The most awaited, highly anticipated movies of 2012

Most Awaited Movies in 2012
Most Awaited Movies in 2012

This could be the year when some movies should shatter the box office records. The epic conclusion to the Dark Knight, The Avengers, are a few possible candidates. Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson, Christopher Nolan are all in action this year. Sequels, conclusions, its all happening in 2012! Lets begin!

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Most Popular Football Club

Football clubs today have a worldwide fan base. But which club has the most number of fans? Hard to count, but judging by the popularity in the social networks, its the Spanish giants FC Barcelona and Real Madrid with most number of fans, closely followed by Manchester United from England. Barcelona & Real Madrid both have 19 million followers on Facebook, Manchester United has 18 million. Then comes the London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea with 7 million each. Here is the list of some of the most popular football clubs:

Club Facebook Twitter
1 FC Barcelona 19,805,440 1,231,946
2 Real Madrid 19,148,379 2,257,273
3 Manchester United 18,771,404
4 Arsenal 7,434,582 882,371
5 Chelsea 7,078,069 355,404
6 Liverpool 6,954,244 446,986
7 AC Milan 5,627,849 142,598
8 Juventus 2,310,729 21,734
9 Bayern Mnchen 2,038,124
10 Manchester City 976,472 99,031
11 Tottenham Hotspur 782,683 85,272
12 Internazionale Milano 562,978 35,206
13 Olympique Lyonnais 322,571
14 Werder Bremen 285,696
15 Aston Villa 236,094 23,959
16 Newcastle United 186,600 26,973
17 Atltico de Madrid 182,867 38,837
18 Everton 176,272 22,531
19 Valencia 152,463 29,827
20 Fulham 45,421 21,020
21 Ajax 45,153 58,411
22 Stoke City 33,586 12,291
23 Sunderland 28,505 21,222
24 Bolton Wanderers 8,453

As on 2nd September, 2011

A Raja’s house – Fake chain mails

Ever since Mr. Andimuthu Raja (aka A. Raja) became famous thanks to his 2G spectrum scam, people have been circulating chain mails about a house which supposedly is of Mr. Raja. The house in question is this:

The Glass Pavilion by Steve Hermann
The Glass Pavilion by Steve Hermann


Now no matter how rich a person is, owning such a house in reality is an impractical thing. Who lives in a glass house for crying out loud? And had he been living in such a place wouldn’t that have raised eyebrows? But no, people like to believe in such mails, without using even a little bit of common sense. So I just did a little bit of Google to find out where this house actually is, and found it half way across the world from India, in California, United States of America. The house is known as “The Glass Pavilion” and belongs to California-based designer and developer Steve Hermann.

Visit the website of Mr. Steve Hermann and select projects in the bottom navigation. Then select Glass Pavilion to see the pictures.

So I hope the issue is settled once and for all as whether that house is actually of A. Raja.

2011 Formula 1 Grand Prix of India Timetable

Timetable for the inaugural Indian GP later this year is finally out. The 60 lap race at the 5.141km long Buddh International Circuit will take place on 30 Oct 2011 at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.


Here are the session timings:


Fri 28 October 2011
Practice 1     10:00 – 11:30
Practice 2     14:00 – 15:30

Sat 29 October 2011
Practice 3     11:00 – 12:00
Qualifying     14:00

Sun 30 October 2011
Race     15:00


All times are IST (GMT +5.5 hours)

Fri 28 October 2011
Practice 1 10:0011:30
Practice 2 14:0015:30

Wenger and his tirades with Fabregas injuries

Arsene Wenger and his captain, Cesc Fabregas’s injury “issues”.

Wenger and Fabregas
Wenger and Fabregas
Wenger and Fabregas
Wenger and Fabregas
Wenger and Fabregas
Wenger and Fabregas

Wenger picks an unfit Fabregas and takes a “gamble” to play him. As logic would have it, he gets injured.
Wenger: “We took a gamble and as luck would have it, cesc is out, I don’t know for how long”.

After 2-3 weeks Fabregas returns still unfit.
Wenger picks an unfit Fabregas and takes a “gamble”, again, to play him. As logic would have it, he gets injured.
Wenger: “We took a gamble and as luck would have it, cesc is out, I don’t know for how long”.
After 2-3 weeks Fabregas returns still unfit.
Wenger picks an unfit Fabregas and takes a “gamble”, yet again,to play him. As logic would have it, he gets injured.
Wenger: “We took a gamble and as luck would have it, cesc is out, I don’t know for how long”…
And then the Wenger says Arsenal has bad luck with injuries all the time! Duh!

