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Ra.One – the prestigious international project starring the Badshah of Bollywood, King Shahrukh Khan took five long years to complete and is ready to hit the screens soon. Directed by the talented Anubhav Sinha and music rendered by the dazzling Vishal-Shekhar duo, who, time and again have been giving amazing albums to us. With star credits like Akon singing a number and the usual hype that surrounds an SRK movie, let us see what the music has got to offer….

1. Chammak Challo – Akon & Hamsika Iyer; Lyrics –  Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani & Niranjan Iyengar – 3.25/5

There are four versions of the song in this album. Ah! the song has become an entity by itself. Simple lyrics, probably penned to make Akaon at ease while singing in Hindi, but I must say, Chammak Challo is a sure-shot winner. It’s refreshingly different and sets a euphoric mood. Less said, the better, and Akon is at his best in the International Version of the song with no female co-singer to steal the show. The international mix comes very close to the leaked version of Chammak Challo. It’s not jazzy, quite unlike the original.

Anyway there is even a Punjabi Mix of the song, served with Bollywood tadka. Expect a smattering of words like mahiya and nakhre! Hamsika Iyer’s sassy voice does full justice to this smashing track.Chammak Challo Club Mix with little variation is made suitable for disc consoles. But when the original is so good, who needs the club mix anyway! It’s a Chammak Challo vicious circle! Enter at your own risk. Still the album has a proper Remix Version for you. Now we get why Shahrukh Khan so fondly called his fans the Chammak Challos. The heady remix will stick in your head.

Overall, a very good mix of beats to match the desi style, some arabian touch with an international flavor!! sure will be played on FM and may music players for the time to come!!

2. Dildara (Stand By Me) – Shafqat Amanat Ali, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani & Clinton Cerejo; Lyrics – Kumaar – 3.5/5

As I said in my last blog too, why is that the second number in the album, always the best song and my personal favorite???  The second song, Dildara Dildara, I do not know why the makers were saying that the song is a rehash of a classic number Stand By Me by Ben E. King, when it sounds so unique and in essence is a pure Bollywood love track. Shafqat’s rendition of the song makes it a regular but very much lovable song. May sound templated on Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s patterns, but it’s great to listen to anyway.

3. Criminal – Akon, Vishal Dadlani & Shruti Pathak; Lyrics: Kumaar & Vishal Dadlani – 2.5/5

Criminal, with the vocals by Akon again, with Shruti Pathak and Vishal Dadlani, sounds addictive. Addictive again, though the album seems to be getting a bit repetitive here. If you think your energy level has waned, then do listen to this track. Akon has also lent his voice to this song and Vishal Dadlani gives him a good company. Both have belted out a track which can even wake up the dead. I think the song is too noisy, unless you are a heavy metal freak!!

4. Bhare Naina – Nandini Shrikar, Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani; Lyrics: Panchhi Jalonvi – 3.25/5

Now is the time to clamber down after partying enough. Ecstatic mood of yours will feel a lilt with the melancholic strain of Bhare Naina. If you have been to the rock fests quite often, this song would not come as a nice experiment. The fusion works when its dramatic crescendo hits the highest pitch. And right at that moment the song will take you on a musical ride. Kudos to the singer, Nandini Srikar, for rendering this quasi-classic, rock number. But we would have loved the track more if it had been a soothing, somber track touching our hearts.

5. Right By Your Side – Siddharath Coutto; Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan – 3/5

Now the Ra.One album gives out the message of G.One, who comes with a promise to be Right By Your Side. This is a musical example of Bollywood music gelling so well with the contemporary international music. We can get the feel; the track would look and sound incredible on big screen. Just wait for the show.

6. Raftaarein – Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani; Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani – 3/5

Raftaarein is the 21st century version of Aa Dekeh Zarra and Duniya Mein Logon Ko!! Full of energy which reaches the peak with the rather unconventional voices of Vishal and Shekhar turns into a full fledged background song for the superhero. Not really a musical thing to listen to until the video comes, but I hope the song would get much more meaning with the movie. The fast-paced number perfectly suits the theme of our superhero, who is not sluggish in saving the world in time of crisis, and dazzles like a luminous celestial body.

7. Jiya More Ghabraaye – Sukhwinder Singh & Vishal Dadlani; Lyrics – Lyrics: Anubhav Sinha & Vishal Dadlani – 2.5/5

Why does it happen that any Vishal-Shekhar and Vishal Bharadwaj movies always have a Sukhwinder Singh number? Not that he is a bad singer, but I think this is becoming very predictable for the director duo!! Anyway, the number is a little  Rap and  more of Sukhwinder Singh’s alaap and is very drab to me – not up to the mark!!

8. I’m On (Instrumental)- 2.75/5

As far as the themes are concerned, didn’t find anything too attractive in Comes the Light, while IM On looks like good ringtone material because people are already familiar with the track as background theme. Song of the end is effective, though it sounds like a typical ‘end’ tune of movies, a little older ones I’d say.

Overall Rating – 3/5

Final Verdict

Overall, Ra.One is not something usual. If you’re looking for a regular, nice album with melodious numbers from Vishal-Shekhar, you may be in for a disappointment. But then I don’t think that was the aim of the album or the movie from the very start. It’s more of an experiment with at least some amount of English in every song, even the very Indian bhare naina. And as an experiment, I think it’s quite successful, as many of the songs are definitely going to be addictive, and hence popular.


