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`Chasing Mavericks` inspirational, surfs up ambition

An inspirational movie, thoroughly warm with human emotions and entertaining, "Chasing Mavericks" is a guide on `how to chase your dreams`.

It is a true, touching story of teenage surfing legend - Jay Moriarity and his guru Frosty Hesson, and how they connect way more than on a wave!

The film focuses on Jay (Jonny Weston), a decent kid with a dream, a battered surfboard and a troubled family life. His dad has abandoned him and his mother, played by Elisabeth Shue, is sloshed and depressed most of the time.

As a young boy, Jay is fascinated with huge waves that line up the shores of his home town, Santa Cruz in California. During his spare moments, he times the rhythm of the waves. This hobby gives way to a desire to ride them, when after an accident, he bumps into an irascible surfer Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler).

As a young boy, during his early surfing sessions, Jay`s soon-to-be-friend tells him that "nobody gets it right on their first try" at surfing. This friend mentors him. Jay surfs the waves successfully, but that`s not enough for him to ride the gigantic Mavericks.

In his early teens, Jay approaches Frosty with a request to teach him how to ride the Mavericks. After initially refusing to comply with the request, Frosty relents. He agrees to teach Jay how to survive the waves.

As Frosty emphasises on the power of observation and lessons on fear and panic, the film gets it right by showing what`s required to surf really big waves. Jay is made to paddleboard long distances and demonstrate that he can hold his breath for four minutes without panic.

For some human conflict, there is a local toughie who has been bullying him since grade school. And on the romantic front, there is Kim (Leven Rambin), the girl he got a crush on at nine and eventually marries.

Blonde, with a chiselled bronzed physique and startling blue eyes, Jonny Weston definitely looks the part of a young surfer on the rise.

Weston as Frosty is compelling and complex. A fine actor, he struggles in Butler`s dominating presence, whereas he excels in scenes with Rambin, or when he is surfing or when he is alone.

As usual, Butler has shown his great passion for becoming his character. He nailed his role as a compassionate, yet rugged surfing mentor.

Meanwhile, Shue, a fine actress as Weston`s drunken mom, is seriously wasted here. Most of the time, she is seen passed out in bed, while Jay cooks and wakes her up when she oversleeps, which is always.

With incredible cinematography by Bill Pope, the film captures the unique view of one of the most beautiful coastlines in northern California along with its hypnotic watery landscape.

The photography itself, particularly of the surf, is spectacular. If the surfing scenes are real, then they`re breathtaking; if they`re faked, then they`ve been faked brilliantly.

None of the film`s many flaws really matter when Jay or Frosty hop on the surf board and ride the waves. Some of the scenes are fairly predictable, but if you don`t know Jay Moriarity`s story - yes, he was real, a near legend at 16 and was dead by 23 - then the story is likely not very predictable at all.

If you are familiar with Moriarity`s story, it shouldn`t negate the emotional impact of the film`s ending.

If you`re looking for a good film, one that distracts you from everyday hustle and bustle or leaves you feeling better than you did when you came in, then this is it.

See it for the spectacular surfing!

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`Dabangg 2` teaser released on Facebook

The much-awaited look of ‘Dabangg 2’ was unveiled on Salman Khan`s official Facebook page and the star says this is to cater to new generation which follows movie news on new media.

Salman, whose Facebook profile has got 6.8 million likes, says he will also use traditional medium to promote his movies.

"There is a new generation following movie news on new media, so we launched the campaign on Facebook. We will continue to use traditional media. It`s not about one replacing the other. It`s one alongside the other," Salman said in a statement.

Directed by Arbaaz Khan, ‘Dabangg 2’ is a sequel to 2010 blockbuster ‘Dabangg’ and also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Deepak Dobriyal. It will hit theatres Dec 21.

The 10-second-teaser, which was unveiled Nov 7, just shows Salman with his trademark shades. While another teaser, which will also be released on Nov 10, will give a sneak peak into the movie.


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Knew I’d be painted as villain in YRF-ADF tussle: Ajay Devgn

 Now that the war between Ajay Devgn and Yash Raj Films has thickened over the number of screens alloted for the release of ‘Son of Sardaar‘ and late Yash Chopra’s ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan‘, the actor-producer insists that he is waging a “fair” fight and knew he would be painted as a villain after he served a legal notice on the issue.

