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Does Bollywood need a Shubh Mahurat to be Original? [caption id="attachment_515" align="alignleft" width="300"] Courtesy:Photobucket[/caption] Is the CtrlC CtrlV the trusty side kick of Bollywood? Starting from,oh, so, many,...

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Jobs "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is...

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The wolf of wall street Nobody can do debauchery better than Sasha Baron Cohen and Larry duo,not even Scorcese.Based on a true story of Jordon Belford's highflying debauch lifestyle.Leonardo di caprio...

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Safe Haven Relationships can go through variety of abuse and wear and tear.Safe Haven based on the novel by same name is an intriguing love story about Katie played by Julianne Hough...

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The Men who stare at goats Psychic spies in U.S Military program funded by goverment -who would think you could riddl and humour that!A bored and jilted boston reporter in the quest for finding his...

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Does Bollywood need a Shubh Mahurat to be Original?

Category : Articles, bollywood



Is the CtrlC CtrlV the trusty side kick of Bollywood? Starting from,oh, so, many, decades, shouldn’t we be having hoi polloi archetypes in Bollywood by now? OMG, Did I just forget about Aamir Khan,A R Rahaman? They are truly exceptional, aren’t they? Never hear them participating in the social media gimmicks of ice bucket contests, to cure a disease. What Aamir Khan does, is, in reality,is  create a fantabulous show like Satyameva Jayate, to atleast educate people about how certain deep social issues effect the society. It’s such a privilege to have people like him, who actually do something about whatever he ruminates upon. Bollywood’s copycatism of taking groupie selfies and participating in the ice bucket contests, you know, just to go with the flow, and get some more brownie points on pointless fame.

Aamir Khan worked his sweat and blood on a show to create awareness and the degree of research you see in his shows is simply a spectacle. If only he would ever fall for these gimmicks and do the same, he wouldn’t be Aamir Khan. Come to think about the class of movies he chooses, PK, Lagaan, 3Idiots, there is a fantastic thought in their making. A thought,unaffected by ifs and buts.

Looks like Bollywood just can’t couldn’t wait to get their buckets out. Being original is not their prerogative. Or it is just not in their bucket list either. As interesting as it might seem, irksome it is, to see them do, and go with the flow, when they have potential to make millions on shady movies, their millions, pretty much does not give them original thoughts. It does not need astrologers, mahurats, ichings, to be original. Maybe you don’t have to be original to be powerful, coz maybe there is no originality hidden in power and money.

As for the Ice bucket hogwash, Mumbai rains are doing that, everyday. What Ice bucket challenge do you want to have in the middle of a downpour? seriously?


Category : based on a true story, biography, drama, hollywood, Reviews

jobs_movie_poster_2“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.~Steve Jobs.”

Looks like the director isn’t inspired by Steve Jobs at all, and his lack of inspiration is apparent from this film he made.

I believe, anything remotely related to Steve Jobs deserves an applause; Even if it’s not up to the mark in depiction. Being inspired by him per se is rewarding. When you decide to make a biographical feature film, with Aston Kutcher, it at least deserves something  better than being lnominated for the Razzie award. This biographical drama is directed by Joshua Michael Stern, who is mostly an average television producer, writer and director,best known for his feature film, ‘The contractor(2007)’ . Jobs is  an average attempt, what makes it watchable because of Ashton Kutcher’s performance. The dialogues and treatment appear diluted; depicting a strong, archetype personality and life of Jobs.

However, the below average success of the movie contradicts  the very idea of Steve Job’s gospel on ‘quality.’ Well, that’s why the audience were disappointed. Making a movie on the life of a icon, who’s edifice has been constructed on the very idea of ‘quality’ and ‘innovation’; this movie does not strike a chord.

The film has been shot if various locations in New Delhi like ‘Chandni Chowk’ and ‘Jama masjid,’ etc. Jobs movie started filming on 4th June 2012 with a budget of approximately.$12,000,00. It made a gross net of $16,117,443 on an average in U.S.A, released on 16 Aug 2013. This movie has generated some nasty reviews, and there are various geographical locations where the film didn’t pull enough crowd.

Razzie Awards are normally given one day before Oscars and Ashton Kutcher got nominated for the worst actor Razzie Award for the Jobs movie. I think the director should have gotten this award because its only Kutcher’s performance and costume designer/make-up artist’s job that made this movie watchable.

Jobs movies lacked intensity, directorial and visual skill that a ‘drama / biographical’ genre deserves. Especially, making a biopic is a major cinematic responsibility. Treatment of the movie was too casual to digest as an audience. It could have probably made a good docudrama than a features biopic.

Heres a list of documentaries on Steve Jobs that might interest you:

Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy:documentary
Discovery Channel – iGenius How Steve Jobs Changed the World:documentary
Steve Jobs The Lost Interview:documentary : Paul Sen
Steve Jobs – One Last Thing:documentary
Game Changers: Steve Jobs:documentary
Steve Jobs – iChanged The World:documentary

steve-jobs-steve-wozniak-photo-together-2The good news is this movie did manage to get nominated for the Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling – Feature Films in the
Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award. So, its not all bad, though it’s listed in the bottom 100 IMDB list.