Oosaravelli, directed by the stylish director Surender Reddy has a very strong star cast – NTR jr and Tamanna. Tamanna riding high on the success of 100% Love is very confident of giving another hit, and a first one with NTR. On the other had, NTR who has let his fans down with Shakthi is pinning a lot of hopes that this movie would be a grand success. Here is my review of the audio which was launched in a gala even at Shilpa Kala Vedika. 1. Brathakali – Singers:- Devisri Prasad; Lyricist: Chandrabose – 2.25/5

The opening number in the album, rendered by DSP himself has done an average job. The lyrics are very ordinary and nothing special. Given that this would be a background song, or even maybe the introduction song, a lot could have been done for this song. The song is just passable.

2.Nenante Naaku – Singers:- Adnan Sami; Lyricist: Rama Jogayya Sastry – 3.25/5

Why is that always the second song in the album is my favorite?? This happened to me for Dookudu, 100% Love, Dum Maro Dum….!!! Again, the song is my personal favorite. I think this is the USP of the movie and would call for a repeatedly repeat button. Adnan Sami did an amazing job like how he has done for Infatuation!! in 100% Love. A very pleasing and lovely track, wonderously penned by Rama Jogayya Sastry where NTR would be wooing the heroine. Me thinks that this song reminds of another hindi song rendered by Vishal-Sekhar – wonder what it is??? Nevertheless a good number, listen and enjoy while driving!!

3. Yelango Yelango  – Singers:- Jaspreet Jasz, Chinmayee; Lyricist: Rama Jogayya Sastry –  1.75/5

This Jaspreet Jasz, Chinmayee’s Yelango Yelango track is a fast beat number with a folk touch. However the track fails to engage you in listening to it and makes you reach out to the fwd button. If picturised well, it may appeal to the audience otherwise it would be a tedious number.

4. Love Ante Caring  – Singers:- Francois Castelleno; Lyricist: Anantha Sriram – 2.5/5

This number written by Anantha Sriram describes the thin line between love and friendship!! Simple lyrics and easily understandable!! DSP used all his skill on the instruments and his choice of the singer – Francois (perhaps his first song in telugu) has done a good job!! Another song which will be repeated again and again!!! Listen to it for lovely lyrics…

5. Sri Anjaneyam – Singers:- M.L.R. Karthikeyan; Lyricist: Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry – 3/5

The track starts off powerfully with NTR’s dialogue followed by this devotional track. All credits to Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry who has devoted the lyrics to Lord Hanuman. Sri Anjaneyam seems to be situational track and DSP’s good composition makes the song intense to listen. It is sure the song will be shot greatly which provides the same intense on screen. Karthikeyan lived upto the expectations.

6. Niharika – Singers:- Vijay Prakash, Neha Bhasin; Lyricist: Anantha Sriram – 3.25/5

A romantic duet with a good sense of music and lyrics!! Good job by Vijay Prakash and Neha Bhasin, who rendered this number. I must say both these are making a quite an impression on me with their voice!! I see them going places in the future!! once gain Anatha Sriram proves that he is very good at romantic songs. I must say that Neha Bhasin mesmerizes with her rendition while Vijay Prakash’s voice elevated the spirit of the song. The music is foot-tapping and DSP’s background instruments have rhythmic music. Niharika is beautifully written and tuned. Go for it!!!

7. Dhandiya – Singers:- Mukesh, Suchitra; Lyricist: Anantha Sriram, Suchitra[English Lyrics] – 3/5

A very peppy, fast and a definite dance number!! Perhaps a first telugu dandiya song and this will sure be used this dasera in and around Hyderabad for the dandiya fests!! The track has rocking beats with foot-tapping music. Apart from rendering the vocal, Suchitra has also penned lyrics joining with Ananth Sriram. Expect good number of steps from Jr.NTR on this number and it is sure to turn as a dancing number in theaters for the front-benchers. Well-composed mass number by DSP.

8. Oosaravelli – Singers:- Ujjayinee Roy; Lyricist: Ramajogayya Sastry, Devi Sri Prasad(English Lyrics) – 3/5

Devi ends off the album with the title song which is short [2and half minute] yet entertaining. The director has come up with heavy beats which might be used in elevating NTR’s characterization. The lyrics are quite different and it would be interesting to see how Surender Reddy has captured NTR. Ujjayinee Roy has done a good job in rendering this number.

Album Rating – 2.75/5

Overall Verdict

All in All, Jr.NTR’s Oosaravelli is a decent album with a couple of good melodies and youthful tracks. On the other side, the album lacks mass appeal which is NTR’s strong base. Dhandiya is the only mass number in the album. Nevertheless, Oosaravelli has its own elements in engaging the listeners. It’s a well-mannered album by DSP, though not his best… We will have to wait and see what the film has got to offer!!

Theaterics in a movie theatre!!!


So I love movies (duh, you didn’t figure that out from my blogs yet). And I actually pay and watch them in the true big screen experience. I do not write movies off before actually watching them and I give every movie a chance. I also have no pretension about my movie taste being extremely base or upscale. I don’t know anything about difficult to pronounce European directors and I value MTV movie awards more than the Golden Palme. I just watch movies for entertainment. My logic is simple – I’m giving you Rs50 to make me not think about things I would’ve otherwise thought about for the next 2 hours (three and a half hours if it is a Karan Johar movie). If you succeed in doing that then you deserve my money. Simple.

