Monday, February 23, 2009

Slumdog Oscars Moments...

Danny to hot to handle!!!
The all gracious Rahman!!
The Best Editor...
Kutty i did it....Yes...

Happy Slumdog Team..

The Slumdog team accepting Oscar..
Never seen so manuy Indian faces on the Oscars stage.Thanks Danny...

Oscar nominees and winners...

Best picture
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" 
"The Reader"
WINNER: "Slumdog Millionaire"

WINNER: Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire" 
Stephen Daldry, "The Reader" 
David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" 
Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon" 
Gus Van Sant, "Milk"

Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor" 
Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon" 
WINNER: Sean Penn, "Milk" 
Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" 
Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler"

Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married" 
Angelina Jolie, "Changeling" 
Melissa Leo, "Frozen River" 
Meryl Streep, "Doubt" 
WINNER: Kate Winslet, "The Reader"

Supporting actor
Josh Brolin, "Milk" 
Robert Downey Jr., "Tropic Thunder" 
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt" 
WINNER: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight" 
Michael Shannon, "Revolutionary Road"

Supporting actress
Amy Adams, "Doubt" 
WINNER: Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" 
Viola Davis, "Doubt" 
Taraji P. Henson, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" 
Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler"

Animated feature
"Kung Fu Panda" 

Adapted screenplay
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," screenplay by Eric Roth, screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord 
"Doubt," written by John Patrick Shanley 
"Frost/Nixon," screenplay by Peter Morgan 
"The Reader," screenplay by David Hare 
WINNER: "Slumdog Millionaire," screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

Original screenplay
"Frozen River," written by Courtney Hunt 
"Happy-Go-Lucky," written by Mike Leigh 
"In Bruges," written by Martin McDonagh 
WINNER: "Milk," written by Dustin Lance Black 
"WALL-E," screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon; original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

Art direction
"Changeling," James J. Murakami; set decoration: Gary Fettis 
WINNER: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Donald Graham Burt; set decoration: Victor J. Zolfo 
"The Dark Knight," Nathan Crowley; set decoration: Peter Lando 
"The Duchess," Michael Carlin; set decoration: Rebecca Alleway
"Revolutionary Road," Kristi Zea; set decoration: Debra Schutt

"Changeling," Tom Stern 
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Claudio Miranda 
"The Dark Knight," Wally Pfister 
"The Reader," Chris Menges and Roger Deakins 
WINNER: "Slumdog Millionaire," Anthony Dod Mantle

Costume design
"Australia," Catherine Martin 
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Jacqueline West 
WINNER: "The Duchess," Michael O'Connor 
"Milk," Danny Glicker 
"Revolutionary Road," Albert Wolsky

Documentary feature
"The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)" 
"Encounters at the End of the World" 
"The Garden" 
WINNER: "Man on Wire" 
"Trouble the Water"

Documentary short 
"The Conscience of Nhem En" 
"The Final Inch"
WINNER: "Smile Pinki" 
"The Witness -- From the Balcony of Room 306"

Film editing
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall 
"The Dark Knight," Lee Smith 
"Frost/Nixon," Mike Hill and Dan Hanley 
"Milk," Elliot Graham 
WINNER: "Slumdog Millionaire," Chris Dickens

Foreign language film
"The Baader Meinhof Complex," Germany 
"The Class," France 
WINNER: "Departures," Japan 
"Revanche," Austria 
"Waltz with Bashir," Israel

WINNER: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Greg Cannom 
"The Dark Knight," John Caglione Jr. and Conor O'Sullivan 
"Hellboy II: The Golden Army," Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

Original score
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Alexandre Desplat 
"Defiance," James Newton Howard 
"Milk," Danny Elfman 
WINNER: "Slumdog Millionaire," A.R. Rahman 
"WALL-E," Thomas Newman

Original song
"Down to Earth" from "WALL-E," music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, lyrics by Peter Gabriel 
WINNER: "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire," music by A.R. Rahman, lyrics by Gulzar 
"O Saya" from "Slumdog Millionaire," music and lyrics by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

