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Sarkar Raj – Review

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Ram Gopal Verma has brought in a good continuation to ‘Sarkar’ in this movie. The movie starts off very well but takes some time to plot the story. The movie demonstrates the intricacies of how everything is connected in politics and how doing anything good effects various parties and their interests. It surly shows the power hunger and greed of people at various levels.

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The story does make an impact and until Amitabh Bachchan(as Subhash Nagre a.k.a Sarkar) narrates it all at the end to Aishwarya you cannot guess the main person responsible for all the mess. Talking about Aishwarya (as Anita), she again has done a great job after Jodha Akbar in this movie as a person belonging to the corporate world. For a change, she played a little strong character in this movie. Abhishek Bachchan (as Shankar Nagre) has also played his role well but there was something missing, not sure what. Other strong characters played were Dilip Prabhawalkar (Rao Sahab), Somji (grand-son of Rao sahab) and Chandar (the right hand man of Sarkar). Amitabh was super and has done 100% justice to the role.

Perfect cinematography and a good 2 hour 10 minutes movie. The background music of ‘govinda govinda’ sets the perfect mood for the scenes.

This is a serious film and to be seen with both brain and heart. Given that its a Ram Gopal Verma film, it should be clear that it is not for children.

The film overall is woven around a political plot of a big power plant project in Maharashtra at Thakarwadi (a village). A London based company is willing to invest £ 2 billion on this project and this project is expected to solve all the power issues of Maharashtra. When Anita and Shinde (the CM of Maharashtra) presents the project report of Sarkar (Amitabh), he refuses it as this project’s site is Thakarwadi where 40,000 villagers live and is also the place of living of Rao Sahab. While Abhishek is convinced that this project should happen, Amitabh is not fully convinced and lurks in doubts around the intend of people involved. Till the interval the movie is about plotting this story on how, why and who are involved. From a few seconds before the interval and all the way in the second half is more of fact finding and shocks. To find out more you need to see the movie as I don’t want to reveal the suspense and kill your fun.

And for a change, this is not a typical ‘happy go lucky’ and ‘happy ending’ movie where the hero solves all the problems with his heroine and they ‘happily live ever after…’

After a while, I have seen a good bollywood movie. I am sure this movie would be a hit in the box office. Overall, if you liked Sarkar then you would also like this one. I would give a 4 out of 5 to this movie and would recommend you to see it.

 Some of the scenes I liked in the movie are:
1. When Abhishek tells Amitabh that Power plant is justified and Amitabh needs to convince Rao Sahab.
2. Abhishek trying to touch the feet of Rao Sahab
3. Aishwarya Rai’s scene in the hospital.
4. The scene just before the interval.
5. The scene after Abhishek places his hands on Aishwarya’s hands.
6. The scene towards the end when Amitabh meets Rao sahab at his house.
7. The last scene when Aishwarya asks for tea.
8. When Aishwarya comes to meet Amitabh and Abhishek for the first time at their house and Amitabh asks her to come to the point.
9. When Aishwarya asks Abhishek about the most difficult decision in his life.

Which DSLR to buy ?

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Off late I have received many emails asking to advice on a DSLR. Having gone through a phase of evaluating the options in the recent past, I have decided to buy a Nikon D80 for myself after using Nikon N80 film camera for 4 years.

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Well, it’s a big world out there and some of the well known brands in the market are:

1. Cannon
2. Nikon
3. Olympus
4. Pentax
5. Sony

You probably would not go very wrong with any of the above brands. All of them are good with Cannon and Nikon being mostly preferred by people and DSLR market leaders.

Here are a few basic questions you need to answer to yourself before making a decision

1. What is my budget ?
If you are looking at a DSLR then be prepared to spend at least $500 for a new camera body with a basic lens. The higher the budget, the wider are your choices. Nikon D40x is a good choice for the budget range or you can opt for D80 if you are prepared to shell-out a little more from your pocket.

2.  What brand / make am I comfortable with ?
Few like Nikon others prefer Cannon and many like Pentax. Well, it really depends on what you are comfortable with. For me nothing beats Nikon but my close friend is a pure Cannon supporter. If you have never used an SLR then go to the store and hold a few DSLRs in your hand, the one you feel comfortable shooting is the camera for you.

3. Do I already have a film SLR?
If you said ‘Yes I do’ then consider the DSLR where you can utilize your existing lens. Also try-out the DSLR at the retail store of the same manufacturer. If you have been using a Cannon film SLR then it is likely that you would be more comfortable using a Cannon DSLR.

4. Is Nikon better or Cannon ?
Many are caught in this great question and really I would say that there is no clear answer. Both are great companies and make fantastic equipments and a wide variety of products to offer in DSLR space. It all boils down to what you are more comfortable using.  I have always loved Nikon camera and I am most comfortable with it.

5. Key items I should look for ?

I can suggest the following key points about the equipment you wish you buy.
– Image Stabilization
– Lens compatibility with other camera models of the same manufacturer.
– Sensor size and type
– Lens quality
– ISO noise

Here are a few good sites you can use to read reviews of your camera.
www.dpreview.com
www.cnet.com – for a general idea, does not gives an in-depth review
www.amazon.com

All said and done, its *YOU* who would decide what makes a good photo and what does not. DSLR is just a tool to realize and sharpen your photography skills. You would still need to be good with your concepts and practice of basic skills around frame composition, aperture, shutter speed, light conditions and ISO to be used.