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On MODIfying, Developing and Changing INDIA

There was a country, a country of spirited and adept men, finding itself in the path of recovery from the heavy blows of imperialistic pas...

Monday, October 25, 2010




Comeback!!!.When that word is uttered, many people in cricketing fraternity cite MohinderAmarnath's string of comebacks (which includes heroic comeback and the subsequent on the top performance in 1983 world cup) and Sourav Ganguly's comeback to the Indian squad after he was sidelined by controversies.But wait a sec how about this one?.


After amassing hundreds of thousands of runs as he is born to do exactly that,all of a sudden his golden touch and dominance of 18 years is questioned and blasphemies were hurled at him to stop breathing runs.Two years pass and then the same man unleashes a pinnacle array of impeccable displays.The best part is how and at what rate he scored runs in the recent times.He has shown the morons who called for his retirement by implicitly saying that they should retire from speaking non-sense.


Not only that, he also managed to show that "A lion is a lion no matter whether it is 16 or 60" by tantalizingly massacring foxes by his mere stare.(Well,2 foxes now have confessed that they are sick of seeing this phenomenon piling up runs). What augurs the mania on him and his sort-of-comeback is the fact that he has floored down a red-hot batsmen like sehwag (who is redefining test cricket) to reclaim No.1 spot in ICC test rankings.While talking about many of his golden attributes like his fabulous dominating presence for over two decades,his unbelievable statistics that reflects  all that a batsman can achieve and his repertoire for playing innings that would be possible for others only in their dream and his range of shots,one important thing must not be forgotten that distinguishes him.The class and the quality!!!!..That should be the one reason why he is so mesmerizing and spellbinding.


Certainly its great to see him scoring hundreds and making all those records.Nevertheless, the real treat is not in watching his tons being scored or in seeing him crossing mile stones but in relishing this artist's every move and every stroke he plays.Yup.He is more of a artist that appeals most to me and the million others than his unrepeatable heroics. There is more about the artistic style than the substance he has.The spectator is more transfixed to watch him belt down a Brett Lee delivery  down the track with double the amount of speed it was delivered and defining a new kinda shot (named Bullet drive as the ball traveled like a bullet ) than watching him score a century.




Leaving this comeback and all that aside one more thing which forms the best part of his recent times is his contribution in taking India to top of the Test Rankings and making Indian ODI side a more tough competitive side.As he himself puts across, he is satisfied when India wins than in instances he piles up runs. Perhaps its the finest thing happened to Indian cricket in recent times.And in that,Sachin Tendulkar's part is one of the considerable one with some sort of contribution.The record which shows that he has scored 50 or above in last 11 matches epitomizes that.Lot of times his stay at the crease has helped India in the recent times.


Yes,one of the considerable one!!!. Because I understand that this golden era of Indian test cricket had not happened over night and not because of a single person.It all started with Sourav Ganguly who started winning matches abroad and it was carried over by some of the throughly incredible displays from the likes of Dravid and Laxman in the early part of 2000s.The seeds sown by these guys have been reaped now.Having said all this,i also should say Dhoni too is maintaining what was left to him.He is doing pretty well to make the most of it.But to say MSD is the best captain of all time and all,it should take some time.Long way to go.


Coming back to Sachin,A lot has been said about him.He had not won matches for India,he perishes under pressure,talks surrounding that he is next only to Don bradman etc etc.But I personnaly have not seen Don Bradman scoring runs for 20 years all over the globe,I have not seen Viv Richards or Clive Llyod treating the best bowlers like Shane warne a club bowler,I have not seen Gavaskar skillfully scoring 500 or 600 odd runs in two world cups ,I have not seen any other batsman of any era who had scored 10k runs in both forms of cricket and still keep on scoring.And in reality i don't wanna know or i don't wanna see any other player, for a simple reason.You know what????...I HAVE SEEN SACHIN TENDULKAR..THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF BATSMANSHIP IN ONE MAN...Period...


As usual I'm a bit late here.Thought of posting this a week before but as usual my laziness got the better out of me.And as usual i could not stop writing.when i looked after writing this one,it was going for pages.It took me a while(equivalent to the time i took to write :P) to edit this.The one you find above is the edited version.check out the full length original article here at  http://sachinmaniacs.blogspot.com/


Check this out about the stats that says his redemption. http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/450014.html

Monday, October 11, 2010


The film is grossing millions in the box office and has set record first week collection of 117 crores,surpassing best box office collection  of movies like 3 idiots and Gajhini.From a South Indian dictating superstar, Rajni Kanth's stature has grown in to a mesmerizing National superstar.But you don' t rate a movie best based upon the collections nor by the star-cast.And in my opinion good movie is the one which pleases your senses and which is a treat to watch  without compromising much towards the commercial elements.


