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Delhi Belly & How It Got Released

I am wondering if I am not blogging enough, I know you folks would agree. But in my defense I have been terribly busy at work. However, what makes me wonder about my blogging frequency of the folks at WordPress. This blog is hosted on the WP platform and these days I get more WordPress Updates than the posts I write, so either I am writing very less, or the guys at wordpress are working their asses out. More I think of it, and I feel sorry for those guys. Imagine the project manager/product manager at wordpress would be after the life of the poor chaps writing the code upgrade, to deliver it in time for the customers to use. And here I am one of their customers who do not even write a post as frequently those folks churn out and upgrade.

So coming back to “I have been terribly busy bit”, amidst all this busyness of my business I found time to catch up with most of the movies. I am sure even you guys would agree that the recent times were like gold rush for movie fans. I mean you had movies like “X-Men, Cars 2, Transformers 3, KungFu Panda, Pirates of The Carrabian, and Harry Potter, Delhi Belly, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” and I might have forgotten mentioning few. So I have watched them all, and I must say most of them were pretty good. As a matter of fact I loved all of them except Transformers-3, which was painstakingly boorish and dumb.

But what was icing on the cake was Delhi Belly, I must say I absolutely loved the movie. I was surprised and shocked to see that movie where the abuses and F words weren’t beeped out by the censor board. I actually watched the movie twice because I just couldn’t believe that the censor board hasn’t actually beeped out the movie. The reason that this movie actually passed censor board is a very interesting story, from what I hear on my non-existent grapevine.

Place: Central Board Bored of Film Certification

Time: Fake Approval Screening of Delhi Belly

Aamir Khan (AK)- So this a movie about youth, about India, the reality of this generation.
Leela Samson (LS) – Wow.
Shubhra Gupta (SG)- What wow? Asha ji tells me he used the same line for DCH.
Arundhati Nag (AN)- These commercial actors I tell you, can’t come up with something original. They will steal stories from Hollywood, and now they have become so shameless that they remake the old Bollywood classics. Look at that Ramesh Sippy guy he made Sholay again such horribly.
Pankaj Sharma (PS) – Errr AN Ramesh Sippy was the guy who made the original Sholay. RGV was who made the remake.
AN- RGV? Who? Whatever.
Rajeev Masand (RM)- It is Packed with rude humor and made with the intention to shock. This is a filthy comic thriller which would work because it’s a smartly paced wild-ride, it doesn’t have a madly inventive story. Yet with sharp performances.
LS- RM you are not reviewing the movie, please stick to the censoring right now. Pankaj Vohra (PV) what do you think?
PV- Since this has nothing to do with Thackreys and Pawars so this is ok.
Annes Jung (AJ) – I think this might be objectionable and we need to beep the abuses. AK can you come back with a beeped version of this.
AK- Oh I already have it let me play it for you.
*plays the movie*
*Bhaag Beep Beep Beep Beep bhag beep beep Beeep*
goes on for 5 minutes.
RM- What the hell is that?
LS- After beeping this is not in English or Hindi, the movie seems to be in Morse code.
AN- Yeah but does movies in Morse Code lie in our jurisdiction.
LS- Actually no.
AK- so you mean to say that I can release this movie in MORSE CODE?
LS- Yeah, if you want you can dub it in English or Hindi. GO ahead.

and that my friends is the fake story of how Delhi Belly got approved from the censor board bored 🙂

On a more serious note, given the success of the movie, I feel our Industry is coming of age. Though I hear some petitions going against it in one of the courts in MP but I am sure the law would take its course and accept the new generation of people and the cinema.

10 Day You Challenge- Day 8: 3 Movies

3 Movies, now this is an easy one-

1- Guru– I am a fan of this movie and I have seen it so many times that I can’t even count.

2- Choti Si Baat- This again a brilliant movie which deals with a complicated subject of human psyche of perceptions in a very light and comical way. I have learnt a lot from this movie.

