-:World Cup vs India; where we lacked? Possession or Profession:-

It hurts….. it terribly hurts, whenever you take it this much close. Yes!!! It’s true that a loss in cricket is not the end of world, but the same was from a team, whom we considered once as best ever. Even with the team in 1983, world or India was having expectations but this time ……

The Second Best batsman in the world (as per records, some even nominate him as the best), once Best All Rounder of the world, Best Leg Spinner of now days name and other names make three out of top ten batsmen from the whole world, do we need more? The same team finished second in last world cup and nobody was in comparison till the finals and this time, we were having the Highest Paid Coach in the market. Question is…. Do we need more?

There will be a lot of questions that what we missed? There will be a lot of cries and replacements, few players will be thrown out, some on their mistakes and some will be sent into trashes despite of their efforts, but would that be sufficient? We say that it was something unexpected, do we really think so? I don’t think that it was unexpected.

What we lacked last time was neither the performance, nor the skills, but it was chocking at big moments and failing in handling the expectations of billions behind and we hired a professional to make the team raised up to the professional level rather than being buried under the damn weight of expectations. Do you know where we got mistaken?

We forgot the positive sides of emotions; we forgot that what the good things was last time, what was the best our team achieved. It was not being in the finals, it was not being a kind of invincible before the actual loosing at final stage. But it was something else ….Something else, which started, when we got a captain, who given a new character to the team, fighting tigers.

A man, who dared to throw the shirt in lords, challenging the team next to him that don’t think that we are anywhere less in fighting spirits. A man, who could jump from the first floor of Balcony to show his joys on beating the challengers, it was the sign that someone lives with the game and such a nature inspires others, not the technical cricket book things. He was the first Indian Captain ever in History to start verbal attacks over Australians before the series, when everyone was expecting the same from Australian side and the result was on the fields.

Do you know, what made 1983 for us? It was Kapil Dev, a man who was in the team for his bowling and just occasional skills with bat, but when in front of a target of 275, we lost more than 5 wickets even before completing a mere 50, then the man fought an impossible battle alone 175*, a mark never reached by even biggest batting names till then. This was something, which our team needed and this was the inspiration, which made us to beat then invincible West Indies to make 1983. That was not only the greatest inning, not a great player, but the thing was the inspiration and the guts to fight upon.

Now, tell me, from where we started after 2002, we hired a coach, who was asking for professionalism rather the spirits. He judged that we lost in 2002, because we were not professional in finals and forgot that why we were in the finals without all that professionalism, without all the infrastructure and culture behind the Australians. He forgot that no one in Indian Team could be that professional to ignore the expectations, praises and curses from billions and it was obvious as he never felt so.

He made the best broken, Sourav Ganguly; probably the problem was tackled from the wrong side and made the worst damage ever, when we were really able to make the best on our own. It was true that he was not in nick then, it was true that making seniors responsible is something really necessary, but was that a way to a person? Who made the Indian for the first time tigers otherwise they were known as gentlemen on the field and off the field and were easy targets. And the worst was the timing, when the man was banned for few matches and the reason behind was team benefits, not something for his own. Loosing Dalmia and Sourav at the same moment is now proved to be a disaster.

No, I am not a die hard supporter, but respect his calibers and that too not from now, when all media was praising him after his inspiring comeback, but I wrote for him always in same ways, because only he was able to achieve, what we lacked after 1983. If Sourav was expected to quit on his own, then why Sachin was in? What was the reason that no inning from master blaster got the ranks in top 100 from Wisden? What was the reason that he choked over all big moments?

I deliberately keeping myself away from pointing something to Dravid as we wont forget the moment, when an inning was declared with someone at 194*. A series of wrong decisions, came out to be worse with the silence … you may seem to be perfect, but if you don’t became a nice communicator and modest person, then it doesn’t make you lead from the front. Being a good cricketer and intelligent person don’t make you a good captain, it’s a game and you have to take it to heart, otherwise you won’t be able to bounce back after disasters.

We were expecting from a team, who got Sourav and Zaheer in, when few days back captain, coach and selectors were ruling out them completely. The trio must be helpless to bring them in and we actually saw it, when we got to see, Sourav leading the batting guns and Zaheer leading the pace attack. Do you think that everything was alright with the team? It doesn’t matter that Sehwag did what, but was the inclusion of the man was justified? We lost all the momentum in youth generation once; do we need to praise captains to get a place in? We will argue over whether Harbhajan should have played or Anil, but why Powar was thrown out, even after his brilliant performances?

