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Posted by Deepak Shetty on February 23, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire filmed in India and directed by Danny Boyle won 8 Oscars out of 10 nominations a moment to celebrate but along with it another films in the running for the ‘Best Short Documentary’ “The Final Inch & Smile Pinki” .



Smile Pinki won an Oscar is a 39 minute short film in Hindi and Bhojpuri directed by Emmy producer Megan Mylan which also made us equally proud . Smile Pinki is a story of  a six-year-old girl named Pinki living in Dabai village of Uttar Pradesh who cannot go to school because of her cleft lips. Documentary traces Pinki’s journey from being ostracized to being treated like a normal girl after a social worker Pankaj helped her undergo free surgery.

The Final Inch by Irene Taylor Brodsky and TomGrant. Once again, set in india, this documentary deals with the protagonist Muhammed Gulzar’s battle with polio .

Lets hope along with indian based movies even movies directed by indians are equally appreciated at the Oscars in the coming years.

List Of Oscar Award Winners :

Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor: Sean Penn, MilK
Best Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader
Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Score: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Song: A.R. Rahman for Jai Ho penned by Gulzar Slumdog Millionaire
Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Sound Mixing: Resul Pookutty (India), Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke Slumdog Millionaire
Best Film Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Short Documentary: Smile Pinky
Best Foreign Film: Departures (Japan)
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Jerry Lewis
Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Animated Feature Film: WALL-E
Animated Short Film: La Maison en Petits Cubes
Makeup: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Costume: Michael O’Connor, The Duchess
Art: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Animated Short Film: La Maison en Petits Cubes
Live Action Short Film: Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sound Effects: Dark Knight


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Slumdog Millionaire The Feel Good Film Of The Decade

Posted by Deepak Shetty on February 17, 2009

slumdog millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

ABOUT THE MOVIE : Slumdog Millionaire a film directed by Danny Boyle, co-directed by Loveleen Tandan, and written by Simon Beaufoy. It is an adaptation of the Boeke Prize-winning and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-nominated novel Q and A (2005) by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup. Set and filmed in India, Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of a young man from the slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Kaun Banega Crorepati, mentioned in the Hindi version) and exceeds people’s expectations, arousing the suspicions of the game show host and of law enforcement officials. The Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman who planned the score over two months and completed it in two weeks. Rahman won the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and earned three Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Original Score and two for Best Original Song, one shared with M.I.A. for the song “O..Saya” and the other shared with lyricist Gulzar for the song “Jai Ho”. The soundtrack was released on M.I.A.’s record label N.E.E.T. Radio Sargam termed the soundtrack “magnum opus and the entire world is known to this fact.

Dev Patel as Jamal Malik
, the protagonist, a Muslim boy born and raised in the poverty of Mumbai. Boyle considered hundreds of young male actors,  The original choice for the role was Bollywood actor Ruslaan Mumtaz (He made his acting debut in MP3 – Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar), but the producer of the film found Ruslaan too good looking for the role and so he was replaced by Dev Patel.”

Ayush Mahesh Khedekar as Youngest Jamal Ayush Mahesh Khedekar is an award-winning Indian child actor, best known for playing the youngest version of Jamal Malik in the film Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which he won a Phoenix Film Critics Society Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.

Tanay Chheda as Middle Jamal Tanay Hemant Chheda is an Indian child actor. He has worked in the critically acclaimed films Taare Zameen Par (2007) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which he has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and received a nomination for Best Ensemble at the Black Reel Awards of 2008.

Freida Pinto as Latika, the girl with whom Jamal is in love. Pinto was an Indian model who had not starred in a feature film before. Regarding the “one of a kind” scarf she wears, “designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb” says, “I wanted to bookend the journey–to tie her childhood yellow dress to her final look.”She is now represented by CAA.
Rubina Ali as Youngest Latika, Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar as Middle Latika

Madhur Mittal as Salim, Jamal’s elder brother, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail as Youngest Salim, Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala as Middle Salim

