State of Fear by Michael Crichton
Greatness of Michael Crichton is his ability to present some of the esoteric concepts in an entertaining form…and sometimes this is his failing too.
‘State of Fear’ falls in the second category. Set against the backdrop of global warming and all the hallabaloo of the environment agencies, the main characters try to race against time to thwart the plans of so called environment terrorists. A smart government agent, a billionaire, his beautiful secretary and his lawyer form the team that goes against this terrorism. Is this team enough to fight the so called ‘environment terrorism’–is a question that haunts you while reading the novel. And there are hackneyed sub-plots of misunderstood triangular romance, male-female typical conflict etc.
So, what starts off as promising novel, ends up as a huge repository for all the news items and research rallying against the so-called impending threat of global warming.
This small book by Geet Sethi, makes it for a breezy reading. Good printing, small hardbound edition makes it a good carry anywhere. Work and its aftermath are well dissected and presented from the perspective of a person who conceived and stuck to a single goal–perfection.
On a sidenote, people who had their taste of success will enjoy this book better than people on their way.:-)
Padosan has slapstick humor in plenty. A memorable film, mainly due to an enthusiastic performance by Kishore Kumar, and a wonderful score from Pancham Da.
A simple love story, almost fairy tale, is told against the typical slap stick background–the drama troupe, hysterical antics and going over board at times. But what makes this film almost a classic is the casting. Mehmood, Omprakash etc breathe life in this film. Take these supporting character artists away, and you might feel the movie as an average fare.
Some of the best scenes
1) When the concept of ‘playback’ is conceived. Sunil Dutt and Kishore are just brilliant in this scene where Sunil sinks his lips to Kishore’s song of ‘O jaane waale baalamwa…lautke aa..lautke aa’
2) ‘Mere Saamne waale kitikeme’ picturization
3) OmPrakash’s exercise and his interlude with the ‘RadheShyam’ chanting match maker.
4) ‘Meri Pyari bindo’ song picturization. Pancham da at his naughtiest best composing the song to a bhajan format…and he comes only second to Kishore da..who rendered it and danced to perfection.
5) ‘Ek chatu naar karke singaar’-before and after the song and the song itself.