Thursday, May 28, 2009
Bipasha Basu & Mahendra Singh Dhoni in Reebok ad
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
13B - a good thriller to watch
For some reason, I wanted to watch a horror/thriller film, which is also my favorite genre. Raaz 2 came to mind but decided to watch 13B instead. OMG, so glad I watched it. When I saw trailers for 13B, it looked like a horror film, but it's more of a thriller with a touch of horror.
Mainly what loved about 13B is the originality. Most of the other Bollywood films I've seen were Hollywood remakes/inspiration. Just to name a few....
Rakht - The Gift
Raaz - What Lies Beneath
Kasoor - Jagged Edge/What Lies Beneath
Hum Kaun Hai? - The Others
Vaastu Shastra - The Grudge (Hollywood re-made the Japanese version)
Written and directed by Vikram K Kumar, which is actually his first film! Really amazing. I am very impress with him and am looking forward to his future films.
To make it even better, Hollywood wants to remake 13B! Another interesting tidbit is 13B is the Hindi version of the Tamil film, Yaavarum Nalam (Maddy & Neetu in both versions). Both came out the same time. This is definitly the case of Yuva and Ayutha Ezhuthu -- same director, slightly different casts.
So, all this talk about 13B. What is it about? At my best, I tried not to include any spoilers when screen capping the film. Including looking online for the synopsis to help guide what may or may not spoil the film.
Manohar (R. Madhavan) and his family -- wife (Neetu Chandra), mother (Poonam Dhillon), brother, sister-in-law, nephew, and two nieces -- move into their new home, located at 13B. Strange things start to occur, making Manohar questioning whether or not living at 13B is a good or bad omen. How can a television show have to power to control what is happening in Manohar's family? Why is his family being target? But if living there is so bad, why are there signs of good luck for the family too? Will learning the secrets to 13B help or hurt Manohar?
Manohar just wants to best for his family. For some reason, he realizes strange things happening in his home and notices the tv show forecasting the future for him and his family.
Maddy is great like always. Nothing unusual about that. Definitely an underrated actor in Bollywood and one of Tollywood's best. Besides my other fave, Surya. His Bollywood debut film, Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, didn't do justice to him. Ironically, it is Hindi version of the famous Tamil film (Maddy starred in it too), Minnale, directed by Gautham Menon, who also directed Khakka Khakka and Vaaranam Aayiram. Playing in a short, but significant role in Rang De Basanti, resurface people's curiosity for him again.
Priya, the beautiful wife of Manohar.
Even though she didn't have a big role, it was great to see Neetu Chandra. She's my girl crush at the moment. Especially after learning she knows martial arts. Finally, a Bollywood actress who can kick ass for reals! (if any other actresses in Indian cinema knows martial arts, let me know!) I've found her absolutely gorgeous in Godavari and cute in Traffic Signal. Must watch Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, watching it for Abhay too :)
Poonam Dhillon, how great to see you in Bollywood films again besides in Namastey London. Loved her in the 80s. If you haven't seen her films, check out Romance, Teri Kasam, Yeh Vaada Raha, Trishul, Noorie (although I haven't seen it, check out bollywooddeewana's wonderful review) to name a few.
The rest of Manohar and the family. They didn't really have a huge role besides a few lines here and there.
The blind neighbor and his dog who befriended Manohar.
Interesting enough, the tv show, 'Sab Khairiyat', cast resemble Manohar's family.
A portrait of Manohar's family.
Shiva (Murli Sharma), cop and family friend. Manohar also confides with him about the weird things going on at the house.
Dr Balu, doctor and family friend. He operated on Manohar's mother before. In addition, he has a sixth sense feeling for the spiritual world. Manohar and Shiva hope that he will guide them.
Of course, 13 is an unlucky number and is very superstitious to associate with it. Strange things starts happening in the home. Interesting signs of 13B.
Living on the 13th floor.
When it's 13:00, the series, 'Sab Khairiyat', comes on.
It's broadcast on Channel 13.
Blood drops of B
Playground site of B
Why does Manohar look strange when snapping a picture on his cell phone?
Okay, okay. There are two songs from the film. Yes, definitely could have been omitted from the film. However, both are not that long at all! Well, if you want to include the music video, which is also the ending credits, then there are three songs total in the film.
"Aasma Odh Kar"
Maddy and Neetu are so cute together. Neetu looks soooo gorgeous in the song. She's de-glammed in the rest of the film.
"Bade Se Shehar Mein"
Just a song with the family together
"Oh Sexy Mama"
Music video for the film and also ending credits.
Rachana Maurya as the item girl.
Again, I was very impressed with 13B. Even though there are two songs (not including the closing credits), overall, the film was suspenseful and kept me wanting to know what will happen next.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Family estate dazzles with Bollywood chic
Actually, I saw this article a few days ago but forgot about it until just now. This is my dream house.
