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  • The funny man of Indian Television

    For those born in the late 70s-80s in the urban India, TV will always hold a very special place in their memories. From those wooden curtain style (yes that’s what I call it) Black n White TV sets to that 21 inch Color TV, we saw its inception, growth and maturity. Amidst this fantastic journey of Indian TV, the foundation or the backbone of its popularity with the audience were the comedy TV serials that made the people laugh. There’s something about comedy that it has that instant connection with the pulse of the audience that is the much required ingredient of the long term recipe. We saw many funny TV shows like Wagle ki duniya, Zabaan Sambhal ke, Shriman Shreemati, Tu Tu Mai Mai,

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  • Monthly Movies Thread:Movies you watched in October, 2013

    B.A. Pass – A gripping, disturbing and mind numbing story of an outsider who comes to Delhi from a small time and how his life shapes up from then on. The story is about how a young college guy gets involved with a middle aged woman and gets sucked into a life he never thought of. The movie’s basic pulse is the marriage of a young boy’s innocence and the situations life throws at him. Its a very disturbing movie and even though everything that happens in the movie is believable yet you wouldn’t want it to be real. The disturbance in the film goes from little to extreme and it kinda hits your gut during the final few minutes. Performance wise its a top

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  • Monthly Movies Thread- Movies you watched in August, 2013

    Hi everyone, This month’s movies thread is now open. Please put forth your views about the movies you see this month as it goes. Here are my choices Castaway on the Moon (2009) – I actually saw this movie quite a while back but I wanted to highlight it as I think it deserves a special mention. korean movies are fascinating and brilliant most of the times and I have special liking for the thrillers that come out of Korea….This movie , however is not a thriller…Its a romantic (well sort of romatic) drama about a sort of castaway in a sort of brilliant manner. From scene 1 to last scene it gripps you with its powerful scenes and a writing that can make most

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  • Superman and Batman Join Forces in MAN OF STEEL Sequel Set for 2015 Release

    Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder, and Henry Cavill Expected to Return (thanks to Rex for this news) This was inevitable, but sooner than I anticipated: Superman and Batman will team up in a live-action movie in 2015! Warner Bros. will develop the project as a sequel to Man of Steel, so Henry Cavill will return as Clark Kent/Superman. Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer, the director/writer team behind Man of Steel, are expected to reprise their roles for the follow-up. Christopher Nolan is also expected to return as a producer, though it is unclear how involved he will be this time around. This raises many questions. Does this put the Justice League movie on hold indefinitely? [Update: No. WB is also planning for Flash in 2016

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  • Ihab’s Movies thread: Movies you watched in July, 2013

    The thread for July , 2013 is now open. You can post here about the all the movies you watch over this month. Here are the movies I have seen 1) Before Midnight- My most awaited sequel of the best franchise ever : -) I never review the before series as i dont think I am capable of doing that. Like the previous two films, I loved this one too and I was glad to catch it in theater (unlike the previous two). Just one thing about the film- “Before Midnight is everything you’d expect it to be if you know Jesse and Celine really well. 10 on 10 2) Fukrey: An Extremely entertaining movie with first rate performances from everyone. Not a single boring

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  • My two most awaited movies

    (These will most probably come by second half of 2014) 1) Intersteller Directed by Chris Nolan and Written by Jonathan Nolan. This is only the second film after Memento the story of which has been written by Jonathan Nolan. The story is based on theories of Theoretical Physicist Kip Thorne about Gravity Fields and Worm Holes . Sure Jonathan has done screenplay of other Nolan movies like Batman series and Prestige but they were based on existing characters/novels. Even this one is based on theories of physics but I’ll take a brand new story by him over screenplays of existing stories. And btw, Here’s the Awesome cast Matthew McConaughey Anne Hathaway Jessica Chastain Casey Affleck Michael Caine 2) Jupiter Ascending

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  • Good Old TV- Part 2- Zamana Badal Gaya

    Today I bring to you, one of my most favorite 90s TV serial. Tiku Talsania starrer Zamana Badal Gaya was such a light hearted, everyday life based show. At that time, I used to like and enjoy just the comedy portions…Looking back at it now…it feels so great that not only it was executed with a candid feel to it, but it also showcased the life, luxuries, problems and solutions of a typical 90s middle class and how it effected them. This particular show also excelled in portraying the different perspectives- of Parents, of Childeren, of Housewives, of a middle class family. An interesting aspect about it was the typical 90s feel- where what 12-18 year olds did that time, and how their parents reacted

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  • This is how its done: My favorite song of the year so far.

    Of lately I have had a grudge towards the current era Indian song makers. Either the lyrics are cliched with the same old Maula rants and Labon pe Nami bullshit or Fevicol se Chipkana Non-sense. I am not trying to mix the two here by citing examples of deep emotional songs to the contrasting fun songs..but just trying to say how cliched both of them, these days are. Similarly, the music directors seem to have lost the ease of fitting the lyrics in a tune and often it seems hurried or forced…Example: Saans se teri saans nikli toh–however dreadful the lyrics were, Rahman did a very mediocre job at the music too. Same with tonnes of Indian rock bands that come up with desperately dark

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  • Ihab’s Movies thread: Movies you watched in June, 2013

