‎Weather And Emotions – Delhi In March

The ambiance and the vibes in Delhi is right now very, very close to what folks at Pune or say Bangalore enjoy all year around.. Gentle, subtle showers of refreshing rain at infrequent intervals, dark clouds which overshadow your plans at every moment, fresh, energetic winds which inspire you to take on the world heads-on..

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If you love driving a two-wheeler, then you can feel the pure joy which you get while driving in this weather, especially at 2 AM.. dark, muddy roads, washed with fresh rains and that mysterious aroma of wet mud, mixed with smells of strange flowers hitting you at full force..

The weather right now at Delhi can be described as the best which Delhi can get, before wicked, unforgiving sun starts tormenting you and humid, still air suffocates you..

Walk, run, smile, hug your partner, hold her hands, hug, feel the joy all the while you can.. because this weather in Delhi is something which is not common, and very hard to get..

Consumer Forum to HDFC Bank: You don’t have any love for India #ConsumerRightWins

In 2008, a couple from Chandigarh decided to travel Thailand and Singapore. They had a HDFC Bank account, with Rs 1.5 lakh deposited, but their card was blocked by the bank. When they called the manager, he replied that due to misspelling in their names, the card cannot be used. The couple pleaded that they are in a foreign location, and they need money to come back.

But the HDFC Bank manager stuck to the rules.

HDFC Bank loses consumer court case

In a landmark judgement, consumer forum has slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the bank, and have ripped apart the ‘banking policies’ by saying that HDFC Bank has no love or respect for India. In fact, the consumer forum has said that the bank should penalize that manager who refused to help an Indian couple stuck in a foreign location, and ordered the bank to deduct the fine from his salary!

Yes, rules work, only if there is someone who believes in them. Kudos to the consumer forum for this crucial judgement. And, it seems that more than the banking rules, the bank should ensure that their managers know about common sense and humanity first…

I wrote a story on Trak.in, which you can read right here.

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The Program Review – The movie crushes the love I had for Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong had been a major influencer in my life ever since I left college, in pursuit of my dreams. His book ‘Every Second Counts’ actually helped me navigate several dark sessions of my life, where no solution was possible. After reading that book, and his quotes, my heart said that if a cancer survivor can win the toughest sporting competition 7 consecutive times, then heck, nothing is impossible in this world.

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But the movie destroys all these goodie-goodie thoughts and inspirations, and lay bare the cheating and deception which Lance did for winning the race. The movie depicts how Lance intentionally, and deliberately took performance enhancing drugs, encouraged his team members to do the same, and manipulated, twisted World Cycling Federation to approve his cheating.

The best part about the movie (and the actual incident) was a passionate sports writer, who investigates Lance’s case, and collects proof which eventually nails him. At a time when Lance was declared a super hero, celebrated all over the world, he questions the drug thing, and this writer’s colleagues ask him why he is doing it? And he replied, “Because I love this sport, and I don’t want chemists fighting each other to win it..”

Lance Armstrong was stripped of all Tour De France victories in 2012.

Moral of the story: Winning by cheating is a sin.. And, always, always be selective in choosing your heroes.

4/5

Deadpool Has Redefined The Superhero; It May Shock You (Review)

It’s not your regular superhero movie..

Its a revolution, an ode to all superhero movies, a unique, strange saga of lustful love, without any boundaries; a dirty shithole of kickass violence, blood, gore, profanity.. its everything your mom warned you about; but still, it will trap you with its funny anecdotes, humorous take on life even as the superhero is being drilled with iron rods and bullets.

The only thing which will piss you is the censor which our ‘moral gate-keepers’ have unnecessarily imposed on us. Everytime a ‘fuck’ or ‘asshole’ was beeped, the audience in the hall emitted a collective sigh, cursing those inhuman censor board members who decided to kill creativity and some fun. (mail to rajani@nfdcindia.com right away, and tell Shyam Benegal how such censor ship is destroying cinema. His censor board revamp committee can make a change! Visit SaveOurCinema.in for more details)

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Deadpool (Courtesy: Wikipedia)

Overall, whatever be you age.. if you have ever loved, adored a superhero (except Wolverine!), then this Valentines, watch Deadpool. It is a roller-coaster ride, which can unsettle you, decode you.. make you fall in love somewhere.

4/5 (Warning: Its an Adult movie.. R rated in USA)

Update 1: Deadpool collected $12.7 million on day #1, which swelled to $150 million by the time this extended weekend ended. It has been declared as the highest grossing R-rated movie ever!)

Checkout what folks at IMDB are saying. It must be fantastic, considering that it has received 8.7 rating as of now! (February 15, 2016)

Here is what Rotten Tomatoes have thought about this masterpiece. I mean, 84% score is really something!

The Best Bollywood Sports Movies Ever!

