Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A Pertinent Question

Seen: A giant hoarding for Levi's Jeans, asking: U in the Loop?
Nothing extraordinary about this, except that this here hoarding is situated inside a cemetery. The bony models with their red-looped jeans hover above neat rows of headstones and crosses, hugely visible from a long distance. Judging from the state of their physiques, they have been starved for some time and are perhaps marking time towards the day when they will be under the headstones.
Assuming that the most immediate audience to this marketing strategy was capable of responding, what do you think they would say?
"No, my friend. I am not in the Loop. Do you want to know why I am not in the Loop? Because I'm DEAD!"

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Calling for Opinions Other than my Own

Two issues that we might discuss and exchange views on, as usual, of no particular importance. But then, when have I ever leaned towards discussing important issues?
"Bombay Rockers" have recently had a lot of success on the Indian pop music scene with their very popular 'Rock the Party' number. I have heard a song by AB Quintanilla and the Cumbia Kings by the name of 'Fuego' which sounds amazingly similar. Is this just a coincidence? Does anyone else out there listen to obscure Latino music and know this song? If so, please enlighten me. Maybe I am falsely accusing the worthy Bombay Rockers of something they didn't do. I also seem to have heard a song very similar to Raghav's 'Angel Eyes' though can't recall by whom.
Salaam Namaste has one of the ickiest endings seen in Hindi films in a while, this despite Shah Rukh's execrable dying scene in Kal Ho Na Ho. I mean, what were they thinking, subjecting us to an ending like that? The rest of the film certainly doesn't prepare you for it. Another downer is Zinta's character, Ambar, being referred to as "Amby." For some reason, this just sounds unbearably cutesy and juvenile.
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