Animated short
WINNER: "La Maison en Petits Cubes" 
"Lavatory -- Lovestory" 
"This Way Up"

Live-action short 
"Auf der Strecke (On the Line)" 
"Manon on the Asphalt" 
"New Boy" 
"The Pig" 
WINNER: "Spielzeugland"

Sound editing
WINNER: "The Dark Knight," Richard King 
"Iron Man," Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes 
"Slumdog Millionaire," Glenn Freemantle and Tom Sayers 
"WALL-E," Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood 
"Wanted," Wylie Stateman

Sound mixing
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten 
"The Dark Knight," Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick 
WINNER: "Slumdog Millionaire," Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty 
"WALL-E," Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt 
"Wanted," Chris Jenkins, Frank A. MontaƱo and Petr Forejt

Visual effects
WINNER: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron 
"The Dark Knight," Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin 
"Iron Man," John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Get well soon SRK.

Mumbai matinee idol and Bollywood heart throb Shahrukh Khan got operated at the Breach Candy Hospital Mumbai for shoulder injury.SRK is going to be out of action for few months.
Addressing the media SRK promised to be back soon in his jovial style but couldn't hide the pain.
My best wishes for the speedy recovery..
Pepsi dumped SRK after a long association,King Khan was obviously hurt as he commented "They have thrown me out".
The cola giant Coca cola saw IT as an opportunity and the second biggest cola brand SPRITE promised to sponsor the Kolkota Knight Riders (KKR)?
Not to be left alone Pepsi has put an counteroffer!
So SRK will be minting money while recuperating!!
Not Bad..

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Mumbai street food..Yummy.

NYT comments on Mumbai street food...

WHEN the bad-boy television chef Anthony Bourdain went on a culinary journey through India two years ago, he said the vada pav, a humble street snack usually sold for about 10 cents, was the best thing he ate.

Mr. Bourdain was right on the money. The vada pav is a glorious carb-on-carb overload — a spicy potato patty encased in a gram-flour coating, then sandwiched in a buttered bun and bathed in tangy garlic chutney.

Unpretentious street food like the vada pav — preferably bought from a surly vendor — is part of the great Indian travel experience. Still, it takes a brave tourist to sample the wares from a street vendor who is casually mashing potatoes with his bare and grubby hands, as flies buzz happily around. Luckily, a slew of restaurants are sanitizing street food, serving it in clean (if not always pristine) surroundings. At most places, you can eat like a king for less than $2.

At one of the numerous Jumbo King outlets across the city, you can eat vada pav in a range of flavors for just 7 rupees (about 14 cents at 50 rupees to the dollar). Jumbo King aims to be the McDonald’s of street snacks, and the uniformly wrapped vada pavs are served by plastic-gloved dispensers from gleaming steel fryers, with optional spicy chutney and garlic toppings.

At the sparkling clean but frantically busy Swati Snacks (248 Karai Estate, Tardeo Road; 91-22-6580-8406), opposite Bhatia Hospital, you can feast on chaat as delicious as that which you might get from chaatwalas at the famous Chowpatty Beach, only it won’t upset your stomach.

Chaat is the classic Mumbai street food, a catchall term for a savory medley of ingredients, which may include potatoes, gram-flour discs, onions, yogurt, chickpeas, mint, peanuts and various chutneys. Try the pani puri (crisp dough spheres filled with potatoes, sprouts and a tart date-tamarind sauce, which burst deliciously onto your palate), bhel puri (puffed rice mixed with onions, tomatoes, mint chutney, crunchy gram-flour threads, peanuts, lemon juice and coriander) and the milder pankhi (delicate rice pancakes steamed in banana leaves) — not exactly street food but too good to miss.

This is also one of the few safe places to sample golas (crushed ice balls bathed in rose or mint flavored syrup) and thirst-quenching sugar cane juice. Get there early though, as there are no reservations and the lines are long.

