January 28, 2009

A Wednesday (2008)

A Wednesday It’s long since I got attached to a Hindi Movie, which has moved into a trend where the box-office records directly parallel to the number of star-cast who make up the list.  Bad plot work and cheap imitation of Hollywood style, had made the movie-buff in me to concentrate more on the Hollywood genre.  But, I should say 2008 certainly is a blessing in disguise for the sagging Bollywood industry.

Top of the Pick is A Wednesday, a movie which has a strong plot-work (written & directed by Neeraj Pandey), further breathed life by the powerful acting of Naseerudeen Shah, and Anupam Kher.  The story revolves around a Common Man who takes the entire Mumbai city into a hostage crisis with demands, which attributes him as an ally to Terrorism.  But, there is a twist in the storyline at the end of it when the real motive is revealed (even though, it isn’t hard to guess it with the initial scenes of the movie).

The character of “Common Man” as portrayed by Naseerudin Shah, simply steals the show, with a powerful performance, with his dialogue delivery, calm and cool acting, and maintaining a clear line between being an extremist and commonist.  Anupam Kher does his bit with his portrayal of the Commission of Police, and as a narrator of the entire storyline.  The telephonic conversation between Shah & Kher at the end, leaves us with a lot of questions over the society as we perceive it.

The name of the Common Man is never revealed, and it is rightly noted at the end by Commissioner, that he wouldn’t reveal it, as people tend to wrongly attach a motive with the religion.

Overall a power-packed performance and strong message to the community as a whole, makes it a must-watch movie of 2008.  Hopefully the administrators and the government authorities will take a note from this movie, and would do the needful to avoid the story happening in reality.

Here are few reviews about the Movie, which I enjoyed reading on the Blog-O-Sphere:

More about the Movie:

January 21, 2009

Bat… no It’s Obamamobile

Forget Batmobile, we have a new player in the field of techno-gizmo SUV, as the Obamamobile will make its entry soon.  Look at the description (sourced through an email).

Obamamobile The Beast - Cadillac One The Beast: Cadillac One, Barack Obama's new presidential limo

And here we are, who still continue to dream for a spacious car which could fit a family.  Financial Injustice.

Anyways, Congrats to Obama for becoming the first-ever Black President of United States.  Hopefully, he will fare better than his predecessors.

January 10, 2009

It’s Game On in Cricket !

Ricky Ponting at Defeat If you had briefed my profile, then you would know that I share an another passion towards Sports.  And being an Asian, there are no prizes for guessing that my favourite sport of them all, would obviously be Cricket

The last few months have been tremendous for Cricket Fans, who are witnessing a sea-side change from the Australian witnessed and tired Dominance over this sport for more than a decade.  Now, with the back-to-back Test Series losses to India away , and South Africa at home, they have been proven human.

It will be interesting to see how they respond back to claim their numero-uno position.  They have the depth in their domestic circuit to do that, but the rest of the world is fast catching up with them. 

Cricket for DummiesOverall Peter English of Cricinfo summarized the present situation in the best possible way: 

“Australia are learning how the rest of the world lived over the past decade”

Either you are a Cricket Fan or Not, your best time to follow this sport is now.  No more “Dominance”, it is everyone’s Game from hereon.

And for those who are new to this kind of Sports, here is a Dummies page I found on the Internet.  It talks about Netti-Kitties of Cricket, in a Simple style… Enjoy !!

Recent Updates: Australia’s Bad run continued with the visiting New Zealand, who took them to a stalemate of 2-2 in the recently concluded One Day Series.  Clearly, they are yet to come to terms with the loss of experienced players in a bunch.  But, I still believe Australia has the depth in its domestic circuit, to stay a team to beat in future.  If not No.1, they will always be in the Top 3.  Let’s wait and see, how far my prediction turns true.

In one of the match commentaries on Cricinfo, a reader named Danny had share this gem of a thought -

"Its funny how similar Australia and Pakistan are at the moment,

    • Both have one new opener and one underachieving one (Hughes/Khurram - Katich/Butt)
    • their captain is currently their best batsman (Ponting/Younis)
    • shaky middle order with batsmen who used to be in great touch but now losing their form (Hussey/Misbah - Clarke/Malik)
    • steady keepers (Haddin/Akmal)
    • one makeshift allrounder (Mcdonald/Arafat)
    • one standout pace bowler (Johnson/Gul) and
    • an inexperienced bowling attack (Hilfenhaus/Talha - Siddle/Sohail)

I never thought I would say that in this lifetime.”