Winning it the Pablo-Ponting Way !

I’ve just finished watching Narcos and I must admit that there’s something highly intriguing & fascinating about it, that I can’t fathom the fact that it is actually over. For those who haven’t seen it, let me brief you a bit. Narcos is an American crime web television series, which tells the rags to riches story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who became a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine. Escobar was a bad guy,no doubt! He was responsible for killing of human race via bombings and murders but there’s loads to gain from his management skills and the way he lead his troops is commendable.

Pablo’s character is very strong and the amount of self-belief this guy possesses is something unimaginable. He had three opponents – the Colombian police, the Americans and the other mafias but he always lived on his own terms, managed his business with only a handful of trusted sources and removed everyone that came in the way of his family or work. Pablo is one of my favorite characters on the screen and Ponting had been the same on a Cricketing field. Escobar clearly reminds me of the Punter.

I absolutely loved the show and appreciate every single moment of it. Narcos has been remarkably scripted and there hasn’t been a dull moment,just like Ponting’s career; full of undying winning spirit.

Here’s a quick look at Ponting’s amazing stats –

  • Most International runs by an Australian Batsman – 27,483
  • Most International Centuries by an Australian Batsman and second of all time – 71
  • Second to Graeme Smith for most Test victories as captain – 48
  • Most victories as ODI captain – 165
  • Undefeated as Captain in World Cups games -35 matches

Pablo had been a mass murderer and a drug lord whereas Ponting is one of the greatest players to have ever played the game. It would be unfair to draw parallels but there have been some striking similarities in terms of their leadership and behavioral traits.

Pablo Escobar - Ricky Ponting

Being Ruthless
Ponting embodied everything Australia stands for: toughness and a skilled craftsman, who cared about the baggy green. He stepped over the line many times, but was always dedicated to winning games for his country. Pablo on the similar lines,acted ruthless when his game was at the stake.He didn’t even think twice to bomb an airplane and a Court;simply because he to.Remember the Sydney test? You lie,you cheat,you steal but ultimately you got to win. It’s like a family,do whatever it takes to keep them safe and win at the same time.

Charismatic Leaders
Escobar was very bright in terms of seeking the opportunity and fixing the problems. Cocaine was practically unknown in the US when he started out and when he finished
he was one of the richest men in the world. His men could do anything for him. In terms of organization, originality, and leading with a strategic mindset he should be considered up there with Ponting. Not only did he have 3 consecutive Ashes wins in England under his belt but he made the Aussies invincible across all the formats.

He led from the front, always. In fact,Ponting’s 2003 WC final knock that outclassed India out of the game was so amazing that Indians started to believe that he had a spring in his bat back then.

Street Smart & Intimidating
Pablo could use his tons of money and his fear to get what he always wanted. It’s his ego towards becoming the President that got him killed. Ponting too was quite intimidating at the same time.He considered sledging as a tool to help his team getting a psychological advantage over the opponent. Hayden McGrath Lee Warne were his Gustavo, La Quica, Limon & Blackie. Highly faithful and dangerous resources. Winning 3 consecutive World Cups isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and Ponting did it in style.

The Bandits
Both Pablo & Ponting were rebellions in terms of their technique. You pitch him short, it’ll be pulled off for a six.Also, the way Pablo roams around in his car in Medellin, even though he had a bounty on his head;shows that he backs his instincts to succeed. Ponting always had a plan B in shape just like Pablo, who always had an escape route ready for him in adverse situations.The innings he played in 2005 Ashes, was exceptional. He displayed a magnificent display of his character especially when the greatest of his men no longer existed. Similarly, even though Pablo lost his biggest strength-his cousin Gustavo; he fought hard and won it with pride.

Think Big and Dominate
You dream big and make them come true.Pablo had told himself that he’d a billionaire by 25. He did! Ponting too on similar lines did the unfathomable.Back in January 1999 he was banned for three matches after a nightclub brawl. He slogged hard and the world eventually saw him becoming Test Captain five years later is testament to the guy’s work ethic and dedication to the post he ascended to.Every time he walked to the crease he had fire in his eyes. He had determination, aggression and a great temperament. He had an amazing ability to attack and play shots that you could not set fields to defend against.

A naive boy from Tasmania went onto become the greatest captain of all time. It takes balls of steel to achieve this feat.

Crazy at Different Levels
I mean who wages a war against his own Govt. Ponting too at the same time, wasn’t any less.Be cool, be in control and not only handle fear but induce it to the opposition. That was their mantra. Now, coming to the 2006-07 Ashes series, Ponting was under huge pressure as Australia had conceded the urn to England the previous year. It was a make or break Ashes for Ponting as another defeat could well have meant the end for his term as the captain.But he absorbed the pressure gracefully, lived up to his reputation by leading the team from the front. He instilled fear in the eyes of the opposition by playing fearless Cricket.

He played a belligerent knock of 196 which still goes down in the history books as one of his finest stints ever. Not only it set up the match for an Australian victory but eventually paved way for a 5-0 thrashing of England in that Ashes series.

Summing it up with this quote from Ricky Ponting –Always be fiercely determined and driven to succeed.

