Thursday, December 27, 2007
Third posting in one day? Looks like I am making up for lack of postings over the last month or so...anyways...I was reading through one of my old blogs on trains and then I remembered one incident that happened to me during one of my journeys and thought why the hell not blog it down!
So I used to do my internship in Bangalore during my seventh semester college. I traveled to and fro between Bangalore and Chennai very often that I sometimes wondered why I bothered to work away from home when I missed home so much! Anyhoo...that is besides the point and coming back to the story...so one Sunday night my friends Thameem and Bino came with me to the station to see me off...it was an overnight journey and I was seated on the two seater window side which also gave me the top berth. I love top berths as I can sleep as long as I want and wont be disturbed by others...but I never liked sleeping on this side of the train for two reasons...(a) the berth is short and I have to crouch to sleep...not that I was tall but I was tall enough! and (b) because I felt like I was in public view and hated that feeling...
Anyhoo...so I got into the train, put my bags in place and I was about to step out to join my friends till the train started to move...but then I noticed a jackass who was sitting at the aisle right across from me checking me out and then gave the sleaziest wink one could ever possibly give...I was so pissed off...I went and complained about him to my friends...
Bino the smartass told me to slap the guy with my slippers if he made any stupid move and told me never ever to take a night train when traveling alone and so on and so forth...way too much advice from both of them...and thankfully the train was ready to leave...
I got back to my berth and sat down for a few minutes before climbing up and getting comfortable to read my book...then from the corner of my eyes I saw that same jerk jeering at me...and I swear to god I don't know what got into me...I sat up, patiently untied my Nikes, dusted one of it with my hands and then checked to see if he was still looking...which of course he was...I picked it up and moved it to show that I will slap him with my shoes...God you should have seen the look on his face...he turned over and fell asleep and I did not see him at all after that!!!
I felt so proud of myself although I did not sleep much that night...mostly because I was scared of my new found bravery and its consequences....but the next day when I reported my act of bravery to Bino he was dumbfounded...he could not believe that I almost followed his advice and from then he has been scared for me for my own good...He has been minding what he tells me lest I go and do something stupid at the spur of the moment...
I was lucky that the guy did not turn around and do anything nasty or that no fight ensued after I waved my shoes...I am not sure I would advice girls to do that...but then it does make you feel better that you did not let go your dignity in front of some stupid prick!
Another year comes to an end...and I am going to be a year older in the next three months...Cannot imagine or believe that I am 30 years old...life surely zips past if you have been busy!!! Compared to 2006, 2007 was very mild.
The beginning...I mean the very beginning of the year sucked. Girish's project came to an end and for the first four weeks he was busy looking for another project in Dallas so that he would not have to leave town and leave me alone...
But February bought in good news...Girish got a new project in Dallas and I was pregnant! What more could we ask for! Life seemed to be going on the right track! Then when March came I went back to my alma matter (KSU) for placement interviews and Girish and Shahid also drove down to spend time with me and my friends...it was awesome fun!
Girish, Rama and I went for my first ever Golf tournament in town...The Byron Nelson and got to literally brush shoulder with Veejay Singh and see Phil Mickelson in action...how beautiful that was though a bit tiring...
I turned 29.
Then Rama left town to move to Indianapolis...new project...now the group had seriously gone through size reduction...no Preetha, no Monee, No Rama...Sappe and Thakur away in Austin, Kapila busy with school...it was just me, Girish and Shahid hanging out...occasionally Sammy joined us when he was not with his Aiyash dosth log...Megha also joined us when both her and hubby were in town...but quintessentially it was just Girish, me and Shahid and Sammy once in a while...
But then Girish made some new friends at work...whom we hung out with a few times...things kept rolling and this new group also partied like us...but now I was pregnant I had to skip quiet a few...Shahid's "School-Boy" theme 30th birthday party was a success and it was followed by a Hawaiin theme party for Malcom and so on...
Went for AR Rehman concert!
A Picnic at Lake Lewisville...
Preeti's Birthday party
Adarsh's Birthday party
B and M's Housewarming party
Nalex House Party
My Baby showers...one hosted by my family, one at work, one hosted by Milo and ADT, and one hosted by Giri's mom...Dare I say I was bored...hehehehe...
Runjhun had her baby Ahana born on August 5, 2007.
Life went on, with me busy being pregnant and getting prepared for the darling to come...who was a whole week and two days past her due date and still did not want to pop out...had to induce her and introduce the world to her...Sanjana, born on October 17, 2007.
Nitesh and Gayathri had their son...November 9, 2007...also a week past due date!
One more waiting to deliver, but in January 2008...Seems like all my friends decided to pop around the same time!
Now it is four days before New Year and I am writing my second blog of the day with the idea for another one already brewing in my mind...whatever happens life keeps on rolling out surprises good or bad at us constantly...hope it is mostly good and that all uneven things gets smoothened out in due course of time...
Wish Y'all a Very Happy and Successful New Year 2008 Ahead!
From my personal experience...
Kids when they are just born are cute but have no personality...they pretty much drink, poop/pee, and sleep the whole day and time during the first few weeks surely pass at a slow boring pace. The mother...me...hardly felt like I did anything...I was like a feeding machine for the hungry baby...but now that she is two months old she spends more time awake...and it is so much more fun. Sanjana now has a personality, when I think of her while I am at work, I know what she might be upto...how she would move her head or her hand and also Girish and I have managed to decipher what each of her cries refer to...
When Sanjana goes LEH...she is hungry which is the most essential information that we need...the rest of the noises are mostly for diaper change or sleep...if she ain't going LEH we check her diaper or rock her to sleep and everything is peaceful. In fact she has stopped crying much at all...most of the time it is just complaining...when we leave her alone for a long time...she goes AII...AIIIIIIIIIIII...and when we get closer to her she smiles!!! The smile that comes rarely is so precious!!!
This will be Sanjana's first New Year...and I hope that the following years to come will be filled with promises and a bright future for the little angel in our life...So here is Sanjana and her family wishing everyone a Very Happy New Year!!!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Cast: Neil Mukesh, Dharmendra, Rimi Sen, Vinay Pathak, Zakir Hussain, Govind Namdeo
Director: Sriram Raghavan
This movie is a must watch. I wonder why it did not get enough publicity in spite of being one of the better movies released in 2007. Classic crime novel with perfect twist and turns and an awesome ending to the brilliantly directed and executed movie.
Five people who are partners in running a shady dance bars and obviously involved in shady business get a deal where they invest a small sum of money to make a very big sum that will be split five ways. The head honcho of the gang is Dharmendra and the youngest in the group is Neil Mukesh who has an affair with the wife (Rimi) of one the group members.
Everybody makes a plan to move the money over to Bangalore for the deal while Neil makes his own plan to rob the money. In order to do so he kills one of the gang members and hide the identity of the traitor he commits one crime after an another...does he get caught in the end? There is no fun if I reveal the entire story here especially in a crime story...
Definitely a must watch as well the songs are a must hear. Total party mix and cool music. A couple of songs are available in Tamil and Telugu too. The screenplay is awesome and the story is brilliant...I cannot repeat it more...just watch it.
Cast: Shahid Kapur, Amrita Rao, Aloknath, Seema Biswas, Anupam Kher
Director: Sooraj Barjathiya
Music: Ravindra Jain
So this movie is one of those safe movies that do not deter from the norm set by HAHK and DDLJ kind of movies. They are long, melodramatic, and no villain kind of movie...even if there are villains they become good soon...in all a sucky movie if you are not the Hindi soap opera kind of a person.
Amrita Rao is the neice of Aloknath (master of tears) who raises her alongside her daughter and feels more close to her which triggers jealousy in the mind of Seema Biswas who is concerned about the well being of their own daughter.
Aloknath's friend brings in an alliance from Anupam Kher for Amrita's hand in marriage to Shahid. It is love at first sight for both of them. The engagement is done and date for a wedding set.
The entire household of Aloknath and Anupam Kher decide to meet for a vacation at Somsarovar and they sing and dance together until they have to cut the vacation short and head back to town for a business deal. Shahid leaves abroad to score something magnificent in business and life is all great...
The night before wedding, Aloknath's house catches on fire and in an attempt to save her cousin Amrita is engulfed by fire. Thanks to something...god knows what, her face remains untouched. Shahid the gentleman that he is marries her in the hospital bed as promised on the day of the wedding...See I told you na...these people are suckers for sentimental stuff...
Anyway all's well that ends well in this movie that is a family entertainer, if your family is into boring movies...this can definitely take a miss if you have better things to do.
Cast: Parzan, Sarika, Naseerudin Shah, Corin Nemec
Music: Zakir Hussain
Millions of movies are made on riots. And then they dedicate it to the people who have suffered in them. Do the people who suffer in these riots really care to see their life made into a money making machine? Is a movie on how they suffered really going to help them in any way? I hate to see such movies and the ranking I have given is my personal opinion. As much as I love watching movies I don't like to see or hear people suffer however much it is a part of our generation. Plundering and rioting have always been happening and chronicling it over the past thousands of years has not changed the basic inhumanity in our human nature at times of instability then why make a movie out of it and generate income out of it? Somehow this seems like blood money to me.
