Posts Tagged 'Opinion'

Future Bollywood Calling…

I think we are ready for the next generation of heroes to take over. If I’ve to take a call from what I see today, I will have to put my bets on three of them:

1. Abhay Deol – I had written about him in a previous blog too. He exudes amazing confidence on the screen. The capability to carry a movie on his shoulder, on one hand and blend into the background, on the other. I think he will go a long way, if he just sticks to doing what he is doing in a calm and composed way.

2. Ranbir Kapoor – He has a brilliance about him that I noticed in the song sequence “Jogi, Mahi, Heer…” of Bachna Ae Haseenon and a mature presence on the screen. He has a natural pace on the dialogue, finds his space in the screen alongside larger than life actors and rises up to the occasion, when required. He is 2nd in my selection for the post of future Bollywood king.

3. Imran Khan – I see a lot of potential in the kid. He really shines in the latest Coke Ad and has a lot of “impish” charm that he can play to his advantage. Though it is the same thing I would hold down against him, in favor of the two actors above. The new age actors seem to maintain an aura about them that doesn’t necessarily emanate from their “boyish” or “impish” charms.

All the best to the new generation of heroes and may the best man win! I wanted to put these thoughts down. It will be interesting to see how each of them evolve over the next few years and then revisit this space.

The Kite Runner – Movie Review

I watched Kite Runner, the movie directed by Marc Foster and based on Khaled Hosseini’s book by the same title, recently. It had such a raw quality to it that it set me thinking about fate, honor and circumstances, as perceived by the characters as well as us, in general.

The interesting part of the movie is that it keeps the scenes, the characters and the emotions very real, no overdramatization. The truth and the unrevealed circumstances are so overwhelming that underplaying it was the best tactic could have been used, while taking the story forward.

In the backdrop of the talibanization of Afganistan, the story unfolds – the strange friendship between the protagonist and the servant’s son; the reality of the father of the protagonist who has an illicit affair, and his attempt to keep his honor by ensuring the child grew up as his servants’, in his own backyard; their journey across the seas seeking refuge in America and going from being a landlord to a gas station owner; the servant and his son are left behind to fend the family house; the protagonist and his wife not having a child; the protagonist’s trek back to Afganistan to reclaim the lost friendship, only to realize that the servant’s son was in fact his own half-brother and that all that is left of their relationship is his nephew in an orphanage; his genuine attempt to take the child back home – and ends where it all began, flying kites!

Worth a watch, I must say…

Of Queues and Randomness

Imagine this, you booked an appointment at the doctors’ and landed up there on time, only to find out that they are accepting walk-ins and hence, you need to wait until the current set of customers have been attended to. After all, they have been waiting for a long time, right? Wrong!

It has happened to me twice now, once at Manipal Hospital in Bangalore and again, at a private clinic in Kerala. I made an appointment with a doctor, got there on time, only to find myself waiting for an hour or more because of walk-ins. To begin with, you either should not accept appointments and if you do, you should not accept walk-ins. I don’t know about others, but I feel offended by this behaviour, in particular. It really does not work when you try to straddle both the worlds. The excuse the receptionist and sometimes, even the sheepish doctor makes, is that the walk-ins are more than the appointments and the appointment timing requests vary randomly. When there are breaks in appointments and the walk-ins show up at the door, we attend to them and then the appointments get delayed depending on the need, even if the person shows up on time, it is simply chaos!

Randomness and “being unplanned” rules! You just land up somewhere and wait around for sufficient time to get in, because visible amount of time spent in the doctor’s lounge seems to be the criteria for getting ahead in the appointment queue. Calling in advance and reaching on time is passe – the new queue has just gone random.

Boundary Conditions and Rules

I was in my car at a junction near my house today and the signal turned from red to blinking orange just when it was time for me to leave. All the cars started moving at the same time and got interlocked at the center, it took more than 15 mins for people to back out of the jam and move on with their lives. This kind of got me thinking about how we create rules with the assumption of creating a smoother lifestyle, how the same rules breakdown at the boundaries and how when they breakdown they nullify the very reason they were setup for.

I have passed through the same junction multiple times when either the signal was on and when it was off and the traffic flow was never in such a bad shape as at the moment that the rule changed. I have another such example of a very complex junction slightly further away from my house where there was no signal for a long time and believe it or not, I never had wait time, there was never a traffic jam and no accidents. Now, the junction got a brand new traffic signal one day and since then, every single time I have had to wait in line to get across. So, are traffic signals good? In general, are rules good? Especially when they create boundary conditions that nullify their very existence? So, here is a test for a rule in general, if it breaks down at the boundary condition and causes discomfort to the public, the public might be better off without it!

Now, you might say that the rule in general avoids “one-off freak” accidents, but think again, those happen anyway, right? What do you think – rules or no rules?

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