3- Thank You for Smoking– This is another movie which has motivated me a lot in life.

Beauty And The Bloggers

So all of you must be knowing from my last post, that I am being published as a co-author of the book Urban Shots. The beautiful lady on the cover is Kanaz who is an established model and actress. Kanaz has features in multiple advertisements and movies like Pathshala and Wake Up Sid.

So when Me and Kunal (One of my Co-Author from urban Shots) came to know that she has agreed to be on the cover of our book, we jumped on an opportunity to have some conversations with her. You can read some snippets of our conversations with here here.

Bala Takes The Plunge

Author: Melvin Durai
Publisher: Hachette India

Price: 195/-

Bala takes the plunge is a story of the great American dream of the Indian middle class. How we as a society measure the success of our children by their capability to get into engineering/medical and the secure the most coveted US Visa to perform desk jobs while earning in dollars.

The protagonist Bala is another scapegoat of this great American dream by his civil engineer father. His ambition of being a movie director and cast his all time favorite super star Rajnikanth in a movie was sold for a engineering degree from a college in Chennai from where he moved to USA. The entire journey from being an aspiring director to a qualified engineer to a US resident and a director of a different kind (director of manufacturing in a fitness equipment company) is filled with funny incidents and quips ranging from the lines in US consulate to the status Corel dinner sets in Indian homes.

The second phase of the book, which is longest one, unfolds in US where the focus shifts from a struggling engineer to a well settled lonely professional desperate for a female company. The story revolves around Bala living in constant fear of being dominated again to marry to someone of his parents’ choice. The funny journey of Bala seeking companionship in sales girls of the grocery stores, matrimonial sites and finally in his pet dog which he named America.

The story finally converges towards it end when he comes back to India on insistence of his parents to see fair and lovely (pun intended) girls chosen by his parents. There his life takes some dramatic turns and he finds the love and probably a greater purpose in life.

The strength of the book lies in the humorous narrative done by Melvin, who has exploited the common incidents which happen in life a funny take. The tragedy and desperation of the protagonist Bala is the chief source of comedy which continues to tickle every time he fails to find love in his life. An area where Melvin could have improved the book is the pace of the narrative or the story; when the first part of the books are fast paced and riveting making a good build up while the second part loses the pace and grasp on the reader who has the pace in line with the build up.

Also there are multiple references to Rajnikath and his dialogues from various movies, which might add a distinct flavor to the book for someone who understands and follows Rajnikanth and Tamil.

Summary: A nice read to enjoy on a journey or a flight. If you are a Rajnikanth Fan and know Tamil movies it’s the icing on the cake..

Rating: 2.5/5

An Open Letter To Priyadarshan

Dear Mr. Priyadarshan,

I being an ardent fan of bollywood movie have had the pleasure, actually less of pleasure and more of pain, of following your bolywood career over so many years. You know after so many years of observation I have inferred either you are a sadist or a person with deep hateful sentiments against the Hindi speaking crowd. To justify my claims here is a list of the movies you have made in Hindi-

Name Origin
Khatta Meeta Remake of Vellanakalude Nadu(Malayalam)
De Dana Dan Remake of Vettam(Malayalam)
Billu Remake of Kadha Parayumbol (Malayalam)
Mere Baap Pehle Aap Remake of Ishtam (Malayalam)
Bhool Bhulaiyaa Remake of Manichitrathazhu (Malayalam)
Dhol Remake of In Harihar nagar (Malayalam)
Chup Chup Ke Remake of Punjabi House (Malayalam)
Malamaal Weekly Remake of Waking Ned
Bhagam Bhag Remake of Mannar Mathai Speaking (Malayalam)
Kyon Ki… Remake of Thalavattam
Garam Masala Remake of Boeing Boeing (Malayalam)
Hulchul Remake of Godfather (Malayalam)
Hungama Remake of Poochakkoru Mookkuthi (Malayalam)
Satyaghath: Crime Never Pays Remake of Abhimanyu(Malayalam)
Yeh Teraa Ghar Yeh Meraa Ghar Remake of Sanmanssulavarkku Samadhanam (Malayalam)
Hera Pheri Remake of Ramjirao Speaking (Malayalam)
Doli Saja Ke Rakhna Remake of Aniyathipravu (Malayalam)
Saat Rang Ke Sapne Remake of Thenmavin Kombathu (Malayalam)
Virasat Remake of Thevar Magan(Tamil)
Gardish Remake of Kireedom (Malayalam)

