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Saala Khadoos – Paisa Wasool February 8, 2016

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Hello! Saw Saala Khadoos today, complete paisa wasool/ money’s worth. It is a tight movie, has reality, practicality, humor, challenge, desire, love, envy, hatred, cheating, conspiracy, values and lack of values all in one single package deal. Watch it on big screen, worth every minute of enjoyment.

There is no money free flowing and that is apparent from first screen onward, what is free flowing is the story. It flows without any friction, it is not just a sports movie about a coach and a student, it is a story about India on how politics tries to run and ruin everything, sacrificing meritocracy  is the easiest option for most. Of course, it doesn’t matter whether India wins or not, it is important that someones someone was part of the Indian team.

Madhavan’s performance is top class, probably Aamir only could’ve given a better performance than him. M.K. Raina  knows how to shine and deliver even in a 4th supporting actor sort of a role, I wonder why we don’t see more of him. Mumtaz Sorcar played her moves well, she did get her screen time and made best use of it. I was not aware of Ritika Singh before watching this movie, I must say she is to Saala Khadoos what Anushka Sharma was to Band Baaja Baarat or Parineeti Chopra was to Ladies Vs. Ricky Behl. In Ritika Singh Bollywood has a new natural actor and we would see a lot more of her in coming years.

Now, go watch, I am not going to tell you the whole story here :)

 

Amitabh Bachchan as Incredible India Ambassador is Unacceptable January 8, 2016

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Dear Mr. Amitabh Bachchan,

Please do not become brand ambassador of Incredible India. Yes, you are a great actor and a even a better manipulator, but you are definitely not a good human being. You are always on the side of power and you truly believe in going with the flow. You were with the Gandhis when they called the shots, you were great pals with Amar Singh, Anil Ambani and Mulayam Singh when you were deep in the dumps and they were flavor of the day and now you are with Modi Ji. Of course everyone knows how you royally dumped Amar Singh when he lost Mulayam Singh’s confidence despite accepting Rolls or was it Bentley from him so famously.

Millions of people saw you on television and remember you shouting action against Sikhs in the wake of Mrs. Indira Gandhi’s assisnation, yes your dramatics were well received and thousands of Sikhs were massacred in their own country and your war cry did contribute significantly to it.  In your heart you don’t belong to any party, you don’t belong to any religion, you don’t belong to any family, you didn’t even belong to your parents. You just belong to yourself and someone who has always lived for himself over others even over his immediate family can’t be a brand ambassador for India, so please don’t fix it. Everyone knows how you played a dominating role in life of Praveen Babi and Rekha and how you didn’t marry either of the two and left them both absolutely high and dry.

You are not apolitical having successfully contested on a Congress ticket and you left that party when financial disputes surfaced between your friend’s widow Sonia Gandhi and you.

It will make me very sad if you are made India’s brand ambassador, you precisely stand for values which India can do without. You’ve manipulated your way to it, but please don’t accept it, it will be a great favor to India.

Thank You.

 

Simarprit Singh

Bajirao Mastani – A Review January 4, 2016

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Rarely does one get to see a Bollywood film in its 3rd week on a big screen. Bajirao Mastani is one of those which is still running 6 shows in a cinema hall near you. Of course, it is not running houseful anymore but in the show we went to see about 40% hall was full and it was a 7:40 PM Sunday late evening show.

The film is mesmerizing, it is nothing or maybe almost nothing about history but it is all about love knows no barriers and no one can stop love from flourishing except death, and may be even death doesn’t do love apart.

I loved camera work in the movie, a few drone and a few helicopter shots were truly unbelievable, one memorable shot which is definitely going to encourage me to see this film is a dance sequence where drone footage has been added to make you feel that you are actually getting an aerial view straight and something is really unfolding in front of you.

I was not too happy with dresses of Priyanka Chopra & Deepika Padukone, they were not well researched and executed. They were expensive, rich and flamboyant, but they were definitely not period dresses.

Story was very fictional and editing could’ve been tighter. At a few places you just wished for the scene to end. Overall I liked the film, would have preferred it to be at least 20 minutes shorter. Battle scenes were compromised, needed more real impact. It should’ve been shot on a much larger scale. Using Amber Fort of Jaipur as a backdrop was a bad idea.  Chemistry between Ranveer & Deepika was not as deep as expected, Priyanka though had a second female lead role had great dialogs and she delivered them powerfully.

Go and see if you haven’t seen it yet.

 

Live Microblogging in India January 15, 2009

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Dil Khol Ke Bol, our microblogging site did its first live microblogging, Our colleague Goutam did a great job conducting the same. http://www.dilkholkebol.com/chandni-chowk-to-china.html

Why we decided to do a beta of live microblogging?  The idea was to understand the dynamics of the same, and also evaluate business models around it.

Why we choose a bollywood movie for the same? Live microblogging may succeed where there is a buzz and a fairly high degree of common interest. As the sample size is big, quantification and measurement against benchmarks is possible.

The road ahead – The event is just over. We would be reviewing the performance and the event yield. Watch this space for microblogging in India, live microblogging may become a very big commercial segment in two to three year timeframe.

First cut – It looks like,  the challenges of live microblogging would be more towards logistics than towards technology.