The story focuses on Godhra riots in Gujrat and how people inside a Muslim community are affected from it. It narrows into the life of a Parsi family of four. The son is lost during the riots and the parents agony of searching for him.
The actors have done a good job and the movie is good too...but I did not want to hear graphic details and get scared. Certainly not one to watch with children.
Cast: Dharshan Jariwala, Akshaye Khanna, Bhumika Chawla, Shefali Shah
Director: Feroz Abbas Khan
The story is about the neglected son Harilal Gandhi (Akshaye) of M. K. Gandhi (Dharshan) better known as Bapu or the father of India. Harilal left with his family in India to fend for himself while his father and mother (Shefali) work in South Africa fighting inequality. Harilal gets married even before graduating from school or getting a job. Gandhi does not approve of it. Harilal later leaves his wife Gulab (Bhumika) to join his father in SA only to find that his father does not show any nepotism and at the same time does not encourage his son either. Harilal fights alongside his father but in the end tries to come back to India disowning his father.
His life goes through many downs and few ups...and the few ups also brought upon due to his getting influenced by wrong people. Every time he strays he comes back home to his
mothers comforting shoulder and a father who wants to help but is not sure how to. A father of the nation could not take care of his own son...such was the irony.
The reason I have given such low ranking for this critically acclaimed film is because of the fact that it is a little too slow and feels like forever. I was totally impressed with the acting aspect as well as the story but the movie could have had a better pace. There were a lot of things about Gandhi's life that was revealed here that I never knew before and it surely shows a different perspective on his life than what we have always been exposed to.
Movie can definitely be seen once though it does not boast of any entertainment value...a documentary of Harilal Gandhi's life at best.
Cast: Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas, Sarala Karyawasam
Director: Meera Nair
This is definitely a brilliant movie showcasing India's religious and social practices around the time of Independence along the banks of Ganges. The story is about young and old widows alike who are banned from their regular life and sent to a hostel for widows where they have to spend the rest of their lives away from family, friends and fun.
Little girl Chuyia (Sarala) a widow gets sent to a widow hostel in Varanasi where she is expected to spend the rest of her life. Shakuntala (Seema) takes Sarala under her wing and keeps the young blood from making too many mistakes and offending people. Sarala who does not even understand clearly why she has been sent away from home finds it difficult to conform to the norms of the hostel and keeps getting in the way of the warden more than once.
Kalyani (Lisa) is a beautiful widow who also lives in the same hostel but does a few things differently as she is a breadwinner for the hostel while she sleeps with many powerful men across the ghat. Kalyani is taken by a eunuch pimp who is in liaison with the warden for taking Kalyani across the bank of Ganga. Kalyani is frustrated with the hypocrisy of the system and wants to escape from it.
Chuyia on one of her escapades with Kalyani meets Narayan, a young graduate who has come home for the vacation. Narayan falls in love with Kalyani and wants to marry her. Kalyani with the help of Shakuntala leaves the hostel to marry Narayan. Only half way through to Narayan's house does she realize that Narayan's dad was one of her night time client. Dejected and heart broken Kalyani commits suicide.
What happens to Shakuntala and Chuyia forms the rest of the story...
Very heartrending but I am sure most of it is still in practice in parts of our country. We cannot completely get rid of our social evils but we can always hope for reforms...
Brilliant performance by young Sarala and the rest of the cast too. Wonder why this movie did not make a cut for Oscar...
Now wondering why I have ranked the movie above average in spite of it bombing at the BO? Well there are some stories that are really interesting whereas a couple that are blah and a couple that are cliche. So reviewing all 10 stories in short form...
Cast: Arbaaz Khan, Mandira Bedi
Director: Sanjay Gupta
Arbaaz and Madira have been married for quite a while with neither happy in the relationship. Mandira is cheating with her boyfriend who is in the army and is leaving back to his post. So he gifts her a diamond necklace that she is not sure how she would wear in front of her husband. So she plots with a jeweler to make a coupon out of it so that her husband can pick it up and thus make black into white. Her husband sure enough picks it up but Mandira is in for a shock when she heads out to pick it up from him!
High on the Highway
Cast: Masumeh, Jimmy Shergill
Director: Hansal Mehta
Two college graduates who are in love with each other have a habit of getting high and taking a walk along the highway. One such night after their graduation when they are walking down the road a bunch of goons try to kidnap Masumeh and succeed in spite of Jimmy putting up a fight...Masumeh gets helped by the cops but what happens to Jimmy???
Cast: Amrita Singh, Parmeet Sethi, Minisha Lambha
Director: Meghna Gulzar
Amrita's daughter Minisha has just been engaged and her father is out on business once again leaving the ladies alone. Amrita has led life without love mostly and on this particular day her daughter dons her mother with a colorful dupatta and comments on how pretty she looks. Amrita realizes that it is the night of full moon and that as her lover had promised would be waiting outside the door. For once she decides to open it and let her desire take over her. After spending the night with him in the fields she returns home while many villagers notice the colorful dupatta on her head and mistake her for her daughter...
Strangers in the night
Cast: Mahesh Manjrekar, Neha Dupia
Director: Sanjay Gupta
Both Mahesh and Neha have the habit of discussing past distractions in their relationship on their anniversaries. Mahesh's forces Neha to tell about her experience and she does so with passion about the guy's whose hands she kissed and by whom she was so taken in a railway station's waiting room alone in the night and with whom she would have done anything...As we see Mahesh getting jealous Neha unravels the twist in the story!
Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Diya Mirza
Director: Sanjay Gupta
Manoj moves into the same apartment as Diya Mirza and they become good friends. Zahir wants to take the relationship to another level but Diya shuns him away. He is ashamed. One night while spending a night with his friends visiting many bars in the town Manoj sees Diya who is a dancer in a dance bar. Angry Manoj rapes her without hearing her protests when she comes back home from work...
Cast: Neha Oberoi, Aftab, Anupam Kher
Director: Jasmeet Dhodi
Neha meets a lady on the train on her way home where she was getting engaged. The lady gives her a earring and vanishes at the next station which happens to be Lovedale. Neha wanting to return the earring alights and follows the road to a house where Aftab is painting. They become acquainted. Aftab attends Neha's engagement and feels hurt. Neha is also unhappy and her father questions her doubt...Neha tells about Aftab and her father tells her his flashback about how he met a lady on the train to whom he had gifted one earring before the train left the station. Neha and her father compare the earrings and decide that her meeting Aftab was no coincidence and she breaks the engagement to join Aftab...
Sex on the Beach
Cast: Dino Morea, Tarina Patel
Director: Apoorva Lakhia
Verdict: Extreme Bore
Dino picks up a book on the beach with the title Death and writes his name and date of birth as instructed and starts to read the book. A seductress steps out of a jet ski and sits down next to him and she invites him over to her house for dinner. Dino goes over well prepared with wine and condoms only to see the girl also very eager...but when Dino falls into a short sleep he wakes up to see her dead when he goes close to examine her she is actually alive and chases him to the beach...
Cast: Shabana Azmi, Naseerudin Shah
Director: Rohit Roy
Shabana plays a staunch brahmin widow on her way to visit her grandchildren by train. In a hurry she forgets her wallet in her house and heads to the station. She orders a plate of rice in the station with the change she has and leaves her table to wash her hand. When she comes back she sees Shah eating it...Angry that Shah was stealing her plate Shabana forgets that Shah is a Muslim starts eating out the plate...
Cast: Nana Patekar, Anita Hassanandani, Rohit Roy
Director: Sanjay Gupta
Anita and Rohit are newly wed on a bus who start a small quarrel and Anita moves away from Rohit to sit adjacent to Nana who is carrying 11 smiley baloons with him. On questioning he tells her how he has to present his wife with the balloons everytime he has angered her and how she bakes a cake if she angers him. He explains to her how life is too short to spent fighting...When getting down at the stop he forgets to take with him the sorry card that he had written for his wife. Anita follows him to give it to him...
Rise and Fall
Cast: Suniel Shetty, Sanjay Dutt
Director: Sanjay Gupta
Sanjay has been called by Suniel at a lonely place to have a last meeting. Suniel advices Sanjay to leave town and settle down while he can take care of business here. Sanjay realizes that his friend has invited him to murder him and challenges him...realizing his fall Suniel tries to call off the mission...in the background we see young Sanjay and Suniel trying to make it in the big bad world....
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Cast: Prithviraj, Padmapriya, Nithin Sathya
Music: Y.S. Raja
Vasanth has directed many brilliant movies and one of which I remember is Aasai and then Rhythm. His direction style is very different but captivating. Aasai was a sort of thriller and so is Satham Podadhey.
