Wednesday, December 12, 2007

indian cinema is on a new plane, a stage of metamorphosis. sweeping long ranging changes seem to be seeping into the fabric of the worlds largest movie guzzling industry. everything form technicalitites of making selling promoting and exhibiting films, to re emergance of studios and 3-4 film deals for lead actors are becoming hte order of the day. mind u , here , as is the wont, by the term indian cinema , i presumably am talking of hindi filmhood or the quintessential bollywood!(pardon me rest of india , but then non - hindi films in india have always been better than the hindi ones!).
multiplexes are changing th eway we see films , and forcing or rather allowing filmmakers to experiment , usually wid disastrous consequences , with the stories they roll out from mumbai. newer stars are on the horizon, those who dont mind doing part bit roles in an ensemble production , yet stand out on the sheer power of their simmering performances in those blink and miss parts. and then there is the grand old man of indian ( hindi ) cinema , the big b , who has redifened the parameters within which conventional hero has always been defined since time immorial. but has everything changed in reality ?
many things still remain the same . hackneyed scripts. style glitz but no content . sleaze in the name of modern films! and most importantly , younger and younger heroines! the roles of the typical hindi film heorine hasnt kept pace with the changing societal roles of women in india.
films today dont potray women as free indipendent married career women. career or family is still the all-consuming dillema on screen for the leading lady. waiting for her knight in shining armour, and always dependent on a male support . few exceptions are there , as in corporate , satta, but then these are more flashes in the pan . a heroine who is married and abpove thirty is anathema to the BO. add kids to her profile and she bounces off the producers radar before u can say bounce! will indian audiences mature ever to accept a married family woman in the role of the leaidng lady ? will we have na indian meryl streep?
history has shown that with the exception of sharmila tagore and waheeda rehman , married actresses had saddening post-nuptial cinematic forays. mumtaz made a comeback that sank and took her down along with it . hema malini lost the place she occupied in the dremas of indian cinefans. sridevi chose to quit the day she tied the knot. many a talent has been sacrificed at the alter. meenakshi sheshadri, madhu , and down south simran , khushboo,and more recently jyothika, all were forced into oblivion post marriage.
fact is an actor ripens with age. the age of 30 - 40 is internationall the golden age, wen an actress and an actor get to rid themselves of college romances and experiment with mature adult topics and delve deep into their reportoire of histrionics. sadly in india , a heroine dies a silent death as soon as she is nearing the 30 mark. old , haggard , unsexy , she is deemed to get married and settle down. but why ? look at the talent that goes wasted! what magic couldve been created with ladies who now don have to run around trees, but do more meatier meaningfull roles .
things have started to change on this count ! kajol renetered films with fanaa to show that she still is a force to reckon with. and 2007 saw the last superstar on hindi movies , madhuri make a dazzling ocme back with aaja nachle. both the stars have a thing in common, both are married, both are star moms, and both chose to opt out of the rat race only to resurface as divas today .
this signals exciting times ofr bollywood. will it rise to the occassion ? kajol and madhuri have proven that the oomph., the talent, the star power and screen presence hasnt diminished a bit, and the response to their films have yet again shown that they rule the hearts of the audiences , and that none has been able to fill the vaccum they left back at tinsel town. they have indicated that they are here for the asking. now its bollywoods turn. to write roles for them , suiting their age. give them scripts that demand more than just dance and frolic, make films tat use these fabulous powerhouses of talents to the fullest. !
its time to change bollywood . its time india had a judi dench or a merryl streep!

Friday, December 07, 2007

and finally the movie is out ! aaja nachle hit theatres all over and in style! complete with controversy and hype!! is the film worth your moolah ?? the most anticipated comeback of the decade , does madhuri live up to the expectations ??
well she sure does. but not the movie!
tat doesnt mean to say tat the films bad. but yes it shud ve been much much better.
dia , a choreagrapher returns to the village she ran away from breaking all bonds , to see her dying dance guru. he dies but leaves her with thetask of saving her old theatre from being raised down into a glittering new age mall. and thus dia take son th etask of making her town folk dance to her tunes to save ajanta thetre.
the film no doubt has its heart in the right place. a sweet and endearing feel , where nothing goes awry for too long, where no problem exists widout a quickfix solution is where the story unfolds.and added to this is the premise of dance.
and dance is wat madhuri does like no one else!!! her form her grace her agility has to be seen to be believed. all these years of mumhood havent diminished an ounce of that now legendary smile and charm. half an hour into the movie and u realise that she is the last female superstar india will have!!
the movie also has an ensemble cast ! each character is brought alive by the actors who plunge deep into the roles. konkana specially shines in the role a village rustic. so do the others.
but what fails aaja nachle is the inept direction . anil mehta seems to have thot that having madhuri alone is enuf to make a film.
the screenplay is failed by the lack of directorial support. madhuri , the actors, and music make aaja nachle engaging!
and the film conclusively prooves that she is the only indian heroine who can carry a full film on her own shoulders without a hero to supprot. the film is completely centred on her , and she breezes thru her role!
watch aaja nachle to see magic unspool on celluloid. they don make like her anyomre up there!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

