Saturday, August 18, 2007

This has been a productive week...

For two reasons. And no, I won't tell you both upfront. (Yes, it's a rather cheap tactic to keep you hooked with pseudo-suspense... but hey, what the heck.)

Number One

I watched Sivaji. Sivaji - The Boss. Finally. After all the hype and hysteria. After weeks of conversations with every new person I was introduced to that went more or less like this:
"So, Arvind, where're you from?"
"I'm from Chennai."
"Oh, you're a Tam, eh?"
"Yup!"
"Have you watched Sivaji?"
"Grrrr....."


My watching (or not watching) Sivaji became a proxy proof (or lack thereof) of my Tamizhness, and it seemed everyone and their uncle had watched the movie (including a European in my office!). Everyone except me.

Anyways, I watched it. And my God, Rajnikanth looks fantastically impossibly young. And in no avatar is he more astoundingly stylish than in his bald one. Right from the swishing of his coat to the tapping of his pate. Check these out (I apologize for putting up two heavy videos, but these are just too good to be missed!):







The movie itself was pretty standard. The usual man-takes-on-the-system stuff everyone's come to expect of the director, Shankar. A whole lot of jazz and unnecessary special effects, colours and dance sequences. I found the movie kind of slow in parts. And Rajni's comedy bits really weren't funny at all. All that pointless drivel about trying to make himself fair... (Yes, I get that he was cooking a snook at his own darkness. And yes, I know some people argue it is a brilliantly sharp insight into the psyche of the modern Indian male. Pointless drivel, all the same.) That said, Vivek totally rocks, even stealing the scene from Rajni on multiple occasions! And thankfully, it was slightly less about Rajni the superstar and a little more about Rajni the actor than is usual.

All in all, a fun one time watch. Or maybe two or three. Five if one is just watching the mottai Rajni parts.


Number Two

On the eve of India's 60th Independence Day, I learnt two new drinking games. Two really fun games.

I could describe them in detail (and possibly add some humour to this post!) but why reinvent the wheel when Wikipedia holds the patent? Sorry, that didn't come out as well as it sounded in my head. Anyways, check out the links below

Flip Cup
and Beer pong

And just in case you were hoping for some photos of me stone drunk... nah, not happening. :)

Cheers!

15 comments:

DiVa said...

ohhh flip cup rocks!!! Learnt it a month ago.:-)

DiVa said...

beer pong is not as much fun as flip cup!

AC said...

I agree... there's a totally higher level of competitiveness and panic (drink flip flip flip flip dammit flip flip you bloody @$$%@ flip @#$& flip @#$& flip hooray!) in Flip Cup that makes it SO much better than Beer Pong...

DiVa said...

Also, the ping pong ball keeps falling off the table and gathers too much dirt then when it finally manages to land into a cup, I can no longer drink whats in it. Hygiene issues!

AC said...

Hmmm... why don't you dip it in a glass of water before every throw? That'll help keep it clean...

Nandini Vishwanath said...

I want pics :P

DiVa said...

naah!!! Too painful... Esp when u r trying to get drunk

praveen said...

haa...this is a warm escape....where are the pics???.......

Lizzy said...

I want to see the pics too :)

Anonymous said...

where r u working?

AC said...

I don't have pics!

Sorry, everyone :)

AC said...

@Anonymous: I'm working in a consulting firm...

Sheks said...

Given the hype the movie has generated all over the country,the very question Tamilians are confronted with,outside TN,is "Watched Sivaji?".The bad thing is that I haven't watched it still.:(

Anonymous said...

which firm?

AC said...

What are you waiting for? Do watch it asap... it's good fun :)