Bhanu (Padmapriya) is married to Rathnavel (Nithin) through arranged marriage. They lead a happily married life. Bhanu is eager to become a mother but to her dismay both she and her husband do not share any physical relationship. Rathnavel hides from his wife that he belongs to Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) and due to severe drinking problems has lost his potency as well as having been jailed for murdering a child. When Bhanu discovers the truth about his impotency she confronts him and agrees to continue living with him if he would choose to adopt a child.
Rathnavel high on ego fights with Bhanu and attempts a fake suicide and sends the child back to the orphanage. Bhanu later hears from Rathnavel's AA leader about his other problems and tries to escape from him but she gets physically abused. On escaping to her parents she files for divorce and moves in with her brother (Raghav) to experience a change of place.
There she meets Ravichandran a friend of Raghav who does many things to impress her and finally convinces her to marry him. They live very happily until Ravi meets Rathnavel in the train on their way to Cochin. Rathnavel now lives in Cochin working as a hockey coach in a school. On knowing Ravi's relationship to Bhanu, Rathnavel befriends Ravi and slowly tries to create trouble...
He then kidnaps Bhanu and locks her up in his house making her his prisoner. How Bhanu gets help and gets freed forms the rest of the movie.
The movie is well directed, gripping, with amazing performance from each of the character. A real pleasure to watch a movie with no gore and fights. Not a perfect watch on a romantic evening but any other time it will be a good entertainer.
Music: Vishal Shekar
Om and Shanti work in the same movie and Om happens to save her from fire while the set catches on fire and no one dares to enter it to help her out. Shanti develops a soft corner for Om and they become friends. One day Om decides to talk to Shanti and follows her while she goes to get her make up done and finds out that Shanti is actually having an affair with Mukesh Mehra (Arjun Rampal), a big name producer. He also over hears that she is pregnant and that Mukesh is not willing to take responsibility for it yet. Om is devastated.
Mukesh has other plans for Shanti who is pestering for commitment or exposure. He lures her for a fun evening and at the end of which he murders her. Om who also happens to be around is half-dead trying to save her life. In the end though Om meets a tragic death in a car accident. One Om dies in the hospital while another cries his way into the earth...A new child also named Om Kapur is born into the household of a wealthy well established actor...and here begins the story of deja vu and revenge...
The movie starts of as being a spoof, and then it slowly tries to get serious. It is as if the director wanted to do a spoof and half way through she wanted to be taken seriously and then ends abruptly with a very cliched ending which I am not sure is a spoof or not. The spoof parts of the movie are definitely funny. While the serious parts are a definite nag! The songs are good and well choreographed but the one with 31 actors is a bit too long and after sometime lost its lusture...at least for me. It is certainly a family entertainer and everyone will have a good laugh but it can get boring, especially if you are not a die hard Shahrukh fan.
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Salman K, Rani M
Director: SL Bhansali
Music: Monty Sharma
What a bore? A blue set with fake trains, fake water, bridges and two dimensional buildings calling itself a combination of Victorian as well as Saracen Architecture is absolutely a farce in the name of art.
I did not know how depressing the color blue can actually be made to look...Can you imagine a city filled with prostitutes but no clients? It is a deserted city with just a few inhabitants who go to the club. If they are not the club-goers then they are prostitutes. Yes that is how desolate the city is...
Anyhoo, Raj (Ranbir) is a lead singer in the local club called RK. He befriends a prostitute Gulabji (Rani) and lives in a house rented to him by an old lady. One day he sees a lone girl standing on a bridge and chooses to follow her and later befriend her. She is Sakina (Sonam) who lives with her blind mother with eternal supposed sadness in her eye with a hint of a smile on her lips (so the director and the actress themselves claimed in their interviews).
Raj falls in love with Sakina but when he professes his love for him she tells him about Imaan (Sallu) for whom she has been waiting for a year. And for whom she was waiting on the bridge and will continue to do so till he returns. Raj being adamant convinces her to fall in love with him...just when she is about to accept it...fate plays a cruel game...
The cruel game was fate making me watch this movie! Dang! I will never again commit such stupidity! This movie is slow, boring, presumptuous, dull, etc. etc. etc. I would not suggest even my worst enemy (not that I have any) to watch this movie!
Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapur
Director: Imtiaz Ali
Aditya Kashyap aka Adi (Shahid) is a rich kid from a broken family on whose shoulder the family business now rests on since his father passed away. Adi is frustrated with his life as his girlfriend dumps him and his mother is filing a law suit against the company that he decides to commit suicide and starts wandering aimlessly. No idea of where is going or what he wants to do he gets onto a train bound to Batinda. As luck would have it he bumps into the talkative and over friendly Geet (Kareena) who bails him out from the ticket collector and chats him up.
Adi alights the train in the middle of nowhere and Geet follows him to get him back on...in the event both of them miss the train and now Geet tells Adi that it is his responsibility to drop her off at her parents house and Adi takes up the journey. He is also captivated by her open kindheartedness, friendliness, talkative nature. Adi on taking Geet to her house agrees to spend a few days with her family and learns that Geet is getting engaged to her family friend's son. But Geet has other plans and wants to elope and marry her boyfriend who lives in Kulu. Adi agrees to take her to Kulu before heading back to Mumbai to take care of his family business.
On returning back to Mumbai and becoming successful at his business with Geet's inspiration Adi meets Geet's parents who are at his doorstep wondering where Geet is. It is then that Adi realizes that something is wrong with Geet and decides to go back to Kulu to check and see if everything is okay...and the story continues to end blissfully...
It is definitely a family entertainer and is funny in most parts. Both Shahid as well as Kareena have done an amazing job portraying their characters in the movie. It is really fun to watch Kareena jibber jabber throughout the movie...and Shahid's composed reponse to her. Good watch and certainly not boring though you know from the very beginning how this movie is going to end!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Sanjana spends most of her waking time smiling, smirking, showing expressions of doubt, anger, smart alec-ness, and so on. I amvery positive that she has no idea that she is not doing any of these consciously...it is her uncontrolled muscle movements. But you will have to see it to belive me when I tell you that it is really cute!!!
Baby is growing and she is going to be a month in a couple of days and she is already four weeks old and now weighing at 8 pounds...so she has already added 22 ounces in 29 days...it's all good.
Sanjana has been out for one outing so far and that was for a Diwali dinner at a friends place. She is all darling when she is among people and no one believes us that she keeps us up till one or two every other night crying all the time...but then all babies go through cranky time and Sanjana is cranky only for a max of two hours a day and all at one time. The rest of the day she is a darling!!!
Right now she is taking a nap and it is sooo beautiful to watch her sleep...so let me go and do that while y'all leave me some comments :)
Monday, October 22, 2007
My baby came home on Friday. Till we were in the hospital I was not fully aware of the responsibility it was going to be as the baby spent most of the time in the nursery...but once we got home it all dawned upon me. Thanks to the support of my mother-in-law that it has been easy so far. But to Sanjana's credit, she has been real sweet too...for the past five days she has not been really troublesome either. Maybe that phase is yet to come. She pretty much sleeps, eats, poops and pees and occassionaly cries when she needs something...typically food is all she needs so far...
I am looking forward to following days when I can decipher this beautiful peice of art that we have created...
Monday, October 08, 2007
Loads of friends and family called over the weekend to see if anything has happened yet and it in a small way has done nothing more than increase my anxiety. Then again they are all well wishers and only want the best for me. At this point I am not sure what to expect in terms of pain or emotions other than the stress of waiting...but since the baby has been moving normally and everything so far has been pretty decent...I guess I will enjoy the wait :)
Monday, September 17, 2007
Last week I was thinking about my looong life on planet earth...29.6 years. I still remember being a little kid trying to get hold of the next Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book during summer vacation and fighting for it in the library...I can still remember the train journeys during vacations with my family...I can still remember wondering when I will grow up to be big so that I can join big people's group and listen to their secrets...
Twenty nine and half years later...and I still do not belong to big people's group...because they are all bigger...but then life has changed...I cannot imagine that I am almost there towards having my first child...still sometimes I forget that I am pregnant and only an attempt at trying to lift something from the floor or trying to look at my feet puts my life back in perspective...That this little girl is going to have a little one for herself...
And then I think about how easy it was for my parents to raise me...I was a decently good girl...did not get into too much trouble...school was not my favorite place but was never in the blacklist either...was playful but not mischievous, was a mini-rebel but did not do too many damaging things...and in the end turned out fine and still love my family with all my heart...so I guess it was easy...you look at it our entire generation was easy...too few distractions...drugs were not in fashion (at least for me), and India was still conservative and unaffected by Western influence, sustenance was still dependent on pocket money basis...so had to obey and be nice...I don't think I have ever been able to convincingly say "It's my life, and I will do what I want, don't need you to interfere..." because the very next meal or new tee shirt was from dad's salary...so ya...things were easy!
