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Tuesday, December 29, 2009






Thursday, December 24, 2009


It has been a while catching a first day show , finally the time arrived for me to catch this flick named "vettaikaran" , i am still wondering how many movies will people make ending with this "karan" ! So this was named and the advertisements were literally killing ( the time you switch on the TV you can very well see the movie promo driving you mad ) . I caught up this movie last friday ( 18.12.09) with few of my die hard vijay fans. To be frank i am not a great supporter of Vijay and his acting , but likes his appearance on the screen from which he attracts a large fan following of all ages .

So coming to the movie , again a lengthy one running for 2 hours and 45 minutes ( still cannot believe  for this movie ) Vijay gets a Robinhood kinda intro , chasing a policeman in a horse !! (for a change ... ) , he demands justice from the policeman for running into an old man and gets the old man compensation from the police . This is according to me a repeat from some movie a while ago ( just not able to recollect what that is ) .

The movie moves on , Vijay aspires to become a police officer on seeing his role model ( devaraj an encounter specialist ) , it is indeed a pity that Vijay is shown here in bad light saying he needed 4 attempts to clear 12th std ( the no of attempts is not sure !!) and he still aspires to become a top cop . Here is what i am not able to understand the logic , he starts driving an Auto and studies in a college , not many can do this seriously . The movie actually starts with an encounter scene , enacted by the above told specialist Devaraj .

Vijay begins his journey to Chennai and meets his lady love (Anushka) , here starts the movie , Vijay a.k.a "POLICE RAVI" starts singing duet with her ( hah .. the usual stuff ) , not before he runs into trouble and discovers her(Anushka`s bike ) and also finds a place in her heart . This runs on and the first half of the movie is indeed gripping , but it reminds me of all the famous vijay flicks ( eg ., Ghilli ) .

The story is very much predictable like the case of a lower grade creative essay written by a school student . The villain does all sorts of non sense in the public yet everyone remains a mute spectator , the only thing that has changed is the villain`s attire ( the father villain of course ) , he has done a nice job . But his flashback (self narrated ) seems to be unacceptable(watch the movie you will know why )

So this is how it pans out , the hero vs villain fight  , the hero ( hope you know who the hero is ) , runs into the villain`s hands , and wages a war and the final result is "TRUTH ALONE TRIUMPHS". The movie has a lot of  loose plots as well , the villain not able to swim and the blaring sound of him are the worst part . Vijay seems to be flexible in all his stunts but it seems a bit unrealistic at times to see a single guy beating up 20 people .

The music is not bad , Naan adicha .. is still humming in my mouth and the others are also close to be good . The background score seems to be overshadowed but  , too much Dishyum Dishyum , makes a hole in your ears !!

The second half seems to be lengthy and loses the plot , you see Vijay starting a Detective agency and a having a SUV from nowhere ( to remind you people he was an auto driver before this !!) .

So the final verdict is " OLD WINE SERVED IN NEW BOTTLE " ( that tastes bitter !!!)
My rating is

* * out of a possible 5 .

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Do we still need a black and white man in cricket ? ?

Technology had done wonders in all fields , especially in the field of sports , where television coverage has grown leaps and bounds and we in our dressing rooms see replays in ultra motions and also feel the soft spot of a batsman stroke by means of hot spot ( Thermal Imaging ) . The above examples were with reference to Cricket . In Tennis , Hawkeye which incidentally is also used in cricket , has been playin a crucial role in determining line calls when a player appeals , so a john mcenroe if he is in court now cannot abuse the lines men or the chair referee as the so called technology will fool him instead .

It was long before the idea of Third Umpire  , who has the advantage of seeing slow motion videos and deciding on the decision was used . The lucky man who was given out first by a third umpire was our very own Sachin Tendulkar . The whole of India stood still when a throw from Jonty rhodes crashed the stumps in Eden Gardens and the third umpire was referred who pressed the red signal for Sachin to walk back to the pavillion  . The system was a great hit and it ruled out one major theory .
  Benefit of the doubt going to the batsman
This system still remains a hit and used in all forms of cricket , still this system cannot be accounted for correct decisions , for eg , the camera angles at some stages become inconclusive and the third umpire goes back to the same old theory .