so how long has it been since u fell in love at first sight? wen was the last time love hit u gently like a breeze, assuring u tat alls good in life if loves beside u ? wen was it last tat u saw a love story and came out thinking of that first itme u met ure partner??? if it was ages back , its time to relive those moments , yeah its time to catch the latest kareena shahid starrer jab we met!
its seldom tat love stories are made sans cliches , villians and explicit intimacy and in ure face sex? jab we met comes as a whiff of fresh air , and steals ure hearts away from the word go.
the premise is old, a talkative bubbly lively girl , and a silent introverted guy, meet on a journey , a comedy of errors ensues , and cupid strikes! wat makes jab we met different ,is the treatmetn , and ofcourse the fresh new kareena and shahid pair!
now now the lead couple have done films together earlier and ended up looking like brother sisters lost in the kumbh, but this is thier first outing in a out and out romantic film, and both make u go weak in the knees wid thier cute pairing. add to that director imtiaz ali ( socha na tha fame ) and jab we met is a winner.
performances wise kareena is in top form, the roles tailor made for her , and she uses the chance to make it into the career defining role tat eluded her all these years. slimemr , mature and more confident of her craft, she is the soul of the film. shahid too shines, and delivers the goods effortlessly. cute funny lines, witty dialogues , and innovative situations make the film delightfully entertaining.
a must watch for all this season , jab we met is recommended like hot coffee in winters!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

the music is out ! fianlly!! after wiaitng for two long years isnce the announcement of the film , all us madhuri dixit fans heave a huge sigh of relief as aaja nachle songs hit the stores from oct 18th !
and wat a score it is !!
yash raj films , though known for good foot tapping albums for their films , seemed to have floundered in 2007 with less than average scores of tararumpum and jbj , as was wi9d the case of srk starrer chak de india! . so i personally expected less wen salim sulaiman were hired to give music for madhuri's come back vehicle. to add to tat , vaibhavi merchant replaced saroj khan , and singers like kavita and alka , traditionally madhuris voice, were given the cold shoulder for fresher voices of sunidhi and shreya. the results , though , surprise u !
sunidhi is in excellent form , at par with ehr dhoom rendition in the tittle ditty now doing th erounds of the promo circuits. aaja nachle rocks. and adi chopra is pardoned for choosing vaibhavi if the tralier is anything to go by.
6 of the total 8 tracks are dance numbers. show me ure jalwa koi pathar na maare and dance with me are easy on the ears and readily hummable. at the same time the romantic duo between shreya and sonu is feel good and fun.
over all the album is full of folksy yet contemporary urban sounds, much like madhuri;s image of being the darling of the masses and the classes at the same time.
the movie rests entirely on madhuri's name. so does the sound track. and in the process, salim sulaiman have shown that given the chance , they too can make music!

Monday, August 13, 2007

this weeks big release is chak de india!! and seems its the best release till date this year !!

sports movies are always dangerous wen it comes to bollywood. over melodrama unecessary side tracks and imbessile-like depiction of sports make it a very very unsound proposition to make a movie on sports.

but then there are those fluffy sport- films , and then there are films on sports and sportsmanship. chak de falls in the latter category.

the story of a disgraced former indian hockey team captain who tutors an underdog indian women's hockey team for the unthinkable worldcup win , makes for great cinema on paper.
thankfully, director shamit amin transales the concept seamlessly onto celluloid, giving us a warm freindly and believable hindi film on sports!

no cliche ridden film this is. srk as the coach , excells himself. in his best understated performance till date, he exudes a zen like calm and stals the show, inspite of not being the main character in the film.

having said this , the 16 girls who form the underdogs , the indian women's hockey team , are equally impressive. stark newcomers. these are a bunch of non actors.but its their rawness that makes them belevable. be it the northeastern girls who dislike being refered to as guests in their own country, or the telugu player who correctly dispises northindians who do not find tamil different from telugu, the characters and their potrayal touch a chord in the audiene.

but inspite of all this the real hero of the film is the script. amply describing the lackasidal attitude wid which sports are handled in this cricket crazy nation, the movie subtly shows the discrimination other sports face both from the authorities as well as the trp- hungry media.

combining this with the issue of gender equality, writer jaideep sahni has hit the bulls eye. a dash of patriotic fervour thrown in , sans the chest thumping - suny deol- brand of jingoism , gives us the right film for the independence day weekend!

and at last the clincher! the movie is preceeded by a teaser of the yars most anticipted movie, aaja nachle. jus a glimpse of the lady makes the trip to the theatre worth the ques outside it for the tickets!
watch chakde for srk
watch chak de for hockey and sportsmanship
or simply watch chak de to catch madhuri dixit waltz by in style

Monday, August 06, 2007

long since i saw a movie! how did i manage without it ?? don even ask me!!
well i broke my period of filmy celebacy with feroze abbas's my father gandhi, here goes how it was!
anil kapoor productions my father gandhi is a art film to the core. it never boasted to be a comemrcial art house cross-breed , yet one did not expect it to be an out and out doucmentary on the lives of a lesser known gandhi. and that takes away much from an otherwise brilliant film.

