I hope you all are keeping fine in these times of crisis and focussing on your mental well-being also, apart from physical well-being. Confinement for a longer duration might lead to anxiety and bouts of frustration but stay strong and keep yourself engaged in whatever activities you like to do. It could be learning a new language or a new musical instrument.
I have mostly resorted to building stuff, reading and watching movies. I am not that regular to reading these because learning new stuff consumes most of my time. I have a target of watching at least one movie from each state of India and in that series, I saw Agent Sai from Telangana and Crossing bridges from Arunanchal Pradesh.
How is your quarantine going? How are you keeping yourself occupied? Any hack to share?
Agent Sai: One of the best thrillers I have watched recently
I gave up on watching Bollywood thrillers because their plots are usually very predictable and their cinematography and writing are very lousy. Barring a few exceptions like Stree, Tumbaad, Ugly and Gupt(1997), I really can’t remember a movie that left a good impression on me in the name of thrillers. This movie is top-notch and another level.
The movie revolves around Agent Sai Srinivas Athreya who is shown as a goofy and easy-going detective who does not have much work in his hands. He casually finds some work from policemen who never credit him for whatever he does. There is an assistant with him, Sneha who accompanies him to every crime scene and she is looking forward to becoming a detective someday. Well, these sequences are just an attempt to lighten up your mood before the real chase begins!
The plot starts opening up after Agent finds an anonymous and unnamed dead body on the railway track, as informed by his journalist friend. He knows it is a big case and it can impel his detective career but little does he realize that this chase will lead him behind the bars. The plot thereafter starts revealing layer by layer and this is what makes a thriller movie interesting. The number of layers present in it provide depth to a thriller and makes it worth watching.
This movie keeps you glued to the end and there are so many complexities involved that you won’t be able to guess the culprit till the end and even the causes behind the crime. A perfect watch for a day when your head needs a challenge.
Crossing bridges: Simple and moving
If I had to summarize the entire plot of the movie in a sentence, it will be that a middle-aged man returns to his village after being laid off from his company in Mumbai. The stay reminds him of his roots, his family and a life which he is missing while living in cities. The plot is not the foothold of the movie, the narration and cinematography are. Scenic locations, surreal emotions are things for which this movie is worth a watch.
The emotions shown are so raw that you will be able to connect to the plot and the characters easily, unlike Bollywood movies which have unrelatable characters and even more unrelatable characters. There is no heavy background music or incomprehensible dialogues, the conversations are simple and fluent. There are particular incidents that will make you laugh, like the one where the lead character’s father becomes an addict of TV himself after criticizing his son for being glued to the TV set. Father decides to sell it soon, in order to get rid of his habit.
The title of the movie is metaphoric and there are bridges to be crossed everywhere. From a world to another, from a person to another, it is all bridges.
Hoping to watch a Malayalam and Bangla movie next! See you soon.