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IPL Grand Finale!

ipl finalIPL 2009 closes with an exciting and spectular closing ceremony as a galaxy of Bollywood stars added glitz and glamour to the spectacular closing ceremony of the Indian Premier League  Twenty20 championship after the final game won by Deccan Chargers on Sunday.

Music and fireworks displays filled the air soon after the last ball was bowled, creating an electric-charged carnival atmosphere. The Wanderers Stadium was transformed into a sea of shimmering, floating lights which were released into the sky as frenzied fans waved to their favourite celebrities. Actress Katrina Kaifa led a dance troupe to the hugely popular Jai Ho tune, which has over the past weeks become an unofficial anthem at IPL cricket venues across the country. Read more..

May 26, 2009 Posted by | News, Personal, Sports | , , , | 1 Comment

‘Ayan’ Review!

ayan picAyan, starred by surya and Tamannah, directed by KV Anand and music by Harris jeyaraj is produced by mamoth AVM productions. Ayan’s screenplay does the trick and it is brilliantly choreographed stunts and car chase sequences, cleverly planted twists at every nook and corner of the plot and some good music.

Ayan proves to be an absolute time pass fare. For a little more than two hours, it would be an offense to call Ayan just another commercial potboiler. Director K V Anand’s research is evident in the tightly packed screenplay and do not miss out the potshots he takes at a few directors in the name of plagiarism.

Slipping logic into your wallet would be a good idea before entering the halls, but it’s unlikely that you would regret doing so. And it is highly doubtful that you would have any time to think about it during the course of the movie. Well, pardon the second half for dragging a wee bit though.

The movie starts off with Surya giving a little tongue-lash for Corporate Houses for treating their employees as mushrooms. A minute later, we realize that he is the trustworthy ally of Prabhu, whose business thrives on illegal diamond trafficking from Africa. With clever strategies and an M Sc degree, Suriya flies across the globe to transport consignments sneaking in and out of the airport scanners in style. Read more…

May 8, 2009 Posted by | India, News, stars | , , , | 5 Comments

Can Chennai win Deccan?

chennai-super-kingsDeccan Chargers will be looking to get back to wining ways against last year’s runners-up Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. For Super Kings it is just the opposite. They are on a two-match winning streak and will be hoping to make a hat-trick of wins, which was done by Deccan Chargers early on in the league.

This time under a new captain in Adam Gilchrist, Deccan Chargers have forced everyone to stand up and take notice of their performance. Their batting has looked solid with Gilchrist leading the charge. Youngsters like Rohit Sharma and Azhar Bilakhia have also come out with good innings.

The bowlers also have done well, especially fast bowlers Rudra Pratap Singh and Fidel Edwards. Rudra Pratap is the second highest wicket-taker in the IPL while Edwards has checked the run flow. Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has been one of the most successful spinner in the second IPL and was chief architect in Chargers’ win over Mumbai Indians.

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May 4, 2009 Posted by | Personal, Sports | , , , | 1 Comment

Deccan Chargers Goin Hot!

deccan-chargersDeccan Chargers, led by Adam Gilchrist is putting up a fantastic show. Herschelle Gibbs crafted an unbeaten half-century as the Deccan Chargers maintained their position at the top of the Indian Premier League thanks to a six-wicket win over the Chennai Super Kings on Monday.

The Mumbai Indians routed the Kolkata Knight Riders by 92 runs after Sanath Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar pummelled the bowling attack with an opening stand of 127 runs off 74 balls in the day’s other match.

South African Gibbs carried his bat to end on 69 not out off 56 balls as Deccan scored 169 for four in reply to Chennai’s 165 for six at Kingsmead in Durban.The winning runs were scored with three balls of Deccan’s innings remaining and the result gives the franchise four wins out of four matches for a two-point lead atop the IPL standings.

Gibbs and Adam Gilchrist got Deccan’s innings off to a perfect start as the pair smashed 67 runs for the first wicket, with their 50-run partnership coming off just 23 balls, the fastest of this year’s tournament.Australian Gilchrist fell for 44 runs off 19 balls with five fours and three sixes.

April 28, 2009 Posted by | Personal, Sports | , , , , | 4 Comments

India Seals ODI series against Newzealand!

viruIndia, having lost the toss, went on to chase a target of 281 runs in 47 overs in the 4th ODI at seddon park in Hamilton.Virender Sehwag, the man who dominated today went on to score an unbeatable  125 runs, hammered the Kiwi bowlers all over the park. Sehwag was totally unstoppable in his approach and the newzealand bowlers could hardly do anything about it. Viru made a history as he went on to become the first Indian to reach fastest century by passing Azhar’ s record. This magical knock from Viru, has enabled India to not only win the match by 10 wickets (D/L method) but also to grab the series in style as expected by the Indian cricket fans all over the globe.

Even though there were constant interruptions due to rain which revised the target by reducing the overs to play, it didnot affect sehwag and his pure flow in any aspect as he went on to demolish the home team. India clinch the series 3-0 so far with one match left to be played on saturday. Hope India will look forward to make the series 4-0 with lights of sachin hopefully to recover and play the last ODI game.

India won Newzealand by a comfortable margin in all three matches except for the one that was spoiled entirely by the rain, even that could have been easily grabbed by the Indian team. So India now clinch the ODI series against Newzealand and seals the hope of Kiwi team in this series.

I feel that the present Indian team under the leadership of Dhoni has set some extremely high standards for them that enabled them to shape as a great team that threatens to dominate the world cricket. India has won their last 5 ODI series that includes some high quality teams like Pakistan,Australia, Srilanka, England and now Newzealand. Congratulations to Indian Cricket Team for their splendid show in ODI series against Newzealand.

March 11, 2009 Posted by | Fact, Greats, India, News, Personal, Sports, stars | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Mani Rathnam’s Film as Raavan or Ashokavanam?

manirathnamThe title for the film directed by Mani Rathnam and starred by Aishwarya Rai was in debate. As the shooting for Mani Rathnam’s next has been going on unhindered for the past few months, the media too has been busy updating every bit of news that was available about this high profile movie. While it has been called Ashokavanam by all sections of the media with the Hindi version being called Raavan, the makers of the bilingual are yet to make any official announcement regarding the title.

Ashokavanam, had come under the scanner because a similar title had been registered by Kasthuriraja. Now, a clear picture seems to be emerging. It seems that  Raavan will indeed be the title of the Hindi version, the Tamil title is yet to be finalized, probably due to the fact that there may be collisions as far as the title is concerned. So the title for tamil version of the film will also be Raavan instead of Ashokavanam!

March 8, 2009 Posted by | India, News, Personal | , , | 7 Comments