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Time for a new dimension between my blogs and my tweets

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Time for a new dimension between my blogs and my tweets
By Kartik Dayanand Boddapati • Issue #1 • View online
Hi there,
Hope you are doing well.
Surprised to see me in this new format? Well, I am surprised too. I wonder why it took me so long to try this.
While my blog remains my go-to format for writing focussed long-form content, and Twitter & Facebook the places to share quick thoughts — this digest provides a good middle ground to exchange multiple crisp ideas with you at one go, in a more casual yet meaningful way.
I am excited about this new journey. I’ll be happy to hear your opinions as well and have a conversation. And if you like what you read, please do share with your friends.

In this edition:
I am going to talk briefly about the movie Shershaah, my favourite episode from the Netflix series Navarasa, a new feature I noticed on YouTube, and a quick comment on the Afghanistan situation.
Here goes…
Shershaah and my little Karan Johar misunderstanding
I’ll be honest with you — when I saw Karan Johar sharing tweets of celebrities praising his latest production Shershaah, I thought it was a PR exercise…the usual Bollywood way of gaining attention.
However, my misconception got shattered the moment I watched the film. It was brilliant.
As is my habit, I immediately posted my 2 cents on Twitter.
Kartik Dayanand
Finally caught #Shershaah.

For the first time ever I felt as if I was watching a Hollywood war film made in India. Production values were stunning.

@SidMalhotra is getting the national award for best actor this year. He played the role of a lifetime.

I just loved the film!
And then…to my absolute surprise, Karan Johar shared my tweet.
And mind you, I am not a part of any paid promotions ;)
The praise that the film has been receiving is, in my opinion, genuine and highly deserving.
It is interesting to see that Karan Johar placed his bets on Vishnuvardhan, who never directed a Hindi movie before.
Kiara Advani too was brilliant in the film. What I noticed in particular about her is the vulnerability she’s able to bring to her characters (in Kabir Singh and Shershaah) with her voice. I’ve seen Aishwarya Rai and Deepika Padukone doing something similar in the past. It works very well in their favour because of their striking personalities which are a total contrast to that tremble in their voices, making them look powerful yet vulnerable. Not sure if anyone else has noticed this.
(Psst…Kiara liking my tweet has nothing to do with my showering praises on her)
Let’s move on to my next quick take…Mani Ratnam’s production, Navarasa.
Navarasa: My pick among the 9 episodes
Some of the biggest names in the Indian film industry came together to make this series. It was a unique experience to see them dabble in this novel shortened format.
The result is an interesting concoction with some episodes in the strictly ‘ok’ category and some in the ‘blew my mind’ category.
Of the lot, there is one episode in specific with cinematography by Santosh Sivan, which I recommend should be taught at film schools. His work is in the ‘sublime genius’ category.
This apart, there is another episode that left a lasting impression on me. It’s my favourite in the bunch of 9.
Before I talk about that, do check this quick 9-tweet take on the series and let me know if my assessment matches yours.
#Navarasa in 9 tweets
My unrivalled favourite: Guitar Kambi Mele Nindru (tugging at my guitar strings)
Gautham Vasudev Menon packs the full impact of a 3 hour movie in just 48 minutes — in my opinion, an incredible task to pull off.
This episode has multiple songs which I play on loop now. The lyrics are simple yet deep, and are sure to leave a mark on our souls.
When I saw Suriya with the mike, bandana and curly hair, I was instantly reminded of Farhan Akthar from Rock On. Why the aping, I wondered. And soon the story revealed the full depth of the character and Farhan Akthar was out of my mind.
Suriya is probably the most sophisticated actor we have today. His character in this episode is understated yet powerful in its impact. This is a role not many actors can pull off with such ease.
The director deconstructs the process of falling in love beautifully. For many this might seem juvenile but don’t most loves stories begin this way?
The seeds of love could happen over just one conversation, one moment, or one gesture…because one person is bold enough to take the first step.
The ending nailed this episode for me. What seemed juvenile suddenly became too real.
That’s it on this topic for now. If you haven’t watched Navarasa (especially this episode), I urge you to watch it asap.
Something new on YouTube: Timed Comments
I binge on music and YouTube is one of my go-to platforms. Recently, I stumbled upon a feature called Timed Comments.
This feature syncs comments with the action in the video. It’s like a running commentary where the comments scroll automatically along with the video.
It worked beautifully for me in the Master OST video. The comments were not only pleasantly enjoyable but also educative. I learnt about the JD (hero) and Bhavani (villain) background themes coming together in the interval sequence because of this feature.
It is currently in beta mode, but you could still give it a shot on the YouTube app.
Touching base with reality now: Afghanistan
I know it’s a lot to chew in one digest, but I’ll keep it short.
The situation in Afghanistan caught everyone by surprise. It’s unbelievable to see how rapidly things collapsed there.
I tried to read up as much material as I could about the ongoing situation as well as the history of the place and noticed some really interesting things.
I’ll definitely be writing a detailed blogpost on this topic soon, and it’s highly relevant to India and how we managed to stay together as a nation so far.
For now, I’ll leave you with a 2011 blogpost I wrote about the futility of war; especially the ‘war on terror’ in Afghanistan. This was right after Osama bin Laden was killed. Do give it a read when you find some time.
Osama: Gandhi with a Gun!
Signing off for this week
So that’s movies, life and a lot more for you from me for now.
Meet you again next week with a new edition of the Mind u Read Weekly Digest.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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Kartik Dayanand Boddapati
(With edits by Anuradha Mothali)
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