Saturday, November 16, 2013

GRR, parents of babies at the movies!

I love babies too. They're cute, innocent, cuddly and what not.

But please don't bring them to a movie theater because there are some souls like me who would like to take a break from routines and sit back and watch a movie in peace in a darkened environment without other unnecessary interruptions.

This couple in the row before me brought one baby each (don't know whether they were twins or what). The babies' crying got louder and louder, but the parents were adamant not to leave, or take the children out for a breather, or even take turns. Why should I and the others in the theater have to put up with this when we have paid for a chilled-out movie experience and driven 45 minutes one-way for it? The movie was a violent one with a lot of fights. The parents should have known better!

I did shush them a few times with a general 'shhh' but nothing worked. Hmph.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rumbumbum Arumbum...AARAMBAM

"Keep it simple."
"Make it simple."

Ajith's (Thala) punch dialogues started off this way. So, am going to keep it simple. Anyway it's a simple plot. And the movie sequences make simpletons out of us. Saying it's Mumbai and then showing us Chennai for it, hmph. That sort of stuff. The simple plot is that an anti-terrorist/bomb squad team loses its officers due to the slipshod quality of the bullet-proof jacket approved by a top cop and politician plus a media person, who all make a lot of money out of it. A surviving member of the bomb squad team -- i.e. our Thala Ajith brings them the gory glory they deserve. Death by various ways. Off a Dubai skyscraper, off few dozen gunshots, off some big bombs, etc.

My dog's name is Rover and the story's over.

Now for the actors (I love this part).

AJITH KUMAR as AK i.e. Ashok Kumar in this film -- is the seemingly anti-hero who is in fact just a hero. I dunno about his acting skills, which really, I cannot comment on for some non-specific reason. It ain't bad and it ain't heart-stopping. Because acting is not the point with this guy whose head full of grey hair has been the talk of the town. His mere personality and consequent style is THE point. The fact is... that he isn't a supremely wonderful dancer like Vijay or a six pack hard-working, beautiful-eyed guy like Suriya, for example. He's a guy you and I may like or even find hot if we met him somewhere. He's very believable as a not-that-young guy with his 50 shades of grey hair, healthy body complete with a comfortingly cushiony tummy area, good legs (not that I saw them heheh), wide shoulders, fit arms and an extremely awesome gait. Sophisticated-looking and understated acting. And unlike some odd salutes and ridiculous-mock-ridiculous expressions, AJIT KUMAR'S style is made of one-liners which are each time delivered deadpan with an expressionless voice and just the way he wears his sunglasses, which is rather er, knee-weakening. I went prepared to scoff, and came away blushing. Seriously stylish man this. And I don't think he's acting!! When he got on to that Ducati, the audience roared and my pulse raced. If you're female, you'll know what I mean about this self-assured actor. Am afraid he's hot.

NAYANTARA is Maya and her relationship with Ajit in the film is rather up-in-the-air (but he did feel her up a few times, never know how many shades of grey were actually there in their relationship). She is smoking hot. Skin, hair, figure, posture, confidence, acting...everything about her clicks.

The babies Arya & Taapsee -- feel sad for Arya, to club him with airhead Taapsee. But they are a pair with one baby-oh baby routine, silly jokes and overall extra silliness. But I guess, that's her part and Arya's cool as the indignant Fat Boy Slim entangled with AJIT and his comic timing is as good as it always is.

Ajit's Aarambam (The Beginning). I guess it will fly because of this style icon AJIT KUMAR. If he acts in a film, it's his and nobody else's these days. I believe it now. He's the crutch this film AARAMBAM and its makers lean heavily on and for his part, AJIT KUMAR - Thala, takes it in his stride and sweeps on, as he dons his coolers in a highly believable, everyday style.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Coupla roll-the-eyes moments...

The way we live our lives on FB is quite a phenomenon. And now, Facebook Anthakshari. Ssshhhhabaaa. Er, not that I don't enjoy it, but what I find weird is that people are more in a hurry to friend you on FB than in person. There's this person who sent me a friend request. Now, I don't know her really, but at least I have seen her around and know who she is. For this reason, and mainly because I need more people on board the 'networking' space, I accepted her request. The next day, I saw her at a common friend's place and Zap. No sign of recognition. My tentative smile gave way to a shrug. Oh well, see ya on FB methinks. ;-)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sometimes 'in-your-face'

"OMG, I just sneezed!" "I'm unwell...*sniff*" "I don't like this." "I don't like that." "I saw this movie." "Hey look, my popcorn!" "Happy *whatever* Day!" "See this picture of my perfect... a) family b) children c) husband d) boyfriend e) holiday f) pet" ...and so on. Social networking is not just social networking. It has a lot to do with inflating the ego, broadcasting an opinion, sending subtle and loud messages both to one or more people, talking to self out loud --online, showing off your wit and various other things including photos of yourself and your beloveds'. Sometimes, it gets to be in-your-face and on-your-nerves. The people (er, your 'freinds', I mean), their thoughts, their opinions, their blah-blahs, their pictures, and everything they are crazy can all drive YOU crazy. I considered deactivation, but when you're in a business and your thing includes sales of any kind, eegawd, you gotto brave all this and adopt an 'if you can't beat them, join them' mantra. So I i do.

Friday, June 14, 2013

After a break

What if I cannot write anymore? This is a thought that has been troubling me for a long time now. Before I actually start writing things that other people might read, thought should post something on my old blog teesutalk. Why am i calling it old? it's the ONLY blog I've got:-D Today,something funny happened ...I was driving and spotted a black Volkswagen ahead of me and thought it was my friend's. Painstakingly, I zoomed ahead and manoeuvered into position next to the car all the while trying to check if it was her in the driver's seat. Finally, I got near enough to wave, look at her and catch her attention. I waved wildly and happily beamed at her. In a split second I realised that it was not my friend at all but a stranger -- a very 'zapped' man. The startled guy had a sour-faced woman next to him who I am sure did not break into a smile at this behaviour from me! I quickly shook my hand at them as if to rub off my over-enthusiastic greeting and drove well away. Chuckling at myself, of course. Good start to a morning, people. Better than the mundane, eh.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Tag to drag me out of oblivion?

A Tag
11 Mar

1. You must post the rules.

2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post & then create 11 new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.

3. Tag 11 people and link to them on your post.

4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!

ps: or just be lazy, answer my questions, and don’t do anything else :)

So here are the 11 questions by Soulsearching who tagged me.
1. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

To be able to get rid of pain -- any pain: emotional or physical...for anyone and everyone.

2. What was your favourite childhood television program?

Rocket Robinhood and Spiderman...and He-Man for sure:-)

3. Have / had any celebrity crushes ?

Karthik then (Agni natshathiram/Mouna Raagam stage), but now, there's just 'admiration-crushes' for quite a few (so i won't go weak at the knees or anything now, just to be clear.) like Kamal Haasan, Prakash Raj, Suriya and Karthi. Others rather temporary!!

4. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

The US. To as many places there as I want to.

5. Name 1 thing you miss about being a child.

Miss the total ignorance and irresponsibility...which I didn't make good-enough use of;-). That and...Firhaven Estate and THE LIFE!

6. Name the one comic/book character that you loved the most and why?

Rhett Butler (for lack of any other sudden recall) of Gone with the Wind. Quite a 'man'.

7. What is the one thing that you are dying to try but haven’t had a chance to do so yet ?

Live alone...or rather, quite alone.

8. Do you have a role model – someone you want to emulate? Whom do you admire the most?

Hmmmm. Nope. Everyone has a flip side(?!)But plenty to learn from plenty of folks. (Hah. How vague is that.)

9. What do others make of you?

I'm trying not to burden myself with wondering about what others make of me (contrary to what we have been taught to do right through). Introspection ought to do it.

10. Have you ever gotten into a fight or punched someone ?

There are two memorable fights to mention. One with a friend's then-boyfriend for his boorish behaviour and another with a pervert on a train. Came off good in both those and hence, memorable. Didn't punch either. But no regrets. I can be fierce without getting physical :-D

11. For Girls – If you woke up tomorrow to find out you are Brad Pitt, what would be the first thing you’d say upon looking in the mirror???

So, I'm Brad Pitt. Should that impress me much? (Shania Twain;-))


1. Name the friend you’ve known longest.

2. How did you meet?
Grew up together from babyhood. So maybe we met first from our respective moms' laps?

3. How long have you known him/her?
Hah. That would reveal my not-so-young age. Let's just say over 3 decades.

4. Name an embarrassing crush, one you would hesitate to accept in public. But will now :)
Actually, I won't, even now.:-D

5. A man/woman from history you would have proposed to.
Any of the hot and handsome South Indian Kings. I'm poor in history as such. So, I cannot remember any name. Hmmm.... but KINGS, mind you.

6. Name an international city that you feel is over-rated.
Barcelona. Bo-h-oring. (no no not a bad word. It really was boring!)

7. An Indian dish that is over-rated.
Upma or 'bath' as some, actually, 'Curry'. (whatever THAT means to the Americans. Hmph.)

8. What do you think of same sex marriage?
To each her, his own. No I mean, their own.:-)

9. Reality shows are:……………..
Not on my list.

10. Designer clothes are:……………
Not on my list.

11. Illayaraja or A R Rahman?
Both, both, both, both. SIMPLY cannot leave either out.