Friday, June 27

Greatest General Ever

Wednesday, June 25

Reviews - Aamir & The Incredible Hulk

I saw two films over the last four days. Different Worlds. Different Genres. Different Industries. One is a superhero trying to live upto his name and a weird first outing. And the other is by a debutant trying to make his mark in a star obsessed industry.

I felt TIH was not upto the mark. There seems to be no story, casting is terrible, the Abomination comes in way too late, chemistry is missing between the lead pair and kanu dear, yes, Liv Tyler "HAS" grown old. In the Univerisity fight scene it seems for a moment that The Hulk is the bad guy and Emil Blonsky is the good guy. The long fight scene at the end will remind you of the boring Spiderman 3 scene at the end - too dark and too 'difficult to make out'. Really dissapointed. Was waiting for it for a long time!

I expected Aamir to be a typical secular rant but it's actually a smashing debut by Rajkumar Gupta and a sensible one by Rajeev Khandelwaal. I was made to see the film by my friends on a 'pirated' CD which I don't normally do but eventually it turned out to be a pleasure. A typically good muslim vs bad muslim story. I like the scene especially where he tells the guy on the phone - "I was not lucky. I studied in govt schools and colleges, worked hard, got a scholarship and made my destiny on my own". Brilliant line! The 'checking of luggage four times' scene at the start was unnecessary. Best film of the year?!! We will see! :-)

Tuesday, June 24

Tuesday, June 10

The iPhone 3G is here!

Sunday, June 1

Big One in the IPL

So its Chennai Vs Rajasthan, finally. I have to admit, before the IPL started, I wasn't a die hard fan of Shane Warne. I loved the fact that he never could actually do well against India. Although I did like the fact he turned the ball by 45 degrees, I did not know what he did with New Hampshire. I did not know that as one day captain in 10 matches, he won nine out of them. Thank you, Mr Chappell for that bit. And I also did not know about this whole "the best captain Australia never had" bit.

But watching him in the IPL has made me fall in love with him. While watching the Indian fab four(Dada, Sachin, Laxman, Dravid) fail miserably in this version of the game, its been total paisa vasool watching Warnie execute his plans with ruthlessness. He had the cheapest team consisting of nobodys and yet he is at the top. It seems he is out to prove a point or two. And I pray to god he does.

Shekhar Gupta, as usual

bang on target. On why the Italian National Congress lost in Karnataka. He makes some excellent observations and lashes out at the usual Rajya Sabha coterie around Sonia.

"This has subsequently reflected in its actions as well, and in its desperation to find favour for its rural schemes it has strangled the urban voter with a panoply of new taxes and cesses on goods, services, and most importantly salaries. Then to squeeze out liquidity to contain headline inflation, it has brutally increased interest rates. Most ordinary folks in cities, most of them not at all rich but low/lower middle class, are now paying up to 500 basis points more even on small loans for two-wheelers and essential white goods and for their children’s education. They curse the UPA every month as they pay their increased EMI. It’s only a party that refuses to understand this new sociology of Indian politics that overlooks the killer impact of EMI inflation on its voters. It is these follies that have lost it so many elections since 2004."