Today wasn’t just another day. It was the MOST action packed day. Since I’m tired, here are just the highlights.
1. Woke up at 5.30 a.m. That’s a first of sorts. Not been up that early, it’s the time I sometimes hit the bed. Went to airport.
2. Find myself in Executive Class on the plane to Hyderabad, two seats away from Trisha. Yeah, Trisha! 🙂 In the same row as me. Poor thing was so tired she slept throughout most of the journey. As I saw her pull over that denim jacket over her and sleep, all I could see was just another girl. There is innocence in all of us. It was at this point that I just thought about the ugly posts made by a few of our fellow bloggers about popular personalities and this girl sleeping right beside me (of course, two seats away… both of us had window seats, both the aisle seats were taken by a some guys who looked like businessmen). Just because someone’s popular, does that give us the right to peep into their private lives and bring it up in PUBLIC without having the slightest concern for the truth or ethics? Diaries are different from blogs primarily cuz nobody but you reads your diary. That’s not the same when you blog.
3. As we walked out together, she said I should stay back for an extra day and there are plenty of places to see. She was in Hyderabad for a day on her way to shoot in Warangal for Prabhu Deva’s Telugu directorial venture. Somehow, I just couldn’t respond normally to her. I was thinking about the blogs and the comments. I was disturbed. I’m sure any of you too would be.
4. I reached IMAX and bumped into a friend’s classmate who had met me long ago. We hit it off instantly and Thank God for that, cuz it really changed my mood. Women have that kind of appeal, don’t they? So we did plenty of chatting, had a blast and watched ‘The Polar Express’ together. She had come all the way from Bombay and I from Madras on executive class, I repeat, for just this — Watching the movie on IMAX. And even if I had to pay for it, I would say… this is one experience which is worth it! Think Big is the tagline for IMAX! It surely can’t get any bigger than this!
5. About the movie. Do I love Zameckis or what?? You can’t miss the similarities between the feather in Forrest Gump and the ticket in Polar Express, Wilson, the volleyball in Castaway and the snowman in Polar Express, the debate between religion/faith and science/rationality from Contact to the debate between belief and logic in this movie. Add to this mind blowing animation, it’s like watching Indiana Jones on 3D or being on a roller coaster that falls eight storeys… Yeah, that’s how BIG the screen was — the size of a football field! And this was a 3D movie mind you, so you can imagine how exciting it gets. “I don’t want this movie to get over,” said my friend, as she clasped my arm every other moment there was a jump, or a thrill! Awesome is the word for this movie. Seeing is believing goes the tag-line for the movie. See it. To Believe.
6. Some lines I liked from the movie.
7. The technology of 3D IMAX is simply fascinating. It’s not like watching a movie, it’s like being in one. You can touch the characters, but unlike the regular 35mm movies, they don’t enter your world, you enter the world of movies. It’s simply got to be in your list of “Ten Things Before I die” list. I wouldn’t mind going to Hyderabad again at my cost just to watch the movie again. Seriously!
8. We had about three hours to kill. Our cab guy took us to Charminar. And my friend wasn’t all that impressed because it wasn’t clean. But I think that’s the essence of Old Hyderabad. The chaos, the graffitti, the moving mob of people on the streets, the paan on the road, urchins, burkhas, the pearls, a minaret every few metres, old stone architecture, the bazaars… I love Hyderabad!
9. There’s another side to the city too. By Necklace Road, there’s this food mall called Eat Street, just by Hussainsaagar Lake. Man, that’s the place to take your date to. Just make sure, you get one of those tables by the lake. It’s simply out of this world. As we sat sipping coffee there, the mosquitoes really din’t seem to spoil our party.
10. Two world co-exist in perfect harmony in this city. The orderly Hi-tech city and the unorganised old city. There are exactly opposite of each other. Old Hyderabad has chaotic traffic and narrow roads, Hi Tech City has traffic islands, lanes, gardens … it’s almost like Bangalore. Only that traffic is much orderly here. Bangalore drivers are reckless pyschos.
11. Oh, the haircut effect. Guess what guys, it’s not at a lost cause after all. The 1000 bucks paid off. First, it was this chick who thought I was from the International press until I introduced myself. Then, it was these guys at Charminar who wanted me to buy the 100 buck ticket because I was a foreigner! Had to ask them “Main lungi pahen ke aaoon kya” (Should I come back in a lungi?)before they were convinced that I was an Indian indeed. Yes, I was looking different today.
One, I combed my hair the way the chinky babe at Bounce had gelled it for me.
Two, I put the Loreal wet-look hairgel to good use!
12. I get back to Madras by half past ten, find my cab waiting outside the airport. Now, I can’t wait to share this truly larger than life day with you guys. So I blog at half past one.
As my friend just summed up: “So you went all the way to Hyderabad by executive class with Trisha beside you, to watch Polar Express on 3D IMAX, found super company there as well and then went to see Charminar and Hussainsaagar?”
It truly can’t get any bigger than this. What say you?
Hmm, was it my birthday or yours? 😉 Sounds like a super duper day, hope your company was attractive enough!! Anyway, you convinced me into going for the Polar Express on IMAX. The IMAX cinema is like 10 mins from where we live and App has been asking to go. Guess I’d better go this weekend!!
