Singing In The Rain (1952) – Dr. Satish Movie Review

Have you ever become transcendental when the sky becomes dark and it is about to rain? Does your heart gets elated imagining yourself getting drenched in the torrential down pour and throw your  raincoat to the winds? And then croon a beautiful song while getting wet from head to toe and dance in the muddy puddle splashing the water all over,  careless of the world around you? If so you have fallen in love, just like Gene Kelly when he sings “Singing In The Rain” .
His solo dance  right after he as Don Lockwood  and young Kathy Selden ( Debbie Reynolds) realize they’re falling in love. That explains the dance: He doesn’t mind getting wet, because he’s smitten with romance. He dances with the umbrella, swings from a lamppost, has one foot on the curb and the other in the gutter, and in the scene’s high point, simply jumps up and down in a rain puddle. And when the policeman is in the sight… he does a wonderful acrobatic which only a Gene Kelly class can do.  Yes It is a title song of the film. It is as fresh as a dew on the rose petal and classic musical in the league of Sound Of Music, My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, An American In Paris and many others.   But “Singin’ in the Rain” is a transcendent experience, and no one who loves movies can afford to miss it.

The three stars–Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connorand 19-year-old Debbie Reynolds- make the movie most memorable by their sheer footwork. The movie is  about the film industry in a period of risky transition. From silent to talkies. It  shoecases the changeover in a simplified manner at the same time keeping the authenticity in tact. Like   how the microphones were hidden in the flowerpots, how the cameras were kept in soundproof rooms,  The movie simplifies the changeover from silents to talkies, but doesn’t falsify it. And, yes, preview audiences did laugh when they first heard the voices of some of the actors.
When the film was made in 1952. Gene Kelly and O’Connor were established stars, and were past masters in the footing section.  Watch O’Connor’s “Make ’em Laugh” number in this film. It remains one of the most amazing dance sequences ever filmed in Hollywood.  A majority part in longer takes and oh  no dummy and no  body double and no computer animation .  He grapples with a mannequin, runs up  the walls. His somersaults? Matchless. He flings  himself  in the air  like a rag doll, dashes  into a brick wall and a lumber plank, turns cartwheels on the floor and smashes  into  a drapery.
Debbie Reynolds was comparatively  a newcomer, with five small roles previously, and this was her big break. She had  to match the professionals like Kelly and O’ Connor. Well what she did? Watch her determination. This petite girl  takes giant strides when they all march toward a couch in the “Good Morning” and finishes as if she werea  guru to these two men.
Now let us talk about most interesting character in the film. Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen), the blond bolt from the blue with the voice like, have you ever   scratched  your fingernails on a wooden plank? How is the sound? Yes she has the same. She plays a comic dumbo.   A blond, who  reads  in the fan magazine that she is in love with her leading man, Don Lockwood (Kelly), and believes it.  When questioned about it and explained that it is all false, she blurts out,   “What do they think I am? Dumb or something? Why, I make more money than Calvin Coolidge put together!”  She steals the scene.  The real Hagen had a perfectly acceptable and sweet  voice. But this role helped her win an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress.
The climax is wonderful. Lina had borrowed her voice from Kathy but when audience cheers Lina to sing on stage, everyone is in dilemma.  Kathy is requested to sing behind the curtain  while Lina mouths the words. Lockwood and studio boss, after some minutes raise  the curtain and when  the audience sees the trick, all hell breaks loose.  Lina’s face is drained of color,  Kathy takes  flight down the aisle—to save herself from the embarrassment but then, Lockwood, onstage, cries out, “Ladies and gentlemen, stop that girl! That girl running up the aisle! That’s the girl whose voice you heard and loved tonight! She’s the real star of the picture–Kathy Selden!”  It makes one of the great romantic moments in the movies.
The magic of “Singin’ in the Rain” will live on forever.
Dr. Satish

Men Are Merely Mortal Too!

The other day a son of my friend approached me and said that his parents were after him to start a family. Be like a man and do it,  they were telling him. Yes.  Be a man. Poor guy was not aware of how hard it is sometimes to be a man.

Is it a man’s world? You got to be kidding.

