Pune Film Festival 2011-4

Today is National Youth Day, celebrated on the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. The person who said – Give me hundred youths, I shall change the World, and Arise, Awake  and Stop not till the Goal is Reached, was a fierce individual, whose ideals need to be imbibed by the citizens if we are to develop the nation and take it to  new heights.

A good news today – I am part of BITS Alumni now. Got Masters Degree certificate from BITS Pilani in a convocation ceremony today! Check out my post on MS graduation.

My 4th day of PIFF 2011-

1)      Escape from Call Centre (Italian)
Young Gianfranco Coldrin, a model university student with a degree in volcanology, makes a trip through hell on the lowest rung on the professional ladder in a call center. When his adoptive grandparents send them off into sudden undesired independence, Gianfranco and Marzia come up against the grotesque reality of an upside-down world governed by rather suspicious individuals in which university degrees and skills have no value. Marzia wants to be a reporter but finds herself forced to accept employment as a switchboard operator for an erotic hotline, while Gianfranco sinks into the trap of holding down 2 jobs. Despite the enthusiasm of their youth and good intentions, the contrast between their expectations and the reality of a “horribly expensive” life end up having an impact on their relationship. Everything suddenly seems unstable and about to collapse: their sentiments as well as their jobs. But then something happens… (watch the rest of the movieJ)

2)      A passion play – Chokher Bali (Bengali)

Cover of "Chokher Bali"

Cover of Chokher Bali

Chokher Bali, a passion play set between 1902 and 1905 is a story of a beautiful, educated woman, Binodini, struggling to free herself from the oppression of widowhood. Widowed within a year of marriage, she moves into Mahendra’s house, the man who was once offered her hand in marriage and refused. There she meets Mahendra’s wife Ashalata and friend Behari, who is in and out of the house. Among these develops s forbidden attraction, a mesmerizing web of destiny and desire.
The film based on the novel Chokher Bali by Rabindranath Tagore. It was directed by Rituparno Ghosh in 2003 and stars Prasenjit as Mahendra, Aishwarya Rai as Binodini and Raima Sen as Ashalata.

3)      How I ended this summer (Russia)
A polar station on a desolate island in the Arctic Ocean. Sergei, a seasoned meteorologist and Pavel, a recent college graduate, are spending months in complete isolation on the once strategic research base. Pavel receives an important radio message and is still trying to find the right moment to tell Sergei, when fear, lies and suspicions start poisoning the atmosphere… the end is tragic.

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Pune Film Festival 2011-3

The movies I watched on third day –

1)      Silent Wedding (Romania)
In 1953, a Romanian village has gathered for a wedding; the happy couple, the guests and the banquet are all ready… just at that moment, the Russian army arrives. Stalin is dead and the nation must mourn. Under threat of death, the oversexed couple, their vexatious fathers, the entire town and the muted gypsy band continue the celebration in silence.
This overwhelmingly visual film moves effortlessly from joyous eroticism, through rural pastiche to the dreadful tension of the mute wedding itself. Along the way we encounter a carnival of characters, the longest fart joke in historyJ and the truly dreadful reality of life under communism.
The comedy is laid like bait, enticing us into the tragedy yet to unfold.
I laughed my heart out through this movie. I must say, this was one of the best movies in this film festival.

2)      The last summer of La Boyita (Spanish)
In an apparently bucolic setting, a secret is revealed, accidentally, spontaneously. Returning from a horse ride, Jorgelina sees a bloodstain on Mario’s saddle. There is another one on Mario’s pants. Mario doesn’t know what to say, he has no idea as to why. Jorgelina will accompany him on his road to discovery, fear and ultimately, acceptance. This revelation, instead of separating them, will bring Jorgelina and Mario closer than ever.

3)      Taryanche Bait (Marathi)
Shreedhar Surve works as a clerk and leads a happy and contented life with his family in a beautiful konkan village of Maharashtra. His life takes a turn when he takes his wife, son and daughter with him on an official tour to Mumbai-the financial capital of India. Dazzled by the sights, Omkar, Shreedhar’s son insists on staying in a five star hotel that Shreedhar can’t even dream of affording. In order to placate his son, Shreedhar wager’s a night’s stay at the hotel if Omkar comes first in his school exams.
Omkar is in the game. The bet is on.
attempts to win the bet and the extent to which both father and son are pushed by the harsh realities of life makes for this funny, emotional, bitter-sweet tale.

