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Jayprakash Narayan :

Jp sir as he is called is a hero for me, when i watch his interviews, speeches or when i read about him i feel a rush of inspiration in me and an urge to do something, to change something. His story from being a Physician who was deeply moved by the Loknayak JP movement against emergency to one of India’s most successful IAS officer to an activist for Political reforms to a politician who is toiling hard to reform our countries Politics which is stuck in a vicious cycle of money power, criminalization, cast equations. with a  general acceptance by public at large that we need a crook to work a crocked system, Jp sir has accepted a humongous challenge to fight for new politics without involving money, criminals and vote buying there by giving a hope to many like minded people like me who are interested to contribute but till now had no option to participate in politics as the traditional parties were practicing immoral and unethical politics where there was no space for common people.

When you hear Jp sir you will know he is a man with a sea of Knowledge and immense wisdom coupled with logic,sharp and crystal clear articulation of problems of India and solutions to tackle them, I don’t know what should be done to see India as a developed nation but i know one thing for sure if we can implement what JP sir says we can see India as a developed nation.

Some Quotes from of JP sir :

“ The answer to bad Politics is only better Politics and more Politics ”

“ It is always a small group of thoughtful committed people who change this world”

“ The solution is not the change of players but change of Rules of the game”

“ I believe there are two sins in our country one Unfulfilled Potential and the other Avoidable suffering and i get angry when i see this all around but i don’t show my angry face instead i channel my anger in a creative and constructive manner.”

Ramgopal Varma :

In every ones life knowingly or unknowingly there will be one person who shapes our thinking, attitude towards life and  influences the decisions we take, in my case undoubtedly RGV is the most influential person who has not only moulded my thinking but also provoked, enlightened and connected in may ways and made me a happier, stronger person.

The first ever time i heard the word director was when my father told me about RGV and then when i watched SHIVA (RGV’s first film) when i was probably 13-14 when i had a little more sense of cinema, i was blown away  it was only gradually as i grew up watched more movies like RATRI, Kshana kshanam, and came to know all of these are RGV films, my curiosity started to grow,but my curiosity for RGV and his films peaked after i started watching and reading his interviews mostly in the film magazines at my barber’s saloon, his responses to most questions would range from extremely frank to funny to shocking but they had some connect with me sub consciously whether be his views on GOD/religion or the Hypocrisy of our society or his discomfort with social formalities, and slowly i was waiting, searching for his interviews. I remember a time when there was a ad on gemini TV that the coming sunday there is an interview with RGV and i was desperately waiting for that and almost felt a feverish frenzy before the interview got started the kind of anxiety we experience when we are sitting in an exam hall waiting for the Question paper.  Although i never missed even a single interview of RGV, still did not understand the personality, philosophy or his beginnings until he started writing his blog “ RGVZOOMIN.com” which gave the most insight in to what shaped his personality and how he deals with his life and also introduced me Ayn Rand.It was this blog which really made think about life and what is that we get happiness from and how one should face conflicts, confusions and problems. I spent many hours day dreaming and having sleepless nights just thinking about these blog posts and RGV’s philosophy and still continue to do so.

RGV not only made many Path breaking films but he influenced a generation of film makers both in Telugu and hindi Film industries, there are approximately 30 – 40 directors today  who were assistants with him and many more technicians who he introduced as he says “ I don’t give chances I take chances” .

The 2 most important things i realized from RGV is

  1. Success is that ability to do what ones wants to do from the time we wake up to time we sleep, instead of just going about life with a 9 to 5 secure job from which we are always hoping to get a break just because we are too afraid of tomorrow and just bend down to social pressures. Although i am no where near of achieving this success, at least i am aware that i am not.
  2. every one will have flops and hits in his or her life and it is more likely that one has more flops than hits. but when you have flop, instead of worrying start thinking, thinking will lead to decision- decision will lead to work – if it does not work well all you have to do is RE-WORK .