Look at things now...things are scary...go to a local mall and I will tell you that any respectable parent from our generation will pull his tongue and commit suicide seeing the things kids wear and do...but then we cannot control them any more can we? So raising a child now really scares me...I am always going through the anxiety of parenthood...Will I be able to do it right? At least half as good as my parents? Will I be able to influence my child to do something out of his life? Will I be a good parent? Will my child be obedient and loving and caring like I am towards my family? Gosh!!! How many more "Will I be's..." will there be?
But on the brighter side...a new baby is like fresh clay that is in the hands of a craftsman...and hopefully I am skilled enough to mold it to the best shining vase ever...It is definitely a challenge and a puzzle and I hope I tackle it and figure it out with the correct answer...In the next few weeks my new adventures begin and as much as I looking forward to it, I am also psyched to no boundaries...fun fun fun!
Things I have done or almost done:
1) Getting close to closing my hospital bag...it just needs a few things in it to make it complete.
2) Did a sonogram to figure out if the baby was lying in the right position...and yay! he/she was!
3) Baby clothes are washed and sorted and ready to be used.
4) Two baby showers last week has bought me loads of things that I have sorted out and stored them in our new chest and drawers...I am excited to use them...Thanks to everyone who have helped me...
5) The house is almost clean but for the bathrooms...which will be worked out this weekend...
So I guess things are moving forward in the right direction!
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Everything is normal...life is at least...we got our new bedroom furniture two weeks ago but I have not loaded it with anything yet...we got the bed, a dresser with mirror, a chest, and a nightstand. All the shelves in the chest and nightstand are empty and two shelves in the dresser is filled with my junk jewelery and some important documents. I managed to do the arduous task of lining all the shelves with contact paper only to see that they are already bubbling out on me...after all I guess what Girish told me about how useless they were are all true...anyways, at least now my bedroom looks like a bedroom.
For the bed we bought a new comforter set...probably the most expensive piece of fabric in our house apart from the pattu (silk) saree's I have...the set came with pillows, pillow covers and a beautiful comforter...Now the problem is, I have three rows of pillows...one HUGE row, one Medium size row, and finally the small throw pillows...and none of these pillows are comfortable for both me and Giri...Every night we go through the process of arranging the pillows on the ground and using our usual pillows and in the mornings organizing the pillows back to make the bed look nice...I wonder why some people go through the trouble and I am really interested to see how long Giri and I are going to do this too...
Wondering why we bought bedroom furniture for us and nothing for the baby? Well my rakhi brother and his wife are giving us their daughter's crib and travel system. So Girish and I decided that if we bought a chest and other storage for the room, we can easily use it for the child now and when it is big use them for ourselves. Plus the baby is going to room with us in its crib (hopefully) so we cannot afford to have too many shelving...and this seemed to be the most logical/practical solution. I would rather do something sensible than stupid and useless.
Baby status: 34 weeks now!!! yay! I have another 5 weeks to go...give or take a week...exciting! I am glad that I still do not have too many pregnancy issues and the only concern is that my baby might be breach...the doc told me today that I can get another ultrasound in two weeks to confirm the position of the baby...pray that it is headside down so that I don't have to go through the turmoil of a C-Section!
I am still partying. I don't think anything is going to stop me (hopefully not...touch wood)! We had Shahid's birthday party on August 18th and then Malcolm's birthday party on August 25th...and I was there till the end on both...although I had to pull Girish out in Shahid's around 5.00am...I managed to have fun at both! So kudos to me...
Hopefully, I wont be subjected to too much stress in the next few days/weeks and that the last few days before my delivery are as fun as the rest of the pregnancy was!
Tchao till next time and thanks Manjesh once again for motivating me to write...
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Cast: Rahul Bose, Zain Khan
Director: Kittu Salooja
It is a fairy tale...one of those dream come true plots and certainly leaves you with a very good after taste. The story revolves around Karan (Zain) who is an orphan living in an orphanage run by a very mean and shrewd man. Karan is an ardent Kapil Dev fan and gets all his information from one of the supervisors in his orphanage. Karan himself has never met Kapil or even played much cricket himself.
One day when the orphanage receives a donation package in which Karan finds a cricket bat with the inscription KD1986 which he assumes belonged to Kapil Dev and was used in the 1986 world cup that India had won...He believes that it is his magic bat...but just as all good things need to have a bad counterpart, there is another boy in the orphanage who hates Karan and is hell bent upon stealing his bat and hurting Karan.
On the Indian cricket front the team is not performing well at all and is on a loosing streak. The team coach on his way home gets his car glass smashed by a ball hit by Karan with his magic bat. Surprised that Karan actually hit such a high shot the coach investigates and to his joy finds that Karan can take on any bowler with his magic bat. Karan is added to the Indian team and finds himself rooming with the captain of the team Varun (Rahul Bose).
Now Varun looks at Karan as a pest and tries to keep himself away from Karan as much as possible...but as days go by Varun and Karan solidify a bond...and the rest of the movie is about Karan loosing his bat to his nemesis and the bond formed between Varun and Karan, and how Karan helps Varun overcome his family problems...
A very simple story with beautiful narration where the magic behind the bat is just a metaphor. Amazing performances by all the central characters and there is not an overdose of drama. This movie is totally worth watching at least once. Wonder why the Indian audience do not give off beat films like these a chance!
Friday, August 17, 2007
Cast: Salman, Govinda, Katrina Kaif, Lara Dutta
Director: David Dhawan
This movie is a scene-by-scene copy of the English movie Hitch! If you have seen Hitch then there is a good chance that you might not enjoy it. Also I guess you need to be in the silly mood to like this movie or laugh at any of the jokes in the movie...because me, and all my friends who were at the theater found the movie nothing but annoying while a there were a whole bunch of people who got good laughs from it...I enjoy good jokes but somehow felt that this movie was trying really hard to get laughs out of you and Govinda was a tad too loud and somethings were just annoying!
Prem (Sallu) is a love consultant...if you like someone and you are not sure how to approach the person then Prem will be the one to help you...Bhasker (Govinda) hears about Prem and approaches him to get help in his relationship department as he wants to score points with Priya (Katrina) who owns the company he works in.
Prem decides that Bhasker is aiming too high and starts to avoid him but Bhasker becomes a pest and literally starts living in with Prem. Prem under compulsion starts helping out Bhasker and also finds a love for himself in Naina (Lara).
The movie ends abruptly after meandering through boring dialogues and sentiments once Prem and Naina are united and Bhasker and Priya are also united in matrimony...
Seriously you need to either be drunk, or have tremendous patience, or be in plain silly mood to enjoy this flick...but the music is really foot tapping and the songs are good in parties...I will definitely recommend you to watch this movie if you have absolutely nothing better to do...
Director: Shimit Amin
Music: Salim and Sulaiman Merchant
There are so many western movies that have made it big in America. There is a movie like this for every sport and every competitive event...typically the team or person will not be good enough to do anything but then with adequate training and motivational dialogues they will surprise the world with their achievement. Chak De India! also follows the same route without digressing one bit.
The story is about Kabir Khan (SRK) a dethroned captain of erstwhile Indian Hockey team that lost to Pakistan during world cup finals. Kabir not only gets shunned for his decision to take the penalty goal himself but is also alleged to have let Pakistan take the cup home thus giving him the title of a traitor.
Shying away from his life Kabir moves out of his home and hometown only to come back to Delhi wanting to coach the miserably failing Indian women's hockey team. He is confident that he can absolve himself from the past in which he was wrongly accused. With lot of reluctance the selection committee accepts his employment and Kabir is on the ground waiting for the team to come in.
The taskmaster that he is Kabir starts out by trying to nationally integrate the team and train them day and night for the World Cup in Australia. He makes a lot of enemies inside the team and also within the selection committee...but the story ends showing us how he overcomes all the hurdles and difficulties that he is posed with.
It is certainly a run of the mill story but not one bit boring. SRK's histrionics in the movie without him spreading his hands and falling to the ground singing romantic songs can be well appreciated. He keeps you convinced about his conviction and all the hockey match sequences are really well charted out and interesting. Not as gripping as Lagaan but definitely worth watching it once. The sketches of various team members are also portrayed very efficiently without taking too much time off the main plot.
I saw the movie on a "buy one ticket and get one free day" and saved $5...and if you can do that then the movie is totally worth it...it really does not require a wide screen...but a must watch...
Cast: Allu Arjun, Hansika Motwani
Director: Puri Jagannath
First all the good things...beautiful camera work! This film is shot in some of the most beautiful parts of our country...Allu Arjun's toned up physique has to be complimented...he looks really good and has done a good job in the acting arena as well. The music is also good and does not force you to forward the film...
With that said, things I felt could have been done better...the sets...the cave sets looked plastic...
the art director could have worked a bit to make it look more natural. Hansika Motwani looks so much like Bhoomika Chawla and her acting skills are not even worth mentioning. The supposedly Tamil goons Tamil accent is so bad that I am sure Tamilians will take offense for killing their mother tongue. Allu Arjun could do with some voice modulation lessons as he sounds like a girl in many scenes...with a body like that his voice seems like a misfit.
