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REVIEW OF Movie LOVE & LOVE ONLY

REVIEW OF Movie LOVE & LOVE ONLY

What happens when a rich Indian student in Australia, falls in love with an Australian girl, who is also crazily in love with him? Would the difference in culture bother him? Would he go against his parents’ wishes, or succumb to what they want for him? This weekend I watched a light romantic film titled Love & only Love. The movie beautifully portrayed a cross cultural romance between an Indian and an Australian.

Light Romantic Movie with Brilliant Music

Love & Love only is an English Language Australian film, directed by Indian-born Australian filmmaker Julian Karikalan. The movie stars Rohit Kalia, who was Mr. India Australia in 2014 and Sydney based Georgia Nicholas in lead roles. The background score and songs have been composed by India’s legendary composer Maestro Illayaraaja who has scored music for over 1000 feature films. This happens to be his first ever English language feature film for which he has composed original songs.

Launched on November 22 2016, for the online audience, the movie is available as paid content. Since its launch it has been well appreciated the world over, garnering positive response.

The Storyline

Krish aka Krishna lands in Australia, to prove to his father that he is indeed capable of learning all about business and life. He enrolls for an MBA program and struggles to adapt to the Australian ways. He has always been pampered by his mom back home in India. However the world now is different and he has to not only earn his own living but must also learn survival skills. Working in a grocery store, he meets Stacey an Australian co-worker. A school dropout from a broken family, Stacey falls in love with Krish and his honest ways. Krish soon falls in love too, with Stacey. He also manages to take a step towards achieving his business goals by getting an opportunity to start a new venture- a travel company. How does Krishna tackle the relationship? Do the cultural differences create problems between them? Is he able to prove to his father on his capability of running a business? Love and Love only is an intricate web and gamut of emotions and relationships.

Characters in the Movie

The movie stars Indian-Australian actor Rohit Kalia and Sydney-based actress Georgia Nicholas in the lead roles. The supporting cast includes Ambika Asthana, Sashi Dandekar and Suparna Mallick among others. Despite being new comers, the acting is realistic and, definitely on par with many big budget actors. Well expressed emotions, the lead pair have the right chemistry that is carried throughout the film.

Direction

Crisp direction keeps the movie fast paced. With a meaningful storyline, the director has been able to depict much more than just the romance in the tale. He has brought out the key differences between the two cultures, as well as the similarities that exist in the emotions of all humans. There is a gradual progression in the scenes, from the protagonist being a pampered momma’s boy, to his coming of age and becoming an independent hardworking man.

Music

Illayaraaja’s music does justice to every bit of the emotion expressed in the movie. The original song of the movie “Am I in love” is soothing to listen, with a range of instruments adding melody, and meaningful lyrics. A perfect composition to suit the storyline. The background music is beautiful and up-lifting.

The movie was previewed at the International Film and Entertainment Festival of Australia last December where it received two awards (Best Musical Score and Best Direction).

For those who love light hearted meaningful romance, Love and Love only would be an enjoyable watch. If you are seeking a movie with some soul stirring music for your lazy Sunday afternoon, then this is surely the movie for you. Cuddle up with a loved one, sip that warm coffee and soak yourself in this brilliant cross culture film that’s definitely worth a watch.

Book Review- A Broken Man by Akash Verma

Book Review- A Broken Man by Akash Verma

What’s our country like? Look beyond the glitz and glamour of the metros, and you would find a nation plagued by discrimination, caste systems and political skirmishes. And bringing out these very shades of the country is Akash Verma’s love saga – A Broken Man.

Akash Verma, based out of Gurgaon, India has authored two bestsellers till now- It Happened that Night and Three Times Loser. His work has taken him across the country and this travel experience of his reflects in his writing.

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A Broken Man delves deep into the lives of Krishna and Chhavi- two young souls who meet in a politically charged environment of the Lucknow University Campus. From the upper echelons of society, Chhavi is the intelligent and pretty Brahmin girl who falls in love with the humble Dalit boy Krishna, from an obscure village in Bihar. Hardships and poverty are part and parcel of his life. But destiny brings them closer and nothing really can pull them apart. For Krishna, she is an inspiration to pursue his dreams, of writing. For Chhavi, Krishna is the simple and honest boy she has always been in search of. She propagates equality and is seldom affected by the caste and status of Krishna. But will the same destiny that got them together give them a future? A Broken Man is this quest of a poor and deprived Krishna who goes in search of hope, love and a meaning to his life.

A simple story, sans sub plots, sure does give A Broken Man an edge. Yet, it did seem to be yet another class based love story, which one has read earlier in books or seen in movies. What really scores for Verma, is the simplicity in his narration. It was raw and real. No superfluous language or out of the box characters. Chhavi and Krishna, the two main characters of the book are believable personalities – ones you would encounter anywhere around. I liked the fact that issues such as reservation, corruption and politics were addressed, blending well with the main story. Did notice a few minor glitches of editing though.

 Take a deep breath before you are born here, my child! You take birth in a land where I struggled; Gave it my sweat and blood. A land that I thought belonged to me..… Unbridled, uncompromising.”

-From A Broken Man

Love goes beyond boundaries- of religion, caste, creed and nations. But the pain of separation grows deep within. A Broken Man with its straight forward story line may well be worth a  read, if you enjoy reading about India, want a light read and

This Time It’s Forever- Aditi Bose

This Time It’s Forever- Aditi Bose

There surely is no better feeling, than finding that one book that feels like magic in your hands. A book that takes you in from its very first page, right till the end. And when you are done reading it, you can feel your heart squeezing- a weird sort of ache and you clutch the book tightly unable to put it down.

I am one of those kinds who could read practically any genre of writing. I sometimes pick up contrasting genres back to back so that I am able to look at each book with a fresh perspective. My recent read was a book by Aditi Ray Bose- “This Time its forever”. The book is a tale of pursuit -of lost love, and finally accepting true feelings.

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Aisha Ahuja has almost everything in life. A decent job, a bunch of good friends and of course Arunavo. Their interaction though begin at a professional level, the daily rigmaroles of life get them closer to each other. Arunavo Banerjee on the other hand is this suave, mature, intellectual person. This charming man is every girl’s fantasy and Aisha also finds it hard to resist him. He has a past that he seldom wants to let go off. However, with the growing mutual attraction, the passion is almost waiting to break free. When one fateful night they finally decided to act upon their attraction, little did Aisha know that she would soon be seeing many twists and turns in her life.

When Arunavo walks out on her, Aisha misses him and his friendship. The walls around her heart are the only things keeping him out of her life. They knew each other’s heart and soul and now he was gone. Will Aisha allow that? Will she let his past win and her heart fail?

The book begins with an interesting prologue. A very short insight indeed into Aisha’s thoughts, stirring a high amount of curiosity, and well, you do start imagining the course of the tale, probably expecting a clichéd end to it. And that’s where Aditi Bose has successfully managed to pull it off. Don’t want to give away spoilers here, but yes, the book ends on a totally unexpected note. “This Time its forever” is a mixed box of feelings- of happiness, pain, anger, curiosity and surprises. But it sure does put you at ease once you bring that last page to a close.  

This simple, yet beautiful story of love and acceptance will turn you around. A great story to keep in your collection, and a perfect Saturday afternoon read!!!