Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Sachein-A lackluster afternoon; Mumbai Express- A hilarious evening.

I was pretty bummed that I hadn't seen any of the Tamil New Year movie releases. So I rectified this problem by seeing two of the big three back to back. I saw Sachein in the afternoon and Mumbai Express in the evening. This is my take on the 2 movies I saw.

Sachein:
In this movie Vijay acts as a college student named Sachein. We do not know wheter he is a first year college student or second year or even if he is a post-graduate student(it seems unlikely!). Nothing is mentioned. It looks like he is entering this college for the first time but then I don't think that you can join college in the middle of the college year. There are plenty of glaring plot holes in this movie. The director does not give us any details about the setting of the story. We can only assume that the college is situated in a hill station due the huge amount of smoke released from the smoke machine in each scene. It was quite funny when I saw smoke in the middle of an airport scene. Well the storyline isn't that great. It talks about how Sachein falls in love with Shalini (Genelia) but she refuses to accept that she is in love with him due to her incredibly huge ego. So the story meanders along at a slow pace and we reach the inevitable ending. Genelia has done a decent job as Shalini. Vijay is improving by leaps and bounds was very impressive in this movie. Vadivelu who acts a college student who has failed nine years in a row is not given a big role. The comedy in this movie is not great. The songs are the saving grace for the film. This film is peppered with foot tapping numbers. The music director, Devi Sree Prasad has done a good job.
See this movie if you are a Vijay fan, otherwise it a waste of time due to the lack of a proper storyline.Wait a minute, did I forget about Bipasha Basu? Well, who cares, she doesn't do anything in the movie anyway.

My Rating: 5/10

Mumbai Express:
This is a riotously funny movie. Kamal Haasan has done a great job with the dialogue. He is amazing as the hard of hearing Avinashi aka Mumbai Express. The story revolves around the kidnap of the wrong boy. Pasupathi and Vaiyapuri are very funny as the kidnappers. The highlight of the movie has to be the Vande Mataram song. Kamal keeps you laughing throughout the movie. A confusing chain of events take place but Kamal has connected the events so incredibly well. The ending was bit of a downer but I think that was because the theatre cut out the final scenes. I do not want to give any spoilers for this movie beacuse you have to see it. Kamal Haasan proves yet again that he is the best Tamil actor of modern times.

My Rating- 6.0/10

Monday, April 18, 2005

Did she vomit? Who slapped who? God I hate serials!!!

Why do people sit and watch Tamil serials, I don't know? They are so horrible I get a headache even thinking about them. The production quality is so low. The acting quality is hahaha. Yet these mind numbing TV shows are so popular. I know some people who see around 15 different serials a week. How do they even keep up with the story? Oh wait, all these serials are the same. One week a daughter slaps her mother. The other week mother slaps daughter. The next week the daughter does something drastic, like popping pills into her mouth from a bottle which is clearly labeled 'Poison' in case the viewer gets confused.
The background music is jarring. The camerawork is pedestrian. The makeup is hardly worth talking about. The storyline is so incredibly predictable. All these serials revolve around backstabbing, mother-in-law daughter-in-law fighting, violence, pregnancy and of course 'sentiment'. If the female character vomits it means she is pregnant. If they show people travelling in a car, then it means that an accident is waiting to happen. If two people are happily married then make sure that you do not miss the episode where they sign the divorce papers. Tamil serials are sick. But the people who see it are unbelievable. They watch this fighting and crying (they actually make babies cry for 5 minutes on some shows like 'metti oli') and feel that they have utilized their time well. I don't get it. I seriously don't. Even young people watch these shows. Like when I went to Delhi for a school excursion my room-mates were busy watching some low-grade Tamil horror show and predicting who was going to get killed. They didn't appreciate me switching off the TV and they used the tickle treatment to make me shut up. These serials do not convey anything good to the people. They show women in a bad light. They talk only about vengeance. The dialogues in some of these shows are not worth repeating. I do not blame the producers for these shows. I only blame the people who watch them. I blame them profusely because they do not understand that they are seeing something that is corrupting their mind and is making them insensitive people. They do not get it that they are giving careers to people who cannot act. And that is the worst crime.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Treat Saurav with respect

Saurav Ganguly has scored around 30 runs in this ODI series. His last meaningful contribution with the bat was against the Aussies in Brisbane. He seems to have lost his magnificent timing which had made him one of the greatest batsmen in the world. What do the Indian people think about Dada right now? " He sucks. Get him out of the team." The crowd in the stadiums boo him. They celebrate when he gets out. They are rejoicing right now beacuse he is banned for 6 matches. This situation brings to mind a poem I read in school last year. It was called 'The Patriot' and it was written by Robert Browning. The poem talks about the fickle nature of people. The poem reads like this

The Patriot
I
It was roses, roses, all the way,
With myrtle mixed in my path like mad:
The house-roofs seemed to heave and sway,
The church-spires flamed, such flags they had,
A year ago on this very day.
II
The air broke into a mist with bells,
The old walls rocked with the crowd and cries.
Had I said, "Good folk, mere noise repels--
But give me your sun from yonder skies!"
They had answered, "And afterward, what else?" . . . . . . 10
III
Alack, it was I who leaped at the sun
To give it my loving friends to keep!
Nought man could do, have I left undone:
And you see my harvest, what I reap
This very day, now a year is run.
IV
There's nobody on the house-tops now--Just a palsied few at the windows set;
For the best of the sight is, all allow,
At the Shambles' Gate--
or,better yet,
By the very scaffold's foot, I trow. . . . . . . 20
V
I go in the rain, and, more than needs,
A rope cuts both my wrists behind;
And I think, by the feel, my forehead bleeds,
For they fling, whoever has a mind,
Stones at me for my year's misdeeds.
VI
Thus I entered, and thus I go!
In triumphs, people have dropped down dead.
"Paid by the world, what dost thou owe Me?"
God might question; now instead,'
Tis God shall repay: I am safer so. .
. . . . .