Both were proven Punters in their own way. Ultimately,it all boils down to which side are you on. Pablo achieved his fate (got killed) whereas Ponting nurtured his soul into something constructive and is still hailed as a legendary batsman & captain for all the right reasons.

Cheers to the great gamblers.

The phenomenon called KL Rahul!

He’s not as consistent as Virat! Neither as powerful as MSD! Nor as flamboyant as Rohit! He’s different! Whatever the young lad from Mangalore has achieved in such short span of time, speaks volumes on his temperament and position him far above his contemporaries.

Well, the ‘Rahul’ factor does drive me crazy. Coincidently, both KL Rahul and Rahul Dravid (my role model and his’ too) are from Karnataka, both are part time keepers, both didn’t do well initially in their limited overs games but then they adapted. He’s the same Rahul who struggled big time in the T20s, was responsible for a lot of middle over collapses for the Sunrisers and now went onto score a 46 ball maiden T20 ton, which almost fetched us the victory.

Little did the world know of him! And then the USA happened.
After Narendra Modi, if there’s anyone who has cashed big time from this country, is this man, KL Rahul!

India was playing the first of the two-match series against West Indies at Lauderhill, Florida. A merciless track was offered and the Caribbean men went on to score a mammoth 244 on the board. Honestly, it appeared to be a baseball match where every second ball went out of the park and the crowd enjoyed the frenzy to the very core.

I mean, the Indian bowlers did bowl equally hopelessly and the fact that till the 20th over they didn’t realize that those butchers can’t play the ball on the off side, paved the way for Rahul’s astonishing innings in the later half.

Let me throw some light on his innings and what made it so special.

Even though the expected run-rate was above 13 right from the start, yet he didn’t even play a single slog on a slug turf! He held his head high throughout the game, kept on hitting proper cricketing shots and those sixes over covers off the bowling of Narine, did give me a divine sense of satisfaction. Later he pounded Russell, one of the best death bowler for the opposition, gave nightmares to nervous nineties and reached his maiden ton with a six in an emphatic manner.

With that feat, he become the second player to reach his 100 with a six across Tests, ODIs and T20s.
He can bat exceptionally well across all the three formats. In Tests and ODIs, he had already proved himself in Australia and Zimbabwe with the little opportunities that he had got. And now, with this exceptional knock he became the youngest player to have hit centuries across all international formats. It just took him 20 innings to go into the history books.

Rahul doesn’t try to hit the ball too hard yet averages 90+ in the shorter versions of the game.

Without an iota of doubt, he is the successor of Dhawan and must be replace him in all formats with immediate effect. I re-iterate, he is one of the very few people who accepted their flaws, worked on the technique, adapted and thrived for excellence. His ability to adjust in all the conditions, to play with a simplistic approach and to take the attack back to the oppositions makes him one of the modern day greats.

Hail Rahul! Keep roaring.

Sasural Shikhar Ka

Last evening when Shikhar Dhawan was grooming his mustache while the team was practicing for the big game against the Proteas, Dhawan got a call. To his sheer surprise his mother-in-law had called, with whom he hadn’t spoken in ages. Who would’ve thought a phone call from a saasu maa, would’ve changed the course of the game and history would be re-written.

Look son, it’s an ultimatum call for you. We cannot even go out in the colony.
Considering your current form and the rate at which our neighbors are teasing us, I think we will have to relocate unless you start performing.

Hail Dhawan !

Dhawan giving Choke-slam to the Proteas!

It made Shikhar re-think on his game plan and he skipped the mustache grooming session and Dhawan was seen practicing in the nets today morning. Rest is history.
Courtesy his fearless choke slams, India defeated South Africa in the World Cups in the fourth head-to-head encounter finally.

On a funny note, here is the match summary (In case you wish to give a damn!)
Feb 22, 2015                                                                                 Melbourne, Australia
India – 307/7 (50 Overs) defeated SA 177/10 (40.2 overs)
MoM- Shikhar Dhawan for his fearless knock of 137 off 146 balls.

Sewaiyaan triggers Pakistani batting collapse, reveals Pakistan Bureau of Investigation.

Christchurch: Pakistani team seemed confident after the Caribbean boys put just 310 runs on the board, which was in sync with the Whatsapp message that predicted easy win for the men in green. Investigations revealed that during the innings break, while walking back to the pavilion Pakistani fielders saw a few fans eating Sewaiyaan and carrying a poster inviting them to have them outside.

#WontGiveItBack

#WontGiveItBack

Tempted with the invitation, Misbah discussed it with the team. Finally a unanimous call was taken that a plate full of Sewaiyaan is any day better than the empty cup and let’s finish the innings ASAP.Now the tussle started over the opening slot as to the surprise Misbah started padding up. Shehzad and Jamshed opposed the captain and claimed

that as openers they should get the chance to get out first to taste the sewaiyaans. Shehzad, Jamshed,Haris and Younis were already outside the stadium by the time Pakistan made just 1 run hunting for the sewaiyaan guy. They saw a food-truck parked nearby with a lot of WEST-Indian fans.The Paki fab-4 inquired about the sewaiyaan, to which everyone replied #WontGiveItBack and offered them a complimentary dhokla.

