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Philia – The Music Video

Baiju Dharmajan releases video for Philia, a song from the album Crossover. Philia was composed by ‘The Maestro’ as a lullaby for his daughters and is shot entirely in the beautiful island of Vpyin. The soothing composition and the equally soothing scenes of the splendid Vypin is the best way to ‘get lost’ in the beauty that is love this weekend. Watch it, love it, live it!


Make good cinema, Amal!

Piracy, is an issue, yes, but it in itself doesn’t cause a movie to bomb at Box Office, at least not in India for the time being. Close to INR50L is the ‘reported loss’ for Bachelor Party due to Piracy. I don’t know how they’ve arrived at this figure, but one thing the industry “gurus” should understand is that the people who watch movies online are not ardent movie buffs, i.e., the people who matter. The majority watch movies for the ‘Cinema Experience’: take your family out, eat, drink, watch good cinema. That constitutes the major crowd. I don’t think the very same crowd will try to watch movies online with their family, cos it ruins the experience, plus these are the sect who are ready to spend money for a good time at the movies. Second comes the ‘college bunkers’ and the ‘labor class’, who again go to movies to get a taste of the ‘1st Day 1st Show’ flavor. Now, the labor class don’t have a PC at their homes to download movies or watch it online, so they don’t have any option but to watch it at the movie-houses. The college goers, again, ardent movie fans, do it cos they want to have a rock solid time with their buddies, watching their favorite films on a big screen. These are the majority class of film goers, which, as a matter of fact, remains intact, in a scenario of Piracy or non-Piracy. Now, there are 100 lots of ways to spend time on Internet, and downloading movies is one such ways. People who download movies wouldn’t have gone to the movies in the first place, because they’re not interested in watching it in The Cinemas. These are the sect who go for a movie once in a blue moon. These also include kids, who want to watch a film like BP, but are not allowed to go to the cinemas alone, and the parents wont take them to a movie like BP cos it has a lot of explicit content. My point is, the Cinema sales depend mostly on the Cinema itself, and the marketing and advertising it pushes through. Pirates are the people who don’t wanna get out of their house. They wouldn’t have gone for a movie even if somebody offered them tickets for free, because they’re not keen on the cinema experience; they’re better off watching it online. It’s one of the boons of the Internet: you can watch any content you want at the comfort of your home. So, Piracy is not the issue here, at least for now in India, but lack of good scripts and good cinema, and the loss that it creates is negligible. What Amal should concentrate on is honing his craft, going for original scripts, and make good cinema, plus a touch of good advertising and marketing. But first, try to make good cinemas, Amal!

The Strong Theory !

A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon.

— Arnold Haultain

If you’ve, by any chance, seen the action-thriller ‘Heat’, you’d recall Robert De Niro punch-lining, “I’m alone, but I’m not lonely”. Cool statement to make, right? Apparently, it doesn’t seem true for everybody out there; at least not for men.

When it comes to loneliness, there’s a funny fact that I’d like to share. If men have some sort of company, they never feel lonely even if the person they’re chatting with is a total stranger. A woman, on the other hand, can feel the desolation even if she has the entire family’s attention to her. Of course, the above statement holds true only if we exclude love failures and other major depressions of life. Now, why is that?

I feel women are always looking for a spark in their relationships and are constantly on the look for something new in their lives, and needless to say men always are looking for a spark in their salaries, unless of course, you’re Tiger Woods.

When it comes to relationships, I feel women play and handle the whole game really well. They specifically know what they want from a guy, unlike men. Most men who are in a “happy relationship” don’t quite know why they got into it in the first place, and when they think back, they’ll probably only recall the way she looked at him or the way she first smiled at him. My point is, that’s enough reason for a guy to fall in “love”.

It never really matters when you’re happy, and by happy I mean when you’re in the starting phase of your relationship (six months for Indians, and 2 weeks for Westerners). By the time you’re an year into your relationship, problems problems problems. Women seem to handle the rough phase smoothly, but men are likely to feel intense loneliness. They seem to suffer more than their female counterparts.


When in a fight, we men, love to brag about how independent we are. We say it out loud to our girlfriends how better off we are without them, and can survive without them at any point in time. The old Indian adage “barking dogs never bite” holds true here. The truth is men are weak, let me tell you! … especially, the new urban creed of men, the Internet-savvy crowd, who sit 24/7 in front of their PCs doing nothing but watching porn and chatting on Yahoo! (I’m not judging anybody here.)

Females on the other hand are content with themselves most of the time. They take care of their work at office, take care of their children, the family etc etc etc .. and if by chance if anything goes wrong in their relationship, they seem to handle it a bit better than their husbands. My point : Women are much stronger than you think. They can find happiness one way or the other, and are constantly on the look for it knowingly or unknowingly.

I have a theory behind this whole ‘women being stronger’ thing. Now here’s a fact. Exploitation and injustice is something that’s been happening to this creed from times immemorial. It’s a common story for every women everywhere; they’ve been made to struggle and suffer for unethical reasons for a very very long period of time. I think that has made them stronger over the ages. They’re evolving altogether as a stronger gene. It’s genetic! The word STRONG is being scripted in their genes so that they could take on an unforgiving world that is today.

So, don’t feel bad if your girlfriend leaves you after a break-up, and you find her with another man the next day, and she acts as if nothing happened. It’s the gene thing! So you should probably just move on too, or rather next time when you plan for an unnecessary fight, think again! I may be wrong with whatever I’m saying here, but what the heck, I’ve postulated a theory here. I think I’m going to name it “The Strong Theory”. He he, funny me Open-mouthed smileOpen-mouthed smile! (Now, you must be thinking, “Argh, it’s such a waste time.” Go watch porn now you idiots!)