Friday, April 12, 2013

Are You Excited About Google Glasses?

Google Glass? What is it? If you are not a tech savvy person, then you must not be aware of it. Google Glass is a latest buzz around. It is actually a pair of funky glasses, which you can use as a virtual assistant. Doesn't it sound amazing? You can use this amazing technology innovation by Google for taking pictures, sending messages, recording videos, searching the web, and much more.
Aim of Google Glasses
According to Google experts, their basic aim is to cater the users' search needs, which is why they want to introduce something that can give the information before anyone could think of. It sounds crazy but in real, it is not and Google has proved it, which is why many of the tech savvy users are excited about using this stylish device.

Even Zuckerberg Is Excited About Google Glass 
The best example can be of Mark Zuckerberg, who is the founder of Facebook. Mark seems very excited about the launch of this amazing technology device despite of the fact that Facebook and Google do not enjoy friendly relationship. In nutshell, it seems like everyone is excited about the launch of this amazing device. Are you also one of them? 
Features Of Google Glass
Google Glass is actually a smart device, which is equipped with lots of unique features. The most amazing feature of Google Glass is its automatic photographing facility with the help of which a user can capture random pictures at different intervals. You can say that it is the upcoming first digital device that is capable of recording the world besides many other magical promises, which is very exciting for many without any doubt. Moreover, it is light in weight and stylish in looks. It will be having a small display frame on it with which you can easily connect to the camera, microphone, etc. Here you must not forget to thank WiFi and Bluetooth, which support such kind of connectivity functions with ease.
Drawback and Development
However, here is a rumor about Google Glass that it might not be good for eye sight, which is a serious concern. According to eye specialists, the excessive use of this device can cause headaches, migraines, eye strain, etc. there must be some developments which Google might be doing for this product. It will definitely find a way to tackle such an issue; after all, it is about changing the lifestyle of the people in future. 

So, just wait and stay excited, as it can just be a rumor, which will be confirmed only after the release of device, which is expected in late 2013.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Chashm-e-Buddoor – It’s Peppy, Flamboyant and “David Dhawanish”

It looks like 1980’s back or film makers are now emphasizing more on yesteryears hit movies. Last week it was Himmat Wala and this week it’s Chashm-e-Buddoor. Without much delay, I will come straight to the point. David Dhawan was totally correct when he commented that new Chashm-e-Buddoor is an adaptation of 1981’s Chashm-e-Buddoor. The newer version is dealt differently, thanks to David Dhawan’s mastery in comic movies. The plot is same but the treatment is different. The older version had Farooq Shaikh, Rakesh Bedi, Ravi Basvani, Deepti Naval and Saeed Jaffery in pivotal roles and one could also see an unforgettable scene between Amitabh and Rekha. The latest version has Ali Zafar, Divyendu, Siddharth, Tapsee Pannu and Rishi Kapoor (respectively) in main leads. So, does this Chashm-e-Buddoor really deserve the wish of “Chashm-e-Buddoor”? Let’s find it out!
The story is about 3 friends Siddharth (Ali), Omi (Divyendu) and Jai (Siddhart). Out of them, Omi and Jai are womanizing loafers who tries to flatter new neighborhood girl Seema (Tapsee) but fail drastically. Siddharth, however manages to impress the beauty and they fall for each other. Knowing about their love connection both the friends try to split their relationship by formulating comical ideas and then the story moves ahead.
As far as performances are concerned, Ali Zafar impresses with his decent dance moves and he looks adorable which was the most important ingredient of his character. Divyendu is as usual, though this is his second movie but he has all the guts to carry any comic movie on his shoulders. Siddharth is a revelation. He dances fastest and with effortless ease. As compared to how he performed in “RDB” and “Striker”, this movie showcases his other abilities. Tapsee (a tollywood’s renowned actress but bollywood’s debutant) perfectly solidifies her character.
Rishi Kapoor is a surprise package; it’s hard to overshadow a performer like him. Watch him in “Early Morning” twisting his legs with Ali Zafar, I am sure everyone would have noticed him and only him when the both shared the screen – dance and comedy both are natural to the veteran. Anupamkher is first rate as the teacher and as an army officer he is too loud. Bharati Achrekar is adorable and gives many moments for good laugh – she is a veteran in comic roles too (watch Chambaili Ki Shadi and any episode of Shrimaan Shrimaty). Juhie Chawla appears in a cameo and is really nice to see her.