The story is about a young pampered media reporter who gets tugged into a fight with a local warlord. Bala Govinda (Allu Arjun) beats up the son of local goon in public while shooting a undercover video. The goon's son is hurt very badly and the goon is looking for Bala Govinda for revenge. To ensure the safety of Govinda his dad (who is also his boss at work) sends his son of to work on a travel documentary project in the hills of himalaya's.
Govinda playful as he is bumps into a group of sanyasin's and falls in love with Vaishali (Hansika). Unable to get her off his mind he follows her until she professes her love for him and gets released from the Ashram to return to Hyderabad with Govinda...but on his way out he realizes that the same gang of goons who are behind him are also behind Vaishali and Vaishali gets kidnapped by them...
Govinda discovers the truth behind Vaishali's past and also fights to get her back from the goons which forms the later part of the story.
Would I strongly recommend this movie? Nope...but can certainly tell you that you can see it once as an entertainer.
Cast: Ajith Kumar, Trisha, Raj Kiran, Vivek
Director: A L Vijay
Music: G V Prakash
I remember seeing a movie like this one a few years ago...I don't remember the name of the movie...but it was similar at least in theory. I guess the only thing it did not have was a "star" in the leading role. This movie would probably not have seen the daylight had Ajith not acted in it.
The story is about Shakthivel (Ajith), a carefree but respectful youth who's aim is to become an SI. He is the son of Rajarajan (Raj Kiran), an honest police head constable who is waiting for redemption the day his son becomes a part of the Indian police force. Shakthi and his family live in Trichy and he spends most of his time with friends and having fun in the city. During one such escapade he meets Divya (Trisha) with whom he eventually falls in love.
As things always go smoothly in the first half, Shakthi gets called for an interview and gets selected to go for a personal interview in Chennai for the same. Both Divya's and Shakthi's parents are also excited about their alliance and everything is moving smoothly until Rajarajan messes things up. His diligence gets him in trouble with some local politicians who get him transferred to a very crime filled city.
The entire family moves down and once again Rajarajan's uprightness lands him trouble. He tries to fight singlehandedly with some local goonda's who get angry with him and are ready to kill him until Shakthi sees it and jumps in to save his father's life while hurting the rowdy group real bad. Now it is revenge time but Shakthi has the support from Rajarajan's boss who has been trying to get the rowdy's behind bars or at least punished...
Shakthi's fight with the rowdies make him very famous in the city and his brother in law (Vivek) starts taking advantage of it without Shakthi's knowledge. Shakthi also gets involved in many small fights owing to his friends and other circumstances. The police inspector helping Shakthi misunderstands him and reprimand's Shakthi...Shakthi's job as a cop is under scrutiny and the future of his life is also in a limbo...What happens next? watch the movie!
The movie is very simple...Trisha comes promptly for some songs and dances and nothing else. Vivek's comedy was hardly even funny. Raj Kiran has done the father role well once again after Thavamai Thavamirundhu...I am sure father roles (as that is the only thing he can play at this age and with that face) is something he can get a doctorate for. Saranya as Ajith's mother is so stereotypical...from her days in Nayagan till date her acting prowess has not improved nor has it changed. She is so blah and can cry so easily...B O R I N G...
Ajith looks good...and young and for a change he actually looks fresh. He can still act and he really does not do too much of his "star" stuff other than a few occasional mention of "Thalai" here and there...wonder why he has to do it.
I cannot write much about the music as I forwarded most of it and the direction has nothing special to mention about at all. If you are free and want to watch a movie filled with fights/cries/and melodrama this will be a good choice.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Last weekend my friend delivered her baby girl Ahana, an angel...and I was just telling her that I feel like I am back in school all over again. Remember the days when your friend had finished all her exams and you still had one to go and all you would think is "damnit why isn't mine over yet?" or call your friend to get some tips on writing the last one? Well that's exactly what I am going through. I keep calling this girl to ask her if this is okay or that is okay...
Last week and half was hectic at work...deadlines and pressure to get things done at work...I was stressed out a little and developed some pain in my lower abdomen...I checked all books and online medico sites and everyone told me to call my physician. Which of course I did and guess what...I had to get another ultrasound done and had a intermediate doc visit...Did not like it one bit, freaked out, but then things turned out well...speaking of turning...my baby was turned in wards...so could not get to see the baby...wahhhhhhh...I tried everything but still the baby would not turn...it was sleeping peacefully...awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
Also now that I am 32 weeks ahead...my baby's movement are real strong. Sometimes it hurts and other times it wakes me up...and if you watch closely you can see the baby moving inside...it is simply amazing. Right now the baby's position in my tummy aint good...the baby is sleeping parallel to the floor and I am hoping that in the next few weeks he will get to the upside down position. I am getting freaky dreams because of this!
One brilliant thing that happened on Sunday ws Djokovic beating Federer...I always knew that Nole had it in him to take on Feddie...but when he finally did it...I felt sooo happy...All my friends were telling me that he would get to the finals only to get beated by Feddie straight sets...and I kept my tail between my legs...I was not all that confident...but now I am excited...But I am also sure that a defeated Federer is not good news to anyone! So Rafa and Nole watch out...BTW, just for the record...I cannot stand Roddick...or his coach Connors...grrrrrrrrr
What else, what else, what else??? I have tonnes of reviews to write...should be able to catch up with them this week...tonight we are going to see Chak De India...so lets see how that is...Until next week...See y'all!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Loads of things are concerning me at this very moment...like for example, will the bedroom furniture we purchased fit in our bedroom afterall. when we bought it we were confident that it will but it has not arrived yet and everytime we walk around the room we are getting less and less confident...
Also, change in lifestyle has already started to take place...no more bars and clubs, no more getting out of bed, take a quick shower and run out of the house, no more staying up with friends till 6 in the morning...and what is about to come in 10 weeks is going to be all the more drastic and life changing...forever...no 'kid'ding!
I guess it is a part of our life to go through these changes and embrace it to make them as less painful to us as possible...but honestly it is easier said than done...there are times when I sit and think of the last few years with Girish and how much fun it was and how it is all going to change in the next few months...
The good thing is knowing that I will have a baby who is mine and mine alone and will crave for my attention and love, and will be the apple of mommy's eye! I cannot wait to see the baby and to celebrate the new life. Self doubts still exist but I am sure I can handle any situation as I have learnt about myself in my previous experiences...so in 10 weeks I am going to be a mommy...with a darling in my arms for whom I might just about do anything...
Monday, July 23, 2007
Cast: Venkatesh, Trisha, Kota, Srikanth, K Vishwanath
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
This is a typical Telugu family movie in which you know how the movie is going to end right from the start. It can definitely be viewed with family and is a mild entertainer. The clean nature of the movie and very minimal violence clubbed with some decent comedy and loaded with sentiment makes this movie a complete Indian movie.
Ganesh (Venkatesh), is a programmer by profession but is unable to secure a job for a very long time. He has no luck with interviews or exams as he has fear of taking exams and keeps failing one after another. His father (Kota) has decided that his son is useless and has resigned to taking care of him till he breathes his last...while Ganesh roams the city with his friends (Sunil and Srikanth)
But things change when Ganesh sees Kirthi (Trisha) for the first time. It so happens that she is also the exam invigilator and she motivates him to perform better and also speak in Group Discussions. But after securing employment Ganesh notices that Kirthi is not friendly towards him at all. So he tries his best to befriend her. They both travel to Australia together on a project and there he also proposes to her. Which she quickly rejects and they both come back to India with Ganesh carrying with him a broken heart.
Ganesh vents to his father who in turn decides to go and talk to Kirthi himself gets insulted by Kirthi in public. Next day Ganesh finds that his father had died of a broken heart. Ganesh decides to forget Kirthi and go with his friend Srikanth to his village for a short vacation to give himself a change of place. Srikanth is going back with his fiance, whom Ganesh has never met to get married with his entire family's blessing.
Ganesh, to his surprise and shocks finds out that Srikanth's fiance is none other than Kirthi and he has to spend the next few days in her presence. Kirthi also goes through similar emotions. Srikanth has a huge doting family and soon Ganesh blends into it. He manages to win the love of everyone but the grandfather and towards the end he does that too...
But Kirthi soon realizes that she is in love with Ganesh and wants to marry him. Will they go against her family? Will Ganesh hurt his friend and the new found family? What happens? Have you seen DDLJ? Well, then you know how such movies usually end!
To Venkatesh acting in such roles are a piece of cake. He has been there and done that several times. Trisha seems to have done better than before this time though I always feel that she is a bit of an overactor. Srikanth, once upon a time, a hero in South is now doing supporting roles but he has performed well in this movie. The rest of the huge family is just a load of emotions and overacting. Did annoy me a couple of times but overall such movies always get only so much out of actors.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
It is 27 weeks now...I cannot imagine that I only have 13 more weeks to go at minimum and maybe 14 at max. Then I will be holding a little baby angel in my hands! I am sure I miss the life of just me and Girish but hope the presence of the baby will not make me miss it too much too...
