Sex, alcohol, drugs and Arjun Reddy

I just watched the telugu movie Arjun Reddy, and I must say, even before watching it I was pretty curious to watch it just from the teasers, trailers, posters and general hysteria. Also Vijay Devarakonda is cute, cannot lie.

Im not a huge fan of telugu cinema but I’m loving how the telugu movie industry is redefining its image lately, and steering away from mainstream clichés and ideologies that have plagued it.

I knew before going in to the threatre this movie was going to be bold, but I wasn’t expecting the pace and this level of intensity. Right from the opening shot, the scene shows Vijay and a girl lying naked in bed, covered in white sheets, on a four-poster bed in the middle of what appears to be a beach. It was a bizarre image yet serene and beautiful. Almost calming. And that’s what I loved about this movie. None of the kissing or sex scenes were overtly erotic or sexualized. There was nothing dirty or vulgar about it. All the scenes were meaningful and beautiful.

It made me think how ironic it is that this movie got an adult or A rating wheres in other mainstream Indian movies there is so much violence, gore, objectfication of women and even rape scenes and yet they get a U/A rating and we let kids watch that stuff like it’s no big deal.

ew. Gross.

Arjun Reddy features two consenting adults in an intimate relationship and everybody loses their minds.

awww

How is it that we have become so desensitized towards violence yet can’t handle even a little bit of intimacy?

I think the whole problem stems from the fact that in India, the idea of purity is reduced to virginity. When really there is so much more to it like purity of the heart, mind and soul. We cheapen the whole idea of purity when we say purity = virginity. And according to society the onus of remaining pure falls on women. But I digress. This is a topic for another post ☺

Coming back to the movie, yes, there is a lot of making out. And sex. And throughout nearly the whole second half of the film, he is high. On coke, weed. And I don’t know what else. I felt the second half of the film was too long, but I understand that the director probably wanted to show the whole process of grief and heartbreak Arjun was going through. The length of the film certainly draws you into the story and makes you connect with the characters.

What I loved about Arjun’s character is that he was so realistic (in the sense that there was some aspect of him that almost anyone can relate to) but at the same time somehow larger than life.

That being said, it must be noted that I don’t agree with the decisions he took or his lifestyle. He is, in fact, a complete psychopath, but arnt they all like that? The dominant obsessive love struck characters are all a bit psychotic, whether it’s Christian Gray or heathcliffe or Jay Gatsby. That’s what makes them so.. juicy.

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Period Dramas Are LIFE

When you are someone like me who has an obsession with historical fiction, where would you be without period dramas?!

I made a comprehensive list of period dramas by chronological time periods. I have watched a few of these but not all. Some of these are more popular (Downton Abbey, Mad Men) while there are some really great underrated series too. Not gonna lie though, some of these are downright cheezy and may not even be historically accurate. But who cares?! I’ll take a dashing Mr. Darcy in his breeches sipping tea by a quaint thicket in his lavish garden any day.

ROMAN ERA

Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010) 100BC-71BC
Rome (2005) 50BC-30BC

MIDDLE AGES

Vikings (2013) 793
The Last Kingdom (2015) 872
Marco Polo (2014) 1271-1368

RENAISSANCE

The White Queen (2013) 1464
Isabel (2012) 1472-1492
Da Vinci’s Demons (2013) 1470s
The Borgias (2011) 1492

TUDOR ERA

The Tudors (2007) 1525-1540s
Wolf Hall (2015) 1500-1535
Reign (2013) 1542-1560

GEORGIAN ERA

Black Sails (2014) 1715
Poldark (2015) 1780s
Banished (2015) 1788
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015) early 1800s
The Red and the Black (1993) 1814-1830

REGENCY PERIOD

Great Expectations (2011) 1812
To the Ends of the Earth (2005) 1812
Garrow’s Law (2009) 1810s-1820s
Vanity Fair (1998) 1811-1820
Lost in Austen (2008) 1811-1820
Pride and Prejudice (1995) 1810s
Emma (2009) 1810s

VICTORIAN ENGLAND

Martin Chuzzlewit (1994) 1842
Cranford (2007) 1840s
North and South (2004) 1840s
Wives and Daughters (1999) 1840s
Jane Eyre (2006) 1840s
Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996) 1848
Bleak House (2005) 1852-1853
Little Doorit (2008) 1855-1857
Desperate Romantics (2009) 1850s
Doctor Thorne (2016) 1850s
Daniel Deronda (2002) 1865
He Knew He Was Right (2004) 1860s
The Way We Live Now (2001) 1870s
The Buccaneers (1995) 1870s
Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008) 1870s
The Paradise (2012) 1890
Murdoch Mysteries (2008) 1890s
Lark Rise to Candleford (2008) end of 19th century

