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Revelations and Aamir

It has been an interesting weekend at SAIFF. Saw few more movies and short films. Will not go into details of each of them but did learn some interesting facts.

1 - There is a full fledged Caucasion (whites) Sikh Community in Española, New Mexico. Its founder Yogi Bhajan runs a 3HO foundation (link) - which stands for Healthy Happy Holy Foundation. It was intriguing to see them personify the Sikhs - dress, beard, religion and ofcourse Bhangra.
(Short film - Healthy.Happy.Holy by Adithya Sambamurthy )

2 - State of Haryana predominantly farming community has a surplus of male population and Kerela has a surplus of female population. So the result is that grooms from Haryana marry brides from Kerela. There are social, cultural, ethnic and still predominant class barriers that are dissolved here. (here is the link to the Times of India artical "Jat Groom Seeks Bride" that inspired this short film)
(Short film - Kerela Brides by Sonia Narang)

3 - What if tommorow you had a prepaid card that you accessed to get water? What if you were not able to pay for it and that was your only source - a metered water supply. There are countries around the world that already have this system in place. This concept and its dire consequences was portrayed by giving example of Kutch in the state of Gujarat.
(Short film - A Drop of Life by Shalini Kantayya)

4 - Fashion - Saw its world premier on Friday. Will refrain from getting into fine details - its a one time watch movie. Madhur Bhandarkar is true to his name - Madhur means sweet and Bhandar means store. So in short this like his previous films is a "Glamorous Documentary" of what goes on in the fashion world in India. He touches on subjects of Couch Casting, favoritism, drug abuse, prevalence of gay men in the industry, plagarism of clothes... etc etc. One thing that disappointed me was the ramp music - there was no variety. Both Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Raut have done a good job. All in all an Ok movie.
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Finally much awaited Ghajini - again Mr. Perfectionist Aamir has postponed his film release to December as he wants to reshoot some scenes that he did not like. Here is the detailed news on about the movie Ghajini on the blog Bollywood Buzz. This movie is a remake of Memento (2000)

Waiting anxiously....

I am still busy at the fest till Tuesday - will catch up with all your blogs.

73 comments:

Shrav said...

woww! I'm looking forward to see Fashion and Ghajini!

•♥•♥[V]♥•♥• said...

i am waiting for Ghajini too..

hope aamir does justice to the original.
IT would be great to see him in this role.

take care mate

Happy DiwaLi to you bro

btw * WAs not able to find Firaq on net..still lookin..i am so into piracy lolz

Grey said...

Amir looks awesome , hey did you hear about the phone no tattoo on his body? the number is real and the lady who owns the number is getting thousands of calls everyday.

Neeku said...

i haven't read the post yet... but mention of Aamir and Solitaire's comment not present.... something is wrong with Cosmo !

will be back and read it again... for now gotta go...

P.S: Happy Diwali !

CяŷştąŁ said...

I am waiting for Ghajini.I hope of it to be a good movie! :)
Fashion is worth a watch,eh? Will try it out..btw,have you watched Sarkar Raj ..? You may like it if you're fond of documentaries.
PS-Happy Diwali

carolinagal said...

Thanks for the review. I'm sure Solitaire is especially happy ;)

Satish Bolla said...

on a movie spree??? good good. it's something which i would love to b in. anyways, drop of life looks interesting. who knows, our life mayb the same in a few years time.

ghajini surely rocks. me too looking fwd for it

brocasarea said...

am desperately waiting for the movie too!..:)...he looks great in the poster

Aaarti said...

hey!!

just came out from watching Roadside Romeo, cute..very yash raj!!!:)

saw the signboard for Fashion n was telling sis i wanna watch it..who knows, mite catch it tomorrow morn!!:)

yep, read abt Aamir postponsig release of the movie.. i dont know if i wanna watch gajini all over again, esp since i like Aamir way too much -- to see him get hurt, etc etc, but will watch it to see how diff it is from the tamil one[which i sw some 3times..]

take care
and dont work too hard!!:)

Aneesh said...

