Archive | October 2007

Friday

Its 9 am on a Friday Morn
So Why can I hear the Monday Blues Horn
Why ain’t my mind filled with ecstacy
Of the weekend ahead ,the 2 days for me
Perhaps, its still Friday and I can’t get over it

 

The smell of coffee,the warmth of printed paper
The noise of my manager sitting on my shoulder
The voice of the keyboard strokes, the clumsy office space
The fan of my motherboard,bing of the failed connection database

 

Browser tends to shift more to all the download sites
But its almost time to shift to port B
Life is as boring as this Friday highlites
Damn the phone’s ringing again, this poetry stops here for me!

 

..brb!!

PSYCHO

Madness has always been a part of me
or is it me in my entirety
As green as grass ,as blue as the sea
To unlock my power,madness is my key

 

 

I tried so hard to be sane throughout
But insanity kept coming back to me
I hit the wall,I hit rock..and then I knew
To unlock my power,madness is my key

 

I have never been sane,Never been keen
Never been normal in any scene
I was in love,once or twice
Hurt myself wherever seen
Was that the time,when I lost myself
Was that when I forgot to tell
That I was sane sometime before
And before she could walk out the door
I did what I had to do
I threw the knife on her shoe
I missed my aim,her knee was red
She looked at me,and all she said

 

…..PSYCHO

Movie Pick: Parineeta

Each and every frame of this movie is a painting which is worth selling a hundred million dollars each..u think I am exaggerating ,read on ..and I say you’ll be a changed man/woman once you are done with this..
Parineeta…a tale of love, a tale of two true lovers Shekhar and Lolita, caught in the web of misunderstndings, suspicion..and winning over them..
I take this oppurtunity to write my blog on it..Because it was my movie fav of this year 2k5..because it deserved more than Paheli to go to the Oscars as India’s official entry..because it showcases Saif Ali Khan at his career’s best performance (arguably after Dil Chahta Hai), because it has given birth to a wonderful actress Vidya Balan..and because it takes a producer like Vidhu Vinod Chopra to believe in an ad-person Pradeep Sarkar to direct this pure magic set in the backdrop of 1960’s Calcutta.

The first thing you notice about Pradeep Sarkar’s portrayal of this classic Sarat Chandra’s novel is the tone, the hue and the flavour of 1960’s Calcutta that he brings forth with extraordinary expertise.Right when you have just settled down with your popcorn in your seats, and the title credits have started rolling in, you get immersed in the aura of 1960’s Calcutta as Amitabh Bachhan narrates the lyrical description of that era….of Calcutta’s “Coffee House Addas” ..of the land of football frenzy people with “Aamar Shonar Bangla” playing in the background as the ‘majhi’ sails over the Hoogly river..of the political aspirations of Calcutta..of the love of Shekhar and Lolita…the city plays the ethereal backdrop for the tender story to unfold..and thus Sarath Chandra’s prose takes the shape of lyrical poetry in the celluloid frames of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Parineeta…the married woman
The story… unfolds in flashback… a young orphaned girl Lolita(Vidya Balan) is sent to live with her Uncle, and as destiny has it, she meets Shekhar(Saif Ali Khan), budding musician and son of a millionaire..both share their happy and bitter moments of childhood and adolescence and as they grow together it all takes the shape of intense love ..probably unknowingly..it is all so beautifully depicted in scenes where Lolita becomes jealous when she hears of Gayatri’s (Diya Mirzaa) dressing style praised by Shekhar...also Shekhar’s envy at Lolita spending evenings with Girish(Sanjay Dutt) all indicate the blooming of intense love between the two..It takes the arrival of Girish(the outsider) to realise each other’s feelings.
The relationship between the two goes through a maze of greed, deception,misunderstandings and suspicion..but comes through all this to conquer over all these obstacles and displays the victory of true love over all .

The music…is pure magic and I cannot find any other synonym for it.Its simply spectacular and extra-ordinary.Music scored by Shantanu Moitra is actually the Trump Card of the movie.Each and every note has been woven so beautifully with the movie that you cannot imagine Parineeta the movie, without the songs, and each song in itself is a movie having a story to tell.
So,lets deal with them one by one, shall we.

Soona Man ka Aangan..Sonu Nigam does it again with this number, reflecting the deep pain and misery of Shekhar as he remembers his love Lolita. Shantanu blends perfectly Tagore’s “Phulle Phulle” with immense expertise into this one..

Piyu Bole..The track audience will be humming when they alk out of the theatre, brilliant Bengali influences being mingled with the Elvis-loving character Shekhar who plays the notes on his piano..Shreya Ghosal’s youthful, fresh and effervescent voice gives life to the song, and yes I would definitely not forget Sonu Nigam. The man is a genius, sheer genius.

