Friday, January 9, 2009

'Slumdog' is Critics' Choice, AR Rahman wins 'Best Composer' song for 'Slumdog Millionaire'

AR Rahman has walked away with the Best Music Composer award for Danny Boyle's 'Slumdog Millionaire' at the 14th annual Critics' Choice awards in America.
The movie, which follows the story of the young boy from rags to riches, has walked away with five gongs at the award ceremony, reports Variety.
Director Danny Boyle won Best Director award. Writer Simon Beaufoy, also won an award for the film.
Actor Dev Patel added another trophy to his credit with the young actor/actress award.
Actor Sean Penn walked away with the top award for best actor for his film Milk, while Anne Hathaway for 'Rachel Getting Married' and Meryl Streep, for 'Doubt' won a combined award for best actress.
Heath Ledger was honoured posthumously for his role as a Joker in "The Dark Knight".
'Slumdog Millionaire' in Hindi will be 'Crorepati'
Based on Vikas Sawrup's novel 'Q&A', the film is a heart-warming story of an 18 year-old slum boy who goes on to win a staggering 20 million rupees on India's 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' game show.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Bangkok Dangerous -Nicolas Cage, Charlie Yeung

An adrenaline-charged action thriller, Lionsgate's Bangkok Dangerous stars Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, National Treasure) as "Joe," an anonymous assassin takes an unexpected turn when he travels to Thailand to complete a series of contract killings. Joe (Nicolas Cage), a remorseless hitman, is in Bangkok to execute four enemies of a ruthless crime boss named Surat. He hires Kong (Shahkrit Yamnarm), a street punk and pickpocket, to run errands for him with the intention of covering his tracks by killing him at the end of the assignment. Strangely, Joe, the ultimate lone wolf, finds himself mentoring the young man instead whilst simultaneously being drawn into a tentative romance with a local shop girl. As he falls further under the sway of Bangkok’s intoxicating beauty, Joe begins to question his isolated existence and let down his guard …just as Surat decides it’s time to clean house....

Sunday, January 4, 2009


I received an Interesting mail & I would want to share it out with all of you.
Please read on...

In the late summer a devotee visited a few relatives and friends in Germany. While in Hamburg, I saw an old friend who owns and runs a small goldsmith shop and studio close to the city.

Since her husband, who had also been a friend and colleague, had passed over many years before. She mentioned a few times her concern regarding security in the shop where she spent most of the time alone.

I carried a small spare photograph of Swami with me, I bought a nice little picture frame and put it in a showcase next to the counter. I said “Sai Baba will protect you. I believe in it and you must do the same.” He told her.

She thanked me for the picture and said she believed in Baba even though she knew little about Him, other than what I had told her.

Fourteen months passed, one day in the late November, I received a phone call from Germany. It was my friend in Hamburg. Totally upset and excited. She told me that she had just been held up in her shop by a young man waving a pistol at her and threatening her life. He demanded five of the most valuable rings from the central showcase. She was not able to step to the side in order to press the silent alarm connecting the shop to the police.

The thief took the five rings and, moving backwards, threatened to shoot if she followed him. He left the shop and the police arrived minutes after the alarm was activated. But by then the thief had vanished.

I felt sorry for her when she said, “You told me that Sai Baba would protect me and I really believed so much in it. I could only say, He actually helped and protected you and you might have been hurt- or worse-if that man was violent type.

After the telephone call, my thoughts went around in circle. I was aware of her predicament, since the valuable rings were not insured as she could not afford the insurance. The loss was substantial for her.

A few days later I received a long letter from her. To my surprised, she wrote to say that two days back after the incident she received a phone call from the Catholic priest in an outer suburb, asking whether her shop had been held up two days before.

Bewildered about his knowledge of the incident (at her request, the news papers had not mentioned the robbery). She admitted it had happened. In return she wanted to know where he had obtained the information.

The priest told her that a young man came to him and handed over five rings and a gun, saying that he had committed a holdup on a jewelry shop at such and such an address. He said he had threatened a woman in the shop with the gun in order to obtain the valuable rings.

He asked the priest to return the rings, saying he had not found a single peaceful moment since the robbery.

Grateful and happy, my friend visited the priest who gave her the stolen rings.

But Swami works even more thoroughly. A few days later, the young man walked into the shop to apologize in a really nice way and to ask to be forgiven. And he was !. There is no place, not even an inch of space where I am not. I am found all over the cosmos. It is no exaggeration. He has contacted people who have His impact on them, in Japan, in Germany, in Iceland, in Russia and all over, wherever He is called. You may not know that He is there, but He is everywhere.


Jai Sai Ram
Ram.Chugani Kobe (Japan)