Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Saxophone for an all-girls cabaret in New Orleans?

That, my friends, is heaven.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Hello all,

I and Aniket,(a friend from COEP) took part in the ESPN - Champions of the World, a quiz on the World Cup.
We stumbled along till the National Semi-finals. We appear on TV for 2 episodes, each of which will be telecast thrice.

You can catch us on ESPN at the following timings:

Episode 1 - quarter-finals

02/19/07 MON 21:30 22:00 - prime time broadcast
02/20/07 TUE 10:00 10:30 - repeat
02/24/07 SAT 15:55 16:25 - repeat

Episode 2 - Semi-finals
03/02/07 FRI 21:30 22:00 - prime time broadcast
03/03/07 SAT 08:00 08:30 - repeat
03/03/07 SAT 17:00 17:30 - repeat

All episodes on ESPN, hosted by Harsha Bhogle.

I am also uploading photos to Flickr (only 2 presently ;-) )
here is the link.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Look people,

Shriniwas is writing poems!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Notes from Parzania

The correct way to say it is Par-zany-ia and not Par-zaan-ia. This is the official website.

Smile lit up on seeing Parzun Dastur after some time. Always will remember the "jalebi" ad. Still retains small-boy-charm in spite of having grown up a bit. ;-)

Zakir Hussain provides the music for this one, (and also voice in some parts) along with contributions from Taufique Qureshi and Rakesh Chaurasia (nephew, and not son of the great Hariprasad.)

Corin Nemec, (an emmy award winning actor as rediff reminds us.) has only Smallville to his credits which I know of. Am ambivalent about his role in the film. Seems superfluous at times, though the role of the impartial narrator seems integral to the film. Rahul Dholakiya insists that a white guy had to play the narrator to emphasize this impartiality. Dunno, if that is strictly true. Also the idea of a foul-mouthed, vagabond, gandhi-researching American student might not be the perfect "clean" narrator that he wanted. But maybe he did not want that.

Sarika (playing Shernaz and not Shenaz), puts in a stellar performance. Big fan, will follow her forthcoming work keenly. Shades of Dimple Kapadia in DCH, but in a different kind of role. Very mature and restrained(but not overly so) in a role which offered full scope for brow-beating.

Would like to not talk about the "socially important", "this story needs to be told" type of commentary. Will like to point the (few) loyal readers to Amu, a film with a very similar subject but pulled off with more panache, IMHO. Also to articles about how Gujarati multiplex owners once again showed what smart businessmen they are, and how the Congress showed that it will try and gain mileage out of any stupid, small incident.

Note to self: writing these notes can be quite self-rewarding. Pat-on-the-back, and encouragement for the future.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Personal Record: The (screen) women I adore.

Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy from from Weeds.(and West Wing among other things.)

Patricia Heaton as Debra Barone from Everybody Loves Raymond.

Emma Watson, as Hermione Granger you know from where.

Roopali Ganguli as Monisha Sarabhai, only from Sarabhai vs Sarabhai.(and not other adapted reality TV shows.)

A Dixie fan out of the closet.

Does them winning 5 grammies mean that I can unabashedly proclaim that I really like their music? Was it really something one keeps in a closet? Anyway, 3 cheers to the Dixies!

Friday, February 09, 2007

From Aneesh Surendar's GTalk tagline.

When I'm gone, a player will come and amaze my progeny. I will not envy them. One Federer in a lifetime is enough.

How true.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Notes from Traffic Signal

Not enough time/inclination to string sentences together at 1:30 am.

  1. Sudhir Mishra fits the bill perfectly.
  2. Kunal Khemu does a decent job. Sticks out like a sore thumb in a few scenes though.
  3. Disappointed with Konkona Sen-Sharma, one of her forgettable films. Why do the credits say "Special Performance"?
  4. Ranveer Shourie profile is further elevated. His role however seems to lack something, fizzles out at the end.
  5. Neetu Chandra is unrecognizable from Shaadi No.1. Pulls of a really good performance.
  6. I'm happy the trilogy is complete. Still don't know why its a trilogy. Is Madhur going to change gears in terms of style? And why was Chandni Bar not part of this.
  7. Personal Reminder: Need to see Aan - Men at Work.
  8. Bhandarkar includes another host of Marathi actors, his favourite Upendra Limaye (who will also be seen in the upcoming Black Friday), Mohan Joshi, Sandeep Kulkarni and co.