the movie is about hiralaal gandhi , the son of the father of the nation, and how he never saw a father in mahatma. the burden of being gandhi's son , ate into the soul of hiralal leading him onto a self destructive path to doom.
the movie is intended to tell hiralal's hitherto unheard story about his troubled relations with his illustrous father. but in effect it ends up espousing gandhi's larger than life figure and staure in the indian history. moreso because hiralals character seems ill-conceived. akshaye khanna as the doomed son of gandhi, manages to scrap thru with a good performance , but then he is seriously impaired by the lack of flesh in the role to dig his teeth into.
the only character apart from gandhi that leaves a mark is shefali chaaya as kasturbha gandhi. a naunced performance , with the electic mix of charm and will, shefali stealsthe show , chewing s up the scenes wid ease.
that brings us to the unintended main character of the film, gandhi. i guess it is difficult , near to impossible for indians to objectively analyse gandhi's character even after 60 yrs of independence. no i am not asking fopr a surgical character assasination , but what i mean to say is in the process of deifying the mahatma we have lost the chance of making him human, real and prevented the masses from making him a role model. this film does throw questions about him and his ideals, but most of the time , it is a tamed and muted protest .
more punch was needed , considering the manner in which gandhi wanted his own dreams to be fulfilled thru his son, int he process killing the ambitions and hopes of a young innocent man. and the eternally slow pace of the film doesnt help either. a subject like this demanded an edge of the seat race emotinal drama, and the director miserable fails at telling the story evenly.

finally , a period film about gandhi and his son , that leaves you with memories of just the good sets and the impressive cinematic styling of running through time without explanations, is a sad attempt at looking at one of the greates icons india has ever had. yet , it is a fresh attempt nevertheless.

Monday, July 30, 2007

well having been teaching my juniors in the labs as well as theory for the past few months , i am faced with a constant query ," why are there no placements for us sir??!!" and i am sure many among us too have this question in mind . infact most of those doing msc biotech or bmg or micro feel tat they are being unfairly discriminated by not having nt after msc like the IT graduates.

the link pasted above too speaks of a similar situation, and goes one step ahead in saying that biotech ( it uses the term as an epinomous all pervading name for entire gamut of life bio) is dead , the boom is over , there is no future in it anymore.
is it really so ?
first of all read th link above to get a clearer idea of wats written below!!!

well its true , and i am sure all of us who are now into phd as well as those who are not yet into it , have to agree, tat wen we got into this whole biotech life sciences thingy , at the bsc level, we did dream of the BTboom , like the IT. we didint get thru medicine( i am speaking for a generalised majority , pardon me if its not ure specific case!!) and chose instead for a bsc in biotech , the best topic then.

we dreamed of getting into a company later with a job earning us 25 to 30 k/month like the comp geeks around us . there was a talk of india being the next big BT hub. is it what has happend??

there was the IT boom. people earned , in some cases are still earning , 5 figure salaries perks and holidays abroad. but thats cause IT is a sector where u have instant results , where u reap benefits immediately. wats new NOW is old the next moment. the IT boom hit india, made a stir , and left us with a service sector incapable of innovation and Rand D. ( i do not wish to demean IT here , but then i guess the facts speak for themselves.) . what happened with BT then?

the article in the link mentions that the biotech boom promised jobs similar to IT. it makes it seem tat biotech promised us the moon and all we havegot is star-dust!

and yes from wat i always hearmy students complaining is , there are no jobs for an msc.
but guys , think for a moment! wen did one ever say that an msc will get u a job ?biotech and life science is no instant food, boil heat and serve! investment in the form of time , energy and years of life gives us a harvest of satisfying career. and cutting edge technical research in life scinces is only possible with patience and perseverance.

so the bottom line is if IT is fast food , biotech is good old mughlai restuarant! u need time patience to make a career out of research in this field. and with patience u need sacrifice. the willingness to earn 8000 rs for a major part of ure earning life! the determination to start from the lowest level in a govt institute after a phd and carve ure status right at the be able to gothru the grinds of setting up a biotech start up and bringing it to teh league of biocon!

as for those who seek instant gratification , in the form of money and luxury , pure scince is not the field!

infact contrary to what many are saying , and as the article in the link qoutes, science and biotech in india has blossomed , into a field where the thrust is now on r and d instead of services. where companies and institutes are working towards basic fundamentally strong BT tat would not burst like the IT bubble did.
where we have seen thru the initial hype and hoopla and managed not to miss the bigger picture. we are right there , globally , on the path to making india a biotech and life sciences leader.( yes this is despite the red tapism and almost impossible means of entering good institutes , plagairism and nepotism,lathargy , irresponsible scientific bigotry and an education policy tat stiifles innovation and creativity out of our lives, we are growing guys!!)

so where does all this leave the thousands who vcry "sir no jobs after msc??" ! well we need to change our attitude ! get into science and bsc -msc rigmarole if u are dedicated enugh to spend ure life slogging it out for 6000 -8000 per month in a dingy yet hi fi lab. or else , the IT shop's still open at the corner dude!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

a catastrophe hit me in the eye a few days back. i was taken unawares one fine monday morning by the severest form of disaster that man can face in the 21st century.i was all alone in the darkest lonliest hour of my life , wen morning six thirty , still trying to get up from a good nights sleep , i realise that my cell phone validity was over !

for the uninitiated ( where do u guys live ?? on mars ??) a cell phone works on a validity period beyond which i can neither sms nor make calls . forget the call making part - i never , and i repeat NEVER make calls - as a matter of policy. personal integrity and commitment to my resolutions have prevented me from bowing into the temptation of taking up those offers of free talk time or lesser call tarrif. i don make calls . period.

