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Of Movies, Music, and Many events in a whole year

In what I think shall be my final post before Xmas, I will attempt to review some movies, and some albums that I’ve come across.

Movie Review: Band Baaja Baaraat. I’ve already reviewed the music for this movie, and as I had previously said, a lot depended on how the songs would be shot. And I have to say, despite having read roaring reviews and going into the movie with very high expectations, I wasn’t disappointed. The plot isn’t all too novel – Boy meets Girl, girl rejects boy, boy befriends girl, girl falls for boy, boy screws girl over, girl throws fit, boy falls for girl, and movie ends. What stands out is the screenplay, and the stellar performances from the lead roles. Ranvir Singh, for all his Ranbir Kapoor-isque looks and style, delivers a performance that was completely enjoyable. Anushka makes a mark, and reminds us that we must watch out for her.
My verdict: Break Pakode ki kasam, ek baar dekhna toh banta hai ji…

Movie Review: Red. I admit I onli picked this one up for Bruce Willis, but 30 mins into the movie I completely regretted it. Willis is good in Die Hard, and that’s probably where his skills and my patience end.
My verdict: Stay away. Even if you are a Die Hard Willis fan.

Movie Review: Social Network. Definitely one of the better movies of this year. I dont for one second imagine that everything is true to the T, but the attempt to make a movie out of a drawn out legal battle, and with excerpts from a book is one that others may definitely think of emulating (I’m thinking on the lines of the making of Google or Microsoft). Jesse Eisenberg’s spot-on disconnected performance does the job of portraying Zuckerberg as the geek that he is.
My verdict: A definite watch. With the pace just right, and the script just perfect that you dont get lost in it, it’s worth a DVD rip.

Movie Review: Endhiran (Robot): Yes, I finally decided to catch Rajni’s latest outing, albeit on the laptop, and with english subtitles. And if THIS is what the world heralds as Rajni’s most magnificent, I’m glad I dint catch some of his other movies. The plot was predictable, the performances lack lustre, and the only thing that I could see effort on was the FX. I thought I may catch some of the style that is Rajnikant, but instead was treated to skimpy sticks dancing in front of a blue screen.
My verdict: (you know this one before I write it) Mind It!

Music Review: No One Killed Jessica: One of the most expected movies of 2011, its music definitely does not disappoint. Amit Trivedi (of Dev D and Aisha fame) brings back the charm that won him the National Award. Trivedi does full justice with numbers like “Dilli” and “Aitbaar”, where the rock feel enhances the sinister feel of the song. Soft and haunting “Yeh Pal”, brings out Shilpa Rao’s mesmerising vocals, and adds a much needed soft touch to the album. With a melee of very talented singers including Tochi Raina (shining in “Dilli”), Vishal Dadlani (but of course) and Aditi Singh Sharma (she sang “Zindagi” in Dev D), the album, with a very heavy rock feel, makes you sit up and listen to the music, and to the words.
My verdict: One of the best albums of this year. My fav tracks – Dilli and Yeh Pal.

And now for some Miscellaneous events.
Sam’s blog amarllyis turns 2 very soon, and her wonderful concept of a blogoversary is worth following. A letter a day till the blog’s birthday… definitely a thumbs up.

The coming year is expected to be filled with weddings that I want to make it to, and that I’m not sure HOW I’m going to make it to. Many weddings, loads of fun and lot of ppl to meet… definitely a thums up.

And I end my boring dissertation here.
Merry Xmas!


Movies, Music and Mata ke Manmohak Rang…

Okay so it isn’t much as about me SEEING the movie as it has been about hearing about it. Rajnikanth’s Robot a.k.a Endhiran released recently. While the Bollywood community has been raving about the awesome effects and the sky high budget, large (very large) portions of South India saw empty offices with early birds (as early as 4 am birds) waking up to catch the Rajni show at a local spot. The Rajni mania is South India is so much that a temple is built in his honour and many many streets and local spots are named after him. A friend of mine made it a point to watch the movie TWICE in the same theatre; then again he’s seen the previous movies gazillion times, so he’s probably used to it. The appeal of a 60 year old romancing a 30-something on-screen will never strike me… but it grossed almost 120 Cr in a week, and that’s the size of some mid-sized companies, so I’ll take it that its just me that’s not seeing the Rajni craze. If what I hear (and see on status messages) about Rajni is true, the world will be divided into 2 – those who Rajni spares (since Rajni doesn’t spare many) and Rajni himself… and I dont see myself being spared for this post.

The other day I was listening to the Radio on my way to work, and a certain FM station was having a “Play Your Music Day” with Mohit Chauhan. While I most certainly enjoy Chauhan, I have, as earlier mentioned, been cautious about him being used by so many music directors and am afraid that he may lose his charm. The radio show was most captivating, and his unplugged renditions of some of his most well-known works was very very endearing. Silk Route, his band, was also present on the show, and the band lent a very rustic feel to the music, making it so much more special on the ears. I was having a particularly crappy day/week/month and those 2 hours of pure, superb music soothed my nerves. (Sigh) If all problems in life could be sung away…

In other movies, I caught up on a few other movies.
How to Train your Dragon” is a MUST-WATCH for them 3D fans; and even if you don’t enjoy 3D, it’s a treat. Butler as the towering Viking and Jay Baruchel (of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” fame) are brilliant voice-overs… perhaps we’ll see more of Baruchel.
Russel Crowe’s portrayal of bandit Robin Hood in the movie of the same name wasn’t as endearing as the previous version of the movie… but then again it dealt more with the origins of Robin Hood than his activities. An average watch, credit goes to Crowe for bringing to life a script that very few others could have portrayed.
Recently released (at least online) “Jonah Hex” disappoints. An average story, average actors, even an average screenplay. So much more could have been done with the talk-to-the-dead angle (think Rajnikanth now ppl…)
The Ugly Truth” starring Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl (from “Grey’s Anatomy“) plays out to the average American audience, who likes a laugh and a cute girl (and a hot guy). A run-of-the-mill RomCom, watch it only if you’re a fan, of both the genre and the people.

In other music, almost EVERYTHING disappointed. New Bollywood music releases “Golmaal 3“, “Action Replay” and “Crook“, all Pritam creations lead me to believe that the “Dhoom” and “Gangster” guy has lost his touch (as my FB status message indicated too); the saving grace was Nikhil D’ Souza in “Mere Bina” from Crook (I’m still in the process of figuring out if this is the same Nikhil D’Souza from the Rock show…). “Knockout” was TKOd, with only Vishal Dadlani’s rendition of the title track lending some weight to the album.

Moving on to Mata ke Manmohak Rang. For those who are unaware, Navratri is underway in India. It is a festival involving, essentially, celebrating the various avatars of a deity. In Gujarat, it is accompanied with dandiya (dance with sticks, remember American Desi..?), and large parts of Kolkata shut down in for Durga Puja. In Mumbai, we see both of them, accompanied with a city-wide colour co-ordination among women (this one’s new to me too!). The origins of this custom to appease the deity are unknown, but women all across Mumbai swear by it, and actually look forward to it. As a result of this city-wide colour code, women all around the city look like they’re part of some promotional campaign. Today was Red, and, but for the bad quality of my fone’s camera, I would have posted an image of what looked like a bus full of women wearing what looked like school-uniforms dyed a very dangerous colour. I watched in wonder, and waited for the day when the colour for the day would be yellow, and a woman pairing it with formal attire (black pants) would look like a walking taxi… 😉