Time for some Upgrade Tata Sky? How about Big CBS?


BIG CBS

I am not a big fan of Indian TV soaps, reality shows which usually are pathetic and I guess it will take a million light years for India to have sitcoms. Since ages I have watched some of our favorite shows by downloading the latest seasons from Internet wasting a large amount of bandwidth, time and effort in that process. I always wished there was some TV channel which showed the latest seasons instead of the repeat telecasts of old seasons. A complete package of Humor, lifestyle, fashion and music at one place. Big CBS network with its three channels Prime , Love and Spark  has something for everyone and a good choice to watch when you wish to just veg out after a hard day’s work.

An extensive search revealed that  Prime and Love  are channels showing most of the much-loved shows like Sex and the City, 48 Hour Mystery, The Game, The Good Wife,  America’s Got Talent, CSI- New York  and many more  but Tata Sky, which is supposed to be India’s premier DTH TV had no such option although it showed old seasons on Star World etc. I realized that switching to Tata Sky was a complete let down when some of the leading networks had Prime and Love.

Just imagine how much fun it would be to curl up, let your hair down and have a little laugh or listen to some great musical talents in America’s Got Talent and American Idol. Who can forget the haunting voices of Haley Reinhart, Adam Lambert, Jessica Sanchez and many more.

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I am a huge fan of crime thrillers like CSI- New York which has become more interesting with each season and also 48 Hours which I think is the hottest Mystery Show.

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And on those days when nostalgia hits you and you have no one to cuddle up to all you need is some Love in your mundane life. Big CBS Love has insane passion, laughter, love and latest fashion trends to make you feel like a Diva.

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I enjoy the refreshing episodes of Sex In The City , a show about women – for women, though many argue if it is good show from a feminist point of view I love it for a good relaxed time. Even with all the lead characters being obsession with men. :p With all its controversial aspects it is a clever, funny show.

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I hope people at Tata Sky are reading this and guys if you bring these channels to us I may even opt for Tata Sky + .  So let us bring on some good entertainment home and have a good time.

Picture credits go to BigCBS website.

Udaan : Movie Review


Udaan created a turbulence inside me and I am sure everyone who saw it saw some of of his/ her life reflected there. The simplicity and stark  treatment of subject is the beauty of the film.

I vote Udaan is the best film of this decade.

The coming of age , a celebration of spirit rebellious is a genre normally not dealt with in Indian Cinema. Debutant director, Vikramaditya Motwane has done an exceptionally good job with it. The screen play shared  by Motwane and the film’s producer, Anurag Kashyap is terrific .

It was slightly disturbing to see parts of our own life come alive on screen but then that’s what makes a film worth appreciating. It surely touched a deep cord somewhere.

I am sure many kids of this age group , even my elder son,  connected with the character of Rohan , the main protagonist.

Udaan is a deeply affecting story of Rohan( played by newcomer Rajat Barbecha ), his fears and aspirations, his vulnerability as a seventeen year old boy trying to find his roots. Rajat’s brilliant performance conveys that intense loneliness and frustration of a free spirited young boy torn  by his inner turmoil. His hatred, claustrophobia deeply resonates in everyone who watches it.

My son who studied for 6 years in boarding always told about boys who did not want to go back home or dreaded returning to parents who never understood them. Some longed and were homesick but their parents too busy with their lives to think of the child they had abandoned.

Rohan is thrown out of boarding school and packed off to Jamshedpur, his home town. His first visit in eight years. A motherless child , he is about to face some naked truths of life. A half-brother he is unaware of, a hostile , authoritative ice-cold father, the smothering environment of  a small industrial town.

Rohan’s dreams of being a writer are crushed brutally by his dad who wants him to follow family tradition and join his steel plant. Caged in a small house with a younger half-brother for whom he has no affection and facing his father’s hostile outbursts his depression becomes more intense .  His angst is felt very strongly throughout the movie.

The dialogs between father and son are razor-sharp. It is not uncommon to find  emotionally stunted, disciplinarian fathers who   are boggled down middle class fears and obsessions of a ‘secure’ future for their sons. The film is a complete character study of an  Indian middle class family. Stuck up father, emotional rebellious son who wants to escape the social bondage and routine to follow his dreams is representative of many such teenagers who run away from authority and uninspiring future. even Rohan’s sympathetic uncle (played by Ram Kapoor) , his petrified younger step brother who is a victim of  home abuse and his bunch of edgy friends ( from school and neighborhood) can be anyone from our dead society.

