Movie Review of ‘Kandasamy’ – Tamil Movie.

We watched this movie last Saturday, 22 Aug 2009. It is the one of the most expensive film ever made in Tamil Film Industry. The hype and hoopla is naturally big. The producer is Kalipuli S. Dhanu known for splashing money, Susi Ganesan who has made a mark with his earlier movies and Vikram as the hero, which makes everyone anticipate whats store in Kandasamy.

Well, nothing much or nothing special is in store for you in Kandasamy. Its all the same, take money from rich and give it to the poor. The leader of the group (Vikram) dons the avtar of god Kandasamy, gets the black money from rich and distributes to the poor. He is a CBI officer during day and Kandasamy in nights. The director and his team thought they are doing it differently but the entire film falls flat. The money, hard work of the crew and the time (2 years in the making) are all have gone in vain.

The script goes no where, its just bits and pieces stitched together with no real design or style. It was boring right from the 1st scene where Kandasamy is introduced, introduction is great, makes you sit-up but the length of scene goes beyond time and you begin to think/wonder what is he going to do? With no script or no foundation the building can never stand tall! Susi Ganesan can never become Shankar. He needs to understand this and get the basics right.

I read this comment somewhere in Love Aaj Kal review. The reviewer had said there is a problem with Directors’ who have directed low & medium budget films cannot take the big budget movies so easily. The transition from medium budget to taking big budget is far difficult for the directors. I am not sure about Imtiaz Ali but he had handled it satisfactorily on LAK. This comment is apt for Susi Ganesan who has only made low to medium budget movies and this was his first big budget which he makes a total mess.

All the departments including acting, music, camera, editing are all bad which makes the film a totally bad movie. You can spend your 3 hours somewhere else!!

My rating for this movie is 1 star out of 5.

Rating Details:
***** – Classic & Outstanding.
**** – Must Watch. Don’t Miss!
*** – Good Movie. Watch it.
** – Watch it only if you really want to.
* – Not worth your money.

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Fw: Correct Terms

Dear All………….

School: A place where Papa pays and Son plays.
Life Insurance
: A contract that keeps you poor all your life so that you can die Rich.
Nurse
: A person who wakes U up to give you sleeping pills.
Marriage
: It’s an agreement in which a man loses his bachelor degree and a woman gains her masters.
Divorce
: Future tense of Marriage.
Lecture
: An art of transferring information from the notes of the Lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through “the minds of either”
Conference
: The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.
Compromise
: The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.
Dictionary
: A place where success comes before work.
Conference Room
: A place where everybody talks, nobody listens and everybody disagrees later on.
Father
: A banker provided by nature.
Criminal
: A guy no different from the rest….except that he got caught.
Boss
: Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.
Politician
: One who shakes your hand before elections and your Confidence after.
Doctor
: A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you by bills.
Classic
: Books, which people praise, but do not read.
Smile
: A curve that can set a lot of things straight.
Office
: A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.
Yawn
: The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth.
Etc
.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.
Committee
: Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.
Experience
: The name men give to their mistakes.
Atom Bomb
: An invention to end all inventions.
Philosopher
: A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead

 

 

 

 

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Movie Review of ‘Kaminey’ – Hindi

I had to see it yesterday as it was a delay release in Mumbai partly because of the promo and the positive reviews in the past few days.

The first comment I wanted to write is Fuper movie! Shahid Kapoor in a dual role as Guddu and Charlie are excellent infact the entire cast is fuper sorry super. The credit must go to the script and the casting director. The caper genre movies seems easy on the screen but the amount of work that goes through behind the scenes are enormous. As with Kaminey the story revolves around the brothers, one a good guy and the other a race bookie/gangster. The circumstances lead both of them to the darkest underworld of Mumbai and how they fight for their survival is the plot summary.

I thought the film was slow with some predictable sequences or maybe I could see it coming. The other day I saw this movie ‘Sankat City’ which is also a Caper genre and the story revolves around 5-8 characters. Sankat City was also a brilliant movie but it had no big names or production house or big budget. It was noticed, had positive reviews but failed to make impact. Kaminey will leave a huge impact on the audiences as the style and scale of the movie is comparable with hollywood movies. If you have seen Pulp Fiction or Snatch similar kind of movies they are simple, no exaggerated facts but with Kaminey the presentation goes overboard. The sleek style and simplicity is missing! with no unpredictable twist.

