Trailer Review: Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year is royal and dramatic

The most awaited trailer of Bollywood is out. Every Shah Rukh Khan fan awaits his annual phenomenon. No sooner did Chennai Express become a blockbuster than we started anticipating his next. Farah Khan created her own cinema with SRK in Main Hoon Naa(2004) and took it to its epitome with Om Shanti Om(2007). Why do Farah and King Khan find themselves on the same page? Drama! Drama! Drama! Farah makes it so much dramatic. That’s the only thing literally separating her from Rohit Shetty. Otherwise both go high on action, songs and radiance.

The film looks totally ostentatious. The makers have been smart to use the New Year celebrations’ visuals of Dubai. Had they done it by themselves it would have blown the budgets of Bollywood. The story seems unmistakably predictable, which people take out the most on SRK. Six losers are participants in a World Dance Competition only to rob diamonds (no guesses. We are stealing diamonds since decades).Write about Shah Rukh and you really forget the supporting cast better known as fillers in his movies. Deepika Padukone is pretty as a Marathi dancer. I seriously don’t know what to write about Abhishek Bachchan. But I’m happy he is just doing (or getting) second fiddle roles. Boman Irani will have his moments. I wonder what will be Vivaan’s screen time. There is this non-orthodox antagonist played by Jackie Shroff.

What Farah states clearly in this trailer is that HNY is more of a musical. The trailer is embedded with teasers of three songs. There is this chorus of “Radhe Radhe” from a song which may have more to do with dramatic introductions. The second one which has words like “I’m feeling all right…. Non-sense ki night” is a funny track. The last song called Indiawaale might be the last song in the film and the grandest in it.

I always laugh at Aamir Khan for his constant efforts to outdo SRK as a better promoter, not questioning his acting. There is no actor, director, producer or some outsourced dude who can beat Shah Rukh at marketing. This Khan got Yash Raj Films to buy the worldwide rights at 125cr. He sold the satellite rights at 65cr and music rights at 12cr. That’s a total of Rs.202cr before its release. For the first has a trailer been launched on Whatsapp before Youtube. He now has his worldwide Slam tour which will spin even more millions of rupees by the time HNY hits the screens. Damn! He might go more than a total of 500cr after the release.

You can love him or hate him, but you cannot ignore Shah Rukh Khan. I have a feeling that Farah Khan is going to go the most dramatic Bollywood has ever gone with the Badshaah giving some serious life lessons in some scenes. First day first show this Diwali to watch todenge taale Indiawaale!

Review: Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy is a sleek, crazy and extravagent sci-fi

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We all fall for the seductive notion of some kind of superpower, especially if it’s just us in the world. That’s why it’s called superpower. Many writers have played and manipulated this idea with Transcendence and Limitless being the latest consequences. Luc Besson’s Lucy is a better culmination than atleast these two. The premise being that a human uses less than 10% of his brain.

Scarlett Johansson plays Lucy, a regular college girl with an obviously jerk boyfriend who forces her to deliver a briefcase having “documents”. Suddenly the jolly jerk is killed and Lucy is taken by a drug lord. The briefcase contains a blue drug which is the sci-fi element of the film. The drug is surgically inserted into her stomach and Lucy becomes the courier. But the ravenous minions molest her and beat her up. A recurrent of kicks on her stomach and the drug leaks into Lucy’s system, slating one of the most dramatic inceptions of superpower. Professor Norman (Morgan Freeman) is small parallel character. Norman is the best expert on the brain but his theories are a mere speculation since no human has used 20 or 30 or 50 or 100% of his brain. Lucy contacts him and confronts that his theories are right. She has 24 hours before her body becomes incapable of handling her.

Luc Besson had to keep the critics at bay before writing this one. He has knowingly not cared much about the ambiguous existing scientific theories about the brain. But he manages a perfect equilibrium between theories and entertainment, purposely compromising on scientific details. Lucy knows telekinesis. She can control humans, a dozen of them in a second. She doesn’t feel pain. She can still remember the taste of her mother’s milk, change her physical structure. She can eventually travel in time.

The 90 minutes film is paced fast and is high on adrenaline action. Nobody knows what we can do by using 100% of our brain. So it’s better to dump the contradicting scientific theories and enjoy this fun ride with the beautiful lady.

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Top 10 dialogues of Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones Season 4

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He may be accused of killing the king, but Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister is definitely the king of the biggest TV show on earth. Firstly, the character itself is outstanding. Couple it with Dinklage’s portrayal of it and you reach nirvana. In the fourth season of Game of Thrones, Tyrion manages to pull off the monologue of television’s history. Be it belittling his own brother Jamie (his last friend) or pissing off Cersie and Shae in a single line, he does it with utmost brevity.

 1. Kill two birds with one stone:

“Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than a thousand lying whores!” 

 2. On biased trial:

I will not give my life for Joffrey’s murder and I know I’ll get no justice here, so I will let the gods decide my fate. I demand a trial by combat.” 

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3. To Oberyn Martell on justice in King’s Landling:

“If you want justice, you’ve come to the wrong place.”

4. To Tywin Lannister in trial:

“I’m guilty of a far more monstrous crime. I’m guilty of being a dwarf.”

5. To Jamie on partiality:

“You’re the golden son. You can kill a king, lose a hand, f–k your own sister, you’ll always be the golden son.”

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6. On Joffrey’s murder:

“Say what you will of Cersei, she loves her children. She is the only one I’m certain had nothing to do with this murder, which makes it unique as King’s Landing murders go.”

