Touch Of Care – A Touching Short Film by Neeraj Ghaywan

This is a freaking awesome short-film – less than 4 minutes, but what a film! Showing how you could be subtle yet effective without becoming preachy. Exemplifying power of story-telling and creativity…. The blue balloon flying in the sky could actually bring tears to your eyes as you listen to that soulful narration!

It’s amazing how a creative film-maker can use such a simple, short yet powerful story to speak for the cause – Touch Of Care is by one of my favourite contemporary directors, Neeraj Ghaywan of Masaan! Do watch!

For me, it’s a great example of blending your own purpose of making films with a meaningful cause – issue of transgender mother Gauri Sawant bringing up orphaned girl – Gayatri. Being a real story gives this film that necessary gravity. Thanks to Vicks for supporting this cause of transgender issues.

By the way, while we’re talking about issues of single parents, it is also important to know that a single man cannot still adopt a girl child in India, maybe someone should make a film about loving father with adopted girl!


Koi Gata Main So Jata…

There is something haunting about this song that I love since I was a teenager. Yesudas‘s baritone and crystal clear voice (I am one of his big fans) and wonderful lyrics by Harivansh Rai Bachchan in his own delightful yet simple Hindi wonderfully combine together here. Jaidev‘s music is classy and unique as usual. Amitabh was relatively different in this role as a quiet rebel with passive-aggression…

I really love this song, it gives me goosebumps whenever I listen to it and it almost always brings tears to my eyes, not necessarily due to sadness – but as I feel that deep connection with the grief that is explained so well in this song – with lyrics, music and voice. Grief of someone who followed his own calling, getting isolated from his dear ones and walking the path of loneliness with all the challenges that such a decision could bring…..often this grief just needs compassion and loving comfort – so wonderfully expressed in these words –

को‌ई मेरा सिर गोदी में रख
सहलाता, मैं सो जाता।

Do listen!