Pune Film Festival 2011-2

Continued from Day 1

1)      Woman of the mist (Japan)
a drama of lower middle class family and economic and emotional problems. Rather than advising his wayward nephew to concentrate on his studies, his uncle takes the younger out for a night of revelry. Its only when the student becomes involved in a life-altering predicament that the uncle assumes responsibility for his charge.
Director – Heinosuke Gosho directed the first “talking” picture in Japan in 1931 and came to excel in what film historians classify as Japan’s “shomingeki” genre, or movies that depict the lives of the lower and middle classes with both realism and humor.

2)      The Human Condition (Japan)
This is an epic story of one man’s struggle to retain his humanity as he descends into the turmoil of the Pacific war. His own moral standards are challenged while attempting to come to terms with man’s basest tendencies. Based on a 6 volume novel which the director compressed into 3 features, each over 3 hours long, the trilogy established Masaki Kobayashi’s international reputation. The first installment won one of the top prizes at the Venice Film Festival.
the film depicts the effects of World War II on a Japanese pacifist and socialist.

3)      Mee Sindhutai Sapkal (Marathi)
the film traces the true story of Sindhutai Sapkal, who dramatically rewrites her destiny. Born into a poor family, she is married at 12 to a 30 year old man, but is abandoned by her husband and her own family following false accusations of infidelity. About to commit suicide, she notices a tree which, though axed, still gives a shelter. Moved, she sets out on a journey towards dignity, setting up 5 orphanages fro abandoned children – even going to San Jose, USA (Marathi Sahitya Sammelan), to give fund-raising speeches. When her aging husband turns up at the orphanage, she graciously ‘adopts’ him. The film’s deep humanism in the face of injustice and humiliation gives it a universal resonance.

Pune Film Festival 2011

I last attended Pune International Film Festival in January 2009. Looking at my enthusiasm for movies, a fellow from my profession asked me to pursue it professionally. Frankly, I am of opinion that certain hobbies, passion or the things one is fond of should be kept as hobbies or passion rather than making them a profession. Otherwise the happiness/joy is lost, which is the purpose behind them!

I watched a few movies in PIFF 2011 and here is a glimpse of a few of them…

Here is a glimpse of some of them…

1)      My Widow’s Husband (Ukraine)
Eccentric billionaire Albert Castandi is up to his neck in debts. To avoid paying up, he fakes his own death, stages a funeral and bequeaths all his assets to the future husband of his young and beautiful wife, Anna, played by Kamaliya – the Ukrainian actress, pop singer and wife of Kyiv Post publisher Mohammad Zahoor.

However, his clever plan doesn’t exactly work and Anna soon finds herself in lots of trouble. She has to repulse the intrigues of a florist-gangster, fight off annoying suitors, and naturally deal with her hapless “recently deceased” husband. Amid this turmoil, she meets a charming foreigner, John Smith and better watch the rest of the part.

2)      Taita Boves (Venezuela)
“Taita Boves” chronicles a thirst for revenge that devastated a country. It tells the true story of Jose Tomas Boves, a cruel man who became a legend during the Venezuelan War of Independence, the most violent in the Americas. He went from seafarer to pirate, horse smuggler to prosperous merchant, prisoner to military chief. Spanish by birth, he spearheaded a grass root troop of slaves, Indian etc. that crushed Simon Bolivar and his patriot army. Respectfully referred to as “Taita” by them, he fought for the underprivileged and the poorest of the poor, and curtailed 3 centuries of order in this colonial region. This film is about his passions and power, his loves and misadventures, and a bloody saga that rocked Venezuela.

3)      The girl on the train (France)
Jeanne is a young woman, striking but otherwise without qualities. Her mother tries to get her a job in the office of a lawyer, Bleistein, her lover years ago. Jeanne fails the interview but falls into a relationship with Franck, a wrestler whose dreams and claims of being legitimate business partnership Jeanne is only too happy to believe. When Franck is arrested, he turns on Jeanne for her naivety; she’s stung and seeks attention by making up a story of an attack on a train. Is there any way out for her? In a subplot, Bleistein’s grandson, Nathan, prepares for his bar mitzvah and through an encounter with Jeanne, experiences intimation s of manhood.

4)      Tycoon (Japan)
An amoral businessman achieves fame and fortune but is ultimately abondoned by his wife, child and concubine. The capitalist’s thirst for power leads to his isolation. A representative director of social protest films, Yamamoto excels in the realistic portrayal of the characters and underscores his sympathy for the underprivileged.

5)      Aaghaat (Marathi)
Directed by Vikram Gokhale, a well known Indian film, TV and stage actor, the film depicts the ups and downs in a patient’s life and goes on to portray the fight of a young doctor against the established systems and practices.

