Thursday, June 30, 2011

Harry Potter and the deathly hallows-I: Movie review

Harry Potter and the deathly hallows -I is the beginning of the end of the Harry Potter series. It continues to reveal what happens after Albus Dumbledore’s death. The wizarding world and also the muggle world is in grave peril like it was seventeen years ago as the Dark Lord rises to power again. Lord Voldemort is determined to murder his archenemy and is hunting for him. Harry Potter on the other hand, is still committed to the mission assigned to him by Dumbledore of destroying the Horcruxes which are the only way of to overcome Lord Voldemort. Along with him on this journey are his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

After the fall of the ministry of magic, Harry and his friends must speed up their search to find the Horcruxes. The trouble is they have to work out all the clues because they have no idea where the remaining Horcruxes are or how to destroy them. With the death eaters on their chase, Harry and his friends have to deal with all kinds of catastrophes while running for their lives. In the meantime, they also come across the deathly hallows which they find strange and are curious to know about.

This adventure flick is packed with action, thrill and emotions portraying the characters in their most intense moments. The composition of filters helps to establish the mood and the setting of the plot in a compelling way. The director has depicted the nuances in a manner which help to make the plot stronger when there is no exchange of speech between the characters. The director establishes the main characters in the beginning itself thus focusing attention to them and conveying who and what the story is about. The gloomy atmosphere in the plot makes one feel everything would be lost and the dark side would win. The visual effects used are again worth commending and shock the viewer in some scenes which are full of suspense thereby engaging the viewer and building up curiosity.

The performances of the cast are phenomenal right from the protagonist to the antagonist. Some of the characters that stand out are those of Bellatrix Lestrange played by Helena Bonham Carter and Dobby the house elf. Rhys Ifans plays a key role in the movie as Xenophilius Lovegood who reveals to Harry and his friends the mystery of the deathly hallows. The effects, structure and characters blend perfectly well to build up the element of suspense and uncertainty in the plot. The movie provides a strong base and understanding for the last part which is yet to be released. It is a movie worth watching with nothing to regret.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Reminiscing Commander J

Shakespeare says, ‘Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once…’, Jyotirmoy Dey was one of them. J. Dey or Commander J as he was known in the journalist circle, left for heavenly abode on 11 June, 2011. His death has been deeply grieved by family and friends and his loss felt by the media world. The cold-bloodedness of the murder continues to grip India in shock and pain, the wrath pours from a nation who calls itself a land of democracy, a land of freedom of speech and expression.

J Dey, who was working as a special investigations editor in the tabloid Midday, was one among the best in his profession. He was passionate about investigative journalism and wrote several stories exposing crime and the dreaded underworld in the city of Mumbai in his career of two decades. He was someone who was very familiar with the workings of the underworld and wrote extensively and ceaselessly about underworld dons like Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Rajan and also exposed the links between the police and underworld. He also worked with The Indian Express and Hindustan times. He also wrote a book called ‘Khallas’ which is an alphabetic illustration of the terms and slangs used in the underworld and makes us familiar with their lingo. The book also gives one interesting insights into the underworld. One of the example is that of, how youngsters are lured into the job. ‘Zero dial’, another book by J Dey throws light upon, the evil world of crime and provides understanding of the lives of informers or what one calls as ‘khabri’. His recent work includes exposing the oil Mafia off the coast of Maharashtra who has been speculated for J Dey’s murder.

J Dey started off working with Hindustan Lever. He first wrote about forest encroachment in Borivali National Park. He joined the media world as a freelancer and wrote about crime and wildlife in Afternoon Despatch and Courier. Dey is remembered by his colleagues, both seniors and juniors. Speaking about Dey, Sachin Kalbag, the editor of Mid-day said, “He was one of the most meticulous and hardworking journalist.. His biggest contribution will be that he has trained a large number of crime reporters in Mumbai.” Aditya Anand, who worked with J Dey at Mid-day blogged, ‘The spirit called J Dey may have died, but not the fire he helped grow in many journalists such as me. I will live up to what he thought I could do, I owe that one to him.’ People who worked with J.Dey remember him as someone who was humble, responsible, honest, fearless and one who never meddled in others business. He was someone who always stood by the truth and did not compromise with it. He was always ready to help anyone and loved his colleagues and also stood by them in times of need. He was a family-man.

He was a man with a purpose who was doing his bit to make difference to this world, a journalist in spirit.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Two sides of the same coin

“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power, because they control the minds of the masses”

- Malcolm X

Media has played a significant role in the birth of the modern world. Renaissance, reformation and revolutions would have never been successful without the advent of media and the world would have not been what it is today. It has played a vital role in awakening the masses to a dawn of enlightenment and liberated them from the bounds of ignorance and superstitious beliefs. It has encouraged mankind to be rational and not to accept anything blindly.

Media has always been the watchdog of the society. The Indian history is a great example of how press and radio mobilized the Indian masses and ultimately led them to independence. The power of media had infused fear in the British government and made them resort to repressive measures. However, there has been a severe criticism of media in contemporary times. Especially, one can never forget the negligent and thoughtless attitude of the media during the terrorist attack on Mumbai in November 2008. The minute by minute reporting not only caused panic among the masses but also gave the terrorists complete details about the scenario outside and also enabled them to target people.

In recent times, the media has tried its best to improve its image. This is evidently seen in the coverage of the ‘India against corruption’ movement initiated by Anna Hazare, a Gandhian and member of the civil-society. News channels across India covered this epoch-making event and communicated the ideas of the civil-society to the nation. It has brought the entire country on one platform irrespective of their class, caste and creed and has brought hope to the people that they will be delivered from the dark age of corruption. The social media was also remarkably responsible for uniting the country to support Anna Hazare and his cause. Twitter and Facebook buzz with opinions and comments. Both young and old became part of this agitation. There were interviews and debates. Search engines continuously churned out details to people about who is Anna Hazare? Who is civil-society? What is Lokpal Bill? It was a mass awakening which empowered people to demonstrate their unity in the fight against corruption. Anna Hazare in an interview with Sreenivasan Jain, managing editor of NDTV, himself said that Sms, Internet and media helped to spread this agitation from cities to villages, it was not possible for a simple man like him to strengthen the movement.

There is no doubt the media has done an extremely good job, but it would be simply more sensitive and credible if the media paid attention to Swami Nigamanand as well, a 35-year old sadhu who died fasting to save the ganga from the illegal stone quarrying and mining happening along its stretch. May be he would have been alive today if the media would have been his voice as well. May be … the media needs to look more deep and listen to voices which want to be heard.