Month: January 2010

3 idiots – Five Point Someone

What the heck was the controversy about? The book was anyday better than the movie, and the essence of youth and studentdays is best captured by the book. The movie seemed like a laboured effort, the lead actor had too much of pancake on his face to look a 20 year old, and his acting [if you can call that] in the introduction scene was over the top. Instead of a 20 year old, he acted like a robot or a zombie. Didn’t expect this from Aamir? The ragging scene was a desperate attempt by the director to garner some laughs as it worked in his earlier movie but again goes overboard and families though laughing do cringe at the exposure. Munnabhai was innocence at it’s best.
We got the message and an excellent one at that, but could have been depicted better.
Sharman Joshi and Madhavan are naturals when it comes to acting and are at their best in this movie. Kareena has nothing to do, but does a recap of "jab we met" character. Boman is good but why the Einstein look, its caricaturistic…
The actor with the bit role "Joy Lobo" who commits suicide shows promise. But Silencer was the best and his acting spoke volumes, Omi Vaidya is definitely a talented actor.
Rajkumar Hirani may have got his hat-trick in terms of box-office success but he lost the soul somewhere in between by compromising to achieve success at all cost.
Aamir is a talented actor – hope he does not go the Kamalhasaan way…

On the trail of the tiger…

A trip was due and so this time I chose to go to Ranthombhore and Jaipur. Rajasthan due to its old worldly charm has been a childhood favorite of mine, it’s sights, sound and smell appeal to me.

I had registered online for the tiger safari, which was ok and just short of disappointing. But I took console from the fact that this was my first trip and I know of friends who have been there 7 times and yet not sighted the tiger.

However as luck would have it, we were in for a surprise. Our hotel manager informed us that the park in front of the hotel, not a park but a walled jungle, also at times has the privilege of the presence of tiger and suggested that we should visit it. It is also house to a centuries old Shankar temple on the mountains. So along with 4 kids and 4 of us elders we decided to do the trip. And boy were we rewarded!!

Sambars, Chitals – barking deer, Neelgais rushed around on in the wilderness, peacocks – not one or two but in groups, and guess what – we finally saw a paw print of the tiger. It was the keen eye of a child who drew the attention to the same. We came across some unique behavioral characteristics – such as monkeys forming a circle and guarding their territory while their offsprings played within the circle protected from the wildest of all animals – us.

Soon it was getting dark, and suddenly we heard loud piercing shrills of a deer as if it was being attacked. And then we heard the roar of the tiger – which was close enough to give us goosebumps. We continued for another hour to try an track the sounds, but the darkness eventually frightened the children [us too J ] who pleaded to return back to the hotel.

Obviously, I and another pal made plans for early morning track the next day at the same place!! It was a thrilling experience.