Last night I watched Black

Last night I watched Black Hawk Down, the oscar nominated movie. This was a true story about a ground battle involving the american army soldiers. In 1993, the american army wanted to abduct 2 lieutinants of the somalian warlord Farah Aidid and they intruded into a small village called Mogadishu. The US army’s intial plans gets interuppted when two of the black hawk helicopters are shot down. The time moves on and it takes more than 15 hours to complete the operation.

The movie is potrayed with an eye for detail. The war photography is too good that we feel like witnessing the war in the streets of Mogadishu. The camera and the sets make the movie seem true. This has a very less storyline than other war movies.It is war commentary and there is no analysis on the war or its after effects which makes it as a movie of rare genre. Ridley Scott dispassionate approach towarads the movie makes it an interesting see. His approach has a classy touch. He shows war as war rather than taking a emotional dimension which leaves it for the viewer to decide his idea on war.

A pretty ok movie for a dull night!!!

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Codelust’s link on god blogging made me think a lot. good one .

Ian McEwan amazes me with his absorbing insight into people’s minds. My boss recommends me to read McEwan’s best book The child in time.Thats my next catch.

Sujatha – one of the best writers in contemporary tamil literature is signed up for a movie with K.Balachander to write the dialogues. He was paid close to 10 lakhs for film. This is a promising news for writers in tamil film scenario. His latest films Mudhalvan and Kannathil Muthamittal earned him this fame. As a matter of fact, Roja was his story which was earlier published as a novel named as ’14 days’ in tamil. I need pages to write about sujatha’s writing style. If you need to get an hang on his writing, just ready his book called guruprasadin kadaisi thinam ( the last day of guru prasad).

She's Back ( From Tihar)

She’s Back ( From Tihar)

Hey, Arundhati is back . If you are blinking now, you probably have not read her God Of Small Things or you didn’t frequent the news some 3 months back. She is Arundhati Roy. The booker prize winner for her debut novel. You would certainly appreciate her if you read that book for its vivid descriptions and the style of her writing.

Then, she was an avid supporter of NBA ( Narmada Bajao Aandolan not National Basketball Association ) and a die-hard fan for the purpose of saving thousands of people getting washed out if that narmada dam was built. An essay on anti-dam on narmada called The Greater Common Good was fabulous.

After allowing herself to stay in the thiar prison for one day, in the contempt of court case, she is now back on questioning the happenings in Gujarat.The article called Democracy :Who’s she when she’s at home? in Outlook magazine. Read it !! Feel It !! You’ll agree with me that she is true.

Kamal – The Versatile Genius

Kamal – The Versatile Genius in doldrums:

Offlate Kamal, the versatile actor has been caught amidst a storm of gossips on his personal life. The media has gone to rock bottom level to write about his personal life based on assumptions and hearsay. This is not a healthy atmosphere. These scoops and gossips have been there since media originated but there were yellow magazines which used to write on these issues. Now, the scene is even bad. Kumudham, which was rated to be 2nd best magazine in Tamil was the first one to write a cover story on this KamalHassan’s personal issue.

I think we need to leave the personal issues apart and able to distinguish a person by his proffession. Instead, people are bothered more about personal issues.The most asked question in any Q&A section of any magazine is “Is Kamal going to divorce Sarika and is he going to marry Simran?”. After a long pause, Kamalhassan had finally met the press a day before and answered them partly saying the divorce with Sarika is true. Now that isn’t a end for this media and they are going to write long exaggerated behind-the-scenes stories based on this.

Please leave kamal and his family alone. Let us criticize only his acting . Else we will probably miss one of the great artisits of this country.

