Friday, March 31, 2006

Being Cyrus

This small little film generated tremendous interest being an English language film with an entirely Bollywood cast. Director Homi Adajania expertly handles a multilayered film which is dark, witty and finely enacted. The film tells the tale of a 'drifter', Cyrus (Saif Ali Khan) who befriends a parsi family and comes to live with them. The film then delves into the daily lives of the family, peeling layer after layer from their seemingly hum drum life. But all is not hunky dory. Illicit affairs, drug addiction, ambition, romance and murder lurk in the background. How Cyrus forms part of this sordid tale is what the film is all about. Does he get involved? Is he hiding some personal motive? Why has he come this family? Or is he a victim of circumstance? The film goes about answering these questions.
The acting is first rate. Nasseeruddin Shah as the drug addicted potter is fantastic but hopelessly underused. Dimple Kapadia steals the show with her hyperactive performance as the lady of the house trying to find a way out of her boring and middleclass existence. Boman Irani as the obnoxious younger brother is also superb. Simone Singh is adequate.
The film is certainly a smart one. It is dark, probing and witty. The dialogues are great. But all in all I feel thats all that the film Sometimes too smart for its own good. It ends up being a super screenplay but has very little depth. Characters could have been elaborated more, I felt. Its swift and to the point but the ride is only enjoyable while it lasts. One must also commend actors like Saif and Dimple to take on unconventional, small English language films. Directors could use a little support from the 'stars'.



Sunday, March 19, 2006

Tagged by Ekta...

Been tagged by Ekta.
The 'Ideal Woman' it me they don't exist...I shall mention at the outset that I shall not adhere to rule no. 3, not because I'm a lazy bum or that I'm not a fan of tagging people, but because everyone I perhaps would have tagged has already been tagged!

The rules :
1. The tagged victim has to come up with 8 different points of their perfect lover.
2. You have to mention the sex of the target.
3. Tag 8 victims to join this game and leave a comment on their comments saying they've been tagged.
4. If tagged the 2nd time, there's no need to post again.

Anyways here goes...

1. Should have short hair...theres something about women with short hair!
2. Should be a good conversationalist, reasonably well read and aware. Talking about serious issues is as important as cuddly and sweet pillow talk.
3. Should be a good friend first, lover later. I guess this one has been pretty common, but how true!
4. I like to be pleasantly surprised once in while...she should be able to do that every once in a while...I don't mean throwing surprise parties and expensive gifts, small little things like making me a mixed tape of songs that keep I humming or initiating something new and interesting in the bedroom!
5. Should have a sense of humor...laughing is good for health you know.
6. Should have the capability to mix with people from all walks of life and station. A genuine interest in people is highly desirable.
7. Should be able to express emotion freely. Since I cannot, it would be nice to have just one person made of ice in the relationship. Of course too much sensitivity and tears are no good as well though once in a while, making it up to the girl can be romantic and cute.
8. Should be a fabulous dancer!

There... that's not too much is it??

PS: - On second thoughts, I would like to tag Cogito (only one I think who hasn't been tagged by this one). He's getting married soon, so should be interesting to read what he has to say.


Thursday, March 16, 2006


Kolkata was a tremendously enjoyable experience. Now I'm back in Singapore ready to start a new chapter in life. Just a word about the City of Joy, though. Lots of development, lots of malls, people consuming all sorts of goods, ordinary and luxury, lots more night clubs and lots more buildings and residential complexes. It was a fine sight. So much for communist leanings. Kolkata has shed its old crumbling British Raj image and is well on the road to being something more exciting. I wish the same fervor spreads through to the rest of Bengal which is generally undeveloped. Anyways here are a few pictures I took on the trip.

Park Street on the 24th of December (granted, not taken on this trip, but its Park Street!)

A storm approaches Ballygunge

A relaxed shave and a haircut before heading to work...Italian style!

A fast disappearing breed..the 'bandar naach' man

Dear friends Shotorupa, Ronit and Shotorupa's mom. One happy family!



Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Kolkata mane...

Sorry for the lack of posts, but I have been on holiday in Kolkata and have been enjoying myself thoroughly. Posts will resume once I am back in Singapore on the 15th of March... For now here is a list I have been compiling since I got here...

Kolkata mane aabege prem
Kolkata mane Satyajit Ray
Kolkata mane Motherer norom haath
Kolkata mane adda o torko
Kolkata mane pabda aar ilish
Kolkata mane rickshawalar chhot
Kolkata mane Nondone prem
Kolkata mane Robithakurer songeet
Kolakta mane minibuser pechone dhaba
Kolkata mane shari shari taxi
Kolkata mane Victoriar tej
Kolkata mane unnoyoner pothe
Kolkata mane protibad
Kolkata mane baishe sharabon
Kolkata mane moidane football
Kolkata mane boro boudir aador
Kolkata mane 'dada ki hocche ta ki?'
Kolkata mane 'dependable kintu strike?'
Kolkata mane Park Streeter jomjomat
Kolkata mane ekta double chicken double egg roll
Kolkata mane Feludar kirti
Kolkata mane bhide hashi
Kolkata mane Howraher dhakka
Kolkata mane cholebe na
Kolkata mane notunotto
Kolkata mane swapno o aakansha
Kolkata mane kalke uthe aabar juddho
Kolkata mane Salt Laker notun office para
Kolkata mane einth pathorer mela
Kolkata mane poda shonar chaap
Kolkata mane cinema diye andolon
Kolkata mane raatri jibone notunnotto
Kolkata mane phire aasha baar baar
Kolkata mane aami aar tumi