Thursday, July 31, 2008

Are you a nerd??!!!!


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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

De Taali (2008) - Hindi Movie Review

Ranking: 3/5

Cast: Ritesh Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Rimii Sen, Ayesha Takia
Director: E. Niwas
Music: Vishal-Shekar


Some movies are funny only if you are in the mood for them, else they are boring and annoying. This movie certainly falls into that category. It can crack you up if you are in a silly mood...

All said and done, Ritesh has good comic timing. His facial expressions and body language just work well with his sense of humor. This movie once again showcases it...Aftab is also not bad in the movie but does come out as someone who has bulked up too much and hence looking a little too chubby. Ayesha on the other hand has always been chubby and is known for her nun-like dress sense...and to create the oomph and sex that is otherwise missing in the movie we have Ms. Sen who is more than ready to compensate for what Ayesha is hiding under he three layered tops and high jeans pants...

This is a very simple story...Amu (Ayesha), Paglu (Ritesh) and Abhi (Aftab) are best friends and spend most of their time together. Abhi keeps falling in and out of love while Paglu and Amu stick around him. Abhi is the rich kids son and he makes sure that his best friends are well kept for. Abhi falls in love with Kartika and starts ignoring his friends thereby ticking both Amu and Paglu off...

Amu has another problem, she is in love with Abhi and only Paglu knows this...so they plan to overthrow Kartika in order to get Amu and Abhi married...They realize during the course of their many plans that Kartika is a gold digger and have to save Abhi from her...The struggle starts...

Do they hold Kartika back? What happens to Abhi? Does he marry Amu? What happens to Paglu?

There are many funny scenes and the movie is a tad too long...like I said before...it is funny if you are up for it...else take an aspirin and go to bed...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Please leave my country alone!

No matter where I live, India will always be my homeland. Nothing is going to change that.
No matter how much I complain, crib and moan about things there, deep in my heart I am going to love it nevertheless.

I rarely tend to complain about places I visit...I always appreciate and respect that it might not be my motherland, it is someone else's and I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings just like mine gets hurt every time someone tells something about India or Chennai.

Anyhoo, the recent bomb blasts over last weekend has really scared me. 17 bombs exploded in a matter of 70 minutes in Ahmedabad and a few more in Bangalore and in Jaipur. Mind you these were serial blasts...At least 50 people were killed and many injured...

And then you also read about the fighting going on in the border up in the mountains again this week, you wonder why India cannot be left alone. As such we are blighted with enough internal corruption and stupid politics...now these issues only complicate things for a country that is trying hard to move forward.

I hope we find out who the culprit is...who is motivating the culprits and punish them and give the country a chance that it truly deserves...

Monday, July 28, 2008

Happy Birthday!!!

So many friends come and go...but some stay...forever...

We have known each other for more than 14 years now and we are still in touch with each other in spite of living in different continents and have met each other just once in the last 8 or 9 years. Thanks to Google Chat that we still get to talk every once in a while...

Nanda, my friend, is now married to Sri and lives with his wife and little Sharran in England, and the occasion for writing this blog is to congratulate him on getting a year older, yep...you are a kelava...at 32 you are a kela bolt...so enjoy your last few years of ilamai...idhuku apuram nee full fledged kelavan ok...

Happy Birthday Nanda!! Engirundhalum vazhga! Vazhga! Vazhga...Kelavana irundhalum vazhga! Vazgha! Vazgha...

Have a great day and always be a friend!!!

Love
ART

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Blah!

Really, there is nothing for me to write...everything is going on as they should be...nothing new...nothing fun...other than Sanj, of course, who is now standing and trying to walk...well that apart...nothing...I swear to god...nothing interesting enough to pen...

I am lacking the energy to write anything if there was something...but then there is really nothing...blah!

That is how I feel my life now is like...Blah!

Monday, July 07, 2008

Euro Cup/Vacation/Wimbledon/Blogs/and probably more!

The past few weeks have been hectic...I cannot describe how hectic...but those who have been with me through it will acknowledge it too...anyways thanks for those who stood by us and helped us through tough and hectic weeks...

I don't want to talk about stuff that are not fun in my blogs...at least not anymore...I get tired of it...so I would like to use this place to talk about simple things and joys of life...hahaha...anyways...We all saw Spain winning Euro against Germany...good deal...I am happy because I like Rafa who is from Spain and hence he supports Spail ergo I supported Spain...no other special reasons...

So by now you would have guessed whom I was rooting for the Wimbledon Finals...but we will talk about that later...Giri and I decided to go to NC to spend the 4th of July with my brothers and their family. It was Sanjana's first trip away from home in a flight...wahhhhhhh...I was so tensed that I could not sleep Tuesday night...that plus other reasons...anyways with hardly any sleep Giri and I boarded the flight only to realize that we were not sitting together...dang and double dang...but thankfully Sanj played about 20 mins and then slept till 20 mins before landing...and she was playing the next leg which was just 35 mins anyways...

My entire family was excited to meet Sanj...she was the center of attention...and she played it cool chewing all her cousins toys that were put in front of her. My neice Pradhu whom I am meeting after a year is soooooooooo cute...I cannot even describe...Then we also met my other neice Zeal and Nephew Advith...whom I am seeing after 3 years...are all so grown up and so cute...gosh I can go on and on...I also went to the beach after 3 years too...altogether it was fun...and Sanjana made it easy for us too...