Yes!!! We are expecting a lot of changes after the big tournament, but anyone expecting the regime away from Sharad Pawar and his bunch of Jokers? Do you think that they will give the Royal Tiger the captaincy back even if it seemed to be simplest solutions? They even now say that “it’s a 50-50 for Chappell“. Could you laugh? It will be again in millions, when we will renew his contract with Indian Cricket. What we got till yet and what we are expecting to get? Do you expect any fundamental changes from the side, who once given statement that I don’t see any talent out from the 15, they have chosen for World Cup. Interestingly, the same man was in-charge for nourishing up-coming talents from all over India from last few years and already has been paid in lacs for the same and he says the same??? Where we lost Dewashish Mohanti, Balaji and the whole generation of pace attack? Where those fighters gone, who were able to talk the other sides eyes-to-eyes?

I could really say a lot over this, but I knew, no one has this much patience to read all as you too have a lot to say and many facts could be shared in conversations, so ….. What could you suggest? Let me try few in hurry …..

Sourav as a captain? We can’t stand with Dravid. He is not bad but not good and not evens the average. You could make elegant statements in front of reporters but can’t make people suggesting you as you are their own. Unfortunately, many of us forgot the questions raised by Mr. Desai, after humiliating defeats in South Africa, but more unfortunately we were not able to stand against, when Dravid publically offended Mr. Desai for their credentials in Cricket History (It is another issue that what credentials others have and what credentials made for us this time). Even then we thought that Dravid was always a nice person and everything is going well between the trio Dravid, Sachin and Sourav. Sourav is not the choice, because of only batting skills or temperament, but he is best available choice, because the faith with which he trusts each an everyone from the youth wing, which made Harbhajan and Yuvraj performing at their best and also coming to support him, when he was needing support from team members. But the question remains that could Sourav get the past glory back with the current selector’s regime? Could he became same powerful and deciding now? Even if your answer is not confident, then tell me, what’s the second best bet?

Kapil Dev as a Coach? Although we could think about Sandip Patil, who did extremely well with other teams, but I don’t think anyone else than Kapil is known to be better fighter for the job. Not even Sunil Gavasker, also he did well in past with Indian Team, but my vote is in favour of our real Hero Kapil pa. He knows how to fight, he knows how to bat, he knows one day game, he has been best bowler of the world, and he could be a fitness icon as he stayed till his forties. Above all, he knows how to handle pressure, how to manage all the team members with their egos, he is only captain in the Indian History to hold the Big Cup and at the end, probably he is the one, who has faith in Sourav and his fighting spirits. Buying a coach from another world just create a mess-up not another Australia.

Advertising business of stars? It must not be that big issue till they perform on the field. Companies, who bet on them, knew that it affects adversely when they make great failures. So, even if they don’t perform, their market values go down automatically. We have seen many great players like Major Dhyanchand suffering without Money as politician and boards forget them, when they are out, even if they have made great deals in the past, so no one could help from being indulged into Glamour world. But no one could earn money, if he is not in team from last one year or not performing even average. So, please don’t shout out their business. Do you think that our Boards forwards all the money earned because of these people performing on field? Do you think that after spending just few years with bat and ball, they earn so much for the whole life? Mind your own business; make your efforts towards the companies dying to hire them, not towards threatening to their families and breaking glasses of their restaurants.

Grading system etc.? Who will be deciding for grades? Bunch of jokers with a politician as head? Or Cricketers with their not so impressive records but huge egos and big political connections? Who decide that what part has to given to Cricketers, who actually earn the whole by sweating in and out of the field? Do selectors need to be graded? Do we have an authority to judge them and their egos? Could you revert the damage been done by them? Could you figure out, who was the responsible of paying Greg or to Dilip Vengasarkar, when they were not able to find out new talents and even after being so much resistant towards senior players, finally moved back to the same camp? Yes!!! Its good to grade, but don’t you think that whatever pressure you exerted to make people perform gone worse on field? Yes!!! One needs to be asked that why we are paying him, but it includes the selecting body too. First make them responsible and then think about the boys, who throw themselves behind the balls in the chilling sun.