Now if I go through this list, there are only three movies you have screwed up ‘Virasat’, ‘Hera Pheri’ and ‘Hungama’. Yes, I mean to say that these three movies the audience had something good to take with them, at least some good laughs.

Rest all, as my mallu friends tell me you have taken up awesome movies in Malyalam and derived sadistic pleasure to destroy some very good work done in the movies. Bringing it down to a level that would be despised by all by making the remakes of those classics. Come on have some respect for the movies, and how great they have been and I totally understand your reverse Midas Touch that when you pick the most awesome of the movies and turn the same to absolute crap but please stop doing it.

Now coming back to the regionalist attitude of yours, given the fact that you have been torturing the Hindi movie audience. I mean what has the poor bollywood fans done to you that you have been churning the best of Mallu-land movies to horrifying Hindi movies. Take your last movie for example Khatta Meetha, one you stole the title from this movie which is an awesome movie and a loved one through generations and you choose the concept from another great movie Vellanakalude Nadu.

Now you add some of your own crap to it, then you recruit Akshay Kumar in it and then you add a lot more crap into it. Seriously what is so much hatred with bollywood audience, and what is with so much love for the crap you put in the movies.

I would have totally found the scene in Katta Meetha hilarious with the one where the Elephant was pulling the road roller and the disasters associated with it, but then Mr. Priyadarshan we are a generation which has watched Malgudi Days when it was being aired on DD, then again on internet and then on DVD’s. I am sure you could have ignored all of that and people won’t remember it, but please for heaven’s sake you should have known Kingfisher Airlines airs that episode on their in-flight entertainment and have seen it at least 6 times in past 1 year. So please use some tiny winy brains when you flick scenes from the most popular sources.

To conclude this is a request from a passionate bollywood lover, please get a life and stop making these stupid, boring and painful remakes.

Regards,

A Bollywood Lover

The "F" in Fun

What does one expects when he goes to a movie. Till early 90s the movie used to be walk in to the theater, sit glued to an uncomfortable chair for 3 hours, watch the movie and may be have some Pepsi & Popcorn in the intermission. Then came the decade of multiplexes; which converted the movie watching into an experience with better screens, better sound, and relatively comfortable chairs.

It might be the next progression of the movie watching experience is dominated by the idea of chilling out and stress busting while watching the movie. The idea is something which I realized when I went to watch the movie Inception this Saturday. Recently I had been hearing a lot about the Foster’s F-row Campaign on twitter and blogs. So when I got a chance to experience the much talked about F-row I grabbed it with my hands full.

The concept is quite novel and it actually adds a lot of flavor to the movie. When we reached in the waiting lounge of the theater, we were greeted with the Foster’s guys were waiting for us with one of the best feet massagers in the lounge itself. So before the movie we were subjected to a small relaxation session on the feet massagers which actually took away all the tiredness caused due to driving to the theater.

When we moved inside the theater the F-row was marked differently with Fosters logo and there as soon as we settled on our chairs there were special cushions we were provided with a goodies bag, which had a squeeze-me smiley ball, with Foster’s bottle opener and face wipes. So when we left with a hall we had a part of the movie watching experience going home with us.

So overall we had a brilliant weekend movie which was terrific and add to that the Foster’s F-row made it all the more memorable and pleasant. So next time you booking a ticket for a movie on a weekend, Foster’s F-row is well worth a try.

