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

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Firefox Focus: Download YouTube Videos Easily

This time in my Firefox Focus series we have Easy YouTube Video Downloader – For Simple And Fast Direct Video Downloads.

YouTube is a VERY popular website and we all know that. And many a times we feel like saving some video to view it later, or even watch it offline. There are so many ways to do that, but I’ve not seen an easier way to do it than this. All you need is a click!

Easy YouTube Video Downloader
Easy YouTube Video Downloader

As shown in the screenshot, you’ll find some links which lets you save the videos directly to your PC. It is really that simple! Just click and it will ask you to save it. Select the save option and save it wherever you want. Done!

Happy YouTube Viewing 🙂

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Wake Up Sid Review

Wake Up Sid poster
Wake Up Sid poster

Directed by Ayan Mukerji
Produced by Karan Johar
Written by Ayan Mukerji, Niranjan Iyengar
Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Anupam Kher, Supriya Pathak, Rahul Khanna, Kashmira Shah
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Distributed by Dharma Productions, UTV Motion Pictures
Release date(s) 2 October, 2009
Running time 138 Mins

Its been 264 days, or 8 months, 21 days since I last wrote a movie review. Its not that I’ve stopped watching movies, no sir! That can’t happen. I’m a BIG movie buff if you don’t know already, and I’ve seen a lot of movies in that time, just that ever since I started using twitter, my blog took a backstage. Not anymore though, I’ll try to be regular from now on. Anyways on to the movie review now.

Initial promos of the movie didn’t really inspire me to go and watch the movie, but slowly and steadily the movie gathered good ratings and with good word of mouth recommendations, I decided to give it a watch. A lot has been said about the movie able to connect with the youth, which I found quite true. I could relate how it is to go through that transition phase from the no responsibility college going youth to a guy working and starting his important phase in life. So that way a lot of people can somehow relate to the events in the movie.

Plot (spoiler warning)
The plot was pretty simple, Sidharth Mehra aka “Sid” (Ranbir Kapoor) is a lazy rich boy who is in his final year of graduation and doesn’t have a clue about whats next in store for him after he completes studies. His friends have started moving on in life and he is still not decided. His parents Sarita (Supriya Pathak) and Ram Mehra (Anupam Kher) run out of patience when he fails in his exam, and out of the heated arguments he decides to move out of the house and starts living with a new friend Aisha Bannerjee (Konkona Sen Sharma), whom he met at the farewell party. So slowly Sid starts realizing that he needs to do something and get a job, which he eventually gets and then he returns to his home, with his parents happy that their son is now a grown up man. Sid and Aisha realize about the feeling they share for each other and profess their love. A Happy Ending!

Ranbir Kapoor was at the center stage in the movie and he did a solid job. He really looked like a spoilt brat who doesn’t care about the world and was realistic. He’s getting better and better. He fits in the youth-type roles pretty well. Konkona Sen Sharma is a great actress, does a great job with every movie she is in, and this was no exception. Her character had maturity and she looked realistic as well and complemented Ranbir. Anupam Kher and Supriya Pathak, who played the roles of the parents were really good. Rahul Khanna and Kashmira shah didn’t have much to do, and were just fine. The friends of Sid were all really good.

Ayan Mukherji has handled the subject pretty well in his directorial debut. He was the assistant director to Ashutosh Gowariker in Swades and Karan Johar in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, so he has learnt his craft from two well known film makers and he did a pretty good job himself. Cinematography was top notch. Mumbai is a beautiful city and we could see great parts of the city in superb visuals and angles.

Music of the film was pretty good, effective and gels with the theme of the movie. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy got it spot on and title track “Wake Up Sid” & “Iktara” were both pretty good.

Overall the movie was a good watch. It should connect well with the youth and gives an example of how important it is to seriously think about what lies ahead. Some scenes in the movie were done pretty well. When Sid meets his father and tell him about the job and hands over the first pay check, that was a touching scene. So in all its a decent film and should be able to get favorable response.

