Sunday, February 04, 2007

Review of Guru - As posted in IMDB

Well, as soon as Manirathnam started to shoot for Guru, various theories started to flow among movie goers (like, it's the Ambani story kinda stuff).. And some controversies as well (like the Ambanis staking their claim to see it first)... So, this flick has aroused a lot of public interest even many months ago and with this as a background, it's been released.

Before starting my comments on the movie, lemme say something. . I've seen a lotta movies in English, Tamil, Hindi etc.. Out of all those movies, there are some directors who can handle their movies with such ease that the film stands as a visual treat, not only to the eyes but for the mind also. Now, Manirathnam is the emperor of such directors, in India, according to me. I'd put both my hands up in the air and shout aloud that he's one of the greatest directors ever to have walked our country. His movies stand as the perfect examples of how well a film can be taken, in their respective subjects. He presents his movies visually, so that one can take in the scenes in to his mind, rather than to be guided by mere dialogues. Here, he combines hands with his team again (Rajiv Menon, Rahman, Gulzar, Sreekar Prasad to name a few good men...). The end result, a fantabulous experience named 'Guru'!!

If I say this is the role of a life time for Abhishek, it's an understatement. He has presented such a subtle and quality acting that as soon as he gets introduced as the young Gurukant Desai, slowly he disappears and it's GuruBhai who steals the show!! Such a great acting this is and he excellently personifies the character of Guru in a terrific sense!! The way innocent Guru slowly rises in life and his gradual majestic magnanimity has been portrayed by Abhishek in a mind blasting manner. Aishwarya too has given a decent performance throughout. She supports her husband and provides him with the encouragement he needs. Mithunda has given an excellent piece of acting (the way 'excellent' has been used… many more 'excellent's to follow) . Madhavan and Vidya Balan complete the wonderful acting circle of Guru.

Cinematography is great, to say the least. People who know Rajiv Menon will agree wholeheartedly that this is one of his wonderful works. He shares that chemistry with Manirathnam which boosts the film up, from other normal movies. The Music!! It's done by one of the most talented geniuses, Rahman!! When he combines hands with Manirathnam, we get to hear (and see, as well) some fantastic songs and background scores, and here too it holds. I personally liked very much 'Ey Hairathen' and the way it's been filmed. The other songs also are great! It's an unmistakable truth that in Manirathnam films, he portrays romance in such a way that it stays in our heart, long after the movie's gone. In Guru also, the romantic scenes have been excellently (there goes... another excellent!!) made.

As a whole, this is definitely a must watch for all and especially for Manirathnam fans, it's again a treat which has to be gobbled up again and again!! Go see it people, and get inspired!! PS:- today morning (20/01/2007), me and my best buddy Balu saw this movie in Tamil. Know what ? Today night, we both are going to see it again in Hindi !! (and, this is his idea !!).

Manirathnam. . . . . . . . . We salute you!!!!!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Be Proud to be a LeftHander ! ! !

Quote : “ If the left side of your brain controls the right side of your body and the right side of your brain controls the left side of your body, then left handed people must be the only ones in their right minds” – W.C .Fields.

Well, Today I’m gonna write something which I think is quite a bit unique.. Not everyone has this skill , and those who have it, can be proud to be a member of a selected band of people in the entire world. Yea, I’m mentioning about left handers. I myself is a leftee, and this has helped me a lot in my life..

First of all, lemme tell u, being a left hander has it's own problems, and people start to look at u with a puzzled 'So- u - r -another person -of - that -club' look on their faces. Also, it’s a bit difficult to use products that are predominantly made for righthanders. But, as time goes, the southpaws(a name used to represent lefthanders, derived from baseball to denote a left handed pitcher), evolve around, and cope up with people.

As far as I know, I was a leftee by birth. I naturally started using my left hand ever since I was able to crawl, my parents say. But, they didn’t make me to use my right hand, as many people ‘ve done to their lefthanded babies. They left me undisturbed, and so I grew without any further difficulties to use my lefthand.

Once, in my forth standard, there was a teacher who thought leftees are a black dot in the society and it is his duty to correct them and convert them in to right handers. As and when I start to write using my lefthand, he’ll stop the lessons, come near me, and with a look which resembled the look Jesus had in his face when he did save Mary Magdaline, he used to thrust the pencil in my right hand and making me to write . This started to happen regularly in his classes that as soon as he entered in to the class, He’ll look at me and I automatically raised my right hand and smiled at him(although forcefully). This lasted for one year. After I moved in to my fifth grade, I was giving serious thoughts to shift my school and only then I came to know that the teacher stayed in forth grade itself. I became a happy person and from that day, there’s no kinda problem till today to my lefthand. But, I’d say that I learnt to write in both hands because of him and that made me quite a character in my class ! !

Later, when I was growing up, I started to realize the fact that most of the people in power, most thinkers, scientists, famous actors, great composers and famous sportspersons are left handed. This made me to grow in pride that I belong to an elite league ! ! I’ve given the a list with selected left handers at the end of this blog.

When I think about being a leftie, I realize that even now many parents tend to change their children as soon as they find them using their lefthand. There is nothing wrong in this, I would say. Let them use any hand, don’t change it. Let the child be happy with whatever hand it’s using.

Also, In India, where I belong, there is a common belief that money has to be given only in the right hand. Whenever I give money with my left hand, people start shaking their head and ask me to give it in my right hand. I would say to them that my left hand is the right hand, and me giving money in righthand is equal to others giving in lefthand. Shaking their heads still in confusion, they accept the money.

The list of some famous lefthanders:

Mahatma Gandhi,Napoleon Bonaparte, Amitabh and Abishek bachchan, Jim carrey, Tom Cruise, Pierce Brosnan, Robert de Nero, Charlie Chaplin, Keanu reeves, Drew Barrymore, Kim Basinger, Whoopy Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kinman, Marilyn Monroe, Demi moore, Julia Roberts, Opera Winfrey, Quen Elizabeth, Prince William and Prince Charles, Michaelangelo, Picasso, Leanordo Da Vinci, Hendry Ford, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Bill Gatrs, Neil Armstrong, Bach, Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Ricky Martin, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George H.W . Bush, Osama Bin Laden, ack the ripper and Boston Strangler…

So, people, If u r left handers, there is nothing official about it and Njoy life ! ! Look at this list and be proud to be among the greats ! ! !

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