so then what was the prob with a dead cell phone ? i said i don make calls . i didint say i don sms. and that was the crux of my predicament ! i could no longer sms.

so while the feeling of misery sunk in and my spirits went down , i thot what the hell , lets try living a msg- less- day ! sadly , as i later found out , its not possible in this day and age.

the first salvo was by my friend, tat lil tormentor whom i beg daily to have breakfast wid me thru sms. i panicked , i was suddenly loosing control of my bearings, would i loose the battle at the very first hurdle? the ever -faithfull govt one rupee call booth came to my rescue , and i made a rare , and precious phone call.
the simple act of uttering a few words to solicit company for breakfast made me go thru a plethora of emotins . similar to what a child feels while uttering his first words! ? the rush of adrenaline , the tension at having to speak to someone than key in words, the shift from using my mouth rather than the thumb, all was an exercise my mind and soul fought till the last ATP was left in me! but finally i did the deed. call made , i was drained and exhausted , more emotionally than physical exertion.

as the day proceeded, i constantly avoided any means of communication with collegues. daily promises of "lunch three pm? will msg u wen me ready" were replaced by a terse, verbal," me having lunch alone" couldnt have risked being a social outcast by admitting that my cell is on grace peroid.

lonely , outcast, incommunicado, i was like left alone on an island. things and people seemed so far away. unreachable , unapproachable ! the only means of speaking to , reaching out to mankind was snatched away from me by the heartless service provider . did he ever not face a similar situation ? had he been thru what i bore that fateful day , validity wouldnt have been an issue anymore.

coming back to my resolve of a msg-less day , each passing our made me go weeker on the resolve , rethinking every other moment on wheher to backtrack or not, i finally decided on a compromise . borrow money to re charge the modern man's mothpiece. having decided thus , i hunted down for probable knights in shining armour 's who would help me out of this earthshattering disaster. and instantly i typed " cn u lend sum mone?" on my cell phone , only to reminded by the company that all msgs are barred on ure mobile! aaarrrghhhh life's so cruel.

recharge done (the story of how i got the money can make an epic , trust me !) i was back into the world of mortals. "back in circulation" as my freind put it . indeed i could feel my self esteem rise. i was able to face people boldly while speaking to them. there was an air of command and authority in my dealings with fellow mortals . i was "in" with the rest .i could proudly say "msg me wen u free". i had a mobile that worked! and what a world of difference it made to my life. did the makers of the first handset ever think that this annoying lil piece of electronic shit change man's life to this exent! i sure never did before that fateful monday morning.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Friday the 13th is unauspicious they say , and it indeed turned out nightmarish for me , cause i chose to watch naqaab, the disguised intentions.
abbas -mustaan, the dua in white are back with a pot boiler thriller, the most shocking thrilelr of the year says the promo! bobby and akshay out to repeat th humraaz charm , along with new comer urvashi, and the king of quikie thrillers abbas mustan, togehter have floundered on this one!
the movie is about a rich guy, bobby, in love with a poor gal urvashi , both ar engaged , wen in walks a struggling actor , akshaye, who makes her fall in love with him. The bride duly runs away on her wedding day from bobby to akshaye and alls well u think. was this not supposed to be a thriller???
yes of course , and the directors seem to have realised this fact as an afterthot , and thus while ripping off hollywood flop DOT THE I, decide to give it a thriller touch. wish they could hav copied the suspense too from the original. what follows is a bizzare twist of events that in true bollywood style , defy all logic and sense.
the characters in the film have no background , are irritating , nd shabbily sketched. particularly irritating is the camera fetish that every guy in the film seems to be addicted to. the biggest let down for the film is the non existant storyline. the proceedings of the first half of the film , we are told post interval, was actually a reality cinema that even goes on to win the cannes! innanity at its worse i would say!

as for the actors , the less said the better . booby looks like in need for a massive liposuction and tummy tuck surgery, ditto akshaye khanna! and the newcomer urvashi, its imposible to miss her striking resemblance both in terms of acting non-skills and looks , to amisha patel! sad but while amisha is still languishing for a foothold people have already started replacements with her lok alikes! doomsday nearing for bollywood!!

if 36 china town was a dissapointment , naqaab disguised intentions is a total no-show!
the most shocking thriller of the year it said, i am still recovering from the rudest shock of my life!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

they are at it again. sullying the highest democratic office in the country that is . as if the opposition had nt slung enough goabr and mud on patil , the congress too has joined in the free for all! gosh these people. they will never learn decency.
one fact though , that hits me right in the head is that neither patil now shekhawat look prez-material. u know, like mallika does look item bopmbish , but not neha dhupia ? got my point?

kalam , though not my ideal prez ( sorry rest of the smsing indians, i beg to disagree with my brtheren on this one at least) , was kinda cute! that impish walk, that loony hair do, that toothy smile , and that hell of a brain on the shoulders of a frailing old frame made for some bombastic electic presidentential imagery. never did my generation ( pardon me if i forget to include a few in to this ) get such a role model . his ways were emulated by all. his sermons from the ramparts of our democratic institutions were people frendly , mass-centric and spoke a lingo that many understood. indeed kalam's legacy would be his charm, his accessibility and his receptiveness.

what will his successor have in store for us? judging by the way things are turning up in the race to the first address of the nation,, all my hopes are down .