Rating: 7.5/10

Seagram’s Fuel Great Indian Rock XIII 2009 Preview

Seagrams Fuel Great Indian Rock XIII
Seagram's Fuel Great Indian Rock XIII

GIR is back! The annual rock fest at Delhi makes its return and featuring two international bands along with other Indian bands it promises to be another exciting festival. The international bands this time are Benea Reach, Intronaut and Solstate. Benea Reach is a Progressive metal/Mathcore band from Oslo, Norway. Intronaut is a post-metal band from Los Angeles, California. Solstate is a band from New Zealand. Other Indian bands in the lineup at Delhi are Bhayanak Maut, Rabbit Is Rich, Undying Inc, Another Vertigo Rush, Boomarang, Indigo Children, Scribe and The Circus

Entry fees is Rs. 250

It will be held in the following cities:

Delhi – Hamsadhwani Open Air Theatre – 24-25th October
24  Oct,  2009
Line Up

Benea Reach
Solstate

Bhayanak Maut
Rabbit Is Rich
Undying Inc

25  Oct,  2009
Line Up
Intronaut

Another Vertigo Rush
Boomarang
Indigo Children
Scribe
The Circus

Bangalore – Palace grounds – 25th October
Line Up

Benea Reach
Solstate

Inner Sanctum
Kryptos
Lounge Piranha

Pune – Oasis – 23rd October
Line Up

Benea Reach
Solstate

Bhayanak Maut
Scribe
Zygnema

Kolkata – Nazrull Manch – 24th October
Line Up

Intronaut

Boomarang
Cynical Recess
Half Step Down
The Circus

Official Website of Seagram’s Fuel Great Indian Rock XIII

Seagram’s Fuel Great Indian Rock XIII on Last.fm

Happy Birthday!

I’m 24 years old now, and like always, no special plans for the day. Spend the day at office, then get home, after which, the usual nice dinner out at some restaurant or something. Life has got the busiest it has ever been since the last birthday. Time has moved so fast since the last birthday, work has been hectic, otherwise too lot of things to do. Blogging has been a rare thing these days, although have been active on twitter. Anyways, its late now, need to sleep.

Here’s hoping Manchester United wins the game impressively as a birthday gift 😛  Hope to have a great day!

Nike T90 Ascente Strike EPL Football

Nike T90 Ascente Strike EPL Football
Nike T90 Ascente Strike EPL Football

Nike has unveiled the new football for the 09-10 Barclays Premier League season, the Nike T90 Ascente Strike EPL Football. The T90 Ascente has the following improvements over the previous football.

  • 360 Sweet Spot
  • Longer Range
  • Inceased Visibility
  • Higher Accuracy
  • Greater Speed

Nike claims that the ball has been “lab-tested” & “wind-tunnel” tested for unrivaled flight and accuracy. Check out more about the T90 Ascente on Nike Football.

Appreciating the woman in your life

This is a beautiful article, which I got as an email forward. Its really worth sharing, and expressing my consent over it:
The woman in your life…very well expressed

Tomorrow you may get a working woman, but you should marry her with these facts as well.

Here is a girl, who is as much educated as you are; Who is earning almost as much as you do;

One, who has dreams and aspirations just as you have because she is as human as you are;

One, who has never entered the kitchen in her life just like you or your Sister haven’t, as she was busy in studies and competing in a system that gives no special concession to girls for their culinary achievements

One, who has lived and loved her parents & brothers & sisters, almost as much as you do for 20-25 years of her life; One, who has bravely agreed to leave behind all that, her home, people who love her, to adopt your home, your family, your ways and even your family ,name

One, who is somehow expected to be a master-chef from day #1, while you sleep oblivious to her predicament in her new circumstances, environment and that kitchen

One, who is expected to make the tea, first thing in the morning and cook food at the end of the day, even if she is as tired as you are, maybe more, and yet never ever expected to complain; to be a servant, a cook, a mother, a wife, even if she doesn’t want to; and is learning just like you are as to what you want from her; and is clumsy and sloppy at times and knows that you won’t like it if she is too demanding, or if she learns faster than you;

One, who has her own set of friends, and that includes boys and even men at her workplace too, those, who she knows from school days and yet is willing to put all that on the back-burners to avoid your irrational jealousy, unnecessary competition and your inherent insecurities;

Yes, she can drink and dance just as well as you can, but won’t, simply Because you won’t like it, even though you say otherwise

One, who can be late from work once in a while when deadlines, just like yours, are to be met;

One, who is doing her level best and wants to make this most important, relationship in her entire life a grand success, if you just help her some and trust her;

One, who just wants one thing from you, as you are the only one she knows in your entire house – your unstinted support, your sensitivities and most importantly – your understanding, or love, if you may call it.

