Music lovers storming to Coorg.

It was the Religious North then there is the Riders’ West, and now South is setting a stage for Music cum Adventure lovers with a two day Music Festival under the open sky of beautiful Coorg.

Festival is on 1st & 2nd February staging Electronic and Fusion music. But an enchanting part is the venue, which is located amidst nature and under the open sky. Organisers are also offering a package of season tickets and tent accommodation at the venue.

checkout links for details on artists and booking.


Hollywood since 2011

I’m a movie freak, have followed through most of average to good, major & minor releases since past 7 years in all genres and few aspects of international cinema, viz. French, Korean, Latin and Japanese movies.

Recently saw ‘The Impossible’ and ‘Gangster Squad’ which motivated to me blog this article, also have been reasoning and discussing on this for quite some time.

Hollywood journey till the mid of 2011 has been exhilarating, comprehensive and highly entertaining. But post 2011 releases and production there is a makeshift in presentation and conception, and this appear to be consistent irrespective of the production and direction. there are always few exceptions.

Virtually be 2011 form a dividing line, then in pre-2011 period productions were more generic & organic, – the heart was performance and reality – and 2011 &later, which is supremely dictated by special effects, 3D technology and virtual reality.

Technology is turning cinema from Reaction to Action based. Albeit nothing wrong with that, on-going revolution in visual & sound technology makes special effects indispensable for moviemakers as well as to the viewer delight. But it has also been weakening the script and performance effect, and impact of the characters.

Animation, action or adventure, Digital technology is cardinally overdone in most of the releases. Instance, quality of Animation movies are getting adoringly remarkable but then every now and then comes a big disappointments, like Madagascar 3 -a perfect example of over-personifying the characters.

This is even overwhelming in Action and Superhero movies. One good example if the Transformer series, where Transformer 3 was a blow off with over done animation and special effects and thus killing the character and their peculiarities……

then there is Sherlock Holmes series. 1st part released in 2010 excellently portrayed the strength of the fiction character whereas the 2nd part was made lengthy, inessential special effects that made presentation weak, partly unbelievable and shifted trait of character to superficial.

List of such, 2011-12 releases goes on and on. Green Lantern, War Horse, Hangover Part II, Dark Knight Rises and many of the 3D releases.

Trend emphasis the interest of Production houses to bank more from digital deployments and this is eventually killing significance of script as well cutting performance based releases.

Now keenly waiting for Promised Land, Broken City, & Die Hard 5.


81st Annual Academy Awards – Oscar 2009 results

ROCK ON ! .. a latest bollywood musical sensation

Released on end week of this August [year:2008], ROCK ON is a first ever bollywood movie dedicated to Rock music.

The story is about four young-gen who are friends since college and totally consumed into rock genre. Together they make a low profile rock band who perform local shows / concerts, and struggling their way through becoming a professional rock band.

All the four characters written are very versatile, and played really well. This movie is produced by Farhan Akhtar, who also play a role of ‘Aditya’, a lead singer of ‘Magic’. This movie is his debut as an actor as well as singer. And yeah I missed out something, ‘Magic’ is the name of their rock band.

Group so named, Magic, is with their belief of creativity, to create a magic out of their music. To put their talents and heart together to create something so extra-ordinary from the ordinary. You could easily catch this essence from all the songs. Music although is not a heavy rock.

Lyrics are really well composed for a rock genre, and also incredibly sung by Farhan Akhtar. Lyrics / songs are conceptually not inspired from out of the world phenomenon but, like few rock bands, evidently extracted from everyday life and experience. The movie also rightly follow a pattern of rock albums, i.e. incorporation of a soft rock [love] track, ‘Tum ho toh’,  among other heavy substances. This pattern reminded me of ‘Tuesday’s gone’ and ‘nothing else matters’ by Metallica as well ‘Wild horses’ from one of the greatest rock band ever, The Rolling Stones.

Direction and script has quite well-studied the soul of rock music and how the core of rock band as well as how it works inside. They have done a real good job of converting their study into direction and script. For instance, how a band formation works, the early days / passion of music and creating a life from it, connection the band members share as an amateur, struggle on their way to becoming a professional band, and internal conflicts of ego. Also about a band who struggle but fail to survive and belief that they have to give-up for dreams, or not rise at all.

Instance from a movie where band members, esp lead guitarist [Joe] has trouble when their lead singer, Aditya, is only focused in their music video. Joe has some difficult time accepting the fact that his band is breaking up from their belief of ‘No one will take over in the band’. 