lets get to it case wise. what do we learn from patil? that mughals spoilt indian wmone by putting a cloth on their heads??? mughals are long gone ms. patil, so why then is ure pallu still on ure head?!! yes, she cam teach us how to open a bank, go bankrupt and yet not fall down on to the streets. and ofcourse , considering she belongs to the party of the faithfull's , she will teach us undying loyalty to madame M.

as for the other candidate, the ageing old willy shekhawat ji, his affiliations to the party of insane crazy fanatics are enough to keep him at eons away from the top job. sadly that aint gonna be the case. in a classic choice between the devil and the dark sea, our colliegiate ( themselves no less crooked) is gonna choose the next prez of our country.
the choice is between a lady , poker faced , crooked toothed , and with a mindset of the fifties, and a guy equally evil faced tainted with communal blood of his country men .
but what the hell, its just a ceremonial post , i am told. unlike the US indian prez has no major role than being a rubber stamp. does that mean any one will do for the top job ?
why not the beggar outside my house here? he doesnt steal, doesn ask his wife to do purdah cause the mughals taught us so, nor does he bother that his fellow begging mates are muslim or hindu . for that matter , why not me? at least they wil have a smarter english educated guy out there. !!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

past week my mobs been raided , and this is a catastrophe in addition to my friends mail id 's being hacked. either this , or all my frends have turned full time marketing executives ( wat a solution to global unemployment! ) for nothing else can explain the uninhibited surge of msgs and mails to vote .
VOTE for the TAJ, vote for who is the next prez vote whether india can rub off tis dark days from its cricketing slates. vote vote and again vote.
frankly i have nt yet excersised my adult franchise in this democracy of ours. and already i feel fatigues , after voting for everything possible under the sun! and jus as voting for the electuions yeilds resultstat i don want, voting on my mob gives me outcomes tat i abhor. whats more they cost me too!
television news channels and the omnipresent media is to be blamed for this atack on my grey cells and thumbs , is wat i learn from experience. on an overdrive these days about anything that is worth mentioning on national tv ( trust me that list includes everything , even what u do behind closed doors in a loo , if u own a mobile with a camera) . good , seems like people are actually trying to think , ponder over weighty issues and cast a vote , or rather voice an opinion. but are htese issues worth the mass mobilisation being enacted?
shilpa shettys disgrace and eventual repositioning as an idol didnt find india a permanent seat at the un. taj being left out of a bogus l;ist of new seven wonders doesnt diminish its value as a marvel of mankind's creativity. and any number of msgs to get kalam back at raisina hills will not stop patil from sullying it with her past baggage of constitutional undoings. so whats the point?
why cant we channelise all this public support in form of mails and sms towards causes like helping fight injustice to victims of dam projects and SEZ'z? why cant the smae mobile and email be used to fight corruptionj ? why cant the national media think of better issues to tackle and play the role of a communicator between the masses and their deaf govt.?
may be the media can . may be we can force them to resume their role of a public watchdog keeping an eye on the govt. and not on the people. may be we can. lets vote and see . wat say u ??
wow! i feel like i have achived an elephantine task! accomplished wat few others have managed to in the past few weeks! there i am , one among the lucky few , the fortunate minority that , after crossing numerous hurdles , with indomitable spirit, have managed to watch sivaji , the boss!
and wat makes me savour the taste of this sweet achivement even more is the fact that i saw the film , not opnce , not twice , but thrice already! man , i feel like alexander would have after he conquered half the planet!
yes , the task set out was tough . i indeed needed hell lot of courage to go past those long serpentine ques outside theatres screening the biggest movie to come out of kollywood ( as crappy as it sounds, it definitely churns better stuff than the other woody cousin tats bollywood), the costliest movie ever made in India (where did they spend all tat moolah ?? ) , and the much awaited rajni extravaganza. friends told me rani mukherjee was in a cameo. then it was mallika sherawat for a song . two rajni's , no wait that was three it seems, the roumours flew thick and fast , appetising my undying yearn for an experience of a lifetime!
ok now a confession, i am addicted to the first day first show syndrome, my world kind of stops doing the revolutions it should be doing , if i miss the friday morning show for such huge mega potential block busters. so the thought that i will not be the one watching rajni belt out another superhit on friday morning , was earth shatteringly dippressing. but then looking at the crowds , and understanding the affection and adulation that pours out in theatres in the form of pickpocketing , people thrashing , and near death experience that i would have had to go thru for the first show, i decided to save my part of the fun for a later day. ofcourse the zooming ticket prices were another factor too.
peers informed me , dutifully that tamil nadu aint half as enchanting , without the mandatory rajni release. i was indeed "blessed" that lady luck smiled on me and made rajni return with a shnakar film , and ar rehman music for me to see it in the theatres . hero worshipping is common this side of the vindhya's , but rajni and his fans are a league ahead.
so finally , three days after the release , and after much pushing and pulling, i wrangled those elusive pieces of glossy overdone pieces of paper that would allow me entry into rajni land! i had the tickets in hand! i must confess ehre that weekdays early morning show is the best time to ease into the theatre, guys who still have not seen THE MOVIE of hte year , ( i pity u really!!) take this tip from me!
having a fair amount of idea wat a rajni film usually contains , i put my logical thinking process on hibernation mode . theres no point trying to think and analyze while watching a 54 year old raise ten grown up rotund pot bellied goons single handedly to the ground anyways. i tried to imbibe in the energy , the vivacity and the spunk (??) that the audience round me seemed to be relishing. was i missing something ? or was it mass hsyteria after the torturous path onto the coveted theatre seats, that made the people go clapping hooting as soon as rajni appeared onscreen?
sweet packets with the ticket , disco lights in the theatre for punch lines and a mersmerised local audience apart , the movie had nothing good about it. an innane oft-repeated story libne, juvenile acting by the superstar, jokes that wouls make a moron squirm in the seat with embarrasment, sivaji the boss was utterly disapointing.
but what the hell, who am i to complain ? or so say me frends , who seem alls et to make this a bigger hit than the previuos rajni capper chandramukhi (apparently still running at a theatre in the land of the faithfull , chennai). thank you very much , but i cant share the same enthusiasm about a three hourish piece of senseless reel , that splashes money at all the wrong places . "suspension of disbelief ", is an essential accessory while watching the movie.
yet , i saw it thrice. why one may ask . well , for the sheer love of cinema! to see the crowds go mad every time rajni spouts irreprissably insane dialogues, to see the guy beside me jump in his seat wen the shaven head rajni returnsin the extended climax, and to see the beautiful shreya saran serenade in awesomely done sets , is a treat for all the five senses.
great cinema it certainly aint, but watch sivaji for the impact factor. watch sivaji cause national news wants u to. watch it if u don wanna be an outcast , as the country gets divided into those who have not and those who have seen Sivaji The Boss!!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

