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May 13th, 2002 - Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar's Journal

May 13th, 2002

May 13th, 2002
12:22 pm

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I am a bit Cynical today..

Television sets should have some neural network logic built in them that recognizes audio signals and also learns from the user behavior. Then my TV would have automatically skipped the "Ishhh..." song from Devdas. I am really fed up with hearing this song in all the music channels, and feel it really irritating, don't know why. I read in "India Today" that Devdas is going to be the most expensive Indian movie ever made, with some 50 crore rupees already spent on it. I don't think it is really necessary to spent this much to make a good movie out of the novel Devdas. But it is upto the director to make it a large scale show, and as I saw in the photos in "India Today" and in TV clippings, the costumes and sets would be an asset at least for the museums. Dresses and jewelry of all the women look like modeled based on RaviVarma's paintings, and Chandramukhi's dance hall resembles that of a Mughal Emperor's Durbar. Shah Rukh Khan says that this is a movie by which all the associated artists would be remembered with in "future". It might be so, I think. Devdas might not become the biggest hit of Indian Cinema; but there are good chances that it might become the biggest loss, considering the money spent for the movie.

Yesterday all the TV channels celebrated "Mothers Day" (as usual, showing interviews with film stars and movie clippings). Why this unprecedented enthusiasm for Mother's day? Why suddenly we started thinking that we need a special day to remember Mother? As far as I know, there was no such large scale celebration by the Media in the last year. It was only recently that the Indian Media started celebrating many such days, "halloween's day" for example. The next attraction is "Family Day" I think. I am sure we will very soon import many other days ranging from "Thanksgiving day" to "Hug your Cat day". Ours is such an open culture!. If this trend continues, we may run out of days in an year. Good time for greeting card shops in Metro cities like Bangalore where there is a dense population of open cultured people.

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