Read between the lines I

Read between the lines

I am on an obsessive, compulsive blog-o-mania trip. I feel like writing all that I can, to my heart’s content.

Now, you guys read between the lines and my mind. Tomorrow is the month-end and tons of jobs at stake on my little PC. So I am trying to be an escapist here. I know, I can’t. Anyway, had a refreshing weekend at office, to put it very politely.

Listening : Devadhayai Kanden and Thodhu Varuma. Both the songs have fantastic lyrics and incidentally they are solo songs so that you keep humming them always.

Reading : The script of Steven Spielberg Saving Private Ryan. It’s vivid and sheer magic.

Watched: When Harry met Sally, Jerry Maguire, You’ve Got Mail and The American President. I’ve watched all of them numerous times before. Jerry Maguire is my most fav. But I also like When Harry met Sally for it’s realistic dialogues and ofcourse the vibrant Billy Crystal. If you think I am on a spree of watching romantic movies, blame TNT and TBS for that.

Also watched Captain’s Thennavan for the first few minutes and wrapped it. All Tamil movie lovers have this technique of deciding the movie worth from the first few scenes. Thanks to the silly repetitive directors. This one was one such movie and I waved a Bye, Bye within moments of its start.

Get into Karishma’s wedding menu

Get into Karishma’s wedding menu here. See what the Kapoor’s family is eating now. Huh !!

Rediff has gone kinky in fighting competition with Indiatimes. So they let out their reporters all over and publish all kind of weird stories, those guys can come up with. One such, the most-important-news-of-the week is Karisma’s mouth-watering wedding menu. Read it. Enjoy it but can’t taste it.

What should India’s strategy be

What should India’s strategy be in Australia?

Strategy? First they should have the right ingredients. To compete in Australia you need three sound openers and three geniune fast bowlers. I am sorry, India doesn’t have them. It’s not only in Australia alone. Look what happened to them in New Zealand. Take it from me, India will never win an overseas tour except in Sri Lanka unless the above issues are addressed.

Does it hurt you but it sounds very true to me. Read more of Geoffrey Boycott’s swashbuckling interview on his recent throat cancer and the indian openups. This guy is real wacky!!

Is Dhanush Vulnerable ? Manmatha

Is Dhanush Vulnerable ?

Manmatha Rasa Dhanush‘s hatrick with Thiruda Thirudi is creating rockers all over. I haven’t yet watched Thiruda Thirudi but I am amazed by the way The Hindu praised him in their review. As he has lined up the next twelve new movies back to back, he has more responsibilities to shoulder. The most important is how he chooses his stories in the movies to come. One movie down and he will be yet another nine-hour newcomer.

Choosing roles and stories when are you in the pinnacle seems to be the toughest task in Kollywood. Especially when producers are hungry for superhits and silver jubliees. If you look back in the history of kollywood, there are more such disasters.

Kamalhassan for example started choosing his roles after some time of his career. When he chose to act in the Sigappu Rojakkal and Raja Paarvai(was his own production), he was completely differentiating himself from his contemporaries. Along came the AVM banner. He signed up to act in AVM’s Sakalakala Vallavan. Sakalakala Vallavan was a simple yet sure-shot-success story. With enough masala items to add like that silk smitha song and the path breaking Illamai Itho song, it was a super dooper hit. 175 days. Happy. Very Happy. But what happened to the Kamalhassan. He was lost in that masala items that it completely changed the history of Tamil cinema. Atleast for the next 25 to 30 films he was roped for such silly scripts and the path breaking actor’s path was broken. With the smell of success that Sakalakala Vallavan gave, he was forced in such movies again. He quoted in an interview that it was the toughest job to break away from that clout of masala roles. His wait extended till Chippikkul Muthu which tore away the romantic boy face mask.

Even the Super Star Rajinikanth was in that loop but he chose his way to be a people’s actor and he was successful. After watching Mahendran’s Mullum Malarum and Johnny, I am sure that we lost one of the greatest actors of all times and boxed him to a black box as a super star.

You might not agree with me as I quote examples which are decades old. But I have a recent example of Vikram. With Vikram coming to the limelight in Sethu and Kasi, he was called as an heir to Kamalhassan. Incidentally, he was hailed from Kamalhassan’s native Paramakudi. And yes, became a heir to Kamal. The same AVM roped Vikram for Gemini and here he is. Followed by King, Samurai, Dhool and Sami, SHOW ME VIKRAM. SHOW ME WHERE HE IS!!. The O! Podu magic is still working out. It’s good to see Vikram raising up to reach the top. But at the same time it worries to have lost a great actor amidst all these hungama of masala movies. Though Vikram does justice to his movies by his versatile performances, he has better caliber than used. Vikram is awaiting his break through Bala’s Pitha Mahan. I am not sure if Pitha Mahan would fulfill Vikram’s dreams of breaking the masala mask. But let’s just hope it does.

AVM as a production company has been a pioneer of great film experiments. They were the ones who brought cinema to the masses but this side of AVM is certainly disappointing. Though these may not be voluntary actions, the repurcussions last much longer.

Though Dhanush is still young and naive, he can afford to act as the romantic boy for the next 25 movies. But times are changing. Staying as a super star for decades are history. People who reach to the top, skate down with the same speed. Hence to stay ahead in the race, every movie becomes an acid test. If Dhanush falls a prey for the hype and the virtual animosity that media is creating between him and Simbhu, he’ll be out. All we could wish and hope is a great career for this kid.

Arnold’s Total Recall ? He

Arnold’s Total Recall ?

He was certainly at his best but he was outwitted. The terminator man was about to terminated except his onliners saved him ahead of others in the recall debate that happened between the candiates of california’s recall election.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, belonging to the republican party accomplished whatever he wanted by appearing confident and info savvy. But he was short of being specifics. While his competitor Peter Camejo of the Green party was conversing like a financial expert, this super star believed and lived with the catchy one liners. One of them was when Arianna Huffington, a writer and a canidate said ” We know how you treat women”. He replied saying ” Huh!! I have a perfect role for you in Terminator 4″. Arianna couldn’t resist laughing loud for that. And what a deep voice he has. It was just like how he said in Terminator, I’ll be back.

But he busted when he replied to Democratic party candidate Cruz Bustamante. Arnold said ” I don’t know what you are talking about?”. Cruz replied saying ” You probably don’t know many things”.

Peter Camejo’s thoughtful words were internationally applicable. He was last night’s darling of the intellectuals. Here is what he said in y’days debate. “It is amazing that you will never say that the wealthiest people should at least pay the same tax rate as the average person. You will never say those words. And in fact, you’ve been raising the taxes on the poorest people, who pay the highest tax rate. And I am the only candidate saying; cut taxes on 60 percent of our people that are overpaying. I’m the only one who says it. But I want the rich to pay their fair share.”

My guess is either Cruz Bustamente or Peter Camejo would win the Sacremento office, Arnold might have a last minute chance of winning due to his super star image. It could be Arnold’s Total Recall 2.