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When Mumbai fell…. again…

Posted by Saipradeep on November 28, 2008



 Mumbai has fallen again. It has fallen at the feet of an enemy whom we all know but can never see. Yes, we cannot see because we are blind. We have chosen to be blind rather than face the obvious. We have closed our eyes and turned our backs against reality.

Human mind chooses to believe what is best for it. We believed that we were safe even when the world around us was burning. When planes were crashing into towers. When men and women were blowing themselves just to take a few more with them. We believed that we were safe in our homes, in our neighborhood, in our country and closed our eyes to what was obvious. What is obvious is that the world is no longer the same. Our country is no longer the same. It is not what it was in the yesteryears. Gone are days when we could just forget where we were and walk for hours without worrying about losing cell phone network coverage. Gone is the innocence, which was bliss to behold. Today, we are scared to even send our children to the neighborhood shop. We are scared to walk alone in the night not at the fear of darkness, but because of what is hidden behind that darkness. Read the rest of this entry »


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Dostana – Movie Review

Posted by Saipradeep on November 26, 2008



Finally, a week after I watched Dostana, I have taken time off…. just a few minutes though, to complete the review I promised.

Dostana is a Karan Johar & Hiru Yash Johar production and is directed by Tarun Mansukhani. The movie stars Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyankar Chopra. Bobby Deol plays a cameo in the movie. There are few others in the likes of Shilpa Shetty who comes in for an item number, Kiron Kher as Abhskek’s mother and Boman Irani as Priyanka’s Boss who have also added their share of fun to this movie.

In short, Dostana is the story of two guys, Kunal (John), Sameer (Abhishek) and a girl, Neha (Priyanka) and their life as room mates and best friends. Kunal and Sameer are kicked out of their respective apartments and try to share a new apartment owned by Neha by posing themselves as gays. The movie follows the usual formula where the both guys (Sameer & Kunal) fall in love with the same girl (Neha), but girl falls in love with another guy (Abhimanyu – Bobby Deol) and so they try to break girl’s love but end up realizing their mistake and help her get the guy she loves. This story line is packed with variety hilarious situations that arise due to Sameer and Kunal posing as gays. All in all, the movie is a comedy track and one should expect nothing more.

Of course the film does have its downsides like when Neha says she thinks whether her parents (who are dead) would approve of her action before doing anything like allowing two hot guys share an apartment with her as room mates. What I do not understand is that if her parents would not allow that, would they be accommodative of her boozing out late nights with two gays, dressing skimpily before two hot guys, cozying out with them and et all. There is also another case where the director has assumed that guys if gay would act feminine and I am remotely unsure where he got this idea from. Watching Abhishek and John acting feminine is funny but many times repulsive.

However there are indeed scenes that tickle you out of your skin, like the one where “M”, Neha’s boss presumably gay, played by Boman Irani visits her apartment for dinner and also to meet her two gay room mates. This scene gets spiced up with comedy when Sameer’s mom, played by Kiron Kher comes from London to check if her son is actually gay and finds him dancing with three other guys confirming her fears. There is also another scene where Sameer and Kunal, jealous of Abhimanyu’s relation with Neha make him do things like waxing his chest by lying to him that Neha loves men this way. Again this is followed by a series of comical confusions which leads to Neha believe that her best friends are also interested in the man she loves. The reaction she receives behind her back from both Sameer and Kunal when confronted with this accusation is worth watching. To top all of this, the movie climaxes with John and Abhishek kissing each other because Bobby insist that this is the only thing that will earn them his forgiveness. Well, this might bring a shiver or a shudder down your spine depending on how you take it, a few might even find it a little over doze. For me, it was revolting yet comical.

This movie is one of a kind simply because it oozes male sexuality from John and Abhishek that fills the entire screen play, even when Bikini clad Priyanka walks across the screen. Female audience would have their share of treat when John reveals his awesome physique which also includes a bonus of his butt cheeks. The surprising part is that Abhishek, who does not even loosen one button from his shirt, matches frame by frame to John’s sexual appeal.

On the whole this is one entertaining movie that you can definitely stand to watch, thanks to John, Abhishek and Priyanka. However, I doubt if there would be any repeat audience to this movie as it does not contain the usual flair of Karan Johar films. 

My rating for this movie would be 4 on 10.

P.S. – The website of this movie is definitely unique and so here is the link – .


