Friday, December 26, 2008
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was an interesting movie to look forward to since Aditya Chopra was returning to direction after so many years. DDLJ is a movie I really adored and I still pause whenever I come across it on TV while Mohabbatein was an awful awful movie. The biggest plus for RNBDJ is that it is closer to DDLJ than to Mohabbatein. And of course it has SRK who finally seems to be flexing his acting muscles. From the giggly Baazigar, SRK has essayed more intriguing roles with films like Swades, Chak De (while sticking to commercial Rahul / Raj mold in OSO, KANK) but here he seems to be combining the two. As shy Surinder wooing his broken-hearted wife, he paints a fascinating picture of the common man to rival R.K. Laxman. Unfortunately, he is the only saving grace of the movie with his insipid wife and irritating alter-ego making one want to scream with annoyance. And perhaps what is most displeasing is the sheer male arrogance where a woman’s gratitude magically becomes love and overcomes poor styling for a virtuous happy ending. Not to mention, the over-reliance on Rab for everything under the sun got my goat. I fear Aditya Chopra lives in DDLJ-land and is completely out of sync with today’s love stories. Or maybe he’s a marketing genius for making all of us long to live in his picture-perfect small town.
Dostana was seen almost a month after its initial release and with friends having diametrically opposite opinions on it, it was a must-see. An excellent script and fabulous comic delivery from Abhishek means this movie is a hit for me. John Abraham’s body should have had a paean dedicated to it (and not half a song – he put Shilpa Shetty’s body to shame!) and he did a creditable job. Priyanka was a waste and it’s sad that one of her hits this year isn’t something she should put on her resume. Abhishek Bachchan is a delight (despite his tie-n-dye clothes) and his fake love story enactment with John in Venice is one of the most memorable scenes from the movie. Dostana is also the height of female arrogance where the lissome babe is totally unaware of her effect on her ‘best’ friends and would any girl really choose pathetic Bobby Deol over John and Abhishek? Come on!
For anyone who like his/her comedy dark and smarter than Adam Sandler, I heartily recommend Burn After Reading. George Clooney looks better and better and Brad Pitt cruises through his role. Favourite scene:when Pitt ‘blackmails’ Malkovich on the phone.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Hoping for better with the release of Fashion and Golmaal Returns
Friday, October 24, 2008
I think the most appealing part of the strip is the simplicity of the message and the fact that it makes one smile regardless of age or gender. I also love that the 2 main protagonists are adorably naked but obviously adult :)
For those who liked it, the official website is http://www.gocomics.com/loveis/
Monday, September 01, 2008
After a long hiatus, I watched two back-to-back movies and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Of course, the best part was the caramel popcorn and the free lipstick and nail polish Amway was giving away as part of some promotional offer but the movies were decent too.
Bachna Ae Haseeno disappointed, especially since every single (female) friend had told me how good it was. I didn’t like Ranbir one bit and was continuously cheering every time someone took the mickey out of him. Minissha was extremely irritating and I really don’t think she deserved Kunal Kapoor! Deepika was a notch above; but her perfectly groomed exterior seemed a bit odd for a business school student with 2 part time jobs. The real scene stealer, according to me, was Bipasha. As the lean mean model, she was simply scorching and she got the best dialogues from the soggy second half – she got Ranbir removing nail polish from her feet!I am sure every girl was silently cheering her on. Another grouse was the movie wrapped up a little too fast so though that was good for running for my next show, I felt a bit cheated. Where was the angst, the agony, the tear-jerk ending?
Rock On was a little more paisa-vasool. The music was simply amazing and merged perfectly with the narrative; the way it never did while listening to it in the car. Farhan was a pleasant surprise while Arjun’s mostly silent performance was very intense. Purab as the fun-loving K.D. was adorable and ‘Debbie’ was very very good.. Prachi disappointed though she made an excellent clothes-horse and Luke Kenny seemed to sleepwalk through the movie. The movie was a good watch overall and I would recommend it despite the lazy editing. In fact, it was refreshing to see a good movie about a rock band without the usual drugs and loose women plotlines. A little too Bollywood perhaps but heck, who’s complaining.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Just a 5 second snippet played in office triggered off memories of this insanely catchy tune and video which was a rage 2 years back. Surprisingly, I never liked any of the other videos or tunes of Crazy Frog. I remember showing this video to my mum and she liked it as well. The storyline for the video is that this big bad thing wants to get rid of the annoying frog and will do anything to achieve his evil end. Crazy Frog is one ugly piece of carbon but you find yourself rooting for him to escape even as he 'ding dings' with his toothy grin.
