Mise-en-scene in Lagaan (2001).

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Mise-en-scene is elemental to consider when examining a film’s style. It makes up all the details that deliver the story to the audience, and whether overt or subtle it serves to enhance what we receive. Director Ashutosh Gowariker’s 2001 film Lagaan is a blend of the genres of sports drama, Bollywood, period, and epic with a running time that exceeds three and a half hours. It received a very high level of international critical acclaim. “Lagaan” is Hindi for ‘taxation’ and the film follows a small West Indian village’s plight to erase their tax commitment to the British settlement. This paper will aim to clarify how the film Lagaan uses mise-en-scene to achieve a more vivid and rich production.

The acting style is dramatic and typical of South Asian cinema. In the film, a British captain named Andrew Russell (played by Paul Blackthorne) on a whim first doubles the tax of the provinces he oversees, and then reverses it based on the outcome of a cricket match against one village. His younger sister Elizabeth (played by Rachel Shelley) secretly helps the Indians to train for the match. Bhuvan (portrayed by Amir Khan) is the leading protagonist and delivers many heartfelt lines that represent his values. His good character is reinforced by his Continue reading “Mise-en-scene in Lagaan (2001).”

Baked ricotta cheesecake.

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I’ve made this cake five times in the last three weeks. I did a lot of research before settling on this recipe, which sort of picks and chooses ingredients and amounts from countless others. A few months ago I made a very thin baked cheesecake without ricotta, and with Arnott’s shortbread creams for the base. It turned out really tasty but I had my heart set on trying out a ricotta cheesecake. I wanted to top the cake with raspberries but the frozen ones I had were… ugly. I decided to smoothie those, and get some other picture pretty berries out for this one.

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Saturn Devouring His Son

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This is one of my favourite paintings. It’s unofficially called ‘Saturn Devouring His Son’ by Francisco de Goya, part of a series now referred to as ‘the Black Paintings’, never given official names by Goya. A few years ago I was reading about cannibalism having re-watched Silence of the Lambs and read Hannibal Rising. This artwork came to my attention then, reading about the history of human cannibalism. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. I felt so mesmerised by the horrific depiction. It was so cold and brutal. Saturn’s wide eyes chilled me to my core, and the way his infant is limbless, beheaded and bleeding certainly enhances the terror of the scene. Continue reading “Saturn Devouring His Son”

White chocolate panna cotta.

This is the first time I’ve ever made panna cotta and I was honestly so happy with the results. I could have made a plain, traditional vanilla flavoured dessert but I decided I would wait til I hate vanilla bean paste to use instead of just vanilla extract. I like the look of creamy white panna cotta, but for a vanilla flavoured one I would like to see little speckles of vanilla bean in it. Continue reading “White chocolate panna cotta.”

Malaysian street-style mee goreng.

I haven’t made hokkien at home since my birthday party in November. I made this dish for iftar on Tuesday night. It was supposed to be for my friend Ishrat, alongside a smoked salmon pasta, but she was incapacitated unfortunately.😦

For months since I got back from Bangladesh I would watch mee goreng recipe videos on YouTube late at night. I kept planning to try combining some recipes to get a flavour I’d prefer, but just never got around to it until now. Continue reading “Malaysian street-style mee goreng.”

25 things to do during Autumn.

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#21 – Skype your grandparents! I miss my grandmother in Bangladesh so much, and my baby cousin Aayan.😦 I want to see their faces everyday.

Damn it. I completely missed the window to post my list for summer! I mean yeah, I spent a third of it overseas but just because I write the lists doesn’t mean that I’m obligated to somehow to enact every item. It’s just meant to be reading material for you guys. *sigh*

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Bangladesh 2015, Haul.

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Okay, so I have many posts to catch up on… Eep. Here is my first post for 2015! My first ever ‘haul’ post. This is just to share what I bought my mum and aunt (my calamuni for you Bengalis out there) bought for me during my family vacation in Bangladesh. It is unlikely I will do more haul posts like this on WordPress. I occasionally share things I buy that are fashion/cosmetic/book related on my various Tumblr accounts.

I am also not planning to do any posts dedicated to my entire vacation, though I’m certain anecdotes and other tidbits relevant will seep into other posts. I may do a post about my visit to Mehendiganj, but I think I’d rather keep the other photographs and details of my holiday to myself. Mainly because look how lazy I already am posting about my loves: food and fashion. I rarely post about that, so posting different stuff about Bangladesh will take forever to get onto here haha.

My apologies if this post is getting a bit long already.:/ So here’s the breakdown of what I got: Continue reading “Bangladesh 2015, Haul.”