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Call The Boss or Face The Heat...

This could be one of the most bizarre incident of recent times. We all know how this seasons's 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' or 'KBC' (Indian version of 'Who Wants to Be A Millionaire') has witnessed contestants from smaller towns and villages. Their humble background and knowledge has attracted a lot of attention in media. People were delighted when the saw common man winning million rupees by just answering few questions. This has given hope and courage to millions of Indian that they can also win and change their fate. It was like their dreams coming true finally. But today I read a news piece from Times of India newspaper which mentioned about a KBC contestantPushpa Udyeniyafrom Madhya Pradesh who won Rs. 25, 00,000 on Hot Seat. When she returned from KBC she came to know that her school where she was teaching fired her. The reason given was she did not choose her senior during 'phone a friend'. Initially I felt numbed and did not figure out how to re…

Movies Are For Entertainment ?

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One quote about movies I like most is said by Richard King. He said "Movies are an art form that is very available to the masses". When we watch movies we fall in love with its story telling, cinematography, visual appeal, amazing sets, soulful music and dance, brilliant acting, craft of direction and so many things. Yes there is a lot of money involved in the production of a full length feature film. It is not only an art form but I rather say it is a commercial art where a lot of creative inputs are sourced from different departments. But does this commercial art only stand for commerce or for some sort of social responsibility? Do films talk on social issues or are they just for the entertainment sake? Because, every art form is related to social responsibility and above all movies are the mirror of the society. Films are publicly released and appreciated, enjoyed by masses. But how many carry the issues related to masses?

I was going through the releases of Bollywood (main…

Children Making News: Youngest Blogger

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Children’s day is celebrated on 14th November in India. This year it is full of surprises. I come to know about two little genius and both are girls. One is a four year old blogger and other is a 7 year old student who won goodle 4 doodle India competition. This little blogger’s name is Akshitaa (nickname Paakhi meaning bird). She lives in Andman and runs a Hindi language blog (Pakhi Ki Duniya- Meaning World of Pakhi) with the help of her parents. Her blog is full of photographs, drawings and activities. She is probably the youngest blogger of the country. Like her age she loves drawing and painting.  Akshita is one of the 27 children who received Child Award for Exceptional Achievement on children day in New Delhi.
Akshitaa's Blog Link: Pakhi Ki Duniya
Many people must have noticed a doodle image of Google on 14th November. This image was created by Varsha Gupta a class III student of Ryan International School of Greater Noida. A doodle image is a simple drawing image with solid …

Rockstar: Movie Review

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It has an essence of a Rockstar but it is primarily a strong love story about a middle class boy Janardhan Jakhar who falls in love with a high society beautiful girl Heer. After 'Love Aaj Kal' and 'Jab We Met' director Imtiaz Ali once again proved that he has a vision and he certainly knows how to tell a story. This film has everything for youth love, aggression, rebellion and its main character Janardhan Jakhar orJordan played by Ranbir Kapoor succeeded in essaying the role of a lover and Rockstar with conviction. His aggression with disheveled looks make you believe in his character. He is unpredictable, radical, creative and full of life. A sense of rebel pushes him to do only those things which he believes in.  Rockstar is full of surprises. Singer Mohit Chauhan who rendered Rockstar's vocals is till now only known for singing slow melodious numbers. But in this film he has surprised everyone by singing high note rock songs like Sadda Haq on Oscar Award winner …

King Is Crumbling: Will He Win His Last Battle?

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Once upon a time a king was ruling more than 10 countries. He fought fiercely, shattered every attack like a sand castle and emerged victorious. He considered greatest and his enemies shivered facing him. Greatest of greatest enemies showed respect of his master craftsmanship. Bards sang many songs in his praise and made him 'God of Cricket'.  He is a legend now… He is master blaster of Cricket. Sachin Tendulkar, scored many centuries and runs any cricketer ever scored. But he is aging now. His fierce battles injured and forced him to develop a new game strategy against enemies. But his new plans are failing; He is losing one game after another moreover, he is losing himself. Even his small enemies are confident fighting and defeating him as he has become vulnerable. He is no longer a backbone of his beloved army.  Is Tendulkar now fighting his last battle? He wants to score his 100th century since so many months but each time he crumbles. His bards are still confident that he w…

New Wave Cinema In India- Changing Story of Bollywood

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Indian Cinema is known for its melodrama and over the top treatment of song-dance sequences. This is the identity of every Indian film whether it is a Hindi, Tamil or Telugu language film. Almost all Indian movies have song and dance sequences with high melodramatic themes and people of this subcontinent love it. This has given a unique identity to the Indian movies worldwide. But is this situation changing? Song and dance will no longer be featured in the movies or it is just an assumption? Why I am saying this?
Indian Cinema lovers are aware of the fact that during 1970's and 1980's there was a wave of parallel cinema with strong depiction of realism, naturalism and serious content based on socio-political situations. Parallel cinema was an alternative to the mainstream cinema, which was not so real but full of entertainment, fun and audience love every bit of over the top song and dance movements. But parallel cinema died its own death soon because, it has almost nil commerc…

Thrill Of Speed Will Be On...

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Enthusiasm for vroom is not over. This is just the beginning for more action in India. After the mega success of first Indian Grand Prix Budda International Circuit will see more action in months to come. There are speculation that bike enthusiasts will have the pleasure to watch MOTO GP in 2012, March. Many newspapers have reported that organizers at Buddha International Circuit have contacted International Moto Sports. Though they haven't got the permission but chances of getting high after the grand success of F1. Meantime here are some of the pictures of firstIndian Grand Prixtaken by my journalist friends: