Friday, August 7, 2009

The "Dark" Knight !!!

As an introductory note I wish to clarify that this is not a movie review. Moreover reviewing the "Dark knight" one year after its release would be a rank mischief.

I decided to pen down a post after a while now coz I wanted to share a very worthy description given to a very creative actor.

In this year's oscar a new style was adopted in which the winners of the past gave a brief description about the actor and the kind of work he did in the movie and how deserving his/her act was in order to get a nomination.

We loved many such descriptions, and one of them stood out. It reminded us all how the very talented Heath Ledger transformed an otherwise dull stereotyped comic book villain into an incredible, heart wrenching piece of movie character. His unique exploration and signature style had created the most dreaded, unforgettable villain who would scare each one of us any day. It was an enthralling master piece that is etched in our memories forever. It also reminded as to how big a loss his death would be for the motion picture industry.

I would like to quote here those words which are well deserved and clearly explain how he attained immortality.

"In a year of striking film images perhaps the most unforgettable was that of a man whose face smeared in clown make-up gleefully sticking his head out of a speeding car, relishing the night wind, and reveling in the chaos he has unleashed on the streets of Gotham city , menacing, mercurial, droll and diabolical. Heath Ledger as the Joker in 'The Dark Knight' kept us all on edge, anxious to see what act of appalling mischief he might commit next. With this bravura performance as well as with a wide range of other roles to which he put his unique signature, Heath Ledger has left us an original and enduring legacy"

Just adding the link to the video in case you want to hear it with the emotional quotient. The time of this decoration starts from 3:50 of the video.

Here's a medley of great scenes by Ledger in the movie.

Thank you!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Time(less) 100

I was going through the one and only "Time" magazine's World's most influential people.

I wasn't totally impressed because it was so American centric. Moreover some of the so called "influential" people were so commercially influenced themselves.

Otherwise I liked the concept of influential people. We have to make the distinction between the "powerful" and the "influential".

These are people who have some way or the other influenced the ideologies or dreams or the day to day turn of events of people all over the world significantly by their voluntary measures.

Thats where the distinction of power comes in. We can understand that when we look at Obama at the 18th place of the 100.

The pride factor comes with AR Rahman being in the 59th place. I liked the write-up given by Padma Lakshmi of his music and his influence, but whats the link other than being an American NRI.

Its inspiring to know that Rahman found a place in the so called "Music" empire which is so often dominated by the pop singers of the mid-west or the teen stars who just did their first albums.

But When I think if all this happened only after "Slumdog", boy! that sounds insane. Yet, Better late than too-late.

Rahman made all of us Rahmaniacs proud with his scintillating music long back, But its heartening to know the World recognizes great talent though its late.

I wish there are more people from our country in this 100, hopefully We'll get there in the upcoming editions.,28804,1894410_1893836_1894435,00.html

Thanks !!!

Quotable Quotes ( May 1,2009)

Here are a couple of quotes that I came across somewhere which I thought is worth sharing.

1. It isn't our abilities that make who we are but Its our choices !

2. John F kennedy: Life isn't fair all the time.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Susan..the sensation

Hi.. Blogging after a really long time! But its exciting to do that from the "Silicon valley".

The other day I was watching the Susan Boyle youtube video of her performance in the "Britain's got talent" show and was wondering whats in there that a 100 million(still counting) people have watched it.

When I watched it closely with some attention I liked it. I'm sorry for sounding like a cliche here.

Not that I wanted to tell I am an expert of English music! But I liked it because of the enormously inspiring attitude displayed by Susan which looked deeply natural.

Because being natural in a reality show isn't all that easy!

When she came out on stage people yelled, they made faces, the judges were bored to see her, the organizers were very anxious... Then she started singing.. What followed after that is history. And the events that unfolded in the following days made history.

What made me sit up and take notice of this incident is that people judge people based on their appearance or their dress or their age, which is ridiculous, its like fooling yourself.

The amazing thing to me is that Susan doesnt seem to be bothered one bit by all the hoopla instead she was doing what she came there for. Indeed she sang very well. And thus a superstar was born.

Later the judges of the show even apologised to her for their inference about her.
Even the unsatisfiable Simon cowell seemed to happy!

I am still in awe of her character because she continues to live her normal life and doesnt want to change anything in her life.. despite becoming an intenational rock star in just days.

Its a pleasure to share the video with you all [ Susan Boyle on Larry king's show ]



Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thoughts on 26/11 ...

Its time to start changing and perhaps change the thinking.

After the Mumbai massacre somebody was showing a chart which said..

"Mr Terrorist, Now I live and you died. What are you going to do!
Mr Politician, We died and you lived, What more you want to do!"

This is what I predicted in one of my previous posts! Things are not going to change in South Asia unless we change Pakistan. I believe Pakistan will never do or try to do what other countries in the world want them to do. Its as simple as that.

We do go for culling a few chickens when they are infected so as to save the rest of the poultry. Why not do the same here?

Right from the World's most wanted terrorist to India's least wanted is out there in Pakistan roaming freely. Their people hail them as heroes, the government defends them, the armed forces train them and the media encourages them!

If there is one thing that the entire world needs to think about cohesively apart from global warming, that should be the "state of the 'state of Pakistan'"

The startling fact is that they refuse to learn their lessons despite losing some big leaders and citizens to those terrorists.

This is a wake up call for the international community to see through the dangers that lie ahead.

For now we have to keep bashing our system for its big holes and keep cursing the politicians that we elect, and keep paying a very high price owing to our "failed" neighbors.

Our deepest condolences and drops of tear and thoughts of solidarity to those who fell not just fighting terror but also fighting the system.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Das'awe'atharam !

If you thought I am going to attempt the formidable task of writing a review of Dasavatharam then you got it absolutely wrong.
Thats because of 2 reasons:
1. Its too late to write a review and to read it after that.
2. Its never easy to write one even though people tried and failed miserably.

This is my tribute to a genius called Kamal Hasan who has scripted a movie unarguably the most difficult and the most complex movie of the recent times.

The fact is that even Kamal hasan would not have believed that he would be able to convince the presence of 10 roles in any story for a 3 hour movie.

But the mammoth effort that was required to frame in many of those 10 roles so that all of them are well connected deserves nothing less than an ovation.

The sheer talent and genius of the master craftsman like kamal is noticeable in each and every frame of the movie.

I must say this is not perhaps the best movies of Kamal and rightly so because we wont be able to focus on one role or one event, Its one of a kind movie which may not give the best for our senses but definitely provides the satisfaction for being involved in a craft work that is so admirable.

Many expected that Dasavatharam will create history but the movie itself became history for the obvious reasons.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Hillary bows out !

The remarkable video footage of Hillary's parting speech as she formally bowed out of the Democratic presidential race. She may have lost the nomination but she has won millions of hearts across the World.

A determined and inspirational leader also a fierce competitor she is, has set a new benchmark of woman leaders in a democratic system breaking barriers of all bias.

Take a bow Hillary! you have already become one of the inspirational stories of a strong Democratic value system !