Slumdog Millionaire” is omnipresent these days .. It’s getting accolades and awards from all the corners of the world .. It has got 9 to 10 Oscar nominations – the supreme and the highest awards of the film industry all over world .. Amitabh Bachhan has criticized the movie for portraying India in a bad – poor light .. Except him and my few other blogger friends, most of the reviewers have praised the film for its concept, direction, acting, screenplay and of course for Rahman’s music .. I watched it few days ago .. I liked the concept very much and I too felt that it could have been made better and it of course does not come in my ‘Worth-Watching’ category of films .. You might feel that I have a shallow taste but I do not have ‘Herd mentality’ nor I follow trends .. I have got my own brain to analyze and review things and that’s what I felt .. This movie is certainly over-hyped and overrated .. It is also certainly meant for the West who has the image of India being very poor, corrupt, full of corruption-slums-prostitution-naked children-beggars and dirty third-world country ..

In last few years, I had watched several off-beat/dark movies which are usually made for so-called intellectual, English-speaking, sophisticated classes and not for masses .. I have analyzed that all these off-beat movies follow the similar trend .. The things which I am going to write in next few lines, you will see those incidents/scenes/things in all these so-called non-commercial art films ..

So to make a critically acclaimed / Oscar nominated off-beat movie, you should:

(1) Include some really very very abusing and vulgar words .. These words should be from Hindi language .. Somehow these Hindi gaalis tend to provide more appeal and influence than the very common English ‘F’ word .. Hard-core swearing must be included 4 to 5 times in the script .. It will be considered as freedom of speech and appropriate as per the situation’s demands by critics and intellectual reviewers ..

(2) Include smooches, lip-lockings and extremely bold love-making scenes in the film .. Critics will praise it as it was the demand and necessity of the state of the film ..

(3) Include a riot scene where a Muslim area or a Muslim dominated slum or a Muslim housing colony is attacked by several Hindu fanatics having Tilak on their foreheads and saffron scarf around their neck .. Misleadingly portray how Muslims of India live in a very scary, pitiful and pathetic situation and they have fear of their lives every second and they are butchered by Hindus every now and then without any reason or provocation .. Intellectuals will stand up and will give you round of applause and standing ovation for your boldness, non-partiality and secularism .. You will be considered very scholar and thinker film maker ..

(4) Show infidelity, extra-marital affairs, wife-swapping, drugs, drinks etc .. Classes will admire you for all these scenes because these things are mere their daily routine in their so-called posh society ..

(5) Try to portray India as bad and as poor as you can .. Show naked children doing potty on rail tracks, show slums, show open drainage lines, show broken roads, show ghetto areas, show beggars, show homeless people etc .. You will be considered as a realistic film-maker ..

(6) Keep the background music as loud as possible so that it can make many dialogues not audible and it cal also keep the critics and film-watchers awake ..

If you can get the right mixture of these masalas in your film, you are bound to get a critically-acclaimed & well-praised movie-maker tag even though 0.005% of the Indian population will watch your movie and out of that 0.001% will really like the movie or at least will pretend the same .. You will be a star next moment ..

Except ‘A Wednesday’ which was really very amazingly shot and directed, I found most of the off-beat movies sheer trash and awful ..

So which off-beat movie you liked in recent years?? .. Do let me know so that I can give it a try and can relate my analysis which I have mentioned above to it ..

Happy off-beat movie watching !! Then Happy yawning !! Then happy sleeping !! Then happy regretting the waste of both – time and money !!

Soham

Hello all .. Well, these two days 14Th and 15Th January were awesome and fascinating .. We all celebrated this festival with great zeal, enthusiasm and fun .. Our old home resides in the constituency of our Honorable CM Narendra Modi .. So he graced the occasion by spending few kite-flying moments with us .. I guess the pictures below will tell the story how I celebrated my ‘THE FAVOURITE’ festival in Ahmedabad ..

[ People on their terraces – all smiling and cheering – Look how full the sky is with kites !! ]

[ Friends – Guy with the cap is your highness Soham – LOL !! ]

[ I am in Action ]

[ Dad – Busy tying the kinya to the kite ]

[ Mom – Enjoying Makar-Sakarnti to the fullest ]

[ Honorable Narendra Modi enjoying kite-flying with its own people ]


[ Modiji in Action ]

[ Time for a picture with ‘Gujarat ka Sher’ – ‘CEO of Gujarat’ – ‘The truly a CM (Common Man)’ – Mr. Narendra Modi]

Soham

Hello everyone .. It’s been a long gap between the posts .. well, frankly I could not find anything interesting to pen down since the new year started .. Yeah, but the sad part is, the new year started with a very bad, sad and disappointing note ..

Satyam’s scam really shocked the whole India .. How can a chairman of such a reputed and prestigious company think of such cheating and frauds?? .. The Satyam balance sheet was inflated by Rs 5040 crores .. Mr. Raju must be punished severely to set an example in India .. Millions of its share holders are on verge of becoming bankrupt as its shares were hammered by 77% in one day .. Some might have invested their whole life-savings in it .. Some might have invested his/her pension in it .. What about those guys?? .. And the most unfortunate situation is of Satyam’s employees .. They have been made scape goats for no reason – no fault of them .. This fraud has certainly spoiled India’s image world over and which till now was thought of as ‘Safe Investment Land‘ has now been depicted as ‘Cheaters’ Paradise‘ !! .. I hope India’s image, Satyam company itself, its employees ans its share holders come out of this trauma soon !! ..

