Don disappoints me

Spoilers abound. So if you havent seen it feel free to skip it. Dont want to spoil you DON experience.

Disappoints. My main rant with the movie is that Farhan tries less hard to give the tribute. From the sequences to the repeated dialogues used directly from the original, and repeating the some good ones over and over again Im pretty sure FA was having his whale of a time paying tribute to the original. But he doesnt try too hard. He tries to make this one intelligent and clever and it fails for me.

My first Don experience was with DD (doordarshan), its first appearance in TV widely touted as a single break movie telecast at that time. It was a great experience but for the fact that whole single break lasted for all of 30 miutes! Thats a digress, back to the point now.

AB was at his zenith then, with his baritone voice, and the uber cool hair  & simple dressing sense it was a treat watching him as Don.

Comparisions are inevitable. But for its own sake The new Don needs better not be compared to the original. In short the first half of the movie felt like a disjointed set of stories that will definitely meet all at once in the second half. The second half actually fares better with a story of its own and it fares better than the first part.

Most of the dialogues which bring a chill down the spine in the original fall flat in the face in this one, obviously because the Khan tries too hard to sound dusky to make up for that catchy baritone of AB. Trust me, when Khan mouths the dialogue ‘Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi naa mumkin hai...’ it just sounds like a casual romantic conversation type statement from one of his other run-of-the-mill movies.

SRK makes up for the nonexistent cool hairstyle, rich baritone, tall persona by a designer wear(ties inside shirts, whos idea is that exactly?), shades and cool den. For all its worth, this ones a tad better cause it makes me think if the Don was as good as hes feared, the ending should have been like in this one. The old one was a tribute to the ‘good always triumphs’ tautology, this one clearly need the moral obligation to depict so.

The main difference though is the attitude. ABs Don was very very chilled, extremely confident to the point of looking totally reckless. SRKs Don otoh, needs to reinfornce his confidence in himself by mouthing the dialogues(don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin naa mumkin hai) several times, has to look evil, must speak in a husky grainy baritone(which he never is able to achieve!). SRK brings the same evil persona of Baazigar and Darr to it which is a bad misinterpretation of Don.

And what is it with the fight sequences or the chase sequences? So dull and instantly boredom inducing soporific stuff? The kungfu stuff is really getting onto my nerves now, it was cool in Matrix-I, thats it, that is where the coolness ended. We dont need any of them. Why do we have to steal action shots from the OngBak(skull breaking seq)? And blah… is all that is needed to steal Don is an unintelligent sequence where a number of white clad people with Johnny Sokko costumes come in and take the truck away? There was not even a Helicopter to tow it away?!!! Remember cool?!

Don is about a larger than life evil(not cruel, sadistic one mind you) criminal. This one was way too realistic. The twists were fine too; the movie had never the need to look intelligent, it was supposed to be pure entertainment. I think the best tribute to retro till date was Main Hoon Na for its over the top tacky action sequences and simple story line.

I can rant on and on for eons, but points to be noted. I knew the story before i saw the movie so it was definite prejudice (point is liked the second part).  And i had just watched the original Don 24 hours ago.

Farhan has made the movie cheekily cruel. With that corpse of Kamini in the lift and door hitting and opening and closing, who said death cannot be devilishly funny. Or for that matter the painting ‘The Scream’ in the Dons locker room.

Its definitely an intelligent, clever and realistic. And thats where it fails for me. Don was supposed to be over the top and a basic evil joke. Could anyone forget the scene where Vijay comes to know that the only person who knows his identity is dead? The shock & disappointment was great but it was evilishly funny. The evil here is truly evil and the good guy doesnt win.

Im only wondering how Ram Gopal Varma will pull off a Sholay. To pay a tribute the director has to have scant regard for any rules as did the original. RGV has that disregard for anything even the viewer and that is what might make the day.
Isha in a thoroughly wasted role mouthing I think exactly about 6 sentences in the whole movie and a song. Om Puri was never necessary.

Khaike paan looked much better on screen than in the screen.

‘A Hand Up Doesn’t Always Require a Handout’

Excerpts from the excellent article Nobel Laureate MUHAMMAD YUNUS Founder and MD of Grameen Bank Bangladesh.

Many people ask, Why not just give free cash, especially under such dire circumstances? In Bangladesh, we’ve learned that when aid is free, not only do the poor get the least of it, but everyone inflates their needs. While some handouts are clearly necessary in such times, we focus on lending small amounts of money. This lets us keep costs down and rebuild funds for the next disaster.

As our small, flood-battered country has learned, giving someone a hand up doesn’t always require a handout. The most important thing is to help people get back to work while letting them hold on to their self-respect. Microloans can do just that.