 

Some Quotes from RGV :

“ Your Life is your decision”

“ The point of life is there is no point to it and the best point one can aim is to live it point by point and point to point”

“ Ramusism is about all ism’s and no ism at all, taking what ever is suitable for you to achieve your goal and discarding the rest”

“ Its not about learning its about unlearning”

“ Stop worrying and start thinking ,thinking makes you reach a decision and the decision you reach will result in work and if the work does not result in what you wanted from it, all you have to do is Re-work”

 

Ram Lela is a well crafted and well casted film

Ram Lela is a well crafted and well casted film

As expected from a Sanjay leela bhansali film Ram leela is a visual treat as he mounts each frame deliciously  with vivid colors and grandeur but what’s different and what scores in comparison with his previous films is that he creates two feisty characters Ram and Leela and backs them with equally sharp dialogues and swift peace until the interval, post interval the film goes down hill but thanks to the terrific performances from the leads and other ensemble cast I never lost interest in the film.

Ram leela is an indianized version of Romeo Juliet set In a fictional village in rural Gujarat where Violence is a way of life between to waring factions of Rajadi and Sanera and expectedly Ram and Leela belong to these warring families but what works most in the film is the sizzling chemistry between deepika and ranveer Singh right from the first scene they are together and the films most enjoyable moments are between them, unfortunately as then story progresses to the point where the two lovers are separated by there respected families, movie slips and many scenes don’t make much sense and too many songs and fights don’t help either.

Over all Ram Leela can be a good one time watch for its performances, ace camera work from Ravichandran and of course in the end it’s a  Sanjay bhansali film as he is credited as writer,music composer, editor and Director   ,it’s a signature bhansali film.

YJHD review

YJHD – A mushy love story with some fun moments

 

As I walked out of the theater after watching YJHD, I was in a dilemma if i had fun or was i bored, the answer is i felt both, with  a title like “yeh jawani hein diwani” coupled with the fact that its a karan johar production i would have expected a run of the mill rom coms, what raised the bar for me was, it was coming from the director of wake up sid has ranbir kapoor and also it showcased a life infusing promo with the song “Batameez dil” but unfortunately it fails to live upto those expectations and falls closer to the run of the mill kind of films.

The film is about bunny(Ranbir kapoor) and his 2 best friends played by Kalki and Aditya roy kapoor who are these cool fun loving college students who decide to go on a trecking trip in Manali and in this trip bunny meets naina (deepika padukone) his childhood school friend who is a studios, shy topper who struggles with in herself to break free from her boring life, while bunny thinks of marriage as having dal chawal for the rest of life and never wants to settle down in life, takes up a job as a travel  journalist, naina on the other hand is a doctor and quite a contrast to bunny as expected. Its the coming of age story of these 4 friends filled with rich locales, dazzling set pieces and dance numbers.

 

Although there are lot of fun moments which we enjoy watching these four friends with first rate performances from all of them, what lets down the film is an incoherent screenplay ,some cliched scenes and too many songs, although the music is good by itself, but the songs act like a speed breaker in the movie except the foot tapping well choreographed “Batameez dil”.

 

clearly YJHD is a not a must watch but you will not repent even if you do.

 

 

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Hello,

I am vidyuth chikoti, an Engineer by academics, Day Dreamer, Lazy thinker, trying to maximize time i spend on doing what i want to do, and one of the things i like doing is pouring out my thoughts on this blog, simply put an avg guy trying to be above avg.

Badshah Review – An overstretched formula

Badshah –   An overstretched formula

Any regular consumer of Telugu cinema, knows exactly what to expect from a Sreenu Vaitla film irrespective of who the star of the film is, his films right from Dhee, Ready, Dubai seenu to Dookudu all have followed the same formula of a harebrained story with a heavy dose of comedy, so there was no surprise to see the same formula repeat even in Badshah unfortunately i felt this time this was stretched bit too far.

So you have the routine hero introduction fight followed by few comedy scenes followed by some more fights  and comedy again around which a harebrained story is woven which is so stupid that iam incapable of articulating it. As in every Sreenu vaitla film in this film too the hero (Jr NTR) plays a gag on Bramhanandam and this time too scenes involving this is enjoyable part of the film.