For starters, what’s this with Indian movie goers and the guessing game? Do you get extra points for guessing the next scene in a movie? No seriously, what’s the prize? “I think he is the murderer.” “No no, she is the murderer.” “No no. She is a he.” Guess what? I have two words for you – “Duck Odd” and yes I know I got my Ds and Fs mixed up. So if the fifteen over zealous people who were sitting behind me for Delhi Belly (which was a very funny and hilarious movie btw) are reading this – I really don’t care where you thought the the urn was. I rarely am tense about mysteries in movies because I KNOW THEY WILL REVEAL IT IN AN HOUR. So shut up and let me watch the movie will you. What is it about movies alone that makes us do this? Have you ever seen people do this during a cricket game – “I think Sachin will hit a four.” “No No I think Brett Lee will get a wicket”. We never do that. But give us a movie and we suddenly put a Sherlock hat on. And it’s not just for mystery movies – we do it for any movie. I even had a bunch of very annoying people sitting behind me when I was watching Chak De India, trying to guess what will happen in every hockey game. Grrrrr!!!

Ok. My next rant is specific to people who bring in kids to the movies. Children. Yes, children. They are soooooo cute. Awwwwwww. But PLEASE KEEP THEM AT HOME WHEN YOU COME FOR MOVIES. Now correct me here. Have you ever seen  in any movie or now that there are many Americans in India, an Americans bring their one year old infants to movies. NO. They spend on a nanny and make sure that they enjoy the movie and let others do the same too. Now ask your self. When was the last time you went for a movie where a kid didn’t start crying? I think we all get angry but just keep quiet because its a kid. Would you keep quiet if a forty year old man started crying while you are watching a movie and started telling his wife that he is hungry – no you would beat the crap out of him. So parents of toddlers who bring them to movies – please be considerate towards others. How will you like it if I went to your house and shouted while your kid was trying to sleep – get it?

Talking about kids and movies its time for some digression. What is so sweet about grown up actors and actresses trying to play with under dressed kids from third World countries in their movies? How many Indian movies have you seen where the actor and actress, in the middle of a song, just walk into a bunch of street kids playing soccer and join them. The clip then normally gets into slow motion mode and everybody is shown having such a nice time. Occasionally there will be water in the form of rain or a water hydrant. All the kids and actors will then get wet and dance around even more. Now even American movies have started using this concept. I saw the Heartbreak Kid sometime back (funny in parts) and even they used the exact same concept. Grrrrrr. I have actually played cricket on the streets and never remember any sweet couple joining us for an impromptu party. If at all anything, all the couples in our area hated us because there was an outside chance of getting hit by a ball while they tried to go on sweet walks. Hmmmm.

Oh I have sooo much more to rant about. The annoying bunch of teenagers who think they are really witty and fill the movie up with smart ass comments. Newly married couples who choose the movie as a way of showing affection – “You want popcorn? You want soda? You want pastry? You want popcorn, pastry and soda …” People who have business deals on their cell phone while others are trying to figure out where the urn is – “Haan Sharma ji. Aaap sign kar dijiye. Abhi khatam hoga picture … mein adha ghanta mein aata hoon … aap popcornn lengey …” So much to rant about but alas the aliens are here for abduction again – so later 🙂

A movie for everyone!!!


Cinema viewing has changed since the advent of the multiplexes.  Earlier there were 1500 seats in a single screen. You were captive.  Today theatres have a smaller capacity and there are several screens. If you don’t like one kind of film you can always move to another screen.

You can go out and have coffee in the mall and then start seeing another film.  Multiplexes have given us the luxury to choose the cinema we wish to watch. The shelf life of a film has become very small.  Major audience comes only on the weekends.

Gone are the days of the 75-week movies.  As a  guy who belongs to the video cassette era and watched the transformation into the VCD, DVD era and now the blue ray I remember seeing golden and platinum jubilee posters.  I remember walking through RTC Cross Roads and Ram Kothi or Abids Road road and seeing posters celebrating golden jubilees at Ramakrishna, Maheswari-Parameswari, Sudarashan, Devi, Santosh-Sapna.

Golden and silver jubilees vanished and then came the 100 days, 50 days run.  Now it is also about one or two big weekends and the story ends. This year has been a golden period for the industry. We have seen all kind of movies succeed.

Take July for instance – we had Bbuddah, Delhi Belly, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Singham. All different in form and narrative and all successful.  Now corporations like UTV and independent producers want to back different kind of cinema. ZNMD is an elitist subject so it did better numbers in multiplexes. But the money coming from multiplexes is huge today.

Singham opened very well all across. The opening day business was phenomenal.  But nothing can touch Bodyguard that opened to earth shattering figures. All kind of cinema works now. Be it Jessica, Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji, Murder 2, are all enjoyed. Delhi Belly was like a Guy Richie film made for a mature audience. The parameters are different. Total jalwa!

There is space for everyone. Enjoy!!!


Some call him Loinel. I won’t be surprised if the odd guy calls him Linen.  No matter how people pronounce his first name, the sports news of the moment is that Lionel Messi will play here, in India, today. The Argentine football wizard traps and dribbles as if the ball were an extension of his body.  It is pure magic. Many football lovers will place the likes of Pele and Diego Maradona ahead of him. However, Messi is assured of a high rank in practically any list of great footballers of all time.

Argentina played a friendly match with Venezuela in a while.  However, we,  the Indians, were ecstatic since Messi was expected to showcase his enviable skills on our turf. Fans both old and young were eager to catch a glimpse of the man, if not in the fortunate city of Kolkata, at least on the television. TV watchers experienced a special pleasure because Messi, accompanied by cheering Indian fans inside the stadium, was psychologically closer. Although the master has stayed away from the spotlight and did not deliver as expected, photographs and articles have created so much curiosity that even non-watchers of the game wished to witness the moment when he will touch the ball for the first time.

