Monday, July 26, 2010

The difficulty of being honest..!

“Honesty is the best policy”..Can anyone not remember this quote!?!It’s something that has been embedded to our minds and brains..But as we know there’s another side to the same coin..There are certain difficulties of being honest too..I know all of you must be wondering as to what could be the difficulties in being honest!?!There are and I’m going to make you aware of them..
Being honest can sometimes prove to be dangerous for our own well being..Let’s take the case of ‘Police at your door steps” banner..Am sure everyone among you must have had seen or heard this slogan outside every other police station..Let’s be truthful and answer ourselves as to how many of us would really come forward and try to castigate the baleful??Sometimes when we see any wrong being done in front of our eyes, we either by stand and give a limpid look at the nefarious activities or better still we aver our minds to think that it was just an incubus..There is not a speck of imbroglio in our minds so as to come forward and report the incident to the police..
Let’s face it..We all are basically crepuscular and have cupidity stuffed into us..We gainsay with mouth agape that we dint see any of the fracas..On the other hand the police too are afraid of being escheated..Thus being honest can be difficult at that point of time..
Thus we can safely assume that honesty, although being the best policy, can sometimes prove to be a hindrance or obstruction in the path of our florid, indefatigable and functionary life..

Jaishree Ram,

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Y do critics write off Akshay Kumar??

“Saari duniya hili, Bangkok se Delhi,
Macha jo shor, Baat galli galli phaili,
Log machaye shor, Lutaye krore,
Akshay Kumar mere dil ka chor.”

I don’t know as to how many of you like Akshay Kumar but I kind of like worship the Khiladi Kumar..He is one of the top 5 forty plus heroes who still make, not just the ladies go down on their knees..Girls still fall for his handsome macho man type looks and cute smile and guys still worship him for his action skills, comedy cracks and his awesome facial expressions..He was awarded the most popular hero award a couple of times and thus there is no doubt in the common man’s mind about his stardom..He is the highest grossing Indian star oversees..

“Acting karne chale waise hazaro,
Baadshah ek, baaki saare fail.”

But wait a minute..I’m not here to tell you about how good he is..I’m here to ask why do the critics not reciprocate the common man’s thoughts??Why do the people who are considered to give every movie a face, right on the very first Friday it is released (sometimes even pre-release), so that the whole world listens to them and decides whether to go or not for the movie, the critics, write him off??Why can’t the critics see any good in this man??Why????????
“Log bole mujhe bollywood star,
Naam mera Akshay Kumar.”

In a recent survey, by most of the critics, of most of the newspapers, together, the following result was found out:

2010: HouseFull
2009: Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani (Kambakht Ishq finished a close 2nd)
2008: Singh Is Kinng
2007: Heyy Babyy
2006: Krrish(Phir Hera Pheri finished a close 3rd)
2005: Waqt
2004: Mujhse Shadi Karogi
2003: Andaaz
2002: Raaz
2001: Gadar

Can anyone just give a wild guess as to what this survey may be related to??I know it’s hard to correlate all these movies together but there is one thing that combines all these movies together..This survey..The survey is of the movies of the last 10 years which were super hit but had been written off by the critics as worthless and having no story content in it..All these movies proved to be the dark horses and emerged out in flying colours although having no story content in them, as said by the critics..They themselves were wondering as to how these movies did make to the top without having anything to talk about them..
But what I saw in this survey was not what many had seen..It had been overlooked by most of you’ll..The fact that out of the TEN movies jotted down by the critics SIX are an Akshay Kumar movie and TWO movies finished close 2nd and 3rd..
I don’t know what is wrong with the critics and why do they always pin point out an Akshay Kumar movie?? This attitude is leading the common man to postpone his movies to the 2nd weekend rather than being eager to see it on the very 1st..People have started speculating his movies to be flops..Before even seeing the movie, much before it being released, people come up and say “array yaar, yeh movie flop hone wali hai”..

“Hum hai seedhe saadhe
Akshay Akshay.”

I really hope that his forth coming ventures, Khatta Meetha, Action Replayy, Patiala House and Tees mar Khan, turn out to be super hit and their success leads the producers of the movies to the bank with a big smile on their face and as well shut the mouths of the people whom we trust to give an honest and COMMON MAN opinion of the movie before we see it, the critics..

