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20 Biggest Flop Bollywood Movies of 2009

Posted by Kokolicious on 30th December 2009

Another year draws to a conclusion but Bollywood does not have much reason to smile. It has been one of the worst years for the industry. There were some hits here and there, but the flops clearly outweighed them. We saw the most expensive movies end in smoke and the anticipated ones not delivering even an iota of what they promised. To add on to the misery, there was the long strife between the industry and the owners of multiplexes on how to share the revenue. Anyway, let’s have a look at the top biggest failures of the year 2009.

Tum Mile
When you are basing your story on the plight of the people of a city, it is almost immoral that you do not highlight that plight, which is the Mumbai floods of 2007. Perhaps this is the worst film from the Bhatt camp. And Soha Ali Khan, just when we started considering her as an actor of substance, like Tabu, it is unbelievable that she would do a movie like this. Well, Emraan Hashmi is quite popular with the ladies, but that cannot be the only strong point of a movie!

 

Aa Dekhen Zara
One never stops wondering why did the producer choose such an odd timing for the release of the movie. After all, why would he choose the time when the tension was high between the multiplex owners and the industry? The movie could not even have an opening at many places. And when you do not have any competitor, you attract all the critics to yourself. By the way, don’t you think Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bipasha Basu is a very odd pair?

Dil Bole Hadippa
What was supposed to be sweet comeback almost became a sad final farewell for Rani Mukherjee. Well, Rani had worked really hard for this film and as usual, she looked great. But nothing came to the aid of this desi version of She’s The Man. Besides, the humour behind gender change is obsolete now. It’s juvenile.
Kal Kissne Dekha
If we look at the timing of the release of this movie, then it should have walked away with all the cash. It was one of the first releases after the long strife between the industry and the multiplex owners over the sharing of the revenue. It is like a plan to do a Rakesh Roshan to his son by Vashu Bhagnani went awry. Not every son is a Hrithik Roshan. And the theme of seeing past and future? Give us a break!
8×10 Tasveer
This movie was different from the movies which Akshay Kumar had been doing. Maybe it was too different for the people to even accept it. They say, one of the most effective way to deal with horror movies is to leave it open to interpretation, rest, the audience’s own imagination will do. But here, director Nagesh Kuknoor left it too open ended, they needed some points from where they could start. They came out all lost.
Luck
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa almost convinced us that we are about to have another superstar. But this movie was a sad anti-climax for this nephew of Aamir Khan. We were also waiting for the debut of Kamal Hassan’s daughter, Shruti Hassan. Well, it just turns out to be the wrong launchpad for her career.
Jail
Madhur Bhandarkar‘s movie is always a success, at least in one aspect. Mostly, his films score high on critical aspect. This movie was also marketed using this aspect. But as the name would have suggested, it did not have any pace in it and the audience was slowly driven to boredom. Controversies regarding nudity is supposed to do good for the movie. Unfortunately, no one seemed to bother about that, not even the censor board.
De Dana Dan
This movie had a fairly good opening but could not sustain for long at the box office. The trio of Akshay-Suniel-Paresh is not funny anymore. One more movie and they will start to get annoying. Maybe time for Priyadarshan to come up with something new altogether. Hera Pheri was classic, but De Dana Dan, it is the complete opposite of it. And Katrina Kaif, inspite of her status, just looks like a misfit amidst these comic trio.
Victory
Perhaps it is high time that directors stop exploiting Cricket. We all know that in this country it is more than religion. It is a part of our lives, but that does not necessarily mean it is an interesting part. We already had amazing classics on this theme like Lagaan, which even went for the Oscars. The theme has been too overplayed. One more movie on this and we will be sick and tired of it.
Aladin
This movie is an example of a very bad handling of a very outdated theme. Nothing could make it any newer neither appealing. Sometimes, our own Big B turns up with ridiculous movies that one feels like asking him ‘why’? And Sanjay Dutt? He is supposed to be the baddie of the movie. But his costume was more fitted for a jester than a crime lord. Fantasy is something which the industry is yet to learn, let alone master it.
Acid Factory
When was the last time White Feather Films gave us a hit? It was multi-starrer Kaante, way back in 2002. This camp includes big names like Sanjay Dutt, Mahesh Manjarekar and Sanjay Gupta. But after their magnum opus Kaante, the quality of their production seems to be declining with every movie.
Billu Barber
These days we do not quite expect Shahrukh Khan and Irrfan Khan to deliver flops. They delivered powerful perfomance here too. But the movie being  flop inspite of this is not a surprise. If it was just a powerful performance by an actor which makes a movie work, then there is no doubt that Billu Barber would have worked. It was the star power of Shahrukh which did its bit of drawing the crowd, and their shock is as much as ours to find that the movie is about Irrfan Khan who plays Billu! And not to mention the glamourous Lara Dutta trying hard to play rustic. She could not do it in Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost, she could not do it here either.
Kambakkht Ishq