 In whatever way you define a gender, a  clear line separates men from women.  Most people believe this line actually exists. Then how do we define a man?  To me, he is that section of the society who has testosterone. This gives him the urge for coitus which helps the unending process of continuing the human species.

That is the only difference. Estrogen and Testosterone. The physical separation between the legs and chest. But on a characteristic level?  I wouldn’t separate out these humans into genders.

It is quite possible for a man to have a man’s physical appearance but at the same time have more feminine characteristics from within, and yes, a woman could act like a man in precarious position.  It indeed is, therefore, cruelty to be restricted in a framework of behaviour and countenance, by this traditional definition.

So are you a man?

Then act Manly although deep inside, you do not want to. A lot of people would not go by my definition of gender and hence their idea would be:

  1. Men should not like Pink (even though his wife’s name is Pinky).
  2. Men should like blue (in spite of he is suffering from Monday blues).
  3. Men don’t cry (even though he has tear producing ducts in his eyes).
  4. They must hold back emotions. (refer number 3 above).
  5. Men are drunkards. (They never drink tap water).
  6. Man must propose a woman in a relationship, with a rose in hand, bent down on his knees (even though he recently underwent knee replacement surgery).
  7. Men always chase women. (They don’t have jobs).
  8. Men are possible rapists. (They are unaware of criminal procedure code for rapists).
  9. Men only have to lift heavy bags after shopping. (So they can develop their biceps without weight training).
  10. He is all mechanics. He has to repair a broken car, change a light bulb, fix a leakage, pay the bills, buy a cell phone for their better half, and fix a TV. (As if women are dumb in these areas).
  11. It is a man who has to earn the bread as per the social norm. ( I can show many women entrepreneurs and CEOs and women workforce).
  12. Look closely at the Display Profile of a cell phone of a woman. You will hardly find her with her husband, except on his birthday.  Now, look at the cell phone of a man.  In a majority of cases, he invariably has his wife alongside him. (This is true).

People (read women) always assume that because men have a pair of testicles, life must be much easier for them. Is it? No. Most painful part  is man has to literally show that his  penis is  becoming big  from the flaccid state and becomes erect and show his orgasm by way of spilling semen,  whereas all a woman has to do is spread her legs, put some saliva (which is readily available) and fake orgasm, if she so thinks. Bingo! This is total injustice from Mother Nature. So what is the big deal? Truth is, men are made of the same organic matter as women. They feel the same thing and have the same emotions. If testicles would not have developed, it would have been Labia Majora of a  woman.

Men also cry. “I like walking in the rains so nobody can see my tears “Charlie Chaplin had said.  They cry silently because they don’t want others to perceive them as weak.

Loneliness is also more present among men because men receive less attention than women. A woman perhaps likes a man; she might never talk to him. She might even act cold because she feels intimidated. When a man talks to a girl, she starts feeling uncomfortable, as though the man has sex in his head. He is expected to be at your toes and go out of his way to help the fairer sex because he believes in chivalry, even when it’s not required, or worse when she is taking absolute advantage of him.  Most men don’t know  how to read  subtle signs and women think that the man is an idiot.  Thus men end up suffering from loneliness and depression because they don’t get attention from others. And yes, men need a lot of attention too. Depression and loneliness are real and extremely common among men.

Male depression

Everyone should understand that men –

  • need support. They become elated when she tells him she will be there no matter how long it takes.
  • love it if they can make you laugh.
  • still, want to know that you choose them every day over every other.
  • like women, want to be made to feel wanted.
  • also, worry about rejection.
  • do want to know that they can’t be easily replaced.

Men are not inhuman and are also able to reciprocate love and affection. They just want to make sure you’re there for them, on sunny days and on rainy days as well.

They need you from the cradle to the grave, from the womb to the tomb, from the sperm to the worm, and from erection to resurrection.

Why Do Wives Cheat On Their Husbands?