The fab-4 rushed back to the dressing room to inform that it was a hoax call. By the time they were back Pakistan was already 25-5 and a padded Misbah was rushing out to get his share.After knowing the grim reality he passed the message to the on-pitch pair to bat sensibly as they were fooled. Maqsood and Akmal gave it a shot but it was too late.

Meanwhile, the matter got escalated and we may see a sewaiyaan ban in Pakistan.

On a funny note, here is the match summary (In case you wish to give a damn!)
Feb21, 2015                                                                             Christchurch, New Zealand
Pak– 160/10 (39 Overs) Lost to WI 310/6 (50 overs)
MoM- Andre Russell for his all-round performance of 33-3 and 42 off 13 balls with the bat.

Ajinkya Madhukar Rahane : The Pursuit Of Versatility

As the name suggests,”Ajinkya” which means invincible;this Marathi boy is an insightful talent when it boils down to discipline and professionalism.

Calm,focused,introvert,gentleman and steady like an impregnable fortress,Rahane is an ideal Dravid prodigy. Ajinkya,with his technical eminence and stalwart demeanour has cemented his spot in the Indian line (both Tests and ODIs) with extreme delicacy.

The perfect straight drive.

The perfect straight drive.

Rohit is injured. Can you open ? YES!

Yuvraj is out of form.Can you reinforce the middle order ? YES!

The team is crumbling overseas.Can you bat at number 3 and anchor the innings? YES!

Slip cordon looks vulnerable.Can you stand at slips and pull off blinders? YES!

Team needs some buoyancy.Can you carry drinks? YES!

Within no time,the nifty right hander has evolved as the most faithful name in the Indian cricketing household and indeed Rahane is the epitome of a modern day versatile cricketer.

Epitome of versatility- Rahane

India’s current batting brigade with Rahane as the most versatile batsman

He has a subtle blend of timing ,artistry and aggression which not only has helped him flourish in the sub-continent but overseas as well,where others did struggle in the recent times.Till date I have not seen Rahane slog,exactly the way his mentor used to play.

With the mighty Australian tour lined up,his skills would come handy especially facing Mitchell Johnson. If he can shield the team from his wrath and try inspiring the team by sticking on the wicket,our young guns might turn out to be formidable.Also,Virat is sort of back in the form. Hence, I strongly believe that the duo of Rahane and Kohli have the balls to turn the tide this time. Hoping to witness a good show and #InRahaneKohliWeTrust trending in the Kangaroo land.

Rewinding a bit,Rahane incepted his vintage form from being called as The Night’s Watch for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL season 6. The boy had become a man back then.He scored 560 runs at a scintillating average of 40 from 16 games at a strike rate of
130,which included two classy knocks of 98 and 103* as well.

Tendulkar’s retirement proved a blessing in disguise for Ajinkya.He was offered a permanent berth in the Indian side at number 4.Finally,his patience paved off and that meant NO MORE BENCH for him.

Without seeking much of stardom,Rahane silently started putting some runs under his belt ,that too on the foreign soils.Right from 51* and 96 in Durban to 118 against the black caps,Rahane always kept his head high and did his job meticulously.Subsequently,his rock solid technique fetched him a ton at the Mecca of Cricket as well.That knock of 103 at Lords marked the dawn of a new phenomena – a phenomena of trust,hard work and consistency.He carried that momentum and scored a vintage ton at Birmingham in the third ODI in the same 2014 England tour.

A moment to cherish. Ton @ Lords.

A moment to cherish.Ton @ Lords.

Effortless straight drives,mighty pulls and a chip over cover are the prime ammunitions in his armoury.It’s a treat to watch him bat when he is on a song.But it is equally disheartening to see him throw his wicket after being well settled ,the way he did at
Dharamsala recently.The effort that he had putting scoring those 68 crucial runs went in vain.He certainly needs to work on that bit.

But let me tell you one thing very clearly.Whether it is Rahane ,Kohli or Pujara these lads should never be rated against the veterans.It is unfair for both the camps.Those legends belonged to a different ball game altogether.They played under different circumstances,under a different leader with a different mindset.Give them some time to explore,to struggle,to loose and to fight back.Trust me,you will eventually start looking up to them as well.

On a positive note,with the kind of form he is in both personally(just got married) & professionally,if he continues this sort of maturity for another year or so; I definitely see him steering team India to the paths of glory.

The Diary of a Filmy Kid

I don’t have a plan for the day. So,let’s just draft down some of the Bollywood movies that I admire and love watching over and over again.The cinema which has impacted me,taught me things and has made me enjoy my life till 24.That way I can keep a track of the evolution of my taste if I stumble upon this document 30 years down the lane.

So,here is my list –


Dil Chahta Hai(2001)

The movie was released at the time when Bollywood was in a dismal state,producing one catastrophe after the other. DCH was like a breath of fresh air.Original .No villains.No fighting sequences.No melodrama.Plain.Simple.Refreshing and youthful !

Dil Chahta Hai - Chapora Fort

Dil Chahta Hai – Chapora Fort

Maintaining a vivid yet tranquil pace throughout,Dil Chahta Hai is woven around the love and life discovering experiences of three Mumbai lads.”What your heart wishes,just go with it” is a sort of theme that persists throughout the film.It has everything. Comedy, drama, great songs, love stories,exotic locations and some truly heart touching moments, which we tend to ignore at times in our real lives.

