s syndrome and a love story (as sine qua non).

These are the main points simply to catch the attention of the audience, but if it was just a plain love story occuring between SRK and Kajol, i would absolutely be watching it with the same level of hunger 🙂

While i was talking about (may be exaggerating) the movie with all its good sides at one hand, there were some other people at the other hand who disliked it, even finding some part of it quite boring. Let me say i never felt bored at any scene/part, i watched the whole movie without a break questioning in my mind what was next. But of course this can’t be an objective statement, can it? Better way is, watch the movie yourself and make your own judgement.

In short, i loved the whole package (including the cast, plot, and the soundtrack). So my rate is 10/5 😀

Love,

Choti

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With the start of  a new year, i decided to make some changes in the stream of the movies i watch weekly and aimed to give more chance to Turkish movies; hence i spared the first days of 2010 for “Aşk Tutulması” and “O da Beni Seviyor“.

Aşk Tutulması (Infatuation) is a love story as proved by the title. We are told about a relation which is initiated by coincidences yet sealed by the real love in the end.

It does not include any special feature or a remarkable scenario.

I didn’t feel bored during my watch still it was a chick flick movie that should be seen only when you have nothing better to do, so getting a 2/5 😀

O da Beni Seviyor (He Loves Me Too) is not a barely love story although it sounds so. It is more about human relations (bonds within a family, among relatives, friends, and between lovers). The movie was shot in Malatya (one of the cities in Turkey) so providing really nice views. It was a realistic movie as if reflecting a piece of every day life also representing some inner lives in a transparent way. I can say this one was better in terms of topic-line, cast, acting skills, etc so getting 3.5/5 🙂

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Long break i gave i believe and yet i didn’t manage to see many movies or read many books in the meantime; still i watched four movies which are all from 2009 and both from Bollywood and Hollywood…

First one is “Blue” by Akshay Khanna, Sanjay Dutt, Lara Dutta, Katrina Kaif and Zayed Khan. It was about some kind of so-called complicated plans and projects about some money buried under water and some theories and tricks to get this money and put it on the right hands. Considering this simple tagline, although the movie should be a breath-taking adventure both under and on water, it was just a waste of time and nothing. There were surely some eye-candies such as Katrina, Lara and even Kylie Minogue as a guest appearence, even these were not enough to bring some life to it. So my rate is 1/5. And this 1 point goes to “Chiggy Wiggy” song sung by Kylie Minogue herself.

The second movie from Bollywood is “Tum Mile” by Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan. As it is suggested by the title, it is a love story…about a bond between two people, which is challenging yet indispensible. This movie was relatively better as both subject and cast. The soundtrack was also remarkable, my favourite being “Dil Ibaadat” and “Tu Hi Haqeeqat” hence getting a 4/5 from me.

Third one is 2012 from Hollywood for which i had waited to see impatiently for a long time. I can shortly say it was not a perfect and rational action movie yet it was quite strong both on topic-line and acting skills. It was a nice time-pass with some scenes to be watched without even blinking and without getting bored as a whole, so getting 5/5 from me.

And the last movie of this post is 500 Days of Summer, which is quite a different one as a format. It was in a direct story-telling format rather than a routine movie continuence, hence there were lots of flashbacks and  flashforwards which was making the movie more interesting. It was both a love and a separation story including deep psychological analyses, getting 4/5 from me.

That is all for today. I may lost again for some time considering the new year celebrations. So let me use this opportunity to wish all of you a joyous christmas and a happy new year 🙂

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Wanted1Another Sunday…showing the slight face of winter…slowly….shy yet impatient…hesitant yet brave…so sending the raindrops just before the water gets frozen and turns into solid cold….

Another movie to accompany me on this low yet peaceful day…”Wanted”. It has been weeks since i had seen a new Hindi movie so today decided to see one of the new releases of this year and picked up “Wanted” ,although i had always hated Salman Khan till now, because it was the only one with subtitles…

Till the movie begins i had no idea who is the heroine to dance with the item songs and soon i came to know it was Ayesha Takia whom i did not consider talented as well as she always seemed a little buxom so incapable of running on the golden sands or dancing on a cliff. However this movie turned my standards and prejudices all upside down!!!