Testing Guruji.com with Biryani

After hearing that local search for guruji.com is up, I went ahead and searched for the best way to define Hyderabad local search – dum ka biryani.

Dum ka biryani gives me 0 results. Points for not giving me even one place with a dum ka biryani offering. -1/10

Duma ka biryani hyderabad gives me 0 results. Points for not giving me even one place with a dum ka offering when I even specified the place. -3/10
Biryani gives me results from places like chennai and coimbatore where any self respecting biryani afficionado will never have a biryani. Points for offering me the search results but not with the correctness. 4/10

Biryani Hyderabad returns me results from highly remote biryani centres which I see are basically biryani take home points and are never a match to the best & better biryani places which are not on the list Bahaar, Bawarchi, Paradise (which btw sux big time now!). When the big three are missing from the search list the list needs to be revamped. Points awarded for giving me a new take home biryani center near my house but not the ones that have been there since ages and are serve much better food. 2/10

My opinion is that there is still a lot left to be done in the local search site. The feedback option is very good. I however would have preferred if the site was still said to be in ‘Beta’. The list results I got are highly chaotic are no way in connected to the real world preferences or needs of a Hyderabadi biryani afficionado.

Announcing ZeroCaffe.in

Here’s announcing ZeroCaffe.in, right now in its avatar as a blog with the very broad theme of ‘startups, entrepreneurship & everything else’. The first post by Suman (the co-founder of Spinaxys) is already up. Promising the regular deluge of posts and other more material coming soon. The site is not yet complete and changes coming up will be partial to complete overhaul of everything [sic].

Do go over there and help yourself :d

Let insanity rule

Close on the heels of the Bombay(oh, thats Mumbai, saureeee) serving a notice to Google for ‘allowing’ the hate campaign on Orkut, Dilip has this thoughtful piece[sic] on his blog. What makes me wonder is about how deep can we go about making fools of ourselves. The whole state machinery made fun of itself when they arrested bazzee.com ceo and then had to swallow their own words. Now, will they arrest brin and page and give them a new idea of making the virtual jail and how to get ad revenue from it or … Whatevah? Have the judges ever visited the online portal? Do they even know how it works? Do they even know how the community system works in Orkut? Or do they have an image of a hatred inducing against India community hellbent on spewing venom projected by a over enthusiastic patriotic thin-skinned indian? And definitely our meaning of tolerance needs to be a lot more…

Ok anyways, just laugh at it all. We already have enough good entertainers around(read the new contestants/participants of the Roadies show) who want to make fools of themselves on the national TV as good food time popcorn additives for me. A few more thin skinned ‘Indians’ like the former and Ill have a sure fire way to compile my all time best seller ‘Dummys guide to Idiotdom’.

Atleast for this I hope the state goes at its usual speed if ever of planning to ban Orkut. Any business ideas coming of it?

Skill vs Value: Freakonomics Moment

Why do day-to-day laborers who work in sweltering heat earn as much in a day as do IT engineers in an hour or even less? Why do teachers earn much less than a normal engineer?Even when we understand the amount of effort put in by  a normal IT coolie is less than that of any of the above. It may be disagreed vociferously that we are not coolies and that doing IT work needs skill, etc blah; but my experience tells me that its not a craft, just a checklist of skills to have and make a monkey do the job (well, atleast thats the direction Software Engineering seems to be taking ;)). Hey, anyway but seriously, lets come back to the question shall we?

Its actually not about the effort! Yes, my dears its not at all. Its as they about the skill. Or more specifically to define skill as, its about the value you create or have the skill necessary to be able to create such a value(wealth). Value here is more necessarily about the skill than about the value. So the more you are in a position to create/control value, the more your value is in the chain.

Now the above reason answers only half the question, that of daily laborers, teachers, soldiers getting much less than the IT engineers and they inturn getting much less than the celebrities. The unsaid second half of the question is ‘How can this problem be solved? A laborer can prolly get literate and move to be say a clerk. But what happens to a teacher or a soldier? Their value is irreplacable…’ The answer to this lies in free markets.

As of now the only factor that we talked about that determines the salary is ability to create value. Now the other factor is Supply & Demand. Say if all of a sudden all our soldiers start leaving the army, teachers too and the say the laborers too. Now how do we get all the work done? Pay them more dude. Or pay people who are actually willing to do only at such high price.

Well, this could be a better way to retain the best minds in the teaching field where they are actually creating a lot of value. And the best people on the field in army. As for the day laborers, the value will be evident once they stop doing work 😉

So reiterate how do you retain your best minds in teaching jobs? Pay them more!