After the advent of globalisation,  and the deluge of information technology and its 24/7 availability at your doorstep with Tinder and such applications easily accessible,  the rate of married women having been unfaithful to their husbands has increased many folds.  It seems that more women than ever are cheating, the fact you can be sure when you become a part of the  women gossip clubs. It is really interesting to see when women  admit that they are cheating — and what  motivates them to do so throws light on what is happening inside marriages to shift it to a state of adultery.
These questions first occurred to me not long ago when I  found some of my lady colleagues in the educational field having their computer history showing visits to porn sites. Of course this didn’t mean they were unfaithful but  visual stimuli begets lust and may lead to an exploration into the domain of  one of the seven sins. After some days  it began to dawn that few particular man woman pair ( and there were many ) would make a request for attending a  symposium or a paper presentations or a seminar of two to three days, outside the state. Later on,  the reports of their romp here and there and actual absence on the day of seminar used to trickle down in the form of reports. I  began to wonder how many of my lady colleagues were actually faithful to their husbands, who, in majority  were working for  information technology sector having on-site projects. From a distance, the wives seemed happy as they talked about their husband’s foreign assignments,  family work, like doing class/homework of their  kids,  attending parent/teacher meetings, home loan,  car loan,  taking care of their in-laws,  festival celebrations and  discussion  about busy social life. They never showed they were angry, unfulfilled or resentful, if they felt so. Yes, they never spoke favourable about their in-laws, especially about their mother-in-laws.
Then one day, my coordinator whose wife was also a faculty, told me that  one of her lady colleagues confided in her that  she was  having an affair  with her head of department over last five years.  One lady professor  was having with her male colleague whereas another woman  had it with her  project guide. One  had such a long history of sexting and indecent emails that one whole laptop’s hard disk was full of such obscenity.
 Over the time I  understood that the picture was same everywhere  irrespective of the organisation and sector one worked. It was more rampant if not less in call centres and ITES.   It was there in the housing societies, apartments, skyscrapers, townships, throughout cities, metros and mega cities. Coming back to my organisation, surprisingly many women were  nonchalant in describing their extramarital sides.  It’s not that they didn’t love  their husbands, but they had a feeling that their emotional, psychological and physical  (sexual) needs  were not being given importance inside the marriage.   The women in their late thirties or the millennials  especially, were of the opinion that the age long institution of marriage was an experience of oppression, suppression and was suffocating them. Being unfaithful was a kind of dissent against this institution. The earlier generation abided by the sanctity of this culture although there were skirmishes and quarrels and  the matters were either settled amicably or legally  by way of divorce and alimony but now, the smartphone generation was smarter as they were unwilling to abandon the marriages and families they had  built over the years thereby avoiding the  stigma of  being a  divorcee and of subsequent complexity by being into adultery.
 Which factors were  leading the women into infidelity was a matter totally different but it was sure that it was not an escape from a mismatch or a miserable union. All marriages were functioning well, they seemingly loved each other, worked to raise the children and went once in a month for an outing and for a vacation at exotic places once in a year. But at the same time they found married life as monotonous,boring and repeating, sort of a déjà vu. Some women felt they were doing proportionately more work than their husbands. The labour they put was unproductive and the gender specific role was a deterrent for happiness. Some opined that their husbands were competent adults outside but were another child to look after when in home. Division of labor  was unequal some said.  The house hold chorus made matters worse.The cultural beliefs which were  fruitless  hang on  for centuries did more harm than good. When looking after a kid husbands seemed to be very least of a contributor. In many cases maintaining cordial relationship with relatives and with kith and kin was a sole responsibility of a woman and husbands were homebodies instead of somebodies.
Balancing the work-life concept was too difficult to handle and under such conditions, conversation leading to own sexual desire was dead.   Slow but steady emotional breakdown was a result of lack of physical intimacy  in the marriage.   Husbands performed as though they were acting in a porn film. They were rough and didn’t  care about woman’s orgasm. Some     didn’t even knew the basics of physical intimacy. Some men smelled in the bedroom without giving a damn about personal hygiene.  Women are psychologically upset when they lack sex as it leads to self doubts,which leads to a feeling of being inadequate.Besides men as such were unaware of female biology. They didn’t know menstrual cycle and it’s psychological impact.
The question then arises as to why marry if the outcome is disappointment? Many said that they were thrilled to be known and introduced as someone’s wife. The relationship between two families made the extended circle of relatives and friends. It was a bond, a security, a respect amongst the social circle, the chance to experience motherhood and an enjoyment in raising the children and meeting commitments. For some it happened and for many it didn’t. For few it happened in a fragmented manner.
It is too early to say that the institution of marriage will be shattered. Marriages will happen,  husbands and wives nomenclature will be there, there will be extended families, but love  will  just be a tattoo on the skin,  companionship will just be a quote, happiness will be a myth, being fake will be a new lifestyle, lying and infidelity  will be the new truth because ADULTERY IS NOT A CRIME anymore.
Cheaters
PS – The above article is my personal observation and opinion. Readers are free to agree to disagree.

