Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Picasso of India- hahhhahha

Posted: March 9, 2010 in Art

So much breath is being wasted on this 94-year old painter with one leg dangling above his grave.

It is amusing to see how a country with so many pressing issues at hand has created a pseudo-intellectual class that can talk through its teeth without making any sense. Leading this pack is NDTV reporter/presenter Burkha Dutt posing these questions to audience- “Did we let M F Hussain down?”, “Are we so intolerant as a country that a great painter cannot express his artistic abilities..” etc etc. I could puke at the questions posed by college students – the youth of India which is increasingly turning into a mass BPO crowd in their intellect and critical thinking.

This old frog has been thriving on controversies to sell his paintings at the enormous prices he has been able to get – pandering to the western audiences and Arab sheikhs. Artistic liberty? The old fool copies the theme from “Rape of Europa” and paints the same idea using Mumbai terror attacks as an opportunity to collect more bucks (who has verified if the proceeds went to the victims? Thats our press).


As an artist that knows no boundaries to creativity, he was tight-lipped at the Danish cartoons- something no one bothered to report as they were busy giving lap dances to the “hurt” community in India. Interestingly his creative genius extends to only one community – and never to the other. Can he expect to live another day if he antagonised his new abode?

This dude is in it for the moolah – as 72 virgins cannot do it for him anymore. Creative genius my ass.

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Aha!

Posted: January 7, 2010 in Art

This list is a good collection but benignly forgives our older music composers for their transgressions when they gave out classics like “Mujhse tu itna na pyaar badhaa” (Mozart’s Symphony 40).

I swear I head “Aaja Sanam Madhur Chandni Mein hum” tune in some hollywood flick. Matter of time before I find out the source.

Movie-arathon

Posted: January 7, 2010 in Art

Avatar (3D): Since it was not playing in our immediate vicinity, had to pull a few strings to get to the theatre where we could see the movie in all its 3-D brilliance (as the promos promised us).

But was it worth it? Like all other things in life, I had to take the plunge to find out. And I should have known better. Yes, it is a beautiful (cliched) story told in spectacular style by James Cameron (who can forget Titanic) – with an outerspace setting to complete the effect.

Avatar is a story of a man seeking redemption from his shackles (a paraplegic ex-marine caught in a coldly material world, anxious to get back to his old life of action and drama) finding higher purpose and meaning in life. The mission thrust upon him makes that possible – with a woman thrown in to make that happen. The story setting could have been a remote village somewhere in India or Africa – afterall the Pandoran culture, norms and beleifs seems to have been drawn from these places anyway.

But then – how else would Cameron weave-in the stunning visuals of flourescent life forms (remember The Abyss?), eye-catching alien body forms and the audience mental frame of a battle between humans and humanoids? Not to mention the Special Effects Category nomination for the Academy Awards (brain-dead panel with highly debatable judging standards with Slumdog Millionaire as most recent example). And do not forget the revenues from the videogames that are already flooding the market.

Overall, a well-told story made with an epic budget and excellent hype. That is all there to it.

Turning homewards, just when I had given up hope on Indian cinema (I mean bollywood – for lack of time to watch Tamil films), came these two bolts from the blue.

Rocket Singh – Salesman of the Year: One sentence – loved this movie! Ranbir is not a favorite. I have nothing against the guy – except that he has everything handed to him on the plate while others have to sweat it out for years for the same opportunities. Hated him even for after watching Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (won’t even bother to write about it). But he seems to be doing his bit of justice to the silver spoon he was born with. The guy does have talent – unlike Abhishek Bacchan – but I dither.

Maybe I had set my expectations too low from a Yash-Raj film (of late, candy-floss coated urine-love stories) but this movie did it for me. It was funny, and had deep thoughts thrown at you like a punch. An enduring message of beleiving in yourself no matter where you start from and despite what others want you to beleive about yourself. And the message comes out beautifully – some people will want to see you fail, simply because they were too cowardly to follow their heart and try something out for themselves. But irrespective of your success or failure, no one can take the learning away from you, and how you use that learning to re-build the blocks is what makes you exceptional. A must watch movie.

3 Idiots: Yeah, its a big hit. And yes, the money is only getting bigger with that whiney loser Chetan Bhagat crying foul and the publicity-nosed Aamir using it to generate even more box-office sales. But then, its a helluva good movie despite Aamir, Maddy and Sharman playing 20-year olds, its surrogate Aamir-worshipping (Rancho the superguy who can fix anything from the lab to the labor room with his 24-year old ingenious brain, and pass witty one-liners to floor his professors and friends), Kareena’s totally unrequired appearance and “Aal-is-well” feel-good which is so Munnabhai MBBS. Again, like Rocket Singh..the movie hit the nail on its head with its message – Run behind excellence – success will follow. One more must watch.

