Monday, July 18, 2011

Deja Vu !!

Via Beware of the Blog, but was thinking along the same lines while watching the movie. Hence I quote liberally, with due respect to George.

Quiz Question : Which movie comes to mind when i say the following?
  • Three friends/roommates in Delhi
  • a two-wheeler that goes kaput at inopportune moments
  • spoofs of popular culture especially hindi movies
  • getting accidentally involved in criminal goings-on

Actually this "could" have been a real quiz question if the great Parnab had been the quiz master

The answer: Chashm-e-Buddoor, Sai Paranjape's cult classic comedy from 1981.

I don't want to shock anyone who thought that the answer is Delhi Belly. Nor do I mean to suggest that the Abhinay Deo-helmed film is a rip-off or that Akshat Verma was taking a hint from Sanjay Gupta and running a DVD of Chashm-e-Buddoor endlessly while doodling out ideas for his script. I just found it interesting that two films I enjoyed had such common elements.

And IMHO Chashm-e-Buddoor is an infinitely more satisfying film in that it is a more "Delhi" film than Delhi Belly and also that the comedy works beautifully without using any shock value.

Thanks George

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Sunday, July 10, 2011


Exhibit I

The ninth card of the Rorschach Inkblot Test, used by psychologists to analyse the personality characteristics and emotional functioning of patients

Exhibit II

The print poster for the movie Shaitaan

Clearly inspired and a brilliant idea if it was really done with the connection in mind.

And if not, an amazing poster nonetheless

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Woh Beete Din Yaad Hain

The Year is 1984, music director Ajit Singh creates a beautiful song for the film 'Purana Mandir'.
He sings one version himself -

Gets another version, with different lyrics, sung by Asha Bhosle

The film is a resounding success and the Ramsay brothers get a winner again.

Years later, Ajit Singh's daughter Tanya makes her musical debut and what song does she chose to sing? No prizes for guessing, it's her Dad's 1984 hit.

So which is the best version? Judge for yourself.

Misirlou, Cash and Kaminey

This is the title music from Tarantino's Pulp Fiction called Misirlou. A very very and should i say it again very commonly used and mis-used piece of music popping out everywhere even in the Kung Fu Panda 2 trailer

and even more famously in this

And there is this

although i admit this song sounds much better than it looks !

and finally

there is


And being the trivia hunter that I am here are some interesting points -

1. Both the Cash and Kaminey songs are sung by Vishal Dadlani.
2. None of these two use the actual guitar riffs of Dick Dale only the overall mood of the song.
3. Dhan te Nan uses some words from the Black Eyed Peas version like "pump the radio'.