Review: Sivaji .. The Boss

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Yes … I saw Sivaji … And I saw it in Pune !! :-) After it released a week late on 22nd June, 2007. I saw it second day first show. I got the ticket through BookEazy a cool service where you book tickets online, pay for it in the theatre and arrive anytime (even late) and still you have your place booked for you. Here is how it works !! Thanks to Santosh Dawara for having me introduced to the service. I must say that the service is great !!

On a separate note, I plan to spend sometime with Santosh when he gets time to understand the internet business.

At the onset, let me tell you that I am not really a Rajini fan … :-). But there is something about him (including all the euphoria that surrounds his movie releases) that draws you towards him. So, I decided that I will see the movie in true Rajini Fan style (well … as much as possible) … I started my movie experience with a full volume screaming of “Talaivaaaaaaaaaaaa” (That is what true Rajini fans call him) on his entry scene … And then lots of more shouting and yelling during each of his style, dialogue or fight sequences (adding to the Janani’s embarrassment, who found it very uncultured behavior ;-) .. but what the heck). I had to get back to myself and behave in a more “cultured” way coz Janani threatened to disown me if I didn’t stop acting that way. :D

So the movie plot is pretty decent … typical Sankar style … Doing good for the society even if that means bending the rules a bit. So Rajini wants to build a college and hospital putting in all the savings of his life (made out of a Software System Architect job in US :-)). He intends to provide free treatment and education to all. That obviously makes people running other colleges insecure and they make Rajini taste dust. So as they say … when you can’t take out the butter with a straight finger you need to bend your fingers … so Rajini does just that … And he does that Rajini/Sankar style … :-) … He decides to convert all the black money in India into white (Using Hawala and then sending it back to his foundation as donations) and use that for the college and hospital activities. So that is pretty innovative.

Lots more to see and enjoy … some new styles … some more dialogues … Like
  • “Panningathaan kootama varum ... Singham ... Single aa varum”

  • “Kooooool” in typical Rajini style

  • The famous cigarette that used Rajini used to toss into his mouth has now been replaced by a chewing gum that he bounces off his palm into his mouth. (and once he bounces it off the villain’s forehead ;-) .. Now that is Kooooool … )

  • Finally the coin tossing act … which goes through 2-3 tossing iterations before it perfectly lands into his pocket :) …

And there are lots of high flying fight sequences … in typical Sankar style.

They have done wonders with respect to Rajini’s looks … Make up, special effects etc and Rajini looks so young … You have to see it to believe it …

Songs are ok ok … I would have expected more out of AR Rehman but … I don’t know … Didn’t click to me … Vaaji Vaaji and Sahara Pookal were ok … Rest of them were just mediocre … It’s sad that Songs for Rajini’s big movie are not that good … :(

And as usual, typical of Rajini/Sankar movies they have a message for all of us … To know about that try and catch a ticket to see the movie.

As for me … It was a great experience to watch that movie in true Rajini Fan style and so much so that I am a Rajini Fan now !! :)

Gillette Fusion ... What !?!??!??!?

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I happened to stumble upon this link which took me to the lastest "cutting edge" technology for men !! :) ... Gillette Fusion

They left the three blades system behind ... :) ... Believe it or not .. Its 6 blades now (five in the front and one in the rear) !! Wow :) ...

I mean .. Was this some kind of growth target given to them !??!! :) I can imagine .. in a meeting the Gillette Management told their design team "You need to double your blades in 3 years ..."

or probably the sales head, by mistake, set an expectation to the wrong team !! :) ... He might have wanted to address the sales team (but instead addressed the design team) saying "You need to double your numbers in 3 years ..." The only numbers the design team could think of was "# of blades"

So here goes .... :)

Got Tagged ...

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Got tagged by Parvathi ... so here goes ...

1. Pick out a scar you have, and explain how you got it:

Stitch marks on my forehead - I was running around in my house to escape my sister who was trying to tickle me, and broke my head ... :)

2. What is on the walls in your room?

Currently in office, so there is a cartoon of myself (made by Prakash Shetty) on my cubicle division.

3. What does your phone look like?

For a detailed story about my phone and how it looks like ... see this link.

4. What music do you listen to?

I listen to all kinds of music ... right from raga to rock ... Well, not rock actually .. Well probably the songs that are melodious ... !!!

5. What is your current desktop picture?

At my company, we are not allowed to have the desktop picture of our choice. So its one of the defaults ... a green open field of sorts.

6. What do you want more than anything right now?

I more or less feel contented.

7. Do you believe in gay marriage?

If someone wants to .. well ... so be it ... but as far as my views are concerned, its stupid.

8. What time were you born?

Some time in the morning ... of July 4th

9. Are your parents still together?

Yes and No, coz my mother passed away.

10. What are you listening to?

Songs from the movie "Life in a Metro"

11. I donno why there was no 11th question ..

Parvathi deleted it .. so thanks ..

12. The last person to make you cry?

My mom ... when she passed away.

13. What is your favourite perfume/cologne?

Axe ... Voodoo

14. What kind of hair/eye colour do you like on the opposite sex?

Black, I guess ...

15. Do you like pain killers?

What is there to like in a pain-killer ??

16. Are you too shy to ask someone out?

Yes I am ...

17. Fave pizza topping?

Bell Peppper

18. If you could eat anything right now, what would it be?

Hmm ... hungry .. Now that you talked about a Pizza ... That would do ...

19. Who was the last person you made mad?

Janani (my wife) .. i guess ...

20. Is anyone in love with you?

Yes ... definitely

I would tag ... whoever wants to do this tag (I really doubts if anyone wants to)