Developing comparative pitches? Do you think that pitches were any kind of issue here? I don’t think so …. Indians neither are invincible now on their home ground nor are they only poor hitting bags outside. We have been credited for victories in Australia and West Indies and at least with West Indian pitches, we were not having a problem, neither do we really have even this time. If something was wrong then it was mutual tensions and complete lack of co-operation in between. Frictions in taking even good suggestions from others experiences and insisting over gone cases like some kid. It is another issue that your bet come out to be manageable but it gave a bad taste to all the youngsters (Yes! I am talking about Sehwag). Right now, I am not concerned with pitches and as we have seen good pacers emerging from all sides, I am sure that we have enough to nourish the pace generation with the efforts already being done.

First class cricket and the underlying infrastructure? Do you think that we lack in talents? No, we not. You want infrastructure like Australia, but do you dare to glamorize First Class Cricket in that way? You are most earning Board and can’t make mega offers in the same ways, with which Cricket moved into One Day era from Test Matches? Don’t you think that only Ranji’s are not sufficient and we need to involve internationals into it? Money could attract cricketers from every part of the world and you are not out of it. Just one needs to dare and a new era will begin in India …….. Ask for the suggestions from big management gurus and businessmen, this can’t be a loosing business.Ohhhh!!! Shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Again it went boringly long as usually happens with my articles, but just write me back that have you got any reasonable point with my words?

mr.nitish.kumar@gmail.com

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-: Bob Woolmer: missing demarcation between profession and possession:-

Full Name: Robert Andrew Woolmer
Nickname: Bob
Date Of Birth: 14 May 1948
Place of birth: Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Country: India
Batting Style: Right-hand bat
Bowling Style: Right-arm medium
Teams: England, Kent, Natal, Western Province
ODI Debut: Against Australia at Old Trafford on 24-08
Test Debut: Against Australia at Lord’s on 31-07-1975

Batting and Fielding Average

Class

Match

Innings

No

Runs

H. score

Average

Balls faced

Strike rate

100

50

Tests

19

34

2

1059

149

33.09

2734

38.73

3

2

ODIs

6

4

0

21

9

5.25

46

45.65

0

0

Ist Class

350

545

75

15772

203

33.55

34

72

List A

290

235

35

4078

112*

20.39

1

17

 

Bowling Average

Class

Match

Balls

Runs

Wickets

BBI

BBM

Average

Economy

Tests

19

546

299

4

1/8

1/8

74.75

3.28

ODIs

6

321

260

9

3/33

3/33

28.88

4.85

Ist Class

350

35763

10868

420

7/47

25.87

2.53

List A

290

13461

7722

374

6/9

6/9

20.64

3.44

  

Career Statistics

Test Debut: England v Australia at Lord’s – Jul 31-Aug 5, 1975 
Last Test: England v Australia at Lord’s – Jul 2-7, 1981 
First-Class Span: 1968 – 1984
List A Plan: 1969 – 1983

* All the above facts taken from BobWoolmer.com

           Bob Woolmer dies; when I heard the same news then I was really moved from inside. It was unexpected, completely unexpected to anyone. Yes!!! It was one of worse show of Pakistan in the world cup, a bit more thrashed than it was being expected in the absence of its speedsters Shoaib Akhtar and party.

It was just two days back, when I come to read in Times of India a comment about Bob Woolmer from a ‘well informed source’ that “As far as coach Bob Woolmer is concerned, he is more interested in his columns and diaries for a website and improving his public relations in the cricket fraternity. He apparently has lost communication channels with the captain and many of the players and is just counting his day before his contract expires in June”. Truly speaking, I was not shocked with such a quote from Pakistan side as few of us might be thinking similar things about Greg Chappell, if any of such show came from Indian side. But as I was knowing that he was the man behind longest chain of success of South Africa; 21 tests out of 44, 10 test series out of 15, 83 one days matches victory out of 111, so I decided to collect few information about him and Greg Chappell and to write an article over the topic that why foreigner coaches fails to make an impact in this part of the world, even after their impressive records in past. But I was having no clue that my article will never get a shape and things will move into just another ways.

Before discussing anything around this tragedy, I thought to place many facts from Bob’s life in a collective manner.

