Monday, February 22, 2010

It was Khantastic!

I'm just out of a show of My Name Is Khan and have to say it is a very very fine film. SRK is at one of his best acts ever as an autistic. Kajol was a real pleasure to watch and KJo, hats off to you for making such a sensitive and relevant movie and rising above the drab stereotype you had created as your brand!

What Karan Johar decides to show us is nothing new. I have heard some personal accounts of Muslims, especially in America who have gone through a bad and harrowing time after 11/9. Most of us have read or heard these stories before, but its the sensitivity with which KJo handled the subject and beautifully unfolded the story. You can feel the  injustice, the fear, the trauma that common innocent people suffer everyday in a country, which has become highly racially profiled post 11/9.

This is a movie everybody must see, more-so the Americans. Dub/sub-title it in many languages and show it around the world. People need to know, they need to awaken, they need to be sensitized to the other side, they need to come out of their make belief world and stop generalizing and painting a whole community black because of a certain group of lost directionless people. MNIK needs to be seen for its message of humanity and brotherhood and appeals to us to rise above religion (and other limiting factors) and not judge people by them. Thumbs up to the entire team of MNIK for their sincere attempt at this one!

Also, click here and do read what Masood had to say about the movie and post 11/9.

Now, here is the bit i liked most about the film :)  It put my favorite song from my school days back on my lips...hum honge kaamyab...hum honge kaamyaab...hum honge kaamyaab ek din...
Love the hindi english fusion in the video.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Visa God

Tere dwar khada ek applicant :-)  Got this as an email fwd.

TBG, please do visit this place. Would want a 1st hand account of this chamatkar :-)

That reminds me, some time back a friend was telling him how he had visited a temple in Hyderabad when he had applied for his visa/work permit - Chilkur Balaji temple..also widely known as the Balaji Visa temple. It's believed that praying to this god at this temple, will get your visa in no time. More than 1 lac devotees visit this place every week in hope their visa will be processed and they can head to the land of their dreams...wonder what the US visa authority may have to say to this...hmmm

Now, you know where to head when you file your visa papers :-)

Edited to add: TBG was very nice and took out time to visit this place and this is what he found.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The facebook addict!

Talk about addiction! Have you guys seen this video? Its crazy!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Don't test our patience anymore!

Truly reflects the mood of the country, the aam aadmi today.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Help me!

This family is asking for our help. 
Lets get together and save our national animal.  
Only 1411 left.
To know what you can do - click here and here.
To see my other post on this, click here.

Wanna see a video, check this out.

Reminds me of this beautiful poem.
The Tiger by William Blake
Tiger Tiger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye.
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat.
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp.
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears
And watered heaven with their tears:
Did he smile His work to see?
Did he who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger Tiger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mr. Holmes: The new 007

What do you expect when you go to see a Sherlock Holmes movie?
Sherlock Holmes of course! The character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Well, what you get is not Conan Doyle's Holmes, but Guy Ritchie's Holmes, the reinvented Holmes. He is one funny guy who does action stunts, boxing, has six pack abs, is messy, witty, and wierd at times. But, entertaining nevertheless :)

We get to see London in those times, a very lovable Dr. Watson, a sexy Sherlock Homes, good cominc timing, 2 women who are a mere distraction, and some black magic! Yea, its quite a mix that Guy Ricthie created...he got Holmes and mixed it with a bit of magic from Harry Potter and  to make the girls go aah ooh put in a bit of sexiness in Holmes, and then added the James Bond effect to it...and voila you have the new age action hero- Sherlock Holmes vying for your attention...which he does get!

Well, I did enjoy the movie, but it kept hurting me in parts that this was not the Holmes I came looking for. But, yes I still did get engaged and disengaged too at times. This was Guy Ritchie's 007 movie and back home in desi land...i could pass this off even as an Akshay Kumar action flick.

My feeling - if you grew up reading and admiring Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, this movie might disappoint you. But, if you are up for some experimentation and fun, you could come out like a happy camper after this 'cool' Guy Ritchie flick!