Ajay Devgn Films (ADF) has filed a complaint in The Competition Commission Of India (CCI) alleging that Yash Raj Films (YRF), headed by the legendary filmmaker, had used its dominant position following which Devgn’s movie is not finding enough single screen theatres for his film’s exhibition.

The 43-year-old actor said that he had filed the notice much before the demise of Yash Chopra (21 October).

“I had filed the complaint much before the demise of Yash Chopra. When this happened I was like people are going to target me and nobody is going to understand my point of view… I was a villain on both sides. I couldn’t withdraw it (notice) from the Competition Commission… It is not a normal court,” Ajay told PTI.

“I respected Yashji as much anybody else does. We have grown up watching his films,” he added.
Both are awaited movies of the year, given the fact that ‘JTHJ‘ is late filmmaker Chopra’s last directorial before his sudden death last month, marking the union of Chopra with powerbrand Shah Rukh Khan after eight years, and ‘SoS‘ is ADF’s trademark Diwali entertainer high on comic expectations.

Ajay claims that YRF has ‘armtwisted’ exhibitors to dedicate more screens to ‘JTHJ‘, than his ‘SoS‘, both of which are up for release on 13 November.

He insists that he has been fighting for his right and asking only for a fair view on the matter. “I am fighting for my right. I am not asking anyone to stop the release of a film, I am not asking for compensation, I am asking them to be fair,” he said.

“I want both the films to do well. Even by filing this I don’t think I have done anything that will harm anyone. If I lose then it won’t be my benefit but if I win also it won’t be a loss to anyone,” he added.

Ajay also said he has no grudges against anyone as he is fighting for his rights as a producer. “I have put forward my grievances. I don’t have issues with anyone. Tomorrow if this thing gets solved we will be like one big family.. I will not keep any grudges against anyone,” he said.

Though the controversy came to light recently but the issue has been going on for almost three months.

“We have been fighting on this with the exhibitors and distributors to a point where they cannot do anything. And then we decided to go to Competition Commission which took us more than a month as there is a lot of paper work involved. It’s been almost going on for three months,” Ajay said.

“I was like how easily and smoothly we can solve it…It is good. It is eventually negative publicity and I don’t want that… Even if I want to fight with them I will try to make my product better,” he added.

Ajay also reveals that before taking the legal step, he tried to convey his message to Yash Raj Films on the matter, but as nothing fruitful came out he resorted to filing a notice.

“Through people messages were sent and things were spoken. Directly I haven’t met them …I don’t share that rapport with them. And through exhibitors themselves we tried to manage things but when it did not happen..then,” he said.

“In my 20 years of career I am not like someone who would get involved into any controversy…I hate controversy and I tried to be away from it. But what has to be done it has to be done,” he said.

Earlier, YRF in a statement had claimed to have booked less than 1,500 single screens out of the 10,500-plus single screens available on all-India basis.

“We would like to clarify at the outset that we still haven’t received any notice from the Commission and will suitably represent our stance if and when called upon to do so,” the statement had said.

However, shedding light on the number of screens available to ADF, Ajay said out of the total 10,000 screens only a handful of them were given to ‘Son of Sardaar’.

“Out of the 10,000 screens if they have booked 1,500 and I have 8,000 screens then am I fool to spend money and lose my reputation and go to court. It does not make sense logically. Secondly going by the statistics then out of the 10,000-12,000 screens more than 5,000-6,000 are in South where only regional films release,” he said.

“Then in the remaining 4,000-4,500 screens 1,500–2,000 are closed… Those which are operational are less. For example in Dadar there are about seven single screen theatres they have booked six, in Delhi there are 21 single screens we have three.. This is something that has never happened before.. You can verify it,” he added.


Breaking down Modi: efficient administrator or undemocratic leader?

The Modi phenomenon is an amalgam of conflicting perceptions, both positive and negative.

There are always two ways to look at him. He is an efficient administrator and a competent manager, yet he is too undemocratic in decision-making; he has maintained the naturally progressive state’s growth momentum — it is comparable to the best in the country, if not the best — but the growth has been inequitable; he has brought industries to the state but there’s been no matching growth in employment; Gujarat is vibrant under Modi but it ranks pretty low in the Human Development Index; and he is a visionary with firm faith in the idea of progress but he does not measure up when it comes to the concept of social inclusion.

