Aishwarya Rao

This Brazilian guy is the winner of the "Most Beautiful Man on Earth" contest!
(As A says - God is definitely seductively unfair!)

Look what my today's horoscope says:"You will see someone new, who you are very attracted to, but are not sure how to make the first move"
How will I make the first move when I dont know where on earth he is!!
Aishwarya Rao

I have been. Torn apart. Shaken. Slapped by a storm.
The walls of love, trust and faith have crumbled.For the past week, I have been in a permanent state of shock and disbelief.The sharp sense of emptiness pricks. It pokes with an almost cynical sense of glee. It feels like a hundred dementors are dancing inside my head. Even in that dazed state, I can feel the disappointment and disgust.Nearly sympathy for myself...But there is a faint smile on the side of my lips. There is a burning desire to fight the storm. To slap it back with strength. To spit the white lava it is rushing in my throat.To shut the windows and carry on. Not to hide myself. But to prepare for the violent collision that is to be. To prepare to kick it on its face and revel in its pain.To show that important letter in my life, that I am but a survivor...and not a kind one at that
Aishwarya Rao

Yet another biggie from Yash Raj Films, Salaam Namaste is a daring romantic comedy well directed by debutante Siddharth Anand.
The movie is about two Indians (conveniently)settled in Australia, far away from their families, their meeting, the easy and difficult parts of their relationship and its culmination into marriage.
Nikhil Arora(Nick- played by Saif(the Hot & Funny)Khan) is the head chef of a restaurant and Ambar(Amby-played by Preity) is a RJ at Salaam Namaste.

Beginning at the typical girl-hate-boy, boy-hate-girl step(broadcasted shamelessly over the radio!), the two dive quickly into a 'live-in'. (They decide to move into the same house, but into different rooms, i assume only not to give the Indian crowd a blasted heart-attack in the very beginning.)Javed Jafferey who is now introduced as the two's landlord could have been completely done away with, for he removes the precious pace of the movie, and is remotely funny.

Parallely the party is on, with cool music, cool clothes. Sex is in the air, there is a juicy French kiss on screen, one always leads to another and holy heavens by interval time Amby gets pregnant! While Nick is not ready for marriage, let alone babies, Amby is firm about not having an abortion. It is in these places the director has boldly addressed the issues of love, relationships and commitments.

The second (and the slower) half of the movie has Amby sprawling on the screen with an ugly (football loaded)tummy and Nick shuttling between love-hate of parentage. There are insignificant scenes of other men and women in the two's lives (trying to add some masala). Persuaded by touching accounts of parentage by the people he meets, Nick finally proposes to Amby. In a ridiculous climax set in a hospital (Abishek Bachan cameos as a retard doctor), the two marry and moments later have a pair of twins (with head full of hair) and all seems to be well with the world.
Not to forget, throughout the movie, Nick is well supported by his best friend Ron (a mentionable performance by Arshad Warsi).

My favourites:
1.The entire idea of role reversals. The guy loves cooking and the girl is a rj. As a friend mentioned, The guy is seen wearing pink, the girl wears blues. The guy is particular about cleanliness, the girl rides the bike. While sailing, the girl is in front and the guy sits behind. He cries in a movie, she doesn’t.
2.Amby moaning on screen when she finally tastes Ben & Jerry's Belgian Dark Chocolate Ice-cream
3.Saif's cool and carry-you-along performance
4.Making-of-the-movie shots at the end of the movie
5.Amby as the radio jockey

I hated:
1. The loaded tummy of Amby and (oh the baby is kicking scenes!)

My take: The refreshing storyline shadows the rest of the ridiculous elements.
Aishwarya Rao
Last evening I was expecting an important overseas call (from you know who)and in order to stay awake to recieve the call( you know na, they come at a weird time of the night!)I decided to indulge in a simcians favourite pastime -watch a movie.
Sense and Sensibility(1995) to say the least is a lovely movie(No i am not attempting a review here).

Hugh Grant(Edward Fressars) is extraordinarily handsome (when has he not been? in Notting Hill he is blastedly adorable...)and i was jumping on the bed (in almost an orgasmic fashion)when I saw Alan Rickman (Colonel Brandon)(also Severus Snape in the famous Harry Potter series).Such refined acting, giving exactly what the character requires and nothing more. Kate Winslet(Marianne)chokes and irritates the audience (good for her if that is what she is expected to be doing!). Emma Thompson(Elinor),however boring, has done a neat screenplay (and has deservedly won the oscar for the same).

I havent read Jane Austen's novel upon which this movie is based. So I am not sure, but the dialogues were refreshingly tart.
Some of my favourites:
Marianne to her mother:Can a soul be really satisfied with such polite affections?To love is to burn- to be on fire...
Edward to Elinor:She's heading an expedition to China shortly. I'm to go as her servant. But only on the understanding that I am to be very badly treated.

Elinor:Marianne, you must change or you will catch a cold
Marianne:What care I for colds when there is such a man?

Colonel Brandon to Elinor:Give me an occupation, Miss Dashwood, or I shall run mad.(Thats like me when there are no classes to attend)

Marianne:Neither of us have anything to tell. I because I conceal nothing and you because you communicate nothing.

And my favouritest-Mrs.Dashwood:If you can't think of anything appropriate to say you will please restrict your remarks to the weather
Well thats as much as i can communicate. Now off to library. Maharashtra Herald, here I come.
Aishwarya Rao
It has been my intention to blog a single post a day (atleast to regain my rightful title..) but it has been extremely difficult with classes scheduled back to back.

For example: We had a media planning workshop for the past two days. A heavy duty one, but a very enlightening one at that. Simple concepts that have been hitherto jargonized were de-mystifyed by two people;Ashish Williams and Pankaj Bhawrani from MindShare(one of the largest global media agency networks). I loved the two days, the way the men conducted the sessions, their ability to communicate in common man's language and their passion to share their subjects. Good stuff man. And all you people reading this must check out Axe Unlimited Academies(an out of the box promotion idea!!!)You have to check this out, if not for anything else, the way the website has been made!

It is somewhere here that I am glad that I came to SIMC. It is not an extraordinary feeling to be here (for reasons I dont want to get into, for it is going to be yet another cribbing session!) but atleast the exposure has been substantial, both personally and otherwise. This place might not be 'the' place to be in, but I have learnt innumerable things. Even while I am writing this I wonder if I am trying to convince myself, probably, sub-consciously but I don’t want to deny the value-additions this place has given me.

After all, its a beautiful life!
Aishwarya Rao
The timeframe has frozen. I am stunned and as a consequence, LOST.
I am baffled by the very universe I belong to. I am scared I am not anymore, myself. What is myself? Who is myself? . I am scared that the things i have lost are irretrievable...The air is suffocating. I am beginning to decelerate. This hasn’t happened before. And I have a good feeling it is not because of the two-day heavy-duty media-planning workshop. Then what is it?
Aishwarya Rao
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