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  • Writer's pictureUrvashi Singh

LOCKDOWN SPECIAL: Aridaman Singh Rathore's Movie Recommendations

Hailing from the erstwhile istimrari of Kerote (Ajmer), Aridaman Singh Rathore is a Jaipur-based restaurateur, famously known for Dojo-his revolutionary introduction of sushi to the mainstream culinary scape of Jaipur.

Apart from being a foodie, Aridaman is also the cinephile and go to person for all those who solicit some brilliant movie recommendations. Rajputana Collective requested him to curate a brief list of feel-good movies for all those who seek some much-needed uplifting post the lockdown.

Here are some of the movies that Aridaman recommends : -

1. Green Book (2018) 

Inspired by a true story about African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley’s tour of “Deep South” America which is rampant with racism in an era of segregation. Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx to drive him through, and they develop a unique bond. 

2. Ford v Ferrari (2019) 

Christian Bale & Matt Damon star in this fast pace movie that is based on the true story of American car designer Carroll Shelby and a fearless driver, Ken Miles. Together they set out to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company to compete in the legendary 24 hour race at Le Mans in France in 1966, up against Enzo Ferrari and his team. 

An inspiring story that shows the power of determination and perseverance. 

3. Udaan (2010) 

Sometimes, simplistic stories can have a deep impact and message. Udaan is one such gem. The story revolves around a recently-expelled student Rohan, who is now compelled to live in Jamshedpur with his strict father and work in his fathers factory. But Rohan dreams of becoming a writer.

Gotta watch to find out more! Udaan premiered in 2010 at the Cannes Film Festival.

4. The Last Samurai (2003) 

This has to be my absolute all time favourite movie. Capt. Nathan Algren is the central character of the story that traces his personal and emotional conflicts. He comes in contact with the Samurai warriors he had set out to defeat with the Japanese army in the wake of the Meiji restoration. Set in 19th century Japan, the movie is a cinematographic treat. 

Flawless performances by, Tom Cruise as Capt. Nathan Algren and Ken Watanabe as Lord Katsumoto Moritsugu, a warrior-poet who was once Emperor Meiji's most trusted teacher, give shape to this cinematic masterpiece. 

5. Scent of a Woman (1992) 

Actor extraordinaire Al Pacino delivers a performance of a lifetime in this remarkable story as a blind army veteran, Lt. Col Frank Slade, who decides to take a trip and hires Charlie Simms to escort him to New York. The movie revolves around Frank & Charlie’s short journey and the events that follow, sparking a strange relationship between the two. A story of loneliness and companionship. Sounds ironic, but it's brilliant and won Al Pacino his first Academy Award for Best Actor



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