I thought I would not write anything about the Jylland-Posten controversy for very long out of the thought of getting misinterpreted (as I am more often than not). But after reading this I could not take it anymore. You can check out the cartoons for yourself here. Also you can read a totally different take on the issue here.

There are two views about the whole the issue.

1. The newswpaper was irresponsible in publishing such controversial cartoons – Agreed. I mean they should have known where to draw the line. They should avoid hurting the sensibilities of any religious/ethnic group.

2. The people and Islamic nations over reacted – Agreed. There are ways of registering a protest over something and burning down an embassy is certainly not one of them. It gives further strength to all the cartoons and the tainting.

Now there is a personal view. There have been times when Hindu Gods have appeared on toilet seats, bikinis, sandals and even toilet rolls. Indians have protested and the products have been taken off the market. That is a good way of going about such things. There is that other way. The one that Bajrang Dal took. The one the Muslims took. I do not agree with such actions. And of course I cannot help but smile on the stand taken by Indian political parties. The communist pinkos have stayed silent and have not criticised the demonstrations. The Congress, as usual, has taken a middle ground. Bull shit. Every one had something to say when Bajrang Dal ransacked the MF Hussain painting exhibition (not that I support it). What happened now??? So much for religious tolerance. Smacks of pseudo secularism to me.

Update: Pakistani cleric issues fatwa againgst cartoonist!!

Rang De Basanti Rocks!!

It had been a long time since Lagaan roused those patriotic feelings in you by a means other than bashing Pakistan. Is it a coincidence that it again required an Aamir movie to do it. But only this time Bhuvan did not hog most of the screen time nor did he hit the winning six. And that to me is the USP of the movie. The movie has no big names other than Aamir or Rehman but still manages to emerge out of the shadows of both.

The direction of Mehra is outstanding and the sepia touch while shooting is just mind blowing. 10 on 10 to him for that. The music by Rehman is soulful yet feet tapping and cannot be said enough about. But the songs sounded better to me after watching the movie (Iris (City of Angels) was the only other example). I just love Khalbali and Roobaroo. Also none of the characters ever sing a song in the movie. Brilliant!!! (Is it a first???)

The story moves with a very fast pace and movie mixes the past and the present very well. The murder planning scene on the roof is perhaps the best one on the scene. The movie also brings out the anger in todays youth very well. I specially loved the scene where Aamir cribs about how the system controls you outside the boundary of the college (brought back the memories of my psentisem).

Yeh system ko badal ne jao, toh system tumhe hi badal deta hai 

The part with Atul Kulkarni and Kunal Kappor in the jail is also very well made. Also the end of the movie touches you and the fact that Karan kills his father is a masterstroke.

The scene where Karan (played by Siddharth) wakes up after the India Gate vision absolutely blows you away. Atul Kulkarni (as Laxman Pandey) keeps improving movie after movie and seems to me one of the Nana Patekar mould. Kunal Kapoor plays his part as Aslam to perfection is my choice for the best actor in the movie. Soha Ali (Sonia), Kiron (Mitron) and Anupam Kher (I guess this is the first movie where both have been cast together) are good in their small parts. Coming to Alice Patten (Sue). Her accent is believable and her acting top notch.

Overall I would give the movie 9 on 10. A def must watch. Another piece of advice. Please watch it in a theater not on TV. It deserves the big screen.

Update: I have fallen in love with the song Luka Chuppi (Lata and Rehman dazzle)!!

Profit Vs. Principles

Yet another one of those cases that makes you sit up and take note. Yahoo has been again accused of helping Chinese officials jail an internet activist. Sad indeed. 🙁

I like a line in the Reuters report. Am including it below.

“… examples that highlight the friction between profits and principles for Internet companies …”

Meanwhile, three Indians are supposed to have achieved Einstein’s dream. India does seem to be making rapid progress in theoritical physics. 🙂

Bahoooooo!!! :(

Today is the worst day, officially that is. The (stupid) IT people have blocked access to external mail sites. 🙁

I mean the block was present before but due to the efficiency of the IT staff it had not been implemented on machines running Windows 2000. But as of today they seem to have hired a capable guy and have succeeded in doing that too. 🙁

Shit!!! I can’t use Gmail or Yahoomail. Damn the IT people in my company. I mean I could install Firefox to screw them lekin I did not want to do it.