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STYLE QUOTIENT: Abhishek Bachchan sports an impressive Omega Constellation 2009 timepiece
Abhishek Bachchan’s got some ‘timely’ news…

REAGAN GAVIN RASQUINHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; December 30, 2009)

When you talk about Omega watches, you know you’re talking big league. This is a brand that many aspire to own for its remarkable craftsmanship and stellar legacy. And thus the association with Abhishek Bachchan as its brand ambassador. The watch slips perfectly onto Abhishek Bachchan’s wrist as he says, “It’s a matter of great pride to be a brand ambassador as the brand represents the highest quality in time keeping and style. The latest Constellation range is a very exciting new design. I admire the values of Omega. In fact, I strive to live up to these standards in my personal life as well.” Omega President Stephen Urquhart couldn’t agree more. “It is always a challenge to change a very successful product at the height of its product cycle which is the case of the Omega Constellation. Its design dates from the early 80s. Over 15 years later, we felt that the time was right to make a change. Four months after its launch, we can firmly state that this upgraded design has been well received by existing and new customers, both men and women.” Now, that’s what is called re-designing of an icon.
reagan.gavin@timesgroup.com

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It’s always a pleasure to see a meaningful flick which entertains as well enlightens. Rajkumar Hirani is the master of such flicks (his forthcoming 3 Idiots is also expected to be the same). Rocket Singh also falls in this category. Although it is laden with some glitches, overall it gives you a great time and also teaches you some valuable lessons which we may have forgotten or ignored because of living in this fast-paced urban ‘corporatized’ life!

The story of the movie: Harpreet Singh Bedi (Ranbir Kapoor) has just graduated with low marks but is determined to enter into the world of sales. He justified himself as ‘number kam hai dimaag nahi’! With his confidence and ‘never quit’ attitude, he lands as a trainee in the reputed company, AYS. But he soon realizes that in this professional field, the people worked with the most unprofessional attitude! He always believed in working honestly and caring for the customers. He even attempted to apply his principles which received a sharp reaction from his seniors. Harpreet was then denounced and humiliated. And this is when he realized that instead of merely being an observer, he’ll be the change he wants to see! From here begins the journey of Harpreet aka Rocket Singh!

One won’t take to Rocket Singh instantly, esp in the first hour. This hour focuses more on establishing characters. Also the film hasn’t applied sync sound system well due to which one has difficulty in deciphering some of the dialogues. But after some time in the film, we get ‘accustomed’ to it!

But there are some sequences in the first hour that deserve a mention. The ‘complaint’ scene was great and the boss’ (Manish Choudhari) angry reaction looked quite real. Also watch out when Ranbir is humiliated by the boss with his ‘zero-value’ theory. It was a bit over the top but made an impact.

But the second hour is when the film rocks big time! Ranbir creating a company within a company and popularizing it with his honest ways and making partners was damn interesting. The pre-climax wonderfully built up tension but the climax was dragged a bit. Maybe, the lengthy dialogue should have been a bit crisp. It would have made a better impact.

But nonetheless, the film manages to put its message across in a cool manner. It’s a must for all in the sales field or anyone dealing with customers…maybe it will inspire them to adopt more ‘human’ and honest ways of working!

Without a doubt, it’s Ranbir Kapoor who carried the film fabulously on his shoulders and came up with a great performance. He looked charming even in his sardar look and managed to do a great job-as great as he did in Wake Up Sid and Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. The film may unfortunately not work at the BO but Ranbir will surely be appreciated and Rocket Singh will be remembered as one of his best performances!

Prem Chopra as Ranbir’s paa played his part well. D. Santosh (famous for his Rajguru act in The Legend of Bhagat Singh) was outstanding! In fact, he delivers better performance than Ranbir in many of the scenes involving both of them! Watch out for him!

