Dec 29, 2013

Year-end Special: Maha-Review of Bollywood in 2013

Preface

And I SAY WHAT A YEAR this has been!

Well, okay, to be fair, we still had quite a lot of nonsense this year... but hey, you know we're speaking of Bollywood. With the "Great" comes the "not-so-good" movies!

On that note, let's proceed to the Top 10 highest grossers of Bollywood this year (List taken from Wikipedia on 29 December 2013)

  1. Chennai Express
  2. Dhoom 3 (still running at the time of the writing of this post)
  3. Krrish 3
  4. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
  5. Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
  6. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
  7. Grand Masti
  8. Race 2
  9. Aashiqui 2
  10. Special 26
Which ones, for you, were deserving to be in this list? You can think about it, and most importantly, keep it for yourself. Ponder for a minute over what just happened. For all the undeserving ones, replace them with some new Hindi flicks you wanted to see there. Got my point? That is what criticism is all about. It is not about giving a movie 4 and half stars for the sake of the box office. Especially if that movie is something like a Ra.One. It is about giving a movie like Ram Leela 3.5 out of 5 (like Rajeev Masand did), because you believe in that opinion of yours and you expect it to be criticized by others.

The end of the year is always a weird period for me. I always look back at the year with a lot of regret, to be honest. This time, I will look at 2013 with a smile, a painful one. It has been a painful year, but I will smile in the face of the fear, in the face of the pain.

"Peace begins with a smile”
― Mother Teresa

Enjoy the post, friends! And smile at my jokes, even if they are bad. I try to make them funny, so do NOT feel that I am mocking anybody or any film or anything even. I am doing it purely for the Good of my most favorite type of movies. Hindi movies. Enjoy, ok? Cheerios.


Dec 28, 2013

The "ideal Indian squad" for ICC World Twenty20 2014

Disclaimer: My blog, my space, my choice. Deal with it. Hateful comments will be deleted with pleasure!


Preface

"Oh Kohli is so Handsome"
"Dhawan's moustache is sexy"
"Dhoni is so COOL"
"Yuvraj is TOO GOOD, man"

NO! For Heaven's sake... we are about to play a T20 World Cup, it's not a fashion show. Ah well, just have a look at the squad I would opt for, in this massive tournament played in Bangladesh.


Dec 17, 2013

Christmas Special - Top English songs of 2013

1. Naughty Boy - La La La (the winner)
Will not say more. Play it on loop, and see the double meaning behind the simple lyrics. It can heal the most painful pain, the most sad sadness. But that smile that comes afterwards...it smiles. Simple.



2. When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars
A painfully beautiful track. But soothing in its after effect..




3. One More Night - Maroon 5
The beats are infectious. And the lyrics are powerfully true. At least I can relate to them!



4. Roar - Katy Perry
Katy Perry gives us her best with this one. If she can come to India for an IPL Opening Ceremony, she can eventually even sing a song for Bollywood. Are you hearing me AR Rahman? Hehe.



Post dedicated to my sister Supriya, and my "Sandy-sister" Mayuri.

Love you all, have a great end of 2013. Make 2014 YOUR year... but before that make sure, 2013 ends on a great note. Cheers.

Dec 16, 2013

Christmas Special: Soundcloud covers

Hello Readers! Now that I've caught your attention, please continue to read ok? (Hehe)

This is one is mainly dedicated to my sweet father, my passionate mother and my awesome sister. And obviously to all those well-wishers all around me. I have been working on these two covers since quite some time.

Check it out, and get back to me when you can.

Love and regards to all of the ones who mean a lot to me. Let me list them here, by name if possible:

- Those who make me smile
- Those who make me laugh
- Those who have been there for me (for a long time, or for a short period)
- The people who bonded with me on a very fun level
- Those who made me cry, but made me feel light and gave me a shoulder to cry on
- Those who inspire me
- Those who support my family
- Those who make my parents happy
- Those who make fun of my sister in order to make her smile
- Those who call me Santa, and who know the importance of such a nickname eventually

Well I did say "if possible".. I couldn't give so many names, could I really do that? YESH I CAN! Actually, no I cannot. They know who they are eventually, no?

Hehe, just listen to the following songs, please:





Happy December everybody! :-)

Santhosh

Christmas Special: Dhoom 3 Music Review


 
Introduction

Ladies and Gentlemen, 2013 is coming to an end. Wait, you knew? Ok, I think you knew. But what cinema-goers and music lovers do not realize, is that the year has sadly come to an end for Bollywood.

We have had a bit of everything this year, to be honest. From a silly "Chennai Express" to a beautiful "Aashiqui 2". Eventually we also had "Bhaag Milkha Bhaag", but we also had an undeserving "Grand Masti".

Thankfully, the year ends with a BANG. Got the joke? No? Let me try again. "2013 will end with a DHOOM". Is that fine now? I think so...

Anyway, keeping aside the various puns and jokes worthy of an Aamir Khan movie, let me just say that Pritam has given us a "feasty buffet" to participate in. We have a bit of 'Malang', we have some Arabic Dhoom Machale as well. The dessert is also very tasty with Julius Packiam's instrumental.

And that will be the point of this music review. It is as good as a satisfying evening at a 5-Star hotel. It may not be Pritam's best album. But he gives us something worthy of a "Dhoom" film.




Eventually the songs take time to grow on you, but once they do, you cannot separate yourself from them. I have my personal favorites, but I will leave that for the end. But if this introduction made you curious, have fun reading this review. (Comments are most welcome, at the end of this post) 

Dec 6, 2013

Coming Soon! (Posts in December 2013)

Hello to all!

This is going to be a relatively short post, about the forthcoming posts to be uploaded on this blog. First and foremost, here's hoping that you, my readers, are keeping well and that you have had a good 2013. To those who usually like reading the posts I publish on the various topics I cover in my blog, here's good news: this month there will (hopefully) be 4  posts published on my blog. To know what, and on which topics I will be writing about, keep reading!