Sunday, December 30, 2012

Hobbit, unexpected journey but expected fun

I am big fan of Tolkien's The Lord of The Rings. So, watching this prequel I felt was my duty. I haven't read the book but I was bit reluctant and unhappy that the prequel came later. I thought since I already know what happens to the Precious, this one may be disappointing. It wasn't to be. It felt nice to Gandalf again and, of course Frodo, though briefly. Didn't realize Gollum is so popular!

I must also admit that Peter Jackson's fair is best watched in large screen. Also, with the HFR effect. Thankfully, Sathyam had the option. The 3D effect comes out beautifully.

Just like with Lord of the Rings, I am now keen to read the book.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Talaash, some clues

When you go to Aamir Khan movie, you expect it to be an intelligent movie. Add to that that Zoya Akhtar is also involved.

All that I can say is that the movie did entertain, it kept me hooked till the very end. But I am not sure if it is indeed a great movie. Every character in the movie was well etched and the performances were nothing short of spectacular. The screenplay was tight, story was captivating. But there's something that I kept searching for and  am  sure if I found that from the movie. Satisfaction of watching Aamir movie, perhaps.

With that note I leave it to others who watch it to make their  impressions. But it was strange that the movie reminded me of Pizza. Oh, let me give you a clue. The two main characters in  movie are the constable and Pinky, the dog.

Watch it, anyway.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Pizza, good toppings and cheesy

We don't get to see many Tamil movies of this genre. The movie is about a pizza delivery boy and his girl friend. During one of his delivery routines, the boy ends up at a home where strange occurrences take place. Supernatural occurrences!

Though he manages to escape from that house, he finds that his girl friend has vanished without a trace. His boss and colleagues try to help him. In the process, they find some mysteries about him.

The movie scares you, intrigues and entertains. There are many twists in the movie till the very end. Pizza a movie has many toppings (psychological thriller, ghost and crime) and is spicy, but on a thin crust. Nice watch, you will feel entertained.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Satynameva Jayate, A win-win

Without a doubt Aamir Khan's Satyameva Jayate has captured our attention. Usually, I do not respond to programs asking viewers to send SMS. But no sooner had Aamir announced, I had sent the SMS.

Later on, I went to Twitter and Facebook to promote the program. Obviously, everyone was talking about Satyameva Jayate. An acquaintance posted a comment in response to my status message that baffled me.

He made a sarcastic comment stating that Aamir takes Rs. 3 Crore for every episode. I didn't try to argue with him.

What is wrong in Aamir charging for the show? Why should someone do anything for free? Isn't it a common saying - there are no free lunches?

In fact, I think Aamir through Satyameva Jayate has create a perfect Win-Win for everyone who is involved.

1. Audience: Aamir after a long time has given the populace a reason to sit together and watch something meaningful on TV.
2. Advocacy: The program hits you. Though only one episode has been telecasted, I am sure the rest will also be well researched and holistic.
3. Channels: For sure, the TRP ratings would be shooting. The channel must be very happy to get all the eye balls.
4. Self: Of course, Aamir is an actor by professional. Why would you expect him to be anything else? Did you expect him not to make any profit from Tare Zameer Par or 3 Idiots. These movies had message and were powerful in their own rights. For that matter you didn't expect Vidhu Vinod to screen Munnabhai for free.

I might be wrong, unless Aamir mentioned that he was running Satyameva Jayate as Not for profit. And for those who have an issue with the transactions, please forget about the money, just get the message.