Big B’s ‘Teen Patti’….Message is Masterful and Powerful,Movie is Not….Knowledge is Power but should be applied responsibly and not be misused…Greed is a Destroyer

Caught the second day late night 10.45 pm show last night of Amitabh Bachchan’s latest release ‘Teen Patti’….just 50 people in the theatre that could seat 200 +

Big B is a Maths Professor who figures out through Mathematical Probabilities the winning hand in a Game of ‘Flush’ or ‘Teen Patti’ as we know it in India….he gets a young prof to round up a few students to test it out..and the Movie builds up as they get around town winning thousands and lakhs at Real Games in shady social clubs and later crores at the Big High Wheelers Games around the City

The Message is masterful and powerful

  • Knowledge is Power…and should not be misused…but be used for the betterment of Humanity…Using a Mathematical Theorem to win in Cards,a Game of Luck and Chance is Cheating…..What comes to mind also is that man has created the Weapons of his Own Destruction….Nuclear !
  • The Probability of India recognising the Genius of an Individual before the World does,is very Low.

    So often,we find Indians get recognition overseas,before India begins to salute them…the recent Chemistry Nobel Prize for instance was co-awarded to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan of Cambridge,UK…he was born in Tamil Nadu,studied in Vadodra,failed to get a seat at the IITs or Christian Medical College,Vellore,moved to USA and then later switched from Physics to Biology and  from USA to UK….he was annoyed to receive Hundreds of Congratulatory Emails from many Indians who claim to have been associated with him In India

    My own late Uncle,my father’s elder brother was lost to India….He was brilliant and after having studied at MIT,US,he returned to India and joined India’s Premier Scientific Research Group in the 1950s…he returned to the US in disgust after his seniors repeatedly took credit for his research…India lost a Brilliant Brain

    All his life Bachchan, as Maths Prof Venkat Subramaniam, faces rejection of his Research Papers in India…..He is forced to resign,owning moral responsibility for the suicide of one of his students involved in his Experiment…..The Other students and the Young Prof involved in the successful experiment quietly ensure that his research reaches and is finally recognised by World renowned Maths Genius,played by Ben Kingsley, and Cambridge University,UK decides to award him the Issac Newton Prize, the highest Maths Honour

Greed is a great Motivator…a gread Seducer…..and inevitably the Destroyer.

Greed and Fear are two sides of the Stock Market Coin…..they form the core basis for Irrational Thinking…at some of my sessions,participants actually roleplay such behaviour in specific situations…throwing up Investor Mistakes and quirks in Human Behaviour and Relationships

‘Teen Patti’ too highlights this growing greed and addiction to the glamour of quick and easy Monies from playing ‘Teen Patti’…it destroys the human…forcing even resorting to stealing and  blackmailing….distracts them from focusing on core moral and ethical Values and sound education…it takes Big B as Prof Venkat Subramaniam to hard knock this lesson to the students involved in his experiment…he empties all bullets,but one,of a Gun …..holds it to his head and presses the Trigger…he’s lucky….that’s what it is he tells,no yells,at the students…Just Luck and Probability…do they have the guts to hold the Gun to their Head and Pull the Trigger !…….play this Russian Roulette,just like Hritik Roshan does in Dhoom 2 with Aishwarya !? read more

Just saw ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.. I was disappointed… It ‘craftily’ translates, onto the Screen, a host of negative Indian Images entrenched deeply in Western Minds !

This Saturday afternoon I saw the highly acclaimed ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, winner of Four Golden Globe Awards and just nominated for the Oscars in Ten categories. It was released in Mumbai just yesterday

The Movie did not tug at my heart like ‘Taare Zameen Par’ which was not shortlisted in the Oscars in the Foreign Films Category… I was disappointed.

Amitabh Bachchan’s Blog http://bigb.bigadda.com/2009/01/13/day-265/ raised controversy as media played up that the ‘Big B’ slammed the Film for portraying poverty…. ‘Big B’ accuses the Media and especially two Delhi based Indian journalists of the Gaurdian, Uk for their incontinence

Relevant Extracts of  what Amitabh Bachchan actually blogged from Paris on January 13, 2009, for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ are as below:

A couple of hours, a few damp smelling minutes of those under the English Channel, self mobile operated pictures, early morning French countryside and PARIS..!!

The Salon du Cinema team meets me at the entrance to Paris-Nord station and after an exchange of greetings and flowers and video and stills, out into the wet and cold Paris streets, chased by a huge group of women, who scream and shout and clap, making you wonder what it is that I may have done to receive such an enthusiastic welcome in a country that hardly knows who I am. But, Fouad my driver and sincere personal guide during all my recent visits to the city, gathers me quickly into his car and drives off. They are migrants or asylum seekers from nearby or distant country and are begging he informs me. My ego brought into place I am saddened by their plight. Conditions the world over are so similar. Perceptions differ, but the reality of life and existence, unchanged.

On blog, comments for the film ‘SlumDog Millionaire’ and the anger by some on its contents, prompt me to say the above. If SM projects India as Third World dirty under belly developing nation and causes pain and disgust among nationalists and patriots, let it be known that a murky under belly exists and thrives even in the most developed nations. Its just that the SM idea authored by an Indian and conceived and cinematically put together by a Westerner, gets creative Globe recognition. The other would perhaps not.

The commercial escapist world of Indian Cinema had vociferously battled for years , on the attention paid and the adulation given to the legendary Satyajit Ray at all the prestigious Film Festivals of the West, and not a word of appreciation for the entertaining mass oriented box office block busters that were being churned out from Mumbai. The argument. Ray portrayed reality. The other escapism,  fantasy and incredulous posturing. Unimpressive for Cannes and Berlin and Venice. But look how rapidly all that is changing.  read more