You get to spend a day at your favorite movie.Tell us which one it is– and what happens to you while you are there?
Yesterday I watched my favorite movie on YouTube, the title of the movie is, “Shaapmochone ” meaning is , “Release from a curse.” It is a Bengali movie, I love watching them on YouTube .
It’s the story of a young man whose great grandpa was cursed by his music teacher. Great grandpa was singing and playing a musical instrument in a big hall, where all the renowned people were gathered to listen to his music. The music teacher heard the voice of his student, he felt proud, he went inside without invitation, he did not care , he started talking to his pupil( i.e great grandpa. )
His pupil denied knowing him and told him to leave. This was an insult he did not expect. In his anger, he told him, “I am cursing you, in future, none of your descendants will ever be able to play any kind of instrument or sing, if they try they will either die at a young age or will be an invalid rest of their life.”
Great grandpa died soon after the curse and from then on any member of his family who tried to sing or play a musical instrument either died or were invalid.
The young man’s older brother went blind after he tried to sing and play music. The main character of this movie was the young man. When he realized it was a serious curse, he decided not to pursue a career in music.
I think my presence in this movie will be to figure out, how I can release these descendants from the curse. So I go in and I suggest that they(the descendants) can get release from the curse, if they feed at least two poor families and in return pray for them so they are not cursed any more.The only problem is the script is written already. How will my presence help.
I think I will go on the set, and provide some food and drink to the actors. Uttam Kumar (The main character) gives the impression of a nice man, so I’ll follow him everywhere. If he notices I’m not supposed to be there he’ll get the guards to throw me out. I don’t think I will feel comfortable inside the movie. The language will not be a problem, my mother tongue is Bengali.
I can see I will come out angry and put a curse on the people who put me there. No it will not work. I’d rather sit in front of my computer and watch the movie again!!
This movie is long just watch a few scenes until the teacher enters in the hall and curses the singer.
You have the choice to erase one incident from your past, as though it never happened.What would you erase and why?
This incident took place when I was studying in “Holy Cross College” I my classmate and two other girls made plans to go to the movie hall to watch a movie.
We got permission from Sr. Joseph Mary our teacher, the condition was we’d have to get a chaperone to go with us . My classmate asked her aunt who agreed .
A few minutes after we got ready, the aunt informed my classmate something’s come up she won’t be able to make it. While we were thinking whether we should cancel our plan, my classmate suggested we should go. Sr. Joseph Mary doesn’t have to know.
One of the girls in our group named Hasina was somewhat of a scatter brain, no one could really tell what her reaction can be from moment to moment.
She was asked if it was okay with her, if not she didn’t have to go. She promised she didn’t mind.
With her assurance we left the gate of the college,hired a cab and went to the movie hall to watch the movie. Everything was fine we came back happy we were able to watch the movie.
About an hour later Sr. Joseph Mary called one of the girls, she said: I am unhappy to know you broke the rule and if Hasina hadn’t told me I would not have known.”
One by one she called us, it was my turn she said: “Chaman I did not expect this from you, why didn’t you tell me you went to the movie without a chaperone?”
I felt I was in front of a judge who was questioning me about the crime I committed, and worst of all I did not have the decency to tell her before she found out.
I thought my voice left me with the saddest tone and tearful eyes I replied, ” I thought you’ll be angry!”
That day I realized I wish I could erase this sad incident of my life!
What’s your ideal Saturday morning?Are you doing those things this morning?
Saturday I usually do some grocery shopping, I come home and do some writing.
This morning I’m unable to go I had to complete the course question then take care of the writing Prompt. Now I’m busy writing the daily prompt. I cannot go shopping I promised to go watch a movie with my daughter. My routine has changed this Saturday.
It probably is better to do different things on Saturdays to make it more interesting.
Tell us about the time you flew into a rage. What is it that made you so incredibly angry?
My mom loved collecting, attractive glasses and china. When I was in the university in Dhaka I found a crockery store, they had the most beautiful china and glasses.
I bought a few glasses and china for my mom from that store, my mom was so happy to see them ,I thought it was the best thing I did to put a smile on my mother’s face.
Mom had a china cabinet, she proudly put the china ware I gave her. I went back to school and planned to buy some more, mom would have a nice collection I felt.
When I went home to Comilla the first thing I noticed was my mom’s china cabinet was empty, I was disappointed I asked my mother about the china, she told me my good for nothing brother flew into a rage one day and broke every single piece I bought. He was angry because my mom could not give him the money to watch a movie.