Was it fair to expect Sylvester Stallone to save a Bollywood movie with a cameo appearance? Don’t know about that, but all we know is that he could not. By the way it was one of the most anticipated movie of the year. This movie got all the hype one can ever expect. Not only that, it had all the glam and gloss. What it did not have was substance. The director tried to sweep it under the carpet with all the possible means, but the audience is not stupid. They saw it right through.
Main Aurr Mrs Khanna
Salman Khan was riding high on his recent glory which he got from Wanted, which was an unexpected success. Maybe, if you can have unexpected success, then you can very well have unexpected failure also. The movie did not even have a decent opening, which many other flops of the year at least managed to get. Their are many things where one can place the blame. First of all, the pairing of Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor did not result into any chemistry at all. Even the promotion itself of the movie was questioned. Salman Khan was not the protagonist of the movie, it was Sohail Khan. Yet the promos convinced us of that. The audience felt duped.
What’s Your Raashee?
What is common in Lagaan, Swades and Jodhaa-Akbar? They all were successes both commercially and critically, and directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar. But What’s Your Rashee? does not just fit into his profile. It is like the odd-man-out. Experimentation is fine, but there is something called constancy too. It almost seems as if he has run out of ideas. Otherwise why would he take up an outdated theme? And what is this casting of Priyanka Chopra in twelve different roles? Was it with the intent of overdosing the audience with her or to set up a Guiness Record? We can expect Govinda and Mahmood doing this, but Priyanka Chopra and Ashutosh Gowarikar! Unpardonable.
London Dreams
Vipul Amrutlal Shah made us laugh till our stomachs hurt and cry till our eyes went sore with Waqt. It became a household movie, which both the young and the old could sit together and enjoy thoroughly. This was a much bigger project than Waqt. Waqt was appreciated for the aptness of the casting. Even the minor characters were portrayed with much perfection, like that of Laxman played by Rajpal Yadav. In London Dreams, sheer injustice was done to the casting, specially that of Ajay Devgan. All his intensity was misplaced. But what outdid even this was the flimsy script, too many loopholes in it. In other words, nothing was convincing about the movie. And when the movie is a musical, you cannot have a bad background score and that is exactly what Shankar-Eshaan-Loy did!
Delhi 6
I guess it is the promising directors who disappoint the most. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra became the voice of the nation with Rang De Basanti and it is almost unforgivable that his next movie would be such a disappointment. The biggest drawback of the movie was his preachy tone. Common man would certainly think ‘What’s gotten into him?’ They were not at all happy with the moral self-righteousness of the director. Besides, he took too many sub-plots into consideration and consequently, could not do justice to any one of them. Maybe he should have saved all the different sub-plots for different movies, and not try to cramp all of them into one.
Chandni Chowk to China
When people went to see this movie, people wondered,"What happened to the Nikhil Advani who delivered a blockbuster like Kal Ho Na Ho?" Before this movie, Akshay Kumar was on a golden run of successes. The director perhaps thought of joining that run which actually turned out to be an utter fiasco for both of them. The charm of Nikhil Advani had ended long time back when he delivered the biggest flop of 2007, Salaam-e-ishq and with this movie we saw the waning away of Akki’s charm too.
Kurbaan
Bollywood should stop banking too much on real life couples and think that it would work like a mantra. It does not work always. There have been many disasters in the past. If those were not enough, this one should come as one huge warning. At least the pairing should fit the context. There was no particular reason why Saif and Kareena was paired, except for the fact that they are an off-screen couple. That apart, even the whole treatment of the film, including the promos was not done right. It was too serious a movie.
Blue
This movie just proved that what a bad spender Bollywood is! It is sad to see the most expensive film ever go down like this. This movie had everything, mind blowing special effects, breathtaking locales, amazing cinematography and a wizard of a music composer. It could have given any Hollywood movie a run. Unfortunately, it was not the case. The audience rejected it right away. It lacked one essential thing which makes a movie a movie, a good script. All the big names like Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and even the wizard, A.R.Rahman could not save it.

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Vindu Dara Singh wins Bigg Boss 3

Posted by Kokolicious on 28th December 2009

 

The wait is finally over with Vindu Dara Singh being declared the winner of Bigg Boss 3. The runners-up were Pravesh Rana, a model and the actress of yesteryears Poonam Dhillon. Vindu Dara Singh is the son of legendary actor, Dara Singh who is famous for his roles in the televised serial of Ramayan by Ramanand Sagar. It was a double treat for the winner. Not only did he win the cash prize of 1 crore, but he also drove home a Chevrolet Cruze which he won for being the ‘most stylish and bold housemate’. The announcement of the winner was done in the presence of Amitabh Bachchan, who has been hosting this show, in Lonavala. It was a long ordeal of 84 days where the participants had no contact with the outside world. They had to go through all kinds of betrayal and manipulation, and one by one got eliminated till the last three were left standing.

