Friday, January 29, 2010
Ishqiya is a movie from a practised hand - that of Vishal Bhardwaj. I have already raved about the music elsewhere. Both Arshad Warsi and Naseeruddin Shah essay their parts well. Vidya Balan is deglamorized and still attractive. The plot is pretty simple - 2 petty thieves get stuck in a larger game while on the run. The movie is not as tightly edited as it could have been, but is still a surprising short watch (less than 2 hrs). Recommended watch. I am sure you will be humming the music when you leave the hall if you aren't already.
Rann comes from a hand which has lost its touch in recent times, that of RGV. The movie is more evidence that he is nowhere near the man who once directed Sarkar or even Company, let alone Satya. The movie also has music (quite uncharacteristic for RGV), most of it forgettable, but relevant in the context. Amitabh Bachan performs (he does not ham, thankfully!). He alone is worth the watch, but not the 240/- PVR ripped me off for. Riteish Deshmukh has a mostly anguished expression (I like to think it reflects the lack of his acting abilities), but he has a likeable role. The rest incl. the pretty Panag are pawns in the movie. Paresh Rawal also manages a part but his role is very poorly built on and is largely limited to gesturing. The movie is populist (which to me means it has loads of scenes which are cliched and could have been dropped but our mainstream movies have them and hence RGV too has succumbed) but looks like RGV finally has a movie you can go watch . Hence, recommended. You won't get bored. You will perhaps even be moved by the primary premise of the plot - media and its manipulation (that is not a spoiler!) - having been battered by breaking news everywhere. In fact I saw the movie only since I knew there was some freshness to it. I am glad RGV got there before the self righteous Bhandarkar did (As I have said elsewhere on this blog, I am quite sick of his cynicism). As I said, AB holds the movie together. Go see it
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
12.01 km (basically 10 loops of Shivaji Park) in 59:42. Ran with an old pair of shoes (763 New Balance-same as my new pair) though. Am feeling the happiest I have felt in 2010 so far.
I have included 2 graphs generated by Sports Tracks from the lap-wise data I gathered today. The heart rate shows I need a lot of strength to be able to do this at a lower rate.The pace graph shows performance anxiety in the 1st lap due to which I ran like mad - so while the HR was low, the pace was unsustainable.But it all helped cool off in the 9th lap before I ensured I met my goal for the day of finishing 12 km under an hour.
Ran 4.8 km y'day. So that's a pretty low mileage week. Not bad for a post-marathon week. Am sorely tempted to go after Pondicherry, but am trying to keep my ego in check. What say?
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Difficult to believe that the entire soundtrack is sung by just 1 playback singer - Asha Bhosle.
And I was right about my crush on Anuradha Patel's character when I first mentioned her here.
If I had seen Ijaazat before JTYJN, I am sure I would have had a bigger crush on her ;) Beautiful woman.
And the Kapoor khandaan lends two of its fine specimens to the effort, to round off a nice starcast. Naseeruddin Shah wears some nice clothes. (Who said arty movies had to be dull?)
And the movie is 21 years old! Whoah!
I have but no choice to hum Mera kuch saamaan (which I had heard before of course, but I had never seen the movie in full)... The Moser Baer DVD I bought has some commentary on it (with atleast 1 typo!) which says the movie has feminist content. It may, but what I saw felt like a romantic movie to watch on a nice weekend.
Go watch it, if you haven't.
Also Socha na Tha earlier in the day as someone had recommended it. Slightly unpolished movie, but welcome watch from the usual trash that passes for movies these days.
Friday, January 22, 2010
The Birthday of the World by Ursula Le Guin
Japanese (Language Lab series - book + CD)
Terrors of the Table by Walter Gratzer
Mad about the Mekong by John Keay
Farokh Engineer by John Cantrekk
The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel
Brain Men by Markus Berkmann
Lewis Caroll in Numberland by Robin Wilson
All of this manic buying helped fund a coupon with which I got a DVD of the movie Ijaazat (just the song "Mera Kuchh Saamaan" is worth it)...
Monday, January 18, 2010
I am usually a stickler for the original, but in this case, considering most of what we know outside AC Doyle's own writing has been added on by illustrators and adaptations for the TV, etc, this one is worth a watch too. After all, movie is another form of story telling and Guy Ritchie keeps you engaged, although despite his usual style, the movie does feel a bit weak on the dramatic side, all the thrills accompanying his style, notwithstanding.
And Hans Zimmer's music does not hurt at all. I have already listened to the superbewitching tune of The Rocky Road to Dublin by The Dubliners some hundred times.... (Am sure it will become as popular as Shipping up to Boston by The Drop Kick Murphys made known by The Departed)
You see your Robert Downey (Jr),
I see my Rachel McAdams.
We are all happy.
(Ok, Jude Law too! but that does not remind you of an S&G song, does it)
Ran 6 km in 34 mins.
This series has the dual purposes of tracking my mileage on my new pair of shoes which were broken in today at a gentle pace and also track how many kms I run in this calendar year.
Besides the sagacious B also recommends a short recovery run within 72 hours after every marathon. Here is mine.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I could tell when I woke up in the morning and smelt my coffee that I was going to have a special day. I had even shaved for the first time for a race. I never shave on weekends but this time I thought I will make it special by even trying to look presentable. Today would be the day I would kick the butt out of my previous poor timings after having run the Mumbai marathon for the 5th time. I could imagine being overwhelmed when I finished.
Now wait a minute. This was how this post was supposed to read!
All my bloody premonitions came to naught. I had a terrible race. I ran a reasonably steady first half. I know this tends to get repetitive. But I didn’t try anything silly (That is, if you discount the fuel efficiency test I tried on Sat! But hey, that was only 10 mins of running). I had a tried and tested breakfast. I didn’t eat anything with gas. So I didn’t make any known mistakes. So much for all the pain! I finished in a very humbling 4:39 with some depressing degradation for every milestone. So I bettered my previous best in
Well ,things could have been worse if Vetcha had not warned us about the fact that there was no water on the sealink. So I did carry 2 bottles both of which ran out. The sea link sloped upward twice when you come in from Bandra. So that hurt a bit. And for the first time, I had major cramps. My calf muscle seized up and was projecting out like a banana. I got scared just looking it. Thanks to the medical tent from Asian Heart Institute, that got better. And once you begin walking, your race is more or less over, unless you are of the run-walk types. And then I had post race nausea...
So the day I was waiting for a whole year turned up to be a damp squib. It is a bit like ending up at your b'day party and then realizing there is no party happening.
Anyways, I will have to wait for another year for redemption I guess.
Some friends had a much better race, most notably Bhasker who ran in an incredible 4:01, Sanjay who ran a 4:10, Chandra, Vasu et al. Siraj who ran his first in Bombay, ran a mean 4:20 ish and is now wondering what he needs to do to get better J