21 October, 2015

TV programs coming in fast and thick!

Dear Friends,

Suddenly there has been a flurry of activity in terms of my participation in TV programs. God has been very kind indeed :)

I did two shows in India Today TV some time back and again about a month ago. I'll be doing one more tomorrow.

Also, did a show for ET Now in the past few weeks. This show was interesting in that it had an audience and there was participation from the audience and Q&A sessions too, which I found to be a welcome diversion & hence enjoyable. For the first time, I saw about five cameras recording the show!

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I have just participated in what is a very important program ​with NDTV. Recording happened yesterday.

This program is called The Big Fight. Most of you might have seen this program which can be virtually on any subject. It's mostly anchored by Vikram Chandra.

This program is on What to invest in this festive season. The panelists apart from me were - Niranjan Hiranandani ( CMD, Hiranandani Constructions ), Ramdeo Agarwal ( Jt CMD, Motilal Oswal Securities ), Sanjeev Agarwal ( CEO, Gitanjali Exports ) & Gulam Zia ( Executive Director, Knight Frank ).

The sets were elaborate with a plethora of arc lights and again multiple cameras. Felt like Shahrukh Khan, being in the arc lights!

The seating was on shallow chairs - it looked like big fight panelists were wantonly put on the edge, during the program! There was an audience for this program. Questions & interactions with the audience was there - eminently moderated by Vikram.

I thoroughly enjoyed participating in this program, which I would rate as the biggest in my career so far, on scale & prestige. The program is going to be aired on a Saturday before Diwali ( mostly 7th November ). I'll inform you of the exact schedule when I come to know about it.

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I had spent my Sunday morning fruitfully – yesterday. I went to Everest – not the mountain, but the movie. :-)

Everest is the real story of a mountaineering expedition which had gone to scale Everest in 1996 – and disaster had struck the team. Don’t get all morose and think that since it is a disaster drama, it’s going to be oozy & wet with blood and tears.  Infact, it is anything but.

The movie eschews unnecessary drama which other Hollywood movies pile on, skyhigh ( seen Knight & Day?! ). The movie is taut without the melodrama - which Bollywood is famous for.  The movie is believable & captures human emotions quite realistically.

The majestic mountain is front and centre of this magnificently made movie. You feel you are there. Some of the scenes like the calving of the icefront of the mountain,  where the iceblocks come onto the camera, are mindblowing. 

The cast is good – the notables being Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightly, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington... The cinematography is superlative. The shots are crisp & the angles capture how small we are when juxtaposed with the immensity of the mountain. The sweeps and  the panoramic views are awesome.  The background score is a bonus adding immensely to the viewing experience.
Oh, what a movie!  It was an elevating experience. See it in 3D.

This is my first movie review! Let me know if I should do this more often :-) or can it !

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