Talking about the movie,the movie opens up with Dr.Vasi in the process of making a Andro-humanoid Robot.Finally he succeeds in making one(chitti) and the first half of the movie is occupied by the antics of the robot when an attempt is made by Dr.Vasi to check how the robot handles outside world.Interestingly  chitti doesn't comply to Asimov's 3 laws since its the ambition of Dr.Vasi to contribute it for a special purpose.Dr.Vasi finds an enemy in his mentor and coz of the troubles given by him to hinder Dr.Vasi's realisation of his ambition vasi decides to give emotional logic and feelings to chitti.


And this turns out to be a real path breaker which leads to unimaginable circumstances.What happens to chitti and Dr.Vasi forms the rest of the story.Many people said Rajni without his usual punches and mannerisms is a plus to the movie.But i guess to ask Rajni to act without  those elements is like asking sachin tendulkar  to bat at No.6.It never pays off,this scientist's role is too ordinary and in that Rajni's role is to merely  yell out at the Robot or to do tiresome dull romance with Aishwarya rai.Dr.Vasi fails to catch the imagination.


But Rajni as Chitti has rocked truly, especially towards the end he has belted out a fantastic performance in the bady robot avatar.If there is something that is completely  flawless in this movie,that has to be  Rajni's acting.Going forward one more plus is the visual effects.It needs a special appreciation and that too towards the climax it at least lives up to the build up given for the movie before the release.With out that movie would have been  much more somber jinx.ARR's music is handy with his usual brilliant numbers and a handy bg score.2.0 bgm towards the end is good.Shankar's meticulous approach shows in some parts like the usage of terms like Robo-sapiens,Andro-humanoid etc etc.


Moving to the negatives of the film i would say there two major components.One,weak storyline with lots of masala, commercial elements and two the build up.Talking about the storyline there is really nothing that is captivating.one can see lots of scenes inspired from I-Robot(a major part),bit of terminator and some say  from Matrix too.Dr.Bhora's death and the robot taking control looks like  pure adaptation from I-robot.One can't accept that its a sci-fi movie given the fact that it has been stuffed with this much commercialism.(No wonder why few of my friends updated that the movie was not that much good in Facebook after seeing first day show).Its coz of the fact that they  are made to see this half cooked commercial sci-fi flick after they have seen pure breathtaking sci-fi movies.


I wonder when Shankar says this is his 10 years dream.I thought he would have spent lot of time on the story and fine-tuned it.Thought that this would be his Masterpiece considering the repertoire he has.But this is not even close to his first flick gentleman in-terms of script.If the masterstroke had lied in the script then i think this would have forayed into international scene without doubt.His brilliance as an script writer has stopped after Mudhalvan i guess.


Coming to the second part i.e the build up given,i could very well say that has proved to be a niggle  for this movie.Over the top build ups has given a lot of expectations and when the movie doesn't live up to it,it proved to be a negative.More than these build ups about the movie,which one can live with and tolerate,there is one more annoying build up about the production house.In 1940s there was a producer called S.S.Vasan who set up Gemini studio's.He took a film called chandralekha with a budget of $600,000 which can be like 28 million in 2010.Even that great man never would have promoted the film portraying he is the face of the movie.Neither did i hear any other great producers like A.V.Meyyappa chettiyar nor the the likes of yash chopra doing those things.Even the highest budgeted movie King kong had not been promoted in such a way.But here the story is opposite.


Here MD(thats what they call) has been the man most sort after.He hogs limelight similar to Rajni.Another torture is from Sun Tv which -frankly- is quite understandable.They are habituated to give build ups to epic movies like sura,vettaikaran,singam etc etc(mokka padangaluke ipdina?) and why not to a Rajni flick.But they ought to consider that people watching are also human. Man!!! a function for audio release,one for trailer release, documentary for 1 hours on the opening day and the list goes on.(As premji says in saroja tamizh nattu makkalu romba pavam).


The peak is the cheap promotional stunt of Rajni visiting Bal Thackrey and calling him god has gone on to show how low these promotional tactics can go.Rajni in the trailer release said that he was asked to give interviews to north Indian medias as a part of promotion but he said he was embarrased to talk about his own movie.If he has that much unliking towards cheap publicity how the hell on earth he would explain this?.Being a hardcore rajni fan i personally lost my part of respect for him  when he apologised  some goddamn nobody so that his film kuselan can be released in Karnataka following Rajni's remark on Hogenakkal row.What ever...Finally after coming out of theater i knew two things.One this doesn't fall exactly under the genre of sci-fi film may be a kind of beta version of sci-fi commercial.Two this is not the best of Indian Movies absolutely not even near to the best.May be in terms of making and technicalities it might be a step ahead.But not the best Indian movie and all that.
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