Sunday, January 31, 2010


Natarang is recently released Marathi movie and in my opinion a serious contender of next year's National awards. With Marathi movie what comes to mind is laugh riot by the likes of Laxmikant Berde or Ashok Saraf. But, this movie is quite different from the current genre of movies. Setup completely in a rural backdrop and a subject that young generation might not be able to directly connect to but believe me in the end of the movie, you will be completely soaked into it. Mind you, language spoken is not polished too; though two of us who grew up in Maharashtra found it hard to decipher each and every word.
Natarang is a story of a village labourer with a strong likening towards Tamasha. He has a family to support who does not quite approve of his Tamasha indulgence and is finding it very difficult to meet ends. The story tries to do justice to each character involved and manages to do quite well in it. In my view, movie could have been longer and could be higher on sentiment-count, but creator have kept it a fast paced especially in the later half. There are no super-heroes in movie, every character is shown constrained and close to reality (with grey shades in Mayur's words). Tamasha being the central theme of the movie, there are many song and dance sequences, both of which being convincingly handled by the people involved. Finally, it is a story of triumph of one man's passion and perseverance. All the actors have performed very well and efforts put in by Atul Kulkarni are quite exceptional and evident. Finally bonus of this movie is new actress "Sonalee", that girl just blew our minds off...enjoy some of her photos here. ;-)
Guys, if you know Marathi, you simply should not avoid this movie, the songs would be quite enjoyed in a theater only, don't miss it for sure.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Not a penny more, not a penny less

This weekend I had a déjà vu moment, I was cleaning up the house and bumped into a dusty old book, 'Not a penny more, not a penny less.' I hoped the book to be good going by the reputation of the author, Jeffery Archer. Reading the teasers of the book, I was even more drawn to the book as it involved a favorite subject of mine the stock market.
The story revolves around a stock market wizard who is pretty much a living rags to riches story himself and earned a dubious reputation for his not so ethical trade practices. In one such operation of his, four un-connected people fail pray to his trap and losing a healthy sum of money. The misery unites them to take revenge and thus the plot of 'Not a penny more, not a penny less' unfolds. The book sketches few characters really well the shrewdness of a stock market mogul, organization qualities of a professor, the practicality of medical profession and the winnings of a charmer :-)
The story has enough twists and turns. I would not say it tops the best novel list for me but it is a very light hearted story and a good time-pass. And yeah that is how I spent the Republic Day holiday.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


World gifts you what it wants to give away and not what you want to have.

Monday, January 11, 2010

That time of year again

It is that time of year again, when I do new resolutions for the coming year, not that all the vows see 31st night's celebration as most of them do not survive long. But, being the ever-optimist I am, I would not hold back. So, before starting with the resolutions, it would be better to take stock of last year's resolutions. I am a modest person, there were only three commitments:
1. Loose 5Kg of weight.
2. Write 2 blogs each month.
3. Read 1 book each month.

And how did I fare at the end of year:
1. Gained 4Kg....very very bad.
2. Wrote 20 write-ups (excluding quotes)...not bad
3. Read around 4 books...umm..very bad.

This year, the list is going to be about getting bugs fixed from last year with one being dropped. I would not set a goal on number of books, it just takes away the fun of reading books. I hope this year the fate won't be similar to earlier ones. So, this year's list is:
1. Loose 9Kg. (tough)
2. Write 2 blogs each month. (achievable...just completing one ;-) )
3. Do a better financial planning (I am going to get possession of my house this year, really looking forward it :-) )