I've seen the tamil version of Ghajini and I really liked it. Don't know how, hindi will be. Normally remake movies won't be that good as original one.
Let's hope this makes a difference
:)

Phoenix said...

wow someone is getting to see some amazing movies.. n im envious... :)

wishing you a very happy diwali....

Lakshmi said...

Happy deepavali..some are great links and will come back to read a couple..Ghajini , Im not sure I want to watch it as I like the original Tamil version

Vinz aka Vinu said...

such festivals are a helluva experience...
great you are enjoying..!!

tak care. mate...

:)

τ ħ€ ĐάЎđяёάmёя said...

fashion..I m waiting eagerly to see..but memento got tan above my head ..so I m not anticipating much from ghazini..except some hindi songs added to it :P


btw wo heroes and sunny deoul in disco wala scene dekha ???

lol

Romila said...

Wow! these are some revelations esp. the Kerala brides story. Have to watch the movie.

Joy said...

Very interesting post. I was not aware of Cauccasian Sikhs. I have seen Memento. I did not know Ghajini is based on those lines.. Waiting for it to get released.

haritha said...

happy diwali
well iam wishin 2 see ghajni..n fashion......

Cinderella. said...

I'd absolutely loved Memento...a had watched it twice actually...cz of the whole movie going backward, I had to see it again to register properly.

Wonder why bollywood doesn't get over emulating the west !

Keshi said...

Aamir looks hot in that pic. Yeah I 'might' date him why not! ;-)

Keshi.

Ria said...

Oh wow!so u havin a good time. Gr8!come bck when u r done with it. :) And i m waiting to catch up with fashion and ghajini too. I havnt seen Memento so i guess i will not hav a yardstick to compare.

KP said...

will def watch ghajni....aamir always brings something different on the table:).

Happy diwali and Happy new year:).

Am In Trance said...

Wow.. Enjoyin' Haan...
Chalo Maje Karo...
That Ghajini Post was Amazing Dude... ThanK U So Much..

TakeCare...
:)

Still thinking said...

OMG! Is that Aamir? He looks deadly!

You sure are on a celluloid binge! :)

Ankur said...

sounds like i have to watch 3 out of those 4!!!

thanks for the updates!! :)

Cheers!!

Vinesh said...

the short films you listed sound interesting. hope to find them on the Net.

Pri said...

going to watch 'fashion' today..waiting for ghajini :)

Alameen said...

ghajini was inspired by memento.. to be precise remake of tamil ghajini...

Memento was a class apart.. In Tamil, Asin brought the difference..Waiting for the release..

Pavi!!!! said...

Nice informative post Ceedy!

Will try to catch these movies. I dono't think Madhu Bhandarkar can do any better than Page 2..tht was simply the best!loved tht movie! I started watching Traffic..but didn't like it enough to complete it.Will try catch Traffic tho!

n Ghajiji...I've seen it in tamil..n like the tamil actor Surya's performance in it. I'm sure Aamir will do a gr8 job as well..but all the hype he creates/ makes people create arnd it..is such a Turn off..makes me lose interest in the movie!
Am going to try catch the Eng version of this movie as well..Think it will be good to see.

Pavi!!!! said...

n hey im simply curious...how cme u suddenly started moderatin comments? I remember u mentioning that thts sumthing u wouldn't want to do?

An ILLuS|On said...

Belated Happy Diwali to you man..I hope you had fun..sorry for being late:S

CALM B4 THE STORM said...

I Love watching movies... I am sure I would love watching these also.. WHY because that pic said so! LOL!!

I am glad you are having fun watching movies...see we have a lot in common even our blonde Moments!!

See ya around Mr. Ceedy!!

Ne

Keshi said...

Happy Diwali too Ceedy :)

Keshi.

Jaggu said...

I am back after a long time. I like the picture on the top of the page. Where is it? :-P. I am also waiting for Ghajini as I know the histroy of that(as it is a remake of tamil/telugu film)

aqua gurl said...

can;t wait to watch fashion and ghajini:D:D:D


belated diwali wishes ceedy!

ceedy said...

@shrav

Kewl...fashion is out - did you see it?

ceedy said...

@v

Well I am big aamir fan...so just waiting...

belated happy diwali to you too...

ceedy said...

