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Enclosure Fathom Part 2: Limited Edition: All Things Blue (5517) E: The Dummy Record – ‘’Quia veteres scalae meae fractae sunt’’ (Because my old ladder is broken) – Ladder Sniff….. continues:
She started to laugh. She laughed so much, she could not stop laughing. They cut the figure from the driver seat, still dressed in its flight suit and at that, the dashboard grabbed a hold of power from some ancient source, cleverly hidden inside. A metallic sound said ”Don’t Panic”. At that the flight helmet opened up. The flight suit started moving and the figure, first grabbed the front of the suit and with jittery hand moved a zip like structure horizontally and said in a melodic voice ”up down, up down”.
She grabbed her head in despair at the double entendre. The figure suddenly said sweetly through the helmet, … ”double entendre”, too much?
The Helmet lifted and a head shook its hair and looked at her with clear blue green eyes and said: I am Sofia, pleased to meet you. I am a class a robot made by Honey ….. and so it went. The woman looked at an exact copy of herself 40 years ago. When she asked Sofia a question, she just shook her head, Indian style, followed by a very Bulgarian yes and no!
As she took the envelope from the robotic hand, something in her collapsed. The first line simply said; … I know ….f…. It isn’t a crime to like that movie ”Three Idiots” the most or to try to upgrade Keanu Reeve’s plot on The Lake House”. She thought to herself. ”Typical ….the male’s first.”
She walked back, all of 76 years old and thought to herself, ……. now I still need to go find Jovan. Sofia, now take care will you? Be a good robot and PLEASE tell whatshisname, I got his note.
He sat behind the bushes in his fancy warmed up vehicle. He was furious. WHATSHISNAME?… WHATSHISNAME?WHATSHISNAME?!!!!!!&@%^#
Then he looked up: She did not look back once as she put on her ice skates. He just saw the unsavory sign, MADE BY THE GLOVE – up in the air – and smelt CINNABAR PERFUME, and heard the shout – ”Last to the lake house…” is a ………. Something came alive in his heart right then. The two 70 plussers chased each other like young reindeer, up and down slopes and finally fell in a heap right in front of the lake house.
He was out of breath when he kissed her deeply. ”I am never ever letting you go”. She giggled and tried to pass her chewing gum on to him. It ended up in his scraggly beard.
”I suppose that is for the chewing gum in your ponytail in 1978 and for the ink in 1688?”. She just giggled and just said – noooo 1688 is still coming. Not just that, I am going to become a nun. He just rolled his eyes and said, please by God no. Let’s just take a breath I am not 16 anymore!
Copyrighted: Sharmaine T. Pretorius 2001.
3 Idiots is a 2009 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by Rajkumar Hirani, and also co-written by him with Abhijat Joshi. The film stars Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani and Omi Vaidya. The film follows the friendship of three students at an Indian engineering college and is a satire about the social pressures under an Indian education system. The film is narrated through parallel dramas, one in the present and the other ten years in the past.
Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra under the banner Vinod Chopra Films, and based on Chetan Bhagat‘s novel Five Point Someone: What not to do at IIT!. The film incorporated real Indian inventions created by Remya Jose, Mohammad Idris, Jahangir Painter and Sonam Wangchuk. It received widespread critical and commercial success upon its release on 25 December 2009. It was also the highest-grossing film in its opening weekend in India, had the highest opening day collections for an Indian film up until that point and also held the record for the highest net collections in the first week for a Bollywood film. It also became one of the few Indian films at the time to become successful in East Asian markets such as China and Japan, eventually bringing its worldwide gross to ₹3.92 billion ($90 million)— it was the highest-grossing Indian film ever at the time. The film also had a social impact on attitudes to education in India, as well as education in other Asian countries such as China.
The film won six Filmfare Awards including Best Film and three National Film Awards including Best Popular Film. Overseas, it won the Grand Prize at Japan’s Videoyasan Awards while it was nominated for Best Outstanding Foreign Language Film at the Japan Academy Awards and Best Foreign Film at China’s Beijing International Film Festival. This film was remade in Tamil as Nanban (2012), which also received critical praise and commercial success. A Mexican remake, 3 Idiotas, was also released in 2017.
In 1999, students Farhan Qureshi and Raju Rastogi of the Imperial College of Engineering in Delhi, struggle to compete within its cutthroat academic culture. Farhan is passionate about wildlife photography but chose to join in order to appease his father, while Raju is in need of a career that will extricate his family from poverty. Their roommate, the eccentric Ranchoddas “Rancho” Shamaldas Chanchad, who is genuinely passionate about engineering, gives unorthodox answers in class and frequently clashes with the ICE director, Viru “virus” Sahastrabuddhe, since he believes that students should enjoy what they learn, despite their strict teaching model.