Though the winner might not be quite popular with his houemates in the competition but he was the driving force behind the TRP of the show. It was his violent bursts of anger which kept the audience glued to their televisions. Anyway, he got a long awaited break in his career. He made his debut in Hindi Films with Karan in ’94. Then he came in the Punjabi film directed by his father, Rab Diya Rakhan. But he is more known for his roles in various tv serials, like the one where he plays Hanuman in the series Jai Hanuman, just like his father. Recently, he was seen in Kambakht Ishq
 

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MTV Roadies 7.0 : 27 Dec Episode Videos

Posted by Kokolicious on 28th December 2009

 

14 finalists go to Goa only to find that their surprises are not over yet. Of all the surprises they met there, Irfan Khan was the biggest since it was his first appearance on MTV Roadies Season 7. There were tough tasks in place to test the ruggednes of these candidates. Now, the fourteen roadies were divided into two tribes of seven each . Seven seems to be the magic number for this season. Anyway, now they win or lose as a team, rather as a tribe. Their first task as tribes was a money task and the prize money was 1 lac rupees. The task was to dig through three consecutive tunnels with different tools and the first tribe to do that gets the prize money. And to test the team spirit the winning tribe is asked to chose five among them for an ‘advantage’ and the advantage turns out to be a meeting with Irfan Khan on a boat! ’7 deadly sins’ which is the tagline of MTV Roadies plays an important role in the tasks. Roadies were tested not only for their strength and mental toughness but also their real characters on Roadies 7 27th December Goa Episode.

 

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It’s Christmas Time!

Posted by Kokolicious on 25th December 2009

"Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh                                                                            
Jingle bells, jingle bells            
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun it is to ride
In a one horse open sleigh."

It is one of the most popular songs in the world and it is time that it is being sung all over the world. Yes, it is Christmas time and the world has burst into festivity. It is the festival to mark the birth of the Lord, Jesus Christ in 4th century B.C. Lets have a look at how it is  celebrated.

Christmas Celebrations Around the World

AFRICA : In South Africa Christmas is celebrated in December. People go to the beaches and mountains where they eat Christmas Feasts, play games,sing, dance and have parades. In Ethiopia Christmas is observed on January 7, recognized as Three Kings’ Day. In Ghana the celebration is similar to the American and British. Flowers and palm branches are used as Christmas motifs in homes and places of worship.
ANTARCTICA : Although few people can survive the cold climate of the continent that surrounds the South Pole, many animals and birds that live near the coldest climate on Earth can be found on greeting cards, Christmas ornaments, and other items bearing Seasonal motifs.
ARMENIA : In Armenia lighted candles are used to celebrate Christmas. Gifts are exchanged between children, and apples with coins stuck in them are exchanged during the season. Another tradition is the climb to the roof of a neighbors house, lower a basket, which is filled with candy and homemade gifts.
CHINA : Christians celebrate Christmas the same as other countries with traditional shopping, cooking, and exchanging gifts. Homes are decorated with paper chains, flowers, and lanterns. Children hang stockings to be filled by "Christmas Old Man," i.e. Santa is called Dun Che Lao Ren.
IRAN : The Wise Men, Magi, were from this area of the world and the Three Kings’ Day is celebrated on January 7th to honor the birth of Christ.Christmas is called "The Little Feast." Children do not exchange presents but wear new clothes for the celebration held on December 25.
IRAQ : Christians in Iraq commemorate the Christmas season through the reading of birth of Christ and attending religious services. After the religious service a member of the congregation is touched by a religious official who in turn touches the one next to him and so on until everyone has received the "touch of peace." Bonfires are also built during this time, and when the bonfire dies down, everyone jumps into the ashes and makes a Christmas wish.
JAPAN : Tangerines and fortune cookies decorate homes and trees. Besides Christmas, which is celebrated by Christians in Japan, the Japanese New Year "Kumade" is another exciting holiday which begins in mid-November and continues through December to the New Year.
PHILIPPINES : In the Philippines the celebration of Christmas begins on the 16th of December and ends on January 6, to commemorate the arrival of the Three Kings or Adoration of the Magi. Colored lights decorate doorways and windows, and the "parol" or Christmas Star is a primary motif, sometimes created by entire communities.
AUSTRALIA : Australians celebrate Christmas in midsummer. A favorite tradition among Australians is singing traditional carols while holding a lighted candle.
AUSTRIA : Trees with candles rather than artifical lights are a strong tradition in Austria.
RUSSIA : Popular gifts among Russian children are Nesting dolls. Ornate, and beautiful eggs are used to decorate, and Russian Madonna and ChildIcon paintings are some of the most expressive in the world.
PUERTO RICO : Puerto Ricans celebrate "Felices Pascuas" where families and friends gather to share festive meals of arroz con pollo, rice and chicken, and roasted pig. On January 5, the eve of Three Kings’Day, children leave boxes under their bed sfor the kings to fill the gifts. The boxes are filled with grass with cups of water for the camels to eat and drink.
MEXICO : In Mexico, Navidad begins with a nine day custom called posadas or "lodging" which symbolizes the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem and their search for shelter. Pinatas are a part of the celebrations and gifts are given on January 6. Children write letters to the Magi telling of their good deeds and gifts they would like.
BOLIVA : Christmas celebrations begin on December 1 in Bolivia. Nativity scenes are displayed with pastoras, flowers similar to Poinsettias. Celebrations activities include religious services and gifts placed quietly around sleeeping children.
BRAZIL : There are no Christmas trees but an old Brazilian legend says that even the animals talk to each other about the birth of Christ on this one of the most Holy of Nights.
ECUADOR : In Ecuador, Christmas and New Year’s are celebrated as one. Firecrackers, noisemakers, bands, and dancing in the streets are traditional customs prior to a midnight religious service and holiday dinner.

