Thursday, February 28

'My Cousin Vinny' Movie Review

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My Cousin Vinny’ movie is a court room drama presented in an exceedingly comical way.

It’s a classic comedy directed by Jonathan Lynn, starring Joe Pesci, Fred Gwayne and Marisa Tomei in lead.

Outline:

It’s a story about two friends who while travelling through rural Alabama are put on trial for a 
murder they don’t even know they committed and one of the accuser’s cousin (named Vinny), a self proclaimed lawyer, who knows nothing about court cases and law, comes to their rescue.

Vinny has never experienced a trial before and somehow managed to clear his law degree in six attempts in six years. He knows the situation at hand is worse than he contemplated but he plays Mr. Cool in charge of the situation making all the wrong moves that’ll surely declare the friends guilty of the crime. Amidst all this chaos, he assures them with his preposterously funny and false hopes that he’s going to save their arses. And that’s when things go helter skelter.

Review:

‘My Cousin Vinny’ is a perfect movie for belly laugh. If it’s been a while and you haven’t seen a good comedy, I recommend you to go for ‘My Cousin Vinny’. Surely, this movie won’t disappoint you. This movie is a total fun ride and a must watch.

Watch the trailer here:

Cast:

Joe Pesci plays the classic role of Vincent (Vinny) Gambini exceptionally well. He does a ludicrous act, especially his court-room antics.

Marisa Tomie (Mona Lisa Vito – character name she played in the movie) won the Best Supporting Actress award for this flick in 1993.

This was Fred Gwayne’s last movie.

Reception:

The movie was a runaway hit and received appreciation not only from the critics but lawyers as well. 

Jolly LLB:

Arshad Warsi seems like doing a similar court room drama in upcoming Bollywood film Jolly LLB where he portrays the character of Vincent Gambini trying to save his cousin’s life in a rather amusing way. I hope Jolly LLB is something new and original and not a desi version of the classic ‘My Cousin Vinny’.

Watch the trailer of Jolly LLB here:

Monday, February 25

Albert Einstein - A Legend

Albert Einstein while working as an associate professor in the University of Zurich got no more than 4500 francs a year as salary. This salary was not enough to meet his family’s daily needs. So, once he was asked what he has to say about his package considering the high cost of living in Switzerland.

He smiled and said “I am trying to put a clock in every space but I cannot afford to put a clock in my room”.

Albert Einstein never worried about how much money he had or got from office. He was not behind fortune.
His way of thinking and approach was different from the sane humanity. He had no time to discuss about the daily chores of life. It was his wife Mileva, who supported him financially.
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He was a reneged German, a Swiss by choice and Jew who did not believe in god.

He only focused on ways to explore The Universe and give it a new definition through physics. Physics was his first love, a world to him.

He was the man who made us see the world!

Friday, February 22

Child Rapists Hanged In Iran & India Calls Them Juvenile


It’s been more than a month now when Jyoti Singh Pandey (Nirbhaya) left this cruel world to reach better heavens and her family even today is fighting for the real justice, hoping against the hope to bring peace for their child’s soul. And this is not just the case of one Jyoti but many other rape victims in India who were punished for else’s illicit acts.

A pretty long time it has been and still no vital efforts are made to nail the offenders and give them a mearstone punishment, a lesson for all in the society.

Meanwhile, in Iran, the government has come out with a rule to hang all those people (even if they are juvenile delinquents/children) who are involved in murder, rape or trafficking.

Checkout this pic here for a post published in South African Newspaper. [Source: a forward mail]

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I wonder when such rules will be put in action in our country to stop such wrongdoings. Even if such rules are made, our system is not rigid enough to keep them concrete.

The more corrupt the state, more are the laws made. How easy it has become in India today to commit a crime and abscond. If you are caught, money will make new rules to bend the previous ones. Else, you get all the limelight for a month or so with things just going back to normal while the innocent either reaches the gallows or his/her voice is forcibly put down.

Women in our country have cried their heart out but their cries seem to fall only on deaf ears that are busy protecting their political parties. None wants to take responsibility and put their hands in this filth. Such a sad state of our country today!

Thursday, February 7

Vishwaroop Movie Review : 5 Reasons To Watch Vishwaroop

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Vishwaroop is a master-piece from the protagonist, Kamal Hassan, the Director, Producer and the Actor in the movie. ShekharKapur (of Elizabeth and Mr. India fame) and Rahul Bose (of Mr & Mrs. Iyer) are seen onscreen after a real long time.

It’s an enthralling thriller that talks about terrorism and how deep its roots are not only in Afghanistan but also in US and a man’s mission to eradicate evil by being evil.

Vishwaroop, the word itself stands for different personalities of same person who stand to fight against terror in every possible way.

Reasons to watch Vishwaroop:

1.       For Kamal Hassan:

How metaphoric the word “Experimenter” is with Kamal Hassan! He’s a one man army with an amazing ability to show his creativity and talent in a unique, never-attempted-before style.

Talk about serious, action or comedy scenes, none can replace the kind of excellence Kamal Hassan has in each one of them. He’s nothing but the Best in every genre and none can replace his class.

His portrayal of the feminist character in first half is worth appreciating.

He ignores his age when it comes to performing stunts. Most of the stunts he has performed himself without any body doubles.

2.       Music:

Shankar-Ehsan-Loy has done a marvellous job giving a perfect background score to Vishwaroop. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics (with Kamal Hassan singing the first song ‘Radha’) concords with SEL’s music, gives it a perfect blend.