    Hi everyone. This is this month’s movies thread. Please write about the movies you watched. I will begin my list through this post. 1) Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani: Interesting movie about friends, friendship and love. I liked all the performances and the second half. since I have wrote a separate review of the film so you may check it out there. 7 on 10 2) Now you see me: A Fantastic entertaining movie about magicians and their tricks. Its script is simple yet crisp and super fast. The performances are fine and even though it is a little predictable but that works for it, as the audience gets involved in thinking about the tricks and their implementation. Mark Ruffalo is the best performer and does

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  • My take on Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

    Prologue In India and most of the cinema outside, the audience stresses a lot of the Genre of the film. Is it a Romance..Or a comedy or an Action..or the Amalgamated features like Cop-Drama, Courtroom-Drama, Romantic Comedy, Action-thriller.. etc. What is fascinating is that while it is very much possible that a writer, set out to write a Cop-Drama or a Rom-Com..it is equally possible that someone just wrote a story that came to his pen and it may borrow or be qualified for a genre or two. Review: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is all about what the title says. It tells you a story about the dreams, aspirations, energy, awkwardness, inhibitions, ignorance and a whole lot of other emotional characteristics of a person who

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  • Thoughts on Oblivion

    As a big fan of the sci-fi genre, it often saddens me to see the same old Aliens attacking the earth and wearing slightly different costumes every time. Somehow someone always turns out to be the hero and saves planet earth. All the innovation on the part of filmmakers is spent on the guns, artillery and destruction images. For me, this doesn’t work at all. What I desire to see in a Sci-fi movie- more importantly a movie dealing with Outer Space are images- Strong images that emphasizes on the idea of the life beyond earth or far from earth. This is where 2001: A space Odyssey succeeded in an almost unparalleled way. Those visuals that showed the outer space or should I say the

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  • Ihab’s movie thread- Movies you watched in May, 2013

    The thread for May, 2103 is now open. Here are a few movies that I have watched in the first 3 days. Witness Witness is a 1985 Thiller-Drama movie centered around a cop who somehow finds himself living amongst the Amish people. For those of you who aren’t aware of who Amish people are- “Amish people are a christian minority based in Philadelphia (also in some other parts of US). Their life style is extremely traditional to a point of not using any vehicles, electricity or sometimes even money. In short a drastically different lifestyle from the rest of the world. Harrison Ford plays the Cop who is the prime investigator of a murder case whose only witness is an Amish boy (Lukas Haas- the

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  • A note on Commando

    Following is not essentially a review but more of what I feel about action movies with Commando being the case in point. Speaking strictly from a business perspective, wouldn’t it make more sense if there were more movies that catered to the vast male population who are hungry of some quality action cinema? The Box office verdict of a movie like Commando does not contradict or negate my aforementioned question. Commando is just a first in the line (hopefully) of some others to follow. A small budget action movie centered on a hugely talented Vidyut Jamwal and his breathtaking stunts, Commando serves exactly what has been missing from the Hindi movie Action scene. Have you ever wondered why Die Hard is such a celebrated and

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  • SRK didn’t tell me Bobby was replaced: Juhi

    Juhi talks about her changing equation with Shah Rukh and rivalry with Madhuri   We caught up with Juhi Chawla on the sets of Gulab Gang and the actress was looking leaner than her usual self. “I have been under the weather for the past three days,” she said looking anything but. Apart from the new and improved look, what was conspicuous was the absence of her omnipresent secretary Sanjay KS. And this got us curious… Seems, we are seeing a new Juhi. What happened to Sanjay KS, your secretary of over two decades? Things have changed and I have decided to let go of the old ways of doing things. Now, I have an agency, which looks into my endorsements and films. Importantly, I

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  • Good Old TV- Part 1- Katha Sagar : Pratiksha

    Indian Cinema has come a long way since its inception and so has the Indian Television. From a single Doordarshan , we now have 100s of channels. We now have a the Big Boss, KBCs and Saas Bahus that rule the popularity charts among the Indian TV audience. Not only have the flavor of the Indian Television has changed but also, the kind of entertainment, the makers want to provide has. From Musical shows to reality shows, from Murder mysteries to Crime Patrol…the quality of majority of the Indian TV has a come a long way and if you take my opinion, I think its gone from Good to Bad to Worse. Starting Today, I am starting a series where I will post Episodes of

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  • Ihab’s movie thread- Movies you watched in April, 2013

    The thread for April,2013 is now open. Here are the movies that I watched 1) Sleeping with the Enemy – The original for Agneesakshi A torturous husband treats his wife like his slave. He is madly in love with her but at the same time has a evil way of showing it. blah blah…wife escapes..blah blah… The movie in a nutshell is as pointless as it could get. Why the hell could an American woman not divorce this devil husband of hers.. Where was the thrill in the story? What was the point of the last 40 minutes before the climax? To be really honest Agneesakshi, though a remake was 10 times better than this (minus the songs , of course) Despite having a good

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  • Novartis loses landmark India patent case on cancer drug

    India’s Supreme Court ruled against the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis on Monday in a landmark judgment with significant implications for India’s giant generic drugs industry. “This means millions of patients in developing countries can go to sleep tonight knowing their drugs are on the way from India,” said Leena Menghaney, a lawyer with the Access to Essential Medicines Campaign of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). Globally more than 10 million people living with HIV-AIDS rely on Indian generic medications, including many who are treated by MSF; the fate of their drugs hung in the balance in this decision, which pitted Novartis against the Government of India’s patenting system. Novartis India Ltd. president Ranjit Shahani said the decision is a “setback for patients” because it

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  • Same Same ?

    Tamannah and Shreya Ghoshal ————————————————————– Vipul Shah and Faridoon Shahriyar

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