Now that you know how Christmas is celebrated round the world, you see how you are going to celebrate.

Merry Christmas!

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MTV Roadies 7.0 Final roadies!

Posted by Kokolicious on 25th December 2009

We are at the next level of MTV Roadies. Only 14 contestants are left out of 24. Number of contestants lessened but tension heightened. They had to perform the most griding of tasks picked up from the last six seasons. Amidst the tasks of fighting pahalwans twice their size, gulping down strange concoctions and rapelling down cliffs, chemistry is building up among the contestants. Their final task was to go to place almost 60 kilometers away without their bikes. How? By hitchhiking or begging money from strangers. Now these 14 contestants will face the challenges in Africa.
 

Ameya R. Kadam

Age: 21
Gender: Male
City: Mumbai

 He is currently studying Commercial Arts. He is a fun loving guy. Love to do things that he really likes in his own way. Right now he doesn’t have any girlfriend because his entire focus is on his career. Everyone loves him for his mischievous nature. He doesn’t think there is anything wrong in spicing up a reality show for viewers entertainment.

Likes: Roadies, photography, friends, adventure, wildlife
Dislikes: Fights, body waxing
Craziest thing he has ever done: He has once done a nude shoot. It was freaking crazy!

 

Amritpal Singh

Age: 24
Gender: Male
City: Mumbai

 He is a simple guy who is passionate about movies, music and who dreams big. His dad is a stuntman. He has worked in a BPO for almost three years now. He doesn’t have a girlfriend yet. Greed is one of the 7 deadly sins that he relates to completely, He  always wants more from life. One of his fantasies is to marry Aishwarya Rai take her around the world for their honeymoon. Human nature is unpredictable so he might just back stab a friend for success. You never know. However he won’t do anything on the show that’ll hurt his dignity.

Likes: dancing, adventure, challenges
Dislikes: liars, hypocrites
Craziest thing he has ever done: Jumped off a speeding bike.

 

Anwar Syed

Age: 24
Gender: Male
City: Jamshedpur

 He has worked for Wipro Technologies as a software engineer for almost 21 months. Currently he is doing his MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur. He did his schooling from Delhi (where he originally belongs). He plays a lot of sports. He likes adventure rides, rock music, dance, acting etc. He is a cool and fun-loving person. On Roadies, he wants to have a lot of fun doing tasks and wants everyone along to have loads of fun too. Currently he is single.

Likes: Adventure rides, rock music, dance, acting, hiking, sports
Dislikes: People who act smart ; interfere in someone else’s life
Craziest thing he has ever done
: Climbed a hill (7 km trek) in Ooty at Climbed a hill (7 km trek) in Ooty at night. Four of them with 2 torches through dense forest cover on the hill side. It didn’t sound this exciting back then, they were scared till death but nonetheless it was an experience of a lifetime.

 

Bharti Nagpal

Age: 23
Gender: Female
City: Delhi

 She has worked as an anchor, emcee, a voice over artist and as a software developer. She lives her life in her own way i.e. with perfection. She is completely addicted to herself. She is insane about what she wants and end up getting it no matter what. She wants to have her own swayamvar where she will delegate tasks to the prospective grooms.

Likes: Herself, traveling, socializing
Dislikes: Non-veg
Craziest thing she has ever done: Walking on the edge of the 3rd floor of a building for a bet of 200 bucks.

