Saturday, 3 March 2012

Paan Singh Tomar


Paan Singh Tomar is a movie dedicated to those great athletes of India who are forgotten very easily. These athletes who have done great in sports and made many Indians proud because of their talent, discipline and dedication, don't get enough to meet their survival needs and often die penniless. This is indeed not most unfortunate of human disasters in India, but yet tragic and demotivates many budding athletes.


Paan Singh Tomar is the name of the protagonist in movie. He is an exceptional runner and fate moves him to become a record-setting-breaking athlete in Steeplechase. But irony of fate forces him to become a rebel-with-gun.

This movie is based on the true story of a national hero who later on becomes a much feared despicable name with a bounty on it. In spite of his serving the national army, his great performances in athletics, what he gets from corrupt politicians and jealous cousins is--chaotic alienation, brutal deception and disrespect; which make him change his ways and makes him revengeful.


Irfan Khan has performed well in my opinion and other characters look natural. There are some good scenes, very finely done, thanks to Tigmanshu Dhulia. The language used in movie is Bundelkhandi-a dialect spoken in the region of Bundelkhand. The region where Pan Singh Tomar was born and brought up is very infamous for dacoits (they like to call themselves rebels). They use violence and ransoms to earn money and one of the reasons why region known as ‘Chambal-Region’ is so dangerous is emphasized in this movie. I did not fail to notice that Irfan Khan uses 'proper Hindi', when speaking to his young kids in a scene before intermission, but he consistently speaks in Bundeli language to his wife and to his gang members.


Movie seems to create a humorous effect on audience because of use of Bundeli in certain scenes but it ends on a serious note with a question in your mind: Why are athletes treated so badly in India?   

Advertisements Annoy


Advertisements come pestering me in many guises from all the directions. Sometimes they just annoy me, sometimes they disturb me and at some other times they make me feel like a buffoon. Advertisements are most annoying when they're forced. For example: In case of radio broadcasts. In case of any streaming of media advertisements find it their righteous role to come and haunt you from every direction like The Woman In Black does!


I find advertisements very annoying when I don't have an option of skipping them. There certainly are a few services which provide you an option of skipping ads but not all of them are kind. Some of them look like on a mission to make these ads enter into your subconscious.


I am not saying that advertisements are not informative or they're not bundles of astounding creative expressions at times. They have to put a lot of creative ideas in in order to grab your attention, but, this creativity sometimes picks my nerves!


What has been your experience with advertisements?

I am very annoyed by YouTube advertisements. YouTube videos which have Advertisements just in the beginning or in between of videos without an option to skip them are just pain in my opinion. Internet was not as dramatically compulsive (Just a few days back) with advertisements, as Television was, but now internet is catching up pretty fast it seems.

Yes, advertisements which are inescapable in the beginning of DVDs are equally annoying. The telemarketers pretending to be telling you something 'urgent, important and exclusive,' calling you day after day after day seem hell-bent on testing your patience, they bring you to the threshold and let you practice 'Forgiving: the great spiritual practice’.

Then there are those e-mail services which subscribe you, rather than you subscribing them, in inexplicable and mysterious ways, and then you start getting flood of advertisements in your inbox, only to discover that unsubscribe link in their mail doesn't work. You are left with only choice which is to put their e-mail-Ids in spam filters.



There Is No Context


Be watchful of your thought process (But don't must be watchful; come on now, I am not man on a mission.) If you find too many 'We must' and 'We Should' in your rants, what exactly is happening is: In spite of your meticulous observations and mind stuff, you're getting attached to it and you're superimposing your ideas on others.

In other words: No matter how exalted my knowledge is (in my opinion), no matter how perceptive I am, if I am attached to it and I am unable to see viewpoints of others; I am a mediocre person.


More than that: I really doubt statistics which are published in newspapers, where researches-keep changing directions in the time span as little as the time in which a butterfly flaps its wings. I doubt about Greenhouse effect. I read recently that a researcher claimed that the earth is in fact getting more and more cold. Many people say that it's indeed Illuminati who controls media and hence these researches are all twisted. There is much superior Science, already developed in their opinion, being used by elite and only as much is released for common masses ( people like me and you) as they can take.


Most of us have no meaning in life and if we only contemplate, there is no meaning inherent in existence. What we do is, we invent our meanings, we find the causes to live and die for and then, we start feeling that we belong and we start playing martyrs for the causes and then we start thinking that we are doing something 'sacred' and then we want others to join this exaltedness of ours and those who don't join it are horsewhipped and ostracized because we find many people with similar ideas and we make groups (aren't we homo-sapiens!)What we don't realize is: These are just thoughts and we're in grip of them. There is nothing ideal which suits to one and all.