I was upset,not only he broke my mother’s heart by breaking the china, he could not control his stupid temper, he broke everything he could, I’m telling you he is so useless, he did not study, he never worked and has this evil habit of watching movies and smoking, two awful habits, mom had to pay for or else his temper would rise to a maximum, I wish he left home and never came back!
Do movies, songs, or other forms of artistic expression easily make you cry?Tell us about a recent tear-jerking experience!
I watched a movie of an unfortunate woman who was kicked out of the house by her mother, she tried to end her life but was rescued by some strangers, she was taken to the home of a bachelor, she was relieved and did everything to bring his house in order by straightening out the servants, cooking cleaning.
The bachelor’s lawyer warned him by saying, she should not be trusted,and he should get rid of her. There is a song she sings which is very sad.
She leaves early morning and tries to commit suicide, but fails again and is told by a woman she might end up in jail for her attempt to end her life, but can be saved if she listens to her.
The movie was very realistic, I could not stop crying it affected me so much!
When was the last time a movie, a book,or a television show left you cold despite all your friends (and/ or all the critics) raving about it? What was it that made you go against the critical consensus?
I cannot recall having an experience like that. I’ve watched movies, read books or watched television shows that were recommended by my daughter, I found them as good as she described them.
When was the last time you watched something so scary, cringe-worthy, or unbelievably tacky– in a movie, on TV, or in real life—you had to cover your eyes?
I had this experience a while ago, my brother-in-law forgot about their marriage anniversary, his wife was livid, at one point I thought she’d throw something at him, she didn’t care I was watching this horrendous side of her. To calm her down he instantly made plans to take her out to watch a movie. I wanted to excuse myself but they insisted I’ll have to go.
He picked a random movie, he wanted to appease his wife, this was his main goal. I was in Dhaka, we went to watch a Bengali movie with an unknown cast, I had never heard of them, apparently the actors were from Bangladesh.
I could tolerate it if the actors were at least good looking, the main characters were the most hideous looking humans I’ve ever seen on silver screen, to make matters worse their acting was so bad I was having a tough time sitting and watching, I could not move, my new relatives wouldn’t appreciate it.
I had to sit and watch for three hours, the most ridiculous movie, I’ve ever known.
Waheed Murad Was born on October 2nd , 1938. He died in November 1983. He was a Pakistani actor,producer and script writer.
He was the only child of Mr. And Mrs. Nisar Murad.
He studied in Marie Colaco Grammar school in Karachi. He received his Masters Degree in English literature from Karachi university.
He married Salma on September 17 1964. They had three children one died in infancy and the other two were daughter Aaliya and son Aadil.
His father was a film distributor, at an early age he was exposed to film producers,actors and directors, which probably enabled him to choose his career when he grew up.
He produced a few films, one of them was Armaan. He had the main role in this movie. Armaan was a box office hit,it made him a super star overnight, so much so that he was compared with Bollywood greats e.g. Dilip Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand to name a few.
At heart he was a devoted citizen of his country, early on he felt the tension between East and West Pakistan. His movie Armaan, meaning hope was produced by him, his aim was to somehow stop the the split between East and West Pakistan, although he was not successful, through this movie he managed to make a lasting impression on the minds of people both in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
He believed in the message of Iqbal which he used in some of his movies.
Mr. Shafique the facilitator of Iqbal studies online courses explained to his participants in the courses, the importance of Waheed Murad.
I personally admire the work of Mr.Shafique. Our latest title of our online course is, “Action”.
In my prompt yesterday, I chose my guests of whom I know more than others, one of them was Waheed Murad. One of my good friends Sonya wanted to know about him and the song in the movie, “Armaan”(Hope).
This song I thought was the highlight of the movie. This is for you Sonya, if you hadn’t asked me I wouldn’t have written this so enjoy!
The song lyrics is in Urdu, posted and translated by Ranu
When I see two people in love
I wonder if they’d have the same fate as me
will their passionate love fail
I also had the occasion of someones head on my shoulder,
I remember the song she sang,
That song was my lifelong earning
Now in my confused state of love
I’m looking hard for that song
Those of you looking for shade you’ll beat your head
against the wall
Like me you’ll also be called crazy in the city streets and lanes
I went out to look for happiness
I received only heartache and sighs!
The lyrics of this song is not the story of love as is normally defined, it is about two states that were united with love once but were split by misunderstanding and push from outside source. The end result they now have a more firm bond of spiritual love which is what Iqbal had defined. It makes the two parts a whole,we learned this from Iqbal Studies how the parts become whole.
Thank you Mr. Shafique for your hard work. I finally understand you ,Iqbal and Waheed Murad how a part becomes a whole.
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