Nike Total 90 Tracer Premier League Football

Nike is back with its Total 90 range of football with the ball – Tracer.

Nike Total 90 Tracer PL Football
Nike Total 90 Tracer PL Football

This ball would be the official ball of the Premier League. According to Nike “This innovative ball matches your level of play with high-performance benefits to help you beat the other side. Made with advanced Geo-Balanced II technology, the T90 Tracer PL features geometrically precise panels to distribute pressure evenly across the surface. That means you’ll get a more consistent, powerful strike, regardless of where you hit the ball.”

The ball looks great with a new design for the season.

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Karthik Calling Karthik Review

Karthik Calling Karthik poster
Karthik Calling Karthik poster

Directed by Vijay Lalwani
Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar
Written by Vijay Lalwani
Starring  Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone, Ram Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Vipin Sharma
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Release date 26 February 2010
Running time 155 Minutes

For once again I’ve been irregular with my blogging, its been 112 days or 3 months, 20 days since I last posted a blog entry. Somehow blogging has really lost my attention, maybe its due to twitter, lack or time/topic or just my laziness to post something. Anyways been a long time since I had blogged, thought of posting my review of Karthik Calling Karthik which I saw on Saturday.

I normally wait for movie reviews these days, I don’t want to repent my decision of booking tickets before checking the reviews, but I didn’t follow the pattern for KCK aka Karthik Calling Karthik. Primarily because the promos had got my attention (yeah they do for most of the movies and then the movie disappoint, but this was an exception) and then Deepika’s new look was all that I needed to get convinced (Yeah I like her, love her rather, she’s all over me these days). Enough of chatter, lets get to the point.

Normally a thriller survives on its suspense factor, KCK was no exception, but the title somewhat gave the hint what it was all about. Karthik (Farhan Akhtar) gets phone calls from Karthik (his alter ego? some well wisher?), now who the other Karthik was left to your imagination. I for once considered him to be his alter ego. But then that’s what I thought, the movie somewhat surprised me on what really it was about.

KCK starts off well, portraying Karthik as a overworked, invisible person whom everyone thinks of as a nobody. Which I found quite silly considering that he was a topper in IIMs and broke some records in CA exam results! Isn’t that a confidence booster is itself already? But then I can probably neglect that part, for he might be having something bothering him so much which can make him forget what value he could be to some big corporate. What was he doing in a construction company in the first place! Anyways he starts getting those mysterious calls from Karthik which changes his life, he gets the credit he deserves, gets a promotion, and most importantly gets the girl, Shonali Mukherjee (Deepika Padukone) whom he secretly loved. It all turns ugly when he reveals about those mysterious calls. By this point you probably try to figure out whats gonna happen, but then just when you thought you’ve cracked this one and decide that Karthik’s imagination is getting the better of him, director Vijay Lalwani drops the bomb when the phone calls turns out to be real! I was left to wonder what could be the real deal. But sadly that’s the last good impression the movie leaves on you, from then on its all downhill. Instead of taking it to a different level the movie suddenly drops down and ends abruptly leaving some unanswered questions.

Performances are what I liked a lot. The way Farhan Akhtar got into the character and was believable as a sorry fella Karthik. He was very natural the way he reacted to the situations and for once let off his steam by breaking the poor phone. Then when he gets his confidence back he still retains the charm needed in the character and still continues to be believable. He really shines as an actor here. The chemistry between him and Deepika was quite natural and likable. The romantic sequences, esp those fingers mimicking walking thing was really cute. Some dialogs were quite funny and managed to make the pair more believable. Deepika was effective but I wanted to see more of her (not just because I like/love her, but because her character didn’t give much to judge her on) did a great job in a few sequences though. And after Love Aaj Kal you did expect her to get better and better, which I could see. Ram Kapoor as the bad boss was pretty good. Shefali Shah as the psychiatrist and Vipin Sharma as the bugging landlord both were effective.

Screenplay was a bit weak,should have been better in the second half. Cinematography was top notch. Captured some scenes perfectly as needed in a thriller. Use of shadows and dark areas added to the effect. Background music by MIDIval Punditz & Karsh Kale was awesome. It added to the dark and mysterious tone of the movie. Songs were good, and Hey Ya! and Uff Teri Adaa (My favorite number these days) were the pick of the movie.

Overall the movie turned out to be a decent watch, a bit of a let down from what I expected, only if the ending had been better, or maybe the whole of the second half, it would have been a great watch. Still not a disaster at all, was a nice watch. Watch it for a great performance from Farhan Akhtar.

Rating: 6/10