Life, in other words, is so Messi. As the magic promises to unfurl, we are waiting with bated breath. One possible consequence of his coming lies beyond his playing in a friendly outing. While watching Messi and co. do magic with the ball, chances are that we will think about the state of Indian football.

Despite having a fairly high football-playing population – especially in the rural areas – India is an insignificant player in the arena of international football. Are we okay on the talent front? That question can be conclusively answered only when we start delivering on the big stage. As of now, the possibility seems remote. What we do know is that Indian football, like its many other counterparts barring cricket, is a hapless victim of inadequate facilities and very little exposure. Those  players who promise in the initial stages do not go beyond a certain – exceptionally limited – level since they aren’t well looked after. What is worse, far worse, is that few seem to care. The voices of some who do get buried in the sustained cacophony of cricket.

It is in such a nation that Messi will unveil his magic. As we watch him play, some of us might ask ourselves: when will an Indian footballer run with the ball so smoothly, dodging human obstacles with divine ease as he does? While football is an ignored sport, shall we ever produce a Pele who practiced with a sock stuffed with paper since he could not afford the real thing?

How and when Indian football will attain some significant recognition is a question that all lovers of the game wish to answer. That we had a decent enough team is a reality of decades ago, its counterpart of today being thoroughly incapable of making an impact on the big stage of the world.

When Messi plays, our journey through the match will be a trek in trance. But, once the show is over, some of us might sit back and think: when will India’s footballing poverty finally end?

Why I am not Anna!!!


I am not and can never be Anna!!!

The thought of writing this blog struck me after I read Vinita Nangia’s blog in Times Lifestyle.

To be a Gandhi or an Anna, you have to inculcate the ideology they preach, not just wear a Gandhi topi and carry the national flag!!! Well this is my opinion!!!

All during Anna Hazare’s fast at the Ram Lila Grounds, I did not wear a Gandhi Topi or wear a T-shirt which said “I am Anna” nor did I  carry the National Flag while driving my car or my bike!! Of course since I live and work at Hyderabad I could not visit Ram Lila Grounds to have a first hand experience of what was going on there or what went on there!!

I had sumptuous meals all along, unlike a few people whom I learnt and personally checked on Facebook were updating their status messages that they could have anything to eat because Anna Hazare was fasting!!! (I seriously felt – What!!!!). Well, I always believed and would agree that we need to eliminate corruption. I never felt that I have to belong to the breed of people who declare on social networks and micro-blogging sites that we HAVE to end corruption!!! Haven’t we had dozens of movies on this subject and haven’t we always wanted this?? Of course we do!!!

I want to tell another fact here – I was getting frustrated and irritated to watch the continuous intrusion of Team Anna and his fasting into my personal space – it was everywhere – Television, FM, Radio, Newspapers, Internet, Social Networking, Micro-blogging and even regular tea and lunch conversations. Amidst all of these, I really was amazed to realize that here is a Super human, who beyond a reasonable logic was going very strong  even after 12 days of serious fasting. I feel drained when I fast on tuesdays and festivals like Janmashtami and Shivrathri!!. More than himself, was I curious about his supporters – the people who have sacrificed their professional and personal commitments to camp and fast in support of Anna?? Were they all free of issues at work and home? Or, was this just taken as a welcome diversion?

Why were mothers pushing and jostling to showcase their kids in khadi and Gandhi topis in front of cameras? How each and every single person at Ram Lila was available for a slogan and quote on the camera? Why were students bunking classes to dance and sing? For heaven’s sake, why was the formidable former cop Kiran Bedi swaying on stage holding the Indian flag? Why was Dr Naresh Trehan addressing the nation from Anna’s stage (it’s scary when a competent surgeon is away from his scalpel!)?

Does this all mean that these people love their country more than me? Does waving flags and wearing Gandhi topis make them more nationalistic and patriotic than me? Are these people willing to sacrifice for the greater good? Does participation in the rally and fast make them have a greater sense of integrity? I have so many questions because, all I did during the Anna’s show was to live my normal life – going to work daily, doing my job and minding my business!!! I think, rather believe that I am not qualified to make a comment on the bravehearts who are “fighting for the new independence”. I am neither an admirer nor a critic of what they are doing. All I am is curious about from where they are drawing their inspiration and motivation.All I understood is that Anna has tapped an undercurrent of rising expectations and aspirations for a level playing field and a cleaner system.

Anna’s fight and fast gave a lot of food for thought for people who were waiting for such an opportunity.  The Aam Aadmi, in search of an identity, a better quality of life, took the reins of the movement, after feeling empowered and energized by Anna’s call for duty – fight for the new independence – ” I am a part of the change  and I am the change”. In a generation where making your mark and identity is just not a wish, but a necessity, Anna’s movement came in handy. Cameras are rolling continuously non-stop to feed the 24 hour news hungry channels with lots of feed.