So sit back and watch The Most Annoying Thing in the world (No, not me!)
Friday, August 01, 2008
The cruise down the Bosphorus was incredibly appealing especially since it came after a rainy morning.. The two different sides to Istanbul (Asia on one side and Europe on the other) also made for a lovely contrasting effect. This picture, while of a modern day ship, got everyone talking about Pirates of the Carribean!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
The neighborhood grocery store – mysteriously named Harris Teeter – was stunning for its sheer range of products. Even a Hypercity in Mumbai can’t beat it for the absolute number of brands available in any product category (though Harris Teeter is much smaller). I also got a good look at TiVo and believe me, I’ll be the first to queue when it launches in India. I got to see all my favorite shows – seasons ahead! – and recorded whatever I missed! American ads are a bit boring compared to our song-and-dance routines but they were surprisingly more intelligent. Of course, the absolute most fun thing was the shopping! Be it low cost Walmart or Target or the expensive (for us!) Macy’s – I went berserk buying whatever I could. Sigh, am quite sure I spent most of my dollars in Charlotte only..
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Still when I did recover it was to appreciate this country - a lot! First stop in this vacation is in Charlotte in North Carolina - not listed in Lonely Planet attractions but still genuine Americana.. Lots of space, well-behaved people, this city is very quiet and extremely polite!! I felt shy here saying Hi to every sales person who's shop I was window-shopping in.
But the best part is definitely eating and shopping! Tried Twinkies and grits and Cajun food as well as Wendy's and pancakes.. Shopping is making me wish I earned in $ and I think even that wouldn't help much :)
Took a weekend trip to Smoky Mountains and really enjoying the scenery and the weather.. Wow.. so much to see and so little time...
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Now I'm off to the States and hope to post a little more frequently from there - Charlotte, Washington DC and NEW YORK CITY!!
Ahoy there :)
Friday, May 09, 2008
Ohmigod- I'm inclined to think this is fake except Jay Leno did a similar section on the Tonight Show a few years back. I believe there are as many ill-informed (read stupid) people in America as there are in India or any other country.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Technically this role was to be played by the 19 year old Ekta Kapoor favourite but she's onto bigger things - namely Farhan Akhtar and Bollywood. The actress currently playing the role is TV veteran Gurdeep Kohli who is older at about 25 but definitely not 46!. Oh well, that's the way the cookie crumbles in Balaji-land. And let's not even get into how Mr. Walia (played by Ram Kapoor) ages in the serial since he was the older man (complete with white streak in hair) when Bani got hitched to him to begin with.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Friday, May 02, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Its lots of fun and generally consists of lots of food, shopping, parties and at least 1 fight! Can't wait..
Friday, March 28, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Bought a new phone - Nokia 5310 - a slim Xpress Music model. Despite everyone (who's opinion I value) telling me that Nokia's phones were going down the drain and reccomending everything from Sony-Ericsson and Motorola, I bought a Nokia. Don't know why but I learnt my lesson the first time around when I bought a non-Nokia phone. Just too used to the Nokia brand, I suppose and while people might say I'm being lazy, let's admit it, this is one brand that is almost intuitive in its interface. Anyway, decided to go with a blue phone (well, they didn't have pink!) and it looks quite snazzy! The only problem is that its so thin, I keep forgetting its in my pocket!
Also saw Jodha-Akbar, managing to squeeze in a show in the ubiquitous First Week - ok ok it was last day last show! And I really wish director-ji had stuck with the love angle and given the politics a kick. Ash and Hritik look dreamy and their chemistry is perfect - don't even bother listening to their dialogues! But what I really liked was the way the Rajputs spoke in perfect shudh Hindi and the Mughals lyrical Urdu - never mind that I was guessing most of the meaning. However, the second half is just soggy and my hand was itching for a fast-forward button. The battle sequences couldn't hold a candle to LOTR and I really wish they had stuck with good CGI instead of hilarious looking extras. All in all, worth and dekko but one needs a lot of patience for this movie.
Friday, February 15, 2008
We celebrated Valentine's Day in office with a profusion of red and white balloons strung all over and roses to be given to the person whom one loves the most. Needless to say, I swiped two roses and they now reside on my very own desk! Meanwhile, we also scarfed down chocolates dutifully distributed by HR.
Oh well, wonder what we'll be doing on Good Friday.