Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Movie Review: "Once Upon Time in Mumbai"

Movie Review “Once Upon Time In Mumbai” (2010)

Genre: Drama

Director: Milan Lutharia

Language: Hindi

Star Cast: Ajay Devgan, Imran Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Prachi Desai, Randeep Hooda

“Once Upon Time in Mumbai” is another underworld movie. We had already seen bunch of movies based on Mumbai’s underworld. We already had seen almost everything but still this movie is lot different than the others because of its larger than life presentation. Movie is more direct than most of the other films. Although filmmakers are presenting the movie and its characters as fiction, we could easily make out the similarities between film characters and real life characters and situations. The character played by Ajay Devgan is based on ‘Haji Mastan’ and the character played by Imraan Hashmi is based on ‘Dawood Ibrahim’.

Watching this movie was fantastic experience. Highlight of the movie is not only the characters but also the dialogues. You could not help feel like era of famous Salim-Javed is back. Technically movie was amazing, good cinematography and editing, excellent music. All the actors played the characters brilliantly. But I loved the kid actor who played child Imraan Hashmi the most, as he set the tone of ‘Imraan Hashmi’s’ character right from the start. Above all congratulations to Milan Lutharia for binding everything together. There are no weak links in the movie; he hit the nail on its head.

I will suggest this is a Must Watch Movie, don’t miss it. If I have to rate this movie it will be 9 out of 10.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Amitabh Bachchan's Filmography ...... Part 3

21. Kunwara Baap (1974)
Director: Mehmood
Writer: Aziz Quaisi (written by)

Cast: Mehmood, Bharathi, Manorama, Bhushan Tiwari, Abbas Ali, Nasir Hussain, Mukri, Lalita Pawar, Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Yogeeta Bali, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini, Vinod Mehra, Dara Singh

Amitabh in another Guest Appearance in it.

22. Dost (1974)

Directed by: Dulal Guha

Writers: Shafiq Ansari, (dialogue), Sachin Bhowmick (screenplay, story)

Cast: Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Shatrughan Sinha, Ravindra Kapoor, Kanhaiyalal, Amitabh Bachchan and others

Yet another Guest Appearance by Amitabh Bachchan…..

23. Kasauti (1974)

Director: Aravind Sen
Writers: Satish Bhatnagar (dialogue), Suhrid Kar (screenplay)

Cast: Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Pran, Sonia Sahni, Ramesh Deo, Sulochana Latkar, Murad, Bharat Bhushan, Shubha Khote

24. Benaam (1974)

Director: Narendra Bedi
Writers: Narendra Bedi

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Moushumi Chatterjee, Satyendra Kapoor, Madan Puri, Iftekhar, Shubha Khote, D.K. Sapru, Rajpal, Viju Khote, Sharat Saxena

25. Roti Kapada Aur Makaan (1974)

Director: Manoj Kumar
Writer: Manoj Kumar

Cast: Manoj Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Moushumi Chatterjee, Prem Nath, Shashi Kapoor, Aruna Irani, Madan Puri, Sulochana Latkar, Raza Murad

26. Majboor (1974)

Director: Ravi Tandon
Writers: Javed Akhtar

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Parveen Babi, Pran, Farida Jalal, Satyendra Kapoor, Sulochana Latkar, Iftekhar, D.K. Sapru, Mac Mohan, Murad, Jagdish Raj

27. Chupke Chupke (1975)

Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Writers: Shakeel Chandra (dialogue director), Upendranath Ganguly (story)

Cast: Dharmendra, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, David Abraham, Usha Kiran, Keshto Mukherjee, Om Prakash,

28. Faraar (1975)

Director: Shankar Mukherjee
Writers: Gulzar (written by), Madhusudan Kalekar (screenplay)

Cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Sharmila Tagore, Amitabh Bachchan, Sulochana Latkar, and others

29. Mili (1975)

Directed by - Hrishikesh Mukherjee

Written by - Bimal Dutta, Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza, Mohini N. Sippy

Cast: Ashok Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bhaduri, Usha Kiran, Shubha Khote, Suresh Chatwal, G. Asrani, Aruna Irani, Rajnath, Naina Apte

30. Deewaar (1975)

Director: Yash Chopra
Writers: Javed Akhtar

Cast: Shashi Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Neetu Singh, Nirupa Roy, Parveen Babi, Manmohan Krishna, Madan Puri, Iftekhar,

Amitabh was nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award for this movie.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Harley Davidson: FXDC Super Glide


Price: Rs. 15,45,000 (Ex Showroom, Delhi)


Length 2,345 mm

Overall Width 955 mm

Overall Height 1,175 mm

Seat Height 710 mm

Ground Clearance 120 mm


Front - Scorcher "31" 100/90B19 57H

Rear - Scorcher "31" 160/70B17 73V

Fuel Capacity 18.8 L

Oil Capacity 2.8 L

Kerb Weight 310 kg


Engine Air-cooled, Twin Cam 96

Bore x Stroke 95.3 mm x 111.1 mm

Displacement 1584 cc

Compression Ratio 9.2:1

Fuel System Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

Lubrication System Pressurized, dry-sump


Engine Torque 123 Nm @ 3125 rpm


Primary Drive Chain, 34/46 ratio

Final drive - HDI Belt, 32/66 ratio

Clutch Multi-plate, wet

Transmission 6-speed Cruise Drive


Frame Mild steel; tubular frame; rectangular section backbone; stamped, cast

and forged junctions; forged fender supports; MIG welded

Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube sections, stamped junctions; MIG welded

Front Forks 49 mm with polished aluminum fork triple clamp and dual-rate springs

Rear Shocks Coil-over shock

Brakes, Caliper Type 4-piston fixed front and 2-piston torque-free floating rear


Battery Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 19-amp.

Headlamp 55-watt low beam; 60-watt high beam

Friday, September 24, 2010

Kokan Darshan

Book Review: "Interpreter of Maladies"


BOOK REVIEW “Interpreter of Maladies”

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

Genre: Short Stories

Language: English

Pages: 198

Cost: 295 Rs.

Publisher: Harper Collins

First Published: 1999

Jhumpa Lahiri’s short story collection mainly incorporates the stories about the lives of emigrating Indians. These people struggle to adjust between the Indian traditions they living up with and left behind to move towards entirely different western world. The book reflects the sense of alienations these emigrants feel and how they try to cope with it. And because of that the characters in the various stories not able to communicate with their partners or respective family.

The title story “Interpreter of Maladies” is of a man who works as interpreter for the doctor as doctor does not understand local language. He also works as tourist guide and this story is about when he guides one NRI family. Then there is a story "A Temporary Matter" which is a story of Indian couple who are dealing with miscarriage which drew them apart. Then there are many interesting stories like "When Mr. Pirzada Came To Dine", "Mrs. Sen's", "The Blessed House", "Sexy" and "The Third And Final Continent".

I like the Jhumpa Lahiri’s narration, she explore the psyche of these emigrant Indian characters through simple everyday situations. For a person born and brought up in London, her characterization of Indians is commendable and flawless. Unlike many authors Lahiri write for both male and female protagonist. All the stories are passionate, dramatic, &sentimental and make you heave a sigh at the end.

If I have to rate this book I will give it 8 out of 10.

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