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  • Showcase something atleast and dont bore

    Every film has some plus points and some minus. Raone has good VFX or SFX or whatever. In that department, it did not fail but won universal applause. BG has Salman Khan showcasing himself and the results are too overwhelming to need any explanation. ZNMD surprised everyone with its messages soaked in great visuals and good performances. DB gave what it promised in the form of some fun and some novelty.

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  • Have a nice day

    The mind therapists are too busy. The hospital is receiving cases of extreme tempers, depressed and other cases. The patients are just without their daily dose of masala jokes, fights and happiness. Many were banned and many just cant write what they want and what they feel. The school Principal had been ruthless with the long cane and longer whip. My advice. They can vent their frustrations in many ways. By taking up a real career, by studying studiously and go for Art of Living classes or even Ramdev’s camps. Or they can stand for elections. There is so much scope for dramatics in parliament and Advani, Sushma Swaraj will definitely help. They can file cases in Supreme Court because some filmstar kissed a flower

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  • Govinda, the filmstar

    Perhaps India’s greatest comedy hero. He hates that label. But that label is special. He started as a dancing hero with Neelam in his beginning days.  Surefooted, he never had awkwardness or effort while dancing. He seemed to invent his own steps and his own rhythm and for his co dancers, it was an effort and also pleasure to keep up with him. The actor in him took a backseat because of his extraordinary talent for dancing and comedy. And he is an excellent actor whether as a romantic hero or an action hero. Inspite of all this, he could never be number one or win many awards. And David Dhawan produced some of the best comedies with him. His co stars Kader khan and

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  • Govinda Govinda

    If you have travelled to Tirupati, you will not hear bhajans but govinda govinda refrain again and again. The shaved heads of men, women and children making shaved heads the trend. They apply chandan to cool the rough treatment by those busy head shavers on the banks of the pushkarini. There are two tirupatis. One at the foothills and one at the hills with winding roads and beautiful scenery. Not long ago tigers roamed these parts and slept on verandahs according to our elders who visited the shrine during those dangerous times when tigers and diviti chors(who carried burning logs) roamed those hills with abandon. God loves to reside in the hills whether it is Tirupati, Sabarimala or  Badrinath. Devotees love to climb those steps

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  • Raju Bangaya Superman

    Once there was this Tv actor who caught the attention of simple tv folks by his portrayals in Circus, Fauji and some other soaps. Then he managed to catch the attention of some directors who watched tv soaps and saw some potential in him. His Raju Bangaya Gentleman was loved by middleclasses who were happy for their tv hero. He had unconventional goodlooks and the devil may care attitude and high energy levels. In Deewana, he was able to overshadow even Rishi Kapoor and his song with the late Divya Bharti became a craze. He made motorcycling with friends a trend. Then the biggies like Ghai, Chopra took him under their wings and made him the superstar. He romanced every heroine from Divya to Juhi.

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  • Remember Jai Santoshi Maa, the first one

    Jaisantoshi Maa which our grandmothers loved. Jaisantoshimaa which had fabulous foot tapping music. Jaisantoshimaa which spoke of woman power. Jaisantoshimaa which started fasting trend in a big way. The monday fasts. Am I right or wrong? Jaisantoshimaa which is the predecessor to many saas bahu soaps.

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  • Rajshri and RGV

    Gone are the days for watching movies with the family. The strict parents who made their children think that they were not conceived but fell from heaven, were uncomfortable with explicit dances by vamps in every other movie. But that was only one dance and so they were ok with it in an otherwise family oriented movie. 50s, 60s, 70, 80s were golden for family audience. They were treated to well etched tearjerkers, wholesome comedies. But Prem Chopra and other lusty villains made some scenes uncomfortable. Especially prolonged rape scenes. Then the angel in the form of Rajshri appeared making squeaky clean entertainers and they still remain the family film makers. Visiting theatres to watch HAHK was like going for a wedding. In MPK, Rajshri

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  • How History Can Be Created

    Allow Sachin only to bat irrespective of lbws, catches etc. and surely Sachin will end up getting the highest runs and history will be created. SRK had the opportunity to create real history but he just let it go because he lacks vision and believes to achieve only records by bombarding. He has money, backing, fans. With all these, he can achieve much more. Rakesh Roshan did a sincere, simple and innocent superman film with Hrithik and it never got bashed this much. Rather it got applause. Now SRK has to break his own history.

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  • Rival Star and Journalist

    Journalist. Are you planning to watch Ra.One? Rival star. What is that? J. You dont watch tv, surf internet? RS. No time. Busy shooting and minding my business. J explains about Ra.One and then asks. Do you like the concept? RS. There are hundreds of concepts. I would like to see the bound script.