Rohan’s friends sing a parody of an old Bollywood song ” ‘Sab chote shaher ka baap ek jaisa hota hai. Family business? Very good, very good. Dream business? Very bad, very bad.’…. over gallons of rum. A pungent and pertinent remark.

I loved the way Rohan’s freewheeling poetry is incorporated in the film. Each of his poems is a mirror of his inner. Exceptionally brilliant.

Ronit Roy’s performance is mind-blowing to say the least and it is a performance based film. I wasn’t a big fan of his till now. Simple stories are hard to narrate and here each character has put life into the plot.

I loved that for the first time  the protagonist is not a run on the mill film teenager but a boy with more realistic problems than finding girlfriends and discovering sex and romance. In one of the scenes his dad even asks him ” sex kiye ho?”

India’s Neo wave cinema has come of age  with this exceptional film. Life is not all bed of roses. There is a dark liquid running beneath the nicely swept streets. definitely poignant, unyielding , very refreshing , beautifully penned story Udaan is a sheer pleasure to watch if you are a cinema lover.

The sugar-coated image of parents is shredded to uncover the dark side of parenting.  Udaan to me seemed a very confidant début. He never loses track of the main story even when dealing with crucial scenes or its ultimate goal.

Overall an enriching experience of self realization and  a lesson for all to learn. To let children be. We as parents are not controllers and our children are not puppets neither are they slaves of our expectations.

10/10 for Udaan.

Ravishing Rekha and Legendary Amitabh Bachchan: A Birthday Post


I wanted to do two different posts on Rekha and Amitji but then decided to make it a Birthday Post.  A tribute to two of my favorite Bollywood star icons of all times.

Rekha’s birthday falls on 10th and Amit ji’s on 11th ( Yes he shares his DOB with Me  😀 ).

Rekha turned 56 yesterday and Amitji turned 68 today.

I  wish them health , happiness and joy.

Rekha has been one of my favorites because of her remarkable talent and beauty. For me she is the ultimate diva. I loved her simple girl next door look and brilliant performance in Khoobsoorat .

42 years of  her reign in Bollywood were simply magical. I loved Silsila,  Umrao Jaan , Utsav, zubaida and her mesmerizing guest  performance in Parinita .The song ‘Kaisi paheli zindagaani’  had such a nostalgic feel and was, at the same time, so sensuous. The way Rekha carried herself in the song can only be done by an actress of her calibre. She is a perfect blend of beauty, glamour and talent.

I loved her in Umrao Jaan and thought that her performance matched that of Legendary Meena Kumari in Pakeeza . She looked gorgeous in the movie and acted so well. Here is my favorite song from the movie

So many memorable performances and portrayal of different and varied characters shows the range of her acting.

I find her ageless as far as Beauty goes. At 56 she still looks so ravishing. I would call the true face of Indian Beauty and grace.

What can I say about Amitji . He is a star icon and a legend. I loved his early  performances in Chupke Chupke, Mili, Abhiman,  Anand  and then the famous Deewar , silsila, Muqaddar ka Sikandar, Zanjeer, Sholey, Chash- e- baddoor, Agnipath and not to forget Satte pe Satta 😀 .. the list is endless.

The Rekha – Amitabh love saga was eternal. I always called them the perfect couple that never was. 🙂

They looked great together and their on-screen chemistry was electric.

I won’t call Amitabh a great actor but a great performer.

This song from Silsila  remains my all time favorite . The lyrics are awesome.

The Hrishi Da – Amitabh association gave many great films. Together they changed the face of Indian cinema.

Here are some of my favorite songs of Amitji

A wonderful song from Abhiman.