Obviously, all of us are against corruption, especially when it hurts our pocket and delays our work. But why did it need an Anna for us to act? If we have not been fighting corruption every day, at every step, do we really believe that just the passing of the Jan Lokpal Bill will put an end to corruption forever? It will not, not till all people supporting Anna go back with the larger lesson that Anna’s crusade teaches. The lesson of stepping up and speaking out. Of standing together against what you do not believe in. Everyone must resolve to end corruption in their daily lives and to realise that we are guilty not just if we are corrupt, but also if we participate in or turn a blind eye to others’ corrupt practices. Why must you find your spot in the sun by declaring “I am Anna”? You are Anna or Gandhi, whoever you wish to be, if you are brave enough to follow the principles espoused by them in your daily life. So long as you do not leave behind your flag, your topi and your cry of “Vande Mataram” when you leave Ramlila Grounds finally, but carry them around with you in your heart, every day of your life as you go about your daily chores!


Every now and then, a movie scene featuring food comes along that makes your mouth water… either because it makes you hungry or because it makes you want to puke. I thought this we’d look at both so I’ve got two Top 5′s for you, my dear readers. Let’s start with the good stuff. Bon appetite!

The Best of Them All

Fried Green Tomatoes

At the end of the flashback scenes in this film, the diner serves up what looks like some of the best BBQ I’ve ever seen! Unfortunately, I can only put it at number five seeing as the meat used to be attached to the bones of Ruth’s abusive ex-husband! However, if I ever did go cannibal, this is the way to do it.

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

There is nothing better than a much anticipated feast at the end of a night of booze, drugs, debauchery and Neal Patrick Harris! About three-quarters of the way through this film, my mouth was watering for that plate stacked with 30 of those mouth watering little burgers!

One Upon a Time in Mexico

Puerco Pibil… this dish looks amazing but it’s the way Johnny Depp talks about it in the film that makes me want it all the more. The good news is, the DVD features a 10 Minute Cooking School in the Special Features that actually shows you how to recreate this dish.

European Vacation

Could not score a good image for this one unfortunately! On the plane ride over to their doomed vacation across the pond, each of the Grizzwolds nods off into dreamland and imagines their own vision of the perfect European Vacation. Audrey’s has to do with food and featured one of the greatest smorgasbords in movie history. Unfortunately, you have to eat quick because the courses change every 15 seconds. Well, that and you might explode from overeating… but it sure would be worth it!

Goodfellas

The prison feasts cooked up in Goodfellas ALWAYS makes me hungry. I think it has something to do with the way Paulie cuts the garlic thinner than paper with a razor so it dissolves in the pan. I hear the sauce has a little too much onion but that it’s still a pretty damn good sauce!

The Worst of Them All

Napolean Dynamite

I don’t know about you but, the first time I watched this movie, I get sick watching Uncle Rico eating what appears to be a microwaved steak sitting in a plate of it’s own juices. I’d actually rather eat Tina’s ham out of the grass (actually I am a vegetarian!!!)

The Matrix

So, this is what they eat on the Nebuchadnezzar. Dozer, in the film, says, “It’s a single celled protein combined with synthetic aminos, vitamins and minerals. Everything the body needs.”  I tend to share Apoc’s opinion… it looks like snot! And probably tastes like it!

Cast Away

You have to put yourself in the film for this one. At the end of the film, after Tom Hanks has been rescued, he’s in a suite of some kind with officials from FedEx. Now, he’s spent the past several years trapped on a deserted island and the food spread they put out includes shrimp cocktail and a fruit plate??? That’s just mean, man.

Alive

With my “BEST” list (above), I’ve proven that I’m pretty much on the fence when it comes to cannibalism. However, eating good BBQ is one thing. Carving up your teammate and roasting him on an open fire in the middle of a frozen tundra is something else entirely!

Indiana Jones and The Temples of Doom

For a while there, I was feeling a little bad for working Indiana Jones films into too many lists. Now, I’m kind of curious how many times I can do it! Especially under these circumstances, when it’s totally deserved. I mean, you’ve got your monkey brains, eyeball soup and let’s not forget snake surprise. What’s the surprise? That you’re not going to feast on the dead carcass of a giant snake but rather eat all the slimy little ones that were boiled in it’s guts. Y-U-M-M-O!

So, what movies make your mouth water… for better or worse?


Religion is controversial in its raw form, but when people tinker with the beliefs of religious groups for the purposes of entertainment, things definitely heat up. Some of the films on this list have caused riots, and some have even resulted in deaths. Hardly a great example of religious tolerance. Here are the 10 most controversial religious films ever made. 

The Exorcist

The exorcist is really one of the best horror films ever made – it continues to scare and enthrall new viewers to this day. But at the time of release, while many saw great merit in the movie, others were not so happy. Some critical responses were: “a chunk of elegant occultist claptrap” “[A] practically impossible film to sit through” “it establishes a new low for grotesque special effects…”, “The Exorcist succeeds on one level as an effectively excruciating entertainment, but on another, deeper level it is a thoroughly evil film, and [N]othing more than a religious porn film”. Some preachers – like Billy Graham, felt the movie itself was satanic.

Battle Field Earth

While the majority of the assaults on this dreadful film were due to bad acting, bad scripting, and a lame story, it can not be excluded from this list because it ties in to the Scientology mythology about the origin of humans on earth. This is a piece of scientology propaganda and it is not surprising that it was such a failure as a film. The biggest criticism of the film was the fact that people were not willing to open their wallets for it. John Travolta, for the record, says he’d love to make a “Battlefield” sequel. We can only hope that never happens!

Stigmata

This film was highly controversial due to the manner in which it dealt with issues close to Catholic’s hearts. While Catholics consider stigmata to be a sign of holiness, this film has an atheist hairdresser experience stigmata in a manner in which she appears to be demonically possessed. In addition, the other main character, a Jesuit Priest, discovers a connection between the stigmata and one of the Gnostic Gospels (4th century religious writings condemned by the Catholic Church). The priest uncovers a plot within the vatican to keep the gospels “truth” concealed.