But not many guys understand this……

Please appreciate “HER”

Send this to all girls to make their day and to all guys who can handle it.

Apple announces iPhone 3G S

iPhone 3G S is now 2 times faster
iPhone 3G S is now 2 times faster

Apple has announced the new iPhone, the iPhone 3G S at the WWDC. The “S”  in the iPhone 3G S stands for “Speed”. The new iPhone is really an improvement over the predecessor. Apple claims “iPhone 3G S is up to 2x faster and more responsive than iPhone 3G”.

Web pages and applications load faster now. It now allows users to shoot, edit and share the videos right from the iPhone itself. The phone’s camera is also upgraded to a 3.0 megapixel from iPhone 3G’s 2.0 megapixel.

New Compass application in iPhone 3G S
New Compass application in iPhone 3G S

It now has a new compass application, which besides letting you see the directions, also aligns the map to the direction you are facing, so you can now use the maps much better when you are using it to find directions.

Cut, copy and paste is now available
Cut, copy and paste is now available

Cut, copy, and paste is now available throughout the phone, even between applications. The keyboard now has a landscape mode as well, so now you can have more room to type your texts and mails. The long awaited message forward is now here, so now you can forward that message you want to share. Another very useful new addition is the universal search utility, or Spotlight, as commonly seen in the mac machines. It lets you search for a word throughout the phone, like contacts, mails and even applications.

New improved accessibility features
New improved accessibility features

iPhone 3G S also has some accessibility features. It has a screen reader, and also a dark color scheme with white text. iPhone 3G S will be available for sizes upto 32 GBs and will retail at $199 for the 16GB version and $299 for the 32GB one. It will be available on June 19, 2009 in US and then in other countries in the following months.

Searching for trains made easy

“eRail.in – Better Way To Search Trains” and really its as simple as ABC. Gone are those days when you had to visit Indian Rail website to check for trains and availability status, enter eRail.in and it redefines the way you search for trains. Gone is that tedious task of selecting the options spread in various pages, eRail gives you all the options in a single page, and u never leave the page. Everything is neatly provided in the same page.

After you open the website, the first thing you need to do is to select the source and destination stations, then you select the date of departure, which unlike the Railways website, provides a calendar view, which makes it easy to select your journey date. You then have the option to select the quota. Usually its general, unless you are looking for a tatkal reservation. Then you select the link in the middle of the header where it gives the names of the 2 stations, which u selected in the from and to station menus. After you click on the link, you get a list of the trains for the given route. Now here all the columns are sortable, so can sort the list of trains in whichever way you want, be it the train number, Departure and Arrival times, and even the journey length, suppose you were looking for a train with the least time taken to cover the journey, just sort it by the travel column and the train with the quickest journey comes on top. It also gives the information regarding which day(s) the train runs in a week. Then the list of the class of coach, which the train has, in order to check the availability status, you just click on that Av link, and the site queries the Railway website and gives you the result in the bottom half of the site. Another very useful thing about the site is that when you click on the train number, you get further information about the train, as the route, various fares for different classes, and even the train schedule. Then there is a map link, which shows the highlighted route over a map of India, which further gives you the idea of the train route. You can even check the status of your ticket by entering the PNR number in the “Get PNR Status” option. And also the running status of the train. Suppose you need to recieve someone at the station, but there are chances that the train may be late, you can use this service, it updates the train’s realtime status, although not exactly realtime, but still gives a fair idea of how late the train is running. So you don’t end up at the station waiting for an eternity for the train to arrive.

So this site is certainly useful, especially for those you regularly travel by train and need to check often about their favorite trains, thanks to eRail, train searching is really made simple.

Visit www.erail.in