I love this evergreen song from kabhi kabhi . The poem Amitji recites is awesome

Sahir Ludhianvi’s original poem:
Kabhi Kabhi mere dil mein khayaal aataa hai
Ki zindagi teri zulfon ki narm chhaaon mein
Guzarne paati to shaadaab ho bhi sakti thi
Yeh tiraagi jo mere zist ka muqaddar hai
Teri nazar ki shuaon mein kho bhi sakti thi

Ajab na thaa ki main begana-e-alam reh kara
Tere jamaal ki ranaiyon mein kho rehta
Tera gudhdaaz badan, teri nimabaz aankhen
Inhin hasin fasano mein main ho rehta

Pukaratin mujhe jab talkhiyan zamane ki
Tere labon se halavat ke ghunt pe leta
Hayaat chikhti phirti barehana-sar aur main
Ghaneri zulfon ke saaye mein chhup ke ji leta
Magar ye ho na saka
Magar ye ho na saka aur ab ye aalam hai
Ki tu nahin, tera gham teri justaju bhi nahin
Guzar rahi hai kuch is tarah zindagi jaise
Ise kisi ke sahare ki aarzoo bhi nahin
Zamane bhar ke dukhon ko lagaa chuka hun gale
Guzar raha hun kuch anjaani rahguzaron se
Muhib saaye meri simt badte aate hain
Hayaat-o-maut ke par-haal khaar-zaaron se
Na koi jaada, na manzil na roshani ka suraag
Bhatak rahi hai khalaon mein zindagi meri
Inhi khalaon mein reh jaaunga kabhi kho kar
Main jaanta hun meri ham-nafas, magar yun hii
Kabhi Kabhi mere dil mein khayal aata hai…

Today I celebrated my birthday  and I would like to thank all my virtual friends for their love and good wishes. The virtual family is my extended family and it really made me warm all over to know that somewhere  somebody thought of me and prayed for my well being.

A big hug and love to everyone  who took some time out to share the joy of  this day with me.

Ones again Birthday wishes to both my Bollywood favorites.

Cheers!  God Bless.

 

All links, images, videos credited to the rightful owners 

Musical Monday -1 musical atyachar


Starting this Monday I shall be writing about my second love – Music

It is going to be a fun and info post with lot of Bollywood songs thrown in .The melodious classics of yesteryear, the folk music, romantic songs, new age music, funny songs, the remixes, tear jerking songs, the stolen tracks from Hollywood 😀 , my personal favorites and much more.

This Monday let’s talk about the most Pakau songs of Bollywood. “D Do feel free to add to the list.

Some of the Hindi Filmi songs make you feel like jumping into a vial of acid, they make your intestine churn and songs like meri pant bhi sexy, meri shirt bhi sexy , sarkai lo khatiya jada lage kind of crap . The Govinda David Dhawan combo was the worse that coululsivd happen to Hindi cinema and Hindi music. God save us from these mindless, nonsensical, obscene, repe ear shattering numbers.

I think most of the appalling and tasteless songs are churned out from Anu Mullick and the golden man Bappi lahiri’s factory. Latest to join the bandwagon is Himesh Reshammiya, the guy sucks. Tera saroor is torture far worse than the Nazi concentration camps. 😦

I could never make sense of Dekha jo tujhe yar dil me baji guitar


Such a nonsensical song.

You are my chicken fry, you are my fish fry and dekho barish ho rahi hai , it’s raining it’s raining .. Bappin Da at his worse .

Remember the song Amma dekh aa dekh tera munda bigda jaye

then there are endless Akshay Kumar songs like Shahar ki ladki ,

The kishan kumar song Achcha sila diya tune mere pyar ka is the biggest atyachar of all times.

Don’t miss Anup Jalota’s Aaisi lagi lagan meera ho gayi magan and Altaf Raja’s tum to thehre pardesi ,sath kya nibhaoge

ENJOY 😀

I can not go on any longer . Please take over. 😦

The list is endless and I seriously need a break. Pak chuki hun main.

Sigh!!!

I want to break free from this musical atyachar …

Remembering MJ.. your music lives on …


MJ is no more .. the magic he created with his magical voice and with his exceptional dancing talent he still rules the hearts of millions and for people like us who grew with his music it is unbelievable.

He died a broken man , his life and death ridden with controversies but his music healed many a broken hearts. He did charities the world will remember and filled our world with music that absolutely no one can make again.

Who are we to judge this legend and for that matter anyone..

He will be missed greatly but his contribution to the world of music will live in our hearts till the last breath ..

May he rest in peace ..

Here are the top three songs I love of MJ among many others which rued my heart as a teenage girl .. He had a child in him that never grew up and that made him unique as a person ..

I play them here as a tribute to him.