Anyways, now, I look fully bloated and many friends have mentioned politely that I have become fat, gained weight, etc. and then there are others who are not sure how to tell the same to me and tell me that I am looking just the same with a little belly. The truth though I know for sure is that I HAVE GAINED A LOT OF WEIGHT and that I AM FAT NOW! I wonder how I will get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. It was difficult for me to haul my ass to the gym without a baby, how am I going to do that with a baby???
Last weekend my dad, mom and my elder bro's family were in Dallas. So we decided to do the Valakappu ceremony for me on Friday. We decided to invite a few close friends over and had a real quick and simple ceremony. It was real fun! I was so happy to be with my family and friends. Thanks to everyone who came and made my evening.
Baby Report: The baby is really kicking and moving and making a play ground of my tummy. But it is such a pleasurable and reassuring feeling. Hope everything goes smoothly and the baby turns around and pops the right way out :)
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Aatril vida aasai...
I was in my 7th standard and had my first road trip ever. Bal, Dad, Mom and I drove from Chennai to Trichy in our Blue Ambassador. I still remember that I had to give exams two days after I got back and I was trying to study during the drive down there. We were doing this drive so that we could pick up my older brother from his college in Namakkal where he had successfully completed a five year stint.
We reached Trichy's BHEL Township and met with some of daddy's friends. And after a break and some rest together we drove to Namakkal and picked up Shaw and came back to Trichy. In Trichy we visited some temples like Srirangam and Samayapuram...I love those places though right now they are nothing but a fading shadow in my mind. On our way back from Samayapuram we were driving parallel to one of Cauvery's tributary for a while, and mom decided to take a break and chill in the water. It was crystal clear water. I am not lying. Brown silt at your feet and two feet of clear water flowing in full speed to reach Cauvery at Srirangam...We played in water for a very long time with small fishes nibbling at our legs...my friend and I took a handkerchief...did some fishing only to let them go back into the water...it was sooo nice.
I wish I could do go back to those days as always...but then we have to live in the present with memories from the past...such is life...
Monday, June 18, 2007
Friday night was our date with AR Rehman and his group who are now touring the United States. I got home and changed into a white salwar (we were asked to wear white to show respect to the ambassador of peace-Rehman) and drove out to Garland's Special Events Center where we met with the rest of the gang. We were pleasantly surprised as the show started off on-time. This has never ever happened at any of the Indian shows I have been to.
Things I liked:
- Liked Hariharan
- The choice of Tamil songs were brilliant. And thanks for playing 4 Sivaji songs
- Starting on-time
- Vijay Yesudas
Things I wish were done better:
- Choose an auditorium that is meant for musical performances and not an indoor sports stadium.
- Better audio
- Introducing the singers might help as we did not know the names of most of the performers
- Not sing like 4 songs from Guru and that too repeat the song Dhumbaradhum...like two times.
- The background dance was boring and unnecessary
- The singers/performers did not connect with the audience at all. There was no audience involvement in the show. In south India you have orchestra's that play at weddings...they come, sing, and leave...this felt a little or a lot like that.
Anyhoo, Friday followed by Saturday saw me and Girish shop a bit during the day and in the evening we headed out to Irving so that I could join my friends to watch Sivaji while Girish hung out with Shahid. And boy did I enjoy Sivaji, the ambiance, the Super Star, the fun...It was good and it was not a bad decision for me to go alone. I enjoyed the movie without hearing any snickers or rotten comments about Rajini. If you are a Rajini fan then you must see the movie ASAP...it is worth it!
So there was my busy Friday and Saturday while Sunday turned out to be a more relaxed and chilled out day with a little shopping and hanging out with friends and a small jamming session in our house in the evening. Ya my weekend was really fun and chilled out.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Cast: Rajinikanth, Shriya, Vivek, Manivanan, Vadivukarasi, Suman
Music: A.R. Rehman
Produced by: AVM - 60 years of Entertainment
After a long wait Rajini's lastest released on 15th of June giving hope to all Rajini fans that another might also come along. After the disaster of Baba Rajini picked himself and got back on the top circuit once again with a Super Duper Hit - Chandramukhi and then followed it by pairing with Shankar for the very first time to create Sivaji-The Boss. And if you have any doubts about this movie becoming another block buster then rest your fears as it might even surpass Chandramukhi's raking.
Shankar as a director has definitely ran out of steam. His story is stale and the dialogues in the movie also sound like you have heard them before and indeed you have. If he tries and does anything different his movie flops so I guess he is sticking to his original formula and it is getting a little too boring. The only credit I will give Shankar is his creativity in comedy situations and the Rajini look that has been revived and the various style opportunities he created in the movie for us to cheer the thalaivar.
The real show stealer in the movie though undoubtedly is Vivek. His punch lines, one liners, comic timing are all one of the major features in the movie that keep it moving at a fast pace. Vivek deserves the applause and Rajini deserves more for letting Vivek share so much of the screen with absolutely no ego whatsoever.
Rajini movies are always a pleasure to be seen in a theater with the right atmosphere. A typical Rajini movie atmosphere starts with screeming, yodelling, whistling, throwing paper confetti and cash around in the theater. Too bad for the theater people but that is fine considering we get charged twice to watch a Rajini movie than any other film.
The minute the doors were opened to let us in the screaming and celebrations began. As we sat down and waited for the movie to start, catcalls and all the screaming continued from all corners of the theater. The trailer for Sulthan started and the theater was messy once again filled with paper flying around everywhere in the theater. And need I say how the first half hour of the movie progressed? I missed out on most of the dialogues and literally just watched the movie and hardly heard anything...
Anyway, the story starts with Rajini being led to jail in a hood and then he continues to tell his flashback story to a fellow jail inmante...Sivaji (Rajini) an NRI with a software background returns to Chennai to do something for the poor and underpriviledged. His aim for quite sometime in his life has been to start a free university, a hospital, and other such institutions to help reduce poverty in the country. He is ready to spend all his life savings to do so. In his first few days he learns that it is not going to be easy to deal with the politicians and the government officials and money was the only thing that got work done. Gritting his teeth he spends money to get his project on the ground and he does so making enemies with Adi (Suman). Adi himself is a goon turned owner of various colleges and hospitals in Chennai and fears a free competition from Sivaji might ruin his future and tries to hurdle all progress for Sivaji.
In the meanwhile Sivaji meets his love in Thamizhselvi (Shriya) and proceeds to convince her and her family to accept him as their bridegroom. Many comical situations arise through this alliance and it is a funny courtship for sure. Thanks to Vivek's presence too.
Does Rajini over come his difficulties and how does he tackle with Adi forms the second half of the movie. The first half of the movie is funny, witty, and fast paced while the second half of the movies shows the making of Rajini becoming the Boss to wreak vengence over Adi and his group of goons. This is where the movie gets a little Shankar stereotypical although Rajini has done his fair share to revive it a little bit.
The different get ups and make up one watches Rajini in this movie revives memories from past when Rajini played Billa, Ranga and such roles till date. There is a fair Rajini, a dark Rajini, a bald Rajini, to a Rajini looking like Sivaji, MGR and even Kamal Hassan in the movie.
Now lets talk about the music, my favorite song was Sahana, Balleilaka, and Vaji Vaji. Other than these three the rest of them were okay. Since I had heard that Shankar had spent some obscene amount of money to shoot these songs I thought that they might be something different but Balleilaka reminded me of Andankaka from Anniyan and both Vaji Vaji and Sahana reminded me of Anbe Anbe from Jeans. Like I mentioned before Shankar is running out of ideas and he is spending money on expensive but cheap looking sets. I am glad that he did not spend a lot of money on cheap graphics like he did in Anniyan.
The movie is a treat for Rajini fans but if you try to get some logic out of it or some reasoning I would really leave that part of your brain back home before leaving to the threater. A sure family entertainment and is bound to keep kids entertained too. But a few scenes towards the end of the movie during the fight scenes are a little too lound and unnecesarily long.
Enjoy Sivaji as it might be one of the last few movies that Rajini will be making. Sivaji-The Boss is a thorough entertainer...and for all all Rajini fans it is a must watch.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Cast: Dhanush, Meera Jasmine, Archana, Nazar
Director: Suresh Krishna
This is a real miserable, boring and sad story. What was the purpose or idea behind making this movie? Entertainment? I don't think so. Education? No way...Then what is the real purpose of this movie? To give everyone watching it a head ache. Ya that's it. I don't see any other point in making this violent movie. Sometimes filmmakers get carried away trying to make realistic movies.
The story is about Azhagusundaram (Dhanush), a village lad who moves to Chennai to earn some money without informing his recently widowed mother (Archana). Azhagusundaram and his parents are really close and loosing his father suddenly comes as a blow to him and his mother.