DCH  just floats along like an opera and the FRIENDSHIP part takes you on a song.It’s more of a character driven cinema rather than the script-driven and they end up staying in your system forever. Farhan’s directorial rawness and the unharnessed energy engages the audience to perfection for 3 long hours.The movie did mark the evolution of a new era in the Bollywood.

I have seen the movie more than 100 times and I can admit the fact that every time the music “Just Turn Around”plays I cry with joy every single time.The only reason I visit Goa every year is because of this movie.The best of my college life memories revolve around Fort Chapora. Best Dialogue –

Haan waise bhi perfection ko improve karna mushkil hota hai.


Gangs of Wasseypur(2012)

Centred on the coal mafia of Dhanbad(Jharkhand),GOW is an epic tale about fidelity,crime, lust, betrayal,politics and vendetta. A cinematic chef d’oeuvre !

Gangs Of Wasseypur - Sardar Khan

Gangs Of Wasseypur – Sardar Khan

Anurag Kashyap has put his soul into each character and that is visible from every frame of the movie.The direction ,the bloodshed,black humour,witty characters, adultery, bullets,vengeance and the slangs have truly given it a cult status quo. This is India’s Pulp Fiction.

The one thing that truly holds out for me are the dialogues. They are sharp and as close to reality as it can get. Manoj Bajpai has proved once again that he is the patron in the business especially,when it boils down to this kind of honest cinema.The screenplay is well structured and the music by Sneha Khanwalkar has added a new dimension to the movie.

Overall,It’s a masterpiece .Respect to all those who had watched it at Cannes,the entire 5 hour long movie Give it a chance and you’ll never look at Bollywood the same way again.Best Dialogue –

Hamare abbu ko marat hai.
Hamare abbu uski gaadi mein baith ke uske saath gaye they.Kabhi laute hi nahi.
Hamari zindaggi ka ek hi maqsad hai. Badla !
Ramadhir Singh ko budhappan ka seedhi chadte hue dekha nahi jaata.
Us haraami ko humein mitana hai.
Goli Nahi Maarenge Saale ko,Keh Ke Lenge Uski !
Usey uski aukaat batayenge.Dheerey dheerey uska sab kuch chheen lenge,apne aap hi mar jayega madarchod.


Queen(2014)

Queen is story of a naive middle class girl living in Rajouri Garden(Delhi),who decides to go on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam alone, when her fiancé dumps her two days prior to the wedding.

It is a journey of discovering oneself. Kangana Ranaut is the real Rani in the film .She is a delight to watch especially when it comes to acting and portraying the real life emotions on the big screen.She is spectacular and steals your heart with her innocence,confidence and simplicity.

The Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts

Ranaut always seemed like a misfit in the mainstream Hindi cinema;a stunning but strange creature who belonged to a different ball game, but now our movies are beginning to catch up with her. Kangana carries the film on her shoulders throughout the 2 hours 30 minutes run time with such grace ,that the moment you step out of the theatre you start admiring her vividness not only for her on-screen character but the sort of person she is in reality. Candid and emphatic ! The movie will definitely make you a better human being at heart.Best dialogue –

Mera haal na Gupta uncle ke jaisa ho gaya hai. Gupta uncle ko na cancer ho gaya .
Unhone kabhi sharab nahi pi, cigarette nahi pi, phir bhi cancer ho gaya. Isse accha toh pi hi lete.


Andaaz Apna Apna(1994)

More than the commercial or critical success,the movie has done wonders to the 90’s kids,has made their childhood awesome by offering such epic one liners.
Salman Khan is hilarious. But Aamir Khan steals the show with his witty dialogue delivery.AAA is a comical genius.

Andaaz Apna Apna

Andaaz Apna Apna – A laughter riot

There is not even a single dull moment,villains for that matter are humorous. Shakti Kapoor as crime master Gogo and Paresh Rawal as Teja are simply awesome.Right from the first scene to the last, your giggles won’t stop .It’s a story of two conmen competing for a girl and how they end up landing in goof ups .It is a very underrated piece of cinema but for me this is the best comedy movie made in Bollywood.In case you are ever feeling low,switch on Andaaz Apna Apna ! It’s comedy is the ultimate remedy.Best Dialogue-

Crime master Gogo naam hai mera … aankhein nikaal kar gotiyaan khelta hoon main. Gotiyan ! Kahaan hai tumhara boss Teja ? Mera paisa lekar bhaag gaya.


Black Friday(2004)

The film is based on the journalist Hussain Zaidi’s thoroughly researched book,Black Friday;on the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai.You need balls to show such a controversial issue so blatantly and Mr. Anurag Kashyap has done it with chivalry and brevity.

Black Friday

Black Friday- March 2,1993 Mumbai (formerly Bombay)

The film definitely exposes some old scars but only to find the root cause of it ! Only to find the cure for them ! Only to make sure they are eradicated and are never resurfaced .

