Happy Women’s Day

Women's Day Collage

Today is “International Women’s Day”. This day has become extremely important for all the brands it seems; my inbox is spammed with promotional messages but is this day a shopping festival for us? No! We shop year around. We don’t need a day for that!

Let’s talk about real people. A teenager has no meaning for this day, a young boy might just call his mother or girlfriend and wish them; that too not from his heart. It might be due to peer pressure of a celebration going on at the work place. A married man will say, in my house, all 365 days are women’s day and trust me, when he says that, he doesn’t mean even a single letter of it. All three of them are of the opinion that why do these women even need a day?? We don’t have “International Men’s Day” while taking that puff of their cigarettes.

I agree! But dear men, it was a day when you were born and that too after a struggle of 9 months and many hours of labour which you gladly celebrate as your Birthday. You can’t even imagine what your mother has been through. That morning sickness, all that household work and managing you and your father (two children) at the same time. She didn’t take a single day leave because she was feeding you (in her maternity leave) and post that she was busy cooking food, cleaning your clothes, making your school bag etc.

Coming to another woman in your life, It was a day when she said “YES” and took the decision to get married to you which you celebrate as your Anniversary. She left her parent’s house, her paradise and came to yours where every day was a struggle. She had to adjust with your family, your weird relatives and your pet dog.  She puts up all that hard work to support you in all conditions and help you grow in your life. And yes, it was a day when she gave birth to your element of life, your child.

It was a day when your sister had to give up higher education because your father could only afford education to one child and you, being a man was his priority. Also, he was investing in making home which will ultimately go to you. And it was a day, when your sister happily got married and she always stands for you in case you her need her support.

It’s not just about a day, it’s about all the pain your mother has taken to bring you in this world, all the sacrifices she has done to give you education and the life you always wanted. It’s about the compromises your wife has done with her life and her career to take care of you, your house and your child. And if you think that you have paid her dues by giving her some expensive gifts, let me tell you something. If I quantify her pains, her efforts to make food for you while she was sick, harsh words when you were upset, giving up her career etc, those gifts might just be a fraction of what she has done for you. As a matter of fact, it’s just minuscule. Admit it!

These women could have been something in the world but they did let the opportunity go; just for “You”. And, still when it comes to introduce them you shy out saying that “Oh, my wife/mother/sister is just a home maker”. In reality, they actually are your HOME maker.

You know why do we have a day?? It’s not for us. We don’t need a day to celebrate ourselves. It’s for you to compliment all the women in your life; who have contributed to make YOU, what you are today. They don’t expect expensive gifts from you, just a word of appreciation will make their eyes fill with happiness. It’s for you to say Thank You for your mother’s efforts and your wife’s commitment and please mean it, when you say it. We women can easily make out when you don’t mean it.

I would like to thank my beautiful mother who gave me this life, my sisters who always make it home whenever my parents need support in my absence. My younger one always tell me, ‘Don’t worry, we will take care. You be focussed on what you want to achieve” She will also read this message to my mother next time she is home. I would like to thank all my friends who love me unconditionally, my colleagues who have always supported me at work, my maids who take care of my house in my absence and to all the women who have inspired me to be “ME”. Wish you all “Happy Women’s Day”. Proud to be a “Woman”




Jai GangaaJal

Jai GangaaJal

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Jai GangaaJal, a crime drama which is the sequel of movie Gangaajal released in 2003. I had a very high expectations with this movie, especially a woman playing a lead character. And, it’s a Prakash Jha Direction.

The film rolls at Bankipur District of Bihar which is highly corrupt and the entire system is on the fingertips of the politicians. With the influence of a politician, joins the first Female SP of the Region Aabha Mathur, played by Priyanka Chopra. Priyanka is simply amazing in this role. She is fit like a man, runs behind a criminal like a man and kicked many asses like a Man!! She is a total kickass! I thoroughly enjoyed her watching her in this role.

PeeCee is truly making waves with the variety of projects she is taking both on national and international level. She will make you fall in love with her character. Her command over language and dialogue deliveries are mind-blowing!!

Next in line is the character of B N Singh, played by Prakash Jha himself. He is a corrupt official who had a change of heart with sudden turn of events. Since, he is not only directed this movie but, also written the story, the screenplay and produced it; he knew how important is this character for the movie. I guess, that’s why he played it himself. He is headstrong, impressive and firm. This is the first time I have seen him acting and he is so impressive that you feel like you talking to someone right in front of you. He is definitely worth a watch! Hats off this guy!

Special mentions to Murli Sharma for playing Munna Mastani. This man is genius. You give him any character and he will put life into it. Rahul Bhat has a small but a significant role. He is done his part well. For the negative character, it goes to Ninad Kamat. He is brilliant. His body language, his dialogues, his entire personality is highly convincing to make you hate him.

As far as the story is concerned, it’s easy to guess the climax but the message comes out very loud and clear. No one should play with our country’s law and order or else the passionate khaki system knows how to deal with it. Once, Khaki gets crazy, no one will be spared! I truly salute to all the guys who maintain law and order in spite of difficult circumstances and high corruption in our country.

Direction is brilliant. The film doesn’t have songs but the director has used some folk songs very strategically and for the sets he has taken care of very minute details as well. He has been able to get the best of the performances from all his actors with some amazing dialogues like “Ilaichi Khayiye, soch me sugandh aayegi” one of the pet dialogues of B N Singh played by Director himself.

There were few disconnects in the movie. The shooting has been done in Bhopal and all the number plates have Madhya Pradesh registration and the district of the plot of the movie was Lakhisarai, a district in Bihar. Overall, it’s a good watch with some very strong performances and a good story line.

I will give this movie a 3.5*/5

I will encourage everyone to take their kids, especially daughters to watch this movie. This movie will inspire them to be courageous and strong to fight against evil. I will quote my favourite dialogue of the movie ” Jab khaki ka rang sahi ho na , toh chahe usse mard pehne ya aurat tum jaise namardon ko chutki mein uski aukaat dikha deti hai”