Heres the link for official Jobs movie site if it interests you.


I leave you with a Steve Jobs’s quote.

“Here’s to the crazy ones the misfits the rebels the troublemakers the round pegs in the square holes the people that are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. ” ~ Steve Jobs.

The wolf of wall street

Category : hollywood

imagesNobody can do debauchery better than Sasha Baron Cohen and Larry duo,not even Scorcese.Based on a true story of Jordon Belford’s highflying debauch lifestyle.Leonardo di caprio does a stupendous performance yet again.However the entire movie is over the top for Scorscese style of making.It’s like watching P***n with oscar winning team of actors and director.Somewhere down the line,the movie loses its essence making the very act more prominent than the content.The end is quite abrupt as if they just wanted to wind it up quickly.Matthew McConaughey is made to look like a junkie,almost unrecognisable.A bad apple,a sleazy mentor who soils his head in the beginning.Mentors are important in our live,arent they?They do lay the foundations of who we can be.Following his footsteps,of getting s** out of the way to focus on work made him a s** addict and a junkie eventually.A good man with a happy family turns into a manwh*** .The sleazy in Hangover and Sasha’s patented or even Adam Sandler movies is rib-tickling,something you’d look forward to inspite of the extremity.This movie however is a huge disappointment regardless of its success.The hallmark of dumbness is when Leonardo discusses with his father how he is excited about shaved p*****.I mean seariously,these guys never grew up beyond 8th grade.The movie exemplifies desperation,and all the skanky things you could think of.There are no strong quotes you could quote,like the ones you had in The Departed or Goodfellas or Hannibal.Theres no brillance anywhere,nor is there any strength to characterization regardless of the theme.You would expect these from a scorcese movie.The movie is a dream every man secretly wants to live by.

Theres a thing or two you about the character of Belford in the movie;loyalty means nothing to promiscuous men.Whether you are full of honesty and integrity or you are super hot,it doesnt mean anything to them.They need no excuse to philander and they shall stay the same forever,its in their DNA.Its charming how even the most sensible could folly by their feigned charm.The graphic content is a measure of how far has entertainment gone in the name of moviemaking.Nothing seems to require a censor and the feel of the movie too amateriush for Scorsece style of making.You could only watch it for Leonardo’s performance,its certainly more brilliant than his bare b***.

Safe Haven

Category : hollywood, Movie Quotes, Reviews

Safe Haven PosterRelationships can go through variety of abuse and wear and tear.Safe Haven based on the novel by same name is an intriguing love story about Katie played by Julianne Hough who is seen absconding with a knife,chopped and bleached hair.She finally arrives in a town where nobody knows her and finds her safe haven with Josh Duhamel aka Alex.He instantly starts liking Katie and is unaware of her dreary past.In the course of the story he sees her most wanted pic posted all over the town and is hurt until he sees the violent abuse she has been through in her previous marriage.Her escape from the pangs of disappointed faith throws her in the arms of Alex who has a pretty daughter and a simple life.

The movie goes through a gripping pace.Love stories are watchable when they are intriguing and have that element of mixed emotions and fascinating mystery and relevant chaos and conflicts.Every relation is different and what matters is finding someone who can see through your chaos and still find you amazing.This is in contrast to all those light-hearted chic flicks and probably that what makes it more watchable.The movie is a mixed genre.It has an element of eerie when Alex’s first wife’s ghost interacts with Katie and the mystery is unveiled only in the end.A very beautifully carved movie even if you dont like chic flick,this will be worth a watch.No gooey nonsense just start from the heart!

Movie Quotes:

Jo: To the woman my husband loves. If you’re reading this, then it must be true, he loves you without a shadow of a doubt or else he wouldn’t have given this to you. I can only hope that you feel the same way about him that he does about you. I wanted to write this letter because I wanted you to know one very important thing; I’m so glad he’s found you. I only wish I could be there some how to met you, and maybe in some ways I am. Outside of my husband and my two beautiful children, you are the most important person in the world to me because I am gone and they are yours now. You need to take care of them; make them laugh, hold them when they cry, stand up for them, and teach them wrong from right. The thought of you it gives me hope; hope that Alex remembers what it feels like to be young and in love, hope that josh finds someone to fish with again, hope that Lexie has someone to help her on her wedding day. I hope that one day my family will be whole again. And most of all hope that somehow I’m there with all of you, watching over all of you.

Jo: The good thing Katie, is that life is full of second chances.

