Archive for August 29, 2009

Still havent managed to catch Shashank Ghosh’s madness called Quick Gun Murugun. A friend Vasan Bala saw it and recommends it strongly. Read on.

quickgun murugan2A man is supervising the MENU for the day being listed on the black board.

“Bullet Chicken……B..U…L…L…I….T”

The man writing on the board with a chalk auto-corrects.

“B…U…..L…L….E…T”

The man who was dictating gets angry. Puts a gun to the other man’s head and growls at him, How dare he ask for a correction?

Even I agree with BULLIT CHICKEN. What’s an urban cowboy movie without an ode to the greatest URBAN COWBOY ever “Steve McQueen”

Shashanka Gosh and team have brought back that crazy brainwave from back in 1994 to it’s 2009 full blow AVTAAR (can’t escape Avtaar, it has become the last name in film-making, so I hear)

And this time around he means business and is bloody serious. There is no goofing around.

The moment we get into the Coconut Climbing Training School scene we know we are in for a serious treat. Not an half heartedly made or backed crazy idea. Such treatment to such films are so so so so rare in Indian Cinema.

Usually a great wacky idea is good enough for either the small screen (MTV, Channel V, Nick) or maybe a 30 second slot as a TVC not a full blown FEATURE. Shashanka Gosh and hopefully the success of this venture paves the way for many many more wacky minds. Take a Bow TEAM QGM.

Being a TamBram and that to born and brought up in Matunga there could not have been a more personal experience.

“You made my day, Machchan”

The plot is quit ideological and spiritual. The age old debate on FOOD, whether it has to be plants and herbs or the ones that move, crawl, jump or fly.

Murugun believes in eating grass, Rice Plate Reddy believes in the latter. He wants beef to be stuffed in all Dosas around the world.

He loves to alter his own destiny and cuts his hands for better palmistry. He dictates resignation letter and kills people to the tune of HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you.

The lone cowboy on the dusty roads is bumped off pretty soon in his crusade only to be sent back with a special VISA granted by Chitragupt himself. He is teleported back to earth, specifically to Mumbai.

The rest of the journey is a simple tale of bloody revenge by a vegetarian cowboy with questionable choice in color and material of clothing.

He loves his Lover locked in his Locket but can’t resist the nice girl who works in not so nice places, Mango Dolly.

Her massive cleavage is no give away to the heart of gold she carries, but Murugun is not ‘just another cowboy’, he immediately, looks deep, and just about in a flash realizes, MANGO DOLLY IS A GOOD GIRL.

Together they team up, he guns down the bad guys she ties up his wounds with every ounce of clothing that’s left on her body. A love striptease for a bloody gun-slinging lover. Ah!

QGM has been a ride. What a ride. Just one month and I have seen 2 films being worthy of permanent COLLECTIONS.

Kaminey and QGM.

Have still not got over the carnatic spiced GOOD, BAD and UGLY signature tune.

KALAKITAI  MACCHI  KALAKITAI!!!!!

imran khanImran Khan is the latest bollywood celeb to join Twitter. Karan Johar introduced him to it. Imran can be found at http://twitter.com/1mrankhan .

We have also updated the list of other bollywood celebs on twitter. Take your pick.

Actors

Priyanka Chopra – http://twitter.com/priyankachopra

Uday Chopra – http://twitter.com/udaychopra

Sonam Kapoor – http://twitter.com/sonamakapoor

Ritesh Deshmukh – http://twitter.com/Riteishd

Mallika Sherawat – http://twitter.com/MallikaLA

Gul Panag –  http://twitter.com/gulpanag

Dino Morea – http://twitter.com/DinoMorea9

Ayesha Takia – http://twitter.com/Ayeshatakia

Lara Dutta – http://twitter.com/DuttaLara

Anushka Sharma – http://twitter.com/ANUSHKASHARMA01

Rahul Khanna – http://twitter.com/R_Khanna

 

Directors

Ram Gopal Varma – http://twitter.com/rgvzoomin

Shekhar Kapur – http://twitter.com/shekharkapur

Saket Chaudhary – http://twitter.com/sakiboy

Karan Johar – http://twitter.com/kjohar25

Hansal Mehta – http://twitter.com/hansal

Sujoy Ghosh – http://twitter.com/sujoy_g

Tarun Mansukhani – http://twitter.com/Tarunmansukhani

Madhur Bhandarkar – http://twitter.com/mbhandarkar

Kaizad Gustad – http://twitter.com/kaizadgustad

 

Music

Vishal Dadlani – http://twitter.com/V1SH4L

 Shreya Ghoshal – http://twitter.com/shreyaghoshal

 

Others (Producer s/ Writers/ Magazine)

Pritish Nandy – http://twitter.com/PritishNandy

Shridhar Raghavan – http://twitter.com/ShridharR

Amit Khanna – http://twitter.com/amitkhanna 

Bobby Bedi – http://twitter.com/bobbybedi

Filmfare – http://twitter.com/filmfare

We are sure, have missed many others. Do let us know.

Whatever that means! Blue stars Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Lara Dutta, Zayed Khan and Katrina Kaif. The film is positioned as India’s first big budget underwater film and has music by A R Rahman. The first song promo of the film is out and its by Kylie Minogue. Check it out.

AvatarNaam to suna hoga! James Cameron!

Confirmed a pass for 20 mins of Avatar in 3D. But was bit apprehensive about travelling for 90 mins for those 20 mins of Avatar. 90 minutes of travel by taxi, train and auto rickshaw. And then the inner voice woke up and said – fuck you dude, its historic! It has never happened before. Tickets for 20 minutes of any film and you are thinking about it! Your mind should exchange positions with your arse. Atleast the arse would not dare to think. And so I was in front of the screen with James Cameroon introducing the film. He assured that it got no spoiler.

Wow! Super-wow! What was that ? Spectacular. Are they men or machine, real or computer generated ? The screening had five scenes and the theatrical promo of the film. It starts with a briefing to the marines about the mission, getting into the avatar form, the hero in the other world fighting huge creatures (dinosaurs with colourful wings kind), more creatures and meeting the love interest and finally riding one of the dragon like creatures and then the trailer. Its a new world and it looks real!

The only problem with Avatar is the hype. Super-hype! 14 years or so in the making and all that! And so if you land up wondering what earth shattering you are going to see, then its nothing. But if you look at it like a cinema buff and know the real story behind it, Avatar doesnt need explanation. 3D, colours, action, creatures, battle, real or computer generated characters and big canvas…gimme more, gimme blue! And if you over-dissect it like Roger THE Ebert has done, there is no fun!

And the big question – so will cinema no longer depend on actors’ dates ? Its all machines now ? The new Avatar! December 18th will give a clear picture. The world might never be the same again! To understand it better, click here and here. Has all the details about the new techniques and cameras. Know and understand the real stories behind all that jazz!

BTW, if you still havent seen the Avatar trailer online, click the play button.