 

Charlie Chauhan

Age: 20
Gender: Female
City: Bangalore

 She is what she is. She doesn’t fake anything. She doesn’t care what people think about her and she can never change herself for anyone. She just needs an opportunity to prove her worth. She’ll do any task on the show. She is very greedy, never satisfied with what she has.

Likes: Having fun, Honest & crazy people
Dislikes: Fake people, back stabbing
Craziest thing she has ever done: Being on Roadies is the craziest thing that happened to her.

 

Eric Roy

Age: 20
Gender: Male
City: Kolkata

 By describing him in few words we’ll be doing injustice to him. He was the runner up of Roadies Battleground 2 (The online extension of Roadies) and believe us he had immense fun doing all those tasks. If that was fun, being on the actual battleground – Roadies 7, will be crazy! He is proud of his creativity and craziness. His 14th year in the world was the turning point in his life; that is when he came up with his first e-mail id – lover_boy_of_kolkata@yahoo.com, got his first kiss and was the first time he watched an adult film.

Likes: Orange juice, peanut butter on toast, Mr.Jason Haddy (school teacher)
Dislikes: People who take life too seriously
Craziest thing he has ever done: Coming up with an email id like, lover_boy_of_kolkata@yahoo.com is the craziest thing he has ever done. But he forgives himself because he was just 14 back then.

 

Gaurav Gill

Age: 21
Gender: Male
City: Mumbai

 He is a part time DJ at a lounge. He is very adventurous. He has done bungee jumping, rock climbing, rappelling, para-gliding. He is very impatient and short tempered but also down to earth. He believes in himself & his decisions. He is very proud to be a Sikh. Many Sardars are cutting their hair these days to look good but he plans to change this myth. He plans to be single till he is independent and prove himself. He has been trying for Roadies from the past three years and finally he is here.

Likes: Adventure, music, bikes
Dislikes: Littering, spitting, rash driving
Craziest thing he has ever done: Recently he did the world’s highest bungee jumping. He has also bunked college a lot of times & drove down to Lonavala on bikes.

 

Meghna Mrignani

Age: 24
Gender: Female
City: Mumbai

 Don’t mistake her for being just cute and pretty, she has a very short temper. She is a photographer by profession. Men who disrespect women annoy her a lot and she has bashed up a lot of people for doing it. She would love to have a pet cheetah and race with it.

Likes: Photography, nature, animals, partying
Dislikes: People disrespecting women
Craziest thing she has ever done: Once she drank a whole bottle of Tequila, blacked out, kissed a girl, fought with all her friends, argued with a cop on her way back driving and called her brother to get her out of it. What a crazy night that was!

 

Mohit Malik

Age: 19
Gender: Male
City: Hansi

 He is a not so complicated guy and he is intelligent & talented. He is very passionate about the things he does and give it his best shot. He would love to have a tattoo of a skull with fire on his upper arm. If he were a dog, he would want his name to be Tiger.

Likes: People who respect elders
Dislikes: People who annoy him and don’t mind their own business
Craziest thing he has ever done: Winning Roadies Battleground 2 (online extension of Roadies) was the craziest moment of his life. He expected it, but when it actually happened he just couldn’t believe it.

 

Nisha Rana

Age: 25
Gender: Female
City: Chandigarh

 She is very adventurous and love dancing. She is very short tempered and once she fought with a couple outside a pub in the middle of the night. She is not scared of anything. she once jumped off a speeding bike. She has been part of a reality show before and that was definitely tampered.

Likes: Dancing, adventure, challenges
Dislikes: Liars, hypocrites
Craziest thing she has ever done: Jumped off a speeding bike.

 

Priyanka Roy

Age: 22
Gender: Female
  She is fiercely possessive about what she believes to be hers, including success. She loves taking on challenges, small or big. She is intensely loyal to her friends and she always remember acts of kindness as well as injustice. Although she is a little confused about things, she is sure of who she is and she takes pride in herself. She is usually calm and composed because she dislikes losing her temper, but this does not mean that she can be taken for granted. Babies and animals fascinate her and she loves music, painting and cinema. She is a dreamer and this is one of the many things that keeps her going. She has a boyfriend whom she is dating since 3 years. she will not kiss someone’s shoe, feet or ass. She is ready for everything else.

Likes: Music, painting, cinema, babies, animals
Dislikes: Getting angry, mistreatment of animals
Craziest thing she ever done: She tried to set fire on her Math professor’s hair. She used to hate him.

 

Ravneet Kaur

Age: 18
Gender: Female
City: Malout

 She is simple, intelligent and come from a humble background. She is a basketball and football player and can also sing well. She is still studying and doesn’t have any professional work experience. Coming from a small village her dreams might seem unachievable but she aspires to fly an aircraft one day.