When a student named Joy Lobo commits suicide after failing to meet a project deadline and being denied graduation by Virus, Rancho confronts Virus about the pressure placed on the students to succeed, but his rebellious behavior puts a strain on Farhan and Raju’s relationships with their own families. Raju attempts to distance himself from Rancho, but when Raju’s paralyzed father needs a medical emergency, Rancho saves his life by taking him to the hospital with the help of Virus’ younger daughter Pia, who begins to fall in love with Rancho. At the end of the year, Rancho is shown to have topped the school’s rankings despite his disdain for its education system, while Farhan and Raju continue to fall behind.
One night, while severely drunk, the trio have a discussion where Rancho chides Farhan for abandoning his passion for photography and Raju for having developed a fear of failure, but when the two bet Rancho to propose to Pia in exchange for giving up their own fears, they decide to break into Virus’ house, where Rancho confesses his feelings to Pia and the other two urinate on his property. Virus spots Raju amidst their escape and tells Raju he will be thrown out of campus unless he helps him expel Rancho. A distraught Raju attempts suicide but recovers due to committed care from his friends and family. With a newfound perspective on his life, Raju successfully applies for a job, while Farhan receives an apprenticeship offer from his favorite photographer, Andre Istvan, and earns his father’s blessings.
An infuriated Virus attempts to sabotage Raju’s chances of success by holding an unfairly difficult exam. With Pia’s help, Rancho and Farhan break into his office to steal the exam papers and though Raju refuses to cheat, the trio is caught and expelled by Virus. Pia confronts her father over her brother’s suicide, which was prompted by similar pressure placed on him by Virus to become an engineer at the expense of his own ambitions. That night, during a rainstorm that causes widespread flooding and power outrages, Virus’ older daughter Mona, who is pregnant, goes into labor. Unable to drive to a hospital, Rancho and the other students use their engineering knowledge to quickly modify a vacuum cleaner into a ventouse and deliver the baby with the help of Pia through a webcam. A grateful Virus acknowledges Rancho as an extraordinary student and revokes the expulsions. On graduation day, Rancho promptly disappears and is never seen by his friends again.
Ten years later, Raju, now a business executive, and Farhan, a photographer, are both successful in their chosen careers. Their former classmate and academic rival Chatur, now a wealthy executive in an American company, also wants to meet Rancho again because he wants to settle a bet he had made ten years prior after being humiliated in a prank, stating that he would be more successful than Rancho. He calls them claiming to know Rancho’s whereabouts in Shimla, and the three of them head out to find him. Upon arrival, they find a different man living by Rancho’s name and degree. Upon confrontation, the man explains that the “Ranchoddas Chanchad” they knew was actually “Chhote”, his family’s orphaned servant boy, who was tasked with completing his entire education for him all the way through, to earn a degree at ICE. He tells them Chhote had cut off all contact with his friends due to a deal with Shamaldas Chanchad, and gives them his actual address in Ladakh. Farhan and Raju decide to bring Pia along with them. Chatur protests the detour, as it would jeopardize his planned meeting with the illustrious client “Phunsukh Wangdu,” a renowned scientist, but the duo crash Pia’s wedding, and whisk her away from her fiance to go and reunite with Rancho.
In Ladakh, the group finds a thriving engineering school in the mountains for local children. They learn that Rancho has kept up to date with their careers and reunite with him. Rancho admits he is still in love with Pia and they decide to marry. Chatur assumes that Rancho is a lowly schoolteacher, but Rancho reveals his real name to be Phunsukh Wangdu, the successful client Chatur has been after. The friends happily celebrate their reunion and laugh at the bewildered and desperate Chatur.
- Aamir Khan as Ranchoddas “Rancho” Shamaldas Chanchad / Chhote / Phunsukh Wangdu, one of the titular trio in the engineering college who vanishes after graduation and whom his two friends hunt for ten years while telling stories of their time in college together. Rancho was a prodigal student, with contempt for the inhumanity of the college’s system. At the end of the film, he is shown to be a famous scientist, entrepreneur, and business magnate who also teaches young children when he takes a break from researching.
- R. Madhavan as Farhan Qureshi, the film’s narrator and one of the trio whose father persuades him to study engineering over his dream career of wildlife photography; in the end, he is shown to have published several books of photographs.