I've always wanted a home with an interior decoration Indian style (although the article does say Bollywood). Since my hubby likes to landscape, I always wanted a beautiful Japanese garden (fell in love with that ever since I saw Bruce Lee's movie, Chinese Connection).
So here is the article post from the AJC.
Shelina and Ali Chunara, originally from Bombay, India, have been Georgia residents just as long as they've been married - 21 years. They bought their six-bedroom home in the Bridgewater subdivision in Snellville in August 2004 to have more space for their growing kids, Farzeen, 13, and Shehzaan, 17.
Shelina and Ali Chunara moved into their 7,900-square-foot home in August 2004, and because they spent over $100,000 on interior fittings and custom treatments, they didn't have to renovate the construction.
Guests are greeted by this stunning custom rug in the foyer which was actually the last of the twelve rugs commissioned to "brighten the place up." "My wife came up with the suggestion of putting ornaments on her, " says Ali. "She has nail polish color matching her eyeshadow, " adds Shelina. She's not crafted in the likeness of a particular Bollywood actress though she looks the part.
The view from the living room sofa hints at the spacious floorplan of the home that made it a perfect fit for the lifestyle of the Chunaras and their growing teenagers.
The formal living room, set to the left of the foyer, also has a striking visual art display set beneath furniture sourced from Huff Fine Furniture and Design.
Shelina and Ali Chunara agree: There's a youthful spirit captured and reflected in their furnishings. Shelina sourced this fashionista lamp online and placed it near an entrance to the living room.
By design, no two rooms are to have the exact same color scheme, though the formal living room (pictured) does sit well opposite the formal dining room which is in white and gray and also completely furnished and designed by Huff.
Among the fun fixtures adorning the foyer and hallway is this lamp for which a rug was custom-designed to rest it on.
In 2006 the Chunaras hosted 100 guests at their home for a re-election fundraiser for Governor Sonny Perdue. "He was here for an hour-and-fifteen minutes, " recalls Ali. Perdue departed before guests sat down for the catered dinner.
"We came across these tables at Bova Furniture in Gwinnett and couldn't stop looking at them, we bought this breakfast dining table, then saw the coffee table and said, 'if they're alongside the same area we could flow them together', " recalls Ali. "At the same time we were doing rugs, we took a picture of the table ... we wanted the squares and balls on the table in the rugs as well."
The living room in the home of Shelina and Ali Chunara is fitted with a wall-to-wall custom rug fashioned after the coffee table which was sourced at Bova Furniture.
The coffee table in the living room influenced the custom wall-to-wall rug that bears circular inserts crafted with leather.
The sunroom, set near the living room, offers a panoramic view of the groomed grounds that encircle a nearby pond.
We do entertain several times," offers Ali sitting in his kitchen, "guests usually come from out of country, out of state at least once or twice every two or three months. Everything is catered, we barely cook here."
A plain black table was enhanced with a hand-painted portrait of a cheetah done by the same artist who crafted the home's many custom rugs.
A guest room on the first floor is delicate and whimsical. A custom rug in the shape of a rose rests at the foot of the bed.
My husband said people go to India to see the Taj Mahal, I'm going to make one right here for you, that's how we came up with the idea of [crafting] a Taj Mahal for me [in the master bath], " explains Shelina. "It took about a month," she adds.
"When we bought the house most of the wallpaper was chosen for us, " says Shelina, "the master bath wallpaper had leaves on it so I asked the [rug designer] if he could do rugs in the shape of leaves."
"I'm crazy about purses," admits Shelina. She began collecting them 8 years ago. "The first one I picked up was the cheetah design (pictured in her hands). I bought some from New York and Bombay. The most expensive cost $400, I use them when I go to church and special occasions when I wear my saris and shalwar kameez."
At last count Shelina has roughly 225 saris. "Every year I go to India I need to bring in 20-25." She has "more than 250 shalwar kameez, every color, name it and I have it, from black to red to orange to blue to green, I have it color coordinated in my closet." Her shoe collection is so vast it's stored on three shelves in their two-car garage.
Window treatments in the game room are playful yet mature.
The game room contains ice hockey, ping pong and pool tables, the Chunaras applied the striped black wallpaper and the room wouldn't be complete without a customized wall-to-wall floor covering.
Shehzaan demonstrates how to play on the carrom board in the game room. "In India, it's a recreation for millions of people, it's the cheapest pastime, " shares Ali. "We bought it from Bombay, it's got a few wooden round coins and a striker, you try to hit the black and white wooden coins into one of four holes in the corners of the board."
A tasteful portrait of Aga Khan, like this one in the game room, hangs in every room of the home. Ali shares: "He's our spiritual leader, by having the picture in front of us it keeps us calm and emotionally balanced."
The deck overlooking the manicured backyard and a communal pond frames a serene setting on a picture-perfect day.