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  • Movie Review: Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

    Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra

    Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Pawan Malhotra, Divya Dutta, Sonam Kapoor, Prakash Raj and Dalip Tahil


    Bhaag Milkha Bhaag employs Guru Gobind Singh’s famous words and a sad old Sardaar joke with equal conviction. So where you have the inspirational “Chirian to mein baaz tudaun, gidran to mein sher banaun, sawa lakh se ek ladaun, tabhe Gobind Singh naam kahaun” (I’ll make a sparrow fight a falcon, I’ll make lions out of hyenas, I’ll make one man fight a million warriors and only then will I be called the true guru, Gobind Singh) you also have this rather embarrassing exchange: Stella (Milkha Singh’s Australian love interest) asks “Are you guys relaxing?” to which Milkha (Farhan Akhtar) says, “No! Myself Milkha Singh, 400 meters”. That’s one piece of silly humour you won’t even find in Khushwant Singh’s joke books. This movie is both incredibly inspirational and tedious. It presents the ethos of Milkha Singh to great effect but in its whopping 3 hour 10 minutes run time it employs too many unnecessary dramatic, humour and entertainment elements to distract you from one of the most important sports stories in this nation’s history. Had those histrionics been avoided this would have been the film to watch.

    But take nothing away from the impact of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. It’s a solid biopic drama one that doesn’t unnecessarily glorify its subject. Yes it shows Milkha Singh’s sporting achievements but it doesn’t portray him like a clichéd cinematic hero. Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and writer Prasoon Joshi present the human and emotional value of Milkha Singh’s achievements. What the Flying Sikh achieved in his lifetime was more than just milestones. He conquered the sprinting track in 1958. He was the international athlete of his time. They were historic memories. They’re perhaps the most relevant pieces of sporting history and they deserve to be told with conviction to a generation that would do well to learn something from it. That is what Bhaag Milkha Bhaag does well.

    The credit of reliving Milkha Singh’s journey must go to Farhan Akhtar. He’s not acting, he’s being Milkha Singh. Shots of him sprinting are authentic to perfection. His training, his hard work and his efforts to look like an athlete and to be the sprinter have paid off. This is method acting at its best. Farhan is the sole reason you believe in Milkha’s story. And that chiselled physique may look gimmicky but it only adds to the character.

    But what BMB needed was actual and serious editing. There are too many loose scenes that do nothing more than act as comic fillers. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra makes a silly special appearance and that’s just one scene. The songs are great but they really didn’t need to be choreographed and placed in between the narrative. The music was good enough to be used as an effective background tool. But alas the director chooses otherwise.

    Despite the makers’ best attempts to botch the dramatic impact of BMB, this film still packs a solid punch. It has great casting. Dalip Tahil actually looks like Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Divya Dutta breaks your heart and warms it up with equal ease. Pawan Malhotra matches Farhan’s brilliance. Sonam Kapoor in a brief appearance tugs at your heart strings as well. Make no mistake, BMB is intense. It has great visuals thanks to Binod Pradhan’s cinematography and some very good special effects. It has super music. It’s brutally honest in telling a great sporting story. Watch this film to realise greatness doesn’t lie in winning but in picking up the gauntlet. Taking a challenge. Working hard. That is true inspiration.

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  • HP Slate 7 Android tablet coming to India soon

    HP unveiled a series of devices yesterday at an event held in Delhi – Slatebook 10 X2, Split X2, Envy Rove 20, Pavillion 11 TouchSmart and Envy TouchSmart 14. These devices come with screens ranging from 10 inches to 21 inches. This doesn’t mean the company has given the sought after 7-inch tablet segment a miss in India. It will soon launch its Slate 7 for the Indian market. Ketan Patel, Director Consumer Product Category, HP PPS India, said that the 7-inch tablet, which is launched worldwide, has been included in HP roadmap for India as well. He further added that the device will be reaching the Indian audiences very soon.