So so eagerly await Alice In Wonderland and Sherlock Holmes. The movie-makers have decided to turn a kindly ear to my longing to see my favorite characters on-screen (not to mention my pockets that they want to empty hehhe..)

The Monroe Magic struck again

Posted: June 22, 2008 in Art

In my quest for cheap DVDs, I bought a 6-movie pack for 10 GBP on my trip to London. All of them Monroe movies, or so the cover said.

But the price was well worth it, as it included gems like The Seven Year Itch, Lets Make Love and How to marry a Millionaire.

The most recent watch was Lets Make Love. I am sure the “rich-man-fimds-love-in-poor-girl” movies like this were before and after this movie.

Crazy as I am about Jazz and dry humor, what made this movie unforgettable was Monroe’s routine “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”, the part where the billionaire heir observes how well he knows people’s psychophancy because of what he is, and everything he does to win the girl over.

A movie that left me thinking about it when I went to sleep.

…Baraa bara baraa ra daba deeba badee da..

Minority Report

Posted: October 4, 2007 in Art

After Blue Umbrella, this is one movie I was thinking about while going to sleep.

Two reasons I never got close to watching this movie so far: (a)some of my very “intelligent” friends had panned the movie when it was released and I was too lazy then to check it out myself (b) after watching War of the Worlds, the equation for me was Spielberg + Tom Cruise + Science Fiction = Unmitigated disaster + bottleful of Asprin. Like The Ring, The Others and The Village, this film has a dark haunting quality with stunning visuals (virtual image construction from the pre-cogs minds and Cruise’s cruise on the highway just to name two) and moments (the scene where Cruise realises much too late that the shady doctor he had trusted was an old enemy was chilling).

Can’t wait for the Golden Compass to release..and I know what my daemon would be..:))

Watching the preview, one can’t help wonder what kind of an idiot would have let go of Nicole Kidman.

The Blue Umbrella

Posted: September 11, 2007 in Art

Movies like these give a surge of hope to the decadent trend prevelant in today’s Indian movies.

I wish there are more movies of kind made in the country. How ironic that the best movies are being made in the Children’s category (Jai Hanumaan, Halo, Makdee) when the ones made for adults are either mediocre regurtitations of old bollywood classics/hollywood movies or extremely confused bullshit on romance and love appealing to American English flaunting call-centre audiences.

Mov(e)ies

Posted: September 8, 2007 in Art

Twelve Angry Men is one of my all time favorites I would recommend watching at least once. The movie made in 1957 with Henry Fonda in the lead is a compelling drama of one man convincing his fellow jurymen to stretch their limits of imagination from the surface facts, hearsay and personal prejudices, appealing to the rational and emotional facets of their personalities. One has to watch the movie to appreciate it in full, and no amount of reviews can do it enough justice.

I was very disappointed to watch its 1986 re-make, Ek Ruka Hua Faisla in Hindi, directed by none other than Hindi film industry doyen, Basu Chatterjee – not just because it lacked the grip and filmography of the original despite the line for line copy of the script, dialogs and their delivery; my gripe is that nowhere in the movie had the great director acknowledged the source of his work. Disappointing for such a highly acclaimed creative mind in the industry.

Nevertheless, I still love the Byomekesh Bakshi (an Indianised married Sherlock Holmes) TV series directed by him, which as a kid in seventh grade I never missed even for a week (more so because I had a crush on Rajit Kapoor, than it being a mystery serial..:)). How many times had I hoped my mom will hire him to find out who emptied the cookie jars when she was asleep and that smile he would give when he found out who did..****wide wide grin****

What a waste..

Posted: August 15, 2007 in Art

Oh what a relish it was to see Matt Damon in “The Talented Mr.Ripley”. Such raw potential sinfully blunted by the Bourne series. His charm lies in his grey shades- not the machoman hero that should be left to the Bruce Willises and Jon Claude Van Dams of the world. Its like watching Dorothy morph into Lara Croftt, yes that painful. And whats with the bloated piggish look at an attempt to look manlier?

Simmmmppsonnssssssssssss….

Posted: August 13, 2007 in Art

Ta datta da ta datta da tada tata…

Was more fun watching my husband laugh than watching the movie itself.

Show-stealers
“Spider pig…spider pig…”
Homer

“I was elected to lead, not to read”
Prez. A. Schwarzenegger

“Sir, I can see you have grown crazy with power.”
EPA guy
“Have you ever tried going mad without power? It’s boring and no one listens to you!”
Cargill