For the lack of a better title !

For lack of a better blog title, I present to you 7 different subtitles…

16 September :Happy Cup-Express.Healthy. Tasty

Something was amiss since morning. Even the regular afternoon dose of caffeine could not counteract that feeling. He concentrated hard, and ran through his chronicle for the day, nothing in particular. Contrarily he should be quite happy, getting new books is always satisfying, and that too a book for a buck, that should have made him smug. He looked across the table, to find coffee mug scribed with “Happy Cup- Express.Healthy.Tasty.”, and something, probably same thing scribed in Chinese.

Something was fuzzy and shaky inside. He was torn between in choice of his books, reading ultimate classic Joyce, and then all of a sudden reverting gears to theoretical physics of Feynman. Was that the cause of amiss thing? Probably not. Another sip of iced coffee. Oh didn’t I mention , that in this part of world they served black coffee with ice, which was all good, until your coffee gets over, and all of a sudden you are searching desperately for leftover traces among the ice cubes. Slurrrpp. Nothing…slurrp…slurrp…still nothing. Like a drowning man gasping for air, your brain knows that the content is over, yet your mind wants to get every last trickle of that black caffeine.

17 September: Moviephile?

meaning : A lover of movies

Dude! look at my dvd collections, I’m such a moviephile.

(source UrbanDictionary) Change dvd wid torrent

Now I would have loved to review two brilliant movies that I caught over the weekend, Anurags of our time, Basu’s Barfi and Kashyap’s GOW-2. Yet how different the both films are from one another. Barfi is a romantic movie, with magical execution, amazing cinematography and adept acting. I should have told you that a beautiful cinematography and camera angles biases me, and Barfi has lot to offer with its artistic tone. The alluring, nostalgic beauty of amro Darjeeling, and the rush and art of amar Kolkata. Recently Kolkata has been muse of various movie director. The chase sequence have been executed to perfection. Barfi was spell bounding, and philistines might even find it slow, but who cares.

Coming to GOW2, I waited for eternity for film to release for nri crowd, I wonder translating all those cussing would have taken hell lot of time. Nonetheless the movie was here, in all its entirety and chutzpah.

20 September : Subtleties of human consciousness

It is quite amazing how fast a human mind can think. No? Just try to remember the fast dream sequence you have during those 10 minutes of snooze alarm. The conscious and subconscious will concoct a terrific mix for you. Yet that 7 hours of sleep would not suffice from him, and just for the sake of experimentation he walked off from his morning yoga routine. Truth be told, he was not as chirpy as his yoga days. Consequently his muscles were languid, he was more like a lazy bum, but you know how lazy and at peace goes hand in hand.

The usual running down the subway stairs, two steps at a time, might have came across as precarious to others, but he had practiced it way too long to err. Few customary prerequisites were to be followed though, don’t attempt doing this with a loose footwear. Also best is to try on deserted flight of stairs, else the inertia is too large to push an unsuspecting soul out of the way. Probably both, pushed and pusher, will land stumbling down the stairs.

24 September :Engineer at grand prix

So yeah it was an experience. The buildup for the day was going on from last few days. And when the day arrived, we were ready. It was a hot, humid afternoon in Singapore, the sun was shining, and the humidity was torturing. Yet it could not deter the enthusiasm of the fans. We all were greeted with roaring of Ferrari engines – an ongoing Ferrari championship. It was humbling to see drivers revving their Ferrari engines and I could only imagine what an F1 cars would be like.

And believe me the roar of F1 engine was amazing, and loud really loud, (its anywhere greater than 85dB, which is like 6-7 levels up from conversation noise.) F1 cars are the marvel of engineering, with V8 engines generating a horse power of around 800, with 20,000 rpm. It is amazing, right out of some science fiction.

1 October : Caffeinated Yogi

-Yoga became his new caffeine.

That has been his motto for last 2-3 weeks, early morning yoga was rejuvenating and gone were the days of gulping 300ml of black coffee early morning. Not that he detested drinking coffee, and he had started to miss his daily dose too. But this particular morning was a slow and very slow. The late night sports following, made morning late. His new caffeine did not worked today, as during a particular asana ( he slept off. LOL.

Consequently it would take another 2 hrs to get his senses rolling, based on past records and present conditions.

The sand beneath his feet was cold and wet. He stood there, and let sand take his weight, shifting few cm down, when the wave came – a small one though- it traveled through his feet, and he was transmogrified. The air smelt of salt, the sun was setting, only complain he had of flotilla of cargo ships on the horizon. The country did not provide virgin beaches and unadulterated horizon. One could travel to its neighbours and be amazed by the sheer beauty that nature has bestowed on them.