Likes: football, basketball, singing
Dislikes: eating insects or animals
Craziest thing she has ever done: She kept walking while watching an aircraft in the sky, after half an hour she found herself in the middle of the fields, lost.

 

Vikas Ambwani

Age: 24
Gender: Male
City: Kota

 He is working as a trainer in a gym and he also works in a footwear shop as salesman since the age of 16. He is ambitious and hard working. He never gives up and face every hurdle in his way with a sportsman spirit. He believes friends are relative to the term success, more success means more friends. He doesn’t mind standing nude in front of the world, only to prove that Indians have a better body than others.

Likes: Indian festivals, reality shows, working out
Dislikes: Snobs, piercings
Craziest thing I’ve ever done: He has jumped from a river-bridge which was 50 feet high, just to test his capability.

 

Zaid Bin Nazir

Age: 24
Gender: Male
City: Bangalore

 He is a flirt by nature and a part-time model by profession. Shutting people up, is one of his many talents. He enjoys every moment of his life and makes the best of every opportunity. He is very lazy & like to get his work done from other people. Without a second thought he will betray any friend of his for success.

Likes: Lazing around, camping, having fun
Dislikes: Disrespecting women
Craziest thing he has ever done: Once, he escaped three police security check posts and later ended up in a pursuit with 20 cops. He somehow escaped but finally they located his car in a parking lot and suspected him of being a terrorist.

 

 

 

 

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Videos of MTV Roadies 7.0 : Elimination Episode

Posted by Kokolicious on 25th December 2009

 

Check out the videos of elimination episode of MTV Roadies 7.0 telecasted on 20th December!
 

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Which camp will define Bollywood comedy?

Posted by Kokolicious on 25th December 2009

When we look at the genre of comedy in Bollywood, we see that it is dominated by camps and each camp produces its signature movies. Let us have a look at these camps and see who is most likely to represent or define Bollywood comedy.
 

The Old Moghul
David Dhawan is an institution by himself. He is one of the oldest among the surviving camps. He has managed to tickle our funny bones over the years. He has been considered by many among the most successful directors and that is quite a complement as it is not easy for comedy directors to achieve that fame. His favourite actors are Govinda, Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt as the male protagonists and Raveena Tandon and Karishma Kapoor as the female lead.
The thing which he lacks is critical acclaim. Some of his movies have done extremely well commercially but some feel that they lack depth. There was a profusion of his movies in the nineties, so, at least people got to know him from that. His biggest blockbuster so far is Aankhein starring Govinda and Chunky Pandey. His recent movie Partner did good business too. But, he is just a successful director, not an acclaimed one. 

The Remaker
Priyadarshan comes next to Mani Ratnam in being known both in south and Bollywood. He is someone who has managed to earn a name for himself by doing remakes of Malayalam, Tamil or Telugu originals. Technically, he has made hardly any original movie in Hindi. But that did not stop him from making a name in Bollywood. He understands humour as universal and it is not confined to any particular language. Confusion and pandemonium are essential for his brand of humour. His favourite actors are Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Akshay Khanna and Asrani.
The problem with David Dhawan is that one tends to get tired of him beyond a point. But with Priyadarshan, we do not have that. How can we forget his masterpiece Hera Pheri where we laughed till our stomachs hurt? He is a delight always. He has more variety too. Along with Hera Pheri, Maalamaal Weekly got him acclaim. It is not to say that he has no other hits as we have Bhool Bhulaiya, Hungama, Hulchul and some others. Just when we are about to say that his camp will define Bollywood comedy, then one thing comes up into mind that he has not been original in Hindi. So, we expect him to come up with Hindi originals, like he does in Malyalam or Tamil. 
 

Conventional but Classic
Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra are an unlikely pair but they struck gold in their first strike.Though they have only two movies under their belt, they have been able to establish themselves as an important camp in Bollywood. Otherwise too, Vidhu Vinod Chopra is a renowned director. But when this two get together, it is a definite laugh riot. The only two movies they have made so far, Munnabhai MBBS and Lagey Raho Munnabhai are masterpieces. It might be their masterpieces, but for Bollywood, they are classics, like Golmaal and Padosan of yesteryears. It even gave a new dimension to Sanjay Dutt.
If we talk about success percentage, then no one beats them. The third of the Munnabhai series, Munnabhai Chale America is highly anticipated. Critical acclaim is not what they lack, they got plenty of it. Their characters are not just comic characters, but they are characters and have individual personalities.His movies always have a strong social message.With Lagey Raho Munnabhai, we saw the revival of Gandhiism. Whatever their pros are, the biggest one is that people just love them. Quite likely to represent Bollywood comedy, but a little too early to predict. 