Devdas – Larger than life:

Devdas – Larger than life:

Well, I still remember the day when i bought Khamoshi cassette from a music shop in mambalam. That was when i was returning from NIIT and i went straight to my room and played it with no expectations. It took me by storm and it is one of my favourite albums till day. I thought the director whom I don’t know who it was that time must have had an ear for music. Because it was so diferent from Jatin-Lalit’s previous albums. And Bhansali created the magic in the silver screen with Khamoshi displaying a wide range of pathos and ecstasy with music. Bhansali re-created the magic in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Though the later wasn’t a emotional gripper, it had elements of unbound happiness.

And now with Devdas, he joins again with Ismail Durbar to recreate the age of classics. Devdas is a touch of class. Maardala sung by Kavitha Subramanyan is the smash hit of the album. And if you get to see the trailor in MTV, you will probably start loving Madhuri again. Her portrayal is much expected in this movie. I have become a fan of this song and also Woh chand jaisi ladki by Udit. The best surprise is the Devdas theme. So feverish in its rhythm just like the Sandana Thendralai by Shankar Mahadevan in Kandukondain Kandukondain.

Listen to this album in a quiet night overlooking the sky and stars from your bed. I am sure you will transend into the world of sheer music, which Bhansali has created in celluloid.

LBW or HBW : I

LBW or HBW :

I wish Sachin could score another 29 centuries in the test matches before he settles down as a commentator or mint millions by starting a cricket coaching centre. But y’day when he was taken off for a duck, India started to do their own jobs and switched off the television sets. My instinct said he wasn’t out and I was right. But the umpire wanted to compensate for the lives he gave for sachin in first innings and declared he was lbw.

I was nostalgic y’day thinking about cricket which we played as teenage boys. Those were days when we played cricket in muddy grounds with the hot chennai sun literally broke our heads and thats when we quarreled a lot about LBWs. There is a myth about LBW. It looks like it is the only thing that both the teams had taken oath not to listen to the umpire. I remember an incident in my 10th std when we played in a crowded ground on a sunday morning. One of our opposite team mates, took the stump and broke the umpire’s head for not declaring a LBW. Well, that was a HBW (Head Before The Wicket) !!!

BUGGED :( Got bugged up

BUGGED 🙁

Got bugged up the whole week on the idea of blogging. probably i have a writer’s block ( hey, my block is about what to write) . Midweek i was trying to write my views on VP Prabhakaran’s interview to the world media. I had no time to scribble that day …so i had to drop that plan . And now it is one more weekend , i have become a weekend blogger. Probably next week, I hope to scribble a lot and get ready to read those.

Fools Day and my folk's

Fools Day and my folk’s wedding anniversary – Thats a coincidence

Today as you all know is the fools day and the same day 26 years back my dad married my mom. does that convey you something ?. But my dad jokingly still says it is a coincidence. In Tamil custom , the bridegroom will be taken as procession in a convertible car , something like the baarath . And for my dad….poor guy, the car stopped running after 10 yards from the wedding hall and they actually pushed it theough the whole procession. He still recollects it in a funny manner saying my grandpa who is my mom’s father fooled him with the car and with his girl ( my mom). I need to ask my mom how she was fooled ?

I am happy atleast in those days, they had all these customs. These days, due to the fast pace of our lives, the customs have died down and marriages have become like fast food restaurants. One day and the marriages are over. The next generation will certainly miss the fun of playing around and socialising. Poor Guys!!

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad !!!

Spoil the movies : Nidhi

Spoil the movies :

Nidhi did a great job in rediff on writing the article on the movie spoiler websites. These websites actually tell you the whole story of the movie by a quickie and it also tells the final ending of a movie. Endings of Movies like The Unbreakabale and The Sixth Sense shouldn’t be read here in these websites . They have to be seen and felt. Unbreakable is one of my all time favourites. It is one of the movies where there wasn’t any clue about the end. During the climax I found myself getting of my seat in the theatre and started clapping, Thrilled !!!. My friends thought i became crazy. What an amazing shot the final one was when Bruce willis shakes hands with S….No No I don’t wanna say who it is . I am not a movie spoiler. Enjoy the unbreakable.