“Heal The World”

There’s A Place In
Your Heart
And I Know That It Is Love
And This Place Could
Be Much
Brighter Than Tomorrow
And If You Really Try
You’ll Find There’s No Need
To Cry
In This Place You’ll Feel
There’s No Hurt Or Sorrow

There Are Ways
To Get There
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Little Space
Make A Better Place…

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

If You Want To Know Why
There’s A Love That
Cannot Lie
Love Is Strong
It Only Cares For
Joyful Giving
If We Try
We Shall See
In This Bliss
We Cannot Feel
Fear Or Dread
We Stop Existing And
Start Living

Then It Feels That Always
Love’s Enough For
Us Growing
So Make A Better World
Make A Better World…

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

And The Dream We Were
Conceived In
Will Reveal A Joyful Face
And The World We
Once Believed In
Will Shine Again In Grace
Then Why Do We Keep
Strangling Life
Wound This Earth
Crucify Its Soul
Though It’s Plain To See
This World Is Heavenly
Be God’s Glow

We Could Fly So High
Let Our Spirits Never Die
In My Heart
I Feel You Are All
My Brothers
Create A World With
No Fear
Together We’ll Cry
Happy Tears
See The Nations Turn
Their Swords
Into Plowshares

We Could Really Get There
If You Cared Enough
For The Living
Make A Little Space
To Make A Better Place…

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

You And For Me
You And For Me
You And For Me
You And For Me
You And For Me
You And For Me
You And For Me
You And For Me
You And For Me
You And For Me
You And For Me



“You Are Not Alone”

Another day has gone
I’m still all alone
How could this be
You’re not here with me
You never said goodbye
Someone tell me why
Did you have to go
And leave my world so cold

Everyday I sit and ask myself
How did love slip away
Something whispers in my ear and says
That you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though you’re far away
I am here to stay

But you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we’re far apart
You’re always in my heart
But you are not alone

‘Lone, ‘lone
Why, ‘lone

Just the other night
I thought I heard you cry
Asking me to come
And hold you in my arms
I can hear your prayers
Your burdens I will bear
But first I need your hand
Then forever can begin

Everyday I sit and ask myself
How did love slip away
Something whispers in my ear and says
That you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though you’re far away
I am here to stay

For you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we’re far apart
You’re always in my heart
For you are not alone

Whisper three words and I’ll come runnin’
And girl you know that I’ll be there
I’ll be there

You are not alone
For I am here with you
Though you’re far away
I am here to stay
For you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we’re far apart
You’re always in my heart

For you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though you’re far away
I am here to stay

For you are not alone
For I am here with you
Though we’re far apart
You’re always in my heart

For you are not alone…


Michael Jackson – We Are the World

There comes a time
When we head a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And it’s time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can’t go on
Pretending day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of
God’s great big family
And the truth, you know love is all we need

[Chorus]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

Send them your heart
So they’ll know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stone to bread
So we all must lend a helping hand

[Chorus]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

When you’re down and out
There seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
There’s no way we can fall
Well, well, well, well, let us realize
That a change will only come
When we stand together as one

[Chorus]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let’s start giving
There’s a choice we’re making
We’re saving our own lives
It’s true we’ll make a better day
Just you and me

We love you MJ

Madhumati The Classic Movie: A Review


The Classic

Whenever we talk about supernatural Hindi movies based on reincarnation, haunting, and eerie Bimal Roy’s Madhumati (1958) comes to my mind. The film completed 50years of its making in 2008.

In the 1950’s, the pairing of Dilip Kumar and Vyjanthimala starred in a number of extremely successful movies, many of them classics. Madhumati a truly haunting classic was released in 1958 won a number of awards for that year.

Madhumati, with nine enthralling numbers, a dream cast of Vijayntimala, Dilip Kumar and Pran, and an impeccable director in Bimal Roy, captivated the nation with its story and music. It made a mark for quality in India’s cinema history. A gripping tale of rebirth and revenge is a remarkable tribute to the legendary Bimal Roy’s reputation as a director of rare brilliance.

The Story

The story revolves around Devendra (Dilip Kumar) and his memory from an earlier life, when he is Anand, who falls in love with Madhumati (Vyjayantimala). They are separated, when Madhumati embraces death to escape a rape by Ugranarayan, played to perfection by Pran. Fate brings Madhavi, a replica of Madhumati and she helps Anand extract a confession from Ugranarayan. In a chilling sequence, Anand discovers that it is the ghost of Madhumati, who returns to seek justice.
Review

Bimal Roy was more famous for making movies about social issues. He was hard pressed for money and Madhumalti brought him good fortune. The film has often been criticized as one of Bimal Roy’s lightweight formulaic films in its choice of theme and content but his sheer skill as a filmmaker transcends above everything to give us an extremely engrossing tale of reincarnation and revenge. It also has fine performances, cinematography, and editing.

