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The Indian judiciary is one of the reasons I still think there is plenty of hope. Take the recent 377 ruling, or this ruling against the person who was offended by Sach ka Saamna.
“Switch off your TV, Mister, if you don’t like it, or change the channel. Moral policing is not our job”. This was the Delhi High Court’s terse advice on Wednesday to Delhi residents Deepak Maini and Prabhat Kumar who wanted the controversial but popular TV reality show Sach Ka Saamna being aired on Star Plus to be stopped.
The petitioners had said the show — on which contestants are asked a series of prying questions — was “obscene and against Indian culture and ethos”.
Justice Shah said, “This is a classic example of the misuse of public-interest litigations. There are far more serious problems in the country.”
Couldn’t be better said. I also hope that frivolous PILs be heavily fined, the fine decided on a per case basis. That should discourage individuals from filing PILs whenever something offends their fragile sentiments.
The rule is simple : if you don’t like something and you can avoid it, then please do so. As long as someone doesn’t force obscenity onto you, you should really keep your mouth shut.
Link via email by Aadisht K.
Move over Orkut, Twitter and Facebook, from India at least. Well, Hillary Clinton is making a visit and we need quite a bit of space to accommodate her, but that isn’t the point here.
After years of lurking in the dark corners of social networking sites gather wee bits of personal information, with a very low signal-to-noise ratio if you may, finally we have a show that well, cuts to the chase.
You want to know about a person’s girlfriends, details of his sex life, partners, affairs, illegitimate kids ?
No need to follow Dr. Watsa’s column or trouble him with fake questions anymore.
Just tune in to Sach ka Saamna, the Indian adaptation of Moment of Truth, and another brainchild of Siddharth Basu, who I can safely assume makes a living out of adapting American shows, and legally at that. A concept tailor made for us, whose voyeuristic pleasures take up a considerable amount of time with non-linear results, I would be very surprised if the show didn’t do well. This video should give you some idea.
The show is anything but fair, relying on a polygraph machine for the answers, just like our cops. You reveal personal stuff, you earn money, viewers rejoice, for the secrets not your money.
But to its credit, it is hosted really well by Rajeev Khandelwal. But I really want to see him in more movies after last year’s very effective debut in Aamir.
This is the end of 2008 and a good time to reflect on the good movies of Bollywood and award the deserving makers. Yeah I know they don’t care but now I know how it feels to be Filmfare for Aamir Khan.
I think this was one of the best years for Bollywood with the emergence of independent cinema from small time debutant filmmakers, most of whom were more impressive than the established ones. Shreyas Talpade and Abhay Deol emerged as the actors to really watch out for in the future and we got a long awaited brilliant composer Amit Trivedi.
Best Movie : Welcome to Sajjanpur (review here).
The other contenders were probably Mithya, Dasvidaniya, A Wednesday, Aamir, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Oh My God, but I think I’ll go with Welcome to Sajjanpur because it was truly a different movie in today’s time and still entertaining till the last drop. Of course, the direction, writing, music and acting was all top notch. What else would you want in a movie !
Best Performance : Paresh Rawal in Mumbai Meri Jaan (review here).
His Tukaram Patil was one performance I’ll always remember him by. He embodied the Gandhian wisdom that is need so badly today, and carried it off perfectly.
Among the other possible contenders : Shreyas Talpade was a revelation in acting in Welcome to Sajjanpur; Rajeev Khandelwal was refreshing in Aamir; I did not find Naseeruddin Shah do anything unexpectedly brilliant in A Wednesday; Abhay Deol was good in OLLO but not a knockout performance; Ranvir Shorey was really good in Mithya and Farhan Akhtar was quite good in Rock On.
Best Female Performer :
This was a real tricky one, because I couldn’t think of just one really brilliant performance that surprised me. But if I had to choose, I would go with Neha Dhupia for her roles in Dasvidaniya (completely natural acting), Mithya and Maharathi. Even I am surprised that I had to choose her. A few years ago, no one would have expected her to be selected the best performer on a non-adult site, but she is one actor to watch out just for the kind of movies she has been selecting.
Best Direction : Neeraj Pandey in A Wednesday.
We all can agree that it was one of the most technically sound movies of the year, and a tight and fast paced thriller. So I don’t need to defend this one.
Of course, how can I end this without a mention of Vinay Pathak ! Let’s just call him the man of the series this year for his amazing portayal of varied characters in Mithya, Dasvidaniya, Oh My God and of course, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi !
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Every once in a while comes along a small budget Hindi movie which barely even makes it to the multiplexes but within its limitations, puts all other movies to shame.
It happened with Bheja Fry, Mithya and now following it is Aamir. Brilliant acting, music, camera work and of course, direction. No known faces (I don’t watch too much television), no big names, no big money, no publicity; that is called letting your work do the talking
I would sincerely recommend Aamir to all lovers of Hindi cinema. In all fairness, it is rumored to be a copy of a Filipino movie, Cavite, but I just like to classify movies as bad and good. Aamir falls in the latter.
Take a bow, Raj Kumar Gupta and everyone associated with Aamir in any capacity.