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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

15,Park Avenue

Those who haven't watched it yet..please do..(and u can read this post before that at ur own risk)
But don't catch the flick in a hall..coz it was embarrassing for me..
I started weeping in the middle of the movie and my Bro and friends had a tough time trying to quieten me..

The story revolves primarily around a schizophrenia patient(Konkona Sen Sharma) and her relation with her elder half sister(Shabana Azmi)
The first thing to note is the title of the movie...

Needless to say, it is a metaphor for search...
and incidentally- an address such as this doesn't exist in Kolkata...there is Park Street and Palm Avenue...but no Park Avenue..(which we all know is in New York)

Konkona(Meethi) believes her husband and 5 kids live there and she tries to find it...
Reality is light years away from it..
she is unmarried ..let alone 5 kids...


There's a time when Rahul Bose (Koko's ex bf in the movie) tells his present wife(Shefali Shah)

"Poor Child! She is trying to find something which doesn't even exist"

And she replies laconically "Are we not all?"

That is what touched me the most..

Reality is only a perception..it is nothing absolute..
What is true for us..might not be true for somebody else....

So what gives us the right to challenge the reality a schizophrenic believes to be his/her own world ?

We might be wrong as well.....

Scary..isn't it?

9 comments:

Rony said...

Aren't we all schizophrenic, looking for ideal jobs, relationships, friends, governments, roads etc.!!! Most of them does not exist. Specially in case of relationships,the quest for perfection is a schizophrenic act in itself. Afterall you soulmate is not a perfect person but someone who can see you perfectly.

Rony said...

btw,let me know if your gmail still exists. That reminds me that we often look forward to a "perfect time" to reply and end up not doing it and moving to the next day!!!!! is that the case with you.u can prove it wrong by replying :-)
PS: I'am not sure why i'am taking a pick on "perfection" after reading your post!!!!!!!

Kunal said...

Good blog... just chanced upon it while surfing.

15, Park Avenue.. hmmm .. due this week.

zoxcleb said...

just read most of ur blog. had not realised that there were so many posts after ur wishlist.

awesome writing style! i wonder how many of these incidents are drawn from ur experiences. at least thats how i used to write my stories...

will try to catch the movie... as per ur recommendation

Aparna Kar said...

@Rony
The gmail account still exists..Lol
Just the laptop has a disease..it shuts down before I have enough time to reply..
DELL sucks...
Even the service centre people are frustrated with it...LOL

Aparna Kar said...

@Kunal
Cool!! Enjoy the Movie...
N do let me know..
But u might have guessed it'll be enjoyed by people with only esoteric interests...

Aparna Kar said...

@Zoxcleb
Thanks :)
Yes,do..

Kranthi said...

"Reality is only a perception..it is nothing absolute.." I liked that. I guess the same point was explained in Matrix 1 too.
Nice Interpretation.
Going through ur other blogs...

Aparna Kar said...

@kranthi
Keep posting:)