Saturday, June 04, 2005

Return from a hiatus

Music of the Moment: Sing (Travis)

Back after a long time. Though I wasnt too busy as such, never found the opportunity to sit back, relax and blog away. Been making good use of my weekends though.
Let me see...Bunty Aur Babli...ok, review time!
One phrase would sum up the movie - flattered to deceive - The promos looked promising, the previews from different sites looked inviting...but in the end, it turned out to be a damp squib. The diector had a golden chance to create a runaway hit...but falters in trying too many things. Not one of the situations are well-developed. Before we know what happened, the twosome are already escaping. Though Abhishek and Rani have put in good performances, the story lacks the fizz. Even Amitabh in a different style doesn't appeal. And the Taj Mahal caper, hah, lacks any conviction. And once, they are caught, the story takes the usual melodramatic route - which could have been completely avoided. But the movie does have its good points too - some of the one-liners and repartees from the lead actors are worth rolling over with laughter. Like Dashrath (Amitabh's comment about people doing such big hungama over 'itni chhoti cheezein' - wonder how many got the joke but), Rani's comments to Dashrath about Abhishek (saying 'aap hi ka rishteydaar lagta hai), Rani's Miss India struggles, are pretty funny. But it does not sustain the length of the movie.
Looks like a sequel will be on the way soon, seeing the way it ended. And yes, please, someone tell Rani she acts well enough and does not need to shed her clothes to gain viewership. She might have lost weight but all those costumes in the song 'Aaja Udiye' look absolutely revolting.

Well, that's it for the review. I had been wanting to write about other stuff too. Which absolutely captured my imagination in the past few weeks. Like Liverpool's back from the grave comeback in the Champion's League final - absolute champagne stuff! Though I am not a Liverpool fan by any means, I couldnt help clapping and saying 'We'll never walk alone' after that dramatic final. They now have a new-found place in my 'better' teams list.
Another was the Formula-1 races - both at Monaco as well as Nurburgring. What awesome driving.
At Monaco, the overtaking was just breath-taking. The track looks treacherous with its winding curves, but still the drivers managed to rule over it.
The Nurburgring race was amazing because of the way the drivers were tested. My heart went out to Kimi when he crashed out at the last lap. Well, that is the beauty of Formula-1, I guess. Well, Alonso really seems to be turning the heat on this season. The McLarens and the Ferraris, nowhere to be seen in the initial races, look like staging a comeback. Though Michael Schumacher looks pretty pale compared to his previous red-hot seasons. The other cars seem to have got a measure of Ferrari this season, which is good to see. Formula-1 was really getting boring. This season has seen renewed vigour which is good for us viewers too.

Been listening to varied music of late. Alternative rock to Hindi movie to Kannada Devotional. Well, that would be as varied as it would get. Travis has me hooked for the moment with their 'Sing' and 'Why does it always rain on me'. Then, the new song from Dus looks great too - 'Dus bahane karke'. Sounds pretty cool, looks pretty cool!

Well, my hands are aching now. Will step out for a while. Ciao!

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