Monday, December 28, 2009

3 cheers to Rajkumar Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani impresses once again but this time with Aamir. Drifting away from Sanjay Datt and Munnabhai, he gives us a visual treat. Though based on Chetan Bhagat's Five Point Someone, Hirani has adapted the story well to suit the sensibilities of the film audience. So, if you have read the book, you will enjoy seeing the fictional characters - Alok, Hari and Ryan come to life, though with different names - Raju(Sharman Joshi), Farhan(R Madhavan) and Rancho(Aamir Khan). And if you haven't read the book, never mind, you will enjoy the movie too(your mind free of predicting next scenes!).

Best thing about Rajkumar Hirani's movies is the humorous way of conveying serious matters. That we have seen in Munnabhai MBBS and Lage Raho Munnabhai and 3 Idiots is no different. Most part of the movie makes you jump out of your seats and laugh out loud. But there are also scenes which makes you bring your hands closer for an applause.3 Idiots film poster featuring Aamir Khan, Madhavan and Sharman Joshi
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If Munnabhai MBBS asked the doctors to be more humane in their treatment to patients, 3 Idiots asks us to be thoughtful when making career choices and do not succumb to pressures from various quarters. If we are not passionate about engineering and choose it, we will become those reluctant engineers. For Aamir, I thought this is an extension of what he had conveyed in Taare Zameen Par - one should follow his heart and excel in the work he loves. Film also mocks the education system, which sets a rat race among the students for jobs.

We can also spot some more similarities with Munnabhai MBBS. All Is Well mantra is to 3 Idiots, what Jadu Ki Jhappi was to Munnabhai MBBS. Prof.Viru Sahasrbuddhe(Boman Irani) reminds you of Dr.J.Asthana of Munnabhai MBBS and Rancho(Aamir) appears as a gentle version of Munna(Sanjay Datt). In this film, Hirani has retained the term Imperial in college name - Imperial College of Engineering just as in Imperial Institute of Medical Sciences in Munnabhai MBBS. One more thing I noticed in this movie is how well the director has connected the minute details in the film. I dont want to the give the details of the same as you will definitely find this out while watching the movie.

This movie may not herald a revolution in India in terms of career selection but defintiely will provide some food for thought for those parents who have only 2 career choices for their kids - Medicine or Engineering. Must watch for all age groups. Worth every rupee.

Recommended Reading :
5 Things I liked about 5 Point Someone
Munna Shines Again(review of Lage Raho Munnabhai)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Maleyali Jotheyali Film Review

Hearthrob of Karnataka, Ganesh is back with his latest flick Maleyali Jotheyali. And this time, he looks to pass behind him, the poor box office records of his recent films.

Plot : Preetham(Ganesh) comes to Sakaleshpur to escape from his father who wants him to get married soon. On the way to Sakaleshpur, he meets two girls Anjali(Yuvika Choudhary) and Sandhya(Anjana Sukhani). Anjali is an introvert and Sandhya, the opposite. In order to impress Sandhya, he takes the help of Anjali. In the process, both Sandhya and Anjali start liking Preetham. Equations change when Preetham realizes that he is in love with Anjali.Maleyali Jotheyali film poster
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Though there is nothing new in the sript and it is a plain triangular love story, there are many reasons for you to like the movie. Ganesh impresses with his spontaneous dialogue delivery and is touchy in emotional scenes. Another impressing act is of little girl Lucky, who befriends Preetham and both share their sorrows and happiness. Though you might have scene some of the best locations in Western Ghats in Mungaaru Male, there are some more for offer here.

Comedy combo of Ganesh and Sharan makes you laugh loud. The same jodi had proved their worth in Krishna. Ganesh has sung a song in this movie - HaaLaad HaaLaad Heartali Hosa Hudgeer HaavaLi - mocking his act of Devdas in Mungaaru Male. There are few glitches in the movie like that of stereotyped role of father for Rangayana Raghu. Colonel Thammaya(Dattatreya) reminds you of Colonel Subbayya in Mungaaru Male. But a fast paced script covers up these glitches. Even then, I thought climax of the movie could have been different. Anyway I give thumbs up for this Preetham Gubbi venture. Rain and greenary are once again a treat to the eyes. Have a enjoyable time watching Maleyali Jotheyali.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 in KODIPU - Commemorative volume of Vishwa Tulu Sammelano 2009