Black Friday has given a new direction to the realistic cinema by referring to the real names, real incidents, and real people.Take a bow Mr. Kashyap ! It tries to make a point that how some evil souls make their business out of our religious sentiments, at the cost of human lives. The trauma not only affects a specific religion,rather the entire humanity.Technically too, the film is impeccable. Everyone has acted beautifully in the film but Badshah Khan, Asgar Mukadam,and Tiger Memon stand out of the league.Music by Indian Ocean, is in sync with the theme.Despite the length of the movie(the same case with all his movies) the director never loses the plot and that’s really commendable.

Black Friday for that matter, is amongst the greatest films Indian cinema has ever produced. Watch it NOW ,in case you have missed it.But within an open mindset. It’s not for the faint hearted !
Remember it. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind MK Gandhi.

Best Dialogue-

Bakwaas kar rahe ho tum ! Allah kabhi begunaho ko nahi maarta.
Har sachche aadmi ke saath allah hota hai.Unka bhi wahi bhagwan hota hai.
Woh farq nahi karta. Farq tumlog karte ho saalo.
Aur is baar allah hamare saath tha.Hamare saath tha isliye tumhe woh Maruti van wahaan chhodni padi.
Hamare saath tha isliye do mahino mein humne do sau giraftaariyan ki.
Agar allah tumhare saath hota to tum yahaan nahi hote.Humein koi saboot nahi milta.
Tumhare saath tha Tiger Memon jisne tumhare gusse ka fayda uthaya.
Pehla bomb lagne se pehle hi nikal liya.Apne pariwaar ko lekar.Chhod gaya tumhe.Bhugatne ! Danda khane !
Usne tumlogo ko chutiya banaya.Jaante ho kyun ? Hmmm.kyunkii tum chutiye ho.Dharam ke naam par chutiye ban gaye tumlog.Aur bante rahoge.
Tumhe maarne wala woh har hindu banta rahega.Har woh aadmi jiske paas kuch nahi hai karne ko,dharam ke naam par chutiya banta rahega.


Udaan(2010)

Whenever I hear this word,it gives me the zeal to achieve something significant in my life.The movie is based on a teenager’s journey to freedom and pursuing his dreams. Even before I write anything on the script,direction or even acting;let me comment on it’s music.By far , this movie has produced the best poetic songs and soundtracks in the history of Indian cinema.Amit Trivedi,tohfa kabool karo !

Udaan- Give wings to your dreams

Udaan- Give wings to your dreams

Coming back to the crux, Udaan is a story of a teenage boy,Rohan(who comes back home after 8 years,after getting expelled from a boarding school) who rebels against his cocky father to work in his factory and runs away to become a writer along with his younger half brother.It is an anecdote of Rohan’s struggle with his loneliness and desperation. It is not a commercial cinema but the film has got a lot of soul.

Udaan is a coming-of-age movie that you can connect to,because of its probity.Every scene is ingeniously shot.Vikramaditya Motwane’s direction deserves a medal and so does Ronit Roy for being the perfect scoundrel.Rohan has delivered one of the most subtle, yet effective role by putting up a stoic face against the circumstances, yet showing us the vulnerable teenager within.

Udaan is all about chasing your dreams and living your life to the fullest. It celebrates the power of the human spirit, showing us that we can only fly if we dream and do something about it. Highly recommended.!! Best dialogue-

Jo lehron se aage nazar dekh paati toh tum jaan lete main kya sochta hoon.
Wo aawaz tumko bhi jo bhed jaati toh tum jaan lete main kya sochta hoon.
Zid ka tumhare jo parda sarakta khidkiyon se aage bhi tum dekh paate,
Aankhon se aadaton ki jo palken hatate toh tum jaan lete main kya sochta hoon.
Meri tarah hota agar khud par zara bharosa toh kuchh door tum bhi saath-saath aate,
Rang meri aankhon ka baant-te zara sa toh kuchh door tum bhi saath-saath aate,
Nasha aasmaan ka jo choomta tumhe, hasraten tumhari naya janm paatin,
Khud doosre janam mein meri udaan chhoone kuchh door tum bhi saath-saath aate.


Chak De India(2007)

Chak De India is a narrative of a hockey player(Mir Ranjan Negi), who returns to the game as a coach of a women’s hockey team in a process of redeeming himself of the allegations that were put on him when after a disastrous loss to the Pakistan.

Chak De India- A still from the World Cup Final.

Chak De India- A still from the World Cup Final.

Chak De explores religious prejudice, ethnic bias and sexism in the contemporary India through the field of hockey. The movie is about unity in diversity. It urges everyone to put THE GAME above everything.It is real, engrossing and nationalistic without being chauvinistic. Chak De shows hockey not just a sport,as a larger than life thing for the people who have sacrificed so much in their life just to represent India.

There is a storyline.There is no room for big stars,schmaltz,foreign locations and whacky songs.So,if you are expecting it to be another Yashraj film;it is not the movie for you my friend.

For a change,Shahrukh has not over acted and has done a sensible job,incredible is the word here.I believe it’s his only rational movie apart from Swades. The credit of the movie goes to Jaideep Sahni for crafting well etched-out characters and Shamit Amin for his superb direction.

