Monday, November 28, 2011

Vendetta for India

'India is on the boil' as per the new JaagoRe advertisement (which I like very much) and in such socio-political environment the discussion of Politicians and Governance easily comes to the coffee table. While one such discussion in office, a friend and ex-colleague of mine reminded me of the movie V for Vendetta and told me it's really nice to see how a man takes on the Totalitarian Government. Though the situation is not that worse in India yet but at parts and at times, to some Indians, the suffering is no less.

As per my habit, I tried to extract few nice quotes from the movie and zeroed on the below two quotes. 

1. People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

2. The problem is that he knows us better than we know ourselves.

The second quote that I picked up from the movie tells that knowing others better than how they know themselves is good and important. Though difficult to attain such knowledge; it is not impossible. It can certainly help you in handling a difficult situations.

Another noticeable thing that I found in the movie was during the credits. It is my habit that I let the credits play till the very end as I don't really want to miss anything that might be there. So, I did the same with this movie as well. When the credits were playing, and the song changed, I noticed a familiar beats and few words that I did not fully recognize because of inattention; but then I concentrated. As soon as the next lyrics came, it was clear as crystal. My doubt was correct, these were Hindi words! I was a bit surprised with joy. 

***The first video is the song with visuals from another movie. And the second video is with lyrics.***

That's what I love about India and it's vastness. It is everywhere. You get it's mention at the places where you hardly suspect (mostly because of your ignorance of its greatness). Last time while watching Hart's War, which was purely based on World War II, United States and the Nazi Germany, I was attracted towards the term, "Aryan Perfection". My senses alerted me and I paused the movie and Googled the term to find out what it is about. And I was right, it certainly relates to the Aryan Race. It might not had been used in it's entire positivity there, but it was quite a thing for me. I am yet to research on the exact relation of this term Aryan Race with Nazi Germany.

Speaking of the song at the credits of V for Vendetta, I tried to find about it but not much of the info was available. Though I get to know the basic things for sure,
The song's name is "BKAB" at it is by Ethan Stoller. Ethan is the producer of the song and the song actually contains mix of two songs taken from different Hindi Films (Bollywood). The songs are 'Chura ke dil mera' from the movie 'Main Khiladi tu Anari' and 'Pardesi Pardesi' from 'Raja Hindustani'. I am putting the YouTube links to all the songs.

The obvious question of what can be the reason of putting such track came to me and I tried to find out the info available about this song and the producer but not much of the info is available online. From what info I gathered and by the correlations I can apply, I think the reason is somewhat related to Wachowski brothers. The writers and the producers of V for Vendetta had famous 'Navras' featured at the end of their Matrix Revolutions. Though 'Navras' can definitely be correlated to the theme and the soul of The Matrix Series but the relation of Hindi lines in BKAB to V for Vendetta is hard to correlate.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Kabaddi World Cup, 2011

India is hosting the second World Cup of it's very own game, Kabaddi. The matches will be played in various cities of Punjab; the opening ceremony was held yesterday with the performances of stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Sukhwinder Singh. The tournament will continue till 20th November.

The games like Kabaddi are actually attached to the roots of our Country but the response they get from the media and normal public is so cold so far. And it would be wrong to blame the normal public for that. The general medium of information for masses, TV, Radio, and Newspapers are relatively silent on these events. That's because lack of sponsors and money but media can play it's role here.

When I came to know about the Kabaddi World Cup, 2011 many days back, I was pretty excited to see the live action of a sport that we can call truly Indian. And the fact that India won the first Kabaddi world cup held last year and is strong contender this year as well adds to the excitement. Who doesn't want to see his countrymen winning a World Cup, be it of any sport. And I consider India to be a sport loving country more than just a Cricket crazy nation. We are actually excited about watching Indians compete and win, be it Boxing in Commonwealth Games, Hockey in the Olympics or Shooting, Tennis and recent F1 tournaments. We love to see the games because we love to see Indians win. Don't we?

The great Indian telecasting mystery.
An example of how uninformative our various channels of information can get, I tried hard to find out which channel will be telecasting the Kabaddi World Cup, 2011 live but got no information. No website, no news channel, no national daily says about who is going to show these matches. I revived my search today thinking that after the opening ceremony at least, I will get something. Internet told me that Geo TV is going to telecast the tournament but that is for Pakistan, not for India.
Then I watched a report on news channel regarding the opening ceremony and SRK's performance and noted that the footage was courtesy PTC Punjabi. But to my disappointment, the website of the channel is badly managed and it says nothing about the Kabaddi World Cup till today and the links like Program, schedule and Contact Us don't
work. But luckily I found PTC Punjabi up and running on my Tata Sky subscription and I got very relieved when I watched the add of the Kabaddi World Cup Telecast after watching the channel for sometime.

So, the mystery was over now for me and the Kabaddi World Cup would be telecasted  on PTC Punjabi and PTC News live from 1st November to 20th November 2011. I am very disappointed with the lack of info on this but I am very excited to watch the matches that will start from today. India will fight Germany today.

Following link will help you somewhat with the schedule.