Archive for December, 2009

Dara Singh ka beta kahin to kaam aaya!

Vinod Dara Singh, son of wrestler and actor Dara Singh, is the winner of the third season of reality show Bigg Boss. The other finalists were model Pravesh Rana and actress Poonam Dhillon. Poonam came third and Vindoo defeated Pravesh to win the cash prize of Rs 1 crore!

He also won Chevrolet Cruze as the award for most stylish and bold inmate in the house. Aur bolo ?

We used to follow the show regularly when it started. But slowly it became so boring and devoid of any masala that neither Bachchan’s baritone nor could Sherlyn Chopra save it. And we dont know anyone else who followed it! 

BTW, If you missed the finale on air, here is the video clip….

On second thoughts, Superhero might not be the right term for them. They are Super-Human! Hirani’s Humans.

Finally saw Raj Kumar Hirani’s new film 3 Idiots. The feeling is “been there, seen that” but as long as it works, all is well. Its as endearing and as entertaining as a RajKumar Hirani film should be.

Munnabhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai and 3 Idiots – Three films. Critical accalim. Box office blockbusters. The Master of Feel-good cinema! Cent percent success rate, a rare feat these days. But it also seems that  Hirani has found his own formula – a false catharsis for middle class where his Superheroes find quickfix solutions to many big and small problems.

We sat down to rackle our brains and figured out dozen pointers for Hirani and his superheroes. Let us know if you agree or not.

1. He wears his underwear always under, never outside.

2. Even his krypton is all inside, nothing to worry outside.

3. He comes with a superhuman virtue (jadu ki jhappi, gandhigiri, aal izz well) that slowly transforms the world around him.

4. He lands up in a world that he doesnt belong to or is not comfortable in (medical school/radio station/engineering college) but makes sure that everyone else is comfortable in that world.

5. The biggest challenge for the Superhero is to change the heart of SuperVillain. No kill thrill, only dil ka parivartan. 100 percent guarantee, the SuperVillain will be Boman Irani, only the make-up will change.

6. The SuperVillain becomes bigger challenge because he will have a gorgeous daughter who will fall in love with the Superhero and will also deliver the final punch for daddy dearest’s heart change.

7. Hirani’s Superhero will not fly or stop a train but he will alternately switch his work with two specific purpose – pull your heartstrings & tickle your funny bone!

8. He will never face any problem that is threat to Planet Earth but he is the master when it comes to middle class dilemmas. Career choice, pension, loan, health issues, housing and whatever else you can think of!  

9. He will land up be in the middle of many mother-father-son stories and will use his superpower to make them understand their mistakes. 75% chances are the father will be Parikshit Sahni. And the music will give you the exact cue for that redemption!

10. Medical miracles and chemical lochas will happen in his world. He can get a baby delivery done through vacuum pump and can bring a man back to life from vegetative state. He doesnt know how and why but he can deliver.

11. There is nothing grey in his world. Its all black and white! 

 12.  And believe it or not, Hirani wanted Shah Rukh Khan to be Munnabhai. He also wanted Shah Rukh Khan to be Rancho. Arent we happy that some real miracles do happen!

Will Mr Hirani deliver something new next time ? This is all good but all deja vu! When there are not even ten directors who can deliver, if not Hirani, whom do we expect from ? After all, he is the man who cracked that magic called Lage Raho Munnabhai!

Sirjee, dum lagake haiiisha! You have done it, you can do it! Check if you remember…

PS – Am also bit biased for 3 Idiots because finally a hindi film hero (Rancho) lands up with my dream job at a dream destination. Never expected this one to happen!

The first trailer of Gurinder Chadha’s It’s A Wonderful Afterlife is out. The film is going to have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. With Shabana Azmi in the lead, it also stars Sally Hawkins, Goldy Notay and Sendhil Ramamurthy. Have a look.

Its a Wonderful Afterlife is a comedy, about an Indian mother who takes her obsession with marriage into the world of serial murder. Its billed as My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Shaun of the Dead.

For story/plot/synopsis of the film, click here.

Its more than 24 hours and its still sounds unbelieveable that one of the members of the band is not with us anymore. May be because the voice is so close to us, at the click of a button or mouse. Have been listening to Indian Ocean since morning. So, here is the video of the day – song excerpt from the film Leaving Home – the Life & Music of Indian Ocean. Its directed by Jaideep Varma and produced by Cartwheel Features. Hopefully it will get a theatrical release next year.