3 October : Aamro Beatles

Best Beatles song (for me, till now). No I haven’t listened to whole discography 😦

My alibi, you see, I have been saving few bands for later years .

  1. Hey Jude
  2. Lucy in the sky of diamonds
  3. Blackbird
  4. I am the Walrus
  5. A day in the life
  6. Eleanor Rigby
  7. Sgt. Pepper lonely heart club band
  8. With a little help of my friends

PS: I should have added simon & garfunkel , same era naa?

4 October : Pheww

Nokia x2 vs iPhone 5

Welcome to 21st century, son !!

(this will/should be covered on new technical blog I am planning to launch since last few months)

day 13 : The dirty picture and 145 movies of fav directors

So last two nights I watched two movies. “Ladies vs RB” was utter shit, I expected some magic from the director of ‘band bazaa baarat’, but its truth they say “expectations is cause of human misery”.

And the other one “the dirty picture”, which I went with heart heartedness expecting nothing but dose of Vidya Balan cleavage.

But that is when I erred. VidyaBalan has done a role of lifetime, and may be a national award awaits her. She has developed her own image, as an actress who can defy the existing contemporary monotonicity of Bollywood. Watch her in Parineeta, Ishqiya and now dirty picture and you will heave a sigh of ______ , that Bollywood still has some act left. Another special mention should be given to dialogue writer, they are packed with optimum punch and power, similar to one in “once upon a time in Mumbai”.

Now everytime I watch a movie I start thinking who else could have done this role, at present in bollywood, none. Vidya Balan eloquently, no I would not say eloquently but rather realistically portrays Silk Smitha. Lemme wiki her, and may be I will provide some info of her life. Naserrudin Shah is always a pleasure to watch, and surprisingly Emranhashmi is doing acting here, remember his first movie, “footpath”.

I would have also written about ‘ladies vs…”, but why waste my energy. What a stupid name, I swear.

I got to see ‘saheb, biwi and ghulam’ too, original and new one. This list of movies keeps on growing and growing. Woody Allen 47-9 = 36 movies are still left to finish, I finished like lemme count

  1. Everyone says I love you (1996)
  2. Sweet and lowdown (199)
  3. Manhattan (1979)
  4. Matchpoint (2005)
  5. Midnight in Paris (2011)
  6. Whatever works (2009)
  7. Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008)
  8. Deconstructing Harry (1997)
  9. Annie Hall (1975)

And of Christopher Nolan 9-7 = 2

  1. Insomnia
  2. Memento
  3. Batman begins
  4. Prestige
  5. The Dark knight
  6. Inception
  7. Following

There are many more directors to finish viz

David Fincher(9-5= 4),

Stanley Kuberick(14-5=9 titles)

Alfred Hitchcock (67-4=63 titles OMG),

Martin Scorsese(29-4=25 titles)

and Quentin Tarantino (14-8=6 titles)

Gosh I really have a miles to watch before I sleep. I guess I should finish Kubrick and Tarantino first, plus I have not included directors as Alexander Payne, Spielberg and Clint Eastwood.

Midnight in Paris – Allen’s 41st

When you see Ernest Hemingway, in a reel, you cannot ask for anything more. But then Allen wanted more so he gave us Scott Fitzgerald and Stein and Picassa  and Zelda. Call it bibliophile’s utopia. Woody Allen’s 41st movie was a treat-a simple and entertaining.

The charm and ambiance of Paris has been captured in its original form, the initial starting of five minutes filled with choreography of Paris. A couple lands in Paris for a sojourn with bride’s parents, but the writer bridegroom is all in love with Paris, and wants to spent his life living in the best city for art. Gil tries to fit in with his soon-to-be in-laws. He drags through the mornings, noons and evening, only to find that its the midnights that are the best.

Clive Owen captures the wannabe writer Gil perfectly, The hollywood screenwriter who wants to be a real writer but is torn between :to be or not to be”. Owen at times reminding us of Allen himself. He has its perfections and imperfections, his own idiosyncranicies and captures his persona with panache and grace. The cast of film have name as Charlie Sheen,Carla Bruni and Rachael McAdams.

Although the movie lacks the usual philosophical depth of Allen’s old movie, but nonetheless its intense, romantic and sweet and entertaining. But the magic of midnight in Paris cannot be undermined. The power of cinema and potent of Mr. Woody Allen. Even when he makes a time machine movie with a grace and instead of dystopian future we have the wonderful days of 1910s and 1920s. Allen saves us the reasoning the fantasy of time travel and instead focusses on the art that cinema is. And its a absolute honour to watch Scott, Hemingway and Picassa all in one place.

And so I wait for 42nd, (in the meanwhile will try to complete the long list)

Idea of happiness

“I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor-such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children, perhaps-what more can the heart of man desire?”

