Tagged!

>My friend and fellow blogger Maddie tagged me and I’m not going to let her down. Also, I’m so thoroughly bored that I’ll try even this to lift me from the depths of my ennui.

The rules are fairly simple.

  1. Switch on the ‘shuffle mode’ on your music player of choice. (Mads specified an iPod, but I think any other music player will do too, no?)
  2. To answer each question, simply press the ‘next’ button on your player.
  3. And no matter what song comes up, that IS your answer. No cheating!

So, here goes…

If someone says ‘Is this OK?’, you say…
The times they are a’changing – Bob Dylan
…so that means, it isn’t OK.

What would best describe your personality?
Khalbali – OST Rang de Basanti
Oh, definitely!

What do you like in a guy/girl?
Vampire – Antsy Pants
*blush*My secret is out…

How do you feel today?
Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
Yes, indeed…

What is your life’s purpose?
Have her revenge – Nirvana
What?!?

What is your motto?
Dhoom Again – OST Dhoom 2
Er…not really…

What do your friends think of you?
Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
Do they really? Never mind, it’s a lovely song!

What do you think of your parents?
Let Go – Frou Frou
YES!

What do you think about very often?
Dil khudgarz hai, phisla hai yeh, phir haath se…O Meri Jaan – OST Life in a Metro
And how!

What is 2+2?
Lebanese Blonde – Thievery Corporation
Go figure!

What do you think of your best friend?
Just My imagination – The Cranberries
Well, I suppose she is too wonderful to be real

What do you think of the person you like?
I’m Sticking with you – The Velvet Underground
…like Super Glue!

What is your life story?
This ain’t a love song – Bon Jovi
Sad, but oh-so-true

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Scentless Apprentice – Nirvana
erm…

What do you think when you see the person you like?
Crooked Teeth – Death Cab for Cutie
Oh no, no, no!! Most definitely NO!

What do your parents think of you?
Look After You – The Fray
I guess so…

What will you dance to at your wedding?
Runaway – The Corrs
One of my favourite songs, so I suppose so…

What will they play at your funeral?
In the waiting Line – Zero 7
Even in death?!

What is your hobby/interest?
School – Nirvana
NO!

What is your biggest secret?
Stacey’s Mom – Fountains of Wayne
Most definitely not! (Those of you who know this song, will remember that this is about a boy who’s in love with his girlfriend’s mom)

What do you think of your friends?
Irresistible – The Corrs
Oh, they are!

What should you post this as?
Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
Sure… đŸ˜€

And I tag the following people:

Tys on Ice
Rishi
Beetleshit

Bollywood’s New Wave: Johnny Gaddar and Manorama Six Feet Under

>OK, so I’m a little late. But give me break! I was in China when these movies were released and the only way I could watch them was by downloading them. So I waited for the DVDs to be available here.

But to return to the point at hand. These movies – wow! I knew they were trashed by many people, but liked by the few for whose opinion I really care. And I’m so glad I watched them. Johnny Gaddar was good and the ensemble cast was perfectly chosen. The script was tight, the acting was good, and the pace was perfect. There was no real mystery here. The audience knows right from the start who’s stabbed the gang in the back. What really makes us sit at the edge of our seats is how the events unfold and how each revelation comes about.

I preferred Manorama Six Feet Under to Johnny Gaddar. I’m not quite sure why. Maybe it had to do with Abhay Deol’s perfect portrayal of a small-town guy struggling to re-establish his self worth. Maybe it was how the small town of Lakhot becomes a character in itself, with it’s dust and barrenness and harsh sunshine. Or maybe it was the moral ambiguity of almost every character in the movie – from the hero, SV, who is suspended for taking a bribe to the mysterious Manorama who causes such upheavals in SV’s life. The end was a maybe a little saccharine and not exactly in keeping with the tone of the rest of the movie, but that’s probably the only thing that a perfectionist would cavil at.

I enjoy masala potboilers, but I like watching quality cinema too. If these movies are any indication of the future of Bollywood, then I have reason to feel very, very optimistic.