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Monday, July 16, 2012

'Cocktail' fever!

It's the COCKTAIL fever!!!!!

Yes, I am stating this unashamedly
the entire nation,
rather the GenNow of this nation,
the multiplex frequenting guys and gals,
are in the grip of the frenzy generated
by this latest Bollywood romcom.
Never has a romcom, a typical chickflick material,
has captured the fancy of such a large number of people.

I myself was apprehensive when I came across reams of
newsprint devoted to the expectations that the trade circles
had been trumpeting after the promos started airing.
I definitely liked the songs, the catchy-peppy-zingy numbers,
and the visuals too, but did not expect fireworks as such in the movie. 
Bollywood is known to blow up humongous bubbles out of
nothingness....... and then the bubble bursts.
But watching the movie was simply pleasurable.
Yes, the material was flimsy, the old-wine-in-a-new-bottle
tag is very much applicable, but the three protagonists,
played by Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, and Diana Penty
won me over.......... I was charmed..........
I have to give a big thumbs up to the screenplay and dialogues,
and to the chemistry that they've managed to pull off.
Saif has done similar portrayals in films like 'Hum Tum', 'Salaam Namaste',
'Love Aaj Kal', and 'Kal Ho Naa Ho' already, but he has invested
a great deal of energy to reach new heights of urbane cool.
Diana Penty is oven-fresh sweet, and looks too good to take
my eyes off her. Despite being the proverbial  non-actress,
she fits the role of the docile, shy girl perfectly.
Deepika Padukone is the one who has been making
the audiences go crazy and is even triggering repeat viewings.
She has given a near flawless performance, and is likely to
get talked about and toasted in the days to come.
'Cocktail' is also enriched by a zany support from
the cast-members Dimple Kapadia and Boman Irani.
Randeep Hooda doesn't have much to do, and is a waste.
My last word: If you are not too pissed off watching romcoms,
and are willing to forget that Homi Adajania is the director of this flick
(his quirky sensibility from 'Being Cyrus' almost gone amiss),
you'll actually enjoy this breezy flick, the tedium in the second half
notwithstanding; go for it, preferably with friends for company.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th!

Today is Friday the 13th. 
There are several beliefs, better termed superstitions, that bog people and make them skeptical about this date/day. There are several theories about their origins as well. I came to know just today that there is a specific term for the fear o0f Friday the 13th....... it's called triskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia....... quite a tongue twister the latter one!
I had seen the cult slasher movie 'Friday the 13th' years ago, and I just remember it for some of the genuinely chilling scenes of blood and gore, and for a very young Kevin Bacon who starred in it.
Happy Friday the 13th! No need to feel the shivers in the extremes.
Just enjoy the goofiness of the slasher flicks or the horror fest by means of umpteen specials on telly........ and do not feel spooked, come what may!

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