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— Teri Meri, Movie: Bodyguard, Bollywood

Teri meri, meri teri prem kahani hai mushkil
Do lafzon mein yeh bayaan na ho paaye
Ik ladka ik ladki ki yeh kahani hai nayi
Do lafzon mein yeh bayan na ho paaye

Yours and mine, mine and yours love story is difficult,
can’t tell it in two words,
This story of a girl and a boy is new,
can’t express it in two words…

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First, a confession: I haven’t read a single one of the books in the trilogy, despite the badgering of my friends, and I decided to watch the movie last night without having a slightest idea of the premise. That’s probably why I was so scandalized when I found out the concept behind the movie: Umm, did you know the entire plot revolves around a televised game where two dozen poor children have to fight to the death, merely for the entertainment of rich people? I had a conversation with my friends that it was an accurate observation of modern society. Apart from this point – and I’ll get back to that in a minute – the movie itself was suspenseful, brilliantly made and captured my attention from the very first scene to the climatic, sequel-alluding final one. I didn’t look at my phone once. 

Some other notes: Liam Hemsworth – he is cool. And Jennifer Lawrence is such a pretty and talented actress. And who doesn’t want to see Lenny Kravitz in a gilded eye liner?

Final thoughts: It was a good movie, and a tense, enjoyable way to spend 140 minutes. The thing which I didn’t like: there were so many kids actually killing other kids. One boy in the film, who doesn’t look old enough to legally buy cigarettes, is a trained assassin and snaps another child’s neck in broad daylight. Look, I know adolescent murder isn’t a new concept or anything but between the school shootings and all these anti-bullying campaigns being shoved down my throat, this seemed shocking. We live in a society that says violent video games and heavy metal music are responsible for spurring kids to go into their high schools with shot guns under the trench coats – but no one is batting an eyelash when Hollywood makes a glossy film that shows a beautiful teenage girl getting speared in the heart by another child? To be clear, I’m not complaining. I liked the movie. I guess I’m just scared that the premise is too on the nose. 

P.S. And I promise to read The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. We all know that books are better than movies. 

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