Kasto Mazza(Ye Hawayein)This song features on Darjeeling’s famous toy train, and gives the true feeling of a train song,not like the traditional “Mere Sapnon ki Rani”.Should I say even better..Needless to say, Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal render the song perfectly..I can’t imagine the song to have sung by any other singers..lyrics by (not much known )Swanand Kirkire are a treat to the ears..but the show-stealer is the chorus of children singing the Nepali verses “Kasto Mazza hai Rail ei maa..Ramailo Ukaali Orali”.

Kaisi Paheli (hai Zindagaani.).Rekha sizzles completely and has her screen presence felt after a long time in this song, which mingles 60’s Blues and Jazz music.The song appears when Girish and his family members go to this Calcutta Night Club called Moulin Rouge.Sung by the intoxicating Sunidhi Chauhan, the song displays the versatility of Shantanu Moitra.This song has it all, saxaphones, acustics riffing, and the ooh’s of Blues.

Raat Hamari Toh..the song depicts the story of a dark night ..The song steals all your concentration and is a tale by itself..Listen to the this if you are all alone and you will feel the mood of the song touching you literally..Sung by Chitra, and Swanan who does a Ustad Sultan Khan..this is definitely not a forgettble song..

The song not mentioned so far is the wedding song, which I think was meant for easing the starting credits rolling procedure. I personally feel the song to be one of the two let-downs of the movie.

The Performances..
Saif Ali Khan..to begin with, has come a long way from just being the Junior Nawab or the son of Sharmila tagore, to this great actor who is a strong contender for next year’s Film Awards, and not only the Filmfares and Screens,but also the National Awards(c’mon if he can do it with Hum Tum, he can definitely win it for Parineeta).Saif comes truly alive as the guitar loving, Elvis fan,cigarette smoking and Lolita loving Shekhar..absolutely brilliant is what I say…

Vidya Balan..she is a mallu(Malayalam) is what I was told when I googled for her origins and I was taken by complete shock,..Come on..she looks so very bengali with the Sindoor, and Laal-paai Saaree..She plays the title role of Lolita brilliantly(I am running out of words)..that’s it..plain and simple, she was brilliant.Give her all the awards you have.

Sanjay Dutt..he plays Girish the stranger, outsider..its actually (I think}, a take on today’s Lakshmi Mittal, the steel tycoon. Girish is the man who comes to Lolita’s rescue during her bad times.Nothing much revealed though about the character.He ends up marrying the bubbly Koel(Raima Sen),Lolita’s friend.Not a very challenging role for Sanju Baba though, he plays it with ease.Raima sen as Koel is very brief, but has her moments in the movie.Obviously, you cannot detail each and every character. But definitely didn’t see much of Raima Sen.

Other characters that you will remember are…

Gayatri Tatiya..Diya Mirza in a very brief performance of a rich girl as Shekhar’s fiance’
Nabin Roy..Veteran Bengali actor Sabyasachi Chakravarthy plays the role of the greedy and bad businessman father of Shekhar
Gurucharan..played by Veteran Television actor Achyut Poddar, this is the character of Lolita’s uncle, who along with his wife are Lolita’s only guardians
Shekhar’ mother..they never revealed her name, but the role is played by yesteryear’s Punjabi actress Surinder Kaur
Also Ninad Kamat plays Shekhar’s friend who is a music arranger..

The let downs..
Parineeta is no doubt a huge canvas,painted so beautifully but it has a minute portion where the brush strokes are disturbing rather than being beautiful, one I have already mentioned and that is the Wedding song(cmon, do you have Dholak and stuff happening in a Bengali Wedding, and where was the wedding happening, Shekhar’s home or Gayatri’s home????), and the other one is the Climax scene where the emotions of friends and family(except for shekhar’s father) rise to encourage Shekhar to break the wall..too melodramatic and comes out of the film and makes me choke..come on, you were making this very beautiful movie, what happened suddenly?But you can definitely ignore this and go back home happy when Shekhar and Lolita reunite. ..for ever

Special Credits to the..
Research team ..to have depicted 1960’s Calcutta perfectly to the last inch, The movie lives Bengal and breathes Calcutta .