Dogma

This film is a satire of the Catholic Church and Catholic belief, which caused organized protests and much controversy in many countries. Although there was no opposition to the film while the actual filming and pre-production was taking place, the following months of post-production and publicity were plagued with controversy over a perceived anti-Christian message in the film. Over time, the director (Kevin Smith) received over 30 thousand pieces of hate mail. Catholic groups around the world staged protests, and Smith received several death threats. Perhaps to head off controversy, the film’s title sequence contained a disclaimer, which included the line “Even God has a sense of humor–just look at the platypus.”

Water

This film caused controversy by showing aspects of Hinduism in a negative light. The day before filming of Water was due to begin, the crew was informed that there were complications with their location permits for filming. The following day, they learned that 2,000 protesters had stormed the ghats, destroying and burning the main film set and throwing the remnants into the Ganges in protest of what ultimately were revealed to be false accusations regarding the subject matter of the film. The resulting tensions and economic setbacks led to several years of struggle as Mehta was eventually forced to film Water in Sri Lanka, rather than in India. Finally Mehta was able to make the film, but with a new cast and under a false title (River Moon) in 2003. “Water” was nominated for a 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian

The Life of Brian, is a 1979 comedy film written, directed and largely performed by the Monty Python comedy team. It tells the story of Brian Cohen (played by Graham Chapman), a young Jewish man born in the same era and location as Jesus Christ, who is mistaken for the Messiah. Protests against the film were organized based on its perceived blasphemy. On its initial release in the UK, the film was banned by several town councils, some of which had no cinemas within their boundaries, or had not even seen the film for themselves. In New York, screenings were picketed by both rabbis and nuns while the film was banned outright in some American states. It was also banned for eight years in the Republic of Ireland and for a year in Norway (it was marketed in Sweden as “The film so funny that it was banned in Norway”). One of the most controversial scenes was the film’s ending: Brian’s crucifixion. Many Christian protestors said that it was mocking Jesus’s suffering by turning it into a “Jolly Boys Outing”.

The Passion of Christ

This film based on the final days of the life of Jesus cause controversy on two counts: many Jews were angered by it claiming it was anti-semitic (due to the depiction of the treatment of Jesus at the hands of Jews in the film) and from anti-Catholic protesters who were angered that the film did not rely solely on the Bible for its plot. Asked by Bill O’Reilly if his movie would “upset Jews,” Gibson responded, “It’s not meant to. I think it’s meant to just tell the truth. I want to be as truthful as possible.” Accusations of anti-Semitism were fueled by news reports that Mel Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson, denied the Holocaust. After Frank Rich of the New York Times wrote against the unreleased film and called Gibson’s publicist a “Holocaust denier defender” Gibson was overheard by The New Yorker telling his publicist, “I want to kill him. I want his intestines on a stick. I want to kill his dog.”

The Da Vinci Code

Ron Howard’s “The Da Vinci Code,” based on the best-seller by Dan Brown, places the Catholic Church at the center of a (fictional) conspiracy to cover up the truth about Jesus–that he was married to Mary Magdalene and the father of a child whose descendants have been protected from the murderous Church ever since. What’s more, this denigration of Mary Magdalene’s “rightful” place as Jesus’ wife is portrayed as part of a larger Church conspiracy to stamp out devotion to the divine feminine, which was at the heart of early Christian worship. In the months leading up to the film’s 2006 release, most Christian organizations refrained from calling for an outright boycott, instead using the film to spark discussion about Jesus and to challenge the story’s claims. Despite poor reviews, the film took in a reported $758 million worldwide, making it one of the highest grossing of 2006.

Submission

Submission is a 10-minute film in English directed by Theo van Gogh and written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (a former Tweede Kamer member for the Dutch People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy); it was shown on the Dutch public broadcasting network (VPRO) on August 29, 2004. The film’s title is a direct translation of the word “Islam”. The film tells the story of four fictional characters played by a single actress wearing a veil, but clad in a see-through chador, her naked body painted with verses from the Koran. The characters are Muslim women who have been abused in various ways. On November 2, 2004, Theo van Gogh was assassinated in public by Mohammed Bouyeri, a Dutch Muslim of Moroccan descent. A letter, stabbed through and affixed to the body by a dagger, linked the murder to Van Gogh’s film and his views regarding Islam. It was addressed to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and called for jihad against unbelievers. Following the murder of Van Gogh, tens of thousands gathered in the center of Amsterdam to mourn Van Gogh’s death. There were fire-bombings of mosques and Muslim schools, and counterattacks against Christian churches. I am pleased to be able to present the entire movie here on the site – it is embedded from youtube above. It is interesting to note that Amazon does not stock this movie.

The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ is a film adaptation of the controversial 1951 novel of the same name by Nikos Kazantzakis. Like the novel, the film depicts the life of Jesus Christ, and its central thesis is that Jesus, while free from sin, was still subject to every form of temptation that humans face, including fear, doubt, depression, reluctance and lust. This results in the book and film depicting Christ being tempted by imagining himself engaged in sexual activities, a notion that has caused outrage from some Christians. Protests against the movie from religious communities began before the film had even finished production. The studio was expecting a backlash due to the controversies revolving around any media treatment of Christ (see dramatic portrayals of Jesus Christ), but the protests accompanying Last Temptation were unprecedented. Major religious leaders in the United States blasted the film in fiery sermons, and condemned its subject matter as pornographic. On October 22, 1988, a French christian fundamentalist group launched molotov cocktails inside the Parisian Saint Michel movie theater to protest against the film. This attack injured thirteen people, four of whom were severely burned. The film is still not available from Blockbuster Video and some libraries. In some countries, including Mexico and Chile, the film was banned for several years. It continues to be prohibited in the Philippines, Singapore, and South Africa.

