January 9, 2010 § 2 Comments

Just what made me go and watch Pyaar Impossible is something best left to the vagaries of fate. Maybe I was meant to watch it. It must be part of some sort of penance that I have to do for my pichle janmon ke paap.

The first 5 minutes of the movie does make you wonder if its going to be one of those hatke films. You know, the kind where you come out of the theatre and say, “Wow. That was different.” The words I was mouthing at the end were on the lines of “Give me my two and a half hours back” and some mumbling about Program Files. You’ll understand about the program files part if you go watch the movie.

Its the geek and beauty story. You know, the geek who is the nicest guy in college, does all the work for everybody but is mostly invisible to all. Especially the beauty. The story was good and so many things could have been done with it. But all we got was Program Files, a spoilt brat for a kid and some serious skin show from Priyanka Chopra.

Program Files: Stealing an operating system has never been so easy. All you need to do is to copy the Program Files. I wonder who the IT Consultant for this movie was. I want to go and smack him on the back of the head and teach him some concepts. Idiot. Its like they never expected IT professionals to watch the movie. Now you will have incidents where people will try to copy Program Files of Windows in order to steal it from someone’s computer.

Clothes: I think there was a per dress limit of cloth that was imposed for Priyanka Chopra’s wardrobe in the movie. Or that she wore clothes meant for the kid. Either ways, you know how you get sick of chocolate after having say 2 kilos of it. It was the same with Priyanka Chopra. You get tired of seeing the long legs after some point. I have boxers that are longer than the shorts she wears in almost every other scene in the movie. Enough said.

Acting: Priyanka Chopra was okay. But I think no one noticed her acting anyways. Uday Chopra tried hard, as always, but fails. One can’t do much with two and a half expressions. Dino Morea with his one expression is the bad guy. I think his acting was the best in the movie. And when one says that, you know how badly the others have acted. The kid is irritating but cute, as most kids are. Anupam Kher is good in a brief cameo, as always.

First movie of the year for me. And this is what I get. I fear what atrocities the rest of the year may bear upon me. Sigh. I fear more copying of Program Files 😛


Northie weds Southie

October 23, 2009 § 6 Comments

Chetan Bhagat’s last book, ‘The Three mistakes of my life’ was more or less of a mistake(fourth?) itself. It read more like a movie script than a book, with improbable story lines, shallow characterization and more than a little melodrama. So, when a friend of mine gave me Bhagat’s new book “Two States” to read, there was somewhat of a doubt if I would be wasting some brain cells reading this one too. But it turned out okay. The book that is.

Bhagat has revived the protagonist of his very first novel(Five Point Someone) for this book. The story is the same old story of most Hindi films. Boy meets girl; they fall in love; families are opposed. That sort of thing. For good measure, Bhagat throws in the North-South divide. And some emotional turbulence in the protagonist’s life (not done too well though). Most of the book is about how the hero and heroine cope with the cultural divide and win over both set of parents. Along the way, Bhagat also manages to do some soul searching (a concept that seems to fascinate the MBA types to no end).

The story may be simple, but the treatment is different. Plus, Bhagat manages to keep the reader’s interest with witty lines sprinkled throughout the book (especially the stereotyping of races). Character development isn’t a priority in Bhagat’s novels, so don’t expect much on that front. Lastly, there are no major “suspend your belief” kind of moments in this book, like in ‘One Night @ Call Centre’ and ‘The Three mistakes of my life’. 

All in all, Two States is an okay read. Good enough for the 95 bucks that one will spend on the book. Rating: 3 out of 5.

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