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Welcome to Chai with Sai

Posted by Saipradeep on November 21, 2008


Welcome to my Blog. If you have directly come into my blog via a search portal, then you can chose what you want to read from the list of “Categories” on the left pane of your screen. If you want to get to any specific topic please use the “Search” option on the right pane of your screen. The posts are under different categories and sub categories so that you can reach your area of interest with ease. For example, if you are looking for movie reviews in general, then click on “Movie Reviews” in the “Catogories” section and all my Movie reviews will list out. However if you are looking only for Hindi Movies then just click on “Hindi Movies” instead and Pronto!!!… you will get the list of Hindi Movie Reviews.

Please add your comments to the posts you read so that I can understand how you feel on the topic. You can do so by clicking on the heading of the post which will once again refresh the post with Comments option at the bottom of the page. You can share your views, disputes or questions regarding the post and I will be glad to respond to them.

Once again… Welcome to Chai with Sai. I am happy host you at my blog and I hope you enjoy your time here.

Best Regards


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Michael Jackson becomes Mickaeel

Posted by Saipradeep on November 21, 2008


Michael Jackson becomes Mickaeel. The 50 year old pop singer pledged his allegiance to Koran at a friend’s mansion in Los Angeles.

The Sun reveals that Michael, who was raised as a Jehowah’s Witness, decided to move to a new religion when he was recording a new song at his friend’s home. David Wharnsby, the Canadian songwriter now known as Dawud Wharnsby Ali and Producer Philip Bubal, now known as Irdis Philip, counseled Jackson when they spotted him “a bit down”. They reportedly gave him insights of Islam and let him know how they had become better people after they embraced Islam and it is assumed that Jackson warmed up to the idea.

An Imam was called from a Mosque to officiate the Shahada (Muslim declaration of belief) during which it is told that the pop start wore traditional Islamic dress. Jackson chose the name Mickaeel, the name of one of Allah’s angel against Mustafa which meant “the chosen one”. 

Brit singer Yousef Islam, who was called Cat Stevens until he famously converted turned up to help Jackson’s conversion

Whether this sudden conversion of Michael to Mikaeel is a change due to strong attraction towards the religion or if it some stunt the pop star is up to just before giving evidence on the £4.7million lawsuit brought by Prince Abdulla Al-Khalif of Bahrain against him is yet to be seen. The Sheik claims that he helped Jackson with the cash after his high profile child molestation case and that he promised to pay it back. Jackson though claims that he thought it was a gift. Jackson is to give evidence via video link from LA to a London court.

News Courtesy: The Sun

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M N Nambiar – The Legendary Villain of Tamil Cinema

Posted by Saipradeep on November 20, 2008


The 19th of November 2008 is indeed a black day in Tamil Film industry. Shri. M. N. Nambiar, the 88 year old veteran actor passed away due to age related illness on this date. 

Many ardent movie watchers have always been and will always be hardcore fanatics of great movie heroes. But I am one of those exceptions who has fallen for a villain. Right from the days when I started watching the yesteryears movies, I have been awed by this legend’s acting style. I have watched many movies in which he has acted and somehow this soft spoken, God loving, always smiling person seem to fit very aptly into the roles of a treacherous villain, a murderous enemy or a dangerous criminal. He brought so much life into his villain roles that in his peak days, I learnt that he was hated from heart by many MGR and Sivaji fans. So terrifying was his acting that his name is eponymous with Kollywood villain. His mannerism and acting styles have been so unique that they have been attempted by many actors and mimicry artists just to display “villanism”.

M.N Nambiar is a versatile actor. Born on March 7th, 1919, he started his acting career at the age of 13 by joining Nawab Rajamanikam’s drama company. His first movie stint in the silver screen was in the year 1935 when he played the role of a villain for the movie “Baktha Ramadoss” which released in Hindi and Tamil. Though he worked as a Hero for a few movies initially, he turned out to be better or else great as a villain. He has appeared and theretened movie watchers in “Aayirathil oruvan”, “Mandiri Kumari”, “Adimai Pen”, “Engal Veetu Pillai”, “Nenjam Marapadhillai”, “Padagotti”, “Uthama Puthiran”, “Raja Raja Cholan” and many more. He has acted over a 1000 films across various languages that include Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi. He also played a role in “Jungle”, an English movie directed by William Burke.

I believe that he is the only actor to have been on screen across any film industry for over six decades, acting with over seven generations of actors ranging from veteran actor Balaiya to Bharathiraja’s son Manoj. He also ran a drama troupe, Nambiar Nataka Mandram and staged two plays, “Kaviyin Kanavu” and “Kalyana Supermarket”.

