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Oct 312008

Which Idiot Said Priyanka’s Fashion is a Hit? Bullshit

We survived Fashion.

Never before has there been such an ugly movie about beautiful people as Madhur Bhandarkar’s crap show Fashion.

The simple fact of the matter is Madhur Bhandarkar does not know how to tell a compelling story. And that’s all too apparent in his latest Bollywood movie, the boring Fashion.

An interminably long and mediocre movie, Fashion is a dismal ensemble of bad acting, a lousy screenplay, poor editing and less than impressive costumes and makeup.

An awfully bad actress, Priyanka Chopra, the heroine of Fashion, is the kiss of death for any movie.

In virtually every frame that Priyanka Chopra appears in Fashion, this repulsive Bollywood horror show rolls across like a Katrina and does inestimable damage to our artistic sensibilities.

Whether it’s telling her parents that she’s decided to go to Mumbai to pursue a career in modelling, her tantrums or her confrontations with Manav (Arjan Bajwa), Abhijit Sarin (Arbaaz Khan), Anisha (Kitu Gidwani), Shonali (Kangana Ranaut) in the rest room or dress designer Vinay Khosla, Priyanka Chopra shows no life in her acting and utterly fails to bring any drama to the screen.

Like her male counterpart Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra puts in hopelessly inept performances in movie after Continue reading »

Oct 312008

Here are the opening lines from one of the most famous – and controversial – books in the English language:

LOLITA, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta; the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.

She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Oct 312008

Thus spake Denzel Washington’s character Joe Miller in the classic film Philadelphia (1993) after Tom Hanks’ character, the dying AIDS lawyer Andrew Beckett, congratulates him on surviving his first gay party.

Miller is actually explaining how homosexuals were viewed in most American families in the early 1990s as AIDS was beginning to ravage the gay community.

While Denzel Washington is good as the lawyer fighting an AIDS discrimination case in Philadelphia, Tom Hanks is drop-dead brilliant as Continue reading »

Oct 312008

One word sums up Sun’s fiscal first quarter 2009 results – bad.

On Thursday, Sun reported a loss of $1.68 billion loss on revenues that fell 7.1% year-over-year to $2.99 billion.

The loss included a $1.45 billion non-cash charge for goodwill impairment and a $63 million restructuring charge.

The only silver lining is that the ax could fall on more Sun employees, who have been dragging down this once-fine company. Sun CEO hinted along those lines when he said on the earnings conference call Thursday:

[W]e understand we need to balance our costs in light of the new economic reality. And we’re obviously, going to be paying very careful attention.

Any surprise then that the New York Times Continue reading »

Oct 312008

Ever since we dined at Hoysala a few weeks back, we’ve been hooked, line and sinker on that fine delicacy from the South Indian state of Karnataka – Pineapple Gojju.

So this Diwali we set out to make this remarkable invention of God (believe us, something as non pareil as the Pineapple Gojju is beyond the ken of mere mortals).

As with everything else in life starting from bathroom videos to Jenna Jameson, we turned to the Internet for a helping hand ;) .

Surprisingly, the Pineapple Gojju turned out lip-smackingly good although  Continue reading »

Oct 302008

A dozen vocabulary guides, hundreds of books and thousands of magazines later, we are still flummoxed by the English language.

So the dictionary and thesaurus are our constant companions.

Lately, we’ve noticed that the word proactive is being wrongly used here (by at least two comment-posters). It’s being incorrectly used as a synonym for useful.

The most common – and correct – meaning of proactive is acting in anticipation of future problems, needs or changes.

Here’s an example of the correct use of proactive:

In the perilous journey of life, it’s better to be proactive than reactive.