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all khans’ under fire

In a strange turn of events, all 4 Khans’ of bollywood have come under fire from different quarters. While Shiv Sena took on 2 khans’, Aamir and Shahrukh over the IPL issue, the other two were lambasted by different communities of Rajasthan for their irresponsible behavior.

Shiv Sena, in their mouthpiece ‘Saamna’, is outraged by SRK and Aamir statements over IPL. While Aamir bore the brunt because all he said was that merit should have taken precedence over nationality while selecting players for IPL, SRK went overboard in sympathising with Pakistan and said that he felt “humiliated” that no talent from Pak was picked. SRK made ridiculous excuses that he couldn’t attend the auction of players. What an excuse! He is the brand ambassador of Nokia and Airtel, all he needed was to be in touch with his represntatives, but he chose not to. And now that his movie ‘My Name Is Khan’ is ready for release, he wants to win back his fans in Pak and Dubai. He is only serving his self-interest, as he is the co-producer of the movie and he wants to protect his fan-base in middle-east. That also serves the purpose of him dancing in lavish Dubai weddings. SRK’s stand was purely a business-minded decision, and not an emotional one. The irony is that, these very people are gonna circulate the pirated cd/dvd of his movie. SRK was calling for trouble, when he went out of his way in support to Pak. Shiv Sena has called him a ‘traitor’ and torn down posters of his movie. I am sure they will cause problems during release of the movie too.

Now, coming to Saif Ali Khan, his involvement on ‘black buck’ hunting case has caused some discontent among sections of Rajasthanis who felt that he should not have been awarded the Padma Shri. Since he has not been proven innocent in the case yet, and he isn’t the most deserving candidate for the award, his effigy was burnt.

Lastly, theatre screens acorss cities in Rajasthan were ransacked duty to wrong portrayal of the ‘rajputana’ clan in the movie ‘Veer’. Hence, the mischief mongers smashed glass windows and tore down posters of Salman Khan.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2010 in bollywood, ipl

 

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south spice : 2010 calendar

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2010 in calendar

 