Bob Woolmer (1948-2007), born in Kanpur, India, although each cricket lover from India felt pain even if was not knowing the same. The man came in light, when at September 3, 1975, he scored a 149 (495-minute) in only his second Test, at the Oval and that too against the leading bowlers of that time like Dennis Lily, to save the game against Australia, this knock made him one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year 1976, probably, the highlight of his career, which ended in 1984, but the same highlighted his will power and learning abilities as even after adding a few good knocks in his count, people were looking over him as a bowler rather than a complete all rounder.

The Coaching career started with Warwickshire in 1991 and in 1994, they come out to win three out of four trophies, and are runners-up in the NatWest Trophy, with Woolmer as coach. Afterward, he created the history as South African Coach (1994-1999). I heard his name for the first time, when he came in news as cameras caught him conversing with Captain Hansie Cronje through an earpiece when South Africa took the field against India and few eyebrows were raised that should Cricket must be professionalized to this much extent that it may loose its natural spirit? But this controversy started the era of laptop coaches, probably a trend that Bob must be credited to start with him.

One interesting fact is that he has been ICC’s High Performance Manager in 2001, working towards the development of the game among the Associate countries, helping them compete in the 2003 World Cup and Irish were one of them, who got tips from the man himself. Who knew then that Woolmer will face them in this way again. I have read few of tragedies in the history of cricket earlier, but I myself saw only one matching tragedy and unfortunately the same was linked with Bob himself, the death of Hansie Cronje; one of the most beloved man for him as with him, he shared his best coaching days.

I was not able to find better words than the few cricinfo.com suggested “The price of passion”. Yes!!! It was like someone coming to run even after having a 104˚ temperature, handling a bit lesser professional part of the cricket world. A part of the world, where cricketers feel scared after coming back to home after drastic losses; a part of world, where cricketers ask for the security, not to keep away the fan crowd but to actually save them and their families. People from India, who might have came out to cry over the tragedy, how they could forget that just one day before we have noticed the news of angry mobs attacking Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s under construction house.

What were the reasons behind the tragedy? I am not sure that we will ever come to know all the facts, but what the amount of pressure over the man might be, is very easy to guess for anyone of us. But even then predicting a suicide is really one of the worst guess. According to Inzamam “After the game yesterday, he went to all the boys and cheered them up. He told them that these things happen in life. That was his greatest quality. Even in the bad times, he would think positive.” May he go this much negative? Yes!!! It is true that the pressures of coaching Pakistan were immense, something Woolmer himself often admitted. Speaking to reporters in the immediate aftermath of the defeat by Ireland, he said: “Doing it internationally, it takes a toll on you … the endless travelling and the non-stop living out of hotels.” But I am not able to find any sign of this much negative feeling that may cost someone’s life.

Someone very devoted for his job, so creative and adventurous that one could easily guess, how much painful this moment was for himself, coming out with the tag of an unsuccessful coach with a real worse ever show in his life. But instances of his positive attitude will never let us believe that it was result of stress and negative feeling. After the shocking death of Bob Woolmer, talks about conspiracy theories will be floating in the air, but without any official statement, we will not be confirmed that what actually happened behind the scene.

No one from the family of Bob is traveling to Caribbean, but Murray Stevenson, the team’s South African trainer, will be at the University Hospital while the post-mortem is performed on Tuesday morning, though it’s unclear as to whether the results will be publicized without the consent of the Woolmer family. Till yet, we only heard about a story published in Daily mirror quoting that it might be an overdose of drugs to avoid stress and few health problems that might have caused his death.

None of us were expecting, such a start from World Cup and the few upsets were nothing in comparison to the end of an era with Mr. Cricket (as one of the leading commentator quoted). I should say that I found international media behaving much responsibly in this regard, but like the death of Hansie Cronje, this tragedy again is ready to leave many unanswered questions. Will we get answers this time or everything will go behind the happenings in the mega event?

Note: This draft was prepared before the news about the death being suspicious being confirmed officially. But I tried to not letting me influenced with the same and rather concentrating it out of conspiracy theories. But later you could expect an article over conspiracy theories around his upcoming book which is in final stages according to her wife….

Nishabd; Nothing to say….

It’s a total Ziah Khan’s story. A girl’s story and everyone else is just a spectator Ziah Khan: Simply unpredictable; that’s what Vijay thought, that’s what Zia wanted to be, love to be, that’s what everyone of us saw, that’s what one loves, when he/ she just above or fed off from the physical attractions/ affections. Same to Vijay and Same to Jia …. That’s what, which created the bond. But who was Ziah?