@grey
No I did not hear about the phone no incident...

thanks for sharing

ceedy said...

@neeku

thanks and belated happy diwali to you too...

ceedy said...

@neeku

thanks and belated happy diwali to you too...

ceedy said...

@neeku

thanks and belated happy diwali to you too...

ceedy said...

@crystal

fashion is out did you see it?

I have watched Sarkar Raj 1 & 2 many times...like them


belated happy diwali to you too

ceedy said...

@carolinagal

thanks...

ceedy said...

@satish

the spree is over...now I feel like an overdose of movies :P

yes waiting for ghajini....

ceedy said...

@brocasarea

kewl....

ceedy said...

@aaarti

Havent watched Roadside Romeo...

Did you watch Fashion

hahah....well he is not really hurt is he? its just fictional....

am going to try and see the tamil version....

ceedy said...

@aneesh

yup hope so too that the hype is worth it....

ceedy said...

@phoenix

thanks and belated happy diwali to you to

ceedy said...

@lakshmi

belated happy diwali to you too.

ceedy said...

@vinz
yes it was fun while it lasted

ceedy said...

@daydreamer

did you watch fashion?

yes and I say sunny deol...what a comic :P

lol

ceedy said...

@romila

thanks and enjoy

ceedy said...

@joy

thanks and yes...ghajini is actually based on the tamil version made earlier which was inspired by the original memento...and have heard it is a bit different

ceedy said...

@harita

belated happy diwali to you too

ceedy said...

@cinderella

yeah...memento was interesting - if you liked the way it is made - see pulp fiction another classic...

and in this case ghajini is a copy of tamil verison which was inspired by the english version....

ceedy said...

@keshi

try it and let us know how it went

ceedy said...

@ria
yes it was good while it lasted....

fashion is out did you watch it?

ceedy said...

@kp
kewl and belated happy diwali and new year

ceedy said...

@am in trnace

yup...it was fun...

and yes - do follow bollywood buss he does write interesting stuff

ceedy said...

@still thinking

hahah- yes he looks awesome

and I now think I have OD's after the binge.....damn!!!

ceedy said...

@ankur

Ok cheers

ceedy said...

@vinesh
dunno how else to watch them.....have to find this out...

ceedy said...

@pri
did you like fashion?

ceedy said...

@alameen
yes....heard the it is remake of tamil version - hope it is good

ceedy said...

@pavi

thanks....

yes... I think he got carried away with the concept..thats y i say these are glomorised documentarites

yes...agree more than half the movie is about hype and hoopla...

but hey that is the american concept that we indians have just adopted....marketing "nothing" is the key isnt it?

and about the comment - oh that was just an experiment....wanted to see how it works..was not sure if I change settings midway thru a post if smg happens...new post will not have it...

ceedy said...

@illusion
thanks and yes I had fun

ceedy said...

@ne

hahahha.....watch this and I will translate it for you

yeah...I am going for a genetic check up maybe I am blond :P

ceedy said...

@keshi

thanks....

ceedy said...

@jaggu

the picture at the top is somewhere in Northeast US...:P

yeah....it is a remake of tamil which is a remake of english...so am waiting too

ceedy said...

@aqua gurl

belated happy diwali to you too....

Ria said...

Watched fashion on sunday and i liked the movie. :) Quite well made and interesting.

(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

heard good things about this movie. Lets see how it turns out.
Like your header pic, by the way :-)

Deepali said...

A drop of life sounds quite interesting.


I had watched this news story about the north grooms and south brides. I remember this one married lady saying - yes everything is different - food, language...and I do miss my house and my family and they are very far away but my husband and his family are very nice to me and also my husband is well educated and earns a good living so this is better than being married in my village.

Till that moment I never realized that this woman was moving to a whole different world. I mean for some of us, a city/state movement doesn't matter because life doesn't change that much because you are in a certain socio-economic circle. But for that lady it was quite a task to adjust. I mean imagine moving to a town where very few people spoke the language you did. Anyway she seems happy so it was okay.

This whole problem of not enough women in some states in India is quite a big issue.

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Looks like you had quite a good time at the SAIFF :)

I have seen the Tamil version of Ghajini two years back,good movie.