Monthly Archives: November 2011

Rockstar – An absolute star

RockstarWith a spate of bad movies getting released. (Read, double dhamaal etc etc) I had totally decided that I would not spend a Rs. 1000/- on another bad movie. I am going to read the reviews and only then go for one. As a result, I did not see Rockstar for almost 4 weeks after its release – Thanks to the negative reviews it has been getting.

I am so glad my daughter finally convinced me. She was absolutely on target when she said that A.R. Rahman has outdone himself. This is definitely his best work to date. It is amazing how versatile he is. The range of music in the film is unbeatable. The different moods are captured perfectly! Even with your eyes closed, you can feel the pulsing  tempo. I could actually feel the hair on my arms stand up during the song in the masjid. There is definitely no composer in the world like Rahman.

Rahman’s brilliant work is bought to life by Ranbir Kappor’s mind blowing performance. I don’t think there is anyone in the present generation of actors who can so convincingly play a lost boy look, an intense musician and a frustrated lover so perfectly, that too in the same movie. If he does not sweep away every single award, then what the media and public believe so strongly is surely true. All movie awards are rigged!!!

Imtiaz Ali has once again not failed to live up to his expectations. He gets more brilliant with every film. Putting together a film like this and executing it so beautifully requires immense talent AND guts. The visualization of the films is something which needs to be seen to be believed. It is ethereal and passionate. Only someone who has loved can make a film like this. Imtiaz Ali is not only the most delicious man in the hindi film industry but one of the most talented.

Three Cheers for Rockstar!!!

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Posted by on November 24, 2011 in Movies


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Tintin – Back to Childhood

Adventures of Tintin I finally managed to catch the 3d version of Adventures of Tintin, and I must say “What an experience!!” As one of the million who belong to a generation who have grown up on Tintin, this movie was the best thing that ever happened. Spielberg is certainly a master of his trade. The pages of the comics suddenly came alive. The histrionics of snowy was extremely amusing. Haddock simply, took the cake with his droopy eyes and the screaming insults (who does not remember “Blistering Barnacles“), and it came rushing back as to why I loved him so much.

The chase to recover the scrolls was so well executed that it left you on the edge of the seat, madly clutching your stomach, eyes popping open in wonder. I think I must have looked as much a comic site watching the movie as the film itself.

As a professional graphic artist, I could not ignore the humongous scale and the technical perfection which went in creating the movie. You could see the hair on the arms of Tintin, and the sand storm turning to a water storm was something which needs to be see to be believed.

Though the movie was interrupted 4 time because of a technical error at PVR Cinemas, and we as the audience were screaming in frustration, I could not find it in my heart to remain mad at them, as the experience itself was so brilliant.

As a kid I have devoured ALL the Tintin comics, and now I am sure I am going to do the same with every movie which is released.

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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Books, Movies


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Review: Indigo

Indigo by Satyajit Ray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Satyajit Ray has always intrigued me and I have been wanting to read some of his books for a long time now (Specially Feluda, which i have heard is his most popular book). While this remains on my wish list I managed to get my hands on Indigo which is a compilation of his short stories.

Indigo explores the world of the super natural, magic and occult through its stories…truly a brilliant color in the rainbow of generes. The stories are written in a simple natural flow, which is amazing. It is brilliant how Satyajit Ray uses ordinary men, whom you would overlook i your day to day life, as his protagonists. The hidden characters of these people have made me aware that the most ordinary, mundane person around me, probably has a deeper, secondary life that I am unaware of. Since reading the book, I am looking at each person I meet in a new light, trying to understand the hidden not so obvious persona.

The brilliance of Satyajit Ray as a film maker can be felt even through his literary works. There is very little descriptive text in the book, but while reading a story, you can actually visualise the entire scene and it seems surreal. It is an enigma as to how Ray almost makes a reader feel that they are part of the story…lurking in the background…watching the events unfold in front of them. I felt goosebumps at the site of dead animals suddenly alive in the room, and almost shouted out hallelujah, at small victories of the children in school.

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Books


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What is economic growth?

I recently came across this article, which is actually a response to another post by economist ALEX TABARROK, who is of the rather strong opinion “Most importantly, graduates in the arts, psychology and journalism are less likely to create the kinds of innovations that drive economic growth. Economic growth is not a magic totem to which all else must bow, but it is one of the main reasons we subsidize higher education.”

I must say that I strongly agree with the argument against this. If we look at the start of the industrial revolution, education, which gave birth to future doctors, engineers, and yes also economists, was becoming more and more popular. Money started becoming the path to eternal happiness.

As time went by and world economies grew, monetary wealth grew and people started getting “richer” realisation also struck – “Well ! am I really happy” Most people will tell you that they are happiest when amongst nature, or music or art or maybe spending family time.

While I agree with the theory, that if there is a drop in the number of doctors and engineers, it might stall innovation. But I also believe that an education in arts or creativity opens a your mind to many other areas and you would be able to think up of more innovative ideas, which might in a way help growth. I feel that all science and math colleges should have some subjects dedicated to the arts, which will help the future generations appreciate and view the world less clinically. This is proven by the fact that Leonardo Da Vinci is till today known and respected not only as an artist but also a man of science and math.

What is the point of economic growth statistics which is single dimensional. True growth can be achieved only when a person grows spiritually, mentally and monetarily. What is really needed is a balanced approach to learning, where people at least appreciate all areas which make up society today. While the musicians, painters and artists of our century cannot escape the fact that money is important to one’s growth, the scientists, economists, doctors etc also need to understand, that after they have made the huge salaries, it is the arts which help them relax and enjoy that money. This can be an ongoing debate, and I would love to hear your opinion.

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Posted by on November 4, 2011 in Uncategorized


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A slumdog millionaire

Sushil Kumar is a simple hard working computer operator earning a meagre salary of R. 6000 pm. He might make some additional money by providing tutions to school kids, but his earnings are not enough to support his family and provide a roof over his head. Having an insatiable desire to learn, he has struggled through life to educate himself. His biggest passion in life is to read, which he does voraciously. A life long dream of sitting on the hot seat of KBC (India’s version of who wants to be a millionaire) seems to be the only answer to the persistent desire of improving his life.

When he actually gets the call for the contest, he is still living his dream. The boundary between dream and realty seem to have faded out completely and he flits between the two not knowing which one is real. Just sitting in front of the legendary game host Amitabh Bachchan is a is enough to put anyone into a trance. Sure enough Sushil Kumar, with his small and nervous built, fumbles over his answers, his speech and his thoughts. As he keeps moving from one level to the next, he keeps reminding himself “Maybe its still the fantasy. This cannot be really happening”

His years of reading and thirst for knowledge make him the historic winner of KBC- – The only contestant in so many years to get 5 crores!!! He is suddenly a millionaire! The young lad who could not afford his home, and barely made a living, is now living the dreams of a million other people just like him. Slumdog millionaire is no longer just the biggest blockbuster movie, but a reality. Fiction DOES come true! Emotions run riot, not only for those sitting in the game, but through all the audiences watching it.

This story shows us something really important. It is not about becoming a millionaire! It is more about having enough passion and courage to LIVE your dreams. It does not matter who you are, or how impossible it is to reach the castle in the sky, determination, hard work and a little bit of luck can change a person’s life forever….or till we set sights even higher to achieve something even more unachievable. Each victory is a celebration, and also a means to set our vision still higher towards a goal, which was earlier hidden.

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Posted by on November 3, 2011 in Dreams


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