If I’ve to sum it up in three words,Chak De India is -Goosebumps,Adrenalin rush and Patriotism. Best Dialogue-

Sattar minute hai tumhaare paas.shaayad tumhaare zindagi ke sabse khaas sattar minute.
Aaj tum achchha khelo ya bura,yeh sattar minute tumhe zindagi bhar yaad rahenge
Toh kaise khelna hai, aaj main tumhe nahi bataaunga
bas itna kahunga, ki jaao aur yeh sattar minute jee bhar kar khel lo.
Kyun ki iske baad aanewaali zindagi mein,chaahe kuch sahi ho ya na ho.chaahe kuch rahe ya na rahe, tum haaro ya jeeto
lekin yeh sattar minute, tumse koi nahi chheen sakta, koi nahin!!

Toh maine socha ki iss match mein kaise khelna hai
aaj main tumhein nahi bataaunga, balki tum mujhe bataaoge, khel kar.
Kyun ki main jaanta hoon ki agar yeh sattar minute
iss team ka har player apni zindagi ki sabsi badiya hockey khel gaya toh yeh sattar minute khuda bhi tumse waapas nahin maang sakta.
Toh jaao, jaao aur apne aap se, iss zindagi se, apne khuda se
aur har uss insaan se jisne tum par bharosa nahi kiya
apne sattar minute chheen lo.


Jab We Met(2007)

Jab We Met is a tale of instances ,conversations and a romantic journey that transcends from a train after a depressed businessman befriends a carefree,over expressive and alarmingly loud yet friendly Punjabi girl Geet from Bhatinda;in a train.

Jab We Met

Jab We Met – Ratlam ki Galiyaan

One simply does not love the movie unless he knows each and every dialogue by heart and can recite if it’s put on mute.Yes, I can proudly do that. I rank this as my all-time best romantic movie.

If a director has the courage to take an outdated story line and execute it to a perfection,then the guy has got some serious talent.Trust me,only Imtiaz Ali could have pulled off that.His belief and the actors’ dedication towards owning the characters made it such a grand success that it revived both Shahid’s and Kareena’s career completely.The dialogues are sparkling despite being mature. The funny moments are truly jolly and emotions look real. The chemistry between them is absolutely electrifying.

Trust me, the song “Tumse hi” will allure your heart. Kareena’s bubblyness will definitely incite you to fall in love with her.Jab We Met is an exciting space for those who haven’t tried a good Bollywood romcom .Best dialogue-

Toh kisne kahaa tha train se utarne ke liye. Hain ?
Tumhe hoshiyaar rehna tha.Ab kya karogi ?
Jawaani ka josh. samajhti nahi !
Dekho zindagi ek rail ki patri hai, ek inch ka bend aur meelo ki doori hai.
Tumhari chhoti si bhool tumhari zindaggi kharab kar sakti hai.
Haan meri bhi kayi traine choothi hai par un dino mein main mard tha… matlab abhi mard hoon, lekin tum ek ladki ho!!

Akeli ladki khuli tijori ki tarah hoti hai.

Haan. tumhe pata hai tumhare saath kya kya ho sakta hai! Main batat hu.


 Muqbool(2004)

Based on Macbeth, Maqbool is arguably the best adaptation of a Shakespearean play ever,which also happens to be my all time Vishal Bhardwaj’s favourite saga.

muqbool

Muqbool – Macbeth with the Lady Macbeth

The plot is set up in Mumbai,with the underworld mafia as the mainstay. Pankaj Kapoor plays the role of a powerful Godfather like person with Muqbool(Macbeth’s equivalent) as his right hand. Om Puri and Naseer sahab are the corrupt officials portraying the witches. Tabu(the lady Macbeth), the king’s mistress loves Muqbool and seduces him to be the king and plots the king’s assassination. Piyush Mishra as Banquo is equally delightful to watch.As a lead character, Irfan Khan seeps the correct levels of vulnerability and passion.Watching his character react to the highs and lows of his life keeps you equipped. Tabu can be the synonym of a dark evil in the film.Her gradual insanity is heart- wrenching.

The cast is packed by the maestros .The execution of the film is flawless and makes it as a drama of high quality. Muqbool for that matter is a cinematic gold that can be appreciated by anyone, regardless how familiar one is with Macbeth. However, those who have read Macbeth will feel an appreciation that goes beyond a five -star rating.It is a class act.Best dialogue-

Shakti ka santulan bahut zaroori hai sansar mein.


Vicky Donor(2012)

The movie is rooted on Sperm donation with Vicky Arora, a typical young Delhi based,fun loving,happy go lucky Punjabi guy as a protagonist.Despite the concept being a taboo in India,this movie is a family entertainer.Neither does is it cater to any sort of vulgarity nor does it really dwell too much on the sensitive nature of infertility as public message on preaching sperm donation.It’s witty,funny and emotional.