- Sharman Joshi as Raju Rastogi, another of the trio who comes from an impoverished family with a mother who is a retired school teacher and a paralyzed father who worked as a postman. In the flashback story, his family was unable to afford the car that would be demanded as a dowry for his sister. In the present story, he is a settled married man in Delhi who has freed his family from poverty by becoming a wealthy executive.
- Kareena Kapoor as Pia Sahastrabuddhe, Virus’ younger daughter, an intelligent and capable doctor. Despite her father’s disapproval, she and Rancho fall in love.
- Boman Irani as Dr. Viru Sahastrabuddhe, the college’s strict director known as “Virus” and Pia and Mona’s father who acts as the film’s antagonist. He stubbornly sticks to a doctrinal method of teaching, putting him at odds with Rancho. In the end, he is shown to have changed his doctrinal methods of teaching.
- Omi Vaidya as Chatur Ramalingam, a Ugandan-Indian educated in Tamil-speaking Pondicherry who has little knowledge of Hindi, and Rancho’s rival. His habit of being gassy due to the consumption of pills to enhance his memorization earns him the nickname Silencer. In the present story, he is vice-president of an American company (Rockledge Corporation) who discovers his success being overshadowed by Rancho at the end of the film. Baradwaj Rangan wrote that Chatur being a Tamil from Uganda makes him “twice removed from the North Indians around him – a stranger to the nation as well as the national language.”
- Rahul Kumar as young Manmohan (nicknamed Millimetre), an adolescent, he earns a small living by doing errands for students, such as laundry, finishing assignments, and getting groceries. Rancho persuades him to buy a school uniform and sneak into school to gain an education.
- Dushyant Wagh as adult Manmohan (Centimetre), assistant to Rancho/Phunsukh Wangdu in Ladakh.
- Mona Singh as Mona Sahastrabuddhe, Pia’s elder sister, and Virus’s first daughter.
- Parikshit Sahni as Mr. Qureshi (nicknamed Hitler Qureshi by Rancho, Farhan, and Raju), Farhan’s father, a strict but loving parent who just wants his son to be happy.
- Farida Dadi as Mrs. Qureshi, Farhan’s mother, a loving and caring parent.
- Amardeep Jha as Mrs. Rastogi (nicknamed Mother Teresa by Rancho and Farhan, Raju’s mother, a retired schoolteacher, and dedicated mother.
- Mukund Bhatt as Mr. Rastogi, Raju’s paralyzed father who used to work as a postman.
- Rajendra Patwardhan as Govind, Viru’s personal assistant.
- Javed Jaffrey as the real Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad. It is from him that Raju and Farhan learn the truth: Chanchad’s father sponsored an orphaned servant boy called ‘Chhote’, who had demonstrated his intelligence and love of learning, to earn a degree in the real Ranchoddas’s name, while he was in London. He appreciates what Chhote did for him, and tells Raju and Farhan where to find him. (Cameo appearance)
- Arun Bali as Shamaldas Chanchad, father of Ranchoddas Shamaldas Chanchad. (Cameo appearance)
- Ali Fazal as Joy Lobo, a student with a passion for machines. After Virus tells him that he will not graduate, he commits suicide. (Cameo appearance)
- Akhil Mishra as Librarian Dubey.
- Rohitash Gaud as (real) Ranchoddas’s servant.
- Achyut Potdar as Machine Class Professor
- Madhav Vaze as Mr. Lobo, Joy Lobo’s father.
- Olivier Sanjay Lafont as Suhas Tandon, Pia’s ex-fiancé, who cares only about money and ostentation.
- Jayant Kripalani as a company head who conducts Raju’s job interview.
- Atul Tiwari as R.D. Tripathi, Education Minister in Auditorium during Silencer’s speech.
- Rajeev Ravindranathan as ragging senior student.
- Supriya Shukla as a doctor with Pia.
The Lake House (film) – Wikipedia
The Lake House is a 2006 American romantic drama film directed by Alejandro Agresti, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock (who had previously appeared together in the Academy Award-winning film Speed). It was written by David Auburn. A remake of the South Korean motion picture Il Mare (2000), it centers on an architect living in 2004 and a doctor living in 2006 who meet via letters left in a mailbox at the lake house where they have lived at separate points in time. They carry on correspondence over two years, remaining separated by their original difference of two years.
In 2006, Dr. Kate Forster (Sandra Bullock) is leaving a lake house that she has been renting in Chicago. Kate leaves a note in the mailbox for the next tenant to forward her mail, adding that the paint-embedded pawprints on the path leading to the house were already there when she arrived.
