Thursday, May 25, 2006

Dial Hitchcock for Thriller!

This movie was in my list of to-watch movies for a long time. I only got a chance to see it last week.

Arguably one the greatest thrillers by Hitchcock(since I havent yet seen The Rear Window), this movie is shot almost completely inside an apartment house in London. There is probably a maximum of 1 minute of footage shot outside the apartment. Yet, you never feel claustrophobic or suffocated or get bored of seeing the same surroundings again and again. The hallmark of the 'Master of Suspense'. Thriller perfectionism that Sherlock Holmes would have appreciated.

Grace Kelly got her biggest break in this movie before going on to do The Rear Window in the same year. Her acting is so professional that it hardly seems this was her biggest movie at that time. Ray Milland has a class that is exceedingly impossible to describe. He's got the class and charishma to carry himself so gracefully. John Williams as the Scotland Yard inspector looks so right for the part.

Let me not go into details about the actual plot. However, the deduction on the part of the inspector is so Sherlockian that I couldnt possibly stop myself from saying "Wow...". In fact, if you can get the DVD, dont miss out watching the extras. Some really cool footages of Hitchcock, some trivia about the movie, etc.

Finally, Hitchcock as usual makes a cameo appearance in a most unexpected scene, the way he does in almost all his movies. What a pleasure to watch this movie!

Friday, May 12, 2006

ನಾನು ಹೋದರೆ ಹೋದೇನು

ಮೊನ್ನೆ ನಾನು ಡಾ||ರಾಜ್ ರವರ "ಭಕ್ತ ಕನಕದಾಸ" ಚಿತ್ರ ನೋಡಿದೆ. ಸುಮಾರು ೮ ಅಥವಾ ೧೦ನೇ ಬಾರಿಯಿರಬಹುದು. ಅದರ ಒಂದೊಂದು ಹಾಡೂ ಅಪರಂಜಿ. ಮತ್ತೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಕೇಳಬೇಕೆನ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಕನಕದಾಸರ ಪದಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅಡಗಿರುವ ಸಂದೇಶಗಳು ಎಂದೆಂದಿಗೂ ನಮಗೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿಗಳನ್ನು ಜ್ನಾಪಿಸುತ್ತಿರುತ್ತವೆ.

ಆದರೆ ಇವುಗಳ ನಡುವೆ ನನಗೆ ಬಹಳ ಇಷ್ಟವಾದ ಒಂದು ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶವೆಂದರೆ ವ್ಯಾಸರಾಜರು ತಮ್ಮ ಶಿಷ್ಯಂದಿರನ್ನು ಕರೆದು ಕನಕನಿಗೆ ಹೀಗೆ ಕೇಳುತ್ತರೆ "ಕನಕ, ನನ್ನ ಶಿಷ್ಯಂದಿರಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾರಿಗೆ ಮೋಕ್ಷ ಪ್ರಾಪ್ತಿಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ?". ಕನಕದಾಸರು ಒಬ್ಬೊಬ್ಬರನ್ನೂ ನೋಡಿ "ಇವರಿಗಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ", "ಇವರಿಗಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ" ಎಂದು ಹೇಳುತ್ತರೆ. ನಂತರ ಅಲ್ಲೆ ಕುಳಿತಿದ್ದ ಪುರಂದರದಾಸರನ್ನು ತೋರಿಸಿ ಕೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಅವರಿಗೂ ಆಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲವೆಂದು ಕನಕದಾಸರು ಹೇಳುತ್ತರೆ. ಕೊನೆಗೆ ತಾವು ಸ್ವರ್ಗ ಸೇರುತ್ತೇವೆಯೆ ಎಂದು ಕೇಳುತ್ತರೆ. ಅವರೂ ಇಲ್ಲವೆಂದು ಕನಕದಾಸರು ಹೇಳುತ್ತರೆ.

"ಇನ್ನು ನೀನು ಸ್ವರ್ಗಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗುವೆಯ?" ಎಂದು ಕೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಕನಕದಾಸರು "ನಾನು ಹೋದರೆ ಹೋದೇನು" ಎಂದು ಉತ್ತರಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಇದನ್ನು ಕೇಳಿ ಇತರ ಶಿಷ್ಯಂದಿರು ಕೋಪಗ್ರಸ್ತರಾಗುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಕನಕದಾಸರು ತಾವು ತಮ್ಮ ಬಗೆಗೆ ಹೇಳಿದುದರ ಅರ್ಥ ವಿವರಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. " 'ನಾನು ಹೋದರೆ ಹೋದೇನು' ಎಂದರೆ ನನ್ನಲ್ಲಿರುವ 'ನಾನು' ಎನ್ನುವ ಅಹಂಕಾರ ಹೋದರೆ ಆಗ ನಾನು ಸ್ವರ್ಗಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗುತ್ತೇನೆ" ಎಂದು.

ಈ ಮೂರು ಪದಗಳ ಎಂತಹ ಅರ್ಥ ಅಡಗಿದೆ! ಚಿನ್ನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆತ್ತಿಸಬಹುದಾದಂತಹ ನುಡಿಮುತ್ತುಗಳು! ನಾವು ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬರಲ್ಲೂ ಎಲ್ಲ ದುರಾಲೋಚನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಕಾರಣವಾಗಿರುವುದೇ 'ನಾನು' ಎನ್ನುವ ಅಹಂಭಾವ. ಇದನ್ನು ನಾವೆಲ್ಲರೂ ಅರಿತುಕೊಂಡಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನ ಎಷ್ಟು ಅಭಿವ್ರುದ್ಧಿಗೊಳ್ಳುವುದು!

NOTE: If you cannot read Kannada fonts, please see here. Click on image below to read text in kannada.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Online Banking? No Way...

It looks like one of those advances in our quality of life that come with developments in technology. On a closer look, it is anything but the truth! How often have we not been uncomfortable in trusting some unknown customer representative with our innermost financial secrets? Especially more so in the USA with the Social Security Number and Driver's License number opening the doors to virtually any kind of information about a person. But it is a case where there is no going back!

It was so pleasant in India when you went to the bank with your passbook and got an entry for every transaction you performed with your account. No 'Please wait, the next available customer representative will be with you shortly' hour-long telephone calls and no cyber security issues to be worried about.

Are there not so many instances when we wish that we were not victims of technology advancement? Dont we, many times, wish we to left behind to ourselves to what we are comfortable with?

PS: What prompted me to write this was this.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Heights of racketeering!

Image Courtesy: Deccan Herald(E-Paper)

Miracle #1 : People still vote for these people!
Miracle #2 : What the hell is the Election Commission doing when candidates are BRIBING the voters like this publicly?
Miracle #3 : How can they promise that the Govt will give these items ?!??! They will not give anything.. thats a different issue but whose money is being used!?!? Huh...Land to the landless.. Bicycles to high school students... There are 3 million of both those categories not to mention the number of homes without TVs and defaulting farmers' loans!

Finally, it had to come this way for me to realise that Karnataka politics is much better than its neighbour's !

This is what they call ಯಾರದ್ದೋ ದುಡ್ಡು, ಎಲ್ಲಮ್ಮನ ಜಾತ್ರೆ !

Monday, May 01, 2006

Warlord...Er...No...Lord of War.

Make no mistake. Neither does this movie have romance and witty dialogues nor does it have a happy ending. This is a 'different' kind of action movie. More a documentary than a movie. But whoa... a damn good one at that! An awesome movie on drug running and illegal arms trading.

Watch it for yourself. Definitely not to be missed!

P.S: To get the joke in the title, you need to see the movie.