Even Steven on the boxing day!

(c) Reuters

This was the most anticipated day, perhaps, for Indian cricket lovers apart from the final of the world cup that India won. To be a bit unfair to Sri Lanka, India’s victory in Mumbai early this year to become the world champions of cricket has become less of a fanfare in my memory, thanks to the fact that we won it against Sangakarra an and his men. Had it been Australia or Pakistan, it would have been different.

Anyway, let us come back to the boxing day test match. I was sort of hoping India to bat and Sachin to redeem himself with a hundredth hundred at the MCG on the boxing day. Perhaps that chance went to his counterpart Ricky Ponting and unfortunately he blew it away after a fine fifty. Yeah unfortunately because I have loved to hate that man (RP, Rick, Punter or %$@$%# whatever they call him) and I wanted him to gracefully retire with a flowing century.

The day belonged, and rightfully so, to the two youngsters. One of them is a debutant, Ed Cowan who let Australia’s batting and other Umesh Yadav who, only in his third test beautifully led Indian bowling. So the boxing day was great with both sides dealing blows, neither of them killing. Match is in the balance now and it remains to be seen if Sachin scores his hundredth hundred at the MCG or not.

I’ll not be posting more about the series here, unless he scores a century or if we win the series or both.

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Ghost of Tom Cruise

Another post, another review. And as eccentric as the new MI series movie Ghost Protocol.

(c) Wokay.com

Tom Cruise is old. So is Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar. But none of them are calling it quits… still waiting for that next elusive big innings. Which was the last ‘hit’ movie by Tom? How long ago? Anyway…

So that movie, Ghost Protocol is bollywoodish. I’m wondering who, if it was indeed made in India, would have been the lead actor. Possibly Salman Khan? Yes. Then he wouldn’t bother keeping his goggles in his breast pocket or care to use a pair super suction gloves to climb from 127th floor to 138th floor of Burj Dubai. It indeed has an element of Bollywood in it, a guy named Anil Kapoor with ‘I’m a stupid bollywood actor’ written all over his face in the brief sleazy role he grabbed. Okay sorry. I promise to talk about the movie now.

GP, as I said, is indeed a typical bollywood style flick. Ethan Hunt is thrust upon yet another impossible mission by his agency. Except that he now can not use his agency to make it successful. So he, along with his dare devil but zany team has to protect the world (err… America) from some guy with nuclear terrorism in his eyes. What unfolds are a series of events (mostly funny and foolish) starting from Kremlin (Russia) to Burj Al Arab (Dubai) to Mumbai (actually Bangalore) finally leading to Ethan Hunt saving the world (America again).

I will not say Ghost Protocol is the worst of all MI movies because I enjoyed watching it. But I must say that it certainly did not deserve the ‘MI’ title.

Winter? What winter?

I heard some people talking in my society. They said winter has arrived. One of them was wearing a half sweater at 10am. I saw one guy putting on a jacket as well.

So inquisitively I went and checked the weather report. And, to my surprise, the temperature in Mumbai at that time of 26 degrees. Oh my god! I couldn’t believe it… was it THAT cold? Where is my Laddakhi blanket? And my snow suit? Oops! I don’t have that one.

But boy… IT IS COLD in Mumbai. 26 degrees IS COLD! Mind In! 🙂

Audience v/s Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl

What better way to (re) start blogging than writing a movie review? My blogging career started with a movie review. It (re)starts with a movie review again.

Courtesy mahiram.com

Hmmm, now lets focus on LRB. What can you expect from a movie full of ‘Sharmas’? (4 Sharmas- Anushka Sharma, Dipannita Sharma, Aditi Sharma and director Maneesh Sharma and one to-be Sharma… yeah I expect Ranveer to change his name).

Frankly I loved Parineeti Chopra’s character Dimple Chadhha. And this new girl has done full justice to her role. She ads some flavor to otherwise drab movie that revolves around one conman Ranveer (Ricky B) who has duped 15 females and is still at large. Invariably none of them ever complained to Police (god knows why). But some thing happens (apparently directed by Sharma No. 1 Maneesh) and 3 of the 15 con women come together to script an indelible con against the invincible eternal conman.

Enter Sharma No. 2, (Dipannita) a full of attitude corporate secy and the mastermind of the whole con, Sharma No. 3, (Aditi) a certain coy Saira Rashid from Lucknow and the effervescent Dimple Chadhha (Parineeti Chopra). The script the con, trace their target with some intelligent analysis and then decide to attack. But how? So enter Sharma No. 4, Anushka as Ishika Desai. They decide to use her as a pawn to kill the king con. Rest, as they say, will be history in no time.

Movie is interesting in the first half. But sadly it just skids through in the second as against other movies which tend to drag. The three ladies come out as a winner, not only in the movie but also as performers. They, I guess, have the meatiest role despite the movie focusing solely on Ranveer.

The impressionist Raveer Singh is pleasing to the eye. But if I may compare, his con acts are no match to Dhoom 2‘s Hritik. Other wise, he is growing pretty well. I can already see a ‘Shah Rukh Khan‘ in the making. 🙂

Anushka, on the other hand, is pathetic. Not her fault though, the role is such. I wonder what made her accept it. Ranveer love os Maneesh’s surname? All in all, the movie is a one time watch if you like light movies and love Ranveer or Anushka. Otherwise Ghost Protocol releases tomorrow and there is Don 2 coming up as well. And they are worth the wait!