Just more than awesome is the Guitar and beats … making me wanna watch this movie over and over again. Every guitar string pulled gives me a thrilling chills of music ! awesome it is.

A very creative and impressive presentation of the movie, I must say. There are no over emotions and a mellow drama or any over-acting. Movie give away any element that is an over-dose. What made it an excellent in presentation? ..

The narration of events!… syndication of present and past. Every scene in the present is associated with a flashback; likewise narration of character’s sad present is well associated with a flashback of pleasant memories, and importantly in a chronological set. This approach has helped to ease of the storyline, not too much of emotional overdose at a one-go.

This was contrary to such genres of bollywood movies that normally carry a semantic presentation. First half, i.e. before the intermission there is a very smooth flow of incidents and comic character; whereas the second half goes very dramatic; same was the case Frahan Akhtar’s last hit ‘Dil Chhahta Hai’. Ofcrouse, I will be wrong if I mention Bollywood movie can go without proper Indian masala. It is a part of an Indian life and so is the Indian cinema, to bring it close and attach to the viewers.

Glad that the crew decided not get too much carried away with songs, which normally every Bollywood movie drag about. There are no songs edited at a wrong place and situation; esp what I appreciate is movie had only one or two songs focused on love, and lyrics-cum-music gave chills to my every vein.

ROCK ON did remind me of a Hollywood movie, Rock Star, about Rolling Stones, one of my favs among music movies. Another one I loved was Almost Famous and School of Rock.

I am sure after this movie there will be at the least some wave to support rock band, and will share a much appreciated outlook in Indian music industry as well as people.

