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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 .