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.

Curatorial Note.

The tunnel box, explains my story of cities and signs 1. This city is all about signs and symbols. The elements of this chapter shows how deceptive the city is. Every element in the city have two meanings, the actual and the metaphorical. Through my tunnel box I have tried to explain what few elements metaphorically mean. forgetting the actual story of the cities and signs, I have written my new story and explained the story through a visual with the help of a tunnel box. For example, Medusa is an element in my story, we all know how dangerous she is, but not thinking about her bad and monstrous part, have written how good she turned out to be after the final result.

Semiotics

Signifier

Signified

Sign

over the void

unoccupied space

A feeling of isolation

cling to the hempen strands

hang on to

Fear of letting go

clouds glide past

passage of time

Life goes on.

chasm’s bed

emptiness

loneliness

passage and as support

interconnection of web

Gives a feeling of oneness and

uncertain

unstable

A temporary feeling.

Fedora- Curatorial Note

Week 7: 7/3/16

Curatorial Note

Invisible Cities, the book by Italo Calvino, describes different cities through a common perspective. In the entire book, the cities either visually or metaphorically represent different traits. Such traits, habits or concepts that are depicted through different elements in the cities. These scenarios in each of the cities in the book eventually lead into portraying a single city. Similarly, while leading a certain kind of life, it is inevitable to experience and go through different circumstances but eventually life and the person remain as it is.

Fedora, one of the cities from the book, can be understood through various lenses. The globes can be assigned different meanings. They maybe memories, hopes or dreams. The changes in the cities might depict different circumstances. To each person the story induces a different feeling and hence a different perspective.

To think of the globes as memories, or a collective memory, each and every small aspect of the city which might not exist the very next moment starts holding an important value. The cities in the little globes, portray what one once desired and how it was visually.

The city which the inhabitants desired were spaces, as the time passes by the city grows and so do the desires, there is a change observed not only in the dimensions of the city but also the how the time has shaped different desires. The only certainty about Fedora is the fact that it exists. On the map of Fedora, there is a space that is occupied by Fedora. This space is made up of not only the actual city but also the imagined and desired forms of the city.

When the city is viewed through visuals only, we understand the different elements mentioned in the passage hold a meaning which can be related metaphorically. To understand the city through signs, simple elements are taken into account and studied deeply. In Fedora, different aspects of the city like the elephants, or the minarets depict how the city have surroundings that differ every now and then.

Finally what Fedora portrays and means differs from person to person. To me, Fedora is a an experience. We all have some sort of desire of how we want things to take place and how they should proceed according to our wishes, but it never really works that way. We repeatedly think of these situations and hence they are etched into our minds. Even if we were to visit Fedora, we would have at least one memory or desire that we would remember amongst all the changing phases of the city. That one desire, so vivid, that would soon be the only memory we hold of Fedora. This memory or desire, to its inhabitants are the globes. In the mayhem caused by the repeated changes in the city, the inhabitants have one place to go to, where their minds can be at peace and their desires can be revisited till some extent. Hence, these globes in Fedora hold a lot of importance, rather than just keeping a record of desires and memories.

Curatorial Note

‘Invisible citites by Italo Calvino was the foundation of our project. Each of us had to choose a passage that we liked from the book and I chose The cities and the dead and my city was Argia. Each class we deconstructed our passage into smaller pieces and it helped us discover the metaphor behind our city.

The first time we were told to read our passage and deconstruct it, we did not have any direction as to where this was going. As we moved further we started looking at the passage from three perpectives, first being memory,second constructed environments and third semiotics. After looking at the passage from these perspectives we made visuals based on them, and then we started undertsanding all the elements and how they came together in our passage.

After deconstructing our passage we created our own narrative based on the same principles from Calvinos passage.We then turned that narrative into a visual and eventually turned the visual into a cut out.

I transformed my narrtive for Argia into my tunnel book. My tunnel book is like a grave , a lonely and dark place where the souls came to life at an ungodly hour. This was my understanding from Calvinos passage. I deconstructed each sentence in my passage and Calvinos description led me to thinking of the city as a graveyard. I have showed how the body lies beneath the groud dead and the soul comes to life in the city and describes it.

 

Constructed environment-Argia

  1. How does Calvino describe this city?

calvion describes this city as a lonely  and dark place. It has earth instead of air which means that it could possibly be a grave that is filled with mud.The city consists of widening worm tunnels and trees. It is extremly clustored damp and awfully quiet.

2.Monuments tell a story of a place and they make up the history of a place.Monuments also give us a brief idea of how people live in a society, i.e the style of thier houses , means of transportation, kind of food etc. In Argia on each stair another stairway is set in negative, over the roofs of houses hang layers of  rocky terrain like skies with clouds.

3.How does urban interact with natural?

Urban and natural play equal roles in Argia. For example there houses on top of which layers of rocky terrain like skies hang, on each stair another stairway  is set in negative. This sort of gives us a sense of urbanisation, on the other hand, there are widening worm tunnels and crevices where roots twist and there is mud instead of air.

4.How do you distinguish between natural and man made?

Argia is natural city which has a few man made elements.It is filled with dirt and mud. It has widening worm tunnels and crevices where roots twist.The stairs and houses with roofs are the man made elements in the city.

 

Curatorial Note

The project started with the reading of Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’, a book which made me think about so many things in a different perspective. We then read a passage about a city called Isidora and tried to find the meaning behind it. We then rewrote that story and made our own visuals based on it. Then we picked out a passage of our choice and then worked with it throughout the duration of this project. As we moved forward we explored the deeper meaning behind Calvino’s text. I realized that all these descriptions written by him were more interconnected than I previously thought and understood how this talks about the various ways in which a mind of a person can work. There is an underlying reason for everything that happens in our life.

Even the passage that I chose, about a city called Esmeralda  talks about the decisions and steps that we take affect our decisions in life. The way in which our future takes shapes is constantly changing as it depends upon the actions and decisions we take and thus the structure of it changes too. There are always multiple ways available to us to achieve our goals, but it depends on each individual person what they choose to achieve it.