With Warner Bros issuing a public notice in Times of India, I am wondering will they do for every movie releasing under their banner? Are the other production houses too ready with their notice? Let them do whateva they want, but lets make this clear that we have a pool of extremely talented directors to rip-off a movie and add a dash of desi masala to it and give them back as a reference to their libraries. Jai Ho!

To Be Read

To be read

My Favorite Songs of 2008

Here is a list of my favorite Tamil and Hindi songs of 2008.  These are the songs which stayed in my playlist for a long time.

Tamil Songs: (in order)

Kangal Irandal
–  Subramaniapuram, James Vasanth
Belli Raj, Deepa Mariam

Lesa parakuthu – Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, Selvaganesh
Karthik, Chinmayee

Dosth bada dosth –  Saroja, Yuvan Shankar Raja
Haricharan, Naveen, Rahul

Anal mele
– Vaaranam Aiyiram, Harris Jeyaraj
Sudha Raghunathan

Mazhai nindra – Raman thediya seethai, Vidyasagar

Taxi taxi – Sakkarakatti, AR Rahman
Benny Dayal, Blaaze, Javed Ali, Viviane Chaix

Kathazha – Anjathey, Sundar C Babu
Naveen Mathav

Venmegam – Yaaradi Nee Mohini, Yuvan Shankar Raja

Pada pada – Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu, Selvaganesh

Avaram poo – Poo, SS Kumaran

Ava enna thedi
– Vaaranam Aiyiram, Harris Jeyaraj
Karthik, Prasanna

Kadhal siluvayil – Subramaniapuram, James Vasanth
Shankar Mahadevan

En uyirukkul – Mahesh Saranya Matrum Palar, Vidyasagar
Tippu, Rajalakshmi

Kalathai vendra – Uliyin Osai, Ilayaraja
Sriram Parthasarathy, Bhavatharini

Sagiye – Dhaam Dhoom, Harris Jeyaraj
Bombay Jayashree

Hindi Songs:
(in no order)

Aahista aahista
– Bachna Ae Haseeno
Khwaja Mere Khwaja – Jodha Akbar
Jashn-e-bahaara– Jodha Akbar
Ek Lau – Aamir
Meherbaan – Ada
Tu Meri Dosth– Yuvraaj
Kaise Mujhe – Ghajini
Kabhi Kabhi – Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
Mar Jaawan – Fashion
Yeh Tumhari Meri Baatein – Rock On

Slumdog Millionaire

The boy who knew too much

A story of Indian teen from the slums of Mumbai making his way to the final question of India’s “Who wants to be a Millionaire” and what happens next.

Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire is about a story of Jamal Malik, a boy from the slums of Mumbai and how he gets himself to the final question. The narration, with each question takes us to small flashbacks of protagonist’s life. The flashback connects well with the incidents of communal riots. The Bachchan autograph scene was shit load of fun and the Tajmahal episode was equally hilarious. When Anil Kapoor (the only disappointment in the movie) asks Jamal the final question,he just smiles and we all knew why and we put a smile on our face too. With similar moments throughout the movie, Boyle has created this suspenseful drama in the comedy genre. Rahman,  with his  Golden Globe nominated soundtrack, seems to be a strong candidate for the Oscars too. Jai ho, in the end credits was a true bollywood treat. Mausam and Escape was perfect whereas O Saaya was stunning with the City of Godish visuals. Here is a clichéd rags-to-riches story, which you will never forget.


A memento to remember

Kalpana (Asin, playing the same character again) has an ambition in Ghajini, that she will not get married untill she gets three Ambassador cars. She pawns her jewels and gets her first Ambassador car. Few days later, Sachin (Aamir as known to Kalpana) comes back and says that he has to go to his village to deal with some property and he will be out of town for 10 days. Later, when Sanjay(Aamir), the chairman of a firm is getting ready for his flight after a meeting with business people, he gets a call from Kalpana that she wants to meet him immediately, in the midnight. He rushes to the place and sees Kalpana waiting for him in front of her old house. She gives him a box with money inside and asks Sachin to keep the money for his expenses and not to sell the property. And when he asks her about the money, she says with a smile that she had sold the car. Then comes Kaise mujhe tum, the moment which defines the sentimental note and stays with you for a long time.

Are we really civilized?

During my stay abroad in USA and UK, I used to have discussions about India and its culture with my colleagues (mostly Indians who are settled there for decades). They always surprised me with their perceptions on India.

On one afternoon, during my stay in Birmingham, I was in a car with my colleague (a desi in Britain for decades) and there was an ambulance racing with its siren sound. All the vehicles just made way to that ambulance.

“This is what you call a civilized city. Do you have such things in India?” he asked, moving to the other lane and giving way to the ambulance.

“Oh yes, sometimes we give way when it comes in the opposite direction as well”, I replied proudly.

“Thats good. India is much better than what I thought”, he said.

Let’s forget about the attitude of desis abroad and I will save that for another lengthy post. Now to this ambulance story, my reply to my colleague was very much true but the scene is totally different here. I have seen many times ambulances getting struck in traffic signals and the clueless vehicle drivers standing in front of ambulances with no space around, to give way. I used to always think about people inside the ambulance and what they would feel at that moment, when struck in a traffic jam. Will they curse the traffic system in our civilized country, or the civilized people in front of the ambulance?

A trip which got materialized after 11 months with 11 members. Thanks to all those leeches, which made the trip more adventurous and dramatic with all that blood scenes. Yes, that was one bloody good day.



Rest of the pics here