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Tsunami the Aftermath

tsunami the aftermath

IMDB Profile | Buy/Rent @ Amazon | Genre: Documentary / research

it was a sheer coincidence as i stumbled upon an article about the movie. Tsunami the Aftermath is a collaborative output of HBO and BBC, and was aired on HBO in two parts. it gives a good insight on the devastating Tsunami that left more than 200,000 people dead across twelve countries, of which one-third of the victims are believed to be children. this deadliest attack by nature left, god-knows-how-many, people homeless, still struggling to rebuild their lives.

Directed by Bharat Nalluri, an Indian born British director, the movie deals with a series of interweaving stories that took place just after the tsunami hit on the coast of Thailand — a couple who just lost their six-year old daughter; a mother of two children who lost her husband and struggling to save her badly injured son battling for life; a local boy who lost everything that he had, a social worker trying to help people but finding it hard to get through the diplomatic hassles; and two journalists reporting on the event, on the verge of unearthing a grisly conspiracy of land grabbing and gross ignorance.

A must watch!

April 27, 2007 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

When books dripped blood: Virginia horror

A black day. the feedreader on my screen flashed the upcoming news at the bottom-corner, which i otherwise ignore; for some reasons my eyes fell upon and had them frozen for a while in a muted shock. An unknown assailant had gone on a rampage at Virginia Tech campus. and the news spread like an wild-fire on the internet; so much so that there’s already a long article up on Wikipedia giving a scene by scene account of the massacre. how quick, i thought. somewhere inside i cringed, having heard the gunshots that were fired thousands of miles away while i was sleeping peacefully, just a few hours ago. the footage is below…My condolence to the families who lost their dear ones. may god rest thy souls in peace.

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” — Mahatma Gandhi

April 17, 2007 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

Namesake: brings you home

brings you homeNamesake is a journey that takes you through a bengali family’s (mainly through Gogol, the elder child, whose name forms the basis of his very existence and crisis in his relationships) emotional roller-coster as they try hard to blend into the American society. Jhumpa Lahiri’s award winning novel looks into the lives of two generations – the migrated parents and their americanised children; the problems and dilemmas they face to bridge the gap.

Mira Nair’s cinematic treatment makes this journey emotional and enjoyable but cant do full justice to the novel in its entirety. when the credits roll at the end, though you may relate to it, there’s this odd feeling of something missing. from a film-making perspective, the transitions are handled brilliantly, never letting the edges slip with the pace that sometimes goes a little too fast i thought. there are more than a few occassions that are bound to stay in your mind even long after the movie ends; the one when Ashoke (Irfan Khan) reveals to his son (Kal Penn) Gogol about the incident that changed his life and the reason the name Gogol, which clearly embarrases the son and haunts him everywhere; the moment when Gogol realizes what his father meant to him after his sudden demise. there are humors that make you laugh out loud, the harrowing sadness of loss, and sweet smell of love; all together in Namesake. it sinks deep under your skin urging you to look at things that we grossly undermine and ignore – the undying love and sacrifices of our parents. And that truly brings the sense of HOME back to you, all of a sudden.

Tabu and Irrfan clearly steal the show, while Kal Penn (Kumar & Harrolds fame), though he irks you sometimes with his open-mouth :), makes a decent effort. the movie has managed to amuse American audience; slowly moving up on the chart. with the cricket fever already gone, and a niche multiplex audience flocking back to the theaters, Namesake is poised to win hearts here too. A must watch.


Songs i liked:
Theme (instrumental)

Yeh Mera Deewanapan hai



March 30, 2007 at 12:27 am 4 comments

Just Married: hard to adjust!

Did Meghna Gulzar and Farhan Akhtar share a storyline that involved a few newly-wed couples, an old odd couple and a honeymoon journey with tweaks here and there over a coffee table chat? Jokes apart, while Farhan went out to produce a slick Honeymoon Travels, Gulzar came up with a less exciting Just Married.

So, if you’ve already watched HT, then JM has nothing much more to offer except for an out-of-context, hero-heroine-must-unite kind of ending, which actually threatens to take away all the little goodies from the movie. sure, All goes well that ends well! Just Married is an easy-going movie that tries to address the post marital agonies of newly marrieds. though it goes a little over here and there, it manages to flow well until the end. While Fardeen Khan surprises me with his first-ever good performance on screen, Esha Deol just manages to hang in within the level of viewers’ tolerance! among the supporing cast, Kiran Kher and Satish Kaushik as the odd old couple are excellent and garner the maximum laughter.

The songs, from Pritam’s stable, are the shining grace and thoroughly enjoyable. below are my favorites for you to listen.
Ram Milaye Jodi
Jaagte Raho

March 20, 2007 at 1:06 pm 5 comments

Hattrick: cool tricks on a sticky pitch

the irony is that Hattrick, the movie set up at the backdrop of a frantic cricket craze and clearly marketed with the aim to cash in the worldcup fever, came on my way when Bangladesh, the so called minnows, was royally screwing up the indian crorepati cricketers!