LOVE, CODED, DECODED AND CODED AGAIN!

Love..seems everybody have their own definition for it. Everybody wants to love and get it back in return but the question still remains- what the hell it is?

It is a pleasant emotional feeling some say as it gives a high. Science research says that when you are in love a particular part of brain is activated giving a pleasant feeling. Same part is activated and gives pleasant feeling when you sniff cocaine. Sure, love is a cycle of pleasure and pain just like pleasure when one is high on cocaine and pain when cocaine is unavailable. So love is an addiction just like an addiction to drugs one can say.

Sometimes one wonders how love can be defined and whether it can be shown in a physical form.

Love sometimes erupts like a volcano only to subside later. Love is neither breathlessness, nor it is an excitement. Are you walking in the shadows of trees holding hand of your hearthrob and feeling loved? It is not. It is an illusion like a deer sees a mirage in the sand. It is not even promise for eternal passion, to mate every minute of the day. Love is a not a beautiful woman, neither it is her well manicured hand.Building castle in the sand with your loved ones doesn’t define love nor surfing on the waves of a wild sea is love. Love is not a beautiful bouquet, not even a nice smile. If you think love is a romantic evening, you are wrong, as wrong as if you think rainbow is love. A seductive glance is not love nor a tearful song. It is not a butterfly with colourful wings nor it is a blue sky meeting an ocean at the horizon. Are you walking in the shadows of trees holding hand of your hearthrob and feeling loved? It is not. It is an illusion like a deer sees a mirage in the sand.Lying awake every night imagining that he / she is kissing every aperture of your body is also not love. If you think that a solitary canoe moving slowly in a lake on a moonlit night is love, you are making a mistake.

The Greeks broke love into four categories:

(1) “Storge” is Kinship love
(2) “Philia” is Friendship love
(3) “Eros,” is Sex and Romance love
(4) “Agape” is Divine Love

Hence Greeks can say “I love you but I don’t love you, but still I have a love for you” ( I feel PHILIA toward you but not EROS but still I have AGAPE) Plato said “Love is a serious mental disease,” and coined the word LOVESICK. Socrates said “Love is a madness.” Love can make you do stupid things.

Truth is our idea about love comes from Facebook posts, romantic stories, romantic songs and movies. They all show superficial ideas of love which lead to pain and anxiety . True pleasure and happiness is absent. The idea of love is mostly based on ownership and selfishness and comes with strings attached. That is why love immediately turns into hatred if there is a threat to the ownership.

Couple who share tender kisses start confronting one another when someone goes wrong and then hate each other out of jealousy and obsession . It is not love. It is compulsive attachment.

When expectation of something by each other crops up in a relationship and that expectation does not come up as desired, the cracks start showing. Couples when do not love each other for who they are and expect who they can become,the decaying process starts.

Bertrand Russell says ” Love is a word which covers a variety of feelings; I have used it purposely, as I wish to include them all. Love as an emotion — which is what I am speaking about, for love “on principle” does not seem to me genuine — moves between two poles: on one side, pure delight in contemplation; on the other, pure benevolence. Where inanimate objects are concerned, delight alone enters in; we cannot feel benevolence towards a landscape or a sonata. This type of enjoyment is presumably the source of art. It is stronger, as a rule, in very young children than in adults, who are apt to view objects in a utilitarian spirit. It plays a large part in our feelings towards human beings, some of whom have charm and some the reverse, when considered simply as objects of aesthetic contemplation. ”

Unabridged love

Love is not voice, love is not sound either.