ब्रिज ऑन द रिव्हर क्वाय-एक मनःपटलावरील युद्ध ५

पूर्व भाग

त्याला फांद्यांच्या स्ट्रेचरवर घालून शिअर्स निघतो. अखेर दूरवर पूल दृष्टिपथात येतो.

एक रात्र त्यांच्या हातात आहे. योजनेप्रमाणे काम सुरू होते. एका तराफ्यावर सामान टाकून जॉईस पुलाखाली सुरुंग लावण्याच्या कामावर निघतो. रात्रभर धुवांधार पाऊस पडतो. नदीचे पात्र फुगलेले; नदीच्या पलीकडच्या तीरावर एका खडकाआड सुरुंग उडविण्याचे यंत्र ठेवलेले.

त्याचवेळी पूर्ण झालेल्या पुलावर कठड्याला टेकून निकोल्सन चिंतनात मग्न! २८ वर्षांच्या नोकरीतील कारकीर्द डोळ्यांसमोर उभी. तिकडून सायटोही येतो. ‘उत्कृष्ट कलाकृती!’ म्हणून पुलाची स्तुती करतो. हे मान्य करायला खरं तर मनाला क्लेश होतात; पण सायटो हा काही खलनायक नाही. सर्व कैदी पूल पूर्ण झाल्याच्या जल्लोषात, त्यात गाण्यांचा आवाज, मध्येच पाण्याच्या वाहत्या प्रवाहाचा खळखळाट, पुलावर गस्तीचे आवाज आणि पुलाखाली त्याच्या विध्वंसाची चाललेली तयारी… क्षणभर प्रेक्षकांच्याही काळजाचा ठेका चुकतो.

आपल्या सैनिकांसमोर भाषण करताना निकोल्सन म्हणतो, “आपण घरी जाऊ, तेव्हा अपल्या या कामाचा आपल्याला मनातून अभिमान वाटेल. सैनिक आणि नागरिक, सर्वांना तुम्ही कामाचा आदर्श घालून दिला आहे. कैदेतही तुम्ही ताठ मानेने जगलात; त्यामुळ पराभवातही आपला विजय झाला आहे. मित्रांनो अभिनंदन!”

सकाळ उजाडते. पहिली आगगाडी पुलावरून जाणार – जाईस पूल उडविण्यास सज्ज! पण हाय! आता पाऊस थांबल्याने पाणी ओसरलेले. सुरुंग लावून तीरावर आणलेली वायर स्पष्ट दिसते आहे, वरून कुणाच्या लक्षात आलं तर… सगळ्यांच्या हृदयाचा ठेका चुकतो आणि नेमकं तसंच घडतं.

पुलाची अखेरची पाहणी करायला आलेल्या निकोल्सनच्या नजरेला ती पडतेच. काहीतरी काळंबेरं आहे हे लेक्षत येऊन सायटोला घेऊन तो खाली येतो. वायर हातात घेऊन पैलतीरावर पोहोचतो. आगगाडी पुलावर येऊन ठेपते अन् शिअर्सने लेलेल्या हल्ल्याने लडखडणारा निकोल्सन सुरुंग पेटविण्याच्या दांड्यावर पडतो. ज्या हातांनी पुलाचं स्वप्न साकारलं,  त्याच हातांनी एका क्षणात ते छिन्नविछिन्न होतं. पत्त्यांचा बंगला कोसळावा तसा स्फोटांच्या आवाजात पूल कोसळतो. केवढी ही दैवदुर्गती! डॉ. क्लिप्टन दुरून हे पाहातोय, विदीर्ण मनाने! तर मेजर वॉर्डन वेगळ्याच भावनेने!

माणसाच्या व्यक्तिमत्त्वाचे तसेच त्याच्या स्वभावाचे अनेक कंगोरे उत्कृष्टरित्या दाखवणारा हा चित्रपट.

ब्रिज ऑन द रिव्हर क्वाय-एक मनःपटलावरील युद्ध ४

पूर्व भाग

क्लिप्टनचे पाय जमिनीवर आहेत – तो निकोल्सनला विनवतो, “सर, रुग्णांनी काम करून मरणं आणि अधिकार्‍यांना कैदेत अन्न न मिळाल्याने मरण येणं, यापेक्षा त्यांनी काम केलेलं काय वाईट?”