Salman, whom i considered till now as ugly and irritating with a pile of useless muscles with his over confidence and so-called cool guy postures, proved in this movie to be really fit, funny in a witty sense, cute and smart under the scope of a role composed of some Terminator, Rambo or Rocky type fighter. I should confess this is his first movie from which i got impressed in real sense from both the comedy scenes and action scenes. And the most attractive side of his was “not interested in love” attitude although he was carrying a deep love in his deep heart 🙂

As for the Ayesha, i believe she must really have lost some weight because she was looking extremely fit and beautiful. And again unbelievably she was dancing quite well and acting quite cute. I don’t know how to apologize from both 😛

The movie was an action movie on the surface but some witty jokes, word games, mimics, and some specific scenes were also categorizing it as a comedy which i can truly say made me laugh at many times. The the songs were high-quality with hyper rhythm and melodious lyrics, my favourite being “Love Me Love Me” 🙂

I don’t wana disclose much spoiler regarding the topic line hence let me summarize the subject very shortly. A fearless man working with gansters only for money and nothing else. He is the one unbeatable person, an undefeatable terminator within the whole underworld. He seems to be a bad chap by behavior but an unknown mystery inside, and that is why the girl who falls in love with him cannot decide whether to keep loving him or to forget him. Beside this indefinable love story continuing on one side, there are these big murders of gangs and police forces on the other side to lead a big surprise in the end (which you will find out on seeing the movie) and our hero takes the best place on the center.

All in all i enjoyed quite much the cast, the story, and the songs hence it gets a 5/5 from me 🙂

P.S. Salman-ji and Ayesha-ji, please mujhe maaf kar do for not discovering you long before in many ways 😛

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430946180600282surrogatesOn friday night i went to cinema after a long break to see the new movie of Bruce Willes…Surrogates. No need to mention that his movies meet the high level of standards mostly and this one was surely one of them. It is categorized as action/science-fiction. Shortly regarding the topic-line…there are surrogates of people used in daily life. Surrogates do the work or have the fun and the human beings just manage and witness the happenings all in safe at their homes until there occurs a murder of a surrogate which also causes the death of its real owner. Then things get complicated and it becomes more difficult to distinguish between the real and the copy, between the good and the bad. I really enjoyed the movie hence rated it as 5/5.

The second movie i have seen within this week is 30 Days of Night, which30days3up2 is a horror movie as can be deduced by its name. A group of vampires assaults a town in Alasca where it is night (no sun rise) for 30 days hence it has no connection with the rest of the world. The movie tells about the struggle of a handful of people who witness the murder of their family or neighbors yet have to think about his/her survival at the same time. The movie was not that scary but the scenes floaded with blood were quite disgusting in real sense. Well, some scenes were hair-rising  i can say but frankly speaking i did not like the way it ends. The end was very romantic which was not appropriate for a scary movie i believe so i rated it as 4/5!

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Final-Destination-4Another Friday night and another movie session at cinema hall…Meeting my husband after office and having a delicious dinner at a smart restaurant with a lively ambiance, we decided to see one of the new releases, and i was given the luxury to choose the movie. Among all those romantic comedies or lovely cartoons, i again and once again, selected a horror/thriller movie (Final Destination 4) as it was in 3D only and i am 3D-addicted for a quite while 😀

I had seen the first three series of it and i had liked it although it put me under its negative affect for some days. But having at least some idea of what it was like, i thought i wouldn’t be scared or tensed this time…but i was wrong! In the beginning everything was under control but after the chain of some unfortunate events where the people are killed one by one in a disastrous manner, my mind really gave up defending itself, my heartbeats got accelarated and my blood stopped flowing in my veins. Yes! I’m one of those people who insistantly watch horror/thriller movies although they find themselves quite freaked out in the end 😡

Leaving the scared/freaked out state of mine aside, if we are to talk about the movie itself, i can say this was not the best of the series. I remember i had enjoyed the previous ones better and more. In this one something was missing like a wit or the use of creativity. Again a group of beautiful girls and handsome guys were trying to escape from the hands of death even while feelings its breath on their faces…They were again killed in the most disgusting, weird, inventive or imaginative ways. But it was more like a series of accidents rather than some connected chain of events under the frame of a strongly penned-down script.

Did i like the movie? Yes, surely i liked it even to rate the movie as 4/5, not because of its subject-matter or the majestic act of the cast but because of its visual effects embedded in 3D!

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Kambakkht Ishq1I was so happily hyper on hearing just before my vacation that a Bollywood movie “Kambakkht Ishq” would be on cinema screens in Turkey. However, when i was back, i came to know that it was a false alarm. I searched all the nearby cinema halls on net just to find out that there was no chance for it 😦

Feeling hopeless and upset, i consulted my usual reliable source for Bollywood movies on net and at last could see the movie. I am not sure whether it did worth to be sad that much over it because i really don’t know what to think about this movie.

Akhay Kumar was quite funny, jelly and jolly as ever and although he does not have the sprit or the charisma for the screens, i should say i am quite satisfied with his movies composed of stupid jokes, funny mimics, and some emotional and sociological messages given at the end.

