Ya know what kills blogging in me? It’s social networking, especially Facebook. It makes you post about stuffs in such a convenient manner than I’ve been pretty lazy to blog, thus making my domain pretty useless. Anyways, enough of the sob story.
Last night, I attended Sunidhi Chauhan in concert, part of the Kalaa Utsavam - Indian festival of arts at Esplanade. I went with a friend and it was my first event in the Esplanade, given that I’m not a big fan of the arts. I was pleasantly surprised that the cheapest tickets got me pretty good seats. It was close to the stage and perfectly slightly elevated with no blockage. The only downside was that I had to turn my head about 20 degrees to face the stage. Not a biggie here.
Sunidhi is known to sing high-voltage popular item numbers and this show was no different. With the exception of a few slow beautiful songs like Mere Haath Main from the movie Fanaa, all other songs were fast paced, and that leads me thinking that the venue could have been an open space where people can dance along. She sang a few of my favorites like Dance Pe Chance from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Crazy Kiya Re from Dhoom2 and the ever popular Beedi from Omkara. Below is a snapshot of the finale when she sang Beedi:
As you can see, everyone enjoyed the night (probably with the exception of those who paid lots for the tickets to see people dancing in front of them.. LOL). The finale was an unforgettable experience as Sunidhi sang the song in her own style with a little pinch of interactivity.
The Festival of Indian Arts happens every year after Deepavali and I will definitely keep a lookout for such events that might appeal to me. Below is a video of the Beedi finale. Pardon the audio as it was taken covertly with my humble mobile phone:
Another short clip (part1) available here. For more pictures, click here.
I first read about this movie in the newspapers where it was mentioned that it was nominated for various awards. Despite my all time favorite actor Anil Kapoor starring in it, I didn’t pay much attention to it. Only until recently when it won 4 Golden Globe awards, including best original score by AR Rahman, I decided to catch it.
This movie is basically about how an uneducated boy living in the slums, working as a tea waiter “chai-wala” made his way to being a millionaire in India through the show “Who wants to be a Millionaire”. On his way up, he got arrested before the final show due to suspicion of cheating.
I didn’t quite like the idea of using the millionaire show as the backbone of the film, but I would give it thumbs up for the potrayal of slums and poverty in India. It had disturbing scenes on how homeless kids are used to beg on the streets, all for their “masters”. The way the story is told is pretty straight forward. However, I did find some parts ridiculous like how fluent the slumdogs are in English. Anyway, I would recommend this movie for it’s uniqueness and challenging shots into the less-seen world of India.
Looks like Mumbai is another major magnet for terrorism. Yesterday, yet another attack added on to the string of terror events in India.
Police said there were at least 80 people killed and 250 injured. Apparently, the police seems to be proud of their work: shooting down 4 gunmen and getting 11 of their men killed. The way I see it, its 80 versus 4. Perhaps it’s just the way the media put it.
“Gunfire and explosions were heard at the landmark Taj Mahal hotel and thick plumes of smoke rose from the building, witnesses said. Staff and guests were seen running out of the lobby.
There were also explosions at the Oberoi hotel and firing at a hospital where gunmen were surrounded. “The terrorists are throwing grenades at us from the rooftop of the Taj and trying to stop us from moving in,” Ashok Patil, a police inspector.”
An organization calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen said it was behind the attacks. The group sent an email to news organizations claiming responsibility! The terror fellas seemed to be targeting foreigners as they were looking for American and British passports. Nutz! And I thought having Obama as the president would tone down these shit. I doubt I’ll do a stopover in Mumbai in my next visit to India.. More details from Reuters.
I’ve been pretty pissed on this. As some of you have heard, the members of Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees are on strike, asking for higher pay from the TV producers. You can imagine how many viewers are affected world wide!
I’ve been getting repeat telecasts for all programs on the 3 main Hindi channels which I’ve got, namely Sony Entertainment TV, Zee TV and StarPlus. Yea.. I’ve got the Hindi package all right. This has been going on for over 3 weeks. I’m eagerly anticipating Indian Idol (left with 14 contestants) and Voice of India (left with 4 contestants!!)
Who’s the loser now? We are. Paying for the damn package to watch old crap. Those Indians betta sort this out fast.. We’re waiting…
Full news here.
Here I go again.. I’ve been watching some Bollywood movies in the past and I came across this actress which has many similar characteristics of Hollywood sweetie, Jessica Alba.
This lady here (on the right) is actress Hrishtaa Bhatt. Most of her roles are minor and she’s got a relatively small list of movies under her belt. Trust me, the picture doesn’t tell much, compared to the movies itself. What’s more.. they’re born 12 days apart