Mithun Luthria, one of the new breed of indian filmmakers, who tries to be different, delivered a stunner in Taxi No 9211. the expectations were so high that Hattrick despite being good couldnt really live up to it. but then it isn’t lame either; it succeeded in addressing a few issues that billions of indians are asking today – why are we so besotted with this game? the doctor, who works tirelessly for saving thousands; the scientists who help the country in launching a satellite, and so many like them who contribute silently and make the real impact; do we even thank them? but we make those IDIOTS earn crores who are not even worth the adulations they get…

and just when you yawn thinking what the f*** is going on, Hattrick picks up the pace and takes you through a channel of provoking thoughts with its slick presentation and well nursed humors. on the music front, Pritam’s numbers were excellent and would surely make you shake your butts 🙂 so, leave the idiot-box and go watch; it really gives comfort at the time when the heart is burning from rage and the fists getting tightened to lash upon guru greg and his f***** chela Dravid & co.

Update: Such was the outrage from the viewers after the much hyped Team India crashed out of the WC, INOX in Pune, in a rare move, pulled off the movie in the middle of the week fearing backlash and damage in their premise. poor guys, who worked hard for the movie, my heart goes out to them for having suffered for no fault of theirs. it’s irony that the one despite making the right noise got buried under the increasing fury!

ek pal mein
rabba khair kare

March 18, 2007 at 3:26 pm 1 comment

If Holi had no colors

What if you take the colors out of Holi? will we still call that a holi? watch out this little clip created by Code Red Films. and by the way, have a safe and happy Holi!!

March 2, 2007 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

Traffic Signal: dont jump it

critically trashed; and true that it’s not for the ones, who prefer buying the colorful, and fantasy flavored bollywood pies. there are only a few movies that zoom into the dirty bags of the society and try to dig the up-front reality. Traffic Signal revolves around that corner, where the color is of black and grey. to me, it is a noble effort for a movie that deliberately keeps the pinks and reds away. set up in a documentary style, the camera simply pans the sreet-world of Mumbai suburbs, which crawls out of its nest in the broad daylight; find its livelihood around the traffic signals, where the city life takes a little break, albeit forcefully. it’s quite interesting to see the synchronized operations of these people, who would do anything for that every inch, which belongs to anybody and everybody – the roads, the streets. Armed with some real good performances by Ranveer Shorey, Konkona and the other little-knowns, Traffic Signal is a simple on-your-face story, which is worthy of your little time; So, stop over. and despite the hammerings by the critics, the movie has performed better than its big-budget peers; declared ‘Average’ in the latest Box-office reports, despite being surrounded by the big releases since it landed up on the theatres.

February 23, 2007 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Black Friday: the horror returns

Though heavily censored, this movie will shock your wits, freeze you in utter disbelief and for sure, will make you writhe in pain. Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday is an experience that you wont forget for a long time. it takes you back into the frozen time period, when mumbai went into flames a decade back. you’ll witness the facts as it happened and switch into a before-and-after mode seamlessly to understand the unravelling of the hidden TRUTHS. the movie offers no view of its own leaving you at a deep thought laced with an unexplicable emotion of loss, fear and rage. watch it and watch it again. if you cant find it in a theatre (that might be a possibility since the movie is bound to elude the box-office success), then try some web links 🙂

and the equally vibrant track by Indian Ocean, Arey ruk ja re bande is here.

[Photo source:]

February 20, 2007 at 11:48 pm 3 comments

Life in metros: little tips on Bangalore

Moving across the cities and taking abodes in different environment as your job handles you like a pin, pulling out and in of the map at whims, is something that one cant avoid thesedays as the corporate world is crushing all the geographical travesties. so, being a part of the caravan you too sail along. it has its charms. knowing different people, different culture makes you much richer intellectually and enhances one’s adaptiveness to different situations. but it’s not really easy to get adjusted though. you face an uphill task to tune yourself to the local attitude, which is like totally alien to you. it’s important that you know these little tid-bits of the place that you’re moving to. so, i thought of sharing these little pieces out of my living experiences in some of the indian cities. In this write-up, i will discuss Bengalooru (formerly Bangalore), since this is the city that is so close to my heart though i dont live there anymore. In the following series, i will try to zoom-in onto the other cities like hyderabad, kolkata, pune, mumbai, and delhi.