As for Kareena Kapoor, sadly i won’t be able to give the same opinion. Yes, she has the charm, beauty, an attractive figure, hotness, but surely not the cuteness. She acts quite well but there is still this little thing keeping me irritated on her apperance.

Regarding the topic…well, we hardly think of a Bollywood movie without the love theme, right? Hence it was smelling romance in the air, action on the ground and comedy in between 🙂 A girl (future doctor) and a boy (a stuntman) who both hate “love” itself and urge lovely couples to break up as well, fall in love with each other in the end…that is what happens very briefly.

The scene which i fully loved and laughed at like anything was the one when Kareena forgets a watch in Akhsay’s stomach during an operation that keeps chanting “om mangalam mangalam” once in every hour, especially at unexpected moments…That was really cute!

Oh! By the way, appearance of some Hollywood stars like Silvester Stallone was another lovely color in the movie being not the center of attraction as expected though…

All in all…Kambakkht Ishq does not contain any important message for the audience, does not render any significant emotion, does not give the audience anything good or bad but still a nice timepass! Hence my rate is 3,5/5!

P.S.: If you get any chance, listen to Om Mangalam from the soundtrack which has quite a vivid melody 🙂

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love-aaj-kal-1A tired mind and a slightly sick body (caught cold unfortunately) was thinking for a Friday night action as Friday is the best day of the week which is not to be wasted no matter how much tired or sick you are! Unfortunately at certain times, our metabolism (triggered by a laziness or a down-feeling) causes us to stay at home even on a Friday night, and at these times best way to enjoy oneself is to pick up a right movie for your soul which is already in search of an amusement in such a stressed life flowing always in hurry!

After watching a series of Shahrukh Khan movies such as Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam, Karan Arjun and Anjaam, i was really in need of a modern bollywood story with a fresh screen (I am still the biggest fan of SRK, that is an another debate 😀 ). There was the movie on my desk resting in silence for a day named “Love Aaj Kal” so i decided to go for it. I didn’t go for a search on net before seeing it as this time subtitles were available in English (unfortunately the subs were not matching the scenes, which i realized later on!).

Soon i discovered Saif Ali (the funny guy of bollywood) and Deepika Padukone (popularized by the movie Om Shanti Om thanks to SRK) were the leading cast. The movie was proceeding in two different times: the past and the present. Both telling about a love story embedded by some bollywood items. In the past, the relation between Jai Varhdan Singh and Harleen Kaun is so pure, simple yet strong and stubborn while the bond between Veer and Meera is modern, or rather post-modern even to have a break-up party, superficial and weak to split off at any moment.

love-aaj-kal01However, things start to change their interface and the so-called hollow love soon proved itself as deep as a sea that is only to be waken up by a stone thrown from the shore! 

Saif Ali was as cool and funny as ever and Deepika was looking so like a delicate butterfly. I loved the scenes where she was acting as drunk so behaving more like a naughty kid. And yea i should say i love her clothes, whatever she wears just fits on her (which is hard not to envy 😛 )

What is to get from the movie is sometimes even if the truth is just lying in front of our eyes, we may not be able to see it with the eyes of our mind yet the heart sees everything in real, so that the love can be felt as true as a heartbeat!

I rate the movie as 4/5 as it is lack of a catchy soundtrack (we all know that item songs are quite important in a bollywood movie, don’t we?) yet still it worths more than watching…Let yourself get lost in it 🙂

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anjaamI left two extremely busy days behind struggling to catch up with the workload at office. Days were quite killing yet i am alive! 😀 On these miserable days of mine, my unique supporter was (bilkul) Shahrukh Khan 😛 I wouldn’t have been able to overcome the nights of those hectic days without his golden movies refreshing my mind taking me far away from where i am keeping every stressing thing out of my mind and surrounding my soul with sarees, bindiyas, bending eye-brows, ‘bada bada’ tear drops, romance-full dancing scenes, scenes from real India and its rural people, and lovely songs finding life in velvet voices. Ahh!! Such a long sentence for such a sharp feeling…Let me summarize…Anjaam & Karan Arjun under the scope of Shah Rukh Khan 😀

When i found these movies, i had no idea what they were about. Yet soon i discovered that Anjaam depicts SRK as a maniac whereas K&A describes him as a lover, a dedicated son and a brother. Isn’t it weird that an Indian man named SRK fits each and every role perfectly as if he is a dedicatedly maniac born lover 😛

In Anjaam, Madhuri Dixit accompanies him. She acts as the woman (Shivani) with whom SRK (Vijay) is deadly in love, which is to be turned into an obsession soon. Although Madhuri gets married and has kids and leads a happy life with her family, that does not prevent him from getting what he wants, aka Shivani. And this endless obssesion causes the death or the injury of the half of the cast!!!