7. To Bronn:

“Why are you sorry? Because you’re an evil bastard with no conscience and no heart? That’s what I liked about you in the first place.”

8. On Cousin Orson:

“Laughing at another person’s misery was the only thing that made me feel like everyone else.” 

9. On the laws of Gods:

“Trial by combat, deciding a man’s guilt or innocence in the eyes of the gods by having two other men hack each other to pieces. It tells you something about the gods.” 

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10. On the trail setup:

“I know the whole bloody country thinks I’m guilty. I know that one of my three judges has wished me dead more times than I can count and that judge is my father.”

Top 10 dialogues of Game of Thrones Season 4

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Peter Dinklage’s monologue in the episode The Laws of Gods and Men was his only appearance in the entire episode, but he stole the whole of it. The fourth season of Game of Thrones had an endless array of cheesy liners that left others on the screen dumbfounded. Though we had little of Lord Varys in this season, Little Finger elevated himself to higher diabolical standards. Tyrion Lannister remains the best (half)man with the best words.

1. “I did not do it. I did not kill Joffrey, but I wish that I had. Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than a thousand lying whores!” – Tyrion Lannister

2. “I will not give my life for Joffrey’s murder and I know I’ll get no justice here, so I will let the gods decide my fate. I demand a trial by combat.” – Tyrion Lannister

3. “You’re the golden son. You can kill a king, lose a hand, f–k your own sister, you’ll always be the golden son.” – Tyrion Lannister

4. “In a better world, one where love can overcome strength and duty, you might have been my child. But we don’t live in that world. And you are more beautiful than she ever was.” – Petyr Baelish aka Little Finger

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5. “I will answer injustice with justice” – Daenerys Targaryen

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6. “Given the opportunity what do we do to those who’ve hurt the ones we love?” – Petyr Baelish aka Little Finger

7. “No one weeps for spiders or whores.” – Varys

8. “People die at their dinner tables. They die in their beds. They die squatting over their chamber pots. Everybody dies sooner or later. And don’t worry about your death. Worry about your life. Take charge of your life for as long as it lasts.” — Petyr Baelish aka Little Finger

9. “I will not become a page in someone else’s history book.” – Stannis Baratheon

 10. ” Elia Martell of Dorne, You raped her. You murdered her. You killed her children” – Oberyn Martell

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Top 10 movies of 2012

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2012 had a host of anticipated films. Almost all of them turned into blockbusters. There are easily more than 20 awesome movies. It’s been a puzzle picking the top 10.

 1. The Avengers

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Give me Iron Man or Thor alone and I’ll watch the movie again and again. But if you give me both of them in a single movie that too with Captain America, Hulk and the beautiful Scarlet Johansson, I’ll watch it everyday. The Avengers was the first notable movie to feature standalone superheroes together, and we jumped on it.

2. The Dark Knight Rises 

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The culmination of the epic The Dark Knight trilogy was definitely the most awaited movie of 2012. The capped crusader returning on screen after 4 years with both Chris’s (Nolan and Bale) confirming it their last ride made it so. The Dark Knight Rises was an epic indeed. Christian Bale is the best Batman.

3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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I have no words for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I might just watch it on mute and still won’t be able to give justice to its picturesque visuals. Besides, it has a hell of a story and cast.

4. The Hunger Games

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The Hunger Games is the adaptation of Suzanne Collin’s bestseller of the same name. The pretty Jennifer Lawrence is the heart and soul of this dystopian film.

5. Skyfall

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The 50th anniversary of James Bond is called Skyfall. It is definitely style to its epitome. No wonder it made more money than The Dark Knight Rises.

6. Men in Black 3

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Ten years after MIB2, Will Smith returned with Men In Black 3. This man does not age. The movie was one of the funniest of 2012. Only Smith can pull off such characters.

7. Argo

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Argo introduced a new kind of cinema created by Ben Affleck. Its superb script and supreme direction are lessons in cinema. The Oscar wanted this movie.

8. Ted

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Seth Macfarlane’s Ted is the best R-rated comedy next to The Hangover. It’s hilarious and yes,there’s a sequel coming.

9. Madagascar 3

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Madagascar 3 is easily the best animation movie till 2012. Its colourful never-ending 3D is an experience you cannot afford to miss.

10. Silver Linings Playbook

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David O Russel’s Silver Linings Playbook is his life’s best work. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence strike a brilliant chemistry to make this film a must watch.

Top 10 comedy – humor books of 2013

Most of the people run away from books that lack humour. No one wants to read the tragic you-have no-idea-what-i’ve-been-through in this prison or asylum. There was a time when comedy books were just another genre with nothing much significant. But the freedom of today’s innovative writers coupled with the hunger of equally smart readers has made this genre a necessity in our lives.

Presenting the best ten comedy books of 2013…

 

1. Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

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2. Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle by Si Robertson

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3. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

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4. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

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5. Mad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

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6. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

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7. Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures by Amber Dusick

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8. Mad about The Boy by Helen Fielding

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9. The Tao of Martha by Jen Lancaster

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10. Love and Lists by Tara Sivec

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Top 10 Crime – Mystery – Thriller books of 2013

Presenting the list of the top10 crime-mystery-thriller novels of 2013…

 

1. Police by Jo Nesbo

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2. Joyland by Stephen King

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3. Norwegian By Night by Derek B. Miller

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4. Speaking From Among The Bones by Alan Bradley

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5. Touch And Go by Lisa Gardner

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6. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

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7. Unseen by Karin Slaughter

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8. The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

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9. Never Go Back by Lee Child

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10. How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny

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