Bangalore, the silicon valley of India has changed so much from the time i first landed there. not going into these much known facts, let’s start with the basic things that one needs to know to make a start; things you must know:

Dont trust the Auto-rickshaws if you are yet to be familiar with the place; most of the guys know hindi/eng but may pretend to communicate in local language to make a killing, if you give an impression that you’re a newcomer. if in doubt, ask people on the road, who speak english. dont let the auto guy converse. you may be tricked. police, in general, is to be avoided except officer ranking personnels, since most of the bottom layers are yet to come in terms with modernisation 🙂 (more…)

February 16, 2007 at 5:28 pm 5 comments

now, a dead saddam..the new clip on the net

a small video clip emerged today on an iraqi website that showed saddam’s dead body after hanging. it is so awkwardly twisted that you would wonder if that was a evildead scene. the men trolleying the body appeared to be so excited that one couldnt stop pulling the cover and shot with his cell phone as if that’s something of a prized possession – as if a dead saddam signing his last autograph. bastards! the sad part is that such scenario had made this SOB a kind of a martyr…

The video link is here..

January 10, 2007 at 12:05 am Leave a comment

Short, short and shorter – the desi woes!

it’s a big opportunity for companies in enlargement business to make a fortune in india. no joke; it’s official. a report published by indian medical council says that 60% of indian penile size fall short more than an inch from the international size specifications, as used by the condom manufacturers!! a good 30% of desi bones are even two inch shorter!!!! here is the report that may see some Sachar commitee being set up for an internal probe. 🙂 After all it may tike a little shine off the gr8 indian diaspora; and what about a few quotas Mr Arjun Singh, for penially weaker sections of the society?

Condoms designed to meet international size specifications are too big for many Indian men as their penises fall short of what manufacturers had anticipated, an Indian study has found.

However, In every distress, lies an opportunity; and that’s the USP of many business fortunes thesedays. the shady programs that offer some guaranteed inch gains promising you to make like those pornstars you watch atleast once a week during the weekend, are optimistic and see this as a perfect growth-area to push their business! so, you may soon see ads for painless pills, thanda thanda magic oils, 10-tricks-to-grow-your-thing books appearing everywhere starting from your inbox to the favorite sites (matrimonial sites will be the most potential targets) you visit.

After the initial market warm-ups, there will be a few ground breaking Dr Patras (penile Batras) clinics setting foot onto your cities. A thorough 3 months program, followed by a certificate will certainly boost your manhood. you may be asked to produce them in your matrimonial profile in the future (obviously, it will be a pay-per-request service; so, dont worry). your potential bride may well seek a proof knowing now that their male counterparts are falling short of STANDARDS!

the pathbreaking business success will lure more players into the market with smarter technologies. by now, condom 2.0 packs will be coming with size specifications like your innerwears do. so, you can comfortably pick up the one that fits you perfect from your near-by wal-mart store. No hassles. No slip-ups as the report suggests.

“One of the reasons for a failure of up to 20 per cent (of condoms) is the association of the size of the condom to the erect penis,”

Gajodhar! ey gajodhar, paanch number nikal ke do saab ko! … paanch khatam ho gaya?? five A nikal fir.. koi tension nahi ssaab, comfort fit hoyega, befikar raho aap.

Saat number???? nahi hai saab, demand nahi hai. aab sab chhota chal ra hai market me. chahiye toh manga na padega. kaal parsu aaiye.“

then they will invade your idiot box too. the late-night hot movies will be the perfect pick-ups like the condom ads in the 80s.. or maybe even bolder telebrands ads. you’ll see a pseudo soap-opera celebrity telling you how he could save his marital bliss by enrolling for Dr Patra’s program; and also gleefully offering you a free kamasutra book for every subscription!

“main shadi ke pehle padesan tha. mera raat ka neend ud gaya tha. kya main apna honewali patni ko khush rakh paunga. fir maine ek dost ko apna problem bataya.”

[the flashback of the meeting]

usne mujhe Dr Patra ke bare me bataya. mujhe biswas nahi hua. firvi maine ekdin visit kiye

[the walk-thru of the clinic here]

doctors ne mujhe samjhaye ki yeh mamuli problem hai. maine unki program me shaamil ho gaye

[a wedding scene is shown with the model’s smiling face]

aaj mai bahut khush hoon; thanks to Dr Patras

[the voice over now]

jeen haan, Dr Patra laaye hain ek advut aviskar….

[the gyan with visual demo continues..]

meanwhile, check if yours fits with the ones currently available. if it slips, time to visit the Patras (penile Batras). for the entrepreneurs, i have just given you a sure shot success tip.

Interested parties, do contact for partnerships!

December 8, 2006 at 8:27 pm Leave a comment

Is Sourav the last icon of bengal??