Scintillating musical score by Salil Choudhury makes it even more entertaining. Each song is tuned to perfection. In fact, Lata Mangeshkar, the melody queen, counts Aaja Re Pardesi from Madhumati as among her ten best songs ever.

Madhumati had all the elements of a typical Hindi Film Potboiler. The Haveli in which the hero experiences a sense of déja vu leading to his flashback, the naive and innocent village belle, the pardesi babu (city man) and the lecherous zamindar(land owner) lusting after the belle. Bimal Roy uses these elements to advantage. Madhumati has all the right qualities of an eerie romantic film that hooks the viewer right from the beginning.

It had a villain that you could hate from the depths of your heart Ugranaryan (Pran), a comic star (Johnny Walker), a dashing young hero who pines away for his departed love, some incredible songs, a story dealing with reincarnation, revenge and a person looking exactly like a twin. Over all it was a complete package and a work of a genius.

Bimal Roy’s ability to recreate mood and ambiance is displayed throughout the film. The luscious romantic interludes outdoors, the swinging chandeliers and dark shadows within the haveli (house) but the scene of the fair, where the several shots beautifully capture the sheer rustic flavor, is the best.
Bimal Roy uses weather to great effect in this film, setting the mood and atmosphere for each plot development, and enhancing the emotional impact of the story.

One of best part of the movie was the way Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the director, handled the suspense.

What happened to Madhumati when she was in castle in that night? Is she raped? Does she disappear, run away, commit suicide, or was she killed? The questions keep haunting the audience.

It was a black and white movie and the effects were gripping. Some great camera work by Dilip Gupta captured incredible outdoor locales, not to forget the use of light and shade to make the villain look so shaken in the climax.

Even though Madhumati was a fictitious story about reincarnation, its majestic mountains, hilly slopes, and forests leave you enchanted just like folklore or a fairy tale.

Madhumati (Vijayntimala) resembles the main protagonist in fairy tales. She is blessed with purity, beauty, and nature’s friendship. No one understands those hilly paths better than she does. She is innocent (her naive theory about how sun sets behind western mountains and goes into caves and how it travels back to eastern end of mountains through secret path under earth and rises again), and she is smart (Can tell time by looking at the shadow of trees reflecting over a rock. She knows when rain might be coming just by looking at ants going in a certain direction) just like a village girl.

On the fall side there were elements meant for the commercial requirements of mainstream Hindi Cinema, which took a toll on the story. The entire lengthy ‘comic’ sequence with Johnny Walker and the exorcist add nothing of value to the film. In fact it slows down the otherwise gripping film.

This is one of rare B&W movie, which still appeals to the masses because of its treatment and theme. Madhumalti is my all time favorite and a must watch for all movie lovers.

My Oscar goes to Delhi 6…. stunning movie


It was a nostalgic evening for me as I relived my association with Delhi6. Those who know about the old world charm of Chandni chawk will absolutely fall in the love with the movie by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. It is a phenomenal movie and I guess the first award worthy film of the year. My Oscar goes to Delhi 6.

After Slumdog Millionaire, it was such a treat. The narrow lanes and by lanes of the old city, the havelies, the culture that all Delhi wallas are so proud of, the eateries and the warmth of the people all comes alive in front of you. It is like living it on screen. With a smile on my lips and moist eyes, I remembered the good old days. Sometimes the scenes are so captivating that you feel a part of the entire scenario. Briskly paced, it is a kaleidoscope of old Delhi and draws you in its flow completely.

Delhi 6 has stunning performances by the best-known actors in Hindi cinema – Raghubir Yadav, Pavan Malhotra, Supriya Pathak Shah, Deepak Dobriyal, Divya Dutta, Vijay Raaz, Tanvi Azmi and Atul Kulkarni among others play prominent roles in it. It also has the elegant Waheeda Rehman and evergreen Rishi Kapoor. I think Divya Dutta was exceptional as jalebi the jamadarni. There is hardly a character in the film who is not anchored to the film.

Obsession for religion, false beliefs, strong conviction for things not seen and the easygoing life of the people, it is all there. With the incident of Monkey Man as the backdrop, Delhi 6 scripts a story of the society and the people, who are blind followers of their deep-rooted ideas. It portrays beautifully the philosophy that the system needs strength, honesty and needs to look with in.

