Arvind Kejriwal is Delhi’s “Baazigar”


The Delhi Police escorted the man who they had tyrannically beaten up last year. Arvind Kejriwal swore to become the youngest Chief Minister New Delhi had ever witnessed, and the most historic CM India had ever seen. He took power only to transfer it immediately to the people. It was the maiden oath taken in a public domain. The Ramlila Maidaan rose to a tumultuous acknowledgement to the man who looked no different from themselves, dressed in simple old clothes and sweater just like that public servant we see outside but don’t care about.

Kejriwal, 45, addressed the 80,000 crowd after taking a 30 minute metro to the venue. He shunned the VIP culture and within hours the red lights on the Ambassadors vanished. He took office for six hours on the first day, a Saturday, and transferred nine IAS officers. He requested the people to grant him 10 days to show a significant change. The other ministers Manish Sisodiya, Somnath Bharti, Satyender Jain, Rakhi Birla, Girish Soni and Sourabh Bharadhwaj have formed an anti-corruption retaliation force with their CM.

Kejriwal’s  Aam Aadmi Party won 28 seats in the 70 seat constituency and formed a minority government with the external support of the deplorable Congress’ 8 seats to get the exact majority figure of 36. Lashed in all directions by the BJP, the majority party with 32 seats, AAP took their final decision by another historic connection with the people. 257 out of 280 public meetings signaled an affirmation to the party to form the government with the Congress. Social activist Anna Hazare is rumored to have an ego clash with Kejriwal right from the day of the surprising results, inspite of their earlier ideological differences in the path towards a corruption-free nation. A few people on the internet are now comparing Anna to Vinod Kambli for his missed opportunity to super-stardom.

AAP’s jubilation has been controlled by the 3rd January deadline on which they have to prove their majority with the Congress. The Congress has shown ambiguous intentions but their best play will be to pass the majority. Such is the nature of momentum of this century old party that it never fails to find itself in a win-win situation. Withdrawing support will make their already anticipated huge loss in the Lok Sabha polls even for embarrassing. The BJP has become a very sensible party right from ascendance of Narendra Modi.

Mumbai is the city of personal dreams in India. Delhi has just become the city of national dreams, apart from being the city of power, now people’s power. Politics in India has transformed into a revolution. Arvind Kejriwal’s Twiiter followers are increasing exponentially now. His rise has the recurring recipe to rise higher. He reminds us of Shahrukh Khan saying that the real player (baazigar) is the one who wins after losing.


Sherlock Season Preview: Analysis of how he faked it


What’s your theory? That’s what their first poster for the third season asked. Sherlock Holmes definitely knew what was in store for him on the roof. He knew he had to take the leap. So he hatched two plans. One, which was obvious, to fake the death. Two, which I think, play a mind-game game with Jim Moriarty which would leave Jim with a singular choice of killing himself to defeat him; hence getting rid of Moriarty once for all. A live Moriarty is smart enough to know of a fake death when he sees one.

Molly’s involvement seems inescapable. Switching DNA’s could be her task. But since her involvement is mentioned with indirect surety, it can also be a trap for the audience to distract us from something or someone more significant, courtesy of the master writer Steven Moffat. Sherlock makes John Watson stand at a particular spot to hear his “note”. This is a spot from where John can see Sherlock falling for the roof, but surprise, he cannot see Sherlock’s impact on the ground. Another straightforward fact is that the cyclist who rams into Watson buys some time for Sherlock. A truck loaded with body sized packages is parked right along the road next to a marked walking pavement. This truck unusually drives away just after the “death”.

There are many other things purposely fed to the audience to have possible alternate theories so that there cannot be one predictable ultimate standout resolution to the Reichenback Fall, or are these theories part of one big theory? The kidnapped girl in the last episode is scared to death when Sherlock sees her for the first time. Did Moriarty have a double of Sherlock to scare the girl; and did Sherlock get hold of him? The involvement of Mycroft Holmes cannot be ignored. He has the power and personal intelligence to accomplish such an act. Sherlock is blackmailed over Watson, Lestrade and Mrs. Hudson on the roof. But in the teaser of Season 3 we hear Sherlock saying “the one person who did not matter to me at all was the person who mattered to me the most”. Could this person be Mycroft Holmes? One fact is clear irrespective of that question. The fact that Mycroft Holmes knew that Sherlock Holmes faked his death right from the moment he learnt of his death.

Sherlock premiers on New Year’s Day on BBC One. The fans have had a long wait which could not be quenched by the mini-episode on Christmas. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are the first demand of 2014. We can be assured of a lot of brain work from our resourceful, dynamic and enigmatic persona; although we might get to know how he faked it only at the end of the first episode. Till then spread the word, #SherlockLives!

