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  • Directors: Rosshan Andrrews
  • Producers: PV Gangadharan
  • Writers: Bobby and Sanjay
  • Genres: Drama, Musical, Romance
  • Actors: Roma Parvati Menon Maria Skanthan

The film is about friendship of three girls: Saira Elizabeth(Roma), Pooja Krishna(Parvati Menon) and Sridevi (Maria), all studying in 12th standard at Lord’s Academy in Ooty. Although they come from different family backgrounds – Saira from a broken home, with her separated parents (Aishwarya and Suresh Gopi), Sridevi from a happy close-knit family, with her parents (Sukanya and Prem Prakash) doting on her, and Pooja a day scholar living near the school with her mother (Seeta), whom the threesome depend on, when they have problem between themselves. But on issues on others, they believe in solving the problems by themselves. Sreedevi falls in love with a school-mate, Sooraj Menon(Sooraj). Though hesistant at first, Saira and Pooja approves their love after being convinced of Sooraj’s sincerity. During an excursion to Goa, Sreedevi and Sooraj engages in sex, and eventually she becomes pregnant, much to the shock of Saira and Pooja, and moreover herself. They keeps the news to themselves, fearing the wrath of Sreedevi’s parents; even Sooraj is kept in dark, fearing that the news may leak out. They decide to go for an abortion in a small hospital near their school. During the Founder’s Day celebrations at the schhol, the trio sneaks out of the campus, and reaches the hospital. Pooja keeps a watch outside the hospital while Saira and Sreedevi goes in and they convinces the gynaecologist for the abortion, by several lies including that Sreedevi had been raped. During abortion, Sreedevi suffers excessive blood loss and dies. Saira and Pooja flees hospital in terror and returns to school. However, they are summoned to the principal’s office the next day, and the doctor who came to the school as a part of enquiry identifies Saira. Saira confesses that the rape story is a lie and Sreedevi actually had sex with somebody she loves, but she maintains she don’t know who is that. Pooja, who considers her future as impostant, distances herself from the whole episode, leaving Saira embarrassed and angry. The pricipal, who is concerned about the status of the school presses for not registering a police case, and dismisses Saira from the school. Pooja, now ashamed and disturbed of what she did, tries to apologize to Saira, but meets with hostility. Years later, on Saira’s graduation day, she receives a letter which claims to be from Sreedevi. The letter informed her that Pooja was in mental asylum for 6 years, and she needs Saira’s company. Saira, returing to Ooty, finds out that Pooja has been discharged from mental hospital. The duo realises how much they missed each other and returns to their school campus to a tree which they had planted years ago.

The Lion King

  • Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
  • Producers: Don Hahn
  • Writers: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Musical
  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Nathan Lane, Ernie Sabella, Moira Kelly, Robert Guillaume, Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin, Jim Cummings

The Lion King takes place in the Pride Lands of the Serengeti, where a lion rules over the other animals as king. Rafiki (Robert Guillaume), a wise old mandrill, anoints Simba (cub by Jonathan Taylor Thomas, adult by Matthew Broderick), the newborn cub of King Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and Queen Sarabi (Madge Sinclair), and presents him to a gathering of animals at Pride Rock (“Circle of Life”).

Mufasa takes Simba on a tour of the Pride Lands, teaching him about the “Circle of Life”, the delicate balance affecting all living things. Taking advantage of the cub’s naive nature, Simba’s scheming uncle Scar (Jeremy Irons) (who is very angry because Simba’s birth means that he’s no longer next in line to the throne) tells him about the elephant graveyard, a place where Mufasa has forbidden Simba to go. Simba asks his mother if he can go to the water-hole with his best friend, Nala (cub by Niketa Calame, adult by Moira Kelly). Their parents agree but only if Mufasa’s majordomo, the hornbill Zazu (Rowan Atkinson), goes with them. Simba and Nala elude Zazu’s supervision (“I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”) and go to the graveyard instead. There, the cubs are met by Shenzi, Banzai and Ed (Whoopi Goldberg, Cheech Marin and Jim Cummings), spotted hyenas who try to kill them, but they are rescued by Mufasa.

Atop Pride Rock’s peak, Simba corners Scar. To gain Simba’s mercy, Scar blames everything on the hyenas but Shenzi, Banzai and Ed overhear this betrayal. Simba demands that Scar go into exile. Scar pretends to leave but turns to attack Simba, resulting in a final duel. Simba triumphs over his uncle by kicking him over a low cliff. Scar survives the fall but finds himself surrounded by the now-resentful hyenas, who attack and kill him. Simba and Nala become the new king and queen of the Pride Lands. The film concludes with the Pride Lands turning green with life again and Rafiki presenting Simba and Nala’s newborn cub as “The Circle of Life” continues.

The Wizard of Oz

  • Directors: Victor Fleming, Uncredited, Mervyn LeRoy, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor
  • Producers: Mervyn LeRoy
  • Writers: Novel, L Frank Baum, Screenplay, Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf
  • Genres: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
  • Actors: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan

The opening and closing credits, as well as the Kansas sequences, were both filmed in black and white and colored in a sepia tone. Orphaned twelve-year-old Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) lives a simple life in rural Kansas with her Aunt Em (Clara Blandick), Uncle Henry (Charles Grapewin) and three colorful farm hands. Shortly before the movie begins, the irascible townswoman, Miss Almira Gulch (Margaret Hamilton) is bitten by Dorothy’s dog, Toto. Dorothy is upset that Ms. Gulch hit Toto over the back of the head with a rake, but her aunt and uncle, as well as the farmhands, are too busy to listen. Miss Gulch shows up with a court order and takes Toto away to be destroyed. Toto escapes and returns to Dorothy, who is momentarily elated. When she realizes that Miss Gulch will soon return, she decides to take Toto and run away. On their journey, Dorothy encounters the charlatan, Professor Marvel (Frank Morgan). He is a kind and lovable man who guesses that Dorothy is running away and feels unappreciated at home, and tricks her into believing Aunt Em is ill, so that she (Dorothy) will return home. As Dorothy leaves, there begin to appear signs of an oncoming storm. She rushes back to the farm’s house just ahead of a sudden tornado. There, she takes shelter inside the house, where she is knocked unconscious by a loose window frame.

For the most part, the movie follows the novel only in a very general way. Many details are omitted or altered, while many of the perils that Dorothy encountered in the novel are not even mentioned in the movie. To take advantage of the new vivid Technicolor process, Dorothy’s silver shoes were changed to ruby slippers for the movie. [5] Due to time restraints, a number of sub-plots from the book, including the China County and the Hammerheads, were cut. The novel also never depicts Dorothy as a damsel in distress to be rescued by her friends, but rather the reverse, with Dorothy, a figure heavily influenced by the feminism of Matilda Joslyn Gage,[citation needed] rescuing her friends. Nevertheless, the film was far more faithful to Baum’s original book than many earlier scripts (see below) or film versions – there were silent versions in 1910 and 1925, and a seven-minute animated cartoon in 1933. The 1939 movie interprets the Oz experience as a dream, in which many of the characters that Dorothy meets represent the people from her home life (such as Miss Gulch, Professor Marvel, and the farmhands, none of which appear in the book). Oz is meant to be a real place in L. Frank Baum’s original novel, one to which Dorothy would return to in the author’s later Oz books, and later provide a refuge for Aunt Em and Uncle Henry when unable to pay the mortgage on the new house that was built after the old one really was carried away by the tornado.