Unlike the other mainstream movies, this one does not have a definite story line but that is the beauty of it, it seems that you are part of someone’s personal diary and that really is brilliant to me. The director has woven nine stories against the panoramic background of Delhi-6.
Sometimes there is confusion and turmoil, with the stories overlapping and going out of hand, but the theme manages to hold the film together. Prejudices, superstitions, communal, caste clashes, media’s dumb acts– everything has been beautifully imbibed as the story grows out of the mazy lanes and addresses several social issues.

There have been mixed reviews about the film but I think the movie’s biggest asset is that it is exactly like what Delhi 6 is all about. An intoxicating mixture of everything.

I do not think we should compare it to Rang de Basanti, another masterpiece by Rakeysh. This movie is consistently inventive, funny, entertaining and life-affirming cautionary tale of a slice of a city. It captures a raft of conflicts involving families, politicians and two religious communities, Hindus and Muslims. The film creates a wonderful world of a vast neighborhood in old Delhi, which makes it so special.

The film, firmly centered in old Delhi, is filled with local color but its concerns are universal. Cinematography by Binod Pradhan is a visual pleasure, natural and interesting. Like his other films, Mehra’s Delhi6 also shows moments of unparalleled originality. The movie is technically flawless.

The songs are wonderful and have a contemporary appeal. The credit goes to the lyricists Prasoon Joshi, Vivinenne Pocha and Claire. Rahman’s music is much better here than in Slumdog.

The entire movie is a story of love and self-discovery set in by Delhi, which is a microcosm of India with all its chaos and contradictions.

The changing perception of the characters is portrayed very well.
The otherwise lopsided Ahishek Bachchan (I do not like him one bit) blends well with the theme. His expressions are very interesting when he gets the first glimpse of the city. Armed with a camera phone he captures everything that happens around him, traffic jams, Ram Leela, sweetmeat shops, by lanes, lack of water – all of it to him is ‘kewl’. It was in a way good that he had few lines to speak. Thank God for small mercies.

What mesmerizes Roshan (AB) the most however are the human relationships in Old Delhi. “You don’t know who family is and who isn’t,” he says to himself in one of the scenes where all the neighbors are present with his grandmother in the hospital.

It blends all the ingredients of a close-knit society. A sweetmeat shop owner, two warring brothers, an evil moneylender, his much-younger wife, a lecherous photographer, a local buffoon, a goat, a pregnant cow who is worshipped in the middle of the road for choosing that place to give birth. An ancestral radio and a shani baba who does everything right ok. That episode was funny in many ways.

Sonam Kapoor is awesome in the movie and we get to see her unfold as an actor here.

Rishi kapoor sums it very nicely:

Hamne maana dakkan mein hain , bahut se kadr-e-sukhan,
par kaun jaye ae zauk, ye dilli ki galiyan chhorh kar

I found the home like environment of the movie very interesting and captivating. I smiled in pleasure when I saw Ram Lila being enacted for I was reminded of my childhood when we did everything to watch RamLila during the nights. The pickle-making scene is so typical of old Delhi households, it reminded of the time my mother used to make pickles sitting on the rooftop of the old house.

I would like to see Delhi 6 again and think it is a perfect tribute to the city. One awesome movie after a long time.

Slumdog Millionaire : Did it deserve an Oscar?


India is a passionate and emotion packed country. We put our heroes on cloud 9 the moment they achieve something of world recognition and bring them down mercilessly at one wrong move.

The whole nation is celebrating the Slumdog success at the Oscars like there is no tomorrow.

What exactly are they celebrating? How many know anything about Rasul pookutty the man behind Black, Saawariya, and Gajni and exceptionally talented sound mixer?

Rehman is a great composer and I am his great fan but I guess this was not one of his best scores, he has given great music in many other Bollywood movies and this was average for his standard in my opinion. It did not spin any magic for me at least.

I think it is a mockery of India made for the viewing pleasure of westerners. I did not find any soul of the movie. It worked just because of the British direction and production. It is a clever well-timed production.

Unfortunately, Gulzar sahib and singer sukhvinder were treated like underdogs and it really saddened me. The song, which won many hearts “Jai ho” is sung in the passionate voice of a singer who somehow missed the Oscar ceremony and the credit all went to Rehman.