Top 10 films of 2013

Superhero, fantasy and animation have been an annual prevalence. Live action and dystopian have steamed up in the past two years. Horror has become an enigma now. 2013 has witnessed yet another furore amongst the audiences.  The critics were again there but the top ten films of the year will always belong to the people despite their rants. Presenting these movies which you will surely watch again and again

10. The Conjuring


James Wan’s The Conjuring created a worldwide paranormal hysteria for its incredible story and screenplay. The true story adaptation saw a family paralyse to the wrath of an invincible spirit only to be miraculously saved by an exorcism expert couple. It also garnered praise for its clean nature. What more? They’re already working on a sequel and a spin off.

9. Despicable Me 2


Minions minions minions! We loved them so much they’re getting a spin off movie with just minions. Despicable Me 2 was one of the most awaited films and churned out to be the best animation film. It actually surpassed many big hits. The film brings inescapable joy to even the serious folks.

8. Now You See Me


Louis Leterrier’s film has magic as its essence. An original adaptation with scintillating visuals and power-packed performances from each actor with a supersmart screenplay keeps you rapt throughout the show. Jesse Eisenburg is the Sherlock of the future.

7. Gravity


It didn’t have the gravity of hype, but when it struck we got swayed to the multiplexes. Gravity is a never before seen type of film. It’s simply spectacular. Alfonso Cuaron’s original adaptation, yes it’s not from some novel or comic, brought original stories back to the spotlight after Nolan’s Inception. It topped weekend after weekend to gross a mighty $640 million.

6. Pacific Rim


Many wrote this one off before its release. Pacific Rim is the latest illustration of Don’t judge a book by its cover. This film brought the child out of everyone. Just like those old days of watching great machines with one hell of a background score which reverberates for a week. Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi is all in for the ever excited hearts.

5. Fast & Furious 6


Nothing beats speeding cars, sexy babes, and cheesy one-liners. They even got an aeroplane in this one. Blazing guns and unimaginable leaps and lungs on equally unimaginable things were the trademark of Justin Lin’s second instalment of the perceived trilogy. We will miss enough of our darling Brain O’Conner.

4. Thor: The Dark World


We never get bored even if it’s just a hammer. Excitement was at its pinnacle when Game of Thrones henchman Alan Taylor was roped in the already hyped Thor: The Dark World. Chris Hemsworth coarse voice and character coupled with Loki’s mischief were sheer pleasure and gratuity. Asgard’s visuals are stupendous.

3. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy presented by Peter Jackson is a marvel to live. The epic tale of hobbits gets better this year. Dwarfs, orcs, skin-changers, elves, spiders, wizards and what not; they’ve got it. The bliss of the visual treat reminiscences for days after watching this movie. There’s a sequel left, but we might not see such films again.

2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


The girl on fire will always be desired for her beauty, courage, honesty and finally her smartness. Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen with such surety that other actors look pale despite their seniority. The story and screenplay are such a rarity that we just want them to somehow do it again. May the odds be ever in their favour.

1. Iron Man 3


You can take away my tricks and toys…but you can’t take one thing away from me….I am Iron Man. Ever escalating technology on one side and one badass villain only to know that our superhero is himself super badass. He may not remember what he had for breakfast, but there are guys who just want to be him every second. No one gets the better off Robert Downey Jr. Period.

Review: Peter Jackson and J.R.R. Tolkien swing the Smaug for the Hobbit


There were many filmmakers who envied Peter Jackson and there will be many more. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a cinematic experience to be rued forever if missed. The first was an experience as well, but this is better. The quest to reclaim a homeland and slay a dragon is beyond enticing each second. And then finally we do get enough to worship the creature we were seduced with in the first part.

Bilbo Baggins, our cherished hobbit, has ultimately become a significant member of the quest headed by Thorin Oakenshield and ghost-headed by Gandalf the Grey. Together our beloveds embark on a journey sprinkled with increasing Orcs throughout. There is a skin-changer. There are weird spiders. And then there are the Elves ruled by Thranduil. Tauriel is the only girl in the film, and is a beauty indeed. Legolas’ arrows are still captivating. The escape cum river cum river bank cum waterfall sequence is worth whistling. Gandalf’s epic face-off with the Enemy is surprising. Finally the advent of the dragon Smaug sends chills across the theater.

Martin Freeman just like his character never ceases to amuse us with his performance. Although Ian  McKellen once again emerges favourite as Gandalf. Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel) does catch our eyes, being the only lady onboard.  Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Ken Scott (Balin) are also poignant. Benedict Cumberbatch (voice of Smaug) will always be special to give the greedy Sherlock fans their two stars in a frame.

Peter Jackson’s direction will be eulogised till the end of all times. The screenplay writers Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro have outdone every living screenplay writer. The real immortal is J.R.R. Tolkien whose antique novel is the heart of venture. The 160 minute film has a better pace than its predecessor, courtesy of the brilliant editing involved. A special salute to the entire team for filming the entire trilogy together and taking film production to its novel epitome. The 3D is mesmerizing and has to be watched to be believed.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is worth the wait. The writing, visuals and performances are scintillating to the core. It’s a must watch. Ironically, one cannot wait for the final chapter!