Vicky Donor-Pani Da Rang

Vicky Donor-Pani Da Rang

Lajpat Nagar boy- Vicky naturally glides into the boy next door image. Dr. Chaddha ,the fertility specialist deserves a standing ovation for performance.I think the role was tailor made just for him. Yami looks gorgeous and so does her Punjabi mother in law and granny when it boils down to the business of acting.There is no concept of side actors in the movie. Everyone is a star.Delhi is almost a character in the film. Be it the CR Park and
Lajpat Nagar rivalry, lovers point in Connaught Place or Dr. Chadda’s infertility clinic in a dingy Daryaganj, ‘Vicky Donor’ captures the soul of the capital in different shades. Pani da rang is an icing on the cake. It’s a low budget good hearted package pitched to perfection. Best dialogue-

Yeh kaam legal hai, aaj se hi nahin Mahabharat ke time se. Janaaniyon ke jab bachche nahin hote the, toh rishi muniyon ko bulva lete the. “Baba aulad nahin hai.”

Baba ne “tathastu” keeta aur hogaye.

PS : Main filmy tha,main filmy hoon,main filmy hi rahoonga !

Photograph source-Internet (Glad to see a few good men not putting watermarks. Seriously ! Copyright is for loosers -Banksy)

The Cricket Chemist: Harsha Bhogle

The man of his stature needs no introduction.But it would be too naive on my part if I don’t say a couple of sentences.

Without an iota of doubt Harsha Bhogle is the best English cricket commentator in the world right now. The way he talks, portrays an altogether different image of our nation- India. I’ve grown up listening to his commentary right from 1992 world cup when I was two and I can admit the fact that till date I haven’t seen anyone speaking with such wisdom and chivalry. He is my role model and is amongst very few people who have actually inspired me in my life.

I have this dream, the day I retire from my profession(whatever I do) I wish to depart either with the kind of respect what Rahul Dravid or Harsha Bhogle have attained from the cricketing fraternity.

Let me take some pride in sharing some of my all time favourite quotes of Mr. Harsha Bhogle –

