Whenever I cross this place, I wonder when I will be going in to watch the play. I tried to book it in this time, but it was all full and the only slots available were in end of August (I am leaving coming Monday) . So I decided to wait until the craziness would die down. But with more spoilers coming in, I wonder if it is a wise decision to put it off until later. Also heard that there might be a movie that might be made based on this play. Wonder how that will turn out.
This waiting game sucks…(and yes, I am talking about Game of Thrones too…book and series)
I am a HUGE fan of Meryl Streep. Huge (can’t emphasize that enough). I hadn’t seen ‘August: Osage County‘ last year because, well….there is no specific reason, just that it got missed and I wasn’t in the mood for some intense family drama as it is evident from the trailers. Finally got around to watching it. Oh my freaking god!!! What an intense movie it was. But some very fine acting…. No wonder I LOVE Meryl Streep. That woman..and her acting skills… so much variety. And my other favorite Julia Roberts.. Whoa!!! some very fine dynamics between them. I am not going into the movie storyline or anything of that sort. Am not in the mood for that. The heat is really getting to me I think. Ellen in one of her shows did say that you gotta watch this movie because it would either makes you feel good about your own family or at the least you would be able to empathize with them 😉 That much is true I should say. I liked the screenplay and the acting. And with so many fine actors in this (even though Benedict Cumberbatch hasn’t much of a role) you can’t go wrong.
Here is one of the Ellen’s show with Meryl Streep which I was checking out yesterday and was laughing out so hard. I admire that woman so much. The way she did pull off that teenage thing so so so well, Hats off to her.
Yay!!! Finally, I got to see a live musical concert. I wanted to go to one for a very long time. And finally this one came along. The Journey of a Thousand Smiles, an event organized by Sophia High School to promote education among children in villages. Deepika Padukone, the actress, an alumni did a guest appearance. The show started with the music group ‘Bridge‘ doing covers for popular English numbers for an hour. They started with ‘Summer of 69’, followed by ‘The Climb’ (Miley Cyrus, which got all the young girls grooving), ‘Objection’ and ‘Waka Waka’, by Shakira etc etc. They really got the concert vibe started and got it going in full form. The female vocalist had an amazing voice and to hear her sing, it was too good. We sang along for the songs we knew the lyrics of. It was followed by the dance performances by another alumni, Sneha Kapoor. Her performance was good.
And then, Deepika Padukone came and there were some heart to heart moments between her and the school. It was like a high school reunion for them. She also did an impromptu short performance with her friends. After that enters Farhan Akhtar and his band Farhan Akhtar Live and all hell broke loose. I never knew my friend could shrieeeeek like that… And after that till 11 pm until the show ended, I was torn between watching my friends sing to every song and dancing, pouting that we weren’t close enough to the stage and Farhan’s energetic performance. It was a tough choice 🙂 And of course I joined them for a song or two and did some moves because with the crowd around jumping and cheering and singing to each song, it is just not possible to not be part of it. It gets to you. You just let go. Even though you end up having a sore throat that you just don’t want to talk the next day. Even though your ears are still ringing from all the shrieking and screaming and singing and you still have to go to that movie you have booked because you can’t miss it at any cost (yeah…going to ‘Hobbit – Part 3’ today, yay!! again) Farhan and his team for their part did an amazing amazing job keeping the crowd involved, entertained and always on their toes. He also made sure to promote the ‘The Real Mard (Men Against Race and Discrimination) ‘ which he is a part of.
After that high energy performance and experience ending on a high note with Rock On – Socha hai, we headed to Movenpick‘s restaurant, My Place, for a late dinner. Here are some photographs. It was a blast. And I got to tick that ‘Live Concert’ item from my bucket list. Yay!!!