Jaishree Ram,

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


For a very long time I had been thinking of doing a photo post..So today here it is..These are a few of the rarest moments that had been captured on camera and posted over the net and downloaded by me..

If you have seen the pics from the view and mindset that I’ve seen them, then these pics will surely pump up your heart..If it doesn’t then keep yourself in the place of the central character of the pic then surely you’ll feel the pump..

Jaishree Ram,

Friday, July 16, 2010

FIFA WC / BIG W..............??

Yeappppppppppppaah uun tos trey Espaniol Espaniol Espaniol..The Spaniards are finally the undefeated champions of the 2010 Fifa world cup..Sorry lemme rephrase the last sentence..They were not undefeatable..They were the only team in the history of the world cup to have won the cup after having lost their very first match..They lost their first match to Switzerland..
But wait-o-wait..This post is not about the soccer world cup and how non defeat-able the stylish Spaniards were but this is more about the other international game that was going on simultaneously at the same time on the courts of London..I guess you’ve got it right..I am talking about the Wimbledon, the Big W..When the whole world was rooting for the Messi’s, the Ronaldo’s, the Forlan’s, the Klose’s and the Kaka’s, I was ardently cheering for the Nadal’s, the Federer’s, the Williams sisters, the Henin Hardenne’s and the Clijsters’..
Another Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, yet once again won the Tennis grand slam which took him to his personal best of 8 Grand slam titles which include 5 French open titles, 1 Australian open title and 2 Wimbledon open titles..I personally don’t like the game of soccer to that extent that I’ll just go everywhere and talk of nothing but football in that whole month of the World Cup..But I luv the game of Tennis to that extent that when there’s a match between Brazil and Netherlands going on, on ESPN, I would gladly sit through the whole time watching Nadal beat Andy Murray and race into the final of the Wimbledon, on Star Sports..
I don’t know about the rest of the world but I, at least had one person who was as crazy as me..The person is none other than soccer star David Beckham..He, although being a leading man for the game of football, sat all through the match between Nadal and Murray just to cheer his country..Andy Murray was the only British player in the top 4 of the Wimbledon, and Becks had to cheer his own country rather than his own favourite sport..
The last time winner and the person with the maximum Grand Slam titles, Roger Federer, lost the chance to defend his Big W title when he lost to Tomas Berdych at the quarter finals..Roger Federer was my personal favourite for the title (and will always be)..He hails from Switzerland..The country which defeated the champions of the 2010 soccer extravaganza in their very first league match..It’s too vague of a co-incidence but still is one in its own right!!
All in all 2010 is the year of the Spaniards who won the game in both the forms and have full rights to rejoice and show off for the rest of the year to the whole world that they are the Champions..

Jaishree Ram,

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wearing Flats..

A few days back I had gone out to the city centre mall for shopping some stuff before I left from Chennai for home sweet home, Jamshedpur on my summer holidays..I finished off my shopping by 3:30..I was fully exhausted and tired and was having the exact feeling for a power nap, the kind which ViruS used to have in 3 Idiots..So finding one lone corner and a bench just below the air conditioner vent I dozed off..
I woke up around 4 and was fully rejuvenated..Suddenly a beautiful young lady caught my attention..She was good looking, smart, sexy and above all Tall..So being the average heighted guy, my vision slowly shifted over to the height of her heels..Alas!!I was shocked..This bomb shell was not wearing any stilettos..On the contrary she was wearing Flats..This raised my suspicion and made me sit down for a while and ponder..
I clearly remembered telling my mom in the late 90’s and early 2000’s to wear high heels..She always wore flats and I kept on pestering her to wear heels because all girls among my friends used to wear stilettos on any occasion they could get other than school..Be it the girls from my school or the girls from sacred heart convent who I knew pretty well..All of them used to keep lurking for opportunities to wear stilettos..And my mom, being her sexy self, never ever looked towards high heels..This pissed me off pretty badly..She used to have just one dialogue on her lips always, “One day you’ll see that comfort is more important than style..”
Was this day THAT day??Sitting on a lonely bench of city centre, being around 5000 miles away from me, my mom made me wonder at her foresightedness..I kept sitting on that corner bench and checking out the ladies passing by towards the exit..You won’t believe it, 95% of the girls and ladies I noticed for that period of half an hour dint bother to wear high heels..One or two in intermittent spurts came wearing a little heel but that too not something of the stiletto standard..
Amidst this turmoil and remembrance of the past I completely forgot about the girl I was looking at (oh please, come on, I was not ogling) who inaugurated this thought in the deepest corners of my grey matter..I just stepped up and walked out of the air cooled mall and walking in the sweltering sun’s heat just thanked that girl for making me think and increase my trust in my belief that my mom could really see the future..
Surely my mom was right then..Comfort does come before style and it took me so many years to believe her prognostication..