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  • Music all the way

    I confess I dont have deep knowledge of music whether it is Indian or western or african, Korean or any other. I just enjoy listening to melodious tunes, interesting tunes and also Indian classical music which just overwhelms me. Whether it is M.S. Subbulakshmi’s renderings, Thyagaraja’s Ram specific devotional songs, Bhimsen Joshi’s heartfelt and exaggerated style or the instrumentalists using Sarod, Sitar, Tabla, Veena, Mridangam, Shehnai and other instruments including those water based ones. Folk music has its own beauty and the feel of those mountains, rivers, plains and deserts. Our film music has its own identity of being situational, drawing from all sources, superficial yet enjoyable. This film music unites the classes and masses. Masses who are deprived of opportunities to know more about

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  • Witches are Welcome No Angels Please

    Bigboss house is a house of wizards, witches and villains. If by mistake an angel tries to stay, she or he is booted out with honours and with a stupid watch. By the way who wears watches now? The smiling and affectionate Raageshwari has been a daag or drag for bigboss while Pooja Mishra has been a diva breaking things, being rude and generally behaving like a queen of all things. And what about the Bharadwaj guy? He is the master of splitsvilla and so specialises in splitting and badmouthing and then acting victimised. In front of him Ram appeared divine and Shakti appeared nanna munna chotasa bachcha. Yes, Pooja Mishra is the hero and heroine of bigboss. Pooja Bedi just cannot dislodge her even

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  • The big producers like Yash Chopra and Karan Johar

    These big producers have certain hang ups. Their first choice is SRK. Then Salman and Aamir. And then Hrithik, Ranbir or Imran in that order. They dont go to Akshay Kumar or Ajay Devgun for a lead role in a romantic movie or even an action movie. Akshay Kumar has the looks to be a romantic hero and Ajay Devgn has his special charisma. Why do these producers feel that only certain stars fit the bill?  Is it because of the pull of those stars? Dhoom is a perfect vehicle for Akshay Kumar, the action hero.  Why was he left out from the beginning of the Dhoom franchise. And so is Ra One. A suitable action hero is Akshay Kumar with his athletic body and

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  • Dentists and others are my Superheroes

    Dentist is my first superhero. And toothache is the biggest , most torturing of super villains. Especially when wisdom tooth starts aching to remind me of my brains. Sitting in that chair, reclining until my neck threatens to break and opening the mouth which looks like a cave with those assorted 32 helplessly waiting to be prodded, drilled, explored without a break. And what the dentist must be thinking about my teeth, about my open mouth? To leave shyness and face the dentist, my eyes half closed, while he maintains an expressionless demeanour assuring me that it will be very little pain and asking me to relax. How to relax when those sharp things enter my mouth and the drilling starts as if third degree

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  • The way a disaster should be analysed.

    Disasters cannot be analyzed on the basis of mere boxoffice failure. It is to be analyzed taking into account 3 points. The starpower starring in a movie. The banner. The high expectations, thanda response and covering up done. Even a hit status becomes a question mark in the wake of the expectations a film raises. Mera Naam Joker comes first because of RK banner, the combined starpower of Rajendra Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Dharmendra, Simi, Padmini, Rishi, Manoj Kumar. And the high expectations that it raised. On all the 3 fronts, the film failed. And it had great music. Shaan. After Sholay’s success, Ramesh Sippy was flying high and his Shaan raised so much expectations which can be compared even to Ra One expectations. New Big

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  • Passwords

    Today there was a news item where it seems the wife hacked into the emails of her husband to file a case against him over dowry matters. It seems they are estranged. The court fined 100 rupees, a princely sum and the wife got away laughing and smiling. The thing that baffled me no end was why didnt the husband change the password after his estrangement? Is he that dependent on his wife to remember his passwords for him? Or is he plain lazy and dumb? In many homes,  passwords are often shared and they are entered even in diaries for remembering. When things go smoothly, it is ok. But when things turn sour, this may become problematic as it happened above. There are funny

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  • The Other side of the truth

    No one is a saint and no one is a complete sinner. They are all grey areas. When we step outside, we face hostility and competition. It begins at KG stage itself. Our parents pour into our ears to come first, come what may. The coaching classes syndrome starts in some cases, at the nursery level itself. Because it is a competitive world. Dog eat dog world. Next entrance tests, CAT,JEE, GRE. Get into some prestigious professional college or Ivy League, Or those Oxford Cambridge if we fail India test. It is easier to get admission out there than at home because of various quotas, stiffest merit based selection and discrimination. And then job hopping and working under Hitler type bosses or inefficient ones. If

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  • Diwali, Eid and Christmas

    Diwali is a festival of lights. Not lights, camera and action. Eid is celebrated after rigorous fasts. Not to be confused with movie releases. Christmas is a festival for carol singing and taking care of the poor. Not taking care of the rich. Festivals are still celebrated for what they are. On festival days, sane people would rather celebrate with families, friends and enjoy being generous with wishes and love. Visiting places of worship. Not visiting cinema halls. Diwali nights are special. Christmas has an international feel. Eid is sacred. Gods, forgive the sinners. Forgive Bollywood. They are all taking advantage of only those holidays.