The film starts off on a positive note with a very enjoyable first 40 mins or so where the comedy really clicks between Jr NTR, Kajal and Vennela Kishore but then the film is pulled down when director decides to devote some time to action sequences which involves a typical telugu hero bashing villains left right and center and some punch dialogues are poured  in, which don’t hold any gravity what’s so ever, but much to one’s relief the director again returns to his trademark comedy sequences involving Bramhanandam, post interval where there are some Laugh out Loud moments, but then the film gets dragged into some very silly twists and turns which look stupid even after coming prepared to suspend one’s intelligence, worsened by the overdose of fights and speed breaking songs.

On the whole even after having some very enjoyable portions of comedy, I came out of the hall feeling bored and clearly this film is an over stretch of a time tested formula, time has come for Sreenu Vaitla to  try something new.

Mirchi Review – Its regressive cinema.

Mirchi is yet another run of the mill stuff that telugu movies these days are made of. you have a hero who can bash up hundreds of men, he has a back story in which there are two warring families and yes you  guessed it right our hero brings them together. Its all been there seen that stuff.

Jai played by Prabhas plays this super cool dude who lives life for the day kind of philosophy meets Richa in Italy and from here this harebrained story moves to her home in  a small village in Andhra Pradesh, where Jai tries to change these blood ridden retarded goons to civilized people. The film gets really tiring here on as the Hench men of the two rival families try to kill each other and a doze of high decibel fight sequences packed in, only relief coming from the most reliable Bramhanandam and music by devi sri prasad.

Prabhas is not fully convincing in his role and seems to lack ideas to portray the part.  Among the other cast; only Anushka and Bramhanandam stand out who deliver some laugh out loud moments. On the whole Mirchi is regressive cinema and has nothing new to offer , avoid it, is my recommendation.

-vidyuth.

 

SVSC Review

SVSC – Simple, beautiful but not soulful.

SVSC is  one of those kind of films where after u come out of the film u feel frustrated not because u saw a bad film but because u feel how good the film could have been but isn’t in spite of everything going for it. Star cast, dialogues, performances but it lacks a strong point to drive home.

As everyone knows the film is about two brothers peddodu (venkatesh) nd chinnodu (Mahesh) who cant live without each other; While peddodu is a straightforward non diplomatic guy who quits his job just because his boss tells him to be practical in life where as chinnodu is a charming and street smart guy and girls fall for him with a blink of an eye. These two brothers belong to a middleclass family from coastal Andhra and their father played by Prakash Raj plays a clichéd character of the one who did not earn them a fortune to rely upon but taught them values about being kind to other people.

Second time director srikanth addala intends to tell the story of the ups and downs in the relation ship of these  two brothers but there is not really any major conflict to speak of due to which there lacks any drama taking the story no where. Although the first half of the film sails through smoothly with some predictable but well executed scenes between the two brothers and their family members and thanks to a effortless performance by Mahesh with a east Godavari lingo who manages to generate quite a few laughs with every other dialogue. Credit should be given for venkatesh for strictly sticking to his character and playing his part well its clearly Mahesh who steals the show. Speaking of other actors, both the female leads are just dolls and there is not much to speak about them.

Although the makers should be lauded for making an honest attempt for going ahead and making a clean family film without getting tempted to add the so called commercial props like comedy track’s, introduction fights or item numbers, they lack a strong story to back this nice looking feel good film hence ends up being a drag especially the second half after having a smooth first half.

On the whole SVSC is not a bad film but its disappointing that it could have been a much better film, it’s a one time watch.

– vidyuth.

Treasured Lessons

With a simple narration of a boy’s journey in search of his treasure to realize his personnel Legend, PAULO Coelho’s “the Alchemist” has touched many of my own internal conflicts and made me pause for a while & think about my own personal legend which I put on hold as I was busy doing things which everyone expects me to do whether I like it or not.

Through an episode where the boy tells his father that although he is well versed with 3 languages and has adequate education he would want become a Shepherd as he loves travelling the author teaches us that irrespective of what we have learnt all these years it is more worth while to leave them behind and do things what you enjoy if what you learnt is not use full in realizing your dream.