The song ‘Dhan ta ten’ is simply amazing. The effects can be felt in the theatre, the song which we see daily on TV is nothing when compared to listening there. I am sure this will be superstardom for Shahid Kapoor and he deserves it. If he wants to retain it and move on he has to be selective on the future scripts.

My rating for this movie is 3 stars out of 5.

Rating Details:
***** – Classic & Outstanding.
**** – Must Watch. Don’t Miss!
*** – Good Movie. Watch it.
** – Watch it only if you really want to.
* – Not worth your money.

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Movie Review of ‘Love Aaj Kal’ – Hindi

The most anticipated movie from Imtiaz Ali, the director of Jab We Met and the first movie produced by Saif Ali Khan. The movie has Saif and Deepika in the lead role and supported by Rishi Kapoor. People cannot stop comparing with Jab We Met due to the huge popularity of that film which was blockbuster hit bringing Kareena and Shahid Kapoor to fame. Imtiaz Ali has to live with this comparison probably for his lifetime! unless he comes up with a brilliant movie which smashes all records.

First, this film Love Aaj Kal is not Jab We Met and does not try to be. LAK is a romantic movie set in London and ends in India. Jai and Meera (Saif & Deepika) are two jolly lovers who take love ‘just like that’. After being ‘together’ for one year or so, they call it splits. Meera going on her way to pursue her own career in Delhi, India. Both keep in touch via the numerous communication tools like Chat, SMS, Email and phone. Both of them find new partners and Meera accepts the proposal from her new BF for marriage. Meera gets married despite the love for Jai. She understands that she cannot live without Jai in her life. She goes back and find Jai is preparing to chase his dreams in San Franciso. Intermission.

I guess you all can assume what happens to Jai in SFO. He realizes one day (after 4 years I think) that his world is doomed and knows that he loves Meera. He comes back for her to India and the lovers unite. This is the brief story of LAK but what makes it special? There is a parallel story of Rishi Kapoor set in 1965 (I think so!!) where Rishi tells Jai how he had won his lover Harleen Kaur. This story runs throughout the film based on the conversation between Jai & Rishi.

The special and dramatic effect can be seen and tell us that though the time changes, the circumstances change the ‘Love’ does not change. Time changes everything but Love remains same! Isn’t that true!!!!!!! There are some brilliant instances where the 1965 story stops and comes to the current scene – Jai comments about that situation & asks questions to Rishi which he should ask himself for his situation. Maybe I will have another look at all the instances start & stop of ‘old’ story and compare with the current (Jai & Meera) story.

The weaknesses I can point out is characterization. In JVM all the characters had a purpose and the background was known. In LAK this is missing which keeps the audience guessing on what the characters will do next. Sometimes the scenes are funny. This is a serious fallout since it failed to keep me engaging.

The expectations were high, when you were looking forward to a feast but end up with a good meal only you know something is missing!

My rating for this movie is 3 stars out of 5.

Rating Details:
***** – Classic & Outstanding.
**** – Must Watch. Don’t Miss!
*** – Good Movie. Watch it.
** – Watch it only if you really want to.
* – Not worth your money.

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Report on Times of India – 10 July 2009

I was reading this two reports on the same page of TOI, today’s edition 10 July 2009. The articles were about two personnel, one is Nandan Nilekani ex co-founder and ex co-chairman of Infosys. He represented the New Face of India along with Narayan Murthy. He is retiring today from Infosys and will be heading the department which will provide Unique Identification Number to all Indians in India.

The other was Ramalinga Raju, the founder of Satyam who is in prison for corporate fraud. He and his CFO are to be subjected to lie-detector test and brain mapping.

I found it ironic to find these two articles side by side. A guy who has worked 28 years tirelessly to build one of best & admired company from India and the other is a fraudster who siphoned off public money for his own well being. I feel this is one of the fine example where both world exists! the good and bad.

I could not stop writing or commenting as soon as I read those articles.

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One of the Interesting forwarded mail….

Notepad as Diary

For people who wants to use notepad to write down any info on a day to day basis

(like diary):

1. Open a blank Notepad file

2. Write .LOG as the first line of the file, followed by a enter. Save the

file and close it.

3. Double-click the file to open it and notice that Notepad appends the

current date and time to the end of the file and places the cursor on the line after.

4. Type your notes and then save and close the file.

5. Each time you open the file, Notepad repeats the process, appending the

time and date to the end of the file and placing the cursor below it.

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Fw: one time occurrence in life time

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