Besides these, the rest of actors were all newbies but leave a mark. Gauhar Khan as Koyna looks stunning and gives a top-class performance. Her career in Bollywood is on the right track with this film! Shazahn Padamsee gets very little scope but manages to impress. Mukesh Bhatt as Chotelal was just brilliant! And finally, the other two actors who leave a maximum impact as Ranbir and Santosh are Naveen Kaushik (as Nitin) and Manish Choudhari. Both were wonderful and if the film impresses, then they are also to be credited!

Salim-Sulaiman’s music doesn’t make a mark as song-and-dance isn’t part of this film. Pocket Mein Rocket is missing from the film. But their background score like everytime was fabulous.

Vikash Nowlakha’s cinematography was flawless. Manas Choudhury, the sync sound recordist, could have done a better job.

Jaideep Sahni has written the story, screenplay, dialogues and lyrics. His work was exceptional in all four. Only the screenplay could have been a tighter in the climax and easy in the initial portions. But the best part is-his Khosla Ka Ghosla magic is wonderfully seen in some of the scenes which really makes the film impressive.

This is Shimit Amin’s weakest directorial venture, simply because his last two flicks, Ab Tak Chappan and Chak De! India are considered as classics. But still even in his weak performance, he impresses! Watch out for how he has paid attention to little details to make the film look as realistic and closer to real life as possible. Watch out for the beginning portions when the credits appear-observe how the simple articles found in every household are impressively highlighted. Overall, a good job, could have been better and best wishes for the next project!

Some of the best scenes of the film:
1.     Harpreet’s first interview
2.     Harpreet’s complaint box ‘kaarnama
3.     Boss reacts to Harpreet’s kaarnama!
4.     Colleagues scold Harpreet
5.     The intermission point
6.     Koyna joins Harpreet
7.     Harpreet and his boss’ telephonic conversation (best scene of the film!)
8.     Boss finds out the truth (amazing!)
9.     The final scene

On the whole, Rocket Singh is a feel-good film and should be seen by all sales professionals and corporates. A must watch for Ranbir too. Go for it to have a different kinda experience!

My rating-*** out of 5!

This review first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Rocket_Singh-181580-1.html

Moviegoers caught short of cash are irked that multiplexes screening 3-D films charge deposit for special goggles without prior notice
By Kunal Guha (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 22, 2009)

While moviegoers continue complaining of steep ticket prices at multiplexes, multi-screen cinemas are now being criticised for charging a refundable deposit for the 3D-spectacles required to watch 3D films.

Most film freaks are irked that no advance intimation is given about this charge when purchasing tickets. Hemanshu Jain, 25, media professional said, “We had gone for a 3D film at Fame Malad. Just as we were about to enter the auditorium, we were told to pay an extra Rs 50 each for the 3D spectacles. We had already spent all our cash on snacks, and pleaded with the theatre staff to allow us in, since we were not told of this additional charge in advance. We even suggested we would go out and withdraw from an ATM. However, the security guard would not let us leave the premises. After much debate, they agreed to accept my debit card as deposit to be given back after the movie.”

Carolina Bajaj, 35, said, “I went for a 3D movie to PVR Phoenix after booking tickets online. On entering the movie hall, we realised they were charging us Rs 100 per person for the 3D glasses. And, this was not mentioned anywhere on the Web site. Obviously, it is very inconvenient, as no one carries so much extra cash. When we asked why they were charging a deposit, the staff was rude, and screamed that if we did not pay the deposit, we could not watch the film. Not only that, the glasses looked crushed. God knows how many times they had been used before. Is this how much they value their customers?”

“Multiplexes charge this additional refundable deposit as some movie-watchers take the glasses with them, or leave them around the seats. A refundable deposit ensures the spectacles are returned intact,” said a spokesperson for BIG Cinemas.

Finance professional Rohan Pradhan, 26, questions the practice. “By charging an additional deposit for the 3D glasses, the only message multiplexes are sending is that they don’t trust movie-goers. A person paying Rs 250 for a movie ticket is not someone, who would steal 3D glasses, which are useless outside the movie hall anyway!”


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