Saturday, January 31, 2009

Chetan Kunte v/s NDTV

I have had a dismal evening courtesy the story that I first read on Desipundit and then covered on various blogs and condemned by various bloggers.

I would not like to go on the nitty-gritty of the situation right now but would ask you,as a reader,to click on the following link and check what other esteemed bloggers had to say of how NDTV used its might as a media conglomerate to overpower a blogger about NDTV's irresponsible media coverage during the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.

Chetan Kunte v/s NDTV

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Paris Hilton changes British PM

Yep! That's what I wanted to say after reading what Paris Hilton had to say while launching her new TV show Paris Hilton's British best friend.

I'm sure many of you would be aware of Paris Hilton and her knowledge levels or lack of it for that matter.She however went a step further this time.

She thinks British PM and the address at 10 Downing Street has been taken over by chef Gordon Ramsay!Yep Gordon Ramsay of the Hell's Kitchen fame is the British PM as per the hotel heiress.

She was in London to promote the show and told reporters “I love Britain. London is my favourite city in the world.” But when asked if she knew the PM, she replied, “Yes, it’s Gordon Ramsay, isn’t it?"

And that's not the end of it.She has no clue what PINT means and/or what ESSEX is either.
"No, I’ve not heard of a pint — what it that? Is it beer?” is what she had to say.

I have to ask my readers now,do you know who the British PM is?Do Not Google!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Worst Hindi Lyrics of all times

Remember those times where legendary artists like Sahir Ludhiyanvi,Anand Bakshi,Gulzar etc would produce memorable classics with their lyrics for classics like Mere dil mein aaj kya hai,Hum tum ek kamre mein band ho,Is mod se jaate hain to name a few.This does not go to show that all songs were with fabulous and memorable lyrics.

There have been instances where the lyrics have just made the song "memorable" but for the wrong reasons.Some of them are mentioned below and I tried to rank them in order of their annoyingly funny nature but wasn't able to do that as many of them are neck and neck.Remember,they are just the worst lyrics and not dependent upon their videos and/or music. So without further ado lets get on with it.

1.Main ladki pom pom (Hera Pheri) - This movie was hilarious and ironically same can be said for its music.Especially this song.God knows what the movie makers and lyricists had in mind when adding this song to the movie.Tabu trying to seduce Sunil Shetty in this song.Really? With these lyrics?

2.Arey ek hain anaar yahan (Dulaara) - The title of the track doesn't ring a bell?How about if you hear the song till the first paragraph which says "Meri pant bhi sexy,meri shirt bhi sexy.." and goes on to describe everything he(picturised on Govinda)is wearing as SEXY.Sometimes it sounds like a salesman is making desperate efforts to sell something!

3.Main toh raste se ja raha tha (Coolie No.1) - The first three lines of the song read
raste se ja raha thaa, bhelapoori kha raha thaa,
ladaki ghuma raha thaa,
tujhako mirchi lagi to main kya karoon

I was all fine till "..ladki ghuma raha tha" but then mirchi ka topic kaha se aaya? and then there is another line in between which goes "..teri naani mari toh main kya karu".This is just outrightly dumb and confusing,where did the Naani come from and why does she have to die?

4.Hallo Hallo (Wah tera kya kehna) - What remote sense does "Hallo Hallo" make and is it supposed to rhyme with something? A line reads "Main Poti Pataoonga Magar Hullu Hullu Hullu Hullu",does it mean quickly?I wonder who would know that except for Sameer!

5.Javed bhai so re le (Jaani dushman) - This song is about how a bhai called Javed is soundly sleeping and the rest of the colony is up.Yeah and you thought there couldn't be songs for every mood or action!This made me think if Javed bhai is a reincarnated version of Kumbhkaran who keeps sleeping for long periods and wouldn't get up even with the sounds of doldrums! The doldrums in this case being the mental agony you would have to go through to hear this song!

6.Jab tak rahega samose mein aloo (Mr and Mrs.Khiladi) - What a weird comparison! Its like a foodie's valentines day song!While researching on this song I read how lyricist think of never before used words to add in a song but this is going a bit too far!

7.Mere baap ki beti (Chal mere bhai) - This song teaches the little kids about names of the relationships."Mere baap ki beti mujhe bhai bolti,Mere baap ki bibi mujhe beta bolti,Meri maa ka bhai mujhe bhaanja bolta,Mere bhai ki beti mujhe chacha bolti".Tere baap ki beti tujhe bhai hi bulayegi na!Nonsense lyrics but with a teaching purpose.Hmmm...