Notable omissions: The Pope Must Die(t), The Crime of Father Amaro, The Birth of a Nation, Priest, The Message, Agnes of God, Hail Mary


There are lots of countries which are facing the problem related to handling the e-waste. E-waste usually consists of substances which can bring adverse effects to the atmosphere and hence managing it in a proper way is important. Apart from affecting the environment it can also affect the health of the people. But the main issue is the right utilization of the e-waste and how it can be stored and recycled. Most of the countries do not have proper infrastructure that can help them to manage the e-waste activities. Usually they bury the waste or burn it in open air. Sometimes the waste is led in to waste which can cause water pollution. Hence these are the reasons which affect give us the need to understand the management for better environment.While there are few developed countries which use efficient ways of recycling that are very useful. There is no harm to nature and people can enjoy the fruits of happiness. The developed nations go for latest technologies which render the best services. But on the other hand the undeveloped countries lack the funds and the technology platforms which can bring a difference to the use of e-waste.

The concept of EPR comes into action as it proves beneficial in the long run. Right usage of the e-waste will prove useful as it demanding and the need of the hour. Even the government has tried to take different measures which are long lasting and provide an excellent approach towards e-waste.  The implementation of the latest technology is very important or else the results will not be according to the input. The EPR which is used in the process will prove effective if the right direction is chosen.

The developing countries have some key issues regarding the e-waste which must be kept in mind. The effective management will definitely give the best results for which you are waiting.

Objectives of e-waste handling

In order to deal with the problem of e-waste the government of India formulated some rules that could be effective. These rules were designed with an aim and therefore many things together combine to form an excellent management strategy.

The objectives of the various strategies of e-waste are given below:-

  1. Effective management is important for the reason that it can bring a positive effect on nature. If the e-waste is not handled in the right manner there are chances that it can cause ill effects on health. The handling of e-waste has to be best and therefore it is essential that each and every step is followed one by one to attain superb outcomes.
  2. For the strategy there should be a proper planning. Either the organizations can come forward for the help or even the government can devise some rules for this purpose. There are many strategies which can work but recycling is one of the best one that is followed by many countries as well developed nations. There is less cost involved in this process and beneficial at the same time. Disposal is another option which can be tried to get the right result.
  3. National Environment Act was formed in the year 2006 which devised new methodologies for e-waste handling. As it is a common issue going in many countries hence policies are designed to meet the current needs in the best manner. Emphasis is laid on using the clean technologies as it will make the atmosphere clean and a place to live in.

Proposed Actions

1. Reporting

Every year many industries are set up and the ways of generating the products are improving. Thus a large e-waste is generated which can be harmful. Thus it becomes the duty of the industries to submit a report of the e-waste generated by their industry so that adequate steps can be taken to combat with the problem. Even if they collect the waste the time period should not exceed by 90 days at the maximum.

2. Avoid waste and minimize the sources

Most of the industries generate e-waste and leave it either in waste or by burning it. It is not the right thing as you are polluting air as well as water. The air we breathe in contains harmful gases which are injurious to health. Similarly with water too you can become prone to a number of diseases.

There is a proper hierarchy which is followed in the management system by introducing each level at the right time.

3. Reuse and recycling of the e-waste

There are lots of ways which can be used for recycling but the suitable one is important. Waste exchange centers can be designed where waste can be collected and then proper utilization can be done afterwards.

Proper channels can be planned by which the e-waste can reach to its place. This will not affect the environment and the pollution will be lowered. Even water can be recycled in a number of ways as it has also become a source of problem.

4. Treating the e-waste and improving storage options

There are only 12 states which are initially having the best storage facilities for e-waste. This includes the 25 centers which are managing the activities according to the needs. Storage place is important or else the industries will dump the waste at wrong places. Thus it becomes essential to set up areas for this purpose.

Though it is difficult to decide the site for such things hence the government can render their help to the organizations which are involved in this work.

Escrow fund facility is adopted which is a new platform for the government. It helps in monitoring the problems and finding the solution for it. Even in case of calamities the funds can be utilized to deal with the problem and getting over it as soon as possible.

The central government is taking measures in dealing with e-waste handling and trying to formulate rules for it. Many acts are being proposed along with the changes that can better the rising graph of e-waste mismanagement.

A full text of the E-Waste Rules can be downloaded for free at http://www.moef.nic.in/downloads/rules-and-regulations/1035e_eng.pdf


The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India (GoI) has notified the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011 on 4th February, 2011 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. In order to bring greater clarity and to comply with the directions of Hon-ble Supreme Court, MoEF has published the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) (Amendment) Rules, 2011 on 2nd July, 2011.