Two years earlier in 2004, Alex Wyler (Reeves), an architect, arrives at the lake house and finds Kate’s letter in the mailbox. The house is neglected, with no sign of paw prints anywhere. During the subsequent restoration of the house, a dog runs through Alex’s paint and leaves fresh paw prints right where Kate said they would be. Baffled, Alex writes back, asking how Kate knew about the paw prints since the house was unoccupied until he arrived. On Valentine’s Day 2006, Kate witnesses a traffic accident near Daley Plaza and tries to save the male victim, unsuccessfully. She impulsively drives back to the lake house, finds Alex’s letter and writes back.
Both Alex and Kate continue passing messages to each other via the mailbox, and each watches its flag go up and down as the message leaves and the reply arrives as they wait at the mailbox. They cautiously look around each time the flag changes, hoping to somehow spot the other. It is in vain as they are alone at the mailbox. They then discover that they are living exactly two years apart. Their correspondence takes them through several events, including Alex finding a book, Jane Austen’s Persuasion, at a railway station where Kate said she would have lost it, and Alex taking Kate on a walking tour of his favorite places in Chicago via an annotated map that he leaves in the mailbox. Alex eventually meets Kate at her boyfriend’s party but he doesn’t mention their exchange of letters to her because she did not “know” him at that time. She later remembered the meeting as a vague memory in the past. For Alex, the meeting happened in the present but for Kate, it had already taken place in the past without her knowing that it was Alex.
As Alex and Kate continue to write to each other, they decide to try to meet again. Alex makes a reservation at the Il Mare restaurant – two years into Alex’s future, but only a day away for Kate. Kate goes to the restaurant but Alex fails to show. Heartbroken, Kate asks Alex not to write to her again, recounting the accident a year before. Both Alex and Kate leave the lake house, continuing on with their separate lives.
On Valentine’s Day 2006 for Alex, Valentine’s Day 2008 for Kate, he returns to the lake house after something about the day triggers a memory. Meanwhile, Kate goes to an architect to review the renovation plans for a house she wants to buy. A drawing of the lake house on the conference room wall catches her attention and upon asking, Henry Wyler informs her the artist was his brother, Alex, and Kate realizes that this was the same Alex with whom she had been corresponding. She also learns that Alex was killed in a traffic accident exactly two years ago to the day and realizes why he never showed up for their date – he was the man who died in Daley Plaza.
Rushing to the lake house, Kate frantically writes a letter telling Alex she loves him, but begs him not to try to find her if he loves her back. Wait two years, she says, and come to the lake house instead. Meanwhile, in 2006, Alex has gone to Daley Plaza to look for Kate.
At the lake house, Kate drops to her knees sobbing, fearing that she has arrived too late to stop Alex. After a long pause, the mailbox flag finally lowers; Alex has picked up her note. Not long afterwards, a familiar mint-green truck pulls up. She walks forward smiling as the driver, clad in jeans and a familiar tan jacket, approaches. She and Alex kiss and walk toward the lake house.
- Keanu Reeves as Alex Wyler
- Sandra Bullock as Kate Forster
- Christopher Plummer as Simon J. Wyler
- Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Henry Wyler
- Shohreh Aghdashloo as Dr. Anna Klyczynski
- Dylan Walsh as Morgan Price
- Willeke van Ammelrooy as Mrs. Forster
- Lynn Collins as Mona
The film is set and filmed in the Chicago area. The lake house itself was built on what is called Maple Lake, located within the Maple Lake Forest Preserve off of 95th Street in the southwest suburb of Chicago: Willow Springs. The house was actually built on dry land and then flooded to appear that it was in the lake. After filming, the house was required to be removed, and a simple fishing dock was put in its place. The downtown scenes are in The Loop. The scenes where Kate and Morgan go to Henry’s office, and Kate’s dramatic exit down the stairs, were filmed at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The scene where Henry and Alex talk on the street after being in their father’s office was filmed on the 400 block of South Michigan Ave, in front of the Fine Arts Building and the Auditorium Theater. The scene where Alex and Simon converse in Simon’s home was filmed at the Prairie Avenue Bookshop, an architectural bookstore in Chicago which closed in 2009. Other filming locations include Aurora, Illinois (now the Madison Park community) and Riverside, Illinois, a small town on the outskirts of Chicago that is known for its historic houses, and several Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. The railway station in the movie is the real station of Riverside, and the bridge that Alex crosses while chasing Jack is called the “Swinging Bridge”; it crosses the Des Plaines River. The scene where Kate gets stood-up is in Millennium Park at the Park Grill. The bar scene in the Loop where Kate is seen sitting on the barstool, speaking with the woman at the wooden bar, is the real “Millers Pub” located at 134 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60603.