His favourite films remained `Aayirathil Oruvan’ with MGR, `Ambikapathi’ with Sivaji Ganesan, `Missiyamma’ with Gemini Ganesan, `Nenjam Marappathillai’ directed by Sridhar and `Thooral Ninu Pochu’ with Bhagyaraj. This film with Baghyaraj made him do many other character roles. His last film was “Swadesi” a Vijayakanth starrer. Another film which is unforgettable in the list of Nambiar movies is `Thigambarasamiyar’ where he did 11 roles. He also acted as hero in a few films two of which are `Kalyani’ and `Kavitha’ produced by Modern Theatres.

M. N. Nambiar was an ardent devotee of Swami Ayappan and has visited Sabarimala for over 65 years. His long association with the shrine led to him being called Maha Guru Swamy and he has taken many film stars including Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Amithab Bachchan to the temple. 

 M. N. Nambiar is no more, but he will be remembered by everyone who follows the history of Tamil film industry. He will remain in the memories of all movie fans as the “Original Villain” of the Tamil film industry. May his soul Rest in Peace!!!.


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A Visit to Guindy National Park, Chennai

Posted by Saipradeep on November 17, 2008

After so many years, I was back in Guindy National Park(GNP), visiting the all so famous Snake park and Children’s Park. Snake park and Children’s park form a part of GNP with Snake park lying adjacent to GNP and Children’s park carved out from 22 acres of land from GNP. I donot remember anything from my previous visit expect for the glass rooms for the snakes. So this visit was more or less like my first time there.

GNP is the 8th smallest National Park in India and one of the very few actually located inside a city. GNP is located in the heart of Chennai and is an extention of the grounds surrounding Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Tamil Nadu. It also extends in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. GNP, Raj Bhavan and IIT enjoy a special degree of protection and continue to remain a natural habitat for many last remnants that typify range of plants and biodiversity of North Eastern Tamil Nadu. Read the rest of this entry »

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Varanam Aayiram – Movie Review

Posted by Saipradeep on November 16, 2008

Language:    Tamil

Genre:         Melodrama

Cast:           Surya, Simran, Divya, Sameera and others

Director:      Gautham Vasudev Menon 


After several postponements, Varanam Aayiram has atlast hit the screens on 14th November 2008 and sources say that this is one of the Best box office openings this year.


I watched the movie at Mayajaal on 14th Nov or was it 15th Nov, because the show slated to start at 11:40 PM actually took off only at 12:15 AM… yes, there are no typo errors and it is indeed 12:15 AM)


Gautham has given a movie straight from his heart as this movie is a tribute to his father who passed away last year. Varanam Aayiram is a movie showcasing the relationship between a father and son and how the father plays a pivotal role in shaping up his son’s life through all his ups and downs. This movie is autobiographic in nature where the son, Surya (Surya) recollects his life’s story in front of the audience.

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A Madman’s Selfless Love

Posted by Saipradeep on November 16, 2008

This is a mail forward that I received from one of my friends. It truly touched my heart and had me thinking for a long time…


Here it is, exactly as it was in the mail…


I live in Indore, in India’s heartland. On our way back from an adjacent town, my friend and I stopped at a highway dhaba. Placing our order, we stretched ourselves out on the cane chairs. A motley group of people occupied other tables. As we glanced around desultorily, a ragged man sauntered in and sat down. He poured himself a glass of water from the steel jug. He drank two whole glasses, but ordered no food, nor did the dhaba boys ask him. When our tea and samosas arrived, he looked at the food, filled his glass again and drank it. We saw no greed in his eyes, but it was an easy guess, that the guy was hungry and had no money. Read the rest of this entry »

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Welcome to Chai with Sai

Posted by Saipradeep on November 13, 2008

Never have I felt the urge to create and maintain a blog. Yes, I have been intrigued by blogging and the million possibilities that it creates for the blogger to venture into the world of internet and blogging. But never have I felt the urge to create and maintain a blog… not until today. Today, the 13th of November, 2008, I have officially launched my first blog spot,


Chai with Sai – Lets see…. we have many  ‘Coffee with’ shows, and a few ‘Coffee with’ web sites too, but aren’t there anyone to have ‘Chai with’?. Think about it, a refreshing cup of Chai (Tea) on a raining evening… what more can anyone ask for? (of course some pakkoras will definitely go good with it 🙂 ).


So, this is what this blog is going to be… a refreshing pit stop to all those tired surfers. A page where I would share my knowledge, experiences, beliefs, thoughts, dilemmas… in all, My Life!!!


This is a beginning of not just a blog, a whole new experience.


Welcome to my blog people… Let’s have a Cup of Chai!!!


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