पण निकोल्सन आपल्या भूमिकेवर ठाम, “माझ्या एकाही अधिकार्‍याला मजुरासारखं हीन दर्जानं  वागवलेलं मला चालणार नाही.”

क्लिप्टन त्याला समजावण्याचा प्रयत्न करतो,” सर, आपण खूप दूर – हजारो मैल पसरलेल्या जंगलात अडकले आहोत. इथे सायटोचाच कायदा चालणार. तो म्हणेल ते करून दाखवेलच. आपल्या जिवाचं काही बरंवाईट झालं तर कोण विचारणार आहे आपल्याला? कृपा करून हट्ट सोडा. आता सायटोच्या दृष्टीनेही हा त्याचा आत्मसन्मानाचा प्रश्न बनला आहे. तुम्ही या भूमिकेत फर काळ राहू शकत नाहीत.” तरीही निकोल्सन आपल्या तत्त्वावर ठाम!

पुलाचे काम पूर्ण करण्याची तारीख जवळ येते आहे. सायटो त्याच्या बांधकामात तज्ज्ञ अशा ले. म्यूरोकडून काम काढून घेऊन स्वतः नेतृत्व करू पाहतो. पण व्यर्थ! शेवटी नाईलाजाने क. निकोल्सनला कोठडीतून बाहेर काढून तो त्याची भेट घेतो. घनदाट अंधार्‍या रात्री; तरीही अंधाराला हजारो डोळे फुटलेले, सर्व सैनिक ही भेट पाहताहेत.

आपापला आब, ताठा राखत दोघांचे सवाल-जवाब होतात. निकोल्सन त्याला म्हणतो, “माझे दोन अधिकारी या कामात अत्यंत कुशल आहेत. आमचे सैनिक आमच्याच अधिकर्‍याच्या हाताखाली व्यवस्थित काम करतील.” तो सायटोचे आव्हान स्वीकारतो-दिलेल्या चेळात पुलाचे काम पूर्ण करण्याचे! सायटोला नाईलाजाने ते मान्य करावेच लागते.

शरीराने दुबळा झालेला निकोल्सन लडखळत्या पावलांनी; पण ताठ मानेने बाहेर पडतो. ब्रिटिश यद्धकैद्यांत आनंदाचे वतावरण; तर अवमान झाल्याच्या दु:खाने सायटो वेडापिसा – धाय मोकलून एकांतात रडतो. सर्व अधिकार्‍यांची सुटका होते. मोठ्या जोमाने नियोजन सुरू होते; उपलब्ध साधनसामग्रीचे तसेच उपलब्ध मनुष्यबळाचे. आपल्या अधिकार्‍यांच्या बैठकीत निकोल्सन म्हणतो, “आपल्या बटालियनला एकत्र बांधून, गूंतवून ठेवण्यासाठी ‘पुलाचे बांधकाम’ हे उद्दिष्ट साधन म्हणून वापरू.”

पुलाची पाहणी होते, तेव्हा रिव्हच्या लक्षात येते की पूल फार ठिसूळ जमीन असलेल्या ठिकानी बांधला जातो आहे. त्यामुळे बांधकाम टिकत नाही. पुलाची जागा बदलली जाते. भक्कम एल्म वृक्षाचे भरपूर लाकूड जंगलात उपलब्ध असते. ते वापरायचे ठरते. युद्धकैद्यांमध्ये त्यांचा नेता परत आल्यने उत्साहाचे वातावरण-आता काम दुप्पट वेगाने सरू होते. सायटो आता त्रयस्थ नजरेने सगळीकडे लक्ष ठेवून आणि निकोल्सन पूल पूर्ण करण्याच्या ध्येयाने भारलेला!

अशाच एका क्षणी डॉ. क्लिप्टन आणि क. निकोल्सन यांच्यातील एक अविस्मरणीय संवाद – “सर शत्रूचा पूल इतक्या उत्तम पद्धतीने बांधायचा तुमचा आटापिटा कशासाठी?” क्लिप्टनच्या या प्रश्नावर निकोल्सन म्हणतो- “अरे तुला दिसत नाही का, आपल्या लोकांचं मनोधैर्य वाढलंय, शिस्त वाढलीय. त्यांची अवस्था सुधारलीय; ते आनंदात आहेत.”

“ते खरंय सर, पण तरीही आपण जे काम करतो ती शत्रूशी हातमिळवणी तर ठरत नाही ना?”

“आपण युद्धकैदी आहोत. आपण काम नाकारू शकत नाही.”

“ते खरंच सर, पण एतकं परिपूर्ण काम करायला हवंच का?”

