Of London Indian Film Festival 2012 and more [Rant]

London Indian Film Festival

Thanks to the generous Asim Burney (Upodcasting), I managed to get to some of the screenings of the London Indian Film Festival 2012, including the opening night. Now in its 3rd year, the festival had a wide range of selection of movies to choose from. The festival opened with Anurag Kashyap’s gangster magnum opus – Gangs of Wasseypur Part I, and boy-oh-boy, it couldn’t have had a better opening than that. (Check out my interview with Mr.Kashyap here).

The purpose of this post is to serve as an introspective “note to self” of the things I observed in the course of this festival, and also, where I find myself in this crowd of bloggers/writers (whatever you’d like to call me, I prefer blogger).

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Steal This Pitch: Bhaago Zombies Bhaago!

Desi Zombieland

Now, I have been having quite an idle time. And when I am faced with such a situation, my mind wanders around thinking of just randomly awesome things, trying to quench my “khujlee” for “nirmal anand“, which I have no control on. Now, I cannot mention all of them, as I can’t remember most of them, and those I do remember either are too strong [read: X-Rated] to be mentioned here, or just don’t make any sense. But, idle daydreaming can also be quite fruitful. In this case, what I have come up with is a possible script of a kick-ass Bollywood movie. Now, we have seen a lot of Zombie movies, and as you might or might not know, I love zombie movies. But we are yet to see any Bollywood director make a proper Zombie movie. The keyword here is ‘proper’. Yes, we have seen live actors sleepwalk through a whole movie (*cough* Sanju Baba *cough*), and wooden faces which can corrode a zombie (*ahem* Mimoh!!). But we are not talking Ramsay face-painted monsters, or Vikram Bhatt’s lineup of monstrous unintentionally comic actors. Zombie business is serious shit. And to suit everyone’s taste buds, I am presenting you three different takes that Bollywood can adopt as its own spin on the Zombie movie genre. The sole purpose behind this post is to generate some collective creative juice so that we can get a much needed break from the deficiency of fresh new ideas. So here are..

** 3 Ideas for The Next Bollywood Zombie Movie **

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Sketch: Uchiha Sasuke

I think it has been an aeon and a half since I spent some time with my TB7300 to do some sketching. It just laziness I presume, or just procrastination on my part. I have so many ideas and sketches that I’ve thought of, but never went through even the initial pencil stage. This time around though, I thought that I would do it from start to finish in one session itself. Took me 3+ hours, just because I kept on losing concentration. Nevertheless, the final result is here.

Uchiha Sasuke

This is a sketch of Uchiha Sasuke from the Naruto era (pre-Shippudden). Back in those days when he was just getting used to Orochimaru’s curse.

Click the picture for the higher resolution pic.

This was the first time that I used Photoshop CS5 instead of my old and friendly GIMP. If you are interested, please check out my previous sketches at this tag

 

Mum, I’m on BLOGUE!

On BLOGUE May Edition 2011

The very awesome and Doctor Who lover Louella has featured me on her monthly web mag – BLOGUE. For the uninitiated, BLOGUE is a monthly feature on Bollywood Bloggers, and has featured the likes of the great FilmiGirl, Bindaas Nikki and DunkDaft Darshit. And now, its my turn this month.

If you’re intrigued enough, you can download the PDF here.

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