KODIPU is a Commemorative Volume of Vishwa Tulu Sammelano - 2009 held at Ujire, Dakshina Kannada comprising of articles on Tulu language, literature and culture. I am very happy to note in KODIPU, my blog gets mentioned in the article - Namma Tulu on the Global Platform written by Yogitha Shetty, Mysore. Check out page No.219 of the KODIPU for details.Cover page of KODIPU - Commemorative Volume of Vishwa Tulu Sammelano 2009This is what the article has to say about the blog - "Amidst innumerable issues which have beeen spurred for debate, a post on the forum of the website which dwells on 'Learn Tulu Online: Talking to your Tulu Speaking friend' very interestingly provides a list of sentences in Tulu and Kannada. The feedback that it has received not only pats on the back of the blogger who has posted those sentences but also expresses the desire to read more of them thereby giving a glimpse of the pulse of the readers." in KODIPU - Commemorative Volume of Vishwa Tulu Sammelana 2009
Here are the posts I had written about learning Tulu on the net
Learn Tulu Online : Part 1 - Commonly Used Phrases
Learn Tulu Online : Part 2 - Talking In a Restaurant, Conversing with a vendor
Learn Tulu Online : Part 3 - Talking to your Tulu Speaking friend

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Tulu Grama at Vishwa Tulu Sammelana, Ujire

Probably, Tulu grama at Vishwa Tulu Sammelano 2009 in Ujire attracted more number of visitors. Tulu grama, spread across 8 acres of land in Ujire was called Ajjara Kallu. It refreshed my memories about the professions people were involved, some 10-15 years ago in most of the villages in Dakshina Kannada. On the whole, Tulu grama was representative of the adminstrative setup of Tulu village some time back.
Ajjere Kall Graama Vishwa Tulu Sammelana
Entrance to Ajjara Kall Tulu grama

Tulu Graamada Vivarane
Info about Tulu grama in Tulu

Tulu Gramada Nakshe
Map of Tulu grama

People flocking to see Tulu Graama
Crowded Tulu grama

Paddy Field Tulu Graama
Paddy field in Tulu grama

Devasthaana in Tulu Graama
Temple in Tulu grama

Tailor Darji

Vyaayaama Shaale
Conventional Gym

Katri Saane
Machine to sharpen Scissors

Kalaayi Paadune

Goli Soda
Preparing Soda

Gaanada Eru Tulu Graama
Extracting Sugar cane juice

Basket preparing

Kole Basava

Bangaarda Beledaar or Goldsmith
Goldsmith at work

Bachchire Porbulna Ill

Mithaai Angadi
Candy shop

Achchida Bella


Gas Light
Gas Light

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Vishwa Tulu Sammelano 2009 Photos

Few snaps of Vishwa Tulu Sammelano 2009 held at Ujire, Dakshina Kannada from 10th 13th December 2009.
Entrance to Vishwa Tulu Sammelano 2009
Entrance to Vishwa Tulu Sammelana

Tulunaada Siridompa
Tulunaada Siridompa

Tuluvere Maanasthambha
Tuluvere Maanastambha

Koti Chennaya Aane Baakil
Koti Chennaya Aane baakil

Koti Chennaya
Heroes of Tulunaadu - Koti Chennaya, Statue of Koti

Statue of Parashuraama

Vishwa Tulu Sammelano Main Stage
Main Stage of Vishwa Tulu Sammelana

Vishwa Tulu Sammelano 2009 Ujire
Crowded roads in Vishwa Tulu Sammelana

Tulunaadu Bhootaaraadhane
Idol representing Bhootaaraadhane in Tulunaadu

TMA Pai Mantapa
TMA Pai Mantapa

SDM College Ujire
SDM College, Ujire

Ratnavarma Heggade Stadium
Sri Ratnavarma Heggade Stadium, Ujire

Kadambaadi Jattappa Rai Mantapa
Kadambaadi Jattappa Rai Mantapa

Bhootada Ani
Ani used in Bhootaaraadhane

Art In Sand
Art in Sand

Ajja Ajji in Aatil Aragane


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