Watching any movie on imax is a truly awesome xperience. Thats living life king size. U’r post made me regret having skipped watching polar express. It didn’t get good reveiews here in US, so missed my first animation movie of the season. Seems like “bounce” is adding spring to ya life 🙂 …keep ya posts coming 🙂
so wheres the closeup “after”
On a different note, what happened to this thoughtof urs, “Just because someone’s popular, does that give us the right to peep into their private lives and bring it up in PUBLIC without having the slightest concern for the truth or ethics”,
when u were writing this, “Ash surely must be Gurinder Chadda’s Chaddi dost or maybe she just got into hers (Chadda’s lesbo Chaddis, of course) to get this role.”
or does it apply to only when its someone pretty, young and known to you?
U were in Hyderabad and not a word on Hyderabadi Biryani in ur blog?!?!?!?
About your thought on moral ethics..etc,etc blahs in this post,As already pointed out..your review on Chada’s movie was more vulgar than the post that you are referring (Kiruba’s)..he has just described his experience on watching the video,and there are no personal comments on the actress or her morals.But yours was in bad taste.What’s your retort?..Why not the same question arise from others who may have known Chada or Aish personally…Or that you mean to say..describing about one’s tits is much vulgar than classifying two females as lesbians.Great dude..keep up ur double standards…regret that Hindu is keeping guys like u..shit.
( i don’t have blogger account…)
Your concern for filmstars is reaching new heights!
thank u for being regular readers guys!
i think the key word u missed out on was “Private”
I was talking about something I saw on screen… a pathetic performance which was so bad that it defied any logic whatsoever on why Chadda wud cast her.
So before you start fantasising, get that rite guys!
And No, if I met Ash after that, I wouldn’t be as guilty as discussing some video taken without her consent, worse not her at all but publicised as hers, for that comment of mine cuz I truly hate her PUBLIC performance. In fact, I would tell her it was a bad performance and would ask Chadda what made her choose her in the first place!
I guess its just a matter of what’s public and consentual and what’s private and voyeuristic! i have no qualms watching anything as long as they want us to watch and maybe i wud comment about it too… even if its hardcore animal porn!
Hope u get the point now! and sankalp, your point duly noted too… cheers!
And Manoj, ur’e a shit eater man… you come back to eat shit tho u had an option to avoid it!! He he! Happy eating, here’s more!
well, I din’t get my hands on Hyderabadi Biryani.
my fotographers din’t take a separate after shot!
they said they’ll take one today! he he!
Will keep ya posted!
Nice to read the fun you’ve had at Hyderabad, Suderman. Saw a PTI report in today’s paper! The comparison to B’lore [agree with you on the reckless driver bit…I used to do that too! Not anymore!] brought about a smile, too! Anyway, agree with your thoughts 100% on the recent Trisha episode..I wonder how these bloggers would have felt if their mother/sister/daughter/wife was the one captured on film! Next Hyd visit, will surely see an IMAX film. Maybe sooner ‘coz a trip to Mumbai is coming up! BTW, didn’t you get to buy any pearls..they are best bought over at Hyd! 🙂 Ravi
are u kidding me man???? where is your imagination? OF COURSE it can get bigger!
So had a nice time,huh?
Read your interview in Ananda Vikatan.Oh…why have they called you Nitish????Go sue them!!!
Naaah… not even in my imagination have i seen the kinda visuals I did on IMAX… its truly larger than life and than imagination too! See it to believe it.
See it on IMAX 3D, not on thiruttu VCD!
Sue him?? Naa… Im glad he got my name wrong cuz the quotes weren’t mine anyway! ha ha! He did the interview for 3 hours and din’t note down a word. I half expected this to be the outcome. In fact, I was worried about some corny caption… but never thot they wud carry it on the cover. Everyday i have 3 people asking me about it. You have no clue how embarassing it is! he he!
Hey, I did check the movie out on friday. It was pretty good. Of course, we were the only people who hadn’t come with their kids or grandkids. Still, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I think the only other 3D feature I’ve seen is “Kutti Chathaan” which was like ages ago and I don’t even remember what it was like.
hmm.. came here from krib’s blog and I noticed one thing – the rise of the phrase “The Hindu Bloggers”! You and Karthik seem to be slowly becoming an institution by urself 😉
Anyways.. will be a regular visitor i guess from now on.
Polar Express – Havent seen the movie yet, being off movies more due to a lack of mobility (read a car) than anything else, public transport almost non existent where I am right now. But i did notice that the movie is not doing too well here and will probably end up in the red for the makers. Tom Hanks waxed eloquent about the movie on Letterman’s, but this movie will only be a watershed in terms of technology used (motion capture like the Tiger Wood’s golf games) than anything else. Like one of those concept cars that will take eons to appear on the roads…
anyways, good blog. mind if I blogroll you when i get back my blog to steam?
ada paavi arvinda kirsnaa!
u comparing my dear kuttichataan with The Polar Express ah??? zameckis and tom hanks will have blood pouring out as tears if they even hear about the comparison.
the eseential difference between a normal 3d movie and an IMAX 3d movie is that…
in a normal 3d movie (like my dear kuttichataan), u feel the characters stepping out of the screen… but in IMAX, the whole experience so larger than life that u feel you have stepped into the movie!
But no, no institution or anything… earlier i used to blog to reach out to people abt things I feel strongly about… but now ive pretty much settled down to just randomly blog about things Im upto to keep all my friends informed.
No rules. I guess thats the best part about blogging, i guess!
p.s: yeah, u can blogroll me! so can anyone, there’s nothing too private out here! and do lemme know if I cud add a link to ur site!
I’m the guy who met you at the quiz at Loyola. Loved your review in today’s paper. lol! Thanks for taking our suggestions! Linked to you a long time back. So, glad you don’t have a problem!!!
Btw, noticed Ramana said you were a ‘Captain’ fan. You might like this then.
You are sooo dead man! Captain pathi thappa pesrae? 🙂