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Flintoff CelebratesThe 75-year-old Lord’s jinx was overturned by an aggressive England led by a hostile Freddie Flintoff on the morning of July 20, 2009. As I said in my last post, an early Aussie wicket on the fifth morning could make all the difference and that’s exactly how the plot went. Flintoff removing Haddin first up set the cat among the pigeons. Clarke stood firm until strangely playing over a regular off-spinner from Swann to see his off stump pegged back.

With both the overnight batsmen Clarke and Haddin back in the hut, the writing was very much on the wall. Johnson, however, showed his batting prowess once again that would possibly help him retain his place in the eleven for the third Test.

The morning, by the way, belonged to the man who savored the Lord’s Test atmosphere for one last time, Andrew Flintoff. The Prestonian was on the button right from his first over, forcing Haddin to edge one to the slips and signaling the nature of things to follow. The way he was bowling, Strauss had no chance to take the ball away from him. It was one of the most hostile spell of fast and accurate pace bowling witnessed in recent times.

Once Swann got rid of Clarke, Flintoff steamed into the Aussies who had their tails between their legs. The Aussie lower order had absolutely no clue as to what would come next and when Flintoff castled Siddle, his bowling figures read 27-4-92-5, his best at Lord’s. Swann performed the last rites by removing Johnson, taking his tally of wickets in the innings to four. So his spell was none less significant.

The series scorecard reads 1-0 in England’s favor. But there are still three more Tests to go. Those who know or follow Australian cricket, they would certainly be aware that Aussie won’t give up and come even harder, with possibly Lee and Clark back. Whatever happens, a thrilling Ashes beckons. My prediction: Watch out for Flintoff, even if he is on one knee!

If ever there was an obvious choice for India’s nomination in Oscars, it’s this year. No points for guessing! It’s Tare Zameen Par. The selection panel could not have an easier task on hand. TZP is not only the most acclaimed Indian films of recent times, it’s the only one that can stand the cut-throat competition Oscars offer.

The last incidence when an Indian entry withstood until the award function was Lagaan. So is it really a coincidence or that we have only one star who does meaningful cinema that finds favor in Oscars? The last couple of entries – Paheli and Eklavya – didn’t hold their ground when compared with the quality of films surrounding them during their shot at Oscar glory.

So does that mean we have the strongest chance this year or will it again be a case of so near and yet so far? Aamir – as we all know – knows how to promote, like he did with Lagaan.  He won’t leave any stone unturned to bring home the trophy. Even the thought pumps up the adrenaline! So just cross your fingers and hope for the best.  

All the best Aamir!

 

Switch on a movie channel, and more often than not, you will come across one or the other movie star crying, “Please watch this movie on the big screen, a lot of effort has gone into it.”

 

Effort is fine but watching at the cinema – hang on folks – it costs big time these days. A middle class person and the ones below that have started giving it a second thought and it doesn’t surprise me.

 

With multiplexes the in-thing these days, a big chunk of most-awaited films falls into their lap and one has to shell out anywhere between Rs 120 to 150 to put their eyes on the silver screen. No one is spared in this money matter, neither the fans nor the stars.

 

What I think is that it promotes piracy, which is the worst thing to come out of it. One can watch the latest of movies from the comfort of their home paying Rs 20 to 50 and the mounting prices at the ticket counters tempt people to do it this way.

 

Talking about reasons, there is another trend that has almost found its feet. Evidently, films like Monsoon wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer, Teen Deewarein and the more recent alike ones – which are a mixture of an art movie and a masala movie – get pasted only on the multiplexes. You will hardly find movies of this category on a single-screen cinema.

 

One has to question what is the reason behind it? I can’t find a strong one. The only reason that comes to mind is that such movies are for the classes and not the masses and the cinemas with only one screen cannot afford half-full or from their point of view half-empty seats. Fair call, but again, who suffers? Obviously, the audience, who are hesitant to watch such good movies where they should be watched – on the big screen.

 

Having said and experienced it all, I have no doubt whatsoever in my mind that someone has to come up and recognize this fact; after all cinema is synonymous to entertainment.