I woke up today to find my ToI screaming at the top of its voice of the Slumdog glory at the Oscars. And since it was the Ahmedabad edition they, as usual, had found a Gujarati connection to Rahman's triumph :|
However that's not the point here. The point,in fact, is, why the hell are we all going crazy over Slumdog? It's a British movie about India made with Indian collaboration. To suggest otherwise is simply ridiculous. And what to say of the Congress' claim that termed Slumdog 'a film of India, for India, by India" . It goes beyond ridiculous.
A.R. Rahman is a genius. There is no doubt about it. And we didn't need an Oscar to validate this. Surely you don't think that Slumdog is his best work ever? If you do, I would suggest that you go and get a copy of Taal, Dil Se, Roza, RDB or for that matter Dilli 6. Over his illustrious career Rahman has come up with scores of compositions that have been forever etched in our conscience and would outlive Jai Ho and O Saya...
The crazy appreciation that we have shown for Slumdog's Oscar triumph just goes on to highlight how much we crave Western recognition. It beats me as to why despite all the progress we can't shake the colonial mindset. Why we still need to seek approval from the powers that once ruled us?
Aah, it's not that I don't have anything to write about or that I don't have time to write... Have just finished my BTP report and Synapse has just got over.. so u wud know that I have both the time and raw material for an 'interesting' post.. ;P
It's just that am not in the mood to write right now.. and besides this Tag is long overdue.. picked it up from Sakshi's blog...
Just answer the questions in the comments and take the Tag.. :)
1. Who are you? 2. Are we friends? 3.Something I have and you want? 4.Give me a nick name and explain why you picked it. 5.Describe me in one word. 6.What was your first impression of me? 7.Do you still think that way about me now? 8.What reminds you of me? 9.If you could ever give me one thing, what would it be? 10.How well do you know me? 11.How do you see me in the future? 12. Something you wanted to tell me but couldn't. 13.Are you going to put this on your blog to see what I say about you?
*Women Have Faces so that Men can't See their Souls...*
ek do teen chaar.......... Well well, there certainly were a lotta emotions in the movie but atyachar, no! Dev D happens to be a hatke movie depicting a classic theme in a contemporary setup.
The acting is top notch, the directions fabulous. And as we already know, the music is outta this world! That doesn't mean though that there are no flaws in the movie. The beginning is a bit boring and the tempo doesnt really build up till Lenny aka Chanda comes in. Prior to that, it seems more like a movie depicting desperate sex-craving youngsters. On the other hand, Anurag Kashyap could have played out the ending a bit, he could afford stretching it. As of now its just too abrupt.
Abhay Deol has excelled in his role and looks comfortable carrying off the modern day Devdas' portrayal. Kalki has done justice to her role as well and while Paro is good, she could have done better.
The movie certainly doesn't deserve the 5 stars that ToI has awarded but it'd definitely a 3.5 star thing. No doubts about it. And maybe the reviewer had a bad break up the night before he saw Dev D.. that would explain the remaining 1.5 stars.. ;P
Indian hill stations are still the destination of choice for a large number of newly weds for their honeymoon. Therefore it's not a surprise that most people you see on such places are newly wed couples. And even the locals market their products keeping this in mind. In fact their minds are so tuned to it, that they just don't expect anything else from the tourists. If you are in your 20s, your newly wed spuse is bound to be around! Don't agree with me yet? Well keep reading, and then make your call!
I had gone some 15-20 kms ahead from Manali, towards Rohtang. The pass itself was closed due to heavy snowfall. Anyways so I decided to try my hand at skiing while I was there. All suited up, I was just walking around slowly trying to get used to the skiis. That's when this local lady casually walked up and started showing me pics of couples in local dresses. I shook my head and perhaps having experienced this with all guys and knowing that females would be more likely to be susceptible to her offer, very matter-of-factly she asks me, biwi kahan hai teri.. I wish i knew.. ;P lolz...