Fanny Re!

Finding-Fanny-

There is something about “Finding Fanny” that reminded me of “Waiting for Godot”. Highly improbable comparisons one would think. Perhaps it’s the doing word in the 2 titles- “finding” and “waiting”- that is the resemblance. However as I saw the movie, I gradually realised that it is not just a word in the two titles but the very idea of hope, giving a purpose to one’s otherwise futile existence, that is at centre of the two. Of course while the Existentialists would say that hope is philosophical suicide, Finding Fanny says just about the opposite- hope, even in the face of adversity, is what makes life worth it. Life is not always good or fair, things are seldom the way they seem and hardly ever work out the way you want them to and we all live a life of pretences at one level or another. Yet, the bitter- sweet mixture that life is, it is worth living and the elusive bird called love is worth seeking- knocking even when there are no doors.

With an impressive cast of veterans like Naseerudin Shah ( Ferdie), Pankaj Kapoor ( Don Pedro), ex hottie Dimple Kapadia ( Rosie) and current best sellers like Deepika Padukone ( Angie) and Arjun Kapoor (Savio), we get a good comedy, with shades of grey, after a long time. The movie picturesquely captures the queer Goan village where they reside and as the motley crowd goes on a wild goose chase to look for Fanny, we get a glimpse of life, as we know it. With its impeccable comic timing, crisp dialogues and sudden bathetic plunges it brings us face to face with life, albeit through a humorous lens. Ferdie and Don Pedro, as expected are flawless in their characters. I never had a great opinion about the sexy Bobby’s acting prowess but she fares better here as an actor than she did in her sexy hey days. Her derrière is the source of much amusement and inspiration to Don Pedro but one does wonder what happened to the sexy booty of Bobby! Both Deepika and Arjun Kapoor perform effortlessly and breeze through the film. It’s quite a pleasure watching them being able to hold their own in front of likes of Naseerudin Shah and Pankaj Kapoor.

Finding Fanny is clearly not a movie that is meant for the masses. The audience that makes likes of Masti a hit, isn’t going to be able to appreciate the finer nuances of a work such as this- no bawdy humour in the gross sense, no double meaning dialogues, no uncalled for booty show. Yes one does shake ones bootiya on the floor but that is to the music of life. A must watch for the discerning viewer.

Right Here Right Now- Nikita Singh

Right here “Can you find yourself when you don’t remember who you were?” “Can she have a peaceful present and future, without a past? Can she just live in the here and now?” These lines on the back of the book “Right Here Right Now” are what made me pick up the book. A blank mind, tabula rasa; living in the present moment; starting your life afresh with no past to bind you down; a second chance at life- what immense possibilities! Sadly, I realised that the problem is not the book but my expectations from it. I had never heard of the writer and had no idea what to expect. Today when you pick up a Chetan Bhagat book, you are not looking for any literary masterpiece but a just about readable story that for some reason goes onto become a best seller and have a movie based on it. Had I known about the author, I would have had a better idea about what to expect- a teenage love story, which is what it seems the author is best known for. No profound tabula rasas and clean slates please!! The best way to describe it is as a Karan Johar candyfloss romance, say Student of the Year, in print. There is no Barbie land kind of school full of latest brands and styles but yes, there is the cool coterie that is pretty close to the Student of the Year’s richie rich crowd. The protagonist, 17 year old Kalindi Mishra, in fact is a part of this snobbish group that looks down on everyone else, wears colour coordinated cool clothes, has boyfriends/girlfriends- basically the hep ones that consider it below their dignity to even acknowledge others especially the “nerds”. That, however, was before her accident. Post the accident, about which we are given no answers, she is a different person altogether, trying to find her place among old friends, with whom she can no longer identify and the new ones, whom she had looked down upon until her accident. Incidentally, is this “no answers to obvious questions” the latest trend in fiction? A Bad Chararcter (read my review here)too left a lot of whys unanswered. The story is rather clichéd and predictable in its portrayal of the cool vs nerd school gangs; the spoilt teenage brat who is an enigma to her family and even the personality change that Kalindi goes through. Where it could have brought in novelty is in the exploration of the nightmares that haunt Kalindi, delving into her subconscious and by giving a little more information about her accident. However, these are left untouched or at best touched very cursorily. The style is conversational- nothing original or striking here either. A Bad Character, on the other hand, had something to offer by way of style and presentation. Overall, it’s probably a good enough read for teenagers and the college going crowd. Others can easily give it a miss..No losses here! If you just want to kill time, you could instead watch Student of the Year.

Indigo Hair Colour by Indigo Prabhu

 

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I received a sample of indigo hair dye a while ago from a gentleman by the name of Prabhu V Lakkshmana (www.indigoprabhu.com). Honestly, I had not heard of them and was slightly sceptical about using it. But having used indigo for long, I can sort of make out if the product is chemical laden from the smell. Since it “smelled” and looked fine, I went ahead and tried it and here is my take on it.

The procedure for application is the same as for any henna-indigo. First, you apply henna. If you want detailed instructions regarding mixing and applying henna, please refer to my earlier post on TVAM henna and Indigo here. I mixed henna the previous evening in an iron bowl with curd, honey, a tablespoon of mustard oil and lemon. After application, I left it for about 2-3 hours and shampooed it off.

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After this came the crucial part- indigo. The indigo packet I received was in a double packing to keep it air tight and fresh. The packaging is very basic and not fancy like that of TVAM indigo. It comes with a small leaflet of instructions- standard instructions for use of henna followed by indigo application. For those of you who are using indigo for the first time, please remember that indigo paste needs to be applied immediately.

This time I made one change from all my previous indigo applications. I was hard pressed for time so instead of waiting for the hair to dry and apply the indigo in the evening or the next day, I applied it on towel dried hair. I checked about doing so on mehandi.com (http://www.ancientsunrise.com/blackkit/index.html) and since they say it’s okay to do so, I went ahead with it. In fact, anyone who has any doubts or questions regarding henna and indigo application should refer to this site (www.mehandi.com) .

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Although the leaflet with this indigo powder says to mix it with “warm leaf tea decoction”, I mixed it with luke warm water. I did not cover my entire hair but only the roots and left it for about 2 ½ hours after which I shampooed it. The grey coverage was perfect and as it always is with indigo, it darkened over the next 2 days.

As far as I can see, there is no difference between this indigo and what I have been using so far, TVAM Indigo, this one being infinitely cheaper. Priced at Rs 150/- for 100 grams (if you order more than one, price goes down) it is much cheaper than TVAM Indigo at Rs 455/- for 100 grams. As for the purity of the product, well, one just has to trust the manufacturer and go with whatever experience one has gathered along the way. Indigo Prabhu site says that they are exporters of indigo and henna and the product on its own seems fine. The only drawback that I can see is that the product is available only through their website    ( http://www.indigoprabhu.com/)

For those of you who have any doubts about using henna and indigo, please do read up about it at mehandi.com. Henna and indigo are perfectly natural, safe ways of colouring your hair. Yes, indigo is somewhat drying but not more than the chemical hair colours. If you put as much conditioner on your hair as one does post colour application, you will get as smooth hair! Be careful of the so called “black henna” that has chemicals like PPD. Indigo on its own is perfectly natural and safe. For covering greys naturally, do give it a try!!