Movie Review: Salaam Namaste

A complete “topo” of a Hugh Grant film, “Nine months”. The basic theme of the story is a little bit of a stretch for the Indian audience. To counter this fundamental issue, the director conveniently set the story in Melbourne in Australia! The hero is an architect turned cook! The heroine is a radio jockey (RJ)! A bunch of highly contrived circumstances result in the two in a live in arrangement as room mates. As always, one thing leads to another, they fall in love, and the heroine gets pregnant! The standard drama follows until the two come together in the end. A bunch of songs (nn of them really catchy) are thrown in as well.

Saif Ali Khan plays the hero and Preiti Zinta plays the heroine. After the success of Hum Tum, the Director attempts a movie with a similar look and feel but failed to come up with anything noteworthy. Saif does a decent job as he seems to do lately. Preity is too hysterical as the RJ. Her acting in this film reminded me of her poor show in Armaan. She seems be an actress who needs a good director to bring the bes out of her.

The movie makers show their ignorance about southern Indian states by introducing a “Nair” character (supposedly for comedy purposes!) who talks like a Tamilian!

If you haven’t seen the original, you might be able to survive this movie. Else, I would recomemed you pass on it.

SL will fight back!

The second test might appear to be over. But I don’t think this is going to be the case. I think the remaining SL batsman will at least put up a fight. With Dilshan, Vaas and Mubarak remaining, I think SL will not fold up that easily. Besides, India is notorious for letting tail-enders play fighting knocks. Should be an interesting days play nevertheless.

As for the Indian team, it has been “team work” all the way thus far with everyone sharing the burden of batting and bowling.

Second Test: Ind vs SL

Very interestingly poised Test match!

If both Ganguly and Yuvraj manage to score some runs, the team management will be forced to make some tough calls in order to bring back Viru. It will be sad to see Gambhir dumped since that’s the only other alternative. In any case, today’s game should settle this issue among other things!

Second Test, Second Innings: Open with Yuvraj!

India should open with Yuvraj. Facing Murali in his present form is going to be Yuvraj’s worst nightmare given that he is so suspect against spin bowling. It makes sense for India to open with Yuvraj. With a few runs under his belt against the opening bowlers and a little bit of luck he might just do better against Murali! The other option is to open with Dada! 🙂

Shoaib Akthar’s transformation

Shoaib’s performance in this series against Pak was very impressive. I saw him bat with unbelievable determination. He was also bowling at his best. All the criticism had put a lot of pressure on him and he knew that it was do or die attempt for him. But nothing beats his recent comments, “praise for Inzy, talk of prayer! etc.”. I find this completely shallow, opportunistic and plain and simple “towing the party-line!” First we had Youhana embracing Islam. Then we have Shoaib Akthar (by far the most liberated individual in the Pak team with bikes, chicks, smoking, partying defining his off field image) praising Inzy, talking of team unity and joint prayers by the team! Inzy has transformed this team into a religious bunch (barring a few) and Shoaib has realized that its in his best interest not to fight the powers that be.

What next, Shoaib Akthar with a Saeed Anwar like beard?