8.Telephone dhun mein (Hindustani) - This Kamal Hasan movie had this song picturised on Manisha Koirala.If we were to believe the lyrics which go like "telephone dhun mein hasne wali,mebourne machhli machalne wali,digital mein sur hai tarasha,madonna hai ya natasha" then does she laugh like "tring-tring"? And her voice has been composed in digital technology,like how the MTNL operator who says "All lines in this route are busy"?

9.Ek chumma tu mujhko (Chhote Sarkar) - Yes this is another Govinda song in the list.Am sorry that Govinda manages to be in this list so many times(thrice!)but it cannot be helped.With lyrics like "Ek chumma tu mujhko udhaar deyi de aur badle mein UP,Bihar leyi le" where a kiss is being considered worth both UP and Bihar.Mayavati and Nitish Kumar wouldn't be impressed!Just when you think the absurdness with this song ends,you think wrong!There was a case pending against Govinda in Jharkhand court for demeaning the states of the country!

10.Emosanal Attyachaar (Dev D) - This modern day Devdas is what inspired me to make this list.I don't understand what this song is trying to show!I mean which emotion(not emoosan!)is it trying to depict?If you find out then please leave a comment.

These were the worst lyrics in my view till now which I could remember and research upon.Are there any you don't agree with?Did I miss out on any song which you think is even more bizarre?Leave a comment!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

FA Cup on Indian TV

FA Cup is the premier competition for all clubs in England,which means not only the elite ones like Chelsea,Manchester United,Liverpool get to participate but even the lesser known like West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers who have been giving the Premiership sides a run for their money with the number of trophies won.

India has been a progressive football loving nation in recent times with Cricket still leading the way.( far!)ESPN and Star Sports had been the big daddies in broadcasting English and Spanish Leagues and UEFA Champions League in India.

Newly borns,Ten Sports and Neo Sports were not to be outdone as they came up with Serie A(Italian League),Bundesliga(German League),French League,Scottish League.Ten Sports also got the rights to broadcast Champions League in the Indian sub-continent which has been a disaster for me as a viewer with awful coverage and disastrous commentary service.Along with that,Zee Sports isn't available on TATA Sky so the choice of watching either of the two football matches has been confined to just one match which majorly happens to be an English side which also confines the concept of "European" football.

The same scenario has happened with FA Cup now with the rights being taken over by Sony Pix.The channel premierly deals in movie content.FA Cup rights were earlier held by ESPN and Star Sports.What annoys me the most is why would a channel acquire the rights and not show any matches to earn their money back.Right now they have the prospect and chances of airing 3 consecutive football matches of FA Cup but they would be airing only 1,which isn't confirmed either.

So all you football fans in India of the oldest football competition in the world,its a no show until things improve!(read ESPN Star reacquiring the rights!)

Link which would come in handy : Sony Pix's FA Cup schedule

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire's success and Big B's views

I'm sure everyone is aware of Slumdog Millionaire's stupendous success in Europe and America with awards at Golden Globes and nominations for the BAFTA awards and the expectancy for Oscars thereafter.If you aren't aware then click here.

What has created far greater media furor is not the movie itself but how Amitabh Bachchan criticised the movie on his blog and his comments have not gone down well with many of the film critics.

Amitabh Bachchan had earlier said :

"If SM projects India as Third World dirty under belly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots, let it be known that a murky under belly exists and thrives even in the most developed nations. Its just that the SM idea authored by an Indian and conceived and cinematically put together by a Westerner, gets creative Globe recognition. The other would perhaps not."

I do not agree with The Big B's views like many others.Am the kind of people who would call a spade,a spade.If India is a third world country,it is a third world country.Its not that only the under developed countries are portrayed as poor in the movies,there have been many instances of developed countries being shown as under bellied too.The best example that comes to mind is,Erin Brockovich or The Pursuit of Happyness.Both of these movies showed how hard it was for the family to make ends meet.

Other point which he mentioned about the idea being used by the Westerner gets global recognition whereas the same cannot be said about an Indian doing the same.I wonder if any Indian film maker would move on from their concepts of love stories and "rona dhona" to interesting concepts as these.

P.S.Dharavi,the biggest slum in Asia is in Mumbai.Lets not forget the truth rather than reflect only upon the flowery picture of developing India.

What are your views on Big B's comments?

In the end,I would like to wish good luck to the whole crew of Slumdog Millionaire for the releasing of the movie in India on January 23rd and the awards nominations thereafter.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy New Year..I'm Back!

First of all,Happy New Year to all of my remaining blog readers (..and other people who I would harass to read!) I know I'm VERY late in wishing everyone that but I have been lazy.(Others might say there were busy but why lie,right?)

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