Songs (as in lyrics) and dialogues (Farhad-Sajid) of the newer version are actual saviors of the movie, music directors, singers and writers need applaud. The background score adopted from “Amar Akbar Anthony” will take those to actual 1980’s era, who used to watch movies of that era.
Some of the scenes which have been adapted from older version are:

A – Miss Chamko’s Visit (though in older version it was sweeter and cute).
B – Flashbacks
C – Kidnapping
D – The Shikaar connection (when Omi and Jai points out Seema, for the first time)
For those who haven’t watched original version of Chashm-e-Buddoor, I highly recommend them to watch that. It’s a classic in itself. The character of Lallan Mian (Saeed Jaffery) has been modified in newer version as Uncle Joseph (Rishi Kapoor) but I still think a major softness has been missed out.

David Dhawan needs no gimmicks when it comes to comic movies; he has an astounding track record of blessing his audience with a kind of cinema that is both criticized by many but at the end of the day is loved by everyone no matter how decent the audience gets. 

I rate this adaptation 7/10 - entertainment wise.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Himmat Wala - A Tribute To Amitabh and Not To Jetendra

Before reviewing the new Himmatwala, allow me to introduce you with some facts related to 1983’s Himmatwala. K. Raghavendra Rao’s Himmatwala (1983) was an experimental film, in which he signed a sinking mega-star of early 1980’s Jetendra, whose movies were drowning deeply at the box office back in those days. Similarly, Sridevi was signed because of limited budget as she was planning to leave the industry because of constant flops. On the contrary, Kader Khan, who used to play negative roles, was also not getting any movies. The concept of remakes of south Indian movies was also fresh at that period of time. So, all in all, it was their hard work and commendable script with astounding performances which made Himmatwala a fare that not only started the team (Jetendra, Sridevi, Kader Khan, Amjad Khan, Shakti Kapoor and Asrani) to launch numerous block-busters but also gave a reason to copy it even after 3 decades.

Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala is a literal copy of the original Himmatwala. Although, he has mentioned at many platforms that his movie has a few elements of the original one but if you see the original movie, dialogues, character names, scenes and at places background score have also copied from it. There are minor amendments which add no weight to the movie.

If Sajid Khan says that this particular movie is a tribute to 1980’s cinema then he should rephrase it as a tribute to the “Young Angry Man” of 1980’s Amitabh’s movies. The reason to quote this is that 5 action scenes from this movie reminded me of Amitabh’s movies.

A – Title Track reminded me of Shan’s “Pyar Karnewalay Pyar Kartay Hain Shaan Se”, filmed on Parveen Babi.
B – Cage fight of Ajay Devgan made me recall Amitabh’s cage fight from Naseeb.
C – The scene where Ajay Devgan holds the dagger from sharp end while saving his sister from “Dhanna”, reminds me of the scene from “Kaala Patthar” where Amitabh did the same with a character named “Dhanna” (played by Ashok Saxena).
D – The much talked about tiger fight again makes me recall Amitabh’s tiger fight from “Khoon Pasiina”.
E – The fight sequence just before the song “Bump Pe Laat” where Ajay converses in 5 different languages with goons gives me a vivid remembrance of a similar scene from Amitabh’s “Laawaris”

Anyways, the plot is similar and it tells a story of a malicious Sarpanch Sher Singh (Mahesh Manjrekar) who defames Ravi’s (Ajay Devgan) father to an extent where he commits suicide and his family suffers a lot of pain. Years after, Ravi returns to take revenge from Sarpanch.

I am a fan of 70’s and 80’s movies, this was the mere reason why I chose to watch the new Himmatwala but experience was nothing but sheer pain. First of all, Ajay looks totally misfit for the role; he failed to pass the wittiness which Jetendra portrayed in his style. His “Atta Maajhi Sattakli” style has now stuck to him – its time to come up with something original and much entertaining. Mahesh Manjhrekar is a very talented actor but he looks cheap and acts loud in this fare. Even he failed to meet Amjad Khan’s comical expressions and terrifying persona. Adhyayan Suman as Shakti does not even come close to Shakti Kapoor in a single scene. Tamanna Bhatia (a renowned and successful Tamil actress) has screen presence but when it comes to performing, she needs to focus on that.

The only character that stands out (to some extent) in the movie is Paresh Rawal (enacting the role of Kader Khan). He manages to copy the appearance and tone of Kader Khan and with his dialogues, his earnest attempt is visible in every scene. Asrani is the only actor who has appeared in both the Himmatwalas but in the newer version he is wasted. Ritesh Deshmukh appears in a cameo and he is as usual – typical. Zarina Wahab is efficient.

It’s saddening that this film has great performers and super stars but even then the film failed to create a magic at the box office.

If you really want to get heavy dose of entertainment watch the original one.

Rating 3.5 / 10

P.S: This Movie Review Has Also Been Published At Express Tribune Under My Name.