Everest (2015) Movie Review: Stunning Visuals, Soulless Otherwise

When ace Indian mountaineer Malli Mastan Babu died earlier this year while climbing the Andes Mountains, I was quite taken aback. No I never knew him in person, but admired the fact that despite strong academic credentials (NIT Jamshedpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIM Calcutta) he opted out of a corporate career and focused on his passion of scaling mountains. And for someone so successful in the pursuit of his passion it was like an anti-climax, the way he passed away so soon but having set many milestones, including completing the Seven Summits in 2006. This was also when I realized that there are so many others like him who probably also risk their lives considerably as they go about trying to ensure that they do what they are most comfortable in, scaling new heights. I would be lying if I say that thoughts of films like Vertical Limit (2000) and Cliff Hanger (1993) didn’t cross me then, it was but a natural thing to happen.Continue reading “Everest (2015) Movie Review: Stunning Visuals, Soulless Otherwise”

Growing up with the Big B: A Personal Tribute to Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh-BachchanI have always wanted to write this post and what better day for this than today when Amitabh Bachchan celebrates his 70th birthday. Like millions of others he has been my favorite actor too from the time I remember. In fact he’s to acting what probably Sachin Tendulkar is to Cricket but while I am someone who always prefers to swim against the tide, in this case I have more than a fair share of reasons for the admiration I have towards this personality. To start with Amitabh is the earliest hero/actor whom I was aware of followed by Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan. So it was but obvious that the early impression was to become quite strong later slowly, but surely due to so many incidents.Continue reading “Growing up with the Big B: A Personal Tribute to Amitabh Bachchan”