Art Direction..Nitin Desai,Keshto Mandal,Pradeep and Tanushree Sarkar,..Nitin Desai …he’s the same guy who did the art direction for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” and “Devdas”, thank you for realistically depicting the sets, of a Bengali Zamindaar and not making them span to acres of fountains and a huge race-course as a court yard(remember Devdas)

Lights Deptt..Nights have never been so beautiful, each frame of Parineeta’s night scenes (I don’t know how many times I have used this)is a painting..a masterpiece, and it all stands out and blends so easily into the movie because of the Lights deptt, with all the effects of Candles,Smoke and Darkness..man , ..Darkness never felt so silky
Cinematographer :Nataraja.N.Subramaniam..if Pradeep Sarkar was the painter, he definitely drew the sketches for them..
the scenes of Hoogly,Durga Pooja,Victoria Memorial,Howrah,Darjeeling,..man I can’t stop listing them..
Costumes..Subarna Ray Chaudhri..plain and simple brilliant, especially for Diya Mirza’s wardrobe when Gayatri and Shekhar watch a derby, and Rekha’s attire for the Moulin Rouge scene…
Of course the Editor..Hemanti Sarkar to have kept the movie so crisp..
And last but not least..the trio..
Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Pradeep Sarkar and Shantanu Moitra..

need I say more..

Last words..Parineeta belongs at last to Vidya Balan definitely.But Rekha in her just over 4 minutes performance in Kaisi Paheli Zindagaani leaves us spell-bound.she’s still enchanting.
Well enough said and written,now do you feel good?And for those who haven’t seen the movie as yet, I should say get up you lazy bums, buy ,borrow or steal the DVD of Parineeta and watch it..Experience the magic of Parineeta and be enthralled by it.Because the world is now divided into two parts, first belonging to those lucky ones who have seen Parineeta, and the other to those who are unfortunate enough to have not seen it.

Have you met Ted?

Meet Mr.Ted Mosby. Ok! that isn’t inspiring at all. Barney-ism to the rescue. Haaa…aaaave you met Ted?

Played by Josh Radnor,Ted is the central character of HIMYM and is an architect by profession. His friends are Marshall, Lily, Barney and Robin and the series revolves much around their day to day experiences and the many “adventures” they encounter, thanks to Uncle Barney. Like FRIENDS( you can’t stop comparing) , HIMYM also has a common spot called McLaren’s , a bar, similar to Central Perk. Ted is in an on and off relationship with Robin, and well that’s pretty much it. Or is it?

Enjoy watching HIMYM when it airs on STAR WORLD soon.

How I met Your Mother

Yeah here we go, the cast of HIMYM ( How I Met Your Mother)

From L to R: Marshall Eriksen (Jason Segel), Lily Aldrin (Alyson Hannigan), Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor), Robin Scherbatsky( Cobie Smulders) and Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris )

Ratatouille

Let me begin with..It was Delicious. Absolutely. Frame to Frame, Edge to Edge. The Master Chefs at PIXAR have done it yet again. Just when I thought how on earth can anyone better the Incredibles or Nemo, they have done it yet again, proving that it is not done yet for PIXAR. Far from it.
To begin with , well ,I loved the short animated feature before the movie and also the preview of the next summer Pixar Release.

Coming back to Ratatouille, it is so heartfelt and sincere, and the emphasis on the characterisation is so honest to the core that you just can’t stop applauding the genius of the PIXAR guys, along with enjoying the visual delight of the animated French Delicacies in all their grandeaur.

Initial reactions over a movie which has a Rat as the main protagonist would definitely throw reactions of it being considered as yet nother dosage of slapstick humour that we have grown with and perhaps, been fed too much. But trust me on this, Ratatouille excels as the best G-rated entertainer, the best food movie, and perhaps, one of the best comedies better than most of the PG-13 and R-Rated Teen Flicks filled with skimpily clad bombshells and dumber brains.

Just don’t tempt me to reveal the plot. It is awesome. Ok, well what the heck, here it is.

The story is about a young French blue rodent named Remy (voiced by comic Patton Oswalt), who is gifted with an extraordinary sense of smell and taste buds.He’s positively inspired by a TV cooking show with Chef Anton Gusteau (Brad Garrett), whose motto is “Anyone can cook!”
When Remy is accidentally swept into a storm drain, he turns up at Gusteau’s restaurant in Paris, which has fallen on hard times.

Gusteau is dead, the place has been demoted to three stars (from five) – and the place is lorded over by Skinner (Ian Holm), a diminutive despot who has licensed Gusteau’s name for dubious frozen foods.A rat, of course, is less than welcome in the kitchen – except by the ghost of Gusteau.

The spirit encourages Remy to surreptitiously turn a soup accidentally ruined by a bumbling kitchen assistant named Linguini (Lou Romano) into a culinary masterpiece.When the talentless Linguini is ordered to duplicate this masterpiece, he’s forced to turn to Remy as his partner.
Hiding under Linguini’s toque, Remy yanks on the young man’s hair like a puppeteer to steer him to the proper ingredients and spices.
This Chaplin-caliber physical comedy, which puts most live-action comedies to shame, is alone worth the price of admission.
Its one helluva watch. A plot filled with surprises, beautiful visuals (one of which includes the spellbounding scene of the Eiffel Tower), great characters ranging from the main character Remy, the rat who wants to be a Chef and Linguini,the clueless,gangly dishwasher, and the entire bunch of chefs .