The catchy thing in the movie (apart from SRK of course) is the amazing dancing skills of Madhuri!

I always love SRK when he is a romantic hero saying “Raj naam to suna hoga” or “main hoon na”; however i should confess that even the obsessiveness fits him when it is about love 😀

At the end of this high-action movie, i could not decide whether the end is happy or sad as it varies from different angles. Let me know if you watch the movie and arrive at a decision. Theek?!

Karan%20ArjunHowever, in Karan Arjun, we are again face to face with a SRK who is brave, strong, intelligent, good at fighting, good at loving, romantic with a fierce or emotional looks according to the situation. Salman Khan and Kajol share the scene with him. I guess i repeated now and then that i don’t like Salman Khan at all but after this move (seeing his face carrying a teenage innocence) my hard feelings started to melt a bit! As for Kajol, she is like a perfect match for SRK with her simplicity and purity. Here the topic line is quite random for the ones who believes in reincarnation and quite odd for the non-believers and very interesting for both sides because here we witness the re-birth of the very same persons, Karan and Arjun to take the revenge both for their restless souls and for their unfortunate mother. The movie is a really good example of family bonds, and encourages one to have strong belief in whatever they believe!

I loved the soundtrack of Karan Arjun and the dance scene where SRK and Kajol jumps and hops like little kids at a stray house. You wana see proof? See below 😀

P.S.: Curious about my rating? 4/5 for Anjaam and 5/5 for Karan Arjun, and 10/5 for SRK 😛

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31929710rmi43Jirou Kitamura, a young boy feeling so much alone on this crowded earth despite so many human beings without being aware that his loneliness is to be ended by a robot sent from the future….

When Jirou is about to celebrate his 20th birthday at a dinner on his own, a young girl joins him out of blue. Being lively, energetic, lovely and a bit crazy, this new girl looks like a perfect match for him. However, he soon finds out that the girl has some super powers and in the end discovers that the girl is a cyborg indeed sent especially for him with a special mission. Being a cyborg, the girl is totally lack of any kind of emotion or the feelings that the human beings have; she is even not able to say “I Love You”! But this bitter truth is not a hindrance in front of Jirou’s extreme love for the cyborg girl…

My readers already know that i like far east movies and i found this 2008 Japanese movie quite enjoyable and touchy as well. It includes all the items of science-fiction, thriller, action, romance and fun hence serving the audience in variety. All in all, it presents an emotional turmoil in the end getting a 4/5 from me.

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Fridaynight…in front of the shopping mall where hubby and me will have a dinner…Hubby said “i wana take you to a romantic movie, plz pick up one”… I thought for a second and i replied “that is such a nice offer, i have been looking forward to seeing Terminator”…he smiled and said “that is why i love my wife, she is romantic deep inside not on the surface” 😛

After getting seated ourselves and placing our pop-corn boxes on a suitable reach to us, the usual high pitch Terminator music filled our ears which exhilarated us….

The war between machines and humans are on the peak in this part. The machines are much more developed and complicated…The humans are much more dedicated and fierce…The visual effects are so real…Only thing that was missed in the movie was Arnold himself…although they tried to compensate this gap showing a machine having some kind of fake Arnold look, it didn’t meet the needs i believe…

Still…

“If your are reading this, that means you are part of the resistance. I recommned to all the resistance to see the Terminator-Salvation which is a 5/5 action-thriller….This is John Connor!” 😀

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Childhood events, memories are the most influential ones affecting a whole life of a person and this movie is the best evidence to approve this truth…

It is about a girl who witnesses her mother’s cheating on her father leaving her behind together with her sisters and brothers to meet her lover. The same girl follows the traces each time their mom leaves them at home. The very same girl decides to take revenge from her mom but she never expects that the revenge will be such a catastrophe…

Soon she finds herself with a boyfriend whom her parents never approve of…she falls in love, experiences every step of love slowly but uncautiously, soon to be scared of herself and to run away leaving everything behind reminding of the audince of her mother but losing her way consiciously rather than in a blind love which was the case for the mother. And finally she comes across with her own daughter with her regrets in heart…

The Burning Plain shortly tells us about the life of a woman with flashbacks into the past and sometimes in a mixed order present coming before the past which saves the movie being a plain and an easy toy for the audience and forces the audience to follow the lines one by one…

Being a Charlize Theron fan especially after seeing Sweet November and Devil’s Advocate, i certainly liked the movie. It seemed so real and rendered the feelings so efficiently. Only point which i didn’t like in the movie was its end since  i felt as if it was incomplete.

So overall, my rate is 4/5 for the burning plain…and i hope noone has such extreme regrets in life causing the plains one’s inside to burn…

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