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  • Bigboss. Ladies’ Special

    This time bigboss has only ladies and 2 men cowering and hiding. One transexual to boot. Pooja Mishra is the BB’s pet and she is the one who is drawing maximum trps. In bigboss house bad and ott behaviour pays. Who can forget dolly Bindra or Vindu ? To be too good is bad here. To be manipulative is applauded. To be aggressive pays very handsomely. Pooja Mishra is tall, surly beauty who makes other inmates gang up against her.  I like her and I can understand how she must be feeling being ostracised by the majority of the inmates. She is not perturbed and she takes it calmly. She wants to be left alone, besides the pool. To her credit, she washed dishes as

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  • Rating starsons and daughters

    The most overrated starson is Hrithik and justifiably so.  He is the well behaved, hardworking starson born with a silverspoon and his usp is his extreme goodlooks. No one can begrudge him his success. He is getting varied roles and his sincerity is never in question. He is too good to be true. Abhishek Bachchan is underrated and this is quite unfair. In his very first movie, he showed promise and he did well in comedy as well as serious roles. He is not bothered about 6 packs and it shows his confidence level.  Mani Ratnam gave him such a dravidian type role and almost short circuited his career. While RGV who understood his potential, gave him roles that suited his demeanour.  His light hearted

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  • Alternative Professions.

    Kamal Hasan. Dancing teacher. Dilip Kumar A poet and dreamer Dev Anand. A ladies’ man. Raj Kapoor. A hotelier. Rajesh Khanna  A family man. Dharmendra. Migrated to phoren shores. BigB. Professor.

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  • Votes. Dumbos decide whom to vote

    Indian democracy is vote centric. The voting public consists of 40 percent and above who belong to the poor and undereducated. The 20 percent may belong to the middleclasses which includes elitists. The other 20 percent belongs to hardcore party loyalists whose loyalty gives solid foundation to party candidates. The remaining 20 percent is for the corrections in the estimates for the behaviour and other patterns. Clout is the most tangible factor and clout can be cultivated along caste lines. regional lines and also favouring friends. I am leaving out religion because caste is the strongest element next only to regional politics. They try to buy the poor with freebies and the DMK and AIDMK showed the entire nation how to make happy prospective voters

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  • Sahib Biwi Washing machine. Script for a realistic movie

    The hero or protagonist goes to brush his teeth. Closeup of hero’s teeth. He takes 3 minutes for the ritual. And then comes out and sits in his favourite chair. Searches for the newspaper. Wife comes with the newspaper, tea and without a smile. The hero starts reading the paper, sipping the coffee pretending not to notice the sulky looks. The maid comes with a broom and starts sweeping. The wife shouts at her to speed up and do the pocha. Aur bartan bhi hai. baad mein kapde. By this we can understand that the hero belongs to lower middleclass with no washing machine, vacuum cleaner, dishwasher. The wife switches on the old color tv and there appears a superfair model housewife living in a

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  • Ghayal, the best action flick, Sunny the best action hero

    Ghayal remains the best action flick and Sunny Deol is the best action hero. There were action heroes before Sunny Deol and after Sunny Deol. But none that effective. Bachchan was touted to be action hero but he was more of an angry young man. His actions were brief and the drama element was overwhelming. Thus the pure action hero label suits Sunny Deol. His anger, his body language was perfect. And Rajkumar Santoshi and other directors gleefully exploited this talent of Sunny to the full. Ghayal, Arjun, JP Dutta’s warmongering flicks, Gadar were examples of what Sunny was capable of. And now we have pale imitations of Sunny Deol. One has made action looklike comicbook thing. And no one takes those actions seriously. Yes,

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  • First time I enjoyed violence with apologies to PB

    I first apologise to Prashant Bhushan and wish he wont face this again. But guilty pleasures have to be shared with friends. I enjoyed the thrashing thoroughly. Real life thrashing.  First he slapped him, then hit him on the head, kicked him.The young man is no Ajay Devgn of Singham, no Salman Khan, no Ghajini. Yet he caught my imagination. The way he rained those blows was just catharatic.  He reminded  me of Bhagat Singh, the reel heroes of RDB, the Punjabi hotblood and what not. Even after those blows, PB was quite good while that youngman was bleeding. Ghayal reenacted? And the victim is the controversial lawyer who is behind Anna, Arundhati. Provoking, egging on and holding the country to ransom in the name

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