Sunday, August 20, 2006

why we need superheroes...

in america, there are republicans and then there are democrats. in england, there are conservatives and there are india there are....hmmm...well forget it - there are just so many divisions and sub-divisions that you need to make your brain a calculator. with so much diversity prevalent in people, mr.k is convinced that if you ask anyone if they like peter parker, clarke kent, bruce wayne or they would prefer their masked versions (spiderman, superman and batman), there would be an unanimous reply.."give me the masked one anyday"

we love heroes - those who protect you by fighting wars, those who stand up for truth, those who are winners in sporting arena..but our love grows super-sized when it comes to super-heroes. why do we adore our super-heroes so much? why do we want them to succeed at all cost? why as kids we wished that we were them?..why as adults we are frustrated that we are not them?

is it our inability to face up to troubled times?. is it our greed to have everything easy in life? are we finding it hard to accept our weaknesses? is it a need for us to be loved by everyone?

probably we are embarassed by our misgivings, probably we are shy of our feelings, probably we are scared of our emotions, probably we need a hideaway...

or it might be just a simple reason - it allows us to dream, to fantasize, to forget all our pains, to shine and to win..

it is the reason, why we love when batman when he solves the riddler. it is the reason, why we love superman when he de-flexes the lex luther, it is the reason, why we love spiderman spin many a web on the bad men..

super-heroes give us hope..a hope that will make us commit to ourselves to "float on"..and we don't want them to stop giving us hope..

it is why we all would love to see "apna" sachin score a boundary that will make us india the world champions next year in the is why we are energised by seeing srk say "iam the king" in don and wish for don to be a super-hit..

~ bring on the mask

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

what were you thinking mr.johar

have an honest confession to make. mr. K was waiting for KANK. was quite intrigued by the publicity and bollywood opening up to extra marital affairs and all that. added to it was the fact that SRK was in the movie and mr.K believed that SRK would finally silence the talk about big B and make the canvas his own. mr.K had read bad reviews of the movie but was still looking forward to seeing the new dharma productions magnum opus

after watching (okay guys, i typed tolerating) the movie through the whole length of it, i have to admit, it is my favorite pick right now - not for the oscars, but for one of the worst horrors in indian cinema history.

1. srk - looked old..was in a spiteful mood throughout the movie..his character Dev (is he worth having such a name after this performance) was soul-less and brain-less.. what was srk thinking, when he signed up for this movie
2. big B - don't think he needs to do such roles to make more money..wasn't funny at all mr.AB
3. preity zinta - is no more pretty and has no more zing..tried too hard to show she is a (pretty) gal..what a waste
4. rani - less said the better..
5. ab baby - extremely matured performance, the only positive in the movie..stands tall and stands out tall for his acting
6. karan johar - with the story he has scripted, it is quite easy to understand why he is a queer..
7. the story - such a flawed one really understands why srk and rani are not happy with their partners..

after seeing the movie, have to confess that the reviews were rather generous..if you are totally pissed with someone and you want them to have a good evening - gift them tickets to this movie..if you have plenty of time on your hands, stay away from KANK..