Jaishree Ram,

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Rajneeti----The game of politics..

Come the morning of the 11th of June I finished off with my classes early and headed off for the movie which I had been eluded off for a long time..Rajneeti..The movie released around a week back and all my friends had already seen it and I was the only unlucky one in the group who was unable to have the pleasure of this movie..I had been down with malaria the week this movie got released and thus I was unable to go.. But I was not one to give up on a movie with such a huge star cast to boast of..Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Katrina Kaif, Nana Patekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ajay Devgn and Naseerudin Shah..This was just a glimpse of the whole star studded cast..Anyone can imagine what the movie offered with this full long awesome cast..The star cast in itself shouted their lungs out for what was at stake in this movie..All my friends had raised laurels of praise for this movie and now I had to (read HAD TO) see this movie..
So I saw the movie..
Don’t go on the rating of this movie..This is a movie that I had seen after a long time which portrayed the stark reality of the dirty side of the Indian politics..This movie, pre-release, had created speculations of it being colligated to the most sovereign Indian political family..The Nehru-Gandhi family..The family which had been the blood stream of the most primeval Indian political party..The Congress..But after I saw the movie I could relate very less with the Congress..This movie was less of Congress and more of politics on the lines of Mahabharata..
This movie portrayed Nana Patekar as Lord Krishna, Ranbir Kapoor as the ace archer Arjun, Arjun Rampal as the eldest and most politically correct Yudhisthir with traits of the very strong Bheem, Ajay Devgn as the most loyal and wronged Karna, Manoj Bajpayee as the evil brother Duryodhan, Darshan Zariwala as the grand old man Bheeshma Pitamah and the two brothers, the fathers of Ranbir-Arjun and Manoj Bajpayee, as Pandu and Dhritarashtra respectively and last but not the least Arjun Rampal, Ranbir Kapoor and Ajay Devgn’s mother as Kunti..
This was the only thing that I personally dint like in the movie..The characterisations on the lines of Mahabharata, the epic which is considered so sacred by the Indians all over the world..The things that are shown in the movie are exactly as they were in the epic and thus full points for the screenplay on those lines but but but, we should not forget that we Indians do take our myths and Gods pretty seriously and thus any joke or any kind of disrepute or any sort of defiling or any form of defaming on their part is not taken in that well by us, Indians..But when you have a story as strong as this then do you care about the small mistakes done??
Another thing that I dint like in the movie was the dialogues part..The movie dialogue writer forgot one thing that the dialogues which were applicable in the Mahabharata are really not applicable in the real life of present day..Dialogues such as “Tum mere Jeshtha putra ho” are really not acceptable..These dialogues more than creating the impact caused the audience to burst out in guffaws of laughter spells..All the dialogues especially of the mother of the house, the Kunti of the family, were like the sole comedy provider of the movie..
Before seeing this movie I was of the opinion that the political scenario of our country had become very fair..I was proved so so wrong by this movie that I had to rethink the idea of a fair election..The elections in our country are indeed heading towards being more or less perfect and devoid of horse trading and we are almost on the verge of having perfect fair elections but inside the party???There lies the big question..Inside the political party there is every bit of back biting, back bitching and horse trading..Just to get a party seat from a certain electoral ground these politicians leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of their happiness..
The characters have been very well characterised and played by the actors..The story goes on a specific storyline and the best part is in the direction..The direction is miraculously done by Prakash Jha..Prakash Jha always tells the world by his movies that he is a perfect genius of the political situation in our country..He does his home work terrifically and then gets on with the business of movie making..He earlier showed this by his movies Gangajal and Apaharan and yet again he has showed his prowess in Rajneeti..
Thus once again I would want to state that Rajneeti did what not many of our previous movies had done, put light on the horse trading inside the political party and the back biting and back bitching inside the four walls of the legislative secretariat house or the parliament but it could have done it without tarnishing the image of our sacred epic, The Mahabharata..

Jaishree Ram,