Thursday, August 27, 2009

Music of ‘What’s your Raashee?” has that distinct tinge of 90’s which doesn’t sound pleasant now, and while listening to those, image of ‘Hrithik’s dummy – Harman Baweja’ creeps in mind’s eye and that makes me change the music.

Music of ‘Wake Up Sid’ sounds more or less mix of ‘Luck By Chance’ and ‘Rock On’; seems like both Javed Akhtar and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy generously re-cycled their lyrics and compositions here or discarded songs of ‘Luck By Chance’ and ‘Rock On’ found some takers.

And best song 'Iktara'of album is composed by Amit Trivedi, unfortunately it also carries hangover of Aamir's 'Ek Lau' number.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

They do it in spring, in fact do that whole year around, plus in fall they add a new freaking dimension to freak me out! And boy, how they love to do it on weekend mornings (which are like mid-night for people like me)

Well, here I’m talking about ‘bluudy grass mowers’ , to be politically correct, this is nothing against the persons who do it , this rant is strictly against the bluudy contraptions they use to do it.

Every weekend morning, they decide to trim the grass right below my bedroom window and do it till I wake up and tear my hair in frustration.

Geez, can’t they invent (here they being AMERICANS) some better device which doesn’t make noise, or little noise. All they have now is some stupid machine which blurts noise like 100 jets revving up to take off right under my bedroom window.

And come fall, they come back in teams, one guy doing this usual lawn mowing stunt, and supporting cast guy does this leaves gathering act using some equally stupid device- which looks like as if he is scattering the leaves instead of collecting them using that big hose which blows air out of it, in fact more noise then air.

Friday, August 21, 2009


First Edition – Lost in the finals

Second Edition – Didn’t lose a match, but due to some P2C2E, didn’t qualify for finals

Third Edition – Lost in finals

Fourth Edition – Lost in Semis

Fifth – Kicked out in initial rounds

Sixth Edition – check out the pic below

Monday, August 17, 2009

Kaminey –Aaj Kal

Kaminey - catchy title, tantalizing music, brilliant lyrics, teamed with teasing trailers.

Love Aaj Kal – bad title, remixed music, inaudible singer's voices, indecipherable lyrics.

Kaminey – had Vishal written all over it in a good way, dialogues, background score, screenplay etc etc.

Love Aaj Kal - had Saif smudged on it, of course forcefully, it was like watching Saif –Aaj Kal, and he was everywhere, in every scene, even in voice-over. Typical ‘I’m-the-Producer-I’ll-mouth-the-best-lines’ attitude.

Kaminey – without doubt is best movie of the year so far (or till Ishqiya releases), it was crisp, with zero time-waste, every scene was neatly done, but it all went bad in that ‘Free-for-all’ shooting fiasco towards the end.

And of course, one can’t stop comparing this with his earlier master pieces, Maqbool (I call it ‘complete’ movie), Omkara, Blue Umbrella; Here I guess, he tried to pack too much in too little time, may be that was the whole point of the movie, trying to pack everything, and relating all small details seamlessly, and he succeeded on doing that.

Like as I said earlier, it was all good, but that ‘free-for-all’ shooting scene spoiled it for me, and since everything was happening so fast that one starts to alienate from it instead of getting sucked in. It simple didn’t give time to ‘feel’ for characters, like in Maqbool’s Maqbool, Nimmi - one can feel their angst and helplessness, like in Omkara even after watching it ‘n’ times one prays for a different ending. Like in Blue Umbrella, Biniya’s glee makes one happy, and Nand Kishore’s plight after social boycott was moving.

Here, romance between Guddu n Sweety was unconvincing, I don’t know what those ‘Bengali Brothers’ were doing in this movie, Tashi was unconvincing, he was introduced in a fantastic way in that boat scene, but after that whole character took a nose-dive. Lele-Lobo were good but again can’t help comparing them with brilliant cops duo of Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah of Maqbool. Bhope was really good, very fluid, very menacing, neatly done by Amol Gupte (earlier I used to think of him some old guy who ghost-directed Taare Zameen Par’)

Another thing, don’t know what’s the hype about Shahid’s work here; he was overshadowed by Priyanka in all their scenes, or by Amol Gupte or Mikhail or White horses or ‘Dhan ta nan’!

In one line, it is a good movie but not a great one by any stretch of imagination.

Pheww, forgot to write about LAK, hmmm..not now, some other time!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Well, these days or for past many days err....months, all I update here is 'Recently Seen Movies' list, so decided to update my almost forgotten photo blog.

Here is the latest entry...featuring a 4 months old photograph.

and well, Happy Janamasthami, and Happy Independence Day :-)