ANDAAZ APNA APNA – review

Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, “Andaz Apna Apna” brought the two Khans – Aamir and Salman – together for the first, and also i guess the last time on the big screen. Interestingly, though it was imminent, the two actresses got into catfights throughout the making of the film. Amazingly, there were no traces of this misdemeanour on screen. From an outsider’s point of view, all four actors shared great timing and worked wonderfully as a team. 
What follows from start to finish is an unstoppable session of laughs, more laughs and yet more of it. The good thing about this movie is that it is a clean entertainer and does not resort to tasteless humour or cheap gimmickry. Come to think of it, this movie doesn’t have a story, nor does it bank on narrative. It is purely a dialogue and comical or drama  or/and a comedy based film.

There have been very few great comedy films in the history of Hindi Cinema. Andaz Apna Apna happens to be one of them. The film is based on a very simple story of two poor young men (Aamir and Salman) who dream of becoming rich by marrying a millionaire’s daughter. As the story progresses it turns out to be a mad chase from Ram Gopal Bajaj’s wealth, full of humor, romance thrills and chills. Amongst  a few other bollywood movies, I think it is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.

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ANDAAZ APNA APNA – review

Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, “Andaz Apna Apna” brought the two Khans – Aamir and Salman – together for the first, and also i guess the last time on the big screen. Interestingly, though it was imminent, the two actresses got into catfights throughout the making of the film. Amazingly, there were no traces of this misdemeanour on screen. From an outsider’s point of view, all four actors shared great timing and worked wonderfully as a team. 
What follows from start to finish is an unstoppable session of laughs, more laughs and yet more of it. The good thing about this movie is that it is a clean entertainer and does not resort to tasteless humour or cheap gimmickry. Come to think of it, this movie doesn’t have a story, nor does it bank on narrative. It is purely a dialogue and comical or drama  or/and a comedy based film.

There have been very few great comedy films in the history of Hindi Cinema. Andaz Apna Apna happens to be one of them. The film is based on a very simple story of two poor young men (Aamir and Salman) who dream of becoming rich by marrying a millionaire’s daughter. As the story progresses it turns out to be a mad chase from Ram Gopal Bajaj’s wealth, full of humor, romance thrills and chills. Amongst  a few other bollywood movies, I think it is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.

Thinking about Design

This part of the semester, we work with design and begin our 7-week exploration of research and thinking, working with “Parts of a Whole”. Since the students pick their specialisations over the next few weeks, it is crucial that they know their options and make well-researched and thought through decisions. Integrative Seminar and Studio tackles this process of understanding design AND teaches students the methods of research and academic writing.

The Design of Everyday Objects by Don Norman  is an excellent place to start and the class divided the first chapter in groups of four to read, explain and discuss it. The discussion was great– we all participated and bite-sized chunks understood the essay, which any way was written lucidly. 🙂

For next week, we’re making formal presentations on 4 leaders of design from the specialisations offered at ISDI (Communication, Fashion, Interior, and Product), to investigate the growth of the disciplines, and how the greats became great.

Memory Narrative

I went to Dorothea to work on a project. I had to take interviews of the people staying in Dorothea. When I entered the city, the first thing that came to my mind was the hot weather. It was so hot because of the desert. The architecture of the building was beautiful. Everything about it was so well planned. The people were kind and helpful and did not resist or refused in giving interviews. They had a very simple way of dressing up. They usually wore pastel coloured clothes. Men wore plaid pants and plaid shirt while women wore long cotton blouses and long skirts. Both men as well as women wore jewelleries. They wore silver plated armlets and anklets . While I was taking the interview of a camel driver who brought me to the city from the station, I noticed some people gathering around a place. I got down to see what was happening. This is when I experienced a Dorothean type of wedding. The girl was getting married to young man of the same city but of another quarter. They families were wealthy. They gave the bride’s family expensive goods at the time of marriage. They gave them their daughter and in return the family gave them expensive goods. I asked the camel driver about the system of exchanging goods. He told me that it was a custom that everyone had to follow. I continued taking his interview. He told me about his experience of coming to the city. He came to the city when he was in his youth to earn a living.

Constructed Environment

How does Calvino describe his cities ?

Calvino describes the city by giving details of the architecture of the city. Four aluminum towers rise from its walls with seven gates on either side with spring operated drawbridges  that span the moat whose water fills four canals which cross the city.  The city is divided into nine quarters and each quarter has three hundred houses and seven hundred chimneys.

What is the role that monuments play ?

The role of the monuments is to show memory. It shows memory for instance if some person visits some place, he remembers the structure of the buildings, the architecture and it becomes a memory. Whenever he describes that city or hears the name, he is reminded of that structure and the architecture that he saw. Here the structure includes the four aluminum towers, the seven gates, the spring operated drawbridges, the moat, the four green canals, the nine quarters and the three hundred houses with seven hundred chimneys.

How does the urban interact with the natural?

The urban is being referred to the city with aluminum towers, seven gates, spring operated drawbridges, three hundred houses and seven hundred chimneys. The natural here means the moat  which is made by nature. The two interact as there is a drawbridge which covers the space overs the moat. This is how the urban, which is the drawbridge, interacts with the natural, the moat as it acts like a bridge over the moat.

How do we distinguish between nature and man made ?

Man made is something that has been made by man and does not exist naturally or is not made by nature.  Natural is something that has been created by nature and man has no control over its existence. The aluminum towers, seven gates, drawbridges. Three hundred houses and seven hundred chimneys are all man made.  Whereas the moat is made by nature.

Examining structures of the city

The structure of the city has been described by Calvino as : four aluminum towers rise from its walls with seven gates on either side with spring operated drawbridges that span the moat. The city is divided into nine quarters, each with three hundred houses and seven hundred chimneys.

 

Semiotics Table

Signifier                                                                                     Signified                                                                           Literal Meaning
Four aluminium towers                                              tall narrow buildings                                             tall building, either free standing or
                                                                                                                                                                          forming a part of a building
seven gates                                                                   barrier/ protector                                                  a hinged barrier used to close an
                                                                                                                                                                           opening in a wall, fence or hedge
drawbridges                                                                 passage                                                                  a bridge, especially over a moat which is
                                                                                                                                                                          hinged at one end so that it may
                                                                                                                                                                           be raised to prevent people crossing
canals                                                                             man- made waterway                                        an artificial waterway constructed to
                                                                                                                                                                       allow the passage of boats or ships
                                                                                                                                                                       inland or to convey water for irrigation
nine quarters                                                               divided into sections                                            be stationed or lodged in a specified
                                                                                                                                                                         place
my eye returns to contemplate                       he is longing to go back to the desert                     he wants to go back but it is too late
the desert expanses
this path is only one of the many                    out of many, this was one path                                out of many, this is one path and others
paths that opened in front of me                                                                                                            are yet to open

Poem

The uninterrupted and intense heat of the sun

The feel of the grimy sand everywhere

The endless sea of dry desert to be travelled

This is what I had left behind there.

Dorothea, my escape from it all

Thought I would settle down

Away from the grit and the grime

But after so many years I was still dissatisfied.

Once again longing for the feel of the sands

The bumpy camel rides across the miles

The golden sun warm against my skin

The music of the low hum of the voices in the caravan

As we travelled across to unknown places

Miles to be covered, destinations to be reached

Meeting new people discovering new places

An endless journey, this is where I belong, this is what I want.