In all the euphoria about Rehman, the world forgot the lyrist and that too a great genius of music industry. Gulzar Saheb got very little coverage for his awesome work.

Slumdog millionaire did not work for me despite the whole world going euphoric about it.
First, it is not at all an “Indian” Oscar winning movie. Although I am glad that some of our most talented artists finally got their due in the world cinema. Still it did not appeal to me much. I found Slumdog Millionaire to be decidedly average.

The dialogue delivery was a pain all through the movie. Dev Patel was an eye sore and the Bollywood style romance with Frieda Pinto seemed utterly out of place. Everything he did rang hollow: every piece of dialogue, every bit of action, everything. Let us be honest. Dev Patel would not last five minutes in a Mumbai slum. It all seemed fictitious and unbelievable to me.

The film does not have the sincerity and honesty of a “Salaam Bombay” or a “City of Joy”. The way Salim is portrayed towards the ending of the movie is highly reminiscent of scenes from “The City of God.” How original is that?

It is modern version of a westerner’s point of view of what India is all about. It looks as if all the scrap of dirt is lifted and put together in one big bag. A gross injustice I would say.

When the West wanted Indians to embrace them, their companies to come to India and capture the lucrative markets, suddenly we had all the Indian women, some utterly undeserving, winning all the Miss Universe and Miss Worlds.

In the movie, Americans are shown as being nice who even give away 100$ after getting their car stolen. This is narcissism at its best.

I think it is nothing but a “poverty tour.” Slumdog twists the reality of the slums to fit its story line.

“They have made a mockery of us, they have hurt our sentiments,” said N.R. Paul, a protest leader and resident in Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum.

The title itself made the slum dwellers extremely annoyed. “Slum dwellers are human beings, not dogs”, said one poster.

Today, the west is in the crisis and India is looking unstoppable despite its slums and poverty, and they are losing their businesses to us. What an opportunity to paint India as the Slumdog Millionaire? The film is nothing but an endorsement of an erstwhile imperial mindset of the West and its blinkered vision of India.

It is sad that our immense talent could not produce a true blue Indian film for the Oscars. Moreover, it makes me wonder, why are we so greedy about winning an Oscar after all? Is it the ultimate word on Indian cinema or worldwide cinema for that matter?

For the first time in the American movie history, a completely unworthy movie has been awarded one of the most coveted awards that an often time is denied to the best of the best.

Megan Mylan’s film “Smile Pinky” deserved it and got it. Congratulations.

You can’t play on broken strings ..


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The day I heard I heard this song it touched me somewhere deep. James Morrison is a British singer and song writer and his new song featuring Nelly Furtado “Broken strings” is his best so far.

“I just try to write simple lyrics that people will understand from all walks of life. You can’t be too clever sometimes because people won’t get it. And I always try to write lyrics where you understand every single line.”
JAMES MORRISON ….

BROKEN STRINGS

Let me hold you
For the last time
It’s the last chance to feel again
But you broke me
Now I can’t feel anything

When I love you,
It’s so untrue
I can’t even convince myself
When I’m speaking,
It’s the voice of someone else

Oh it tears me up
I try to hold on, but it hurts too much
I try to forgive, but it’s not enough to make it all okay

You can’t play on broken strings
You can’t feel anything that your heart don’t want to feel
I can’t tell you something that ain’t real

Oh the truth hurts
And lies worse
How can I give anymore
When I love you a little less than before

Oh what are we doing
We are turning into dust
Playing house in the ruins of us

Running back through the fire
When there’s nothing left to save
It’s like chasing the very last train when it’s too late
[ James Morrison Lyrics are found on http://www.songlyrics.com ]

Oh it tears me up
I try to hold on, but it hurts too much
I try to forgive, but it’s not enough to make it all okay

You can’t play on broken strings
You can’t feel anything that your heart don’t want to feel
I can’t tell something that ain’t real

Well the truth hurts,
And lies worse
How can I give anymore
When I love you a little less than before

But we’re running through the fire
When there’s nothing left to save
It’s like chasing the very last train
When we both know it’s too late (too late)

You can’t play on broken strings
You can’t feel anything that your heart don’t want to feel
I cant tell you something that ain’t real

Well truth hurts,
And lies worse
How can I give anymore
When I love you a little less than before

Let me hold you for the last time
It’s the last chance to feel again

Enjoy ……. stay connected to your heart strings …always ….