His mother also soon followes Azhagu to Chennai but with no information regarding his whereabouts. She comes in contact with Shwetha (Meera Jasmine) a journalism student. Shwetha takes care of Azhagu's mother and tries to help locate Azhagu in the big city of Chennai.
In the meanwhile Azhagu has been rechristened as Paratai and has secured a job with Khader Bhai (Nazar), a small tea shop owner. After Paratai saves enough money he plans to return to his village to meet his mother but on that fateful day he lands up murdering a local goon after being provoked to do so. Paratai gets arrested and comes out on bail. He tries to resume his normal life but goons from all over the city are either trying to hunt him down or try and make him a part of their gang.
Paratai also hears from the village postman that his mother is in Chennai looking for him. So Paratai begins his hunt for her too...Do the loving mom and son meet? What happens of Paratai forms the rest of the story.
Like I said in the beginning, if you don't have to then taking a miss on this one might not be a bad idea unless you are a die hard fan of Dhanush.
Cast: Amitabh, Tabu, Paresh Rawal
The trailer pretty much gives the entire premise of this movie. It is about a 64 year old man falling in love with a 34 year old lady and the opposition the lady receives from her dad who is only 60.
Amitabh plays Buddadeb Gupta a Chef and owner of a popular Indian restaurant in London. He prides himself on the culinary excellence his restaurant has maintained over the years and gets offended when one of his customers returns a plate of food as it did not taste authentic. Budha storms out and unforgivingly yells at Nina (Tabu) who promptly leaves the premises. Later on when Buddha checks with his chefs he realizes that a mistake has been made. His ego does not allow him to directly apologize to her but instead they become friends on his insistence. Nina is on vacation to London to visit her friend and she happens to live close to Budha's restaurant.
With loads of corny and cheesy dialogues written to evoke laughter their romance carries on without a name for a long time till they both realize what they have for each other. At the same time Nina gets a call that her father in India is sick and she has to get back immediately. Nina leaves and of course Budha follows her to India.
In India Budha faces his biggest hurdle of convincing Nina's dad Omprakash (Paresh Rawal). Om does not imagine Budha to be the boyfriend of her daughter and talks to him like someone of his same age until one day it is revealed. Of course you know what happens next...
The music by Illayaraja though rehashed from his previous hits in South is still refreshing to hear in the movie. The direction is smooth and simple but could have been done without the character of Sexy, Budha neighbor's daughter who is suffering from a terminal illness. Such kids maybe cute but they DO NOT act as a catalyst in the movie.
The first half of the movie is fast paced and quick witted too but the minute Paresh Rawal's character is introduced the pace of the movie slows down to a drag. The age jokes get a little boring after the first few are thrown at you and the Gandhian principles are not very well used in this movie either.
You can definitely watch the movie once if you are a sucker for romance/romantic movie else you can safely take a miss on this one.
Cast: Sathyaraj, Kusboo, Jyothirmayi
The movie is a biography on the life of Dravida Kazhagam's founder and leader E V Ramaswamy (Naicker) aka Periyar and his impact on India we have today.
Sathyaraj has acted as a villain, a hero, a comedian, and a few serious roles but this one surely stands apart as he dons the role of Periyar. When you look at him you think you are looking at the real Periyar. The makeup, body language and his acting skills convince you so.
Periyar fought to banish caste system in India. He worked hard and joined politics hoping it will help eradicate the main problem that dominated (and continues to dominate) India. But all his hopes were turned down when he realized that most politicians enjoyed the privileges that caste system provided them with.
Disheartened he started his own political party in South called DK and began his own political propaganda against caste system. He was the first to fight for reservation for the lower caste people. He disowned his religion and got rid of his caste name which was a part of his name and had many others do so too.
On the whole he was a very powerful and moving person with a independent reasoning that thought for the benefit of others in the society. A selfless person who lived and died never holding or competing for any political power...
A brilliant chronicle of his life and a must watch. It will surely make you learn a few things about your country that you did not know before. The music is suited to the era and has powerful messages in them.
Notes: Caste has always been an issue in India. By fighting and providing reservation did we really eradicate the caste issues?
Cast: Raja, Bhoomika Chawla, SPB
Director: Mohanakrishna Indraganti
Music: KM Radhakrishna
Raja, a do-gooder to the society is challenged with poverty from his very childhood days. He vows to become rich to help the poor and under privileged in the society. Raja grows up to become a car driver for a rich man with a kind heart. But Raja gets nothing for free. While at work dropping off his boss at the airport Raja meets a little girl who has been abandoned by her father. He adopts her as his own and together with his friend and roommate, Raja raises the girl. As fate would have it, the girl is inflicted with a deadly disease which if not treated on time may become terminal. For this he needs money and he tries his best to secure it.
Upon insistence from the girl Raja takes a trip to Tirupathi where he has a divine encounter with none other than Kubera, the lord of wealth. As the myth goes, Kubera after having given a lot of money to Venkatachalapathi to help in his wedding is still collecting the interest from the lord and travels back and forth from heaven every week carrying the load of the money on his shoulders. To get rid of this burden Kubera has to help a mortal with daily work till the demise of the person he chooses. He should also be careful to choose the best of the best mortal to help for. Obviously our hero Raja fit the bill in all the categories and he gets a visit from Kubera while he is standing complaining to God about not getting any help for the little girl.
Loaded with cash Raja gets the girl’s health taken care of first and then starts a small business which becomes a big hit and in turn he starts raking money that he spends for all the right reasons. At first Kubera is ok with the turn of events but later he gets bored doing the daily chores for Raja’s household. The only way he can end the misery would to be to ask Raja for his life in return for the favor he received from Kubera and Kubera does just that…what happens next? See the movie for an ending filled with more mythological characters.
Ofcourse there is a heroine in this movie…Bhoomika Chawla, she plays Raja’s love interest that follows him around videotaping all his good deeds and eventually joins Raja’s company as his personal secretary only to eventually fall in love with him and create the extra bit of drama.
The story is simple, it is actually not even a great movie but its clean and clear presentation makes it watchable. Of course, I like Raja which might bias my opinion, nevertheless it is good to watch when you are craving for a feel good movie. Everyone has done their role well though the directing techniques seem a bit archaic and the music is certainly forgetful. Let me know if you have seen this movie and think otherwise.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
I still cannot believe that the little movements inside my stomach is really a live human being in the making. It is inside a workshop where it is getting designed and fabricated as I type this. I cannot tell you how expectant I am to see the darling...all this is so magical and maybe this is what God is all about...Creation...and being a part of it makes me feel special too.
I hurt my left feet last week and now I am unable to do my regular excercise of walking and have been lazing around the house a bit too much. At the same time I am trying to get things organized for the baby. This week I hope to have the baby registry started and also decide on what kind of crib and bedroom furniture we want to buy.
The whole process is way too taxing only because of the wide choices we need to make...trust me there are way more options that what I really want. There are like 30 types of strollers, 40 types of cribs...the general way I like to choose things are by cost but then all of them are in similar price range too...so BITE ME! I am confused and sometimes feel too much under pressure. While all the baby-product companies are trying to reduce the pressure on the mom by providing her choices, they are actually doing the opposite....
Anyways...I saw this cute picture of how the baby might be looking at this time and I am so amazed how much he/she has grown in the last few months! Girish also felt the baby move/kick two nights ago for the first time. He was so excited...unfortunately everytime he puts his hand on my tummy the darling stops to move...he feels so bad and gives up after holding his hand still for 10 mins. I guess somethings are only for mom's pleasure just as somethings will be only for mom's displeasure in the future ;)
Signing off now but will write back more things soon and will also get a pic of my sonogram on here...
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Cast: Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Sarika, Ranvir Shorey, Milind Soman
Director: Sagar Ballary
A brilliant movie, tight script, flowing screenplay, interesting story, and brilliant acting makes Bheja Fry a must watch movie this summer. All the actors in this movie are not mainline actors but their performance can put the best of best to shame. And so moving on with the story...
Ranjeet Thadani (Rajat) is a music producer married to Sheetal (Sarika) a singer. Ranjeet and his friends get together every Friday for a party. This is a different kind of party where they invite a talent who is not so talented and ridicule them behind the scenes. They enjoying doing it so much that they even don't mind missing out on family appointments.
One of Ranjeet's friend meets Bharat Bhushan (Vinay) on a trip to Pune and decides that he could probably be a source of entertainment for Ranjeet. Ranjeet promptly calls Bharat and invites him for dinner.
Bharat is a talkative self promoting singer who carries with him a scrap book showcasing his musical life. He is excited at the prospect of meeting a music producer which might help advance his career as a singer. Bharat has heart that wants to help everyone but also has the ability to mess things up for people around him. He can be annoying for the person who is sitting next to him but make it a funny experience for the rest watching him.
Friday arrives but Ranjeet's back is sprained badly and is restricted from moving around. Ranjeet knows that he will not be able to make it to the party but still decides to meet with Bharat to see how good or rather bad he is.