Kailash Parbat, another popular chain with outlets in many multiplexes, is a good place for other quintessential Mumbai snacks like pav bhaji (toasted buns heaped with a sinful, buttery vegetable hash) and ragda pattice (toasted potato cakes with chickpeas). In the Bandra suburb, Elco Pani Puri Center has hygienic chaat in air-conditioned comfort and is known for its pani puri. (Elco Arcade, Hill Road, Bandra; 91-22-2645-7677).

There will always be those Mumbaikars who tell you that street snacks eaten in restaurants just can’t compare with the authentic fare of “Raju the blind chaatwala at the second open drain behind the Churchgate Railway Station.” They are probably right. There’s something about the down-and-dirtiness of real street fare that makes it all the tastier. The best vendors are usually to be found outside colleges and railway stations.

If you do risk the genuine article, be sure to choose hot snacks straight from the griddle or deep fryer, avoid chutneys, juices and sauces, toss out the raw onion and tomatoes and stick with Vegetarian options if you have a delicate tummy. After all, what’s good enough for Anthony Bourdain ...

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Dream city Mumbai...

Mumbai is extreme India. In this booming metropolis all the wealth, inequalities, colors, flavors and passions of India are magnified to an almost unbearable degree.

Somewhere between 13 and 20 million people are squeezed into the city that is India's leading financial and industrial center and the home of the Bollywood movie.

For countless migrants from all over the country, be they business school graduates, aspiring actors or destitute laborers, Mumbai is the place where dreams can come true.

Those who like to think of India as a land of tradition and mystery would be shocked by the way modern Mumbai has embraced western consumerism. In Mumbai the rigidities of India's traditional caste system are being replaced by a kind of brutal meritocracy in which the winners become extraordinarily rich and the losers struggle for survival.

While Mumbai is fearlessly embracing modernity, minting millionaires and erecting skyscrapers, its infrastructure is hopelessly outdated and creaking under the weight of the city's ever-expanding population.

Mumbai's road traffic is legendary -- a chaotic melange of cars, mopeds, motorized rickshaws and red double-decker buses, seemingly fused together in a writhing, gridlocked mass.

All big cities have deprived areas, but in Mumbai the deprivation is impossible to avoid. Up to half of Mumbai's residents live in slums, about a million in the shacks of Dharavi, the biggest slum in Asia. In these cities within a city children play next to the sewers that run through the streets, whole families often live in a single room and clean water is scarce.

Yet while the slums can be grindingly poor, they are also buzzing with activity. Many residents of Dharavi work in cottage industries and in the thriving recycling trade, and their biggest threats are the annual monsoon floods and the developers eager to clear the slum in order to exploit the prime real estate it occupies.

For outsiders, the contrast between rich and poor can be jarring, but Mumbaikars have learned to live with adversity.

While the Mumbai terror attacks of November 2008 horrified the world, the killings were tragically familiar to those living in a city where hundreds have been killed by terrorists over the last 15 years and religious and social tensions simmer beneath the surface.

Yet, despite its very visible problems, Mumbai simply will not be denied. Constantly growing in population and wealth, Mumbai is a world-class city when it comes to culture, commerce and consumption. Mumbaikars are incredibly enterprising and their ability to bounce back from tragedy is testimony to their resourcefulness and resilience.

Danny Boyle, director of award-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire," set and filmed in Mumbai, said of the city, "Despite all that has happened there recently it is a city moving towards happiness.

"You have these incredible extremes but it feels like there's a destiny that binds it all together."

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Local trains stopped??

Police in riot gear beat back angry protesters after they squatted on railway tracks and held up commuter trains for several hours on Wednesday, demanding better services.

Repairs on the city's western suburb line had delayed rush hour trains on Wednesday morning, a railways spokesman said, which led to protests as commuter crowds at the stations waiting to board trains swelled.

Protesters squatted on the tracks and shouted slogans against the railways, demanding more trains and better services.

Local trains, a lifeline in the city, ferry more than six million commuters every day, with passengers hanging out of crowded compartments and riding on the roof during rush hour.