Images Courtesy: D33pak, Foster’s Blog

Movie Summaries Day 26

I have a Big Flix rental service, since mom was here and was immobile due to fracture. I was scheduling some movies she missed watching. So here are the one-liner reviews for those movies-

1- Ishqiya- Sulphate is not only a compound of Sulphur.

2- Rock On – The investment banker can any day turn back to being the singer of the long lost rock band

3- Wake Up Sid- If you fail the examinations, try photography might work as a career for you. Ps. You can simply gatecrash at a new lady friends’ home and have a live-in

4- Dasvidaniya- Your life would suck if it is based on a to-do list. Also Russian prostitutes might fall in love with you if you refuse to have sex with them.

5- Chak De India- India win’s woman’s hockey world cup. India wins what? Women’s hockey whatever.

6- Angoor- two set of twins can get separated with each of one type together and both set have the same names.

7- New York- If you get arrested by FBI, you take a simple step you make a plot to bomb the FBI office and almost do it.

Movie Summaries Day 7

Lately I have seen so many movies, not used to writing too many reviews. So I thought to define the movies as one liners. So here goes my one liners for some of the movies I have seen recently-

1- Rajneeti- Everybody kills everybody leaving only Katrina Kaif to contest the elections.

2- Prince of Persia- Super movie, you sit for effin 2.5 hrs just to realize that actually nothing has happened.

3- Kites- No entiendo un carajo (Translation for poor viewer: I don’t understand a shit)

4- Well Done Abba: When you plan to get a well dug from the government you get your daughter married

5- Paathshala- Sending you children to school which advertises is making them do bonded labor.

6- Badmash Company- Selling single pair of gloves and defaulting bank loans are bad business plans.

7- Alice in Wonderland- So finally the rabbit goes through the hole

Deadly Dialogues-II

So I was tagged by D to take this one, I have done a similar tag where instead of lines I actually mentioned the dialogues from movies which I really loved. However the rules of this tag are as following-

On your blog, provide a link to the Great Bong’s page, May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss. The May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss contest
Then write down your top 10 Hindi movie lines or top 10 English movie lines (You can do both if you want. Only one set is required for the contest). If you cannot think of top 10, make it top 5. Cannot think of even 5? Make it top 3. No problem.
Only restriction: no two lines from same movie. This done to make it fair for other movies so that they dont get swamped by Gunda or Loha or Sholay. Tag five friends to do the same. Come over to the comment-space of this post and post your blog’s link so I can go and read it.
Remember: Before starting the tag, paste points 1 and 4 on your blog so that the rules are available to anyone who wishes to pick the tag up from your blog.

So here go my favorite lines from the hindi movies-

1- Maine tumhe kitni baar samjhaya nazdeeki fayda dekhne se pehle door ka nuksaan dekho. – Sarkaar
2- Ek paon past mein, ek paon future mein. Isiliye to hum aaj pe moot rahe hain- Rang De Basanti
3- Maine kaha tha na yeh duniya bohat chotti hai..aur yeh zindagi bohat lambi- Hum Tum
4- Aaj bhi main pheke hue paise nahi uuthaa- Deewar
5- Zindaga aur maut uparwale ke hath hai jahapana, jise na aap badalsakte hai na mein. hum sab to rangmanch ki katputlia hai, jiski door uparwale ke haath bandhi hai, kab kaun kaise uthega yeh koi nahi janta.- Anand
6- Apni zindagi toh hum jee chuke chunni babu,ab toh bas dhadkano ka lihaz karte hain,kya kahe un duniya walo ko jo aakhiri saas par bhi aitraaz karte hain!-Devdas
7- Perfection ko improve karma waise bhi bahut mushkil hai- DCH
8- Na shabd sunai nahi deta mujhe – Guru
9- Tumhara naam kya hai Basanti- Sholay
10- Kya khalu aapka Ishq, Ishq. Humara Ishq sex- Ishqiya

