The first couple of weeks of the CWC is over. Just when you're thinking the tournament is over (cause your favouritest team fails dismally in the first round), few tight matches between teams made up of players vying for their moment of fame on an oval stadium.
(read: not superheros - just players passionate about making a difference)
The Aus-SA match last weekend was turning into a classic encounter before those external forces (luck, weather, luck) changed the match into a rather tame encounter. I was fortunate enough to catch the action in a customised home entertainment centre at an acquaintance's abode. The feeling of being at the stadium during the run-chase was just exhilirating. The opening batsmen for SA played like real heros, made the Aussies look like Bangladeshi's for the first half of the game. With a bit of luck, perhaps the game would have swung the other way. Luckily, it was just a 'friendly' encounter, nothing lost as yet from both sides. But that run chase!? Wow - reminded me of the young pair from India in that Natwest Series final in England.
The SL-SA match yesterday was another special encounter. Lasith's last couple of overs were just exceptional. That ball after the 4th wicket must have missed the stumps by a molecule...
I hear the BCCI is planning a post-mortem on their team to the WC. I think the board should seriously think about bringing in young fielders into the team who can carry the bat and can bowl their hearts out. Team India needs youth, a risk-loving captain, passionate players, and one exceptional bowler.
Movies to catch if you're not entertained enough...
1. The prestige - well-scripted, performace-driven movie from the director that gave us Memento. Excellent cast, great art word. Brilliant story. Must see. Caution: requires concentration till the very end!
2. Salaam-e-ishq - yeah, yeah, say wot you want... This typical Bollywood movie was going strong till the 2nd half (is this a typical Indian thing...? Half-jobs..? Hmm...). The sequences between the couples were well interleaved. The 1st half was never dragging. Maybe it was a mood thing..?
3. The last king of Scotland - haven't finished it off yet, but its looking very good. The editing is quite slick - esp. when we see the close-up introduction of Idi Amin for the first time (with his both hands raised in the air).
4. Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd - Watch it if you're in one of those moods were anything slap-stick goes. Highlights include the spectacular scenery of Goa, the welcome change from your typical Bollywood movie, some humorous scenes, and Kay Kay Menon... Oh, almost forgot - the songs from Vishal & Shekher...
5. Prison Break Series 2 - Got the whole of the series till episode 18. It drags a bit in the middle, but finale looks pretty enticing (haven't reached there yet).
6. Udayon - Malayalam film's superhero Mohanlal in another time-pass double role. Jagathi was klassik as the grave-digging half-brother. He had some really klassic dialogues - "Yeda, mulberry monee..."