     HP's first Android device – Slate 7

     

    With a series of devices, HP plans to target various Indian price segments with different needs pertaining to computing and portability. HP will enter the 7-inch tablet segment, which is dominated by budget Android tablets and the iPad mini. However, he hasn't mentioned any exact launch date and there is no word on the price either. Recently, the price of the HP Slate was slashed to $140 in the US, which amounts to approximately Rs 8,340. But the question is: at what price will the device be made available in India? With the likes of the Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 211, the price of the device could play a crucial role.

    The Slatebook 10 X2 is powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 with 1GB RAM and runs on Android OS v4.1. The screen features 170 ppi pixel density, which is slightly higher than the iPad mini.
    Take a quick look at the specifications:

    • 7-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 600 x 1024 pixels
    • Wi-Fi, DLNA
    • Bluetooth v2.0
    • 3.15MP rear camera, front-facing VGA camera
    • 8GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB

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  • Ramaiya Vastavaiya Movie First Day Box Office Collection Reports

     Ramaiya Vastavaiya

    Movie : Ramaiya Vastavaiya (2013)
    Produced by Kumar Taurani
    Written by Shiraz Ahmed
    Music Directed By: Sachin Jigar
    Lyrics Writer : Priya Panchal
    Star cast : Girish Taurani, Shruti Haasan, Sonu Sood, Randhir Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Poonam Dhillon, Satish Shah, Jacqueline Fernandez , Govind Namdeo and Nassar
    Release Date : 19 July 2013

    Ramaiya Vastavaiya Movie First Day Box Office CollectionBollywood and Tollywood multi talented dancer, choreographer and director Prabhu Deva’s is an upcoming movie Ramaiya Vastavaiya will be release on 19th July 2013 at Silver screen.Today we are over here to discuss the box office collection of Ramaiya Vastavaiya Movie, All movies performance is check by the first day collection on Box Office. The film has been produced by Kumar S. Taurani and Ramesh Taurani under the banner of Tips Industries Ltd.

    According to reports this movie have been received very solid responded by audience and is a love romantic story drama with a bunch of good actors. With promise of an exciting thriller in the offering, it created strong buzz during its trailers and promo launch itself two months back.After movies like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Ghanchakkar, Raanjhanaa and recently Bhaag Milkha Bhaag have enjoyed a good solo run at the box office and cashed in on it.

    The all song of this film has been composed by Sachin Jigar and all the song tracks are super hit and has been received a positive response from fans.According to our team prediction the movie First day collection around 7 to 8 Crore expected, in present time audience love to watch romantic films so this movie will be going to enjoyed a good solo run at the box office.

    Ramaiya Vastavaiya Movie Box office Collection

    On 19th July 2013 total 3 movies will be going to released on box office, two Bollywood films D-Day,Ramaiya Vastavaiya and one Tollywood movie.All three films star and cast is very famous super star in Indian cinema so,it’s very difficult task for any one to judge which film is going to super hit in Silver screen.

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  • Poonam Pandey stated that she put her foot down against the use of a "fake MMS"

    A bold film requires bold promotions: Nasha film producer

    ust a day after debutante Poonam Pandey stated that she put her foot down against the use of a "fake MMS" being "leaked" to promote Nasha, a clip featuring her bathing, generated quite a buzz on social 

    networks. Predictably, she was upset with the developments.

    Poonam said, "I'm upset that the MMS has been given out without my consent. I wasn't convinced about this promotional idea, and so had vetoed it. But I think there are other strategies to be used to keep the momentum going."

    The film's producer Aditya Bhatia reasons, "Nasha is a bold film. Naturally, we have to retain the bold quotient in our promotions. I have cast Poonam Pandey for explicit content. That's the image she has. We can't be showing her as a Sati Savitri when she's playing a bold role. And don't forget, we have to deliver what Poonam's fans expect."

    Further, he added that they had no agreement with the actress stating any dos and don'ts for promotion etc. "We don't have any clause in the contract stating we can't use MMS or any specific concept for the film's promotion. My director Amit Saxena and I are in agreement on the kind of promotion our film requires. We know what to show in the best interest of the film."

    Nasha, produced by Eagle Home Entertainment and One Line Cinema, releases July 26.

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