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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
That’s the grim truth portrayed in Blood Diamond.

Yes – it is an action flick.
Yes – it is a roller coaster ride that doesn’t stop till the end credits.
Yes – it’s the truth of Sierra Leone and its people.

It is also the story of Africa – all the riches and the accompanying poverty. This was not created by god. He made a beautiful land… it was human greed that transmogrified it.

So there’s Solomon – a fisherman, separated from his family, working in the diamond mines, when he stumbles on a large “pink” – pure 100 carat. A blood diamond – that’s what it is – raising money in the strife torn country to buy more strife and death.

Twists of fate ensue as he goes from situation to circumstance to a sense of tragedy. He bumps into our man Leonardo, a “Rhodesian” soldier of fortune familiar with the diamond smuggling trade.

Lotsa reels later – good has happened. The white man has reformed (posthumously) and the colored man is united with his long lost kith and kin. And he’s rich too. There’s a heart broken journo who wipes tears from her eye as her man gazes upon the Serengeti, clutches the red earth and passes on.

TIA – this is Africa, a favorite intonation of the characters in the film. The story of the “child” soldier is effectively captured as the depths of debauchery of the human mind are brought forth. How do you get a child who is trying to learn the word UTOPIA to start killing his fellow humans? The journey from paradise found to paradise lost is so natural. There is a sense of deep loss. I felt it too. Maybe I’m more emotional than my friends around me. This is not a film for the faint hearted.

It’s a good thought that the film leaves us with. We’re all responsible for that strife.
Next time you buy a diamond – check if it’s conflict free.
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Guru - A common man, an uncommon life!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Go see it for yourself…

I saw it sitting in the front row.

It may be based on the life of Mr.Ambani, but the trio – Mani, Abhishek & Aishwarya – give life a new dimension.

He is a man on a mission – with a definite sense of purpose. His mantra is profit.

It’s a performance his father could not deliver in his heydays.

There is strength in the performances of all the characters, be it Mithunda, Madhavan, Vidya, Ash or the “not so small” B. It’s not a light hearted film – though there are a few moments of that. It’s imperative to view it from the Biographical perspective. Then the understanding settles in and the pathos is not lost. There are serious emotions at play here. Tread carefully.

The story follows the same trail that the business baron traveled in real life… with a few minor cosmetic alterations. A lot has been written about the big man. Some – will now be written about the film.

The music is good – I’m still humming “jaage hain” with a serious intonation.

There are a couple of other great songs – “Barso re” & “Tere bina”. The balance pass muster - but just!

The editing & screenplay is slick and the camera shots are typical Mani Ratnam.

The one shot that I think captures a lot of emotion – is the look , the smile of success that Abhishek emotes when addressing the shareholders at the annual general meeting of the company. It is the smile of a man- whose hard work and dedication is vindicated – not by the cash and the cars – but by the hearty roar of the people who believe in his vision.

All in all – a cannot miss movie for 2007.

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Insensitivity - an Art!

Monday, January 08, 2007

It was not easy being me!

It’s taken 29 years + 3months to get this far.

I’m speaking only for myself, here.

I never try to be insensitive.

It comes so naturally to me.

I can hurt those close to me without even trying.

It has to be an art form to be able to be practiced so effortlessly!!

… and I’m only getting better at it….

It’s true – I am also quite selfish. I only think about myself. If making someone happy, makes me happy – then I go ahead and do what I do. I never go out of my way to hurt people – it just sort of happens. There are so many threads inter-twined in this whole wheel of my life – I tie some knots as others unravel.

I don’t have a solution.

I don’t want a solution.

It’s not even a problem.

It’s just me – as I am!!

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