DADA is back to the team. congrats to him. the timing was perfect and the CNN-IBN was more than happy to run a show yesterday over a topic called – Is sourav the last icon of bengal? that vulturess Ms Ghosh anchored it and put up some extremely silly issues like a dearth of bengal industrialists, leaders, entrepreneurs etc to the so called experts – an overt Suhail Seth, a confused Rahul Bose, the editor-in-chief of pioneer (who read it anyway) and clearly embarassed Rituparna Sengupta. i like Rahul Bose so much, so a bit of advice wont be much to ask for – do not be at such shows rahul, they are so dumb. i hope you understood that right after the show.

i was asked by a coleague a few days back – “is cricket dead in bengal?“. i tried to put up a brave face then, though i knew what the reality is. i have been told that there are celebrations across bong land when india loses a match. i couldnt say that to him, i was clearly embarassed. the scene during the last year’s SA match at eden gardens was so foolish. let me try to figure out why such high emotions fly when it comes to dada.

the factual analysis: sourav popped up at a time when bengalis were going through a long cultural, social, and intellectual dry patch. after the 80s, the golden era was simply gone. dried up was the pool of iconical figures that bengalis always associated themselves with. with nobody to represent them, bengalis, who were always proud of their bong sons – tagore, netaji, amartya sen, ray, kishore etc etc, suddenly were pale and prideless. so, we desperately clung on our past glory to prove a point over any discussion. in such scenario, came the bengal southpaw who did well on the field and eventually became the captain. bongs, like sinking souls, latched upon him. sourav became synonymous with bengal; albeit undeservingly though. the unimaginable bong sentiment over anything that has ‘sourav’ is not worth the talent in question. if people threw stones to him, we took it as our personal abuse. if someone dropped him from the team because of his poor show, we thought as if we were betrayed. so, we turned hostile to our own country, only to show the world that we are bengalis first and indians second. pity to us. it’s like we would abandon our freedom fighting and join british forces because netaji was ditched by gandhiji and forced to resign from the president post in congress. waah bong waah – “dravid utkal-o bang-o..”.

sourav is a good player, and he truly did us proud but so did he to the other indians. he got his due adulations too, not to mention the millions he makes. but if we continue to be over sentimental, tend to turn a blind eye over everything – good or bad, that he does, protray as if he’s the only one we’re proud of, and forego the national interests for his sake, then we are losing our senses. let us be concerned about other bong achievers too. we have done just too much – let’s keep the sanctity, let’s cheer the team – with or without dada, with or without greg; it’s our country – move over the XYZ. and finally, let’s dont create a situation where someone would tempt to ask “IS SOURAV THE LAST BENGAL ICON?”. please…

December 3, 2006 at 10:18 pm 1 comment

A lifeless pune – struggling with violence

Situation is real bad in Pune due to the rampage by protesting crowds over the ambedkar issue. Roads are deserted, shops closed, no public transport and heavy police patrolling mark the scene here. Offices are declaring early closures; some made arrangements to drop employees at home as there is virtually nothing on road.

Wondering where we are heading. The ‘unity’ in diversity tag is falling apart for the resurging India. For almost everything, we are talking in keywords like dalits, tribals, minorities, reservations etc. The cracks are so open now. We are falling apart. It’s not far ahead when we may see a violent civil war. The external enemies will be pleased, for their objectives are shaping like being achievable. We are our own nemesis. May be it’s time to rethink about the Indian diasporas – the reforms are much too confined within the economical zones. The tidal waves of change aren’t making any impact outside a small group of people. The misbalance, perhaps, is bigger now than it was ever.

these incidents are not odd pieces – the root is somewhere more deeper than we think.

November 30, 2006 at 7:12 pm 1 comment

Popstar or Pornstar? a glimpse on the britney clip…

Is marriage a cash cow for guys like ex-spears with a little investment on hidden cams or a mere cam-corder? Ms spears knows the hard way as her LOVE being auctioned in the online space; for millions. Marriage is not all fun ehhh??

here is the clip that’s being touted as a little trailer from the piece that may fetch a fortune for the bastard fed.

November 18, 2006 at 12:18 am Leave a comment

Daddooo ka Mannooo

The daddoo (snail old bum) bug has started to bother the nation; and this prompted the shitHead to come up with an unique solution to get rid of the bug. read only at ur own risk plzzz!jethmalani.jpg

Jet-mAl(h)ani naam hai mera,
mal khake hani karta hoon;

(like my client did to one,
but let me tell u, i harm them

budHape me dikhai nAhi detA,
manOO ko sArdAr dikhtA hoon!


RAKHI naam hai mera,
kuch chhupake nahi rakhti;
peechwade pe sawan lekar
ghata hataya nahi jaati!!

utha le re baba, utha le”, the nation is screaming, “mujhe nahi re, rakhi ka skirt..” or jethmalani? the later seems to be more likely after his latest drammatics in the court makes him more entertaining than an angry rakhi sawant. 🙂 the only difference is J hurts the nation; R doesnt. and Only rakhi can teach the daddoo a lesson! bring her my lord to the courtRoom.. p i l izzzz..

See the new dramma here.

November 10, 2006 at 8:11 pm 1 comment

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