time for a review!!!
and this time its jhoom barabar jhoom!!! verdict---STAY AWAY!!!
well abhishek preity! bobby and lara, director of bunty and bubli, yash raj films banner , and shankar ehsaan loy for music!! spellls magic and box office success no??!!
NO!! all tat jhoom barabar jhoom(jbj) spells is DISASTER !!!

to start with , the story line looked promising , two strangers at a london railway station,waiting to recieve their fiances ., talk over a cup of coffee and newspaper , and voila , cupid strikes and they are in love!!! seeing htis in the promos made on anticipate a nice romantic comedy of errors! alas, only if we could judge a film by its trailor.
the plot of jbj never moves beyond the railway station. the two strangers, alvira khan ( preity , looking oh so gorgeous ) and ricky thukral (abhishek his bad days start post marriage) meet , share how they met their respective fiances steve ( bobby doel , looking jaded ugly and desperately in need of a trip to the nearest saloon) and anaida ( lara , well u cant expect more than this from her) , in the course sing three songs , and intermission !! tats it
post interval, u are told by an intruding amitabh looking hillariously sad in a gypsy get up , tat cupid has struck between preity and abhi. god , is amitabh tat poor to do roles like these??
and then comes along the twist in the tale! i shall keep the twist for u to savour if at al u decide to waste ure time on this nonsense!
the story never takes off, marred by constatnt intruding never ending songs. infact it would have been better had the producers and director jus made a string of songs and left it at that!
the movie is gaudy, uses london landscape to belittle indians there. its an insult to assume that indians settled abroad specially in london would care for marriage and jharokha dance competeion in gaudy attires at south hall. specially when indian diaspora has proved its mettle.
the film is an assault on sensibilities and an insult to logic and reasoning.
bobby and lara , well are out of work so are pardoned the crime of signing this film, but one does wonder wat made preity and abhi do this?? tat too at the prime of their careers!
.fans expect better judgement from them .
all in all an utterly avoidable peice of extravagant nonsense, tats wat jbj is all about!!!

Saturday, June 02, 2007


India, fresh from the first flushes of economic growth. The first full throttle boom now over, we are faced with a unique opportunity in our history as a nation. The chance to transform into a knowledge economy, an intellect driven growth that shall propel us into that elusive developed bracket globally. Are we ready to take the leap? And what do we need to do for this huge transformation?

At the risk of overstating our capabilities, we have the manpower, the intellectual pool that's required for the change. What we lack is a comprehensive policy to shepherd us to the goal of an equal, just, social set up. The state , saddled as it is by limited successes and huge failures of past endeavors at nation building, and huge gaps in the distribution of the fruits of economic growth , is yet unaware of its role in fermenting this much needed change. And change we will have to. And very fast. So, is it then justified when the government looks up to American cooperation to help it cross over into the big league?

On the face of it, there is no harm in India seeking help from America. We are in a globalised world order, where isolation is synonymous to extinction. And given the fact that India has always championed the cause of international cooperation, it is natural that two of the world's largest democracies enact a give-and-take-symbiosis that creates a ripple effect of growth in the sub continent. The only glitch remaining, that America doesn't accord India, or for that matter any other nation, an equal stature.

The big brother, blinded by capitalism, sees in India a huge untapped market. A vast underdeveloped, naïve populace ready to devour anything American, in its quest to go upscale and global. They sell, we buy. We give, they take – doesn't sound fair right?

Americans are eyeing the huge pharmacy, software and agriculture sectors for cooperation. The agricultural growth lag begets a second green revolution, and the Americans seem to promise us just that. Cooperation none the less, but at their terms. The insistence to change Indian IPR laws with a pronounced emphasis on shifting to "incremental patents "regime is a clear attempt at allowing pahrma MNC's from America to monopolize Indian drug markets.