But the million dollar question is : If a giant company like Satyam is involved in such a huge scam, whom to trust now ?? .. Where will people go ?? .. Where do they invest money ?? .. After all, everything depends on trust these days !! .. God bless India and its people !!

Well, on a happy part, I am heading to Ahmedabad for my favorite festival Uttarayan / Makar Sakranti .. Gujarat is a land where life is meant for celebration, joy and zeal .. So we, gujjus, fly kites all day long on 14th January and 15th January to celebrate makar sakaranti .. Old and young, children and aged, men and women , poor and rich – everybody will be on their terraces on these two days flying kites and shouting ‘kaata kaataaa’ .. There will be no complaints of scorching heat, freezing cold, deadly pollution, irritating horns on the road, never-ending traffic signals, bumper-to-bumper traffic or India-Pak war .. Instead there will be fun, party, enthusiasm, smiles, laughs and at 7-00 PM on 15Th January, there will be tears in eyes as the sun has set, moon has started to peek, those bright light has been overcome by little darkness and now there will be no more kite flying till next year .. A long long journey to make like an eternity ..I’m so much happy and excited to celebrate it ..

So in my next post, I will post my Uttarayan experience with some snaps taken by me !! .. Till then have fun and take care .. And if you are planning to fly the kites, then play safe and be careful !!

Soham

Yeah !! I’m back from my vacation and rejoined my job and responsibilities .. It was a fabulous vacation I had, meeting all my dear friends who were visiting India from US and partying all night with them ..

So today is the 1st day of the new year 2009 and we just bid adieu to 2008 .. Those 365 days flew really fast like a flash of an eye-blink .. I will try to relive those moments which made me think, which made me happy, which made me sad ..

1) The year started on a good note .. I got married on 22ND Jan, 2008 .. It’s one of the happiest and memorable moments of my life .. I will cherish those moments all my life .. A grand wedding ceremony as well as amazing pre and post wedding functions .. Those dances, those smiles, those jeweleries, those traditional attires, those expensive suits, those wedding rituals, those poojas etc were just unforgettable and so enjoyable ..

You can watch the photo album here ..

2) In the month of February, I was put on a real-world project for the first time .. It was a great exposure as well as experience for me to get .. Those tight deadlines, those high expectations, those impossible-to-complete deliverable were really tough to manage .. But somehow I survived ..

3) Then came the grand IPL (Indian Premiere League) cricket series .. Being an avid cricket fan, I enjoyed every bit of it .. I went to watch two matches of IPL ..

I had written several articles on IPL which you can glance through here:
IPL Begins !!

IPL mid-way review

IPL Side-Effects

My first IPL Match experience

IPL Final from the stadium

What to do after IPL?

4) On the cricket front, Team India had a great great year .. IPL was a grand success .. India won against world-champions Australia .. India won against England recently .. We are on the verge of becoming number 1 test team and team India is really performing superbly under Dhoni’s leadership .. Recently Australia lost the series against SA in their home soil after 16 years and now their aura is on the verge of ending .. Can I ask for anything better than this from the year 2008?? ..

I had written several articles on cricket you can glance through here:
Farewell to Saurav Ganguly and Anil Kumble

5) ‘The GOD” Sachin Tendular broke the record of highest run-maker in tests which was set by another legend Brian Lara .. Sachin now tops the list of highest run scorer in tests as well as in one-days .. He too has highest number of tons to his name both in tests and one-days .. He truly is legend of legends !!

6) The sad and the ugly part of the year 2008 were the terror attacks all over India .. It started from Jaipur where various bomb blasts rocked the pink city .. Banglore and Ahmedabad were next on the list .. First time we saw hospitals to get bombed in Ahmedabad killing 50+ people .. Then it was our national capital Delhi which was shaken by blasts at various places .. And then the most deadliest attack on our soil .. 26th November attacks in Mumbai were the most unfortunate event which took place in the year 2008 .. 200+ people died and several thousand people got injured and top of that one billions people of India got shocked, shaken and scared .. Now we are still waiting what answer will Indian Government give to Pakistan and other terrorist organizations ??

I had written several articles on terrorism issue which you can glance through here:
No more tears – No more dead people

Hindu Rage is the aftermath of Islamic terrorism

Why are we targeting politicians alone?

7) Recession took its toll heavily on the people all over world .. Several banks went bankrupt, several business went down, several companies closed down and millions became unemployed following the recession and stock-market crash .. Still the situation is dangerous & volatile and anything can happen in the future .. 2008 saw the worst economic crisis ..

8) Regional politics of MNS and the arrest of Raj Thackrey made the Mumbai live in panic, fear and tension for couple of days .. You can read my mumbai experience on that day here ..

and the last but not the least,

9) 2008 was the year when I started blogging .. March was the month when I opened an account in blogger.com and started the journey called ‘Soham whispers’ .. You can read out my first ever post here .. Today whatever I’m doing and whatever I have achieved, I fell happy – I feel satisfied .. I have made many blogger friends as well as many blog readers .. I promise all of you that I will write more and I will try to entertain you as much as I can .. Thanks all of you for your continuous support and appreciation and also all the motivation and encouragement ..

So it’s time to say ‘Bye-Bye 2008’ and let us all welcome 2009 with warm wishes !!

Soham

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