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.
There are some movies that become watchable not because of the cinematic elements alone, but the passion of the film makers….that intangible element that seems to seep through the screen into the audience hearts.
‘Sea biscuit’ is one just film.
The story is one of the most tried and tested in the Hollywood/Bollywood/Anywood…the underdogs perform and win. But it is the setting and the mileu, brilliantly captured by the passion of the crew, is what makes it worth watching. Let it be the excitement in the race track or the back-stable action…they are captured well, helped in generous measures by some excellent cinematagrophy and great music.
Jeff Bridges is as usual brilliant in a character that has many shades(some too predictable).
Chris Cooper is ok, and so is Tobey Maguire. All of them give creditable performances, but ultimately it is the spirit in which the film is made, that shines through, and the horse that plays ‘sea biscuit’ takes this spirit on its saddle.