Saw women's tennis finals in NC...it was not bad...not interesting though...we got back to Dallas on Sunday the 6th and got to see the finals that our friends had kindly DVR-ed for us...we were like half hour behind the game...thanks to rain delay and all that we caught up. I could not see the entire game because I was really tired from previous night and I went to sleep with Babbi so that I can also get some rest. Obviously my favorite won...ya...another Spanish victory...what can I say...Vamos Rafa!

On a milestone note...Sanjana is now constantly babbling, crawling like crazy but also trying to stand without support...she can already stand. She recognizes me by sight and by voice and tries to cling to me around new people...but after an initial observation time of 2 hours she is all over the place and makes friends with people...

My mother-in-law is back in town to take care of her son...and hence she will also take care of Sanjana...which means no more daycare for her for another 5 months...probably a few quick visits in between to Anitha, her favorite baby sitter but hopefully nothing long time...I have to thank Anitha for being the best babysitter ever. She has taken such good care of Sanjana that I cannot do anything to repay her kindness. People like her only should do babysitting, the rest who do it for money are nothing short of being daylight robbers. I am generally angry at people like that...sorry...but Anitha you ROCK!!!

I can go on ranting but I think I don't want to make my blog any longer than it is now...so y'all take care and have a great week ahead...

Love
ART

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Brahm (2008) - Hindi Movie Review

Ranking: 2.5/5

Cast: Dino Morea, Milind Soman, and many unforgettable cast
Director:
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The story is about two loving brothers, Milind and Dino. Milind is the serious type who is a successful industrialist while Dino is his flirty younger brother who spends more time and energy chasing girls, mostly models, one after the other. One day Dino falls in love with an evasive drunk and into-drugs model. From then on he chases her and finally convinces her to fall in love with him. He is also sure that she is the one for him.

He takes the girl with him to introduce her to her brother and his wife. But the minute the girls sees his brother she calls him a murderer and runs away from there. Shocked at this accusation Dino sets out to find the truth while Milind's wife does not stand by his side.

What does a brother have to do convince his brother and wife otherwise? What does Dino find? Who is the girl he is dating? For all this and more boring information please watch this movie...or maybe not!

The movie, I am sure started with some good intentions...but somewhere in the middle it looses the plot. For some odd reason it comes across as a dark movie...I do not mean a movie with dark humor but otherwise. The acting also is a little ordinary and the story line looses strength as the plot thickens...I will not say that this movie is a complete waste...it is definitely better than watching Sawariya anyday but what I am saying is that this movie could have been done much better than what it is.

Aamir (2008) - Hindi Movie Review

Ranking: 4/5

Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal
Director: Rajkumar Gupta

I have to say...what a difference...one day you watch a very average movie like Woodstock Villa and the next day you are taken aback by the wonderful direction, story, tight screenplay, and not to forget brilliant acting in Aamir. This movie surely made a mark...a point...and a very bold statement at that...

Aamir returns to India from UK...a doctor returning to his family of mom, bro, and sister. From the very minute he lands the trip is not going his way...and the minute he steps out of the airport his bag is stolen, a cell phone is handed to him and he has to follow orders as said in the cellphone if he wants to see his family alive. He goes through a lot of trouble and visits places he has never been to blindly following orders...What is the ultimate goal? If I tell that then there wont be a point in you watching the movie now will there? So definitely go and catch it!!!

Like I said in the beginning...a brilliant must watch movie. Rajeev Khandelwal is awesome in portraying Aamir and the director is so brilliant too...and kudos for casting a newcomer and not any usual Bollywood hero...whoever the scriptwriter is...ek dham brilliant!!!!

Woodstock Villa (2008) - Hindi Movie Review

Ranking: 3/5

Cast: Sikhander Kher, Arbaaz Khan, Neha Uberoi
Director: Hansal Mehta
Music: Annu Mallik


First off, the music is so insignificant in this movie that I am not even going to make any mention of it other than this line...there! Done...

I should probably say the same about the direction too...and the acting...hummm...probably a few lines...what the hell!

Sikander Kher better be good in acting like his dad or his overacting mom else he is gonna see the way out soon with god having bestowed him with not-so-favorable-in-bollywood looks...On the other hand Ms. Uberois need to do something about her acne...oodles of make up did not help hide them...poor girl...but what about her acting skills? Haven't you noticed? I am trying to spare her the humiliation...

A rich man's wife (Uberoi) gets kidnapped...the players are the wife and a man the wife befriends (Kher) at a bar...the police think that the rich man (Khan) is the suspect and keep giving cheap dialogues to him...anyways Kher sees that Khan has a couple of cops with him and calls and lets him know that his wife is gone from this world forever...Kher goes back to inform Uberoi that her husband had the cops with him only to see that she is dead herself...

Now Kher is in trouble for murder and kidnap...fear grips him while he realizes that he has been conned. A phone call tells him to dispose the body in half hour or he will be in trouble...

What happens to Kher's future? What happens to Khan and his dead or not wife forms the rest of the movie. The story is actually half decent...reminds you of movies like Jhonny Gaddar...but the direction fails miserably...probably the cast might have done better at acting...after all the director is the puppet master...but well...too bad for these guys...

It is a definite one time watch...but nothing more than that...dont pine too much hopes...it is an average movie...in fact a wannabe cool movie!