The New Face of Comedy
This camp of Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak and Ranveer Shorey and other asociates like Saurabh Shukla nd Neha Dhupia is the most well defined camp in comedy.This camp is the critics favourite. Very low budget and low profile movies but unexpected success, that has become their trademark. There is an intellectual depth to their comedy. Their comedy has been called ‘black comedy’ by many. Others say that it is escapist. But their most formidable aspect is they are changing the concept of conventional comedy.
In most of their movies, unconventional plot is mostly the driving force, like Mithya. They do not dramatise, as in Dasvidaniya, and the narration is a matter-of-fact as in Mixed Doubles. They score more in variety than the Munnabhai camp. So, when we come to the question of defining Bollywood comedy, I feel feel they are the most apt, though the Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra camp gives them a tough competition. What do you say?

 

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Why did we lose the Miss World title again?

Posted by Kokolicious on 24th December 2009


 The golden decade

 The last decade has to be the golden decade for India at the international beauty contests, winning seven titles in total. But it is sad to see that we have not been winning any more titles. The winning spree started grandly in ’94 with Aishwarya Rai as Miss World and Sushmita Sen as Miss Universe. A grand entry indeed! Then we had Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey and Priyanka Chopra as Miss Worlds of ’97,’99 and ’00 respectively. The year 2000 is very special because we won all the three contests, a feat achieved only once before by Australia in ’72. While Priyanka Chopra won the Miss World title, Lara Dutta and Diya Mirza won the Miss Universe and Miss Asia-Pacific respectively. What started in ’66 with Reita Faria winning the Miss World title that year summed up nicely by completely dominating the scene in ’00. But now it seems more like it was a befitting farewell. We have not won any major award ever since.

 

 

     

Why did we actually lose?

The last decade raised the expectations of the people. It is not like the Olympics that winning a medal makes a person an icon but beauty contests was the turf where we ruled the roost. It seemed like Indian women were the most beautiful. But everything came to an abrupt end which brings us to the question, why? There are many conspiracy theories doing rounds regarding this topic. One rumour is that it was a conspiracy by the cosmetic giants to target the Indian market. India was a growing economy and the cosmetic companies lobbied at the contest and then made the winner their brand ambassador. This theory sounds probable but there is another theory too, quite contradictory to the earlier one. Now, India is a key player in the world scenario and winning at such contests would only boost up the confidence and the morale of the people. The contest itself is a symbol of empowering of women. So, is it a deliberate lobbying to curb the feel-good factor of the Indians? Whether the theories are true or false, the people certainly have a sense of nostalgia of the good old days when we used to often bring home the crown.

Our performance this time

Inspite of all that has been said, we did not do that bad at the last contest. Miss India-World Pooja Chopra, though could not come home with the crown, did not come empty handed either. She won the ‘Beauty With a Purpose’ award. Unfortunately for her and the people back home, she broke her ankle on the brink of the grand finale. She was advised by the doctors and many others to pull out voluntarily from the contest. But she did not, as she was representing more than a billion people and participated with a cast on her leg! She might as well have won an award for her spirit too.

The expectations were higher than usual because the last time we won this title was exactly ten tears ago, it was 18 years old Priyanka Chopra in’00. Coincidentally, she was one of the judges at the contest held at Johannesberg, South Africa. And this girl from Pune had it in her to win the title. She had already done commercials for Mr. Muscle, Big 97 fm, Dabur Honey, Coke(Pakistan) and Ezone. She also walked the ramp for Gitanjali, D’damas, Manish Malhotra, Vikram Phadnis, Wendel Rodricks, Meheka Mirpuri and Roberto Cavalli. She had also acted in the movie Fashion. Maybe, it was just luck that she was lacking in, rest she seems to have it all.

The scenario might be a little disheartening, but let us not get too pessimistic. At least let us admire the beauty who could not win the crown, but definitely won the heart of millions.

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Kingfisher Calendar 2010 unveiled

Posted by Kokolicious on 22nd December 2009

 Nothing better could have happened to warm up the chilly winter. The Kingfisher Calender 2010 has just been unveiled on Sunday by one of its former models Deepika Padukone. This is the eighth calender since its inception in 2003 and with every year, the glamour just seems to grow. This time it comes with a promise from the chairman of United Breweries, Vijay Mallya that it is going to delight you more than ever.


 The calender features five models and the NDTV Good Times Model Hunt winner. The models have been styled by Aki Narula and make up artist Kapil Bhalla. Needles to say, this time also, internationally renowned ace photographer Atul Kasbekar shot these sizzling beauties at exotic locales. The models were out there in Zuri Varca Hotel in Goa, competing for the Kingfisher Calendar Girl 2010. Shobha De was the judge whereas Milind Soman was the anchor and Madhavan and Dino Morea were the guest judges. This time, two of the six models have been chosen by a national hunt on television.