“हे बघ क्लिप्टन तू एक डॉक्टर आहेस. इथे सायटोवर शस्त्रक्रिया करायची वेळ आली असती तर तू ती नीट केली असतीस, की त्याला मरू दिलं असतंस? आपली बटालियन आळसाने गांजून विखुरली गेली तर तुला कसं वाटेल? या लोकांना आपल्याला दाखवून द्यायचंय की धाकदपटशानं आपली शरीरं वा आत्मा ते नाही मोडू शकत. युद्ध एक दिवस संपेल; पण येणार्‍या भविष्यात लोक हा पूल वापरतील आणि आपली आठवण काढतील. कैद्यांनी नव्हे तर सैनिकांनी केलेलं नेटकं काम म्हणून – ब्रिटिश सैनिकांनी युद्धकैदी असतानाही केलेलं काम!”

क. निकोल्सनचे हे परिपक्व विचार थक्क करणारे!

तिकडे सुरूवातीला पळून गेलेला कमांडर शिअर्स हा आता सिलोनला हॉस्पिटलात आराम करतो आहे. तेथील Force-316 या दोस्त राष्ट्रांच्या बटालियनचा प्रमुख मेजर वॉर्डन याला त्याची माहिती कळते. शिअर्स खरं तर कमांडर नाहीच. बोट बुडाल्यानंतर क. शिअर्स मृत्युमुखी पडलेला. त्याचे नाव धारण करून सायटोच्या कँपवर तो सवलती मिळवण्याचा प्रयत्न करतो; पण व्यर्थ! मात्र, पुढेही त्याने हेच सोंग चालू ठेवलेले असते. Force-316 ला पूलबांधणीचे चलू असलेले काम उद्ध्वस्त करायचे आहे. खरे तर निकोल्सनही त्यांच्यातलाच; पण शिस्त म्हणून, नियमाचे पालन करायचे म्हणून, पुलाच्या उभरणीत सर्वस्व ओततोय आणि त्या पुलाचा वापर करून जपानी सर्वत्र हातपाय पसरतील म्हणून त्याच्याच वरिष्ठांच्या आज्ञा आहेत. घनदाट जंगलातील तो कँ नं. १६ – शिअर्स येथे राहून आलेला, पळताना तेथील आदिवासींशी दोस्ती झालेला. त्यालाच वाटाड्या करायचे ठरते.

मे. वॉर्डन, कमांडर शिअर्स, उत्तम पोहणारा जोईस हे त्रिकूट या कामावर निघतं. पॅराशूट्च्या साहाय्यानं जंगलात उतरणं, रातोरात झाडं तोडत नदी पार करणं, वाटेत जळवा, जंगली साप भेटतातच; पण आता थोडा वेळ उरलेला. धुवांधार पाऊस पडत असतो. पहिली गाडी येण्याच्या क्षणी पूल उअडवायचाच! सगळे अहोरात्र वाटचाल करताहेत…

इकडे पुलाचं काम पुरं होत आलं आहे; पण तरी ठरलेल्या वेळात काम पूर्ण होणं अवघड वाटू लागलं आहे. अधिकार्‍यांना हमाली काम करण्याची सक्ती होऊ नये म्हणून सुरुवातीला तत्त्वासाठी झगडणार्‍या निकोल्सनचे अधिकारी आपणहून काम करायचं ठरवतात; एवढंच काय रुग्णालयातले रुग्ण्ही मदतीला सज्ज होतात. यथाशक्य सर्वांच्या प्रयत्नांतून साकार होतो तो अतिशय देखणा, मजबूत असा पूल!

वाटेत मे. वॉर्डन जखमी होतो. सर्वांची चाल मंदावते; पण त्याला सोडून पुढे जाण्याची आज्ञा क. शिअर्स मानत नाही. बिकट वाटेने धबधब्याच्या अंगाने चढत ते नियोजित स्थळी पोहोचतात. वॉर्डन आणि शिअर्स मधील संवदही खूप बोलका आहे.

शिअर्स म्हणतो, “तो निकोल्सन एक वेडा. तुम्ही दुसरे! नियमांवर, शिस्तीवर तुमचं एतकं प्रेम की त्यासाठी तुम्ही मरायलाही तयार व्हाल. पण त्यापेक्ष माणसारखं जगावं हे महत्त्वाचं नाही का? मी तुम्हाला मरु देणर नाही मेजर, तुमचे नियम बियम मल माहीत नाहीत. आपण एकत्रच वाटचाल करू; जगू किंवा मरू.” (इथे एक गोष्ट मला आवर्जून नमूद कराचिशी वाटते- माणसानं सिंहासारखं जगावं किंवा आणखी कोणासारखं जगावं असे अनेक लेखक लिहितात. पण माणसानं माणसारखं किंवा स्वतःसारखं जगावं असे क्वचित सांगतात.)

