Que Será, Será

The best one liner on life?

I love one liners. They pack a punch. Even better if they’re following a literary device like an alleteration or oxymoron. Always aim at alletrations.

One of my favourite is Que Será, Será.

The phrase comes from Doris Day song titled the same.

It translates to Whatever will be, will be.
It is used as an exclamatory phrase when one is hit with the realisation that life is pre-deterministic. What’s so great about it is that its enunciation is so musical, and it conveys such a profound message: Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.

The phrase is mistaken to be Spanish, but it first appeared in a 16th century English heraldic motto. It made its way into Spanish and Italian family crests, and to the British play, Doctor Faustus with the Italian spelling[1] .

But as Lee Hartman points out, “ The saying is always in an English-speaking context, and has no history in Spain, Italy, or France, and in fact is ungrammatical in all three Romance languages. It is composed of Spanish or Italian words superimposed on English syntax.”[2]

Jay Livingston, one of the writers of the song came across the phrase in the 1954 movie The Barefoot Contessa. The fictional Italian family in the movie have the quote as their family motto. Mr Livingston jotted it down and then converted the ‘Che Sera Sera’ (Italian) to ‘Que Sera Sera’ (Spanish) because quote, “There are so many Spanish people in the world.”[3]

The song eventually topped the charts in numerous countries and went on to win the Oscars in 1956. Doris Day has gone down in history as the singer of Que Sera Sera. The song has been remade in numerous languages, notably Kay Sara Sara in Hindi with Prabhudeva and Madhuri Dixit’s great choreography. Yours truly also danced to this song (if she remembers right) for her 4th grade school dance.

It still baffles me how this all came to be. The fact that the phrase is still massively popular, and got pulled out of obscurity through unexpected circumstances.

Que Sera Sera – the self fulfilling prophecy.

Consequently, the whole notion of free will begins to crumble when you accept the quote. This is a bitter pill for me to swallow most times. What’s the point of doing anything if I am the protagonist of this story, not the writer?

Clearly, excessive reliance of a quote like this can be burdensome. And I say this because I have a disposition to become this way.

So the importance of this quote is to offer respite –

-and to not take yourself too seriously, one way or another.

Moot point, Raksha. This post is already too serious. Skittles anyone?



[1] http://mypage.siu.edu/lhartman/k…

[2] http://mypage.siu.edu/lhartman/k…

[3] http://Pomerance, Murray (2001),…

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Safe to say it’s been a while since I wrote anything. But the Academy of Motion Pictures released their award nomination list and I am so excited! It was a big enough external force to shake me out of my inertia of rest.
Physics analogies aside, in my house we act like we’ve been nominated, every year. The excitement is palpable and we all get hyped weeks ahead (this is exhibit A).
Like with most things, you grow older and the sheen wears a little. That happened to me with the big O. After I started watching movies seriously, I would get disappointed with some of the Oscar snubs.
I have only made volatile peace with how royally The Grand Budapest Hotel and Ex Machina were ignored (HOW COULD THEY?!).
That disappointment was quite temporary; I think the Oscars aren’t the pinnacle of cinema, more like a spotlight for it. I love the whole thing, despite the discrepancies that I observed over time.
Normally, I run around doing a victory lap when the nomination list is released and I make my own predictions as to who will win.

Jack man, main man. Image Source: cheeky-vintage.myshopify.com

In the spirit of full disclosure, I have not watched all the movies on the nomination list, but actually I do not think you have to, in order to predict. I have gone wrong (quite ‘bigly’ even) sometimes, even though the Academy seems to have a type (probably since I predict on a hunch). So when I know what a movie is about, I can gauge whether they’ll be fond of it or not.
So here goes!

89th Academy Award winner predictions

Best Picture: Manchester by the Sea or Moonlight
Best Director: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
Best Actor Male: Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea
Best Supporting Actor Male: Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
Best Actor Female: Natalie Portman for Jackie
Best Supporting Actor Female: Michelle Williams for Manchester by the Sea
Best Cinematography: Silence
Best Editing: Joe Walker for Arrival
Best Production Design: Hail, Caesar!
Best Original Score: La La Land
Best Original Song: The Empty Chair from Jim: The James Foley Story
Best Original Screenplay: Efthymis Fillipou and Yorgos Lanthimos for The Lobster
Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
Best Animated Feature Film: Zootopia
Best Sound Editing: La La Land
Best Sound Mixing: Arrival
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad
Best Visual Effects: Doctor Strange
Categories I have not predicted
Best Documentary Feature
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Live Action Short Film
Best Documentary Short Feature

Alrighty, that’s my list. I will update with winners – hits and misses after D-day.
As mentioned earlier I made the list based on both Academy’s previous patterns and my own hunches. La La Land looks like a favourite but I think it will not win as big as its nominations. Best makeup and Hairstyling looks like an after-thought (line this sentence).
Moonlight might get more awards because the Academy wants to appear more diverse (well deserving).

The 89th Oscars will be live telecast on 26th February 2017 on Star Movies 06:30am IST normally, it’s nearly here!