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Karisma-Govinda back again!? — August 3, 2007
Indian Idol 3 – Gala 7 —

Indian Idol 3 – Gala 7

The theme was folk songs.

EmonTere naam se jee lun

As usual, his voice resonated into everyone’s heart. He was brilliant. All the judges were all praises for him. Ila Arun felt that he should have felt the song more. Anu Malek felt it was complete singing.

Prashant Fir zarra zarra meheka, Rind posh maal

I thought he was flawless. People had complaints from his pronounciations. But, I thought his Urdu words came out beautifully. The judges were all praises for him. Other than Anu Malek, who did a bit of drama to finally accept he was rocking!

Dipali Nimbooda

I thought, first of all, the song is not worth singing. It is an excellent song to dance on, but not to sing on. Which even Dipali couldnt handle. All the judges however felt that she was outstanding (D-HUH!)

Abhishek Rang De Basanti

He was total BESURA! Period! Nothing more to be said to that!

Puja Ni main samajh gayi

Her song was shrieky while singing high notes of this song. People cried when she sung – Sniff!! What do i say to that!? 😦

Amit Paul Omkara title song

Is something wrong with my ears, or did I feel that even Amit was besura. Hmmpffff!!! I do not understand, how Javed Akhtar was khoya hua in his awaaz! Thank God, for Ila who thought that his voice did not suit the songs. 😐

Ankita Dil walon ke dil ka karaar lootane

She looked gorgeous! She was sizzling hot! Amazing performance, but ya did get besuri sometimes… But, thats ok I guess 😉 She rocked 🙂

Chang Rut aa gayi re

I thought he went a little flat on high notes. Beautiful song. He did a good job. Definitely a great unusal voice. Even the judges couldnt help but be charmed!

The decision is in ur hands. M voting for Ankita. U?

Social Responsibility of film makers!? —

Social Responsibility of film makers!?


I have written on this topic before while reviewing movies. After writing about Baghban, i decided it was time this topic deserves an exclusive post.

All those have seen Baghban, will agree with me when I say, that at least once, after watching the movie, they will reflect upon their lives and wonder how they treated their parents till now. The movie is a sure-shot soul-stirrer. And may even turn a few souls into realising their faults.

Whatever we may say, or claim, we CAN NOT deny the power of cinematic media. The amount of influence movies have, over not only young kids, teens, adoloscents, but also the mature adult population, can, in no certain terms, be denied.

We hear stories about young kids trying to imitate their favorite stars like Shahrukh, Hrithik, and the rest. And you cant blame them! They are bound to be in awe of the larger-than-life roles that our heroes portray!

But, along with this fascination comes HUGE responsibilities towards our society, that some film-makers do not realise! I am glad, some like Ravi chopra, do! But, the proportion is still extremely unbalanced in their favour. Most of the film-makers are only and ONLY concerned with the moolah they rake in by making sense-less, and sometimes obscene movies. Why, did u ask!? Because thats what sells, my friend!

Those who dare to make such off-beat, realistic cinema like RGV or Madhur Bhandarkar, or feel-good morality-supprting movies like The Barjatya clan, they are hardly worried about the outcome! They are not scared of experimenting with new concepts and ideas, but at the same time, their heart is in the right place and they know what would be good for the audience.

I know some of u will say, audience is mature enough to make their own decisions. I would partially agree with you. But, at the same time, expecting so much maturity from the billion-odd junta who revere their heroes, is asking for too much!

Baghban – Truly Indian! —

Baghban – Truly Indian!


Year: 2003

Movies like Baghban, can only be made in India. And it is all the more relevant in the context of Indian societal norms. The movie, released in 2003, by director Ravi Chopra, had in their 60’s stars Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini, playing a pivotal role!

The movie is all about relationships and when I said it was based on Indian context, what i meant was… In which other culture would u have a father spend all his earnings on bringing up his children and catering to their whims and fancies and not keep a penny for himself? In which other culture can u have parents going hungry for days to come in order to be able to feed their children!? In which other culture, can you have mothers holding the entire family together by bringing the father and the children always together despite their mutual differences?

The kind of importance, we Indians, give to the society figure called Family is incomparable. Families are more important than any other thing and certainly more important than self.

Well… as they say, It happens only in India 🙂

Now, the tag line of the movie goes “Can you depend on your family?” The story revolves around a doting couple whose children turn out to be uncaring towards them, when they grow old and need them the most.

Apart from the excellent screenplay and direction, what enthralled me in the movie was a lesson:

Sometimes strangers end up doing for you, what even the closest ones would shy away from doing.

The concept of Apne-Paraye which we hold so close to our hearts is fundamentally flawed. We invariably end up trusting people close to us, only to be ditched by them in the end. And most of the times, we are warmed by a stranger, we were looking at suspiciously..!!!

Strange creatures human beings are, Are they not!???