“I am, what I am; not what you want to see, if I wasn’t as I am, then what would I be? What twist and turns, do you think I make to your eyes, so better get used to it and take light.”

-: Nishabd :-

Before even watching the movie, I was curious about the same. Why? Your question. Why shouldn’t I? My counter question …. Everyone was sharing the same curiosity about the story line, even those, who might have read and saw the movie version of its predecessor Lolita. Don’t jump over any conclusion, I am not comparing or saying that it’s a remake of Lolita or does have any similarity with that. But the same was in air before its actual release. But I found it different, in fact, very different from that from the very first few scenes. Although the one, I saw was a pirated release means I must be excused, if I am missing something that was having reasons to be mentioned in the review as I got many parts missing in the movie. So, you could wait for my modified review sometime later.

        Title: Nishabd; Nothing to say….

        Star Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ziah Khan, Aftab Shivdasani
Director: Ram Gopal Verma         Genre: Intense, silent.

For me a movie is not a story, but it’s the traits of different colored characters and so I never wished to write a review with mentioning the whole story and touching moments. I feel my reviews having a rather different feel as it try to touch the part seemed to be not approached. So, the story is simple as you heard, a much elder man and a girl of his daughter’s age admit their affections towards each other and consequently up and down melancholy and finally the silence moves in to end all … asking that what it was and why someone was wrong?

It’s a total Ziah Khan’s story. A girl’s story and everyone else is just a spectator Ziah Khan: Simply unpredictable; that’s what Vijay thought, that’s what Zia wanted to be, love to be, that’s what everyone of us saw, that’s what one loves, when he/ she just above or fed off from the physical attractions/ affections. Same to Vijay and Same to Jia …. That’s what, which created the bond. But who was Ziah?

“I am, what I am; not what you want to see, if I wasn’t as I am, then what would I be? What twist and turns, do you think I make to your eyes, so better get used to it and take light.”

Do these words say everything? A girl grew with a divorcee hearing all the complaints against a man. She feels herself convinced that his father was a person, she should hate but she must obviously be fed of her sure emotional mother too. Probably might have asked few questions from himself, but he kept himself laughing out all the critical rather than being descriptive about the instances in contrast with her mother.

Question to her mind???? There must be some reasons with the man, why would one like to be insane? She feels that somewhere her mother was not right, but …. Somehow she hates to be like her mother, to be like a typical girl. Why a girl wants to dissolves herself with someone to an extent that she couldn’t think about her own identity? She don’t know that she is intelligent or not but wanted to be, wanted to feel like being. Throwing sharp looking catching lines and twisting the words at every next moment, expression to puzzle everyone. She wanted to be a mystery girl dominating over others in thoughts as being unpredictable is her only own trait, otherwise she feels herself so common, and so she wants to keep it.

Who was Jia?? You too have seen her. When she says she likes nothing, when she says to Ritu about Vijay that he is 11400 times better than the SAAS-BAHU serial, you were watching, When she started crying after falling down with the camera, when she says that she writes for herself, when she went angry over Vijay after herself almost causing a road accident, when at the end, she says that she is not “A poor and helpless creature” and knows how to do everything on her own.

A girl, fed up of her boyfriend because of his protecting manhood. She feeling herself being like her mother and she just don’t want to be like that in any way. Who said she is “a helpless creature”, then why she said so at the end? Own inferiority complex. Don’t you think that she was so predictable, if you really try to see through?

It was not Vijay, who impressed her, but there were a few words and promptness with which Vijay was able to catch her ‘mind blowing’ (according to her thought) picks. She always thought that she is able to come out of everything in just a moment, so it was nothing risky/ emotional for her being involved or admitting something such, that she finds her partner is an age old one.

When she says to Vijay that she love him, then it was not the admittance of the fact, but was the curiosity to look for the reaction and things might be having another turn. She says that “I will not go anywhere, I love you” and the silence prompted her to say again that “Didn’t you heard? I love you” and then finally “I didn’t said that I like you, but I said that I love you”. It was not propose, it was not the same as it seemed to look like. It was a trait of ‘Ms. Wishing to be unpredictable’; this was days earlier thought to place some day to say the same. She felt like stumped when didn’t get a matching word even after using her best shot.