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Schedule : IPL-3

Date Match Details Time Venue
GMT IST Your Time Ground City
Mar 12 – Fri Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders, 1st match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Brabourne Stadium Mumbai
Mar 13 – Sat Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals, 2nd match 9:30 15:00 15:00 Brabourne Stadium Mumbai
Mar 13 – Sat Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Daredevils, 3rd match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Punjab Cricket Association Stadium Chandigarh
Mar 14 – Sun Kolkata Knight Riders v Bangalore Royal Challengers, 4th match 10:30 16:00 16:00 Eden Gardens Kolkata
Mar 14 – Sun Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers, 5th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
Mar 15 – Mon Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils, 6th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur
Mar 16 – Tue Bangalore Royal Challengers v Kings XI Punjab, 7th match 10:30 16:00 16:00 M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
Mar 16 – Tue Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, 8th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Eden Gardens Kolkata
Mar 17 – Wed Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, 9th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
Mar 18 – Thu Bangalore Royal Challengers v Rajasthan Royals, 10th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
Mar 19 – Fri Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings, 11th match 10:30 16:00 16:00 Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
Mar 19 – Fri Deccan Chargers v Kings XI Punjab, 12th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 ACA-VDCA Stadium Visakhapatnam
Mar 20 – Sat Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders, 13th match 10:30 16:00 16:00 Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium Ahmedabad
Mar 20 – Sat Mumbai Indians v Bangalore Royal Challengers, 14th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Brabourne Stadium Mumbai
Mar 21 – Sun Deccan Chargers v Delhi Daredevils, 15th match 10:30 16:00 16:00 ACA-VDCA Stadium Visakhapatnam
Mar 21 – Sun Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab, 16th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
Mar 22 – Mon Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders, 17th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Brabourne Stadium Mumbai
Mar 23 – Tue Bangalore Royal Challengers v Chennai Super Kings, 18th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
Mar 24 – Wed Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals, 19th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Punjab Cricket Association Stadium Chandigarh
Mar 25 – Thu Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, 20th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Brabourne Stadium Mumbai
Mar 26 – Fri Rajasthan Royals v Deccan Chargers, 21st match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad
Mar 27 – Sat Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, 22nd match 10:30 16:00 16:00 Punjab Cricket Association Stadium Chandigarh
Mar 27 – Sat Bangalore Royal Challengers v Delhi Daredevils, 23rd match 14:30 20:00 20:00 M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
Mar 28 – Sun Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings, 24th match 10:30 16:00 16:00 Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad
Mar 28 – Sun Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians, 25th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Hyderabad
Mar 29 – Mon Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders, 26th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
Mar 30 – Tue Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab, 27th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Brabourne Stadium Mumbai
Mar 31 – Wed Chennai Super Kings v Bangalore Royal Challengers, 28th match 10:30 16:00 16:00 MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
Mar 31 – Wed Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals, 29th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
Apr 01 – Thu Kolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers, 30th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Eden Gardens Kolkata
Apr 02 – Fri Kings XI Punjab v Bangalore Royal Challengers, 31st match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Punjab Cricket Association Stadium Chandigarh
Apr 03 – Sat Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals, 32nd match 10:30 16:00 16:00 MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
Apr 03 – Sat Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers, 33rd match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground Nagpur
Apr 04 – Sun Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab, 34th match 10:30 16:00 16:00 Eden Gardens Kolkata
Apr 04 – Sun Delhi Daredevils v Bangalore Royal Challengers, 35th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
Apr 05 – Mon Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals, 36th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Hyderabad
Apr 06 – Tue Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, 37th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
Apr 07 – Wed Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab, 38th match 10:30 16:00 16:00 Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad
Apr 07 – Wed Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils, 39th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Eden Gardens Kolkata
Apr 08 – Thu Bangalore Royal Challengers v Deccan Chargers, 40th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
Apr 09 – Fri Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians, 41st match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Punjab Cricket Association Stadium Chandigarh
Apr 10 – Sat Deccan Chargers v Chennai Super Kings, 42nd match 10:30 16:00 16:00 Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Hyderabad
Apr 10 – Sat Bangalore Royal Challengers v Kolkata Knight Riders, 43rd match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Hyderabad
Apr 11 – Sun Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab, 44th match 10:30 16:00 16:00 Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
Apr 11 – Sun Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, 45th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
Apr 12 – Mon Deccan Chargers v Bangalore Royal Challengers, 46th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Hyderabad
Apr 13 – Tue Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils, 47th match 10:30 16:00 16:00 Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground Nagpur
Apr 13 – Tue Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders, 48th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
Apr 14 – Wed Rajasthan Royals v Bangalore Royal Challengers, 49th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Sardar Vallabhai Patel Stadium Ahmedabad
Apr 15 – Thu Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils, 50th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai
Apr 16 – Fri Kings XI Punjab v Deccan Chargers, 51st match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium Dharamsala
Apr 17 – Sat Bangalore Royal Challengers v Mumbai Indians, 52nd match 10:30 16:00 16:00 M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
Apr 17 – Sat Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals, 53rd match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Eden Gardens Kolkata
Apr 18 – Sun Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings, 54th match 10:30 16:00 16:00 Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium Dharamsala
Apr 18 – Sun Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers, 55th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Feroz Shah Kotla Delhi
Apr 19 – Mon Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians, 56th match 14:30 20:00 20:00 Eden Gardens Kolkata
Apr 21 – Wed 1st Semi-Final 14:30 20:00 20:00 M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
Apr 22 – Thu 2nd Semi-Final 14:30 20:00 20:00 M.Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru
Apr 24 – Sat 3rd Place Play-off 14:30 20:00 20:00 Dr DY Patil Sports Academy Mumbai
Apr 25 – Sun Final 14:30 20:00 20:00 Dr DY Patil Sports Academy Mumbai
 
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Posted by on January 28, 2010 in cricket, general, ipl

 

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chatur ramalingam : chamatkar ka balatkar

The last time I came across such a hilarious piece formulated by word-swap was when a grade-5 kid had prepared an essay on ‘My Best Friend’, but the topic turned out to be ‘My Father’. Well, the kid just replaced the word ‘friend’ with ‘father’ and this is what the essay looked like:

I have many fathers…but Nik is my best father…I have other fathers too…but they don’t play with me or come home …Nik comes home everyday and plays with me…..Mom loves Nik….Nik helps me with homwork….A father in need is a father in deed.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2010 in bollywood, movies

 

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56th National Awards : Complete List

1. BEST FEATURE FILM – Antaheen (Bengali)

2. INDIRA GANDHI AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FILM OF A DIRECTOR – A Wednesday (Director : Neeraj Pandey)

3. BEST POPULAR FILM PROVIDING WHOLESOME ENTERTAINMENT – Oye Lucky ! Lucky Oye (Hindi)

4. NARGIS DUTT AWARD FILM ON NATIONAL INTEGRATION – Aai Kot Nai (Assamese)

5. BEST FILM ON FAMILY VALUES – Little Zizou (English,Gujarati)

6. BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES- Jogva (Marathi)

7. BEST FILM ON ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION/PRESERVATION – Jianta Bhoota (Oriya)

8. BEST CHILDREN’S FILM – Gubbachigalu (Kannada)

9. BEST ANIMATION FILM Roadside Romeo (Hindi)

10. BEST DIRECTION – Bala (Naan Kaduval – Tamil)

11. BEST ACTOR- Upendra Limaye (Jogva, Marathi)

12. BEST ACTRESS – Priyanka Chopra (Fashion, Hindi)

13. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – Arjun Rampal (Rock On !!, Hindi)

14. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Kangana (Fashion, Hindi)

15. BEST CHILD ARTIST – Shams Patel (Thanks Maa, Hindi)

16. BEST MALE PLAYBACK SINGER – Hariharan (Jogva, Marathi)

17. BEST FEMALE PLAYBACK SINGER – Shreya Ghoshal(Antaheen, Bengali)

18. BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Avik Mukhopadhyay (Antaheen, Bengali)

19. BEST SCREENPLAY- Sachin Kundalkar (Gandha, Marathi)

20. BEST AUDIOGRAPHY- Pramod J. Thomas( Gandha, Marathi)

21. BEST EDITING- A. Sreekar Prasad (Firaaq, Hindi)

22. BEST ART DIRECTION- Gautam Sen (Firaaq, Hindi)

23. BEST COSTUME DESIGNER – Neeta Lulla (Jodha Akbar, Hindi)

24. BEST MAKE-UP ARTIST – Moorthy V. (Naan Kadauul, Tamil)

25. BEST MUSIC DIRECTION – Ajay and Atul (Jogva, Marathi)

26. BEST LYRICS – Anindya Bannerjee and Chandranil Bhattacharya (Antaheen, Bengali)

27. SPECIAL JURY AWARD – Bioscope (Malayalam)

28. BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS – Govardhan (Mumbai Meri Jaan, Hindi)

29 BEST CHOREOGRAPHY – Chinni Prakash & Rekha Prakash (Jodha Akbar, Hindi)

30. BEST FEATURE FILM IN EACH OF THE LANGUAGE SPECIFIED

a) Mon Jai – Assamese
b) Shob Charitro Kalponik – Bengali
c) Rock On – Hindi
D) Vimukthi – Kannada
E) Thirakkada – Malayalam
F) Harishcnadrachi Factory – Marathi
G) Vaarnam Aiyiram – Tamil
H) 1940 LO Oka Gramam – Telugu
I) Yarwng – Kokborok
J) Gaggara – Tulu

31. BEST BOOK ON CINEMA – Bollywood Melodies (English) Author: Ganesh Anantharaman

32. SPECIAL JURY MENTION – The Director’s Mind (English) Ujjal Chakraborty

33. BEST FILM CRITIC – Altaf Mazid and R.K. Bidur Singh

source : http://pib.nic.in/archieve/others/2010/jan/r2010012302.pdf

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2010 in AWARDS, bollywood, movies

 

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Chance Pe Dance : A Wasted Opportunity


Lots of times a one line story idea sounds great, but when stretched into a movie format, it just doesn’t work. This movie turned out as one of those nice concepts which could not be put well on screen. And most of the blame for it must go to the screenplay and shoddy dialogues. The writer/director just knew where they wanted to go, but had no idea of how to get there. They had the start and finish lines ready, but the roadmap of the journey was clearly amiss.

I worked late till Friday evening and was really tired, hence movie viewing on Saturday was out of question. And why I wanted to watch the movie? Simply because I liked Shahid’s previous works, ‘Kaminey’ being the best of them. And also due to Shahid-Ken Ghosh association, this is the tird time they were coming together. The first time they worked together was in Ishq-Vishq, a nice breezy college romance. Their next movie was Fida, ripped-off from Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Following’. The movie was well made, but the love-angle was over-emphasised and that killed the drama. What started off as a romantic thriller, ended neither on a love note nor a action thrill drama. It was a bit of a let-down to kill Nolan’s storyline with so much suffocation of a love-story. It should have remained a thriller.

Anyways, this time I hoped that they would make an entertaining movie, given that dance was the theme. And with this hope I was standing at the counter window for tickets. I was at the theatre on Sunday by 4.30pm for a 7.45pm show, hoping that the tickets were not sold out. When I was handed the tickets I felt lucky. I mean, for a Shahid Kapoor movie that released two days back, to get balcony tickets on the first weekend without advance booking, was being plain lucky.

I returned to the theatre at 7.30pm for the show. Entered the auditorium and was pretty pleased to see quite a few rows of occupied seats. Yeah! more people like me, I thought! But my smile soon vanished when the movie started with a song that was forced into it. The credits were not rolling while the song was on. The song was pinned there for the heck of it. An unintroduced and over-enthusiastic Shahid and Genelia were tapping their foot to glory and there was no hint of beginning credits. After 3 full minutes the song ended and then the movie credits began which took another 7 minutes. That itself gave me a hint that the movie would turn out bad and I should have listened to the reviews.

