Sunday, July 19, 2009

Half Blood Prince

I got the only ticket available for 8 PM show of HP6. Quite Fortunate..huhh?? But, I got the shock of my life when Harry started reading the Daily Prophet in Hindi. I mean, come on 'anisht devta' and 'pranbhakshi'. I was eating my head off. Due to the very reason, I can not judge the movie on its own. My experience of first HP movie watching in theatre turned sour even before it started to take shape.

The movie, as an unbiased and unprejudiced opinion is entertaining to watch. It has its moments. Infact, for some 10-20 mins in between the movie, I thought, I was watching a teen movie and not some dark, grose and intense magic film. If that was a good thing to do, they did a good job. The constant giggling and a good laughter here and there among the audience indicates that 153 mins length of the movie was not felt very long.

Since, I had read the novel long back, I only had memories of the story line of the book. I did remember the story was almost fully based on a new concept of 'Horcruxes'. But this revelation is done very late in the movie and for almost 100 mins, I was not sure which way the story was going. Even a 10 year old boy sitting next to me said,'mujhe samajh nahi aa raha hai kahani'.

Ron and Hermione(oh...Hermione!!!) were only left to play game of love in between them. There is no real action given to these key characters except making Ron a hero in Quidditch. Offcourse, I do not remember how much action they actually do in the novel. But nothing?? Come on. Hermione looks much sweeter and S@#$%r with a wand than while weeping on our Harry's shoulder. Ron is actually doing nothing in the movie except first falling in love and then escaping from Lavendor Brown. Her sister, Ginny has actually grown and got some more limelight then previous movies. May be bacause she is the hero's Love interest now.

Dumbledore, as the father figure of Harry has an important role as usual. The second half is where he excels and the scene where he and Harry go to destroy the horcrux is beautifully shot. Hagrid's role is much shorter for his size. Another hero from the previous novel, Neville Longbottom is only seen in one scene as a waiter. A key character, Prof Slughorn is added but he loses his importance half way in the movie and believe me he was more iritating than funny in this Hindi version. But he has a good key role.

Forget the Voldemort, the real bad character in this one is Draco'c s character and he has done a very good jod. Snape is as usual, wooden face and wooden voice, devoid of goodness. Voldemort or 'Anist Devta' as he is referred, is only scene as a 9 year old boy with evil intentions.

Some words for Harry too. He has grown from a small kid of Chamber of secrets to a responsible and a person who can fall in love and take his own decisions. He has seen many people die since. And here he sees his mentor and father figure die. We feel both for him and the deceased.

The movie, if seen as an independent work, will work very well, as it is entertaining, shot beautifully and acting is consistent. But the very fact it is not an independent work and there are strings attached with the novel and the next novel in the series will result in negative points. But I looked for a good evening and I got it. And it would have been much better, if it had been in English.

Monday, July 13, 2009

A sunday Well Spent

I did something last sunday which I was really planning to do for quite some time now. I bought a new pair of running shoes. And I hope to motivate myself getting up early now and then and do some physical exercise. My weight and waist size has still not reached alarming levels, but I hope to make amends before that situation comes. I had a pair of sports shoes, but those were basically badminton shoes. But they could not bore the brunt of many of my 'Into the wild' activities which I was taking up last few months. A lot of junk food(chips and cold drinks; they were so cheap in Spain :)) coupled with my stay at home after that had rendered me prone to weight gains. And I thought, its better be now than the time that I start loosing sleep over it.

Now, every target should be quantitative. To measure how much I am progressing (or receding), I have a jeans which was fit to me till last year and is giving me some trouble now. Now, when that jeans starts fitting me again, it will be Mission Accomplished.


One of my friends has shifted to New Delhi for his MBA. So, now I have a small group here to hang out and remove that 'boriyat ka vatavaran' which surrounds me every now and then.

Among other things, friends are getting married to my left and right and centre. My batchmates and even my juniors are uploading their engagement and marriage photos. This just about puts that thought here about the right time to settle down. I am only 24, so I have still got time to think. Atleast I think so that way. Hmm...someone else needs some convincing and I hope to have all my arguments/counter-arguments ready at my disposal whenever the situation arises. And the worst case scenario, I have a new pair of Running shoes.

I have got to sleep now. I have a cricket match to play at 6:30 in the morning.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I may be there

Everybody has that feeling. It is universal. So nobody can fake it. It is the feeling of missing out on something which you have long planned to do. It is the feeling of hollowness of a job left incomplete. It is the feeling of quitting a 10 km marathon race at a point when you just could not muster an extra ounce of stength to go the extra mile. The feeling of failing to get an extra percentage in the exam which could have admitted you in your dream college. The feeling of 'so near, yet so far'.

That was 1st week of May. My last weekend in my Spain trip. I had set my sights on a city to visit ever since I boarded the Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt. I could not imagine of missing out. More so because the place was only 7 hrs distance from the place(Bilbao) I was staying. That city is PARIS. I was hugely disappointed of missing out on Paris . I was having an irresistable urge to blame my collegues here for this debacle, but I know, that wont be true and justified. Everybody has its own reasons to decide, whatever they do decide. End result, Me alone and lonely. I was still in good spirits and vigour to go to Paris, all on my own. But internet problems(I later found out on returning that my credit card was cancelled!!) and then lack of enough time brought down the curtains on my Paris Plans. 3 days of weekend and I was just left to lick my wounds.

When I see the Eifel tower in the background of News broadcast in BBC, I still think, I had the chance to feel it, to touch it. An 'I have been there' feeling. But that was not meant to be. Not this time around

Or may be, I will have a second chance. Who knows!!

Talking of Chances, I have just saw a movie titled 'Taking Chance'. A little in size but a gigantic movie in terms of impact. Highly Recommended!!