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Movie Review: The Bucket List

The Bucket List

The Bucket List

A mechanic asks blue-collar mechanic Carter Chambers (Freeman), “Name 5 presidents whose name starts with letter H”. With elegance and full confidence, Carter answers the question. (He is a walking encyclopedia and I like such kind of people.)

Carter and billionaire hospital magnate Edward Cole (Nicholson) meet for the first time in the hospital after both have been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. They become friends as they undergo their respective treatments. Carter is a gifted amateur historian and family man who had wanted to become a history professor, but in his youth had been “broke, black, and with a baby on the way”, and thus never rose above his job at the McCreath body shop. Edward is a four-time divorced healthcare tycoon and cultured loner who enjoys nothing more than tormenting his personal valet/servant, Matthew, whom he calls Thomas. He is hospitalized in the hospital which he owns and cant get a private room even when he insists (he is reminded of his own rule-every room has to be shared by 2 persons and there are no exceptions.) He makes Matthew serve Carter as well as him and orders his employee and doctor (Morrow) to familiarize himself with Carter’s health.

Carter begins writing a “bucket list,” or things to do before he dies. After hearing he has less than a year, Carter wads it up and tosses it on the floor. Edward finds it the next morning. He urges Carter to do everything on the list (suggesting he add things like skydiving) and offers to finance the trip. Carter agrees, despite the protests of his wife, Virginia.

Cole: She (Virginia) hates me. [Facing Carter] You hate me?

Carter: Not yet

And so begins their adventure.

The pair begins an around-the-world vacation, embarking on race car driving, skydiving, Edward wears tattoo on his hand, climbing the Pyramids, and going on a lion safari in Africa (both sing the ‘In the jungle’ tune of animation film Lion King and it sounds cool in the ears, watch it on esnips). They discuss a rare coffee and its unusual taste. They also confide about faith and family, revealing that Carter has long been feeling less in love with his wife and that Edward is deeply hurt by his estrangement with his only daughter, who disowned him after he sent some people to “take care of” her abusive husband.

In Hong Kong, Edward hires a prostitute for Carter, who has never been with any woman but his wife. Carter declines and asks to return home, and reciprocates by trying to reunite Edward with his daughter. Edward angrily storms off. Carter returns home to his wife, children, and grandchildren.

The family reunion is short-lived. In the preparation for a romantic interlude, Carter suffers a seizure and is rushed to the hospital. The cancer has spread to his brain. Edward, who is now in remission, visits him and they share a few moments, where Carter reveals to great amusement the disgusting origin of the “world’s most rare coffee”, over which Edward obsesses and Carter has refused to drink. Carter crosses off “laugh till I cry” from his bucket list and insists Edward finish the list without him. Carter goes into surgery but the procedure is unsuccessful. He dies on the operating table.

Edward delivers an eulogy at the funeral, explaining that he and Carter had been complete strangers, but the last three months of Carter’s life were the best three months of his (Edward’s). He crosses off “help a complete stranger for a common good” from the list. We see Edward finally attempt to reconcile with his daughter. She not only accepts him back into her life but also introduces him to the granddaughter he never knew he had. After greeting the little girl with a kiss on the cheek, Edward crosses “kiss the most beautiful girl in the world” off the list.

Carter, narrating the end of the film: Edward Perryman Cole died in May. It was a Sunday in the afternoon and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. He was 81 years old. Even now, I can’t claim to understand the measure of a life, but I can tell you this: I know that when he died, his eyes were closed and his heart was open, and I’m pretty sure he was happy with his final resting place, because he was buried on the mountain, and that was against the law.

In the epilogue, it is revealed that Edward lived until the age of 81, and his ashes are brought to the top of the Himalayas. It turns out to be Matthew who does this, and as he places Edward’s ashes alongside a can containing Carter’s, he crosses off the last item on the Bucket List (“witness something truly majestic”) and places it between those cans.

At any given time, a film starring Morgan Freeman is a treat (do not miss his films- The Shawshank Redemption and Million Dollar Baby.) In a nutshell, the theme of this movie is same as that of Bollywood film Dasvidaniya. Vinay Pathak did a superb characterization of a person who has a few months left to live on this planet.