As i said before the third umpire method was tested against India and when the Indians toured the Emerald Isle last year , another system which can challenge the on field umpires was introduced . In this a team had 3 referrals ( if u are going to be incorrect in all the 3 you can no longer refer again ) , where again a so called third umpire reviews the on field umpires decision and gives his verdict . This system was introduced to show fairness to all especially to the people , who they pay and watch their heroes but they later find their hero was given out which was actually not . This referral system also include LBW`S , where Hawk eye was used to determine the impact and the area where the ball pitched .

But this system to the contraty received huge flak , especially from the Indians who were at the receiving end , where a few decisions were reversed for them and few were awarded against them . So a simple appeal from the BCCI put this system into the well and was reviewed . ( my god you have a review for the review system itself ) . Many Indians especially Sachin was against this ( I think he has been credited with the record number of times by umpiring blunders on field ) , when asked the reason he said the " the replays again are inconclusive because of the angles and he respected the two men on the field who gave the decisions .

But the DRS is back again , this time the ICC made few changes to the system , where for the LBW referral the third umpire will be shown , the area of pitching and impact , but the final frame of ball hitting the stumps or not will not be shown . This is simply laughable as even a guy with good eyes will watch it in his TV and say the ball is hitting the stumps or not . This system is presently used in the Australian series and the New Zeland series .

Tomorrow i think , people will think the two men so called umpires are just there to freeze their arms for a boundary or lift their hands and legs if a bowler bowls an extra and no other decision making . But when technology comes into any sport it also increases the process of complexity , the people who are watching a game in the stadium become restless , no to say our wonderful broadcasters who will find a better time to show their ads in TV when a referral is made . So according to me , i think decisions other than run outs can be left to the on field umpires , just because we will not be in a position to see another Dave Shepard , Dickie Bird , Simon Taufel in the future .

Friday, November 27, 2009

POP CORN - 2012

The day finally arrived for me , watching a movie in a theatre has become one of the toughest task for me these days and you also get the good movies released when you are writing your examinations . One such movie was this 2012 . This movie by all standards and reviews i saw was rated as top and had even a simultaneous tamil release ( i believe this has not happened for a while now ) , so the expectations of me seeing this movie was quiet big . I had a wonderful friend whom i gave the responsibility of getting the tickets as the tickets were in real demand even after it has been two weeks now . My friend indeed got the tickets , but the timing was chanceless , he called me at 11 10 am and said " machi show 12 manikku , devi theatre la vandhudu " i said god this guy was kidding , i was just having my lunch and thankfully my father had left the vehicle home , i wasted no time to start and reached the theatre around 12 05 , the signals were kind enough to me turning green all the time but the end signal near the theatre where i had to do a 'U' played spoil sport , my wonderful friend was already cursing me saying " 5 minutes padam poiduchu " .

Indeed the rush started i have not been late to any movies before , the greatest thing was to discover the seats in the dark ,i have not seen a darker place in my life before , thank god the theater person held a twenty rupees torch light and showed us our way ! So we settled and the movie started , showing the present age and all stuffs about climatic change and non sense . I still wondered how many movies these english men are going to take like this stating this world is going to end and we are all going to die ! I really had a story running at the back of my mind saying this would be the next happening .

But i really accepted , English men think otherwise they proved me wrong in each frame , the story was so engrossing that eventhough i predicted the flow , the visual effects were stunning in most of the scenes , the one which i enjoyed the most was the writer`s family escaping from California to the airport , here the entire city was shown beautifully going down , maybe an American watching this will curse the director , but i really enjoyed it , after all i am an Indian who was happy to see America going down ~!