The book does not teach anything new but what it does is reminds us and further bolster’s our forgotten wisdom that “ones personal treasure is where one’s Heart is”

& encourages us to take a risk to change things by referring to things like “Beginners luck”

& makes us realize that “Fear of Suffering is worst than the suffering itself” there by telling us to change things to live more than doing what we do just for living.

The author uses the alchemist who by definition is a one who transforms any metal to gold  as an analogy to tell any person who can transform omen’s (opportunities) to realize his personnel legend is an alchemist himself who’s life will be as dazzling as gold.

– Vidyuth.

How to minimize corruption in India

 

Looking at the present scams in India reminds me of a quote from Ayn Rand which fittingly describes the current state of affairs

“when you see money flowing to those who deal not in goods but by favors,
    when you see that men get richer by Graft and Pull than by work,
    and the law does not protect you against them but protects them against you,
    when you see corruption is being rewarded and honesty becomes self sacrifice,
     you know your society is doomed “

Let’s not be too pessimistic and look at the brighter side of it, we can see that even in this poor state of affairs our Judiciary and Electoral systems are functioning independently and have restored some credibility but the question is that enough? No certainly not, it’s not practical in any country to approach the courts for day to day issues like obtaining ration card, driving license and we can’t afford to wait for 5 years to vote out a corrupt government or leader.

Moreover corruption or any malpractice is not function of individual person’s or particular political party’s morality, it’s about the system’s loopholes which need a fix. The solutions for these lie in institution building and strengthening our systems which does not allow a bureaucrat, a politician to ask for bribe and for corporate’s to offer bribes.

The solutions for these are obtained by a multi fold approach which includes taking measures in minimizing the dependency of the people on Government based public delivery systems to eliminate corruption faced by common man and bringing strong anti graft laws will ensure transparency at the top level for the big ticket corruption.

So corruption India can be categorized in to two kinds:

1)      Low Level Corruption

2)      High level or big ticket corruption

 Measures to eliminate low level corruption:

Low level corruption means the corruption which a common man faces on a daily bases for obtaining his basic needs like ration card, Passport, License, opening bank account etc. so in order to reduce corruption at this level we need to minimize the interface between the public and the government for these services there by effectively reducing the need for the people to depend on government for these services and as a result of which there is no scope for corruption. To achieve this, the following measures need to be taken:

 1)      Minimizing  the Interface between public and Government

This can be achieved by the use of technology where in every citizen of the country is provided with their identity in the lines of the “Social security number”

in the USA, what this kind of system does is by just giving this number your entire record can be traced and reduces a lot of paper work and empowers many poor people for whom all the paper work for each and every service they require may be overwhelming due to which they depend on that PDS officials.

2)      Empowering consumer with more choice :

More choice can be created by privatizing the many public limited services as privatization creates more choice and results in competition among the different players involved there by empowering the people to choose a company which gives them the best value, take the example of the telecom sector where 10 years ago there was only Government run telephone company was operating it was difficult for people to obtain a new connection where as today when there are so many private operators due to the heavy competition just a phone call is enough to obtain a new connection.

3)      Simpler laws :

In India to start a business or to even build a house there are numerous layers of departments and licenses to be obtained and getting all these done can be a herculean task than the business it self and exploiting these archaic system bureaucrat’s pressure the common man for corruption. Compare this to a system in USA where to build a house all you need to know is a set of guidelines given in a book let and follow them stringently and at the end of your construction there is only one officer who inspects it and approves the house if your house meets the requirements, so if we can replace these archaic laws with simple laws it can reduce corruption to a large extent.

 Measures for Big Ticket corruption:

Big ticket corruption refers to the corruption at top level like the 2G spectrum scam and coal block scam. To eliminate this we need the following measures:

1) Lokpal with Lokayukta law: A strong anti graft law like the lokpal which also includes the lokayukta’s for the states and which is independent of the Government is the need of the hour.

2) Transforming Politics: last but not the least in order to achieve all the measures above we need to transform the way our politics function because the solution to all our problems only lies with politics and for the transformation to happen we need leaders of society to enter politics and we need more active participation of public especially the educated class, middle class and Youth to participate actively and forcefully like we did in the Lokpal movement.

                                                                                                                                                                                   Vidyuth.