Anil Kapoor as Prem Kumar, the game show host.Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan, the current host for Kaun Banega Crorepati (the Indian version of Who wants to Be a Millionaire?), was initially offered the role of the show’s host in the film, but he eventually turned it down (the role was ultimately played by another Bollywood star Anil Kapoor). Paul Smith, the executive producer of Slumdog Millionaire and the chairman of Celador Films, had previously owned the international rights to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Irrfan Khan as the Police Inspector, Saurabh Shukla as Constable Srinivas,Mahesh Manjrekar as Javed, Ankur Vikal as Maman, Raj Zutshi as Millionaire show producer, Sanchita Choudhary as Jamal’s mother, Shah Rukh Munshi as a Slum kid

Slumdog Millionaire Award Winning Night

Slumdog Millionaire Award Winning Night

Box office performance India : The Indian premiere of Slumdog Millionaire took place in Mumbai on 22 January 2009 Fox Searchlight released 351 prints of the film across India for its full release there on 23 January 2009. It earned Rs. 2,35,45,665 in its first week at the Indian box office,or $2.2 million according to Fox Searchlight. Though not as successful as major Bollywood releases in India during its first week, this was the highest weekend gross for any Fox film and the third highest for any Western release in the country, behind Spider-Man 3 (2007) and Casino Royale (2006). In its second week, the film’s gross rose to Rs. 3,04,70,752 at the Indian box office.

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Have Problem with Punctuation, Grammar and Spelling

Posted by Deepak Shetty on February 7, 2009

Words, punctuation, usage, grammar and spelling are very important whenever you type a letter, draft, presentation, etc for official or personal use. I have a degree in English Education doesn’t mean everyone else does. Even I make mistakes in words , punctuation, grammar and spelling. So while surfing through the net I came across this excellent online software SpellCheck.

SpellChecker is a site that helps you check online spelling, grammar and thesaurus. It’s very simple, no software downloads is needed even an ordinary person whose new to Internet can use , and benefit from it. Simply type or paste your text into the box, and click the “Spell Check” button.

Spellcheck Webiste Main Window

Spellcheck Webiste Main Window

A new box will pop open with your words inside. You have to choose from one of three options: SpellCheck, Grammar and Thesaurus.

Spellcheck Pop-Up Window

Spellcheck Pop-Up Window

SpellCheck : The SpellCheck tab will highlight words in bold red that you have spelled incorrectly. At bottom there will be an area under your text showing suggested replacements for the wrongly spelled word. On the Top Right side there is a dropdown which gives u a choice of English , British English etc…

Grammar : The next tab is the Grammar tab. Once you click on that, anything they consider to be improper use of grammar will be highlighted with blue underlined text. Again, there will be suggested replacements underneath.

Thesaurus: Clicking the Thesaurus tab will again highlight you in blue underlined words, and give you suggestions for other words you can use instead. That is very helpful, and makes it much faster to determine when you are using any particular word too much.

So the next time you write for your job, your blog, or even in an email… consider using SpellCheck.

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What is Dance ?

Posted by Deepak Shetty on February 1, 2009

Art always gives peace, satisfaction, happiness, joy, feeling of comfort and more…“Passion for any form of art is an achievement. “ – says me, I do believe it firmly, my passion is dance; this art plays a vital role in my life.



Let me tell you what is Dance ???
Dance is an art form that generally refers to movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music, used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting. Dance is also used as a medium of non-verbal communication between humans or animals, motion in inanimate objects (the leaves danced in the wind), and certain musical forms or genres.

Dance is dependent on social, cultural, aesthetic, artistic and moral constraints and range from functional movement (such as folk dance) to virtuoso techniques such as ballet. Dance can be participatory, social or performed for an audience. It can also be ceremonial, competitive or erotic. Dance movements may be without significance in them, such as in ballet or European folk dance, or have a gesture vocabulary/symbolic system as in many Asian dances. Dance can embody or express ideas, emotions or tell a story.

Dancing has evolved many styles. Breakdancing and Krumping are related to the hip hop culture. African dance is interpretive. Ballet, Ballroom, Waltz, and Tango are classical styles of dance while Square and the Electric Slide are forms of step dances.

Every dance, no matter what style, has something in common. It not only involves flexibility and body movement, but also physics. If the proper physics is not taken into consideration, injuries can and are likely to occur.
Choreography is the art of creating dances. The person who creates (i.e., choreographs) a dance is known as the choreographer. He is a master who invents a new body movement, which is another step or form of dance.

Dear folks! This is what the beautiful art form “Dance” means…So let’s start tapping our feet for a new rhythmic movement.

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