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September 15, 2014 at 11:02pm

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Rege Movie Review: A powerful criminal thriller

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"Rege" is a Marathi criminal thriller based on a simple story which is told in a very crisp manner. Basically the movie is about a youngster who is from the family of Doctors, who comes across the glamour side of underworld & gets trapped into the black hole of a don who is on the radar of Police. How the incidents unfold is to watch out.

Brilliant script/screenplay, crisp editing, supportive background score & the treatment given to the movie certainly gives the Hollywood style aura. Powerful casting such as Mahesh Manjrekar, Pushkar Shrotri, Santosh Juvekar, Aroh Velankar, Viju Mane gives the extra edge to the script. The innocence character of Aroh Velankar takes the story to a realistic level.

The movies based on underworld mostly consists of bloodbath. The story is handled in such a clever manner that bloodbath is not felt at all. The dialogue punches of Mahesh Manjrekar along with other cast is perfect. The story unfolds in flashback style but is never confusing. Avadhoot Gupte’s music has its charm when it comes to “Asvastha saare” which leaves its impact for a long time. 

Such treatment given to a Marathi movie that too a criminal thriller, is one of its kind. Its a sincere masterpiece of visual storytelling. 

Director: Abhijit Panse
Cast: Mahesh Manjrekar, Pushkar Shrotri, Santosh Juvekar, Aroh Velankar, Viju Mane
Rating: 4/5

September 8, 2014 at 9:55am

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Mary Kom Movie Review: Inspiring but bit of over dramatic

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Mary Kom is a 2014 Indian biographical sports drama film based on the life of the Indian boxer Mary Kom. To be honest, biopics can be tricky. When its first look was revealed, lot of hype was generated and it felt that Priyanka Chopra is the right choice. Its true.

Priyanka Chopra has tried hard for this role and was able to get into the role totally. The accent, body language is perfect. But the treatment given to the movie feels over dramatic. At a certain level, overacting in some scenes is quickly noticed. Scenes are unnecessary stretched & as a viewer its easy to conclude what will happen next. Poor screenplay cannot be avoided. At a point where Priyanka’s father who is not in talking terms with her, is shown suddenly getting interested in watching the championship on the television and tries to cheer her, next she somehow senses her father cheering her up and is shown looking at the camera. 

Another sequence where its shown that Priyanka tells her husband that she is pregnant, he responds in happiness as “Its a goal. The best goal of my life”. That sounded odd. Even the final boxing championship shown looks dramatic. On one hand its shown that Priyanka’s kid is in hospital and being treated while she is proceeding with the match. At a stage where the kid has lost the heartbeat, its shown that she also is losing the match. Next suddenly the kid’s heartbeat is back and also Priyanka gets the energy to come back in action and win the tournament.

The locations adds up the script in a positive way. It also puts light on the politics within the federation. Overall, some incidents are really emotional. The bond between Priyanka & her husband, Onler is shown strong. 

Its a good effort overall by the whole cast & crew to bring this biopic to the big screen.

Director: Omang Kumar
Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Sunil Thapa, Darshan Kumaar, Rajni Basumatary, Zachary Coffin, Shishir Sharma
Rating: 3.5/5

September 7, 2014 at 8:58pm

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Some of the famous logos & their hidden meanings

As a graphic designer, the meaning behind every creation fascinates me. Here are some of the famous logos & the meaning hidden behind them.

Amazon

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The arrow which looks like a smiling face in Amazon’s logo has another meaning behind it. It is a representation of the wide range of items available for retail by Amazon, from A to Z.

Apple

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The Apple logo is derived from the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible. The bitten apple represents the fruit from the “Tree of Knowledge”.

FedEx

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The FedEx logo looks simple and it’s hard to see what could be hidden within it. But looking closely at the space between the ‘E’ and ‘X’ in the orange Ex shows an arrow pointing forward. This arrow represents moving forward toward to the future.

Baskin Robins

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The old logo of Baskin Robbins had the number 31 with an arc above it. The new logo took this idea to the next level. The pink parts of the BR still form the number 31, a reference to the 31 flavours.

IBM

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IBM’s logo has a hidden message for the whole world hidden in the Big Blue logo that represents it’s company. The white lines passing through give the appearance of the equal sign in the lower right corner, representing equality.

Audi

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Many have wondered what the four circles in this automaker’s logo mean. Well the four circles represent the 4 companies that were a part of the Auto-Union Consortium in 1932, namely, DKW, Horch, Wanderer and Audi.

BMW

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BMW’s logo is a tribute to the company’s history in aviation. The logo shows a propeller in motion with the blue part representing the sky. This is due to the company’s role of building aircraft engines for the German military during World War II.

Mercedes-Benz

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Mercedes’ tri-star represents the companies dominance over land, sea and air.

Toyota

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There are three ellipses visible in the company’s logo. Each ellipse represents the heart of the customer, the heart of the product and the heart of technological progress.

Volkswagen

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The Volkswagen logo simply shows the letter of the company’s initials. The word “Volks” is German for people, while “Wagen” is German for car.

11:04am

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Happy Onam everyone & enjoy the ‘Sadya’ to the fullest.

Happy Onam everyone & enjoy the ‘Sadya’ to the fullest.

10:47am

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Chef Movie Review: A feel good movie

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"Chef" is a 2014 American comedy film which tells a story about a professional Chef who, after a public altercation with a food critic, quits his job at a popular Los Angeles restaurant and returns to his home town of Miami to fix up a food truck. He reconnects with his ex-wife and invites their young son to join him in driving the truck back to L.A. while selling Cubanos in various cities along the way which slowly picks up the fame due to the PR push done by his son.

The movie puts a light on the passion, love & respect of a chef towards the food he makes. How he puts his heart & soul in the making of food which indeed gives him the satisfaction. Also it shows the bonding of the father & son relationship. In a way this movie takes you on a food porn ride.

Jon Favreau is the man to look for in this movie as he himself is the Director, Producer, Writer & has acted in this movie. It shows the efforts put in the casting & making of this movie.  The co-stars like Sofía VergaraEmjay Anthony, John LeguizamoScarlett JohanssonDustin HoffmanRobert Downey, Jr. and Oliver Platt have done their part brilliantly. Its a treat to all those people who love food. Somehow at a certain point, the script feels weak. Do not expect twist & surprise in the plot. Its a simple, feel good factor food journey.

Director: Jon Favreau
Cast: Jon Favreau, Sofía VergaraEmjay Anthony, John LeguizamoScarlett JohanssonDustin HoffmanRobert Downey, Jr., Oliver Platt
Rating: 4/5