Monday, December 28, 2009

3 Idiots-The Review

'Excellence ke peeche bhaago, success jhak maar kar apne aap peeche bhaagegi!'
This enlightening piece of advice given by Rancchoddas Shyamaldas Chanchad aka Phunsuk Wangdu accurately focuses on the problem of our present education system where we all are told that bringing marks is the ultimate goal. Gaining knowledge plays second fiddle.

I thought no movie in 2009 could match the excellence of Dev D but was proved wrong. If 2009 began with Dev D, it was only fitting that it ended with 3 Idiots.

In 3 Idiots, I found a little bit of myself on the screen which is why I loved 3 Idiots.

Because this was the first time that a college movie wasn't about cool clothes and hot chicks. Instead the focus was on pressure, fear of failure, coping with family and authority and most importantly the struggle between who others want you to be and who you want to be yourself. A struggle I myself experience since I go to an engineering college, like one of the protagonists, not because I have a love for engineering (I want to be a filmmaker) but because it guarantees me the most secure future.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Here's To My Sister

Remember every day
No matter what I've said
Here's what I'd like to say
I will always love you
Be with you till the end
When no one else is around
I will be your friend
I love my sister
and I always will
I'm proud to be your brother
that's how I feel
And someday when we're far away
And the miles keep us apart
I'm gonna whisper
I love my sister
And you'll hear it in your heart

"A Sister is God's way of proving He doesn't want us to walk alone"

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Importance Of The Undertaker VS Shawn Michaels At WrestleMania XXV

It's often difficult to justify reasons for watching pro wrestling to friends and family, particularly to those whose only experience of the sport is the all-too-frequent news reports on the subject of wrestling deaths. Added to which, anyone who has encountered Triple H breaking into Randy Orton's house, Hornswoggle as Vince McMahon's son, or anything involving Kane while channel-surfing is liable to switch off and never want to watch again.

Wrestling is little more than an elaborate pantomime to the casual observer, but when Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker stepped in the ring last Sunday night, even the most jaded cynic would have a hard time denying that something historic was taking place.

Both men are synonymous with the WWE. The Undertaker is perhaps the greatest gimmick that Vince McMahon ever created, but the hard work and dedication of Mark Calloway has ensured that the character has existed way beyond its projected shelf-life. In the last few years, The Undertaker has gained a reputation for producing superb performances on the big stage. The big stage seems made for Shawn Michaels. That he is the best worker in the WWE at his age and with his injuries illustrates the natural ability he has, and his importance to the company over the past 20 years.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Top Ten Performers Of WrestleMania

This year has seen some of the most bizarre buildups to WrestleMania matches in the history of the event. The hype for Triple H and Orton has featured some of the most laughably bad acting we have ever seen, even by wrestling standards. Scarily, that may not even be as bad as the cheesy soap opera between John Cena, The Edge and Big Show, which has displayed about as much intrigue as a Giant Gonzales match.

Then you have the terrific series of promos between Chris Jericho and the WWE legends that is apparently leading to one of the more apathetic payoffs in memory. Out of all this mess, the most intriguing match-up is without a doubt the historic confrontation between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. Two of the most iconic figures in the history of the industry are embroiled in a feud that is based on the issues of pride and the honor of performance.
Both Undertaker and Shawn Michaels are staking claim to be the greatest wrestlers in WrestleMania history. They each have accomplishments to back up their words, but who are the best performers on this grand stage? The twenty-five year history of the event has featured some of the most significant talent in the annals of the business showcasing their skills under the spotlight of the world. During this time, a few superstars have arisen to the occasion to make this event the annual spectacular that wrestling fans look forward to. This week, I will present the top ten performers in WrestleMania history.

Monday, March 30, 2009

My Top 20 Wrestlemania Moments

20. Roddy Piper vs. Goldust (WrestleMania XII, 1996)

Hardcore matches and falls-count-anywhere matches that go all over the arena and even outside the building have become passé, but that wasn’t the case when Piper and Goldust battled in a Hollywood Back-lot Brawl. In this instance, the match actually started outside – in a Hollywood back lot – and ended inside the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif. The fight began with Piper brutalizing Goldust with a baseball bat, but Goldust eventually gained the upper hand, jumped into his gold Cadillac and struck Piper with his car. After Goldust sped away, Piper got into a white Ford Bronco and chased after him.
Later in the show, WWE showed stock footage of the infamous O.J. Simpson low-speed chase, as Vince McMahon did the voiceover and acted as if it was Piper chasing Goldust. Eventually, the match ended up in the ring, where Piper disrobed Goldust, who was wearing black lingerie. The humiliated Goldust ran back to the dressing room and Piper was declared the winner. It wasn’t exactly a wrestling match, but it was definitely unique and entertaining.

19. Edge vs. Mick Foley (WrestleMania 22, 2006)

In the buildup to this hardcore match, Foley talked about how he had accomplished a lot in his career, but he never had a “WrestleMania moment.” He got it during this match, when Edge speared him through a flaming table for the victory. In a brutal encounter that featured thumbtacks and barbed wire baseball bats, another memorable spot occurred when Foley applied the “Socko Claw” – with Mr. Socko wrapped in barbed wire – to Edge's girlfriend, Lita, who received a bloody lip. In the end, Foley did what he has done several times in his career: he helped make his opponent into a bigger star. He also added to his own reputation as a “Hardcore Legend.”

18. Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar (WrestleMania XX, 2004)

If this match had occurred a couple months earlier, it would have been a dream match, pitting two powerhouses who had similar meteoric rises to the top against one another. Instead, it was memorable for quite a different reason. The atmosphere during the Goldberg-Lesnar match was surreal. It was widely known for a while that this was going to be Goldberg’s last match in WWE, but then word leaked out just prior to the event that Lesnar also was leaving after the bout to pursue an NFL career.
The crowd never gave either man a chance, emphatically jeering both and chanting “you sold out,” “this match s****,” “boring” and “na, na, na, na, hey, hey, hey, goodbye.” Goldberg and Lesnar were both visibly frustrated by the crowd’s reaction. The only person in the match who was cheered was “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, the special guest referee. Goldberg ended up getting what amounted to a meaningless victory. After the match, Austin delivered stunners to both men, sending the crowd into a frenzy.

17. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho (WrestleMania XIX, 2003)

This was a dream match for me, as Michaels and Jericho are two of my favorite performers. They didn’t disappoint, putting on what was perhaps the best match of the show. Rarely have I ever wanted to see Michaels lose, but this was one of those occasions. I thought Jericho’s career really could have benefited from a win over Michaels on the big stage, but it didn’t happen. Jericho, who was a heel at the time, did get his heat back after the match, however. When Michaels extended his hand as a show of appreciation for the great match they had just had, Jericho responded with an embrace, followed by a low blow to Michaels, who did a tremendous job of selling it.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ric Flair - A Pioneer In Pro-Wrestling






With so many superstars out there that touched hearts, drew millions, and electrified atmospheres, how could the best be extracted from a slew of greatly assembled men? Andre the Giant, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bret Hart, HBK, Undertaker, the list goes on. One man clearly sticks out.


He was the stylin', profiling, limo limousine riding, son a gun. Smooth yet dangerous, funny yet clever, gentle but enraged, Ric Flair is the best superstar of all time.We can sit here and go over his 16 world title reigns, but those reigns aren't the sole reason he's the best. He could talk to talk, then walk to walk...and walk to walk some more with his taunt.