Ah the mixture of Bollywood and sports! Could there be anything better? The masala of a Bollywood film and the thrill of the chosen sport come together to make a movie that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout. Be it a small town boy rising to stardom by winning match after match or the girl who became a sports star even after endless family obligations, Bollywood sports movies always hit the spot.

We’ve compiled a list of such must watch films that you cannot miss!

Lagaan (2001)

Lagaan - The Best Bollywood Sports Movie

Beating the British at their own game is what this Oscar nominated movie is all about. A group of men from a small village oppressed by the British officers challenge them to a cricket match. When they finally win, you have tears in your eyes and pride in your heart. The film features Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh playing the village lovebirds. With cricket as the main and love as the sub plot, this movie checks all the boxes. Who would want to miss an India vs. England match anyway?

Chak De India (2007)

Chak De India- The Best Bollywood Sports Movie

This tale of an underestimated women’s hockey team fighting it out to win the world cup will melt your heart and appreciate every woman in your life. Add the angle of a misunderstood former player, portrayed by Shah Rukh Khan, coaching the team and you have the perfect amalgamation of emotions, tension and inspiration. We can bet you will have tears in your eyes when they finally beat Australia and win the gold. Can anyone have dry eyes when SRK cries?

If you love SRK as much as we do, do not miss his upcoming movie Raees and remember to book tickets in advance via Bookmyshow offers in order to avoid last minute rush.

Kai Po Che (2013)

Kai Po Che - The Best Bollywood Sports Movie

Inspired by the book “3 Mistakes of my Life” by ChetanBhagat, this movie is an amalgamation of friendship, politics and cricket. The ups and downs in the lives of the three friends played by Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar Yadav and AmitSadh have given us major friendship goals. All the subplots revolve around cricket and the heart wrenching end makes this film a must watch. The music, by AmitTrivedi, still has us singing along.

BhaagMilkhaBhaag (2013)

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag - The Best Bollywood Sports Movie

This movie, although a lengthy one, is totally worth it. It is an inspirational biopic based on India’s Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh, brilliantly played by Farhan Akhtar. The movie recounts the gruelling life of Milkha Singh right from his childhood up to the legendary race that changed everything. The movie will move you and maybe even inspire you to start working on your fitness. Watch this one to see how hard work always pays. However, if you prefer to go for a movie outing, why not just book movie tickets online and get the best deals?

Iqbal (2005)

Iqbal - The Best Bollywood Sports Movie

Touching upon every child’s dream to grow up to become a cricketer, Iqbal is a story of a young deaf and mute boy who does just that. Training under an alcoholic ex-cricketer, this young boy finally achieves his dream. The lead role is dazzlingly played by ShreyasTalpade who ended up getting a lot of critical acclaim for the performance. The movie is an inspiring and a moving one and it is cricket all the way!

Time for a binge movie watching session, perhaps?

5 Exclusive Events Which Will Only Occur In 2016 – Trivia

Today is January 1st, 2016; and a new year has begun.

I stumbled upon few very interesting facts for this coming year, which I wanted to share.

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Here are the 5 exclusive events, which will only occur in 2016:

1: 2016 is the year of Red Fire Monkey.

2: US Presidential elections would happen in the month of November, 2016. Americans will select their 45th President.

3: Summer Olympics would be conducted in the month of August, 2016. 10,000 athletes from 200 countries would participate.

4: A NASA Spacecraft is about to reach Jupiter in the month of July, 2016

5: 04/04/2016, 06/06/2016, 08/08/2016, 10/10/2016 and 12/12/2016  all fall on the same day: Monday!

And two bonus trivia: 2016 is a leap year; which means that February will have an addtional day. And, on January 1st, everyone in Italy wears red underwears because it brings them good luck.

On that note, let me wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Here is a Facebook update I had shared in the morning:

#Resolutions #2016We often underestimate the things we can do in the next 12 months but always overestimate what we…

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This Blog Is Hosted On iPage; And The Reason Will Blow Your Mind

MohulGhosh.com and some other ‘hidden’, ‘niche’ websites owned by me are hosted on iPage.com, for the last 2 years.

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Hot New Trend of The Books Business: Adult Coloring Books

Amazing it may seem, but adults are now returning to colors and creative zeal – and in a big way.

As per Wall Street Journal’s latest assessment, adult coloring books have occupied 8 out of top 20 book list on Amazon, and the fever is refusing to die d0wn.

A a shy 32-year-old illustrator, Johanna Basford’s new book is currently one of the top 20 books under this category. Johanna stays in Scotland, and she used to draw pictures for vodka bottles and book covers, before strikign a deal with a book publisher and the rest is history.

Her coloring books titled “Secret Garden” and “Enchanted Forest” were published by Laurence King Publishing Ltd., and are ranked among 2015’s top 20 best-selling books in the U.S., as per Nielsen BookScan.

