Sunday, February 2, 2020


I dont know If you people listen to Vividh Bharati. Among its hit programs is one called 'Jaimala'. Film personalities come to the studio and talk to the armed force personnel. It has been one of my favs for many years. You get to know these film peeps up and close. They talk out their life, their work, colleagues. They spice it up with anecdotes and your 45 minutes are well spent.
One of the best Jaimala I've heard is this one hosted by the one and only Meena Kumari. I know her as a great actress. But this programme brought out another facet of her. An intoxicating honey voice with a touch of melancholy. I can hear it again and again even though I dont understand many of big words she uses.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019



JOKER (2019) - ONLY SEEING IS BELIEVING | hguy.blogspot.com2

Review by Hemant Singh

No one else could have pulled it off. This actor/director combo proved lethal. Given the crap I've seen in 2019, this was a very satisfying movie. Salute.

A one-man show from start to finis which many have tried and failed miserably at.  It succeeded due to the emotional tug that accompanied and that physique of Joaquin Phoenix. He did something drastic to his body. 

And why does De Nero look like a character from the movie 'Who Killed Roger Rabbit'. He should retire with grace. I recognize that he is, perhaps, the best actor of all time but.

This is a slap in the face of peeps who said that Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) can never ever be topped. It was topped by a comparatively small film. With no SFX or fights or chases.
The movie is a walk-thru in the mind of a demented man which as expected in upside down.

Finally, this is the best example of show-don’t-tell movie making. So, I can’t tell you what it is. Just see it.

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Sunday, December 29, 2019


Why The Witcher just doesn’t work |

Review By Hemant Singh 

One of the most anticipated shows of this year disappointed big-time. Like so many others. 2019 will be remembered as the year of shitty output from TV and film makers. 

The Witcher has nothing going for it. They even screwed up the nude and sex scenes. It has pedestrian dialogs. The music was made for a comedy and then added here. And. And if you give me all the crayons in the world, I will not be able to tell you the plot.

It has battles but you know not who is fighting who and why. It has palace intrigue, but you know no who is intriguing who and why. The sex/nudity is o bad. It can drive away any urges you have. Case to point is a gynecological exam of a girl. But why is she topless. no reason. This girl - who I later learn is half Indian - drops her clothes like the proverbial hanky. For no good reason. And she seems to be fucking anything that moves. And then proudly announces that she doesn’t use a body double for the nude scenes and does them herself. That’s not female emancipation. That's maha chutiyapa.

Then you have curses and magic that is best left to the Japanese and their shows for preschool kids.

The actors do their best. And sincerely. Too sincerely at times. But it comes to a naught coz it is not cohesively strung together.

I only hope 2020 is better.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019



I absolutely love 'The Kominsky Method". TKM may go down as Chuck Lorre's best work yet. It will never get the big rating. Or get wildly popular. Never Never. And I will tell you why.

Have you noticed that there is nothing on TV or on film that is led by a 50 plus fellow. OK, we still have Rambo and Terminator films but they need to be told a word or two. Baring these two relentless fellows, its zero. And dont get me started about Meryl Streep. You have dozens on boring stuff about the sexually indeterminate or ambiguous or exploring but nothing with ripe peeps. 

Age is a anathema to the bosses.

What TKM did was bring them out from godknowwhere which itself is unbelievable and make a delightfully entertaining show.

The writing is crisp, the actors are crisper - and, thankfully, the show is not Chuck Lorre type.

And the best of all... A plus-size main character.

And did I mention it has Michael Douglas in it.

I hope it lives a long-life - entertaining peeps all over.

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The great Alan Arkin and the woman I hate but not anymore-Lisa Edelstein

Yes, thats Paul Reiser

Friday, December 13, 2019


As one grows up things become clearer. Santa and the tooth fairy are outed as myth. As you grow older, more truths are revealed. Like there is no honesty or god.

Then there is fact and there is fiction. Whatever your mind can make up comes no where near the truth and facts of life. I wrote a story once about a bunch of school kids becoming killers. First by mistake and then the seemed to enjoy it. I deleted the story telling myself no that’s a bit too much. But then a 11th class boy comes along and cuts a 2nd class boy. So bad that it was one cut from the top of his head till the chest. And I have difficulty cutting a papaya right.

But that’s not the point.

Do you peeps know what tutti-fruity actually is. It is neither tutti nor fruity. Its dried papaya cut into tiny squares. Soaked in sugar syrup and coloured.

Some facts break your heart.

Have you noticed that even the kid who says they hates papaya, love tutti-fruity.



A Mom comes to visit her son Kumar
for dinner....who lives with a room
mate, a girl named Sunita.
During the course of the meal, his
mother couldn't help but notice how
pretty Kumar's roommate was. She
had long been suspicious of a
relationship between the two, and this
had only made her more curious.
Over the course of the evening, while
watching the two interact, she started
to wonder if there was more between
Kumar and his roommate than met
the eye.
Reading his mom's thoughts, Kumar
volunteered, "I know what you must
be thinking, but I assure you, Sunita
and I are just roommates."
About a week later, Sunita came to
Kumar saying,"Ever since your mother
came to dinner, I've been unable to
find the silver chutney jar. You don't
suppose she took it, do you?"
Kumar said, "Well, I doubt it, but I'll
email her, just to be sure...."
So he sat down and wrote:
Dear Mother: I'm not saying that you
'did' take the chutney jar from my
house, I'm not saying that you 'did not'
take the chutney Jar. But the fact
remains that it has been missing ever
since you were here fordinner.
Love, Kumar
Several days later, Kumar received an
email from his Mother which read
Dear Son: I'm not saying that you 'do'
sleep with Sunita, and I'm not saying
that you 'do not' sleep with Sunita. But
the fact remains that if she was
sleeping in her OWN bed, she would
have found the chutney jar by now
under the pillow...


The Famous Old Monk Rum

This happened in Ghaziabad. Neighbour and me planned to have a drink together.  So we bought half a bottle rum, some snacks (we Indians call it sides), a Thums up - 300ml bottle - not yet the PET 500ml days.

Our little party started one evening at his place and when it finished,  we still wanted some more. I had a quarter at my place- emergancy quota you see. I went home and brought it

But alas we realised we didn't have any Thums up or even water to mix it with.


It was late, around 11 PM peak winter and other neighbours were all asleep plus all shops closed.

So we 'do bechare' 2 poor souls sit at our door step looking for options. Just then a pani puri - golguppa to some, fella passes by. After the days, business he is returning home. He too does not have any water

but wait

He does have pani (masala water) he dishes out with puri.

He gives us a jugful and I, for the first and last time in my life,  have rum with pani puri pani........


I dont know If you people listen to Vividh Bharati. Among its hit programs is one called 'Jaimala'. Film personalities come to th...