The minute Bharat steps into Ranjeet's house, Ranjeet's life cascades into a series of confusion and tension which forms the crux of the story.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Director: Venkat Prabhu
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cast and Corresponding Character in the Movie
Prassanna - Shanmugham - Software Engineer
Ranjith - Imran, a Gym body
Vijay - Gopi - Mechanic (Guy with the Bat)
Premji Amaran - Seenu,owner of the department store(Family Business)
Aravindh Aakash - Aravindh - He works at a coffee shop
Shiva (Radio Mirchi RJ) - Karthick - Team captain & brother of local head
Jai - Raghu - Moves from Rockers to Sharks.
Nithin Sathya - Pazhani - Captain in the final - (brother of Selvi)
Ajay Raj - Ezhumazhai - Ambulance driver,owns 2 ambulances
Arun - Uday - Gets into fights for nothing at all
Karthick - Arivu - A College going student
Christine - Shwetha - Aravindh's Girl Friend
Vijayalakshmi - Selvi - Pazhani's sister and Karthik's girl friend
Ilavarasu - Manohar - Sharks team's manager,owns a saloon
Sampath - Guna - Karthik's brother,the area's head
The movie is about two small local cricket leagues that comepete against each other in local matches and consider each other as sworn enemies. Royapuram Rockers are on top of the chain and keep bashing Sharks year after year. The heroes of the movie are the Sharks team. This movie has cricket as the central theme but that is not all the movie has to offer. It is a story of love, betrayal, friendship, and victory.
The story begins when Raghu's parents move from Royapuram to Chennai 600 028. Raghu, a college student living with his parents has no choice but to move with them although he detests the choice. He is not very excited at the prospect of living in the same area as his sworn enemies. Raghu is faithful to his old team Rockers but his team mates ignore him because of the distance. Angered at being replaced by a new guy in the team Raghu estranges himself from cricket and Rockers. As days go by he makes friends with a few Sharks team players and eventually gets induced into the team. Raghu practices with Sharks to play against Rockers in the upcoming Radio Mirchi trophy.
Raghu is the reason for Pazhani's sister Selvi and Karthick falling in love. Pazhani is disappointed that his friend would fall in love with his sister and that Raghu was the middle man for the union. The team splits up for a while. But Karthick apologises to Pazhani and they make up. The team is united again and they start practicing for the trophy once again. Unfortunately, Karthick gets stabbed by his brother's enemies and is rendered unfit to play the match. Pazhani replaces Karthick as the captain and the team heads for the match.
Under tight pressure and with a nail biting finish Sharks finally defeat Rockers in the semi-finals of the tournament. Every bit of the cricket tournament portrayed here is done so in a very light and entertaining manner. It is far from boring.
In the finals they meet their nemesis, a bunch of school kids who practice by cutting school classes to play cricket in the beach. The kids are really good and the Sharks know it because they have lost to them once before and that too very badly...the movie ends with the team really struggling to keep it up in the game.
All loose ends are tied up and the end is also funny and has a positive note.
It is a humorous representation of life in an average girl or boy's life in Chennai. Although no one in this movie is an established actor the performance of the all the fresh faces are commendable. It is a fresh story and a clean story that is enjoyable from start to finish.
SPB Charan has done a great job in Chennai 600028 compared to Mazhai. Venkat Prabhu has become a famous director in the film industry because of this galli-cricket movie.Premji Amaran has also done a good job in both comedy and the bacground score. Yuvan's foot-tapping music has a great craze on the youngsters. The lyrics by Gangai Amaran and Vali have also got some fame.
Jalsa: Ranjith,Tippu,Premji Amaran,Haricharan,Karthik
Ulla Vaa :DJ Saathiya,Silverstar,Yuvan Shankar Raja
Oh Oh Ennanamo:Anushkaa
Natpukkalae:Yuvan Shankar Raja
Saroja Saman Nikalo :Shankar Mahadevan,Premji Amaren
Un Parvai:Vijay Yesudas
Yaaro:SPB Charan,Venkat Prabhu
Jalsa (Remix):Sabesh,Gana Ulaganathan,Gana Pazhani,Karunaas,Premji Amaren
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Cast: Shilpa Shetty, Kay Kay Menon, Kangana Ranaut, Sharmaan Joshi, Shiney Ahuja, Konkona Sen Sharma, Irfan Khan, Nafisa Ali, Dharmendar
Director: Anurag Basu
The story depicts how our lives in metro cities are changing with the advent of Call center jobs and busy lifestyles. It is a brilliant depiction of busy life mingled with adultery, friendship, love, lust, and so on...a really well directed venture with a tight screenplay that keeps the pace of movie fast throughout.
Shikha (Shilpa) and Ranjith (Kay Kay) have been married for nine years with a daughter and they have lost of the love they once shared because of their busy lifestyles. They are always at loggerheads with each other and rarely agree on anything.
Rahul (Sharmaan) works in a call center during night and lives in his uncle's well furnished apartment. To climb the corporate ladder quickly he lets out his apartment to his bosses to carry on with their illicit affairs. Rahul has his eye set for Neha (Kangana) who works in the same office and he is crazily in love with her.
Neha on the other hand has an affair with her already married boss Ranjith. Ranjith promotes Rahul to become a Junior Manager while he uses the apartment to spend time with Neha. Rahul has no idea that his boss is sleeping with the girl of his dreams.
Neha and Shruthi (Konkona) are roomates. Shruthi is Shikha's sister. Shruthi goes through the arranged marriage system of meeting men and rejecting them. She meets Monty and rejects him instantly because she catches him checking out her bossom. Shruthi who works for Radio Mirchi likes Vishey K, the host of one of her shows. Her boss sets her up with Vishey and she also meets his parents and things are going well between them...until one day she finds Vishey and her boss in bed together.
Shikha visits her dance teacher Amma (Nafisa) every Saturday at the old age home. Shikha meets Aakash (Shiney) there and they both bond and share a good relationship which borders on love.
Amma also has her story...Anmol (Dharmendar), Amma's love from past comes back to live with her because his days are numbered and he wants to spend it with his true love. This is the only corny part in the story.
Now that I have given a brief introduction to everyone's life story...the rest of the movie develops into how all of them come close into affecting each other's life and how they solve their problems or work around it.
Must watch this one...all I can say is that this movie handled the subject of adultery, sex, lust, love, etc, much better than any of Karan Johar's movie ever did.
Cast: Prithviraj, Jyothika, Prakash Raj, Swarnamalya, Brahmanandam
Director: Radha Mohan
A brilliant story. Must watch! Great casting, music, acting, directing, screenplay, etc. A fresh movie after a long time in Tamil. I am glad that it might be made in Hindi too...
Karthik (Prithviraj) and Viji (Prakash Raj) are good friends working in the music industry as keyboard players. Both of them are single. Karthik believes in love at first sight when the lights will go on, the bells will ring, so on and so forth...and true to it he falls in love with Jyothika the very first time he sees her. And to his luck she lives in the same apartment complex where Karthik just moved into.
When he finally gets to talk to her he realizes that she is deaf and mute. Karthik does not see it and he knows that he will be in love with her regardless of her disabilities. With the help of her friend Sheela, Karthik learns sign language and does everything guys do to impress girls. Finally he expresses his love for her which gets rejected...
The rest of the story narrates how he wins her back...Prakash Raj and Swarnamalya also play a very important role in the movie. Actually, there is no character in the movie that is useless. Everyone is there for a reason and the comic narrative style of the movie is a highlight. Even the sad moments are not totally sad but have a degree of humor in them.
If you have not seen this one yet...then you are loosing out on one of Tamil industry's gems.
Monday, April 30, 2007
World Cup Cricket sucked and we were out in the very first round...then I started vesting all my hopes on my favorite MAVERICKS! And what did they do? Rather what are they doing? Loosing to eight ranked Golden State Warriors...Can you imagine? Really? The number one team that has 67 wins to it's credit during the regular season games is loosing to GSW...
That's all...All my entertainment for this year has come to an end...how sad can that be?
Anyways last weekend was fun. One day I totally lazed around the house and another day Giri, me and Rama spent four hours walking around The Byron Nelson Golf course trying to follow both Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson. It was funny that for the first forty five minutes we were just trying to get our bearings around the course. It was not a super hot day in Dallas standards but it surely felt like our skin was burning.
Am not sure if it is really worth being in the Golf Course as opposed to watching it in the cozy of my living room...and if I might do it again...but the experience was totally worth it when Vijay and I rubbed shoulders...literally...
Anyways...this is Anu signing off, still sad after last night's MAVS defeat.
Friday, April 27, 2007
That was almost 20 years ago...but today...once again I am wearing jeans with elastic to help my ever growing tummy...and memories from childhood past came rushing back to me...it is funny how things in life come back repeating in a cycle...again and again...
In case you are wondering I am talking about my maternity pants!