I was deeply impressed with her eyes and also Director’s touch in the scene as she succeeded to show the same traits of the plot on the screen. Coming close with all her magnetic attraction and winning again over someone’s spirit in those moments, she was always aware of her charms but this victory given her the domination, she was longing for (Of course, Rishi; the another boy in scene was not able to give her the same feel). She was wishing for her own space and was wishing that someone unique and intelligent in her eyes may find her unpredictable).

I don’t want to take credits of Amitabh Bachchan. He was unbeatable, when two droplets of tears ran out from his eyes and he said “Nahi” two times and then silence. This was Nishabd. The name, the theme, the plot, the story, the reality …. The movie….. A lot to say about Vijay’s character and emotions but it was rather more clear, as he was trying to say the story in his own words, even if not knowing his all emotions, so I am leaving the part. Better to think from your side. Writers and Photographers are two species, who live in their own panorama and age doesn’t matter for them as they live in their own world. He just was a side to receive with surprises

But I would like to rather call it as a Ziah Khan’s show, as she was outstanding and I never felt that she is missing her part. Besides of the warmth beneath of her fresh looks, the glamour of those stunning long legs, what lead the show from her part is her eyes. Eyes; full of curiosity, wishing to search all the unknowns, eyes; having power to take over anyone. Like someone else wrote in her blog, I too wish to say that after Kangana debut with Gangster, now I am deeply impressed with this girl and could say that she is much more capable than Kangana and definitely the whole industry is looking for such a fresh air.

If you need a reason to watch the movie, then only her eyes are sufficient to drag you in. She speaks like short sparkles but her eyes talk even much more loudly with all the silence in air …. NISHABD,,,,,,,,,,,,

Jaaneman: Don’t let the silence ruin your relationship ….

A story which has been told many times earliar but it’s the way, the story has been told that makes this film worth a watch. You will find many instances, scenes, where you will be amazed that how could even most sensitive emotions might be given a humorus touch (it does not pinch even if seemed to be horribally artificial, specially Sohaan’s side). Fundamentalists might be left with saying that somewhere the typical Bollywood Style seems to insulting the true emotions and the treatment is a bit worse to the typical emotional story. But everyone might be agreed upon that it’s really amazing that how could you keep the story moving in funny way, even then touchy and emotional. A typical Indian drama ……

        Jaaneman: Don’t let the silence ruin your relationship …. even if it seems that you lost everything, close your eyes, give a smiling touch to your voice and speak up again to him or to her, the simple words “Let’s Fall In Love Again”.

Probably, I was not able to think anything else beyond the underlined message. The message; that great Gulzar Saheb’s words say in his way:

        Hamako Malum Hai, Ishq Massom Hai, Dil Se Ho jati Hai Galatiyan,

        Sabra Se Ishq Mahroom Hai …

 

        Doesn’t matter, whether the similar stories might have got their ways for the audiences earliar; doesn’t matter, whether there might be a lot of if’s and but’s that could have been better about the presentations, but denying it from getting its part of credit for being stood up as outstanding in its era, is something that will be some kind of insensitivity. A lot of places, where you may find similarities between the story and yours …. A lot of places, where you may find it more close to reality than the pictorial edition. Say thanks to the Director, Gulzaar Saheb and the Amazing Trio; Salmaan Khan, Anupam Kher and Akshay Kumar, who made the treatment very unique and surprizingly lighter than being full of emotions. It will amaze you that how a tough story binds you smiling and laughing with all the stupid-n-filmy things going on the screen (In Salmaan’s typical ways), even then crying from inside. Probably, when tears come out while laughing then you get to know, you have a heart, which still ready loose all the practical things aside.

 

        Sometime people complaint that my reviews start from a distant place-n-Time rather than being to the point, I have reasons to do the same but even then trying to be a bit simple and traditional. Let’s start in formal ways:

 

        Title: Jaaneman; Let’s Fall In Love Again ….

