Vampires Like to Move It

Vampire Owl: This is kind of weird. In the name of Uncle Dracula and all the elder vampires, tell me that this is not happening.

Vampire Bat: Yes, this is happening. They like to move it, and move it again.

Vampire Owl: What? No! They are not supposed to be good dancers. They are just a group of vampire apprentices. The Vampire Cat there is pretending to dance – he is actually looking at others and moving his legs to the front and back.

Vampire Bat: Yes, but they have been training to participate in the dance program organized by the World Vampire Council as part of the anniversary of the first great vampire victory over the zombies to claim the New Vampire World.

Vampire Owl: Can you see how they are dancing? I think that the stage will fall on their heads. Look at Vampire Hamster, he is forgetting his steps before he even understands it. I don’t understand the point. And what is it that the Vampire Penguin is singing? Vampire Panda is singing something else at the same time. There is no focus and there is no skill. What are these people trying to do? Wait! Is Uncle Dracula aware of this? This is like jumping into the Pit of Death.

Vampire Bat: Let me make one thing perfectly clear. We no longer have the Pit of Death. We sold it to the Dark Elves at OLX. The maintenance was getting a little bit difficult, as you know the pit has no bottom and we can never really clean it completely. The zombie labour has also become so costly and our apprentices are too lazy. And why are you underestimating the power of a common vampire? We are all artists because we don’t automatically go to become engineers just because our parents tell us to do that.

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Vampire Owl: Can’t you see that mess? Don’t you get it? They are going to be laughed at. There is no way these people are going to make any positive impact there. The legendary vampires are going to be there. After this is over, we won’t be even able to borrow money from the International Vampire Fund. Come on, I need some relief fund for polishing my fangs. How can I apply for that?

Vampire Bat: This is why someone is going to teach them how to dance. He is the master of the coolest steps anybody can take on stage. He is like the legend in this, and he is going to dance with them, right at the middle. He is human, but has agreed to join us because he is cool and we are cold-blooded.

Vampire Owl: You mean Hritik Roshan? Prabhu Deva? Varun Dhawan from ABCD 2? An unknown vampire pretending as human?

Vampire Bat: What? No! It is Allu Arjun. Why are you going to too many places when it is written on the banner over there? All these years traveling around South India, especially Kerala is of no use to you, it seems.

Vampire Owl: Oh yes! I didn’t notice that. This is going to be too good then. He is going to make it awesome! But still, the music side is left with no hope. There is the need for someone to take care of that too. And please don’t make the Vampire Crocodile do that; the Lake Placid music is something which cannot be tolerated.

Vampire Bat: Which is why Anushka Manchanda is going to be here. She will be the one singing and will also arrange everything else, and the vampire team will just do the lip sync. She will also give a few lessons at the vampire schools around.

Vampire Owl: She is going to be here? I always wanted her autograph. I also wish to take a selfie with her.

Vampire Bat: The highlight of the program is going to be at that moment when his dance steps and her voice comes together – it will last four minutes and fifty seven seconds in total. The vampire team won’t have much to do because all the focus are going to be on these two on that day.

Vampire Owl: I can’t imagine the energy there. It is going to be electrifying. I feel that may be it can lift a weak elder vampire out of his wheel chair.

Vampire Bat: That is disrespectful. The elder vampires are supposed to be on their chairs. It is challed the Throne of the Elders for a reason. They have attached wheels to it so that they don’t have to strain too much. But yes, if the deadly combination of Anushka Manchanda and Allu Arjun can’t make someone stand up from their seats, nobody else can. It will be the #MaxFreshMove moment!

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Vampire Owl: I thought that Uncle Dracula was against too much dance and music – how did he end up agreeing?

Vampire Bat: I told him the names, Anushka Manchanda and Allu Arjun, along with giving him some videos of their performances. He instantly agreed and even telephoned Mavis to return from school for the program.

Vampire Owl: I hear a car stopping outside, or it might be my seventh sense.

Vampire Bat: Car on the vampire grounds? It seems that at least one of them has reached here early.

They heard a beautiful voice singing “Ek Main Aur Ek Tu” and could also hear dance steps making way through the dark passage which connected the auditorium and the garage. The lights were switched on and they automatically converged and focused on two people, and the two who were dressed in black separated to divide the lights.

Vampire Owl: Yes, they are here. We are saved. Glory to the vampire elders.

Vampire Bat: Come on everyone, we have work to do!

Vampire Panda: Oh my dear Anushka!

Vampire Bat: What? Your Anushka? Just don’t overdo it.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of these two special celebrities whom I have been talking about.

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TeNy

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Return of the Emperor

Roger Federer still remains the one big reason why I watch tennis, and even at this age, what he is still managing to achieve remains pretty much awesome – despite the blind fans of many other tennis stars still not willing to see the same and those who don’t know tennis failing to look at it doesn’t make it any lesser. With the most grandslams in men’s tennis and the most number of weeks as the world number as well as the most consecutive weeks holding the same, plus so many other records, Federer has got not much to prove.

Yes, this is another one of those years in which he hasn’t won a grand slam, and has reached only one final of the same, that too of his favourite slam. He was without slams in 2011 and 2013 too and compared to last year, this one is a big improvement. He was number six last year, the lowest for him in ten years, and also with the lowest win percent and having no grand slam finals – the worst year since his rise to the top.

Federer with the ballboys and girls after winning the trophy :)

Federer with the ballboys and girls after winning the trophy 🙂

Consider this year though, as he is back to the world number two, gaining four spots from last year. He also has the best win percent since 2007, and could throw the miserable 2013 behind him. With only Novak Djokovic in front of him, he has also beaten the current world number one multiple times. With Rafael Nadal struggling to find form and time without injury, it is brilliant how Federer can manage it at this age.