-Leo Tolstoy

As quoted by Supertramp

Udaan + Road,Movie + Tere Bin Laden

Better late than never. 😛
I would say the last two days have been a plesant one for bollywood wrt me. Few years back I totally lost faith in Indian movies for all they could as masala flicks and I was fed up with KJo’s movies where SRK just gurgled on and on. But watching “Udaan” and “Road,movie” has rekindled the lost interest.

And also the joy of seeing movie not on laptop screen, but on a home theater system. 🙂

Starting with the last, Road Movie.
In the beginning it comes around as an another movie of self discovery, but frankly speaking turns out good coming from bollywood.
I set to begin the movie, coz it had Abhay Deol, he has a panache for good movies after Rahul Bose.
The old 1942 dilapidated truck which needs repair every now and then, a urchin who chides Abhay as “driver’ and when he makes face on being served a tasteless chai on roadside dhaba, says “Starbucks samjhe the kya”.
Satish Kaushik comes as a old timer mechanic who doubles up as co driver and only wants to be taken where ‘mela’ is.
And our Abhay shuns his dad cosmetic oil business and wants to do something else. He falls upon an opportunity to deliver a truck, not knowing that it doubled up as a mobile cinema in its own era.The actress tanishitta chatterjee comes in as a pleasant surprise,
Abhay sets on to find  water in gloomy desert and chances upon the local water mafiya, and barters water for two parcels of oil. I think it was the only part where movie lost its appeal, and I thought Gosh, again it slides into the usual drama.Shite.
But thankfully it ended pretty soon and the movie ended, without disheartening me.

Coming across Dev Benegal as a director was the best part and knowing that he directed English August too just added to the party, but now I am hopelessly searching for dvd/torrent of English August.

Now udaan was a tour-de-force. The kind of movie where you slide in first CD back into player, and see the movie again.Its one of those movie which you will sit down on a lazy sunday afternoon and say “Yaar, udaan dekhte hain, God movie hai”
And the soundtrack was great, the music director came with his own riff in this cinema world of cliche.

The movie has a late-teenage boy, who suddenly finds himself forced to with his father whom he hasnt seen in eight years. With the vivid backdrop of Jamshedpur, Rohan comes back to his hometown after being kicked out from a boarding school, for cuaght blue handed watching late night blue film. His father, a strict martinet, devoid of pathos and insists on calling himself not as a dad, but as a sir. Rohan who wants to attend college in arts and literature is instead forced to attend an engineering classes. He doubles up as a worker in his father’s steel factory. But you cant curb the writer within, he bunks college and finds his afflatus on river bank, on railway track and on top of water tank.
The movie also effortlessly portrays the beautiful relationship with his younger step brother, how it starts on unwanted and at the end Rohan takes his brother out of the “zoo his father runs”.

The film has its moment, and quite a handful of them. When Rohan recites his poem “Jootay kahan utare the”, when he fights with his father and laments his cold behaviour towards his son. Him splurging his anger on his dad’s car, smashing its glass and window to nothing. The best one comes when he punches his father, and runs his father at its heels. His hand turned in runner mode, he in full sprint. And that smirk of triumph when he fails his dad.

Coming from Anurag Kashyap camp the film lives to the preset expectation and delivers a knock out. Kudos to director Vikramaditya Motwane. Amit Trivedi has delivered well on an experimental album. He composed some tracks of abhijeet sawant’s Junoon . In  conventional cinema Amit Trivedi started his meteoric rise with soft jingle of Aamir and continued DevD, Wake Up Sid and Aisha.

Now ofcourse Tere bin laden didnt had the class and background cast as rich as above two, yet it stands in its very own genre. As Nikhat Kazmi sais, “a complete laugh riot”. And yes it was a complete laugh riot, with tight script and crisp editing. The film did make me laugh like anything, where I got uneasy glances from my mom, “wat the hell is wrong with this boy”.

The movie was a satire on events created eversince Osama Bin laden came into media. A wannabe uncle sam bakht wants dearly to go to amerika, but his dream is shattered. Unflinching he devices a plan that will make his saying come true “One day whole of amerikaa will run after me”. And yes it did, but in between was the heart of movie. They made osama-look-alike come on camera, and this started a chain reaction like a proverbial flapping of butterfly in one corner causing tornados.

The film cast tried various locations to make the location look like Karachi. Ofcourse the film was banned in Pakistan.
Music was knacking with the trio Shankar-ehsaan-loy at work, though not at theirs best. Special mention to Ullu da pattha
All said and written worth every minute, where you come out of hall happy and gay(sans section 377)

-Once again bollywood aficionado

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