Jokes apart , this movie is worth a watch , people who love Cheran or Vikraman movies in tamil , stay away from the screens as this will not be your cup of tea , was just kidding by the way , this movie is a sure value for your tickets , maybe i will rank this next to Titanic in terms of the effort they have put into a movie . Hats off !!

There were a few loose ends in this movie as well , they showed America as a very good boy in this whole world and the American president who sacrificed his life and rejecting his boarding pass to travel in his Air Force One so that he would be safe in China . The Russian billionaire was also a comedy piece in the whole story , the time he takes his children in the military chopper and leaves away the people who saved him was indeed unacceptable . Finally the proud Indian who found the entire effect of 2012 and he losing his life with his family were also unacceptable , i just cannot understand what these Americans think of us , they get all help from us and even in the movies they show us this way .

I finally said to my friend , thanks for the tickets it was worth a watch , as we were doing a revision of the scenes my friend said " irunthalum andha Indian settatdhu over " , ya it was true .
But the movie was great , it was a very easy going story which says the world is going to end by 21-12-09 and the US top scientist finds it with his help of his Indian aid . The resources are backed up and the whole world experiences severe natural disasters after that , earthquakes tsunamis and a few ( in fact a lot) remain alive after 2 hours and 45 minutes . I indeed walked out of the theatre alive !!

The other scenes that caught my eyes were
1.The earthquake in the super market in Cal .
2.Vatican City ( it was shown beautifully ) going down
3.The mount everest
4. The dog when it walks into the safe chamber ( this was brilliantly worked out) .
5. The tsunami gobbling up a big cruise ship ( i indeed remember a tsunami shown in a tamil movie where people said they have seen tsunami really , watch this people this was the real one shot brilliantly )

So many asked me who am i to rate movies , i silently replied them saying , a movie lover paying 90 rupees on tickets and 30 rupees for pop corn !!

Here are my ratings for 2012
* * * * on a maximum 5
Indeed i would have given 5 0n 5 but i did not see a flawless nadia comaneci( people who do not know her pl GOOGLE) like performance by any individual in this movie , the story along with the visual effects were the winners which will keep the cash bells ringing for the movie for some time .

Thursday, November 26, 2009

_________________________(As you like it) ...

It has been a while i posted a full fledged post on a topic apart from cricket , which remained my top priority for a long time followed by some quizzes . But i wanted to do something different so that this post will be remembered for a long time by me and also the person who reads this .That is why i have left the title blank , maybe after reading through the post you will be in a position to understand why i have not given a title .

I again thought of writing about cricket , but Indians have been performing exceedingly well these days and so i thought why not movies ?? , but the problem was i have not seen any movie for a while as my exams played spoil sport . These were the two areas where an average Indian spends most of his time apart from his profession .

26th of November 2008 will be etched as a black day in the annals of history of India . The reason , the disaster not a natural one this time around but a deadly carnage performed by our wonderful neighbors by the name of Pakistan , maybe it will be wrong to blame them because they have been worst affected where a bomb goes of daily in places like Peshawar , Lahore . But coming back to the Mumbai attacks like every other attack we keep saying it was an unprecedented one . One has to keep in mind an attack is always an unprecedented one and a threat is a planned attack , where in a threat an information agency gets some information about a possible attack . Mumbai where it was of the first kind , where 10 gunmen fully armed carrying deadly weapons and RDX, where a normal police officer would have not seen such equipments before in his life and never thought the day 26-11-08 would be a tough day in office for them .

The terrorists entered Mumbai as if they were entering a play ground , ready to play a sport . But their sport was deadly , that of killing innocent people returning from work or enjoying their dinner in the famous Taj , The Trident or a common man`s Leopold . What followed was completely unbelievable , the terrorists took over center stage and started shooting down people from a hand shaking range and throwing hand grenades . This was the time i switched on the television and the flash news started to appear in the bottom of my television saying places of Mumbai are under attack . As every other Indian i said to myself the police would take care and catch these attackers alive .