Imagine Federer at one of our malls in front of his photo :D

Imagine Federer at one of our malls in front of his photo 😀

This year, he won Dubai Tennis Championships beating Tomas Berdych in the final, and followed it with the titles Halle Open, Cincinnati Masters, Shanghai Masters and Swiss Indoors, plus almost winning Wimbledon in a comeback which was almost not there for him. He was also close to winning Monte-Carlo Masters and Indian Wells Masters. Time to retire? I wouldn’t think so, and neither should anyone else. See how he is still evolving his game and adapting – there is more to see from him.

The Roger Federer Foundation - beautiful stuff :)

The Roger Federer Foundation – beautiful stuff 🙂

The ATP World Tour Finals is yet to come with four hundred points to defend for Federer, and an year end number one is quite far away with Djokovic in nice form. But being the world number two itself is an achievement. Whether some miracle strikes and makes him the year end number one again or not, this year has been big for Roger Federer, and it is not based on slams or the number of finals he has won, it is based on how well he has played among his younger opponents.

Players with Wilson racquets - theres Simona too :D

Players with Wilson racquets – theres Simona too 😀

There is also the Davis Cup World Group Final coming up, with France vs Switzerland as Federer’s home country look forward to their first title, and France looking for another title to add to their long list. As Federer teams up with Stanislas Wawrinka (finally a worthy partner from home) to who he had lost his Swiss number one spot which he has now regained, it is certain that there will be a lot to cheer for as far as the fans are concerned – this is going to be good.

Meanwhile, IPTL (Indian Premier Tennis League) is coming up, and Roger Federer is coming to India. He will play for Indian Aces teaming up with Pete Sampras, Ana Ivanovic, Gael Mofils, Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna and Fabrice Santoro, and sparks are going to fly for sure. It is known that the tickets for Federer’s matches in Delhi were sold in twenty minutes, and that is the beauty of having the maestro here, and that was despite the ticket prices being so high. Federer is not done yet, know that! *All the photos are from Roger Federer’s official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Federer).

TeNy

Does it Really Feel Good?

There have been so many so called “feel-good” movies, and it makes one wonder if it is a title which is just used because there is nothing else could used to describe that movie. There has been too much use of that word to describe the recent movies, even the recently released Bangalore Days which actually has nothing to feel that good with even motherhood given no positive points. So many other movies have been asking for that title, or have adorned the movie like a colourless garland. Is it too easy to make some people feel good, or do they make themselves feel good by pressing a button after watching any movie?

So what does feel-good mean? Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary says it is “causing happy and positive feelings about life”, and this is where Bangalore Days completely misses out. But the fans of the movie have been wandering around forcing people to accept their opinions, as it includes fans of too many actors who are part of the multi-starrer. This has become a new device to make bad movies good – a “feel-good movie”. They said the same about Salalah Mobiles, Pattam Pole and Annayum Rasoolum, none of them having that element and are pretty much among the worst.

The poster of North 24 Kaatham (cropped from movie's official page)

The poster of North 24 Kaatham (Cropped from movie’s official page)

To this world of fake feel-good movies, North 24 Kaatham comes and proves to the audience that a true feel-good movie is not about what the fans say, and it can only be understood by the people whose eyes are not tied by the black clothing of celebrity worship. Even as movies like Immanuel, Punyalan Agarbathis and London Bridge do have a certain amount of this feel-good effect, there is nothing like the one cent percent feel-good influence that North 24 Kaatham has on the audience. The winner of Best Feature Film in Malayalam in the 2013 National Film Awards and getting the Best Actor for Fahadh Faasil in the State Film Awards, the movie is making more marks.

The movie has the protagonist going on a journey, and ends up on the road with two strangers on a harthal day with no means of transportation. Our hero is a geek and an introvert with OCD who is not liked by his colleagues. But this wonderful journey will change him in such a way that he is able to go beyond his problems. The journey is woven very nicely with significant lessons at almost every point of the tale. The other two people are also interesting ones, an older honest politician and a social worker. The aim of the journey changes to another one which involves getting the old veteran home as his wife is seriously ill.

The movie has a hero who doesn’t speak much, and the more heroic deeds are rather performed by the female protagonist. She is the smarter and the more active participant of the journey. This is a road movie, and lets not deny its role in the genre, and unlike the movies like Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi, this is not a selfish one, but a powerful message to help others rather than saying that much known dialogue about one deciding his own life and how others don’t really matter. This movie from Anil Radhakrishnan Menon is also a bildungsroman, a story in which the protagonist changes or even gets better over the tale progresses.

Innovative posters by Shilpa Alexander (From movie's official FB page)

Innovative posters by Shilpa Alexander (Cropped from movie’s official FB page)

North 24 Kaatham is a movie that keeps the humanity’s hopes alive for a better tomorrow, and its message of compassion and kindness makes sure that it gives a lot for the audience to be happy about, and obviously feel good. It will play a significant role in restoring faith in humanity sooner or later as we are fed with dumb movies full of mindless violence and sex. The celebrity worshipers, the fans of the worst kind will take it over and praise those movies as greater than whatever movies are known to man, with a ten out of ten rating. There were good and sensible people among them, but where are they? Nowhere to be found in the open?

The main problem which this movie also faced was with the fan-boys and fan-girls, and this was a movie for them to dislike because of its goodness. The interesting thing is that most of them can only use abusive language or illogical excuses without watching the movie. There will be good movies and there is hope in all movie industries, but for that, the fan clubs have to learn to behave instead of abusing other movies and the makers just in the name of appreciating bad superstar movies. The procedure of expressing one’s opinion in a decent way seems to be unknown to some people. This movie could somehow rise above it, but should have had an even better response.

TeNy