It is silence that listens and says something which doesn’t halt nor stops anywhere, but drops of glow that it is , pours down for many a year. It spreads in eyes making the pupil diluted and smile, and on eyelids it droops by its luminescence because the lips do not say a thing but eyes do so, silently those tales for ages to come.Only few can feel the fragrance emanating from those eyes. It is only the realization that is to be felt with your soul. Do not blemish it by tagging it as a relationship. Let it be free from societal norms and other expectations; let it be pure. Let love be love, do not give it a name nor define it.

SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)

The movie has Marilyn Monroe. What more do you want? She was under drugs during the shooting of this film. Barbiturates. The end was death and yes, she died three years later, at the tender age of 36. But look at her perform. You won’t believe she was a compulsive drug addict. Had lost her memory. She couldn’t even remember her lines. Director Billy Wilder pasted her lines any which way she could read to say the words. She was at her worst but still gave the best performance and became a Hollywood icon. The film has Miss Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon in it. When this is the trio, It has to become one helluva cocktail which has a power to intoxicate you all through the film and still keep you alert. Can you doubt about their histrionic talents? No way..!

The plot is a classic screwball comedy. The opening scene will make you believe it is a gangster movie. It is Chicago 1929 and a wagon of bootleggers is chased by Chicago police. Finally, it stops at a hotel named funeral parlour run by the mafia, where Curtis and Lemmon play Chicago musicians. It is a police raid and Curtis and Lemmon escape the arrest. After witnessing St. Valentine day massacre they disguise themselves as women to avoid being shot by Mafioso and hop on a train to Florida with an all-girl orchestra. Tony is Josephine and Lemmon is Geraldine.

Their first encounter with Monroe is in the rest room of the train where Tony takes Jack to fix his bra. Monroe is taking a swag from the pitcher. Well, you guessed it. Monroe is the orchestra singer, and wishes to marry a millionaire but despairs, “I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop.” Curtis disguises himself as a millionaire to win her. Monroe wants money and so she gives him love lessons Their relationship shapes in a comical way as Lemmon disguised as a woman gets engaged to a real millionaire! Whether Monroe comes to know that this fake millionaire is disguised as a girl in her orchestra? And whether that real millionaire knows Jack is not a woman?

The movie is classic slapstick with gangsters chase and its musical numbers. Yes… Monroe sings. Did she have a great voice? No, but she lends an originality to the story.

Listen to her solo “I Wanna Be Loved by You.” Pretty basic situation – a lovely girl performing a song. But Monroe and Wilder shoot it into one of the most enchanting scenes. The spotlight is focussed on her, illuminating her from the waist up, but it moves with her as Monroe moves higher and lower. The timing is pretty much accurate. Monroe shows that she is unaware of the light and sings innocently while Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon play instruments clad as women. Watch that scene and understand why Monroe has a sensual chemistry with the camera and why she was Hollywood venus.

The movie title concerns the story of  Lemmon and Curtis characters. It is they who are telling about who likes it hot. Yes.. but as always and innumerable times it happens in every Monroe movie, Monroe steals the show. You require a sheer willpower not to watch anyone else when Miss Monroe is on the screen.

One must admire Tony Curtis’ performance and patience because of the number of takes and retakes Monroe needed. Tony did it staying fresh and alive at every retake. Monroe first meets him on the beach, where he introduces himself as the Shell Oil heir and millionaire while imitating Cary Grant. Next is the scene of seduction in the yacht. Watch Tony’s timings! Sheer magic and the way Tony plays with her naivete.

“Water polo? Isn’t that terribly dangerous?” asks Monroe. Curtis: “I’ll say! I had two ponies drown under me.”

Jack Lemmon is awesome. He is iconic comedian in every sense of the role and carries the movie in his usual self and with aplomb. Jack is accurate choice for the character he portrays and no one could make a chemistry with Tony the way he has done. Billy Wilder needs accolades for his conviction of the choice of Jack.

Want to miss Miss Monroe? You need your head examined!
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