"Everyday it is the same problem. There are not enough trains, and trains are so crowded, it is very difficult for us," one commuter told news channel CNN-IBN.

Services had been partially restored, albeit with delays, and would be back to normal by evening, the railways spokesman said.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Slum dwellers protest against Slumdog...

Dozens of residents of a Mumbai slum where "Slumdog Millionaire" was partly shot protested against the Oscar-nominated film on Tuesday, hurling insults and hitting pictures of its cast and crew with slippers.

The movie's international success has been tempered by objections in India to the name, which some slum dwellers find offensive, its depiction of the lives of impoverished Indians and the treatment of the cast.

Its director, Danny Boyle, has faced accusations from some parts of the Indian media that his film was "poverty porn." Boyle has said he was trying to capture Mumbai's "lust for life."

The film, which has scooped several international awards and won 10 Oscar nominations, opened in India last month.

"They have made a mockery of us, they have hurt our sentiments," said N.R. Paul, a protest leader and resident in Dharavi, Asia's largest slum.

The protesters, who were forced by policemen to assemble a few hundred metres from Dharavi, shouted "Down, down Danny Boyle" and "Down, down Censor Board."

"Slum dwellers are human beings, not dogs," said one poster.

Protesters also slapped pictures of Boyle and the film's actors with slippers, saying their depiction of poverty was demeaning to millions.

"They should change at least the title. Why did our Censor Board allow such a title in India? It is very sad," said Kallubhai Qureshi, a resident in Dharavi.

Nicholas Almeida, a social activist and slum dweller who has filed a complaint in a local court against the title, said the filmmakers also had a responsibility towards the slums in which they shot the movie.

"It is making so many millions of dollars, why can't they spend some money here to improve our lives?" said Almeida.

Boyle and producer Christian Colson, responding to comments in the Daily Telegraph recently that slum kids in the film were paid poorly, have said they have paid for their education in a school and set up a fund to cover other expenses.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Priyan angry on Slumdog...

Indian movie director Priyadarshan has joined the bandwagon in slamming Danny Boyle's underdog saga Slumdog Millionaire and has called the film a "cheap trashy mediocre version" of erstwhile Bollywood hits.

Slumdog Millionaire is nothing but a cheap trashy mediocre version of those commercial films about estranged brothers and childhood sweethearts that Salim-Javed used to write so brilliantly in the 1970s. And please quote me clearly on this. If the Golden Globe and Oscars committees have chosen to honour this trashy film it just shows their ignorance of world cinema," Priyadarshan said. 

Priyadarshan, whose much-acclaimed film on the silk weavers of Kanjeevaram was shown alongside Boyle's film at the Toronto Film Festival last year, feels Indians are exercising prideful property rights over a film that denigrates Mumbai.

"I saw the film with a mixed audience at the Toronto Film Festival. The Westerners loved it. All the Indian hated it. The West loves 
 to see us as a wasteland, filled with horror stories of exploitation and degradation. But is that all there's to our beautiful city of Mumbai?"

He is surprised that Mumbai is celebrating a film that shows only the city's underbelly.

"Why are we taking this treatment? Just because a white man has made 'Slumdog Millionaire', we're so happy with it? I've read Vikas Swarup's novel 'Q&A'. It should have been made by Mani Ratnam. Then you'd have seen what he would have done with Mumbai."

The angry director wonders why there isn't a single 
 shot in 'Slumdog...' that shows the more aesthetic side of Mumbai?

"Why has Danny Boyle not taken one shot of Marine Drive? Do his slumdwellers exist only within their slums? And look at the absurdities...A boy becomes a national hero on a game show. One cop takes him under arrest and interrogates him relentlessly. Where is everyone else? Is this kind of confinement possible in this day and age when television camera 
 enter your bedroom? If one of our filmmakers had made the same film we would have blasted him out of business."

"Let them give as many Oscars as they like. We don't need to be impressed," ends Priydarshan angrily.