Most of the background score is inspired from Sami Yusuf’s music. You can check out this song Supplication (from the album Mu’allim) by Sami Yusuf which was released in the year 2003-2004 and now used in Vishwaroop.

Checkout Supplication Video here:

3.       Sets & Shots:

Entire shooting is done in US and Canada. Afghanistan known for its flagitious blood bath where the bullets speak and the word ‘peace’ is only spoken in prayers and schools, the same Afghan region setup was created in Chennai.

He has used US marines, fire fighters, M16s and AK-47s to maintain the originality, the authenticity of the things.

The car chase scene shot in America gives an adrenaline rush to the viewers.

Some of the scenes are given a 360 degrees rotation, something very unusual and uncommon in Indian Cinema, which makes the movie switch between flashback and present time.

4.       Rahul Bose' Acting:

The only actor to give a good competition to Kamal Hassan in this movie is Rahul Bose. Rahul Bose is very peculiar about the kind of roles he does, the main reason for his absence from film industry.

The character played by Rahul Bose has come out so natural that it’ll definitely raise eyebrows of film makers throughout the world. With this flick, Rahul Bose has once again punched a name for himself.

Kamal Hassan has made the right choice by choosing Rahul Bose for villain’s role. Bose has once again proven his mettle by doing such an extraordinary role with elegance and flair.

5.       A panache Movie, Story:
An amazing story with an awesome star cast and plot that keeps you holding the edge of your seat for 3 hours. Kamal Hassan’s concept to create an unusual story on terrorism subject with unparallel presentation technique is worth applauding.

The way some of the action scenes are shot may give Hollywood directors a run for their money.
Vishwaroop is one of its kinds that stand out from the rest.

The movie also has a second part inline.

Reception:

Kamal Hassan has raised the bar with Vishwaroop. It was a mission impossible which Kamal made it possible.

Sad, a man who’s trying to take Indian cinema to next level is let down by his own people and by the government. It is believed that the movie is anti-Muslim but there is not even an iota percent of disrespect to Muslim sentiments. Anyone who should really feel offended should be George W. Bush for letting terrorists use his posters for target practice in Afghanistan.

The movie is released in 3 versions, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

If you haven’t watched the movie till now and reading this, I recommend this movie. It’s an experience worth sharing. It’s always a treat to watch Kamal onscreen in a new avatar.

In the end, I believe,

“What Quentin Tarantino is to Hollywood, Farhan Akhtar is to Bollywood,
What Tom Hanks is to Bollywood, Aamir Khan is to Bollywood,
What Christian Beil is to Hollywood, Hrithik Roshan is to Bollywood,
And,
What Christopher Nolan is to Hollywood, Kamal Hassan is to Bollywood”

Watch Vishwaroop Trailer here:

Saturday, February 2

A Night To Remember


Did you put the alarm?” I inquired before going to bed.

Yes, I did for morning 6” she replied.

She switched of the lights and off we were to a good night sleep.

Soon, the entire house was laid to silence except the night creepers, mosquitoes and the insects buzzing around.

We both were so tired from our day’s job that as soon as we hit the bed, we dozed off immediately.

It would have been just another night if the mobile alarm had not gone off unexpectedly. Awake and disturbed, I asked her to check the time but first kill the annoying alarm. She stumbled to the desk where the mobile was and said in a guttural undertone, “it’s 6 in the morning”.

How can it be possible? I never felt like sleeping for eight hours. Eight hour sleep seemed like minutes sleep to me. Time seemed to run faster than a bullet fired from a gun. Maybe, I slept for 8 hours and wanted more sleep out of tiredness. Transfixed, I kept looking at one corner of the bed trying to find answer to this puzzle.

So we were up, awake now at 6:10 and she put up the kettle on the flame while I was brushing.

The only wall clock that we had holding one of the walls of the house was broken. We never bothered to get it repaired. The clock was more of an antique piece put on display than a time telling machine. She never wanted it down as it was one of the gifts we received on our marriage reception which reminded her of the marriage days.

Twenty minutes of exercise, yoga followed by the daily chores to start our day. It was 7 now and we both were ready to go to work. She looked through the window that opened to the road but the darkness prevailed all around. Everything was pitch black and dark.

She inquired, “What’s happening? Why is it so dark even at 7?

May be its Doomsday today? Why is there no sun out today?” I panicked.

The window which opened to the road once was now welcoming unwanted cricket sounds from the darkness. I checked my wrist watch and it read half past two. “Damn, this watch’s dead now. Is it really happening? Is it true that the world will come to a standstill on doomsday  .. i mean today?  ...Whatever, now I need to get a new battery for this piece of crap”.

I took out my mobile and checked the time again. It was half past 2 on mobile as well. There was lot of confusion now in the room. One thing was for sure that there was nothing wrong with the wrist watch as it showed the same time as on my mobile. It was her mobile that created the confusion.

The time actually was two hours past midnight. I asked her to check time on her mobile once again and it still read 7:15. How’s that possible? A little investigation and it turned out that the time on her mobile was set wrongly. But she never changed it then how could it be set wrong. Soon I had the answer when she said that last night her phone fell on the floor, as a result, the time must have changed when the mobile was restarted.

And that’s how the mystery of doomsday was solved. Thank god i saw the time on my wrist watch, else we would have end up sitting in office at 3 in night. But, now we dozed off once again to a good night sleep.

Strange but true, I did my exercise, yoga and had breakfast in the middle of the night. All freshen up, relaxed, we both slept peacefully like a pig.

It's a true story, I hope you enjoyed reading this !
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