Movies: Geeky treats from Hollywood for 2008

  • Iron Man (May 2)
    Our lead-off hitter for the summer season, this one promises to be a lot of fun in a plot-optional, popcorn spectacle kind of way. The casting of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man is inspired, and fanboy/director Jon Favreau looks to have gone the “it’s a comic book, not high art” route of snarky cool. Plus, we get to see Jeff Bridges in a battlesuit at some point, which is just too surreal to miss. Rating: Opening Weekend. [
    Trailer here]
  • Speed Racer (May 9)
    The guys who wrote and directed the Matrix trilogy, which were basically overly serious live-action anime flicks, are doing an overly serious live-action rendition of one of the most juvenile anime series ever. The effects look like a CGI Hot Wheels racetrack come to life, the frenetic visual tone looks seizure-inducing, and the film is way overcast with expensive heavies who are probably going to mail in the performances for the paychecks. Oh, and it’s a PG-rated kids flick. Expect this to be the first major flop of the season. Rating: TV. [
    Trailer here]
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (May 16)
    It looks and sounds and feels and has the same cast and director and scriptwriter and producer and effects house as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. If you liked that, you’ll like this, though I found the first film to be a lightweight, kid-friendly Lord of the Rings substitute. Which was the point. Rating: Rental. [
    Trailer here]
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (May 23)
    The first mass-appeal “Holy crap, everybody has to see this” film of the year. Despite my misgivings about this Indy indulging in a UFO hysteria plot, possibly introducing Shia Labeouf as Indy’s son so the franchise can go on without Harrison Ford, and the general Episode I vibe coming off the flick, you still have to roll the dice on this being even half as good as Raiders. Rating: Opening Weekend. [
    Trailer here]
  • The Happening (June 13)
    The latest attempt by director M. Night Shyamalan to prove that The Sixth Sense wasn’t just beginners’ luck, this one chronicles Mark Wahlberg (bad sign) as he attempts to save his family from an epidemic that causes millions of people to commit suicide. Based on how Shyamalan’s films have been trending, there’s a chance this movie could have the same effect. Rating: TV. [
    Trailer here]
  • The Incredible Hulk (June 17)
    Edward Norton and Tim Roth go mano-a-mano as the Hulk and his equally gamma-powered nemesis, the Abomination, respectively. This would make for another great plot-optional popcorn-fest, so long as Norton doesn’t try to muck it up with too much depth and symbolism. That’s what doomed the last Hulk film. Rating: Full Price. [
    Trailer here]
  • Get Smart (June 20)
    Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart. Genius. Alan Arkin as The Chief is just icing on the cake at that point. Probably won’t be an eternal classic, but should do everything you expect. Rating: Rental. [
    Trailer here]
  • WALL-E (June 27)
    Short Circuit meets A.I. by way of Cars. Pixar’s next computer-animated cash-cow tells the story of WALL-E, a trash-cleanup robot alone on Earth for 700 years after humans have moved on, and left the planet a wreck. He finally gets some company when us jerk Homo Sapiens send a probe back to check on the old homestead. Expect a plucking of heartstrings, uber-cute slapstick comedy, and about a billion merchandising spinoffs. Rating: Matinee. [
    Trailer here]
  • Hancock (July 2)
    The obligatory Will Smith July 4 weekend tentpole film, this one reads as a cross between My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Arrested Development. (Hopefully more the latter than the former.) Smith plays a hapless, alcoholic, homeless ex-superhero who gets his image rehabilitated by publicist Jason Bateman. It has that “all the funny bits were in the trailer” sheen to it. Rating: TV. [
    Trailer here]
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army (July 11)
    Another flick with almost exactly the same cast and production team as the original, which is a good thing. Director Guillermo del Toro’s visual genius, Ron Perlman’s put-upon cynical superheroics, plus Jeffrey Tambor as a middle management spymaster. Disposable pulp cinema at its best. Rating: Matinee. [
    Trailer here]
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D (July 11)
    Remember how awful the family-friendly Around the World in 80 Days remake starring Jackie Chan turned out to be? Okay, substitute Journey to the Center of the Earth for 80 days, and Brendan Fraser for Jackie, and then make it 3-D. This has trainwreck written all over it. Rating: Never. [
    Trailer here]
  • Meet Dave (July 11)
    Okay, so the pitch went something like this: “Remember that one alien from Men in Black that was actually a robot dude with a little tiny alien pilot in his head? What if we made a movie about that dude, only the robot was Eddie Murphy, and the aliens were some B-list hotties and comedians? And then the robot falls in love.” That’s Meet Dave. Rating: Never. [No trailer yet.]
  • The Dark Knight (July 18)
    The other must-see cinema event this summer, this sequel to the excellent Batman Begins had an X-men 2-like chance of outshining its predecessor until Heath Ledger, who plays the Joker, died of an overdose in January. His death came after he finished filming the part, but the reality of Ledger may overshadow what looks to have been an extraordinary performance as Batman’s greatest villain. Either way, this is the one film nobody, geek or otherwise, can afford to ignore. Rating: Opening Night. [
    Trailer here]
  • X-Files 2 (July 25)
    It’s still being filmed, they haven’t settled on a title, and rumor has it the plot (as such) will focus on Mulder and Scully’s relationship, rather than finally tying up all the annoying loose ends from the ran-three-seasons-too-long conspiracy series. So what’s the point? Rating: TV. [No trailer yet]
  • Wanted (July 27)
    Another comic book film, only they’ve left out the costumes this time. It’s got Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, high-end special effects, and the stars are the villains. It’s also directed by the same dude who did the cult Nightwatch Russian horror fantasy film, and it’s an R-rated dark action flick. Can’t be that bad. Rating: Matinee. [
    Trailer here]
  • Lost Boys 2: The Tribe (Sometime in July)
    Somebody decided to resurrect the corpse of Corey Feldman’s career, since the Feldster reprises his role as Edgar Frog, the slacker-turned-vampire-hunter from the original Lost Boys. Now, the first Lost Boys was a cult classic because it was legitimately scary, funny, and a surprisingly lucid allegory for the causes and effects of teenage rebellion. This one looks like a low-budget Fast and the Furious spinoff starring extras from Laguna Beach–only not played for laughs. Rating: TV. [
    Trailer here]
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (August 1)
    Apparently, somebody made the mistake of telling a producer that ancient China had almost as many mummies as ancient Egypt, which the studio reads as “we can do a Mummy sequel with Jet Li.” To Universal’s credit, they aren’t skimping on the budget, and they’ve got most of the cast back, but you don’t usually waste a major action movie on late August, so the signs are bad. Still, it can’t be worse than The Scorpion King. Rating: Rental. [No trailer yet]
  • Babylon A.D. (August 29)
    The Chronicles of Riddick
    meets Johnny Mnemonic. Vin Diesel is a sci-fi mercenary teamed with Michelle Yeoh as a kung-fu nun (seriously) who must escort a genetically engineered Typhoid Mary out of post-apocalyptic Russia before she poisons all of humanity. Another brain-dead action flick, trying to get your teenager’s last movie-going dollar before heading back to school. Rating: TV. [No trailer yet]