Friday, September 18, 2009

RGV Zooooom

I knew Aamir, Amitabh write blogs and I used to visit their blog sites and check for the new posts. But that was not quite regular. Once I started writting (some may say scribbling which is more appropriate and am with you, my friends) blog it started happening more regularly that I was in search of any new good/bad/worse/english/marathi/celebrity/individual blogs. Donno but it's fun to read blogs.. seriously any kind of blogs coz you get to know the different ways to express and I was amazed to see how wonderfully people can write even not being a pro. And especially while reading celebrity blogs you feel like (or you think that) you are getting to know more and more of them, their social or general views, their real off-screen personality. Not true with all the celebrity blogs though, I bet. Refer Anil Kapoor's blog on indiatimes and you'll understand. Though he is a most versatile actor hindi movie industry (don't say bollywood, pleasssssse) ever got and he is one of my favourites but he sucks in blog writing.
Ok, why so much of blah-blah about a blog-writing suddenly? Thanks to one of my friends who referred me to this blog. zoom in guys.

Welcome all Ramu (aka Ram gopal Verma) lovers (pre "RGV ki AAG") and the haters (post AAG, Agyaat, Shiva-II)

The reason for me loving this blog is as prefectly described by my friend "He writes painfully honst, mann".. True.. he writes wonderful but that is not the only reason for me to love his blog. If you love the guy who directed Shiva, Satya, Rangeela, Company, Sarkar, Kaun, Bhoot, Raat, Jungle, Darna Mana Hai, you have to visit his posts. He explains his detailed views about those films, action sequences, back ground scores and importance (and sometimes adverse effect) of it (Refer to company blog). His memories with Shiva, its action shoots, the most remembered and impacted cycle chain scene, how unrealistic and stupid to show that scene and how people still loved it, how he got compliments for that scene and how did he laugh on those people knowing it's practically impossible to do it and it's a most harmless weapon (?), how he spent hours outside movie theatres, how he watched hollywood movies 17 times just to feel the thrill of their background score, analysis of back ground score and the camera angle of JAWS and how did he use it for Shiva, his idea for making nishabd or agyaat.

Disclaimer : I'm not saying he is correct or great or am a great fan of him but as I mentioned he writes painfully honestly.

Of course few of his posts turn more towards the arrogance (do you know bigger word to describe that feeling coz arrogance is just an understatement to define his way of writing sometimes), over-confidence, or vulgarity many times. Also in many of its posts you'll read the invisible words/lines "I AM RAM GOPAL VERMA, THE MAKER OF SHIVA", "RESPECT ME", "WHATEVER I DO IS RIGHT AND IF YOU DON'T GET IT YOU'RE A MORON" (All the CAPS are intentional and not typos). And honestly, to know these feelings you really need not to read between the lines, you just need to know the english. That's all.
But despite of all this, if you'd ever loved Ramu's films this's a must read blog for you. As the name suggested he let's you to zoom thru his life as a director and in general too. Not to forget few incidents, fight sequences in blog from his college years which he in turn used while making Shiva. Below are my favourite posts in order.

Lock-up Lessons
Memories of the Cycle chain
The Biggest Thrill of My Life
The Psychological aspect of BackGround Music

So zoooooooooom in, folks..

Friday, September 11, 2009

Grab the TIGER !!!

I finished "The White Tiger" and realised from one of my book-lover friend that I read it very late. Reading a book after ~16 months of its publication is called as late in book-lovers' world. May be :)

When I started it, it didn't appeal me much due to the (successful) attemt of portraying India in a grey shade. (Rather author clearly mentions that "We have two Indias. One in darkness and the other in brightness"). But then I realised it's not some fantasy or a tale the author's trying to tell. This all is just pure truth and no assumptions. Didnt the same thing people speak about Slumdog when it realased saying it's a cheap attempt to show the poverty of India on international scale. Anyways.

The best part of the book is Adiga's command on sarcasm (You'll find best of the sarcasm on page 89 in "Sir" paragraph/dialogue. Note it down.). Most of the times he (or the protagonist Balram Halwai) narrates story so beautifully and kicking and slapping one and all of indian beliefs, caste system, politics, corruption, scams, fraud politicians and police, horrible life in villages, huge distance n difference between rich n poor lifestyles. Name any spoiled affair happening in India which you actually don't want actually to happen but you know that it does, is found in this book and in the most harmless way.

Balram's journey from a a school drop-out to an entrepreneur (as he likes himself to be called as)- via driver (cant forget that)- is most discouraging/encouraging (you choose urself). It was awesome to see the way Adiga has used character of Ashok to represent the goodness in society which in turn corrupts due to minority or the lack of support.

I can talk on it as much but the more I talk I, unintentionally though, bound to open the secrets in the book spoiling the readers' interest or not wanting u to read the whole book. So to avoid that, I'll stop now and you go get up and grab this Booker prize winner tiger in your hand. :)