The set of rules is a 17 page document and for the ease of the readers, the following are the salient features after the amendment:

During course of manufacture, sale, stock, distribution and use plastic carry bags, containers, pouches and multilayered packaging the following conditions shall be fulfilled, namely: –

  • Carry bags and. containers made of virgin plastics shall be in natural shade;
  • No person shall use carry bags or containers made of recycled plastics or biodegradable plastics for storing, carrying, dispensing or packaging of food stuffs;
  • Carry bags and containers made of recycled or biodegradable plastics and used for purpose of other than storing and packaging foodstuffs shall be manufactured using pigments and colorants as per the Bureau of Indian Standards’ specifications: IS 9833: 1981 entitled “List of pigments and colorants for use in plastics in contact with foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and drinking water”
  • No person shall manufacture, stock, distribute or sell carry bags made of virgin or ‘recycled plastics or bio-degradable plastics, which are less than 12×18 inches (30X45 cms) in size and less than 40 microns in thickness;
  • No person shall manufacture carry bags or containers or pouches or multilayered packaging from biodegradable plastics unless these meet the Bureau of Indian Standards’ specifications: ISIISO 17088:2008 entitle1 “Specifications for Compostable Plastics”
  • No person shall manufacture; stock, distribute or sell non-recyclable laminated plastic or metallic pouches, multi-layered packagings, and other non-recyclable plastics.

Recycling– Recycling of plastics shall be undertaken strictly in accordance with the Bureau of Indian Standards’ specification: IS 14534: 1998 entitled “The Guidelines for Recycling of Plastics”

Marking or codification– Every manufacturer shall code or mark each carry bag or container made of plastics, so as to ascertain whether it is made of “virgin plastic” or “recycled plastic” or “bio-degradable plastic” as per the following namely:-

  • The manufacturer of recycled carry bags or container shall code or mark each carry bag and container as per the Bureau of Indian Standards’ Specification: IS 14534: 1998 entitled “The Guidelines for Recycling of Plastics” and the end product made of recycled plastics shall be marked as “recycled” along with indication of the percentage of use of recycled material;
  • Each carry bag or container made from biodegradable plastic shall bear a code/mark as per Bureau of Indian Standards’ Specification: ISIISO 17088:2008 entitled “Specifications for Compostable Plastics” and the end product made of biodegradable plastics shall be marked “compostable” or “biodegradable during composting”;
  • Each carry bag or container shall be printed bilingually (English, Hindi or Local language) with the following information namely:-
    • Name and address of the Manufacturer
    • Registration number granted by the concerned State Pollution Control Board or Pollution Control Committee;
    • Size and thickness of the carry bag or container.

Protocols for plastic materials – Determination of biodegradability and the degree of disintegration of plastic material shall be as per the protocols of the. Bureau of Indian Standards listed at the Annexure to these rules.

Registration – The grant of registration certificate will be subject to the following conditions, namely:-

  • Every occupier manufacturing or proposing to manufacture carry bags or containers made of virgin plastics or recycled plastics or biodegradable plastics shall make an application in Form 1 appended to these rules to the State Pollution Control Board or Pollution Control Committee of the Union territory concerned for grant of registration or renewal of registration for his unit, as the case may be;
  • On or after the commencement of these rules, no person shall manufacture carry bags or containers irrespective of its size or thickness or quality unless the occupier of the unit has registered his unit with the State Pollution Control Board or Pollution Control Committee, as the case may be, prior to the commencement of production;
  • The State Pollution Control Board or Pollution Control Committee shall not the State Pollution Control Board or Pollution Control Committee shall not issue or renew the registration certificate to a unit unless the unit possesses a valid consent under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 (6 of 1974) and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 (14 of 1981) as per the requirements laid down by the State Pollution Control Board or Pollution Control Committee, as the case may be;
  • Every State Pollution Control Board or Pollution Control Committee shall grant registration within thirty days of receipt of application, complete in all respects.
  • The registration granted under this rule shall, unless revoked/suspended or can celled earlier, be valid for a period of three years: Provided that the certificate of registration shall not be revoked or suspended or canceled unless the manufacturer shall be given an opportunity of hearing;
  • Every application for renewal of registration shall be made in the Form 1 appended to these rules at least sixty days before the expiry of the validity of registration.
  • The definition of carry bags has been clarified to mean “bags made from any plastic material, used for the purpose of carrying or dispensing commodities but do not include bags that constitute or form an integral part of the packaging in which goods are sealed prior to use.
  • It has been clarified that the applicability of various provisions of the Rules is to “multilayered plastic pouches and sachets” and not to “multi-layered packaging material”.
  • Exemption granted to carry bags for export purposes has been clarified to be applicable to carry bags exclusively for export purposes, against an order for export.
  • The definition of multilayered plastic pouches or sachets has been clarified to mean pouches or sachets having at least one layer of plastic with one or more layers of other packing material;
  • The meaning of carry bags in white color has been clarified to mean carry bags in natural shade (colorless) i.e. without any added pigment;
  • The concept of deemed registration with SPCBs /PCCs for manufacturer/recycler of carry bags, multilayered plastic pouches or sachets has been introduced. Manufacturers, who have already registered, shall not be required to register again whereas others shall have to register.
  • It has been clarified that plastic material, in any, form shall not be used in any packaging for packing, gutkha, pan masala and tobacco in all forms.
  • The responsibility of municipal authority, manufacturers and the brand owners in setting up of the collection system as per Extended Producer’s Responsibility has been clarified.
  • It has been clarified that the municipal authority may work out the modalities of a mechanism based on Extended Producer’s Responsibility involving such manufacturers, registered within its jurisdiction and brand owners with registered offices within its jurisdiction either individually or collectively, as feasible or set up such collection systems through its own agencies.

 The full notification may please be seen in the Ministry of Environment and Forests’ Website at www.moef.nic in