The Alchemist :Harsha Bhogle

The Alchemist :Harsha Bhogle

  1. Well we let you rule our nation for so many years. I believe that’s the least you can do for us. “- This was quoted to Nasser Hussain when the English curator provided the Indians a turning track in the 2014 champions league final against England and when India went on to lift the cup in the post match presentation Harsha applauded the young Indian team’s effort and presented this rhetorical statement “The sun is setting down in England and now maybe the sun is rising in Indian Cricket”.
  2. This was in conversation with Ian Chappell. India’s 9th wicket fell, the No.11, Narendra Hirwani came out to bat. The commentator (Ian Chappell) asked Harsha whether Hirwani could bat. Harsha replied:”If you make a team with all the number 11s of all the teams, Hirwani would still come at No.11 in the line up“.
  3. After Anil Kumble scored his maiden ton, this is what Harsha had to say:”This is the most romantic moment in Indian Cricket!”In the same match Ricky Ponting had set a much unfurled field for Kumble allowing him to take a single with a only a couple of men in the circle. Harsha said-”Kumble would take a photograph of this and show to his grand children and say that this was the field that Brett Lee had for me when I was 37!”
  4. Once, Chris Gayle was demolishing the opposition in the Indian Premier League. Every other ball had to be brought back to the park and at that moment Harsha responded in his canny manner “6 and 4 seems to have become the new Binary Code for this man.
  5. Geoffrey Boycott during one of the lunch breaks: Sachin maybe a great batsman but he has never been on the Lords honours boards! Harsha Bhogle snapped: So whose loss is it more, Sachin’s or the honours boards?
  6. In one of the games, Dravid left an unplayable delivery while batting. To this Gavaskar, who was commenting alongside Harsha got impressed (which seemed to be Sunny’s favourite shot, considering his slow and defensive style of playing back then) and went on appreciating Rahul for a long time. Then Harsha replied, “Sunny, you nearly got an orgasm of happiness, didn’t you!” after that both went berserk laughing.
  7. Harsha Bhogle during the commentary on Rahul Dravid, in his first and last T20 international game, said this masterpiece quote “Ask him to walk on Water today!! He’ll say OK. Ask him to jump off a cliff with the form he is in  with a parachute  and he’ll say I don’t need it”   This is one of my personal favourite as he whacked 3 consecutive sixes in that  game and retired from that  format like a boss.
  8. After seeing a splendid straight drive from the Little Master Harsha said, “Suddenly the world looks like a better place “and I can remember another one on Sachin. Well, Harsha used to like him to the core. It was like, once India lost two early wickets in a crucial game and to the contrary the crowd went frenzied (as they saw the Master blaster arriving). To that, he said “Eruption of joy at the fall of an Indian wicket can only mean one thing”.
  9. Once Dhoni had bowled Suresh Raina before the lunch Geoffrey Boycott during the lunch: What kind of a bowler he is? Even my grandmother could hit him out of the park!Harsha Bhogle: Your grandmother was the greatest batsman known to mankind! She could come down on a sticky wicket and score a hundred before lunch.
  10. India versus. England 2002: When Sachin once got out on a dolly facing a part time spinner Harsha said, “Oh what a shame. It was reminiscent of a soldier who survived the war when all the bullets were flying by his nose and then got run over by a bicycle in his native town.
  11. This one is from the Ind -Aus test at Chennai when Ashwin joined Dhoni at the crease – “Dhoni is extremely quick between the wickets, and Ashwin, let us just say he has other skills”. In a match against England, he mocked Ashwin again. That time Ashwin had just come to the crease and he started playing some playing unconventional cricket shots. To that, he told “Ashwin has just played 3 shots that no father will ever teach to his child.”
  12. In a test match in England, Umpire Rudi Koertzen was spotted grinning due to some fielding fiascos. On that he whipped “Oh, Rudi Koertzen is smiling, last time he smiled, there was peace in west Asia.
  13. This is from the NatWest trophy final, July 13, 2002 Lord’s. When the callow Yuvraj got out chasing England’s 326 Harsha said “Yuvraj Singh will realize that this will be his longest walk back to the pavilion “. In the same match after Nasser’s lucky (which resulted after a lot of miss timed shots and edges here and there) ton he told “Nasser Hussain is trying desperately hard to find innovative ways of getting himself out. At last when Kaif was cruising India’s ship to victory the expert commented “if you are not watching this segment of play, don’t ever call yourself a cricket lover any more.You are watching cricket of a very high order here”.
  14. Here’s an old one. At Perth Adam Gilchrist took a blinder and he described Gilly’s dive as – “Some of the sea-gulls flying here are going to get a complex.
  15. Once Smith dropped Sachin in a Test match at a vital stage that actually costed them the game. To that he responded “Graeme Smith would be hoping that the world under his feet opens up and he would find a crevice large enough for him to slip through.”
  16. In a SL-Aus game when Harsha said this to Ian Chappell, “I am sure you’ll never become a lawyer, I understand everything you say “he was left dumbstruck.
  17. Once he was hosting the ICC Awards before the T20 World Cup and he called on Jonty Rhodes to present an award. As Rhodes began walking down the stairs, Harsha exclaimed, ”it’s pretty unusual to see Jonty walk down the stairs, I thought he might slide down them!”
  18. In one of the T20 games in Australia, wickets started to fall like a pack of cards. To that he said -” This series is sponsored by KFC and the wickets are falling faster than their deliveries.”
  19. Once Gambhir was dropped twice on consecutive deliveries, – “We should conduct a dream job in Australia & the winner will get to stand in the slip region.
  20. Dhoni was batting and Kumble was at the non striker’s end. Dhoni called for a tight single, and what Harsha told still cracks me up.” Dhoni scrambles for a single and causes Anil Kumble and all of his 37 years to rush to the other end.”
  21. After Shaun Tait did not live up to the hype Australian media had created around him, punter took him off the attack. Harsha, in his own inimitable style: ‘Shaun Tait should go up to Ricky Ponting and say ” Hello Mr Ponting, my name is Shaun Tait, and I am supposed to take 45 wickets in this test match “and I think in the same game when Michael Clarke was caught at slip off Kumble, he was still waiting for the decision, over this he taunted,” I think he is waiting for tomorrow’s newspaper to declare him out”
  22. Once Laxman was fighting for a game with the Indian tail.RP Singh was his partner. Aussies wanted Laxman to go off strike so that they could attack RP. Thus, they spread out the field completely, with only the keeper, one slip and one gully inside the 30 yards circle. But Laxman went on shielding RP for so many overs and when RP came on strike Harsha laughed and said “Now suddenly, Don Bradman is batting out there in the middle.”
  23. During the 2014 Ind-Eng series, when Matt Prior was constantly chirping from behind, to that he said,” This guy must have swallowed a dictionary
  24. When the Indian skipper Dhoni lost the toss on a trot Harsha remarked, “MS DHONI has yet again called for heads to the coin which has two tails”
  25. “Robin Uthappa will write in his CV – Played for India as batsman at No 8 when Irfan Pathan was prompted at 3 “, this was quoted in the Melbourne ODI.
  26.  I just wonder can Zaheer write a letter to BCCI, can I get fielders who can take catches” after 2 catches were dropped in one Zaheer Khan’s over (England 2007)
  27. In an IPL match when Dwayne Smith very luckily survived 3 times, Harsha said “After the match I am taking Smith to a Casino
  28. Admiring Sachin “The greatness of a batsman is not measured by the number of big innings he has played, its measured by the standard deviation of his scores from his average. That is the hallmark of a consistent batsman and that’s what makes Sachin Tendulkar the greatest batsman on Earth”.
  29. India doesn’t have a set fast bowling attack, describes about some bowlers and our Pravin Kumar has vanished. To that Sunil Gavaskar asked, “Vanished or banished”? In his legendary style Harsha replied “Well if you are from Bengal, both mean the same. He actually vanished though!”
  30. In one of the IPL games seeing a lot of slow stuff from Rajat Bhatia, “Any bowler has three pace variations- fast, medium slow but this guy has slow, slower and slowest.”
  31. After his recent sparkling performance against India in the test series, “Stuart Broad is the kind of player we all love to hate, but secretly admire.”
    Harsha -The Alchemist

Finally I shall sum up the post with something that I relate the most to “If you really want something, you will get it and there is no scientific explanation for this.”

The fact that he is a chemical Engineer; I strongly feel he is that sort of a chemist who,with every game makes the world of cricket a healthy and fun place through his delightful insights just like an experienced chemist would contribute to the field of medical sciences.

Thank you for everything Harsha.