The Men who stare at goats

Category : hollywood, Reviews

11151324_800Psychic spies in U.S Military program funded by goverment -who would think you could riddl and humour that!A bored and jilted boston reporter in the quest for finding his guts back after a broken marriage,wants to find a mission for himself.A mission that gives him a sense of satisfaction and prove his mettle.basically a pansy who imagines to do something fansy that he could brag about later.Ewan McGregor ,plays this fainthearted reporter ,Bob Wilton who goes to Iraq to cover the war.He meets George Cloony aka Lyn Cassady,a psychic spie in one of the undisclosed groups of u.s military.An expert in remote viewing.

This movie is an amusing satire on the very fancy ideologies of spiritual awakening amongst chaos and war.Even found army men dancing to psychedellic trance holding flowers?or killing a goat just by staring at it?It subtly mocks the very idea of intution,gumption,cosmic happening and sensory nonsense;because in the end ,these folks with supernatural sensory powers end up working for the mean,callous guy ,kevin spacy who was considered to be a black sheep in their surreal military program.Its a brilliant movie with a potent message and comical sarcasm;nothing rib-tickling but you’ll know it when you watch it how they rip apart the very perception of intution and enlightenment in a parctical world.It could be a parody or an intelligent spoof made on many films like silence of the lambs,etc.

Movie Quotes:

Bob Wilton: So what do you use to remote view?

Lyn Cassady: I drink. And I find classic rock helps.

Bob Wilton: Any music in particular?

Lyn Cassady: Boston. Boston usually works.

General Brown: So they started doing psy-research because they thought we were doing psy-research, when in fact we weren’t doing psy-research?

Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: Yes sir. But now that they *are* doing psy-research, we’re gonna have to do psy-research, sir.

[leans forward]

Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: We can’t afford to have the Russian’s leading the field in the paranormal.

The HangoverIII

Category : hollywood, Reviews

hangover3Mr.chows opening scene of prison break per se adds to the hilarity.The missing don and his alliance with Alan again sets the moot point where the chaos starts again.Like they said,this time its no wedding or bachelor party but still when they are on the road all bets are off.The finale of the Hangover 3 is sure going to linger a little longer for its originative and buffonish humour of Alan and his antiques.The only sad point is showing lancinating animals and humouring it.

This time this bit is as refreshing as the first part though there are a few denotation of Las Vegas and Heather Graham as the first part,it all connects well.Though Alan plays a major role in this part,while Stu and Phil play along.Again Doug(Justin Bartha) seems to be the favourite with the kidnappers.Its funny he’s not a victim of stockholm syndrome by this time.His role however is very short and he hardly has any dialougues.The wolf pack ends with this series of madness and you’ll know why when you see how Alan finally finds his soulmate in trashy Pawn Shop clerk Melissa McCarthy.The hallmark as usual is Alan and Mr.Chow whose unusal friendship has usually lead to chaos and killing.Story is original and not one bit repetitive like the second part.There’s no smoking pot and drinking debauchary.The film ends abruptly with Alan’s risque humour and him all dressed up in a groom’s wedding suit.

Hangover3 is very distinctive from the first two and yet retains their signature style of crazy risqe humour and spontenity.Much better than Hangover2.When the 42 year old child Alan fnally grows into a man!


Category : bollywood, Reviews

imagesAashiqui2 is a soulfully mushy movie that can melt your heart with sufi treatment and  Bhatt’s signature style of movie making.Mohit Suri has a gift of portraying myarid of emotions through his movies.Aditya Roy Kapur aka Rahul is a maniac bipolar depressant who exactly displays the traits of a chronic depressant.Who at a subconscious level has something unresolved that he’s not even willing to figure out until he meets Aarohi.Though some of the dialouges are hackneyed,you’ll be ready to ignore them all to be soaked in the beauty of innocene of love limned.Maniac depressants have hyper mood swings.Sometimes even true,sincere love might just not be enough to resolve something that so deeply settled inside that pain pe se becomes a comforting company for a lifetime and beyond life.

Not the regular run of the mill story.Auidence might not be able to understand his sudden urge to giveup on life.These folks are unpredictable.You never know what might just trigger them to take an extreme step.I’m glad there’s a realistic approach to the story instead of happy ending.Cause thats how the relation with a manic depressant ends,it ends!

Music is addictive,yet another signature style of Bhatts.They make evergreen music for their movies.Even a metalhead like me finds it addictive,esp the ‘tum hi ho’ number.

Aditya roy Kapur’s acting is stupendous for a debutant main lead and very very convincing , distinctive and original.On the contrary Shraddha Kapoor though shares a wonderful on-screen chemistry with Aditya Roy Kapoor,her acting still needs a major polishing.

That said..Its a more than one time watch kind of a movie.Esp again sensuality and erotica which is also Bhatt’s signature style is pleasantly missing.Its good to see movies can still have the emotional stamina and will to believe to contour pristine quality of love.

Mahesh Bhat’s-Mohit Suri has always produced wonderful cinematic works.Aashiqui being an evergreen classic masterpiece then and now and so is Aashiqui2 with semi-modern approach.

Tum hi ho