When was the last time you noticed your dark circles and regretted staying up late watching a movie?
We’d say never!
Movies are an essential part of our life. They play a vital role in the advancement of our culture. We take inspiration from them in the way we lead our lives. Irrespective of their form, they hold the power to transport their audiences into a multiverse within the span of a few hours. At the same time, they have the ability to keep us grounded when we are high on imagination. The thought, technology, creativity, and talent that go into making a movie itself speak volumes when brought together on screen.
Watching movies has been a popular favorite pastime for people almost since the moment they came into existence, and even after decades, this has not changed. There has been considerable evolvement and many fluctuations over the years but the mere satisfaction and sense of comfort people feel walking in and out of the theatre have remained the same.
Well, the Movie edition has been a tradition of kMITRA, and the way we like it, with a tiny twist, this edition we were given five prompts as follows:
- A movie that isn’t in your mother tongue/native language or English
- A movie filmed in the year you were born
- A movie directed by a woman
- A movie based on a book
- A movie based on real events
Our members were asked to pick a movie satisfying one or more of the prompts. All the articles in this edition are inspired by those movies. With all the razzle-dazzle and pomp we asked for suggestions from our readers on our Instagram handle. Numerous suggestions rolled in for each of the aforementioned prompts. Now that the spotlight was on the writers, they had an addition to their movie watchlist, only with a sorted priority.
And to our readers, before you tell us “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!”, we’ll only suggest you “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride” before you “La-dee-da, la-dee-da” into the movie edition, acknowledging our attempts to make it a little more interesting for you.
But “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky? ‘ Well, do ya, punk?”
To present the first category of articles we have, Al Pacino, and the category is “A movie that isn’t in your mother tongue/native language or English” and the nominees are:
- Abhay’s fictional story inspired by Vivir Dos Veces
- Suraj’s short fiction inspired by Android Kunjappan version 5.25
- Raghuram’s introspection of Akira
- Shubham’s breakdown of screen-writing inspired by Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya
- Prajwal’s two-cents inspired by Life is Beautiful!
- Taahir’s philosophical approach to Super Deluxe
To present the second category of articles we have, Rakesh Roshan, and the category is “A movie filmed in the year you were born” and the nominees are:
- Sreelaya’s view on psychopaths inspired by A Beautiful Mind
- Meghna’s take on the evolution of animation inspired by Spirited Away
- Azhhar’s amusing work on con-artists inspired by Catch me if you can
To present the third category of articles we have, Zoya Akhtar, and the category is “A movie directed by a woman” and the nominees are:
- Sweeya’s emotional story inspired by Frida
- Nita’s inspiring fiction inspired by Lost Girls
- Saranya’s beautiful note inspired by Koode
- Somana’s contrasting yet similar views inspired English Vinglish and Dil Dhadakne Do.
- Shreya’s informative piece on music in Iran inspired by Persepolis
To present the fourth category of articles we have, George R.R. Martin, and the category is “A movie based on a book” and the nominees are:
- Shivani’s compassionate views on dogs inspired by The Art of Racing in the Rain
- Sadwi’s short suspense story inspired by The Three Faces of Eve
- Krishna Chaitanya’s heart-wrenching letter inspired by The Pianist
- Saketh’s article on cryptography inspired by The Imitation Game
- Vaishnavi’s hilarious comparison to Julius Caeser inspired by Mean Girls
- Nainika’s piece on the significance of color inspired by The Color Purple
To present the fourth category of articles we have, Martin Scorsese. The category is “A movie based on real events” and the nominees are:
- Shreya G’s personal diary inspired by Uri
- Shreya’s account of Dalai Lama’s life inspired by Seven Years in Tibet
- Kruthi’s work on the current life of Kashmiris inspired by Haider
- Kshetra’s motivational perspective inspired by Forrest Gump
P.S: Most of the articles satisfy multiple prompts.
We also have a special category to honor one of Bollywood’s brightest minds Sushant Singh Rajput. He was one of the most talented, and hard-working actors of the era.
Guest article by Sreeja Mukka Seri, Sushant.
“The cinema substitutes for our gaze a world more in harmony with our desires.” ~André Bazin
Just so you know, our kind of award ceremony doesn’t have a jury and there isn’t a single winner either, so why don’t you choose the winner for us. Get reading!