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She has said she likes to “hide little curiosities within each illustration.”

Her newest titled is named “Lost Ocean”, published by Penguin Books in October, which is an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Michael O’Mara Books Ltd., a British publisher, said, “A staffer said how embarrassed she was to see her mother coloring and getting enormous enjoyment. We thought, ‘Why not have a stab producing a coloring book aimed at adults?’ ” And the result was  “The Creative Colouring Book for Grown-Ups,” which was published in the U.K. in May 2012, boasting high-grade paper and sophisticated illustrations.

Mr. O’Mara said, “I’m in love with words and I love literature. Now I’m known as the guy who publishes books with no words.”

Carina Guiterman, an assistant editor said,  “A lot of people think that’s where this will go. We haven’t seen the end of creative expression.”

 

 

ABCD 2: A Dance-Musical Extravaganza Which Has Very Few Parallels In Bollywood

Remo D’Souza delivers yet another installment of a musical-dance extravaganza, which can give a good fight to the Step Up series now. Carrying forward from the original ABCD, this dancing franchisee is taking some serious form now; as Disney has already backed the project, and mainstream actors such as Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor are now part of the team.

If we leave aside the script and the story, then what we get is a series of high performance dance performance, sprinkled with patriotic zeal and ofcourse, Ganpati bappa mourya.

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Remo, along with Prabhu Deva and a team of outstanding dancers such as Dharmesh Yelande as Dharmesh; Lauren Gottlieb as Olive; Raghav Juyal as Raghu; Pravin Bhosale as Chotu; Sushant Pujari as Vernon; Punit Pathak as Vinod; Karthik as Raju and others deliver a solid punch of creativity and dance, which has very few parallels in Bollywood.

On a hindsight, someone who is not that great dance enthusiast, can find some of the dance sequences tad too long, and a bit too many. But in case you love dance, then you will lap up every twist, and turn of the movie. God, when you see an auditorium in a city like Lucknow, filled with dance enthusiasts clapping and shouting on some out of the world dance moves, then you got to believe that ABCD series has found its niche audience.

Varun has tried his best to learn and deliver dance sequences like a pro, but he has still a long way to go before he can be compared with legends such as Hritik and Shahid. Was a bit disappointed with Shraddha, as her dance moves couldn’t generate that intensity which was visible with other dancers on screen, including Varun. But again, she can’t be blamed as the director chose to give her bit less space, as the feeble romantic story between her and Varun was half-heartedly accomplished.

Prabhu Deva as Vishnu sir, the Guru of the troupe, is the central pillar of the movie, and he has acted, danced and performed exceptionally well. I can see that IMDB has given ABCD 2 a rating of 6.5 as of now (June 20, 3.00 PM).. I cant be that harsh with this musical-dance spectacle. 8 would be my justification of this movie.

Disclaimer: Even if you don’t love dance, do watch this one as who knows.. Any Body Can Dance!

Hamari Adhuri Kahani: A Boring Romantic Story Which Drags On Without Logic Or Emotions

Hamari Adhuri Kahani, directed by Mohit Suri, the magician of love, and written by Mahesh Bhatt, the creator of emotions, miserably fails to ignite that intensity.

What I felt after asking some viewers at the theater: characterization part is completely missing. There is no bond, no attachment, no feeling for any of the characters by the audience.

However, having said that, the weakest link in this romantic ultra-melodrama is logic. There are huge, massive loopholes in the script, and often I was amazed how they can justify that. The timeline of the movie, the gadgets used and the over usage of tears; everything is done without any research into reality.

Hamari Adhuri Kahani review
Source: Wiki (Hamari Adhuri Kahani poster)

The plot is pretty simple: Married Vidya Balan falls for Imran Hashmi, the billionaire. However, Rajkummar Rao, her husband does not want to let go of her.

With a a triangle love story, there can be immense possibilities; if you add the Naxalite angle or of you include Dubai as a location or the office romance thing. But, the director decided to get stuck with the age old formulaes; infact, those mangalsutra sequences and all tears for the ‘pati’ and ‘suhag’ stuff made me cringe in disbelief.

I was confused: why they have to go back to history, the previous blockbusters to ensure success in 2015? Why are they so afraid to try out something new, something unconventionally romantic. The love, and the purpose of love both have changed.

Fortunately, this was the first movie where Emran doesn’t kiss; and unfortunately, this was the worst movie of Vidya I ever saw. She performed amazingly well, and carried out the cliché` dialogues in the most honest manner, but even her sparkling blue big eyes failed to save this movie.

I had that sinking, depressing feeling all through the movie; as if love is only a mirror back of pain and hurt and stuff. It neither arouses empathy nor any false hope; it simply narrates an unfortunate story, in the most uncreative manner.

1.5/5

Avoid it.