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2008-11-27

Rehman:The Virtuoso

ghajiniI have always liked Rehman’s music. I think there’s no way you can dislike a Rehman creation. There are 2 ways of reacting to a Rehman composition. Either you like it instantly or you hear it over and over again and then it strikes, ‘Hey! this is not so bad. In fact, its great.’ (‘Pappu can’t dance sala’, was something like that.)

Yuvvraaj belonged to the former category. Its music was its only saving grace. I don’t know how the extra ‘v’ and ‘a’ were going to save this film with its completely unoriginal plot and unimaginative direction.

Ghajini, on the other hand, belongs to the latter category. After listening  to the whole album, the only songs I liked, were ‘Gujaris’ and ‘Behka’. But after playing Ghajini continuously for 3-4 days, I absolutely love ‘Aye bachchu’ and ‘latoo’. What surprised me was that both the songs are sung by Shreya Ghosal, who added a western tinge to the songs. She was completely unrecognizable.

Some of the lines from ‘Latoo’ were weird. In the middle of the song the chorus sings ‘Chalo Chalo Zimbabwe’. I thought why someone like Prasoon Joshi do that. But then, some of the shooting of the film takes place in Namibia. I guess, that explains it. ;)


2008-11-24

Semantics

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2008-11-19

Dasvidaniya

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Hmm…well if you are looking for ‘Bheja Fry’ or ‘Khosla ka Ghosla’ then you are in for disappointment. The main protagonist is someone you can identify with…a middle class man with the ‘loser’ tag hung on him.The plot is inspired from ‘The Bucket List’. First time director Sushant Sharma has done an appreciable job, but the screenplay doesn’t pack enough material to inspire a second viewing. The film has its moments where you laugh/cry.

The best moments from the film are the whole episode involving Neha Dhupia. She, for a change, looks refreshingly good. The whole episode left me emotionally overwhelmed. Vinay Pathak as usual gives a solid performance.

And finally a few lines to pathak’s unrequited love in the film:

I know that you don't feel for me
The way I feel for you.
We're good friends, I value that,
There's nothing you need do.
But as a friend I need to tell you
What is in my heart.
An unsaid truth is like a wall,
Keeping us apart.
My love for you will go nowhere,
Will just remain with me.
I'll hold it in my quiet arms
And feel it constantly.

2008-11-14

Reluctant Dreamers


This ad came in TOI once, a few months back. It caught my eye instantly. Few days later, I was reminded of it. I thought it would be great to cut the clipping and attach it to my room. But, after fervent rummaging through the newspapers, I couldn't find it.


Yesterday, I accidentally found it on a site. I find it so appealing. I don't think there are many people in this world who actually do what they really like; as their job. Not many people wake up on a Monday morning and say, "Yay! I have to go to work today."

My father's a doctor. But, his first love has always been plants. You have to look at the way he dedicates himself to the care of his garden. He loves the plants as his own children and looks so blissful with whatever time he gets to spend with them.

As my dear friend aptly puts it :
"If you do a job that you enjoy, then you'll never have to work for it."                            
Famous Scottish philospher William Barclay says 
“There are two great days in a person's life -- the day we are born and the day we discover why.”
I think he failed to mention a third day. The day we start working on the why. The first day comes in everybody's life. A sizeable portion of junta is also able to discover why. But very few dare to go after the 3rd day. Most of us dismiss it as wishful thinking. Most of us are intent on living a risk free life, cautiously treading a path without any complexity. I sometimes feel like we are just existing here, not actually living the life.

Go chase your dreams junta.

Pic source : http://sites.google.com/site/sinhaworldwide/wake-up-india

2008-11-11

Bovine Booze

"The Bihari guy that comes over at minu's says he drinks a liter of milk everyday." That was my Mom trying to motivate me into drinking milk again.

"Good for him", I replied quirking my head. "But I think I will pass."
"Don't your friends drink milk ?" she continued.
"No."
"What do they drink then ?", she enquired all revved up to hear something interesting.
"Nothing." I responded after a brief pause. I smiled to myself and left the room.



She doesn't have a whiff of the fact that I have grown into a professional piyakkad over the past one year. Every friday evenings we drown ourselves into a cocktail of Royal Stag, Smirnoff, Bacardi, Kingfisher and what not and eventually puke our guts out. The next two days are spent on getting off from the 'hang-over'. Saturdays are specially hard, as we spend the whole day littering on the bed sipping on Mango fruity (that's the only thing that goes down the throat that day).

You know how parents boast about how they know their kids inside out. Especially moms like to brag how their kid can never lie to them. I would like to congratulate the person spread this misconception among them.

It helps that I have a god given cherubic and rather innocuous looking face. Add to that my glib tongue and we have what 'Word Power Made Easy' describes as a 'consummate' liar.

Speaking of booze, our culture clearly despises drunks. A teetotaller is a must on a marriage resume. Everyone must be familiar with the ubiquitous scene that unfurls on the silver screen when a drunk son returns home and the confrontation with his mom that follows.

Maa : Tu Sharab pike aaya hai ?
Beta : Nahi Maa...(that was a rhetorical question dude)
Maa : Chala ja yahan se. Is ghar mein tere liye koi jagah nahi.
Beta : Maa...(with a really forlorn face)
Maa : Mat keh mujhe Maa (grabs the end of saree to wipe out the incessant flow of tears).

Rounding off here's 'the wonderful doodh' advertisement.

PS: Speaking of lies, I was reminded of Nicholas Cage's movie Lord of War. This movie is full of 'Wah kya dialouge maara hai' moments. Here's a quote from the movie:

Yuri Orlov (Cage): Some of the most successful relationships are based on lies and deceit. Since that's where they usually end up anyway, it's a logical place to start.

2008-11-06

Why So Serious ???

The present wallpaper currently graces my Desktop. The last time Aamir was seen bare-bodied was in 'Fanaa' and it has to said that there has been a colossal change in his physique.

Well, I am looking forward to the clash of the titans in December when SRK's 'Rab ne bana di Jodi' will be pitted against Aamir's 'Ghajini'.
I'll be rooting for SRK coz well you know:
'Aaj tak King Khan se koi jeet paya hai bhala'


2008-11-05

I was never a Complan guy as a part of my growing years. I never liked its flavor. I was more of a Horlicks/Bournvita guy. Here's the original Complan guy (Shahid kapoor) and Complan girl (Ayesha takia).

Found really old Cadbury ads...thought that it would make for a really nice post.

1.This video I think is the oldest one among the lot. Who can recognize Rakhi (Bigg Boss 2 fame) from the ad...eh??

The first one in chronology (at least that's what I think)

2.This one is the most memorable of the lot and who wouldn't want to dance like the girl in front of a whole crowd. I know I would although I would be complimented with "Yo!! Jackass...what in the world were you doing??" comments.

The spontaneous dancing dame

3.I don't get why men act like this in front of women. But with a gorgeous lady like that, it is completely understandable.

The Bull ad

4.Wow!!This girl seemed desperate for Cadbury.

The Despo Girl

Hmm...Nostalgic anyone??