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January 21, 2010

From books to films and vice versa

Filed under: Entertainment — Rabea Khan @ 3:08 pm
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I recently watched Sherlock Holmes, and it was one of the very few times I didn’t came out disappointed after watching a movie inspired by a book.

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Sherlock Holmes pleasantly surprised me because Holmes’ character in the movie was not a complete adaption of the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes.  He was dynamic, fun, more like James Bond minus his gadgets and cars.  The reason, this adaption doesn’t disappoint because it deviates from the original work giving more scope for imagination.  It cannot surpass the book but it doesn’t make you feel cheated as well.

Most Books are better than the movie that adapts them. Period. If you have read a book you are always left wanting to more after watching the movie. It’s very rare that the film gives you more than the book. Good ones equal the book but rarely surpass the original work.

Harry Potter series is the perfect example. With all due respect to it’s directors, the harry potter films have disappointed every single time. They have been big hits no doubt because the fans of the book are too loyal to miss anything related to potter.  And people who have never read harry potter series; don’t enjoy the films at all.

But there are some adaptions that have done full justice to the books. Godfather, Shawshank Redemption, Jurrasic Park, Forrest Gump, One flew over the cuckoo’s nest to name a few. But what about the books that are inspired by films?

Books based on movies

Believe it or not there are certain authors who are original enough to based their books on films. More than anything, these books are mere tools to cash-in on the popularity of the film. Mummy is one such example.  There is an entire series written which tries to replicate the movie but falls flat on its face.

The idea to write a book based on a movie in itself is ridiculous. I am sure who so ever came up with this idea wasn’t a book lover. The fun of reading a book is imagining. You imagine as you read. And if there is a movie based on the book, the book lover will try to compare the movie with his or her imagination. If the film doesn’t equal or surpass the imagination, the filmmaker hasn’t done a good job.

But if you write a book based on a film, there is no scope left for imagination. All you can think of while reading a book is the movie. And you would rather watch the movie than read it. That’s the reason the trend of writing movie inspired books hasn’t caught up yet (thank fully). It’s a sheer wastage of resources.

Book or a film, it is a world of imagination. Reading a book is like cooking your self, you are free to cook and how what you wish. While a film is like a take out food; you know what you want to eat but it is someone else’s creation.  But both are different means to same end. Enjoy your meal!

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December 30, 2009

A cinematic dream called Avatar

Filed under: Entertainment — Rabea Khan @ 4:13 pm
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Watching Avatar is like dreaming, only you are in your full senses to experience the mind-boggling world James Cameron has created.

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The story line is simple and predictable- victory of good vs. evil told umpteen times.  Avatar is set in the year 2154 involving US armed forces on a mission to obtain a rare mineral from a planet called Pandora.

Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is a crippled ex marine who ends up in a project called Avatar. The project allows him to walk again but he gets caught between two camps: nice scientists led by Dr Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver) and evil mercenaries led by Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang).

No points for guessing that the climax is a war between the naïve and brave Na’vi people and the cunning and evil humans.

The end is predictable yet the special effects will keep you hooked. So much so that you will not blink your eyes lest you may miss something.

Avatar belongs to just one man, James Cameron. Not only has he imagined an unimaginable world, he created it flawlessly to the very last detail. Every creature in the Na’vi world speaks volume of Cameron’s vivid imagination and ingenuity.

Alien = good; human= bad

Avatar embraces the newly acquired sympathy for aliens in Hollywood. Gone are the days when aliens were evil and mean creatures. Now they have become the oppressed class subject to atrocities by humans. They are the objects of social message.

In District 9 it was apartheid, in Avatar there are references to US’s invasion of Iraq. You also can’t ignore the references towards human destruction of environment.

James Cameron hasn’t created a Titanic this time. The storyline, which is so crucial to any movie, plays a second fiddle to special effects. It fails to touch an emotional chord with the audience. Yet nothing undermines the fact that it is a must watch.  Every single frame shouts one message: impossible is nothing. Watch it to believe in your dreams.

November 24, 2009

DNA of a reality TV star

Filed under: Entertainment — Rabea Khan @ 10:25 pm
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The British national obsession, Katie Price again managed to be in news and has dumped her boyfriend on national television.  Actually she was never out of news making her undoubtedly the most talked personality in British media.

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To be honest, I have never heard of Katie Price before I came to London. Since she was in news everyday, curiosity made me google her and after reading few articles, I knew I don’t need to read any further.

I already know her because I know Rakhi Sawant., the Indian Katie Price. They are uncannily alike like Siamese twins. Here are few similarities:

Love them, hate them but you can’t ignore them. That’s true for all the reality tv stars across nations.

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