The Forsyte Saga (1968) 1886-1936
The Forsyte Saga (2002)

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR & OLD WEST

Underground (2016) 1857
Copper (2012) 1860s
Deadwood (2004) 1876

EDWARDIAN ERA

The Knick (2014) 1900
Berkeley Square (1998) 1902
Mr. Selfridge early (2013) 1900s
Another Period (2015) 1900-1910
When Calls the Heart (2014) 1910

WORLD WAR 1

Parade’s End (2012) 1914-1918 (WW1)
Downton Abbey (2010) 1910s-1920s

THE 20s

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (2012) 1920s
The House of Elliot (1991) 1920s
Little Doorit (2008) 1920s
The Grand (1997) 1920s
Downton Abbey (2010) 1910s-1920s

PROHIBITIONIST ERA

Boardwalk Empire (2010)  1920-1933 (Prohibitionist era)

THE 30s

South Rising (2011) 1930s
Mildred Pierce (2011) 1931
Dancing on the Edge (2013) 1930s
Poirot (1989) 1932-1936
Upstairs Downstairs (2010) 1936

INDIAN BRITISH RAJ

Indian Summers (2015) 1932
The Jewel in the Crown (1984) 1942

WORLD WAR 2

Home Fires (2015) 1939-1940
Island of War (2004) 1940s
Land Girls (2009) 1940s

THE 50s

Call the Midwife (2012) 1950s
The Bletchley Circle (2012) 1952-1953
A Place to Call Home (2013) 1950s
The Hour (2012) 1950s
Masters of Sex (2013) 1950s-1960s

THE 60s

Pan Am (2011) 1960s
Our Mutual Friend (1998) 1960s
Mad Men (2007) 1960s

 

I will keep updating this list as I discover new shows. Maybe get around to watching them.

There are many period dramas from other languages and cultures too, but I haven’t ventured there yet. Also I am very tempted to put Arthur on this list but I don’t think it qualifies as a period drama..

5 Reasons to Detest Daisy Bhuchanan

So, I watched the film The Great Gatsby (the 2013 Baz Lurhmann one) yesterday and having read the book a while back, I think the movie did a really good job of portraying it. The actors cast, including Carey Mulligan as Daisy, were great in their roles. (The music, although amazing, seemed sort of out-of-placeish for the time period:-/). That being said, the movie also reminded me of how much I detest the characters in that novel. Its hard for me to identify which character annoys me the most, but Daisy Bhuchanan would be a good bet. Here are five reasons why:

    1. She is selfish and egotistic: She falls in love with Gatsby in the first place thinking that he is rich and prestigious when he comes to her house, and later, ditches him when she finds out he is poor and marries Tom instead(who happens to be rich and in high social standing). Afterwards, when she finds out he is loaded, she starts seeing Gatsby again. But when the fact that he is not from a high status family and his past as a poor farmer’s boy is revealed, she jumps ship yet again.
    2. She knows that her husband, Tom, is having an extramarital affair, yet she chooses to ignore this, because… well, it really just boils down to the fact that he is socially prominent and rich.
    3. She lets Gatsby take the blame for the car crash: Ok, so even if she is selfish and doesn’t give a damn, if she had even an ounce of dignity or self-respect she would have confessed. Why is it okay for her to get away with it? Just because she is the ‘coveted female’, she can get away with anything gratis. Even murder, it seems. This is exactly the sort of thing I hate. Where, a guy runs around behind the unattainable ‘dream girl’ and she thinks it is her right to get all these concessions. She should have confessed. Period.
    4. She basically uses Gatsby: She knows that she isn’t going to leave her husband and marry Gatsby; she also knows how serious he is about her. Instead of being clear about her intentions, she just leads him on and toys with his emotions. “Let’s just have fun!” she says, and continues the affair with no regard whatsoever to future consequences. If she was just straight-up honest about her intentions from the beginning, it would have saved him the heartache and he might have moved on.
    5. Not only is she completely irresponsible and careless, she is also cold and heartless: I think, indirectly, but ultimately, she is to be blamed for Gatsby’s death. If she had confessed to the murder, he might still be alive. Also, instead of leaving, he stayed back in his house waiting and hoping for her phone call( which would never come of course). In the end, she just leaves, conveniently; like the whole thing is somebody else’s mess to clean up. She doesn’t even have the decency to show up at the funeral.