 

As usual, the launch also saw the who’s who in the business who added on to the glamour of the function like Anoushka Shankar, Mandira Bedi, Kunal Kapoor, Rahul Dev, Abhay Deol, Cyrus Broacha and many others.the function took place at Mallya’s palatial house and as we know, this is a rich dude who has money and knows how to spend it.

 


 

 This year’s models are Sonali Raut, Esha Gupta, Anjaly Lavania, Gia Johnson Singh, Himarsha Venkatsamy and Ashika Pratt.

 

Everyone was all praise for this year’s calendar and of course, the star studded party too. Deepika Padukone, who was a part of this venture before, had special appreciation for the models saying that the girls did a good job.

 

 

 

Though this calendar is a joint venture, photographer Atul Kasbekar is mostly responsible for taking it upto the international level. Unfortunately, his favourite Monikangana Dutta could not make it to the calendar but bagged herself a role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s next movie Guzarish opposite Hrithik Roshan. It is said that Sanjay Leela Bhansali was floored by her snaps from the competition.

 

 

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Global Warming effect on Climate

Posted by Kokolicious on 19th December 2009

What is Global Warming?

Global Warming is a phenomenon caused by various human activities over the past few centuries. The term global warming means a rise in the average atmospheric temperature. Global warming is phenomenon comprising of various causes and drastic effects on the environment. Of all the problems threatening the world, perhaps it is of the utmost importance and requires our immediate attention.

Causes of Global Warming

The major cause of global warming is the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution. It is not that there was no carbon dioxide emission before but it was too less to be of any serious impact on the atmosphere. Much of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is due to the combustion of fossil fuels, specially coal and petroleum and their various products. But it should not be mistaken that global warming is due to carbon dioxide emission and its accumulation in the atmosphere alone. There is another phenomenon called the Greenhouse Effect caused by some gases like water vapour, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and of course carbon dioxide. These gases are called the greenhouse gases. The greenhouse effect is the heating up of the surface of the earth caused by the trapping or absorption of the heat radiated by the earth by these gases. 

Consequences of Global Warming

The consequences of global warming are tremendous and disastrous. The sea level is rising as the polar ice caps are melting. The result will be that much of land will go under water. Presently, the total surface area of land is one fourth of the total surface area of earth. Much of the human population is concentrated in the coastal areas and when these places would be fully submerged in water, the pressure on the remaining land mass will increase manifold. Unfortunately, even the available landmass is not all habitable.
The world is already overpopulated, approximately six and a half billion people inhabiting it and with the careless attitude of human being, advancement in medical science, it is expected to rise more. That brings us to another major threat, which is deforestation. There is a certain amount of area which should necessarily be under vegetation or forest cover and we are not fulfilling that essential criterion. Deforestation is also one of the major contributors of global warming.  

What is Deforestation?

Deforestation is the clearing of forests for habitation or commercial purposes. With the increase of global warming, much of the vegetated area is going to be lost. Loss of vegetation means loss of habitation and ultimately extinction for many species, both known and yet to be identified.

Have we become as sensitive as the environment?

Our environment is very sensitive and fragile. Any human activity has its impact on the environment. We have come to the point where we can no longer delay. There have already been so many irreversible damages. We cannot continue like the way we have been and the Copenhagen convention is not going to be the first of its kind. We already had Montreal (’87) and Kyoto (’97) but we cannot afford having conventions after conventions when we are on the brink of destruction. Our effort right now, irrespective of who we are but as world citizen is to ensure that we do not need any more conventions after Copenhagen.

What could you do to save your planet?

1.Save electricity.
Large mount of fossil fuels is burnt to produce electricity. Turn off the lights or any other electrical appliance when you do not need them. Use CFL lamps, they use less energy than normal tungsten filament or normal electrical bulbs.

2.Recycle paper.
Paper is made from wood. Every minute, an area of the size of a standard football field is being cut down in the rain forests of the Amazon basin. You can start by recycling your newspaper and try to use as less paper whenever possible.

3.Save fuel
Travel together whenever possible. Turn off the engine of the vehicle if you are stopping at a traffic signal for more than two minutes. Cycling is another good alternative, besides you also stay healthy.

4. Switch to renewable source of energy
Use solar lamps. They are environment friendly. At a larger scale, wind and sea waves energy can also be harnessed.

5.Do not use non-biodegradable material
Avoid the use of polythene bags, they are big ecological nuisance. Do not litter when you go for outings, like cans or plastic bottles.

6.Plant more trees  
This is the most sensible thing that we can do now.  And this is something which everyone, young or old can do. We might not be able to see the positive change we are bringing, but the future generation will certainly thank us for this.

 These are the small changes which everyone of us can do to save the world. There are various other ways to save the planet. So, go ahead and do your bit to save the planet. Suggestions are always welcome.
 

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