Well the poem pretty much sums up Saurav's cricketing career. He entered Test Cricket with a bang. He proved his contradictors that he could survive International Cricket. He has had to prove people wrong in every stage of his career. He came on to captain India in the toughest of scenarios. India was playing very poorly, the match fixing scandal had just broken out and Sachin Tendulkar had just resigned from Captaincy. He was under immense pressure to set things right. He guided India with immense self-confidence. People found him arrogant but he didn't care. India beat Australia and South Africa and reached the final of the ICC knockout tournament in Nairobi in 2000. This was the turning point for the Indian Cricket team. They gained confidence. They began to feel that they could conquer the world stage if they believed in themselves. Ganguly infused a new spirit in them. He was a strong character and he didn't let criticism sway him. He backed young talent. He gave much needed support to Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan, Kaif and so many others. This was something new to Indian Cricket. Supporting potential talent. Saurav was hard done in 1992 when he played just one match in Australia and was dumped without a fair trial. He did not want what happened to him to ever occur again. He showed that he was not going to be intimidated by Steve Waugh and his sledging colleagues. He showed them that mental disintegration would work only against the weak and not against him. He proved to the world that the Australians could be beaten. He proved people wrong once again. He repeated the same thing in Australia in 2003 and beat Pakistan in their backyard in 2004. He led India to the World Cup finals.
20005 has been unkind to this wonderful cricketer. His form has deserted him and so have his countrymen. I agree that he has to make his bat talk but the punishment meted out to him is hardly fair. He looks tired. Captaincy has taken its toll on him. His countrymen have tormented him. They treat him like a traitor. Yet he is willing to fight. He is not ready to go down easily. That is why he is great man. That is why he is India's greatest captain and that is why he is India's greatest cricketing son . He has done a lot for the sport. So don't boo him. Don't make jokes about him. Show him that you care. Just respect him for we will miss him when he takes his final bow.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

The Indian Team is a joke and I'm not happy saying that.

I know that I had written in my previous post that the Indian team was awesome. I know that I had praised their batting. The score is 90/6 right now. Not exactly top notch stuff from our great batsmen. I am a diehard fan of the Indian Cricket team. I used to support them in 2000 when they used to win nothing. I used to support them in 2003 when they used to win everything. I don't know whether I can go on supporting them. It is mentally taxing. It is 90/6 right now. Need I say any more. If it was unplayable bowling I can accept this pathetic score. But it isn't. The pitch is a batsman's paradise. I don't think I have an excuse for them. I normally do. Sachin, Ganguly, Yuvraj, Kaif, Irfan are out of form. Terribly out of form. So out of form, Geoffrey Boycott's mum can play better than them and this time the statement can actually be true. I have been recieving sms's ridiculing our team. I have lost the will to support our cricketers.

Here are some of the jokes I recieved about the Indian Cricket team:
1. Best Batsmen + Good Bowlers - win= Indian Cricket team.
2.Proverb of the day- India indha match out, Ganguly adutha match doubt.
3.Sourav Ganguly's favourite movie- Gone in 60 seconds
4. Steps to make Maggi 2 minute noodles-
1.Boil one cup of water
2.As soon as Ganguly goes for batting put the noodles in hot water and add the taste powder.
3.Stir till Ganguly is on the fiels.
4.As soon as Ganguly is back in the pavilion, your noodles are ready.

I hate criticizing the Indian Cricketers but the sight of them dancing with Amitabh Bachan and Priety Zinta to the tune of Oye Bubbly really took me to the edge of my patience. They are not even good dancers. Ganguly can't even lipsync in the Tata Indicom commercial. And we are going to lose today's match. I hope that just to spite me Kaif and the tail put on a respectable total for the Cricket team. Hope!!!

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

I feel sorry for Inzi- not !!

356 in 50 overs! Amazing! Viru and Dhoni rock!! 70 of 44 balls! Viru, u the man! Dhoni didn't do that bad as well. 148 in 120 balls with four sixes. This doesn't augur well for KKD Karthik( I like using his initals- its funny) though. I hope the selectors give Karthik another chance. It doesn't seem probable but I can always hope. Do you realise what a lonely word hope is? I am going to use it more often, just to make it happy. Because thats the kind of guy I am, a humanitarian and a vegetarian (Yeah!!). The word hope reminds me of something. I can't put my finger on it. I think some kind of head priest. Oh yeah, the pope. I offer my condolences to all thoses who were affected by his sad demise.
Moving on to something else, people who like reading articles about toenails this is my advice to you- Go get yourselves admitted in a mental asylum! Seriously. Toenails! That is the most boring topic ever. Ever! The most disgusting topic would have to be mucus. The most interesting topic has got be Cricket (Yeah!). Did you know that cockroaches fart every 15 minutes? I'm not kidding. I read it in a book called "You thought you were disgusting? Wait till you read this!!". A good buy. Well gotta go. Life is short and Ive got to make the most of it. ...Just kidding. I have to eat.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Farty Towels

TV talk:
The Amazing Race episode on Wednesday was awesome. I am so glad the BeeGees beat Ray and Deana in the footrace to the mat.The Apprentice episode was rather weird with the screaming in the boardroom. The bottle created by Andy's team was horrible to say the least. It looked like ,...well nothing I've ever seen before. What with the two globes and the plastic stand. It looked a Captain Planet Pepsi bottle.

News Update:
Physics is boring. I hate it.

DVD Recommendation:
I was seeing Fawlty Towers. Amazingly funny!! Must see!! John Cleese is a terrific actor. Did u know that he played nearly headless nick in he Harry Potter movie?