        Star Cast: Salmaan Khan, Preety Zinta, Akshay Khanna, Anupam Kher. (Salmaan&Akshay my all time favourites)

        Director: Shirish Kunder (Interestingly making his debut in impressive ways)

        Lyrics: Gulzaar Saheb (Have not enough words to praise such a big icon)

        Genre: Comedy, Romance (Although it doesn’t make your romantic moments liven up again, but remind your feelings)

 

        Sohaan (Salmaan Khan); An actor, who want to be a star and has confidence to get it, but the same leading to make him a kind of day dreamer. His funny line giving an insight of his feeling, “not a star, I am super star”. The same is so important for him that he missed to feel the things from all other sides. But as a person, he is some kind of hunk with admiring attitude and confident-n-Stylish in using magic spell of charm with personality and words. Agastya (Akshay Kumar) started the introduction with the words that “He was a total freek”.  Agastya, an Astronaught, a kind of book worm in his study days that leaded to make him an achiever in scientific fields but landed on a ground with a low confidence in communication of topics other than technical. The link to bind these two contrast personalities; Priya (Preety Zinta), Agastya was a secret admirer of her from College days and Sohaan; then Boyfriend, later Husband and now Ex-Husband. A common girl falling over Hunks means wishing to have a boyfriend that might be able to impress her circle, give feeling of being secured in all the ways and could give her feel of being proud over him.

 

        Now, the story starts from space, where Agastya in a satelite is telling all the story to a girl (someone not from India) at Sohaan’s birthday. Story goes into flashback, when Salmaan was dreaming about being even greater than Amit Ji, Dharmendra and others, got a call from his Uncle-cum-Friend Bony; Anupam Kher, in later part Anupam Kher is playing another role in the same movie means a double role for him. As he himself said once “Pata Nahin Kya Soch ke Mere Maa-Baap ne mera naam ek dum meri personality to match karta hua rakh diya hai”, yes he is a real Bauna having a height of about 4 feets. He is an advocate for Sohaan. Still unmarried and very sensitive about his being a ‘Bauna’.

 

        So, these are the main characters; not going into the later part of stiry as it is better to see it rather than reading mine. But in short, affections leading to a premature marriage and then misunderstandings leading to a divorce. After getting legal notice to pay the money to Priya, Sohaan has only way, to kick out the burden anyhow, even if it require to make his ex-wife to fall in love with someone so boring and unimpressive. Sohaan tried to make Agastya move into her life, so that he might be saved from giving the money and in that process he was going fine as after giving Agastya same posture like himself, Agastya and Priya were reached to the day of engagement in front of all the family. The money was running fine in making a person too mean, but at the end love wins and after watching his own daughter, Salmaan realizes all the things, feels mature and want to fall in love again, but tried to sacrifice for sake of someone, he realizes now that he always loved. No, no, no … don’t think that the climex will take any other turn in 21st Century, its the same as it was always.

 

        A story which has been told many times earliar but it’s the way, the story has been told that makes this film worth a watch. You will find many instances, scenes, where you will be amazed that how could even most sensitive emotions might be given a humorus touch (it does not pinch even if seemed to be horribally artificial, specially Sohaan’s side). Fundamentalists might be left with saying that somewhere the typical Bollywood Style seems to insulting the true emotions and the treatment is a bit worse to the typical emotional story. But everyone might be agreed upon that it’s really amazing that how could you keep the story moving in funny way, even then touchy and emotional. A typical Indian drama ……

        Shirish tried to make a good mixture of fantasy and reality together in an impressive innovative and specially technical way, using visual images as metaphors. Scenes in which lights, ambience and background sets change in split seconds, without any cut in the shot. Songs in a very new, soft-n-fresh way, that takes the story forward and always in sync with the story and mood. Baground Music to connect different strands of the story. I am not saying its an outstanding Coreography, but it has a fresh look.  Sure, cheers to multi-facet talent of the Director . He is the writer, editor and director of the film. Not just this, he is also credited for the background music. Interesting na …. Despite Kunder’s multi-talent, the movie could not have been the same without commendable performances by Salman Khan-n-Anupam Kher (Taking the light ways, with an outstanding Salmaan), Akshay Kumar (who could forget his innovative he he he …. and consistency in the inner character, well played) and Preity Zinta (Simple girl like she was in KANK, sorry but there was not much on her part).

 

        Why to watch it??? If you are still with questions with your relations remained in your mind that should you take the initiative in your relation to break the ice, then Jaaneman is worth to watch. JAANEMAN is just not a word, we say the same very easily, but we come to know the meaning very later. So, tell me, have you got your meanings?