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Friends In A Metro

Friends In A MetroThere’s a new show playing on Fever 104 FM radio station. The show is aptly titled as Friends in a Metro emphasizing on the importance of friendship in one’s life when the person starts in his journey of adulthood after completion of college. I listen to it daily. One of the friends is from Delhi and therefore puts forth all the typical Delhi mannerism. Being a Delhiwali myself, I am in love with this character, the way the emotions and mannerisms are portrayed.
But what I am most interested is the innovation technique. A sit-com like show on a radio which play songs 24×7 is amazing. Even though Fever has hosted mythological shows, a sit-com like show is definitely a first, at least in India, for Fever. State Radio has BBC produced shows but then they are not playing songs 24×7. The show only plays for 10 minutes. Scores point with this strategy as holding a listener’s attention for 30 minutes for a sit-com like show on radio is difficult. By keeping the show for 10 minutes, the show gets the well-deserved and unhindered listener’s attention. The show beings with a father telling story of her mother to a daughter. Scores point on instant connection with the bond that the father shares with her daughter.
Radio is all about sounds. Without right sound effects, the show would not be more than just a banal narrative. The show again scores a point by putting right sound effects which create a moving picture before the listener. Also, interestingly, there’s a special sound effect that distinguishes the conversation of the father & daughter duo from the story.
Characters are very interesting. I am sure many people would have identified a bit of themselves in each of the characters. Scores one more point.
The show also scores point on the timing when the show airs. Its 8 AM. This is the time when most of the people are going to their offices and colleges. Great time to start a hectic day which will be full of tensions.
Of course the marketing of the show has been great with the snippets of the show airing for a week at the same time to catch listener’s attention.
All in whole, this show is an example of out-of-box creative, innovative thinking, and above all a great show.


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Talaash..!! Status is definitely something

Talaash was an hyped movie. Every one gave top ratings and appreciated the performances of actors. I am treading that path now. I am interested in the selling of the movie idea. In one line, the movie idea was all about a spirit taking revenge of wrong doing to her and helping a poor distressed fellow. Now I wonder how many films have not been made on this idea. But has anyone reached that kind of hype that Talaash created.

Talaash was associated with Aamir Khan. No offence meant but it is taken for granted that Aamir Khan makes a movie once in a year and that is out of the box. But nothing like that for this movie. If any other brave-heart would have ventured to do this movie, it would definitely collapsed. Only because of Aamir Khan the movie could sell so far and created a sensation. Just a thought crossed the mind that few might have rattled their brains to see what this movie is actually.

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Nautanki Saala!!…Headache and Time Waste!!

It was sunday and we wanted to go to movie and have fun outside. The week being Navaratras our eating options were limited. So finally it was decided for a Nautanki Saala at CP. We went for ratings which were on an average of 3 out of 5. It was deceiving. The movie is worst at its best from Rohan Sippy. The first and last movie that was best from Rohan Sippy was Bluff Master. However, Nautanki Saala is just heartless attempt. Acting was overacting probably to make up for lack of story. 

Idea was pathetic that of a looser trying to end his life and over confident man trying to be angle. Even if somewhere the idea seems to be made into a “comedy of errors” movie, the movie needs a ‘fevicol’ screenplay which will hold acting and story. Ouch that was missing totally. There were bit of used and boring tid-bits of humor thrown here and there. But that was not enough to even like the movie. It was headache from first scene. Anticipation of a good thing just worsened the headache. In my friend’s golden words ‘kitna sambhalne ki koshish karta hoon utna dil pe khanjhar chal jata hai aur upar se namak bhi daal dete hain ghaav par”.

Watch it at your own risk of money, time, and health. Else better watch it on TV.