If you can call it news, that is. I take shelter under the practice that established news channels and magazines follow of calling the reportage of incidents from the movie industry "news". (Hoo! A mouthful, that sentence. Maybe I'm really a middle aged pot bellied bureaucrat trapped in the body of a middle aged pot bellied engineer). My logic is, if "Akshay finds lint in Shilpa Shetty's belly button" is news, then so is old Narendra's "I ate at Dragon Maharaja's Chinese Cart and Survived". (End of apology. News begins)
*Breaking News!*I saw the movie "Race" last night. Actually, by the time I reached the movie hall, about half the movie was over, but you know how it is with Hindi movies. Like the human liver. A little bit can regenerate into the whole.
I know you're dying to know everything. Well, the movie is designed to appeal to young males with a love of fast cars, skimpily clad molls, loud and unsubtle humor, the complete absence of reality from the story, and an IQ of about 50. And with the possible exception of "young" and "love of fast cars", that's entirely me.
The plot is extremely convoluted and every one double crosses every one else. I lost the thread about 57 double crosses into the movie, but the Misses Katrina Kaif, Samira Reddy and Bipasha Basu kept prancing about the screen in outfits of great economy of fabric. My simple mind was easily occupied and it was not until much later (till I sat to write about it, in fact) that I realized that I knew next to nothing about the story line. Heartily recommended, unless of course your IQ is higher than 50. Also, the directness is endearing. Unlike Meena Kumari or Waheeda Rehman, who, when pining for the hero, would talk about dil, dard and pardesi, Katrina Kaif tells Saif Ali to "La La La La Touch me Touch me Touch me, La La La La Hold me Hold me Hold me, La La La La Kiss me Kiss me Kiss me, Oh ho ho, O ho ho". You will be happy to know that Saif gets the message instanter.
In other news, Gautham Shenoy feels that people should give their mountains names like "Bob Mountain" or "Tim Mountain". This observation was apparently inspired by the name of a mountain in Sri Lanka called "Piduruthalagala", which he has to remember for his exams.