Another noteworthy character is Janeane Garofalo as the very French Colette, the only woman in the Gusteau kitchen – and, with more than a little help from Remy, Linguini’s love interest
The one that kinda steals the climax is definitely Anton Ego, voice given by Hollywood legend Peter O’ Toole. I don’t know how to put it in any other form .O’ Toole’s voice just sinks in the character so bloody well.

The details of the animation just make me look at it with my eyes wide open and just wonder in awe. Because everything is so real. From the sauce stained aprons of the Chefs, the Copper Pots, the Mint Garnish,the beads of moisture on the freshly cut vegetables to the matt fur of the rodents, everything is Perfect. The chodeography of a busy restaurant kitchen, to the intense chase scenes on the street of Paris, it has it all.

Just go watch it, absolutely unmissable.Its the perfect Entertainer in a long long time.Written and directed by Brad Bird and displaying the usual meticulousness associated with the Pixar brand, “Ratatouille” is a nearly flawless piece of cinema. It provides the kind of deep, transporting pleasure, at once simple and sophisticated. Spare me the Ratings. This goes beyond that. I would give it a 100.Prepare to be very hungry.

Loins of Punjab Presents

Loins of Punjab Presents is a riot of laughter through and through. Abso-Friggin-Lutely Hilarious. It is a beautiful ensemble piece,yet a very disorganised one jumbled together like a mismatched jigsaw puzzle which only starts taking shape and form as the story unfolds. The pieces here are equally colorful and hilarious in their own way.

To begin with ,the organisers and the title sponsors of the main event . Loins of Punjab is an organisation which has been run by an NRI who made it big in the US by well selling pork loins. They happen to be the title sponsors of a Talent hunt contest (like the many that we see on TV these days, yet very different) and the event management company that handles the event is Bokade Mgmt Company, run by a certain Mr.Bokade who believes Gypsy Kings turn women horny.

The talent hunt is the search for a Desi Idol , the songs would be only in Hindi, and the grand prize is a handsome 25G. The contestants: Preeti Patel & the Patel Squad. Needless to mention here how the Gujjus enjoy their Theplas and self packed Dhoklas EVERYWHERE. They sure know how to have a Good Time and well bargain at that too. Next in Line is a White Guy , Joseph Cohen who loves everything Indian including his girlfriend Opam ( Ayesha Dharkar).

There’s also the high society ,stiff upper lip and envious Mrs. Rrita Kapoor ( Shabana Azmi) who wants to win the competition just to win the prize and donate it to some women fundraiser( you know , high society show offs). There’s a Business Analyst, Vikram Tejwani (played by the Director Manish Acharya ) who talks in numbers and well his love interest eventually, Sania Rehman who pretends to know Hindi, a guy who got fired for his name being Saddam Hussein, and to top it all, Ajay Naidu as the Turbanotorious B.D.G. , the Bhangra King raplord.

I can just go on praising about this character, but its better to just say , BRILLIANT. B.D.G.s intro happens in a open mic night when he comes up with his partner, with the turban on, and in typical Yo-Hip-Hop-Hustle Style shows some Respecc to his Fols, Mummy-G and Papa-G and begins his rap with Yo-MadaF@#$ and F@#$ U ***. You get it. I was roaring with laughter.
Well, I had not seen any promos of the movie whatsoever and to be frank did not have any sort of expectations with the movie. But well, I was bursting out with laughter in the very first 2 minutes of the movie and it continued till the end credits. To say that the movie was funny would be an understatement.

Debutante Director Manish Acharya has done a very commendable job and dealt with extreme expertise handling the mad cast of the movie and has made every inch of the movie whacky and whackier without resorting to cheap slapstick humor.

I have seen a lot of these Indy-Indie Humor Flicks on ABCDs and NRIs. But this is by far the best.The jokes are a take on post 9-11 America, the ethnic backgrounds that comprise of the brown population of New Jersey, the Gay Fashion Desginers, the Gay-Brown-Bhangra-Pop Guy singing Khoon Kharaaba, the elite Socialites and to top it all how the National Anthem binds us all ,no matter what. I guess I haven’t had such a good laugh since Khosla ka Ghosla .Loins of Punjab Presents is a wholesome entertainer, but well do mind the A-Rating. From me its 3.5 stars. BRAVO.