Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Darjeeling Limited

Movies are an illusion of the real and unreal world which we live in, they are an extension of what a man desires in his life and what he has achieved. Sometimes emotions are depicted in the most extravagant manner and sometimes subtle words and images speak volumes.

There are some movies which come along and leave you baffled, by their simplicity and honestly with images speaking louder than words and you are taken back by what just hit you. Such is the magic or I must say the brilliance of Darjeeling Limited.
The movie stars Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman playing three brothers in search of their estranged mother who resides in the Himalayas as a missionary, during their journey they encounter different people, situations and deal with some of their own problems. Owen Wilson is at his comic best and with Irfan Khan's acting talent at display, the movie surely is a treat to watch.

The main reason why this movie did a magic spell on me, was the way Director Wes Anderson uses the beauty of rural India as the backdrop of the film. These are some movies which make you realize how beautiful and charismatic India is, this one surely sits on top of my list.
The subtleness and simplicity of this movie just took my breath away, and has entered my list of the '5 Must-Must watch movies', along side Lakshya,' 3 places still vacant :D

After watching the movie I was curious about how Wes Anderson sought the inspiration to make such kinda movie and that to base it, in India, well Wikipediaed it :P and finally the answer, it was the man himself Satyajit Ray doing the trick.
Last year the film society at my college screened 'Apu Trilogy' , the films were shot in the 1950's and just gives you a glimpse of Mr. Ray's vision and tells volumes about how his mind worked ahead of its times. The 3 films are ageless and classics its their own league, with people belonging to every era relating and appreciating them.Thats the magic which he brings on screen.

I'll leave it to another post to write about Mr. Ray, for now watch Darjeeling Limited :)

Well Lakshya is another must watch, ill write about it in my next update :P


Ajan said...

hmm...will watch this.. I keep missing lakshay everytime its screened on TV.. But somehow I see the last part of the movie..Donno why its like the way 4th para second sentence "These are some movies which make you realize who beautiful and charismatic India is.." Guess that a how :)

Aditi ''Jiggs'' said...


these typos would never leave me :P :P

Soham Chakraborty said...

Once i return back to my super fast connection i will surely watch it , and ya lakshya is a very nice movie.. but very underrated by indian public..

Express said...

I am so surprised that ppl lissen 2 me! LOL! no no, wonderful post.

And yea, I had seen pather panchali b4, but all the 3 movies 2gether in that flim festival were magical. The best part was no dubbing! the subtitles sucked, but I guess thats the only way non-bengalies can enjoy the movie without altering its beauty.

Darjeeling limited?
I ll watch tht n skip Jaane tu n Love story 2050 :-|

Aditi ''Jiggs'' said...

its a 3-4 months old movie gal
ouuta the theaters :P
download it or rent a dvd but do watch it :)
i myself saw it on dvd a month back, n wrote abt it only now :P :P

Express said...


did u write it only coz I threatened to charge u for my post? :-P

P.S. i ws in pune, don't blame me!! We saw some IPL matches by binoculars u knw. gr8 fun, hehe!!

Aditi ''Jiggs'' said...

naah naah
wanted to write abt this movie for a long time but kal he time millaa :P
i guess wn ur down with fever ur fingers break ouuta the laziness mode :P ;P

Sach said...

I haven;t seen this 1! But right now, I have decided to catch up with this as soon as I get back to college :D
Btw..Ryan is so good! And so is the movie Lakshya!

Sutta said...

I am glad you wrote and it!! As I had already told you, this movie just made me realize all over again how much I love my country!!

Even the background music used in this flick is from Satyajit Ray's movies and other Hindi Cinema.

Lakshya is my all time fav as well.

Tu "Shawshank Redemption" dekh naa.. :x Thats my no. 1 movie till date.

Aditi ''Jiggs'' said...

Shawshank Redemption i remember

still havnt watched it,
not getting enough sources to download it :(
but read all abt it on imdb n wiki, its based on a short story by Stephen King right ??
ill try to get my hands on that book cz i prefer readin abt such hard core stuff that watching it :D
par yes i will watch it 4 sure
sooon :P
but b4 watchin it ill read the book :P

gunj said...

wow...dat was quite a review babes!

d SINNER!!! said...

gotta watch it, its on my list esp coz i have been watching a lotta movies these days... :)thnx for reminding...

Nits said...

heya lakshya...but not gr8 enuf to enter my top five!..;-)
have u seen 'a beautiful mind'!
its a must see...
will def catch up with "The Darjeeling Limited"! :-)

skeptic saint said...

hmm...will surely watch it soon...

being a movie buff myslef, i think i ll come out with my definitive must see list soon... :P

Sutta said...

Koi Stephen King wing ki ni hai.
Its based on a novel by Rita Hayworth 'The Shawshank Redemption'.

Movie is a class man! I can go on n on praising every bit of it. You know imdb pe its been ranked as the 2nd best movie in Top 250 list of all time great movies. First being Godfather!

Sutta said...

Oh shit!! gotta a bit confused.
Yes its by Stephen King.

Actually the novels name is 'Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption'. So thoda kaanfoosion:P

Sutta said...

But plisssssss plisssssss dekh.
I reaaaallllyy want you to watch it.
If you use torrent. Lemme know. I'll help with dload. But tu dekh boss!!!

Aditi ''Jiggs'' said...

haan haan
chal ab tou mujhe dvd rent karne parege
this week pkaa i will watch it.

Sutta said...

Yus yus zaroor dekh. But remember if after watching you said you didn't liked it na. Then tera khoon kar dunga main. Coz I can't hear anything about it. If you can't love Shawshank. Dhang Dhang! Murder!! :P

Though, if you can love films like Darjelling Limited which have depth in it. Then I am pretty sure Shawshank ki bhi fan ho jayegi tu. :P

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Aditi ''Jiggs'' said...

abey mere life aaj kal barbad hai :(
kuch chal hi nahi rha
Nothin at allll
so bass aaj kal i am watchin movies, reading a lotta books n studing :(

haan haan even i miss those old stuff but koi inspiration he nahi hai be
bass kuch theek hogaya hai
even side effect bhi chalegae :D

tu likh kuch accha
the police ke dande wla post is stil pending be :x

:P :P

Express said...

Ladki, aaj late-wali train mein mi-le! hehe...

u ve been tagged...

finally I repayed ur udhar!
*shoulders feeling light!*


Aditi ''Jiggs'' said...

wh udhar ???

Scribblers Inc said...

I saw Via Darjeeling....equally killer!!:)

Scribblers Inc.

TJ said...

i've been blogging for some time now but honestly i have no clue how to customize my blog...can u tell me how u can have that picture as the background and have a roll on dark film with text on it???

Aditi ''Jiggs'' said...

u gota alter the html code a bit
n put an image link to it