Coming to the movie, the intent was there. There was a thought in process, of showing a middle-class guy who moves to Mumbai from Delhi much against his dad’s wish, to become an actor….NO… a dancer… NO… a star …. NO …. a hero. What??? I mean, what did Sameer want to become? Neither the director was clear on it, nor the screenwriters. I think the guy, Sameer, had a great sense of music, could shake his feet to rhythmic beats, and so he was labelled a good dancer. But in actuality, he wanted to achieve stardom and that would be possible only if he became a hero, not an actor but a hero. This is exactly where the movie messed up. If the guy wanted to become a hero, the director should have shown him accepting side characters or smaller roles of some kind. If the guy wanted to become a dancer, the director should have shown him as a support dancer in some dance troupe. But I think he wanted to become a star. So, why movie? Sameer even prays to Michael Jackson at the start of the movie. But MJ was no actor or hero, yet he was a star…superstar!

Moving on, I dropped the question and watched further in utter dismay. The non-existent romance between Genelia and Shahid, much as the director tried to convince us of the blossoming love, it was painful to watch. When Shahid uttered the three magical words to Genelia, in slow breath I uttered my own three magical words – WTF! There was no warmth, no magic, no feelings and definitely no chemistry.

If you thought that Shahid-Genelia romance was incredible, just wait to see the school boys lift the dance trophy. After being out-of-job and out-of-pay, Shahid takes up a job of being a dance teacher in Model High School. But the inane sequences that follow makes you sympathise with Shahid and how he was stuck in a film that had no script, just a few scenes stitched together in a rag-tag movie. The manner in which he encourages the students and teaches them to dance was another teeth-grinding experience.

The only believable bits of the movie was his interaction with Mohnish Behl as Rajiv Sharma, a director of repute who decides to launch Shahid after watching him dance in a club. But his verbal contract with Shahid was as beguiling as was his reality show for a talent hunt. The script was so half baked that the director did not even show a few genuine contenders in the reality show, it was Shahid all the way. Had this movie been a YRF production with UC as lead or Rakesh Roshan movie with Hrithik in the lead, everyone would have termed it as self-promotion. But since it was a Ken Ghosh movie, people will forgive and forget easily. The entire movie was laid out to portray Shahid and his dancing skills, nothing else. All scenes were built around to showcase Shahid. And frankly, he is no Amitabh Bachchan or Akshay Kumar or either of the Khans to carry a movie entirely on his shoulders. Shahid’s antics neither make you laugh nor excite you.

But the biggest letdown of the movie was its music. Some un-inspired music with some more un-inspired lyrics was a recipe for disaster. Adnan Sami should stick to melody, please ask him to compose few more tunes like ‘Tera Chehra’ and ‘Lucky’, and leave the hip-hop stuff to others like Pritam and SEL.Coming to the acting department, Shahid was good in bits. Genelia has a long way to go in acting. To start with, she must first improve on her accent and pronunciations; and then the tone of her voice. Her dialogue delivery was quite irritating, I had disliked her in JTYJN; but the screenplay of JTYJN was able to hide all her flaws. Mohnish Behl was clealry in a haste, I think being-busy could have been shown better. And his character was uni-dimensional, that could have been altered to the movie’s advantage. But then, as I earlier said, no thought has gone into the writing.

I call it a wasted opportunity because the movie could have been so much more. There was a perfect platform set for an expose of reality shows and talent hunts, but the writers did not explore that. The struggle could have been a little more realistic than living out of a suitcase or making a home out of a car or showering in a school washroom. And re-gaining lost glory by making the school students win the trophy could have been handled with more humanity and spirit than some cheeky comments like ‘girls love guys who dance’. The falling apart and coming together of father-son was again forced into the movie to show some bonding where it was not required. And the choregrapher and a struggler falling in love could have been handled with some subtlety and believable romance than a chance meetings time and again. Everything was cliched and predictable, from Shahid not getting to debut in the movie to him winning the contest. It was neither interesting nor entertaining.  Another failed attempt by Ken Ghosh.

After getting out of the theatre, the only thing I recalled was Shahid’s lungi ad. That was the only genuinely funny moment when they show a small memory-capsule, Shahid’s shooting for AirTime lungi with the tagline ‘easy flow’. How I wished the movie too had adopted the tagline of the ad, instead of making it such an excruciating watch!

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Posted by on January 20, 2010 in bollywood, movie review, movies

 

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aishwarya rai calendar for 2010

Aishwarya Rai Desktop Calendar December 2010

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2010 in bollywood, calendar

 

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