But it was not supposed to be , the attacks continued the next morning when i switched on the TV again the magnitude of the attacks were severe and said the entire Mumbai city is under attack , places like the Taj and The Oberoi which housed several foreign guests and of course Indians became one of the targets of the terrorists . Not to forget the Nariman house which had a large minority of Jews living were under a terrible attack .

The Police tried their best i can call , they just had a pistol , max a better long sight gun , but the terrorists were well equipped with automatic machine guns . The Mumbai Police put up a brave show but they lost several good people in the names of Ashok Kamte , Vijay Salaskar to name a few . The NSG was called in to do deliver the knock out punch for the terrorists .

They did just that , they came , they fired , they won . It did take some time though , the "Operation Torando" was never easy for them , especially in places like The Nariman house which was a residential apartment or a hotel like Taj which had close to 1000 rooms , the terrorists on the other hand did not give up easily , they killed close to 160 lives , 40 foreigners and the rest Indians . The scenes shown in TV were gory and at one moment i asked to myself like every other Indian when will this stop ?

It did stop , it took close to 60 hours for the entire flushing operations to be completed in all the places of the attack , but the damage was already done , 160 priceless lives were lost , the touching and the tearful moments were from the Nariman house where a 3 year old kid celebrating its birthday , by the name Moshe lost both of his parents . I beleive the kid even today celebrating its birthday beleives his parents are with him . The next moment was the police officers who lost their lives trying to put a brave show , especially Vijay Salaskar who went inside the Cama hospital i believe wearing his bullet proof vests and returned back dead . But no one will forget Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan a NSG commando who returned back to his home town with the Indian tri coloured flag over him . The loss of other lives were also irreplaceable not regarding what they were in the society , some were very rich who spent a day partying at the Taj and some having finished their daily chores were returning from work and getting down from the Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station .

But there was a moment of victory as well , a terrorist was caught alive amidst all the high drama by a few clever police men who out smarted the terrorist and showed him what an Indian can do , arrested him with mere lathis in their hands . Not to forget the announcer in the CST who warned the passengers in the station to move out as there was an attack and also the entire staff members of both the hotels who helped in rescuing many hostages battling the gun fire . In the process many lives were also lost , one such incident was that of the family of Taj hotel`s GM . It was indeed touching when he returned back to work , when the hotel reopened saying that he still believed that his family was with him in the Taj !!

What followed was extremely unfortunate , the politicians started pointing fingers at each other and instead of finding where they collectively went wrong . The media took this as a chance for making news and the debates were on daily . Resignations by top politicians followed but there was no conclusion to this dreadful essay of events . Still we have a captured terrorist with us giving him a defence lawyer , saying " according to constitution of India a legal aid should be given to all irrespective of the crime commited "and we spend 31 crores for his security and keeping him hale and healthy !! A gentleman rightly commented about Kasab(terrorist) saying that he is the safest and the most protected man in the whole of Mumbai today .

So this has become my longest post of my blog , i just started this after i was frustrated to see what happened in parliament today . Again there was finger pointing by the two parties , according to me the safest people in India are the people who are in Jail and the politicians who enjoy Z+ or whatever security they have with them , but the COMMON STUPID INDIAN is always under attack . So when will this end , god alone knows , but everyone should remeber this
"Terrorism should neither be forgiven nor be forgotten"

We as Indians have very poor memory on serious issues , we know what Shah Rukh Khan`s last block buster was , but we forget the annual budget promises , we blame Sachin Tendulkar for not guiding India to victory once again despite scoring a century but forget to raise our voices when our politicians are charged of serious crimes . It is just because we take movies and cricket very seriously more seriously than everything .

There will be no conclusion to this topic like there is no introduction to it , i have not attached any images showing terrorists attacks as these are taken care by the wonderful news channels in the last two days . So with anger in my heart and tears in my eyes i say JAI HIND ! and we can pray asking the god TO SAVE INDIA .