 

Terrible terrible news! Christmas was never so black. An hour or so back (2:15 pm), Asheem Chakravarty, singer and percussionist of our favourite band Indian Ocean,  passed away.

In october 2009, Asheem suffered a heart attack at the Doha airport on the last leg of Indian Ocean’s US and Middle East tour. And then he went into coma. In the last few days, he condition was better and there was news of him slowly recovering from coma. But it seems his condition was still critical. And nobody ever expected this. RIP.

And here is  what we will all miss….video from one of the last concerts where Asheem performed his famous Kandissa alaap. The video and audio quality is not good but those who know their music, well its Indian Ocean.

Fanboys of Khosla, Khurana, Lucky and Bangali, the wait is finally over. Here it is, the  first trailer of Dibakar Banerjee’s digital drama Love Sex Aur Dhokha. Will camera never be the same again ?

And here are few links, you must read. Click here to know the story details of Love Sex Aur Dhokha and click here for all the philosophy of kamre me camera!

Raj Kumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots is here! So, all is well or not so well ? Looks like its a divided house. It has Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani and Omi Vaidya in the the lead. Here are some of the early reviews….

Raja Sen (Rediff) – This isn’t a bad film, though. By which I mean it conjures up a few moments, it will doubtless make some people cry, and every now and then we glimpse some heart. Yet it hurts to see that this is traditional Bollywood masala schlock, with scenes calculated to tickle and to evoke sympathy. It’s not awful at all, but since when did ‘not bad’ become good? Dr Feelgood doesn’t make the cut this time, and we need to measure him by the high bar his previous excellence has set — by which degree this is a whopper of a disappointment – 2/5

Gaurav Malani (ET) – The film redefines Idiot as ‘I do it on my own terms’. After watching the film, you won’t mind being certified as an idiot. If you still don’t approve of the film, you are a certified cynic. 3 Idiots is one of the most entertaining films of the decade – 5/5

Anand Vaishnav (Buzz18) – 3 Idiots is a happy film with a positive message. But you never feel for or root for its characters. Releasing in the festive season, this film will deliver truckloads of laughter, but might not satisfy the expectations of watching an Aamir Khan-Rajkumar Hirani film. It’s just another feel good, time pass watch – 3/5

Taran Adarsh (Indiafm) – On the whole, 3 Idiots easily ranks amongst Aamir, Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s finest films. Do yourself and your family a favour: Watch 3 Idiots. It’s emotional, it’s entertaining, it’s enlightening. The film has tremendous youth appeal and feel-good factor to work in a big way – 4.5/5

Kaveree Bamzai (India Today) – Mr Hirani, Mahatma, we bow to you. Aamir, we think you’ll make a great HRD Minister. And yes, a word for the man who produced it as he did the Munnabhais. More power to you, Vidhu Vinod Chopra. We know now why you speak so much, so long, and so loudly. It’s because movies such as these can silence everyone else – 5/5

Nandini Ramnath (Time Out) – The message is a bit mixed, since the movie ultimately celebrates achievement. Given how Ranchchod ends up, it’s clear that whether you’re self-taught or schooled, you’ll remain an idiot if you aren’t also talented to begin with – 2/5

Mayank Shekhar (HT) – Before 3 Idiots on screen, you still don’t feel like the fourth idiot in the theatre. That’s a non-Bollywood relief. This is the sort of movie you’ll take home with a smile and a song on your lips, unless the hype has entirely messed up with your expectations – 3.5/5

Since Anupama Chopra is married to Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Mayank Shekhar has reviewed the film for NDTV this friday.

Shubhra Gupta (Indian Express) – It makes the point, but not as magically as it could have, given Hirani’s unique gift of building extraordinary moments out of the ordinary. ‘3 Idiots’ was good in parts, but it didn’t blow me away – 3/5

Aniruddha Guha (DNA) – Even as you have come to accept Khan’s genius at ensuring a good product for audiences every time, this one is a Rajkumar Hirani show all the way. And it becomes easy to say that because even if you take Khan out of the equation, the film would probably make a similar impact – 4/5

Nikhat Kazmi (TOI) – The high point of the film is the fact that director Rajkumar Hirani says so much, and more, without losing his sense of humour and the sheer lightness of being. The film is a laugh riot, despite being high on fundas – 4.5/5

Rajeev Masand (CNN IBN) – An earnest but calculated effort that runs, but never flies. Watch it anyway, because it’s the season to be jolly, and good laughs are guaranteed – 3/5

Whats your take ? Where do you stand between 2 and 5 ?