26 Jul

Extreme Movie Review: Singham (2011) Ajay Devgn

Dhing chika, Dhing chika, Dhing chika… This is what I got from singham, a ringtone… I hated Dabangg even more when it got National Award!
Don’t want to continue it in a post dedicated to Singham anyways!

if ( you like dabangg) {
Just go and enjoy Singham! This is pretty much mindless fun & laughter.
}

okay, so if you’re still with me then let me continue…

A bundle pack of abs, tight muscle and vardi (police uniform) make you no less than a super-man; this is the primary assumption of Singham.

Under false corruption charges Inspector Rakesh Kadam commits suicide, main culprit Jaykant Shikre (excellently played by Prakash Raj), a super-power politician from Goa.

Ajay Devgn as Singham, enters as an Inspector from a remote village, solving local issues in his unique-style. As per bollywood demand, Singham was destined to fall in love with Kavya (debut of Kajal Aggarwal). Movie does contain some songs & so called fairly childish love moments. You can totally utilize that time for washrooms & other needs.

Story line continues, in some xyz case our powerful villain had to appear before the macho Singham. As usual, verbal actions sowed the seeds of anger between the duo. Jaykant used his political power to transfer Singham to Goa City, in his area, to nail him down and started betrayals. I don’t want to get into further detail of what and when and how…

The vengeance saga continues with fairly comedy fight sequence and extra ordinarily unhuman stunts and mirthful dialogue sequences.

A few dialogues are:

jisme hai dam, wo faqt bajirao singham.
tera family bada hai, bahar mera truck khada hai…
meri zarooratein kam hai, isiliye mere zameer mein dum hai
kuch bhi karneka, Jaikant Shikre ka ego hurt nahi karna…
aali re aali, ata tuzi vari aali…
are ata mazi satakliree (this one was funny)
kya hua singham, is route ki sabhi laine vyast hai?…

Fight sequences I just cannot describe!! I just can’t stop laughing at that!!

Anyways, welcome back Ajay :)

No need to say, movie ended in an impractical way conveying “satyamev jayate” !! A few lines conveyed by Ashok Saraf (a constable), about Police in India are quite true! So ends one more over-action packed, masala hindi movie…

For those who want quick solution: Singham is the answer to the buzz-word of the century, corruption; rest wait for JanLokPal :)

Dhing chika, Dhing chika, Dhing chika…

21 Jul

Light Writing or Painting Photography with Sony DSC HX1

It always feels good to have a capable camera and it feels even better to explore new capacities of my Sony DSC-HX1 :)
After entering into manual mode and understanding a bit of photography basics, I turned exploring something really creative and exciting in photography.

Light Writing… quite self explanatory, writing with the light source and importantly making sense there-after :)

What it takes to take a light writing?

– Exposure: A long exposure time is a basic requirement for your camera. My Sony DSC-HX1 provides enough long exposure time, 30 sec.
– A tripod: Without a steady support you won’t be able get the perfect shot. Anything more than 1 second has a risk of introducing “hand-shaking” effect in your capture. I don’t have tripod but I managed. ;)
– Light Source: A light emitting source.
– A dark place, really dark :).
– Have your ISO least and aperture value higher. Play a bit with settings, you’ll figure it out.

Also you have to imagine a virtual surface and sense of in-focus area, to capture a perfect light writing sample.

Below are my first captures into “light writing”:

First Word: Love (expressing my love towards Sony DSC-HX1)

love-light-writing

Love


F-Number: F/3.5
Exposure Time: 5 Sec.
ISO: ISO-125

Well that’s me in the back… and that’s why proper darkness is required.
Also, do remember, camera will capture a mirror image and you’ll have to do basic editing!

and my name: Krex
krex-light-writing
F-Number: F/3.5
Exposure Time: 5 Sec.
ISO: ISO-125

More later…

01 May

Capturing with Manual Mode – Sony DSC HX1 Photography

“Auto mode is for kids and manual is for photographers”

Well, One must take out time to learn & for those owning camera, this is definitly a must do thing. I’ve started capturing through Manual modes and I’m pretty much amongst those beginners & learners.

Charity and photography begins at home (it’s kitchen in my case)!! :)
Enough words, let the pictures talk for themselves.

Sony DSC Hx1 Captures

Focal Length: 26mm
F-Number: F/8
Exposure Time: 1/5 sec
ISO: iso-125


Focal Length: 16mm
F-Number: F/8
Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec
ISO: iso-125

Focal Length: 12mm
F-Number: F/4
Exposure Time: 1/25 sec
ISO: iso-125

Focal Length: 16mm
F-Number: F/8
Exposure Time: 1/4000 sec
ISO: iso-125

and more to come… :)

26 Apr

Extreme Movie Review – Dum Maro Dum (2011)

And finally, Rohan Sippy’s “Dum Maaro Dum” ended the series of poor movies in 2011.

The best parts of the movie are Direction & Music, alongwith the good mixture of new characters and cool set of dialogues / one-liners. The way of story-telling and great back-ground music (by Midival Punditz) have added to it a lot.