Software initiatives tend to favor the likes of Microsoft in saturating our consumers with their products. Agricultural sector is facing the huge risk of loosing out on technologies and getting heavily dependent on imports. Selling technological end product, instead of indigenous innovation and sharing of existing technical know-how seems to be the American model of cooperative development.

Can India avoid this? In the present global context it is impossible for us to keep the barbarians at the door. We cannot wish away the American's. What we can do though is act now wisely to make this a mutually beneficial alliance. India needs to drastically fine-tune its policies and laws, with more emphasis on implementing them with a heavy hand.
The need of the hour is to tap the vast rural Indian minds, which in the absence of state support come up with cost effective and ecofreindly solutions to challenges that impede growth.

A massive remodeling of science teaching, and reshuffling of scientific hierarchy in the nation is needed. Red tapism and arrogance have walled out genuine minds from entering the portals of elite scientific institutions. Making science viable as a career option will help bring back the youth into the fold of R&D. incentives , scholarships though available even today , are less and inadequate.

Science in India suffers from a sad disease of elitism that scoffs at and fails to recognize the fact that there are agile alert minds ready to take on scientific challenges out of the walls of their campuses too. Fostering the minds of youngsters not only will help improve the quality of science in the country, but will also help us consolidate our stand in the international arena , long after the now benevolent Americans give us the cold shoulder.

India's road to a knowledge based economy passes through its hinterlands, certainly not through the swank by-lanes of the NYC.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

movie in the middle of the week!! and here is the review! shootout at lokhandwala ,

when the protector kills to protect, he crosses the line that separated him and the killer. or is it? this rather sums up shootout at lokhandwala. based on true rumours, the film is a gripping docu-drama in the commercial mode.

but the facts first- the movie is an attempt to dramatise an incident that took place on 16th nov 1991. 6 people 5 gangsters and one of their kidnapped victim , encountered by the mumbai police's ATs men, in the longest encounter in mumbai police's history. 6 men , who were unarmed , outnumbered by the police who were 400 strong , but were gangsters nevertheless. in an enquiry that followed the incident, the ATS honchos were left free of accusations of violations of human rights.

now the film- with an issue like this at hand, its easy to take sides,, u are either with or against the police/gangsters. to the director apoorva lakhia's credit, the movie treads the middle path.

it shows both the turmoil, the pressure a policeman is under , his broken family and order of duty, while also bringing forth the gangsters humane side. no character is balck or white.
if sanjay dutt as the ATS head and media's encounter specialist hero, is shown giving shoot to kill orders for 6 men who could have easily been arrested, the gory killings by the mobsters too get equal footage.

the movie opts for a documentary-style of weaving the yarn, using actual tv images of the incident from news records with fictional reconstruction based on rumours and hearsay.where the records go silent, the story writer and his imagination fill the gaps efficiently.

facts , yet unprooven , are rpesented unbiased. ATS says it got information about the 6 men hiding from an informer. the media said Dawood tipped them off to settle personal score. both of this is presented without shying away from the truth. its scenes like this that push the movie above the banal guns and goons bollywood rigmarole.

the performances are good. the macho brigade of sanjay dutt and sunil shetty is supported by an in-form viveik oberoi( seems like leaving the Ash-baggage works wonders for her ex-men) . tusshar kapoor though, looking like a lamb lost among a pack of wolves, is miscast as the baddie.

the movie is gruesome, gory , and unflinchingly to - the - point, both in the well executed sction sequences , as well as in throwing up questions.

was the police right in violating human rights so grossly? could the 6 men not have been arrested alive? is encounter the route to end crime? and what differentiates an encounter specialist from a contract killer? watch shootout at lokhandwala and decide for yourself!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

chalo har friday ek review atleast ka idea aaya hai ! so aaj se hi shuru karte hain!
boys take time to grow into men! sometimes 64 long years too!! says neena to buddha!!
for a man marriage is a license to sex , while sex is the price a woman pays for marriage , and this is the deep philosophy of life! says buddha to neena!!
well cheeni kum is all this and more!!
a delightfully sugar less yet sweet movie , tackilng an awkward issue with elan!
the story line is simple, buddha is a chef at an indian eatery in london , and he gets into a fit of rage over an extra ounce of sugar in hyderabadi zafraani biriyani, which neena returns in his hotel after ordering it! and seeing neena he also falls in love with her! the mutual feeling of love is evident , but in comes neen's dad who is against the relationship! stale ?? wats new u ask??
aaah!! the catch here is neena is 34 yrs old, while buddha , at 64, is 6 yrs elder to neenas dad!!!

tabu , as neena, is magnificent. a worthy followup to her act in the namesake, she lives up the epithet of the thinking man's sex symbol! yeah she plays the role to the hilt!amitabh , yet again , is out to break all taboos in bollywood as far as age is concerned,( as if there are any left tat he alredy hasnt!) and packs in a punch! paresh rawal is competent but the script lets him down!
debutant director balki does a neat job , but the writer in him needs some homework, as the movie though had a great idea, at one point it did seem to sag! a much tauter script could have immensly added to its fortunes at the box ofice!