The way one perceives him depends a lot on where one puts the moral emphasis. But if elections are a referendum on either of the two, Modi is a clear winner. He is going to win the elections hands down — that’s the general impression in the state. However, his victory this time won’t be as massive as different pre-poll surveys would have us believe. The trend of a declining number of seats — in 2002 it was 127 and the number came down to 117 in 2007 — despite rising vote share could continue.

The Modi factor is overwhelming in Gujarat and easily overshadows all other issues that are normally relevant during elections. The voting would simply be either for him or against him. The meticulous construction of this personality cult has been a unique exercise ever since Modi came to power a decade ago. The mother organisation RSS abhors it as does his own party, the BJP. However, the chief minister has been relentless.

“He is a fantastic organiser. He micro manages everything and is brilliant at marketing himself,’’ says senior political analyst RK Mishra. “The Modi phenomenon is a beautifully manufactured myth. He is a genius at planning things for the furtherance of his own interests… Now, the BJP is dead in the state. He is the party and he is the government…,’’ he adds while narrating the career path of the one-time RSS organiser with humble origins.Certainly, Modi the person towers over Modi the BJP leader at present. He is much bigger a presence than the RSS and its well-networked affiliates in Gujarat too. For a party which makes no bones about its hatred of the Congress for its dependence on the Gandhi family, the Gujarat chief minister stands as an interesting contradiction within. As he grows bigger and expands his footprint on the national scene, the party as well as the Sangh Parivar will need to find a proper answer to him. But that is another subject.

“There’s no doubt that he is a popular leader. He has great following in the urban areas and people know him inside Gujarat. His achievements in urban areas have been spectacular and overall he is a success as a chief minister. However, the Modi phenomenon is a product of brilliant marketing of his personality,” says Ajay Umat,  senior political observer and journalist.

“Every leader in power tries to manufacture a positive image for himself. However, Modi goes several notches ahead. No other leader has done better in branding himself. The phenomenon is a product of good marketing, image building and brand positioning. He is an exceptional event manager when it comes to promoting himself. Possibly no other leader in the world or in the country, forget Gujarat, has been so focused on self-image. If I were to award marks to him for the exercise, I would give him a hundred out of hundred without hesitation,’’ he adds.

The building of the personality cult comes at a price to the state. Mishra points to the burden on the state exchequer — to the tune of crores of rupees — from every event involving Modi, which by demand must be grand and larger-than-life. He says Apco Worldwide has been brought in to promote the global investor summit at the state’s cost. But it has been busy promoting Brand Modi across the globe by default or design. However, the chief minister’s obsession with spreading the good word about himself around the world is no secret. It merits no elaboration.

The root question is how does one separate the Modi hype from the substance. Right now they are inextricably interwoven. And any effort at free assessment comes back to perceptions again, on what you chose to buy. As a leader he is an achiever and he has a solid body of work to boast about. Whatever his style — dictatorial or undemocratic or non-inclusive — he has delivered for Gujarat, though the distribution of the gains from progress could be highly lopsided. But many areas in the state cry neglect too. The overpowering personality cult tends to bury this concern.

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Ranbir Kapoor has a new admirer in Kunal Kapoor

Having made a comeback after a short hiatus, actor Kunal Kapoor is all set to take on new age cinema.

Riding on the success of his recently released comic film Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, Kunal says, "This is a fantastic time for Indian cinema with so many new concepts finding acceptance, so many new minds in technicians, writers, actors...coming together to make our cinema more global."

Amidst all these "new minds" Kunal admires one the most. Talking about Barfi!, Kunal is all praise for Ranbir Kapoor. "I admire Ranbir. When I view him as an outsider, I can tell you he had the opportunity to be the next lover boy of the industry. But he didn't choose to be just that. He consciously chose to take some risks, like Barfi!, Rockstar...and he proved himself right," says Kunal, who lost a lot of weight recently owing to an ailment.

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Shahrukh Khan: Ajay Devgn not my enemy

On Shahrukh's Khan 47th birthday, the badshah of Bollywood had a huge cake cutting ceremony with the media that was present outside his home Mannat, in Mumbai.

Shahrukh Khan's upcoming release Jab Tak Hain Jaan (directed by the late Yash Chopra) is embroiled in controversy as the film is releasing with Ajay Devgn's Son of Sardaar.
Devgn claims that YRF has manipulated its way by having JTHJ's release in more theaters than SOS, thus getting their way with exhibitors and distributors.

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