Main Characters of Dum Maro Dum:
Prateik Babbar as Lorry
Abhishek Bachchan as ACP Vishnu Kamath
Rana Daggubati as DJ Joki
Bipasha Basu as Zoe
Aditya Pancholi as Lorsa Biscuta aka the Biscuit
Govind Namdeo as Rane
& ofcourse ‘Micheal Barbosa’

Lorry is a young scholar & footballer who couldn’t go with his girl-friend for studies in USA due to insufficient funds. Lorry’s friend Ricky tricks him to get involved in to drug smuggling in lieu of money.
ACP Vishnu Kamath is a regretting police officer who lost his family in an accident due to his corrupted ignorance towards drugs & thus now totally against drugs and all.
DJ Joki is a musician but someone who has got his aspiring girl-friend, Zoe, “spoiled” to a drug mafia, Biscuit.
Biscuit / Lorsa Biscuta is a point person between all the various Mafias all over in Goa.

ACP Kamath along with “selected cops” catches Lorry on airport with the drugs while DJ Joki tries to help Lorry and work with Kamath to find out ‘Micheal Barbosa’. The story revolves around these characters how they find out who ‘Micheal Barbosa’ is and saves Lorry.
The film has got good suspense and definitely nothing annoying! :)

Also a lot has been talked about Dipika Padukone and her skirt and her performance in ‘Dum Maro Dum’ title number!! There is NOTHING special or impressive about it; don’t believe the hype. But definitely the song Dum Maro Dum is great with lively beats and vocals.

The movie could have been much more successful and hit if Rohan Sippy’d have done “something” to DJ Joki and improved ending a bit!!
Zoe’s “character” & character in the movie was weak or can say not well written – in a poor dialogue when Zoe blames DJ Joki for her present.
DJ Joki’s character should have been little powerful!!
Abhishek has done a good acting as well as nice RAP Number in song ‘thayn thayn’. Govind Namdeo and Aditya Pancholi were good in their roles.

Rana Daggubati has got his bollywood-debut and his appearance is good in the movie – seems a promising star.
Angaraag Mahnata AKA Papon’s song ‘Jiyein Kyun’ is greatly sung and it keeps playing through-out the movie is splendid. Pritam Chakraborty’s music is great.
Almost all songs are nice but my favourite is ‘Jiyein Kyun’.

Movie has got some good dialogues, I’d like to list a couple of them:
“Jab zameer bikta hai tab jindagi bhi soot samet wasul karti hai”

“Mein sirf duty pe peeta hoon. Apne municipality bhaiyon se seekho, hamesha do-teen laga ke hi gutter mein ghuste hain”

“kehte hai jab koi marta hai toh jannat jata hai… par jab koi GOA mein marta hai toh kahin nahi jata…”

Also to note that this is the first bollywood film to be recorded in Dolby Surround 7.1, and hence the better music effect!

Well, it’s a good movie and for sure you can watch it!
BUT WAIT!! It’s given A certificate by sensor board; so better avoid it with family. :)

11 Apr

Weekend at Nature Discovery Centre – Sundarvan, Ahmedabad

Sundarvan

– A Nature Discovery Centre is like a small zoo located in the heart of the city Ahmedabad. I heard about and decided to appear personally.

How to reach Sundarvan:
Located at very odd place, I mean on a regular Satellite road you will never even notice anything like “Sundarvan” exists.

Things to do:
Sundarvan will hardly take 2 hours of yours to get you closer to nature.

Various species of birds including Peacock, ducks, love birds…; reptiles like snakes and crocodile and small mammals like rabbit, guinea pig etc you can see.
You can also check the traditional puppet show. Main attraction here is the 15 minute snake show.

Puppet Show at Sundarvan

Puppet Show at Sundarvan


At the entrance, you get to see the Ducks, a lot of them. Though the warning is given people still feed them and some of the arrogant visitors even exchange hot words with the zoo keeper when opposed.
Duck At Sundarvan

Duck At Sundarvan

I never knew something called “Love Birds” actually exists and one should actually go and visit Sundarvan to know why they’re called “Love Birds” :) Anyways they’re really colorful & beautiful & full of love :).

Love Birds At Sundarvan

Love Birds At Sundarvan

Next to it was the Rabbit’s cage which was very stingy and dirty. It was not at all in proper condition and I felt pity for them :(

A better looking Rabbit At Sundarvan

A better looking Rabbit At Sundarvan

I saw almost 5-6 peacocks, our National Bird. But guess what, I saw a lot of street dogs running behind them. I find Sundarvan is not at all safe for those Peacocks :(.

Indian National Bird at Sundarvan

Indian National Bird at Sundarvan

Best part of Sundarvan is the snake show hosted at the end of the visiting hour every weekend.

Sundarvan also has a small collection of fishes  & tortoises but with unclear glasses it’s all stopping the view. Same goes for the snake’s cages.
Well I had a lot of hopes from my visit. I even liked the efforts being done to maintain this but I’m very much disappointed by the condition of the Sundarvan. A lot needs to be done.

Web: sundarvan.org

Address:
Sundarvan
Jodhpur Tekra, Satellite Road
Ahmedabad – 380 015
Phone : 079 – 26923148

Timings:
Tuesday to Friday: 04.00 PM to 06.00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 09.30 AM to 12.00 Noon and 04.00 PM to 06.00 PM
Monday Closed.

Wish to visit it again.

-- Kedar Vaijanapurkar --