the movie proudle espouses the fact that life can begin for some at 60 , while juxtaposing this with the small girl who is dying of cancer , for whom life never is gonna reach beyond a few more years. the irony works and does not take away from teh overall sweet feel of the film. and also watch out for witty one liner's and the tongue in cheek remark on police not arresting satyagrahi's if they sit on hunger strikeas!! some groups are gonaan wreck their heads on tat one for sure!
overall a treat to watch, this sugar free desert is a delight!!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

hi !
so me am online earlier today ! a report of the half day tat went by!
very irritating day to begin with met my mess owner early in the morning ! have not paid his due yet ! and he doesnt seem to understand and appreciate the plain tri=uth that wen a guy never paid him the money till 20th of a month he has no intentions of doing the same till next month right????
sad for him . sadder for me !! hehehe
then the stupid seminar. i told u na yes tat stupid thing called workshop yuck
i feel like burrying the people behind it alive with snakes around them for some exotic company
but on second thoughts i should nopt torture the snakes and should not pollute the earth right!1
the club meeti9ng in the evening is cancelled so me a free bird got harvesting at 2 pm so will finish that and off i go to my room !
thought for this day???
never see ure mess owneer in the morning his face spells doom for the rest of the day!!
tom is sunday free day again will spend it lazing around in the room ! as always !
till then cheerio!!

Friday, February 16, 2007

hi !! yeah this ones too for he same guys i said a hi to yes!!1
so wat did i do today??? well came to college rosa left and me was elated to the core had a great lunch a treat in parts after long long really long time recorded a few smal clips on my cell at the fc ! against the law!1 heheheh hey cell phones have zeroed down privacy into a nice piece of shit right??!! i mean like any one with a video cam on am cell can shoot jus about anything today !!! i can to!1
so wat do i do wen i need a private moment in public???
jus f#####g get out of the place??? naaa!! got to do something about all this !!
i attended a worksj\hop a very futile one! useless for me yet i had to cause me employed in the same school !! wat a waste of time!1
me sitting in a net cafe where there is no fan ! current off it seems ! i am gr8ful the nets on atleast !
god its getting hotter by the day out here!!
global warming be damned me seemsall set to perish before the seas of the earth melt down!!!
okie then rest tom! take care cyberia!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

i forgot all about it! yesterday was valentines day!1 day for love for the rest of the world indians celebrate it as tthe day to exhibit thier muscle power by vandalising shops and beaqting lovers to death!! cool haan??!!
we are different in every which way u see us!
i don have a gf yet not tat i am queer! no way ! but tat me too occupied with me career never gacve it all a thought ! and guys i guess me happy this way girls come girls go i don shed a tear1
i gues they say nop women no cry11 righto!
but there are many of my friends who would vouch for love and me too thinksd sometime tat me needs a partner! but then if iam destined to have one i shall ! hope it is real soon!!
meanwhile every v da i buy myself a sma;l treat two ice creams one for me and one for the girl who is supposed to be for me! i think in some corner of the world another girl too would be doing this and some day we both shall eat one icecream togehter!!!
hi ! whom was this hi for? myself of course and to my blog and to the few insane guys and gals who choose to waste their time reading the shit i write~
ok so today was eventful
i wore a kurta! i had a lab session early morning ! i didnt have a proper lunch and am hungry now !! and yes it was hot hot hot out here!!
me thinks me need a change very soon or me goings mad!!
me took two books from the lib1 grown ups and masterland both are kitsch typos not too intellectual stuff yet intriguing !
a welcome change from serial murders detectives and trechery i am occupied with always hehehe
coming to serial killers i think some guy in mumbai confessed to having killed 21 ! why cant he kill jus one more?? my rosa???
come on!! 21 or 22 the punishment is the same ! infact this one mruder can get him pardon for saving mankind fom rosa!
okie me bankrupt again!!! wats new int his?? well nothing but yes its news !! so me borrowing money! me thought after me starts earning me shall be better off but here i see me borrowing even now1 i got to stop spending too much!!
but i cant not in this life aatleast!
okie me signing off for today tom me got to go to the hospital for samples boring!!1
love cyberia!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

so me was behaving like a dumb lazy ass not posting a bit on the blog i created out of a whim
now i am chastened and have turned over a new leaf in my cyber life!1
got a new cell this month new job two months back lots more happening in life than wat was going on wen i started this blog of mine so i guess now i have enough stuff to write about
and yeah my blog has kind of changed tack too i mean earlier i had meant it to be a discussion board of sorts! but not any more this is my place to write about my life irrespective of whether any one reads it or not
id rather none reads it though hehehe
rosa has gone for a meeting . who rosa??
she is my boss , a spinster who should be killed for torturing the bleesed innocent souls like me hehe
na she is not tat bad me jus kidding
me in office blogging from there office hours over don know wen i9 shall leave opffice though got nothing to do but will still be at the opffice don know why !1
i painted my master piece last week its turned out to be great i have excelled beyond my imaginations !!!
i think i can take up oil painting as a side proffession i do it damn cool i guess !!
i don vouch for it all those who saw the painting do so i think i am good at it ! and there is always a chance to improcve

oi met kris yes ! nice guy kind of like him but hey he gets into india bashing more every secong minute not good i cant take tat for long though me not thinks i shall be meeeting him anyiutme again hehehe
joined vit he too! poor chap!1
okie rosa should be back any moment now i should be going i shall scrap again tom about all i did in the day!!
cherio cyberi9a!
tats wat i prefer to call u !!! cause u cant shout back at me and balk at the name i gave u hahah