Now the favorite lines from english movies-

1- I believe…whatever doesn’t kill you simply makes you… …stranger.- The Dark Knight
2- The funny thing is, on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.- The Shawshank Redemption
3- “For June who loved this garden from Joseph who always sat beside her.” Some people do spend their whole lives together.- Notting Hill
4- Son, your ego’s writing checks that your body can’t cash.- Top Gun
5- Isn’t everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more? – Before Sunrise
6- It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking: How did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue. And maybe we can actually never have it, no matter what. How did he know that? – The Pursuit of Happyness
7- Some people can never believe in themselves, until someone believes in them- Good Will Hunting
8- Vanity, definitely my favorite sin. – Devil’s Advocate
9- The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms – greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge – has marked the upward surge of mankind, and greed – you mark my words – will not only save Teldar Paper but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you. – Wall Street
10-With great power comes great responsibility- Spiderman

So here are few of my favorite quotes. Now comes the part of tagging people, if you are reading this consider yourself tagged 😉

Wall Project Mumbai Vandalized

Wall project in Mumbai was vandalized recently (you can read more about it here), though neither I am a resident of Mumbai nor I was associated with the Wall project in Mumbai in any way, but I felt disgusted about it. Everything said and done, Wall Project was a very beautiful initiative to bring in the citizens to actually connect to their city and city to connect with its people. The vandalism against such an initiative is itself heinous but what affects me more is a bigger issue lying underneath.

Vandalism of the Wall Project, was an insult to the hard work, dedication of the people who stayed in the hot sun and put in a lot of effort with a dream to make their city beautiful and more to the city of Mumbai itself. The issue I am talking about here is suppressing of the educated common urban people. If we look at the demographics of the people who actually were on the ground for executing the Wall Project, were our common educated urban dwellers, not subscribing to a particular caste, creed, religion, ethnicity. The stood for what the spirit of Mumbai is, the cosmopolitan culture of the city. They were the ones who were not bothered whether it is called Mumbai or Bombay, independent of the name they wanted it to be beautiful and artistic.

Now the question I ask myself and may be the entire nation is,

What happens when Yashraj Films movie “Aaja Nach Le” have the words “Lohar” and “Sunar” in a song. The lyrics of the songs are changed. Reason: The movie might be vandalized as it doubles up as ethnic castes in India with the professions itself and might affect the feelings of the particular caste.

What happens when Sharukh Khan’s Billu Barber is released and word barber is dropped from the title of the movie. Reason the people object because the barber in the movie sounds derogatory to the barber community, and the Hairdressers’ Association of Mumbai members are invited to the premier of the movie

What happens when Karan Johar’s Wake Up Sid has a dialogue referring Mumbai as Bombay. He comes out  with a public apology which is hung across on every ticket counter, because the objection was through the MNS and given the history they all knew that the movie would not be playing anywhere in Maharashtra if they don’t come out and be apologetic about it.

And now what happens when a group of young educated people trying to beautify their city? Their project gets vandalized. Any substantial action taken, no this would be ignored. Everyone knows for the fact they are educated commoners they don’t have a ethnic/caste/political affiliations. They won’t get the leverage; they are educated people and would be non-violent. They won’t take down to the streets and beat everyone up who is trying to buy the tickets of any movie which vandalized the Wall Project. So what is the best thing to do, step over them, ignore them and use all the hue and cry these commoners make for your free publicity bytes.

I certainly don’t want to believe this but I don’t why the cynical me deep down knows that If somehow the film makers know that if this is not rectified this very group might not let their movies play in any of the theatres in Mumbai, the walls would be cleared off with the posters overnight. I hate myself for believing in something like this in a country where Mahatma Gandhi taught us the lessons of non violence but Bapu that doesn’t seem to be working anymore…

Update: I have read that the posters for Aladin have been taken down after Ritesh Deshmukh and Sujoy Ghosh have apologized though no news on any action being taken on the publicity agency.