Comedy nights w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶k̶a̶p̶i̶l̶ live : A comedy of ‘egregious’ errors.

 

comedy nights with kapil a.k.a. cnwk

comedy nights with kapil a.k.a. cnwk

‘Comedy nights’ show has gone to dogs. Period.

This post is all about  the angst against the duffed up entertainment with the change of hosts.

 

comedy nights live

comedy nights live

“If the skin were parchment and the blows you gave were ink,
Your own handwriting would tell you what I think.”
― William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors

Yes! I have invoked Shakespeare to deal with this burden of viewer agony. I have borrowed this plainly without reading the eternal script  and it doesn’t take a genius to understand its (the quote) meaning. That is the whole duffing point. In times of such high needs (in India & around) for good humor, even normality or un-originality  can serve much better than profanity.

Egregious Errors

  1. Bad adaptation : –

1a) Background on hosts – There are three visible stars, as seen within the ongoing timeline of the show i.e. Krishna, Bharti & Sudesh Lehri.

 

Bharti & Krishna

Bharti & Krishna

Krishna is a dancer wannabe superstar and a half-committed comedian. He seems confused between his propensity for stardom & his sustenance as a comedian, that is just a stock act to propagate his career & chase his fonder dreams. He is erring like a broken record with endless & untimely tributes to Govinda as a show filler. His real personality as an interviewer is amorphous & confusing at best.

e.g.  He referred to the glasses of Mika as an attempt to look smart without having an onstage presence, that the honorable guest i.e. Dharmendra was also wearing one! It was ironical at best, as the segue was just about finishing with comments by Dharmendra, i.e. his mantra for youthfulness at the age of 80. It was dealt away with a smile & a comic response from the maestro actor himself.

Krishna clearly came across too green on the show’s turf & lacks ability to co-ordinate interviews, also without having any grasp of outstanding improvisations such as kapils’. The genius of kapil is, he did all of this within the limits of comic license while also maintaining the decency of show & dignity of the guests.

Bharti is a loud-mouth pseudo  comic, she derives slapstick humor at expense of others & demands emotional support on being the only noticeable female comedian in the industry. Her humor is clearly insulting many a times (even to most dignified guests e.g.1), it is downright profane & falls hard on the audience at most times. The periodic laughter that the in house audience generates, is almost like a punishment of compulsory humility & a taken for granted largesse by all of us, the humor deprived people. All her acts are an uncomfortable reminder of our sorry situation with limited options on comedy shows.

e.g.1 – At  today’s show end she refereed to the star trio as – “ye log itne velle thodi hein ki yahin ruke rahein” ( these people are not so useless to stay here for you (people).

There was a momentary pause from the 80 year old maestro Indian actor (Dharmendra) to her comments & it felt harsh even by  the most un-orthodox hosting standards. There is a clear lack of comic class , improvising intelligence, sensitivity towards guests-audience dynamism & basic understanding of show’s concept. Personally i think, her on-screen presence is hell on my ears & makes the situation awkward within the purview of family viewing. It is simply an agony not entertainment. I am a viewer i.e. a customer to their TV show business &   i am expressing my ire over it.

I can only say that i am sorry (but not giving or granting) for all of them. If they have the audacity to resume hosting of the best comedy show without matching to its quality. They have opened a Pandora’s box of abject criticism & they must be ready for it. I feel they have robbed & mocked us on something, which had turned the part of our Sunday nights.

“If she lives till doomsday, she’ll burn a week longer than the whole world.”
― William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors

Sudesh Lehri is the only genuine stand up comedian in this rag sack. He is fully committed to being a comedian & it is reflective in his demeanor. However, he is not burdened with the center spot & his credit is usually painted over by these broad stroking limelight hogs. Just like any true comedian, there is this tragedy to his art form.

Sudesh Lehri

Sudesh Lehri

“A rose by any other word would smell as sweet” (what is there in a name?)  – William Shakespeare , Romeo & Juliet

1b) Falsely Adopting a prodigy : Comedy nights with Kapil is a groundbreaking show. It is a super-hit not only in India but internationally sweeping TRP’s across all major nationalities. The recognition of an Indian comedy show as this is unprecedented! It is simply an intellectual asset of the TV world & pride of our urban heritage.

The (above mentioned) three stooges have assumed the lordship of this screen-house without much intelligent thoughts to its audience & format. The demand of show is simply this:

  • Clean & crass free comedy.
  • Outstanding improvisation as an add on.
  • Suitability to family viewing i.e. suitable for all age groups.
  • Genuine public interaction & their extempore contribution on stage.
  •  Good hosting with dignified treatment to celebrity guests.
  • Insightful & fact based interviews advancing fan-star relationship.

However, the stooges are doing the usual mistake of running with roasting humor & the comedy of profanity. It is their staple & familiar comfort zone but it is a disgrace even a betrayal to show’s tradition. It is done at expense of guests & even falls too hard on the ear of the  organic audience.

2) Who is hosting the show ? : The hosting & interview is a split between the hogs i.e. Krishna & Bharti. It not only breaks the continuity of the show but also leaves the viewers in confusion. Conceptually, the show revolves around a celebrity interview & everything else is an add-on. Until the image of a center stage host is fixed (ringmaster), no act can be profoundly build around it. I cannot remember even one single successful TV interview show in past/present, with changing & unsettling hosts like this one. It gives an impression that the centrifugal drives are missing or too  unsorted in their stage script.

Further, the hosting part is generally taken as an organic interaction with the celebrities & the lesser known facts from their personal lives are brought to notice. It is only logic that the interviewer must hold up his end as a real person & his personalities or characters can pop in as cameo. Kapil did it by introducing other comic talents as secondary add ons. Here, Krishna & Bharti are in characters even while conducting their ‘less-interesting’ interviews. While on stage, their characters cannot be switched & often we see dolly speaking as krishna & bharti verbally switching with a he/she tone. It is simply too chaotic & doesn’t build up on the dialogue segment!

3) Interacting with people is missing : It is a people’s show and so what made kapil sharma a comedian of people or a champion of people’s voices. Neither Krishna nor bharti have the demeanor that is inviting to set up a genuine dialogue with common audience. Rather as an observation, their behavior is too aggressive & even intimidating that will inhibit any open & expressive interaction with audience.

No one from audience is willing to dance,hop, speak or act on the stage. Kapil has said it time & again that the impromptu acts by the in house people, is the major reason for show’s success.

By desperately trying to  compete & make a creative equivalence with kapil’s concepts. I think the stooges are killing the U.S.P. & making a bigger mistake in garb of chasing a different route.

4) The great mistake by Kapil Sharma : It is a great betrayal of people’s trust. With no active comic talent hunts in India & not many clean comedy shows. It is imperative that the show must go on with what was working. It is an earnest requirement of the TV world with an otherwise coma state in its dreary milieu. It is even a national duty to do so when the breakdown is so visible & imminent.

kapil sharma

kapil sharma

The show has generated loyalists with a major chunk from the family audience around the world. The unprecedented success & meteoric rise of Kapil Sharma has lead him on false grounds, now chasing lesser dreams. It started with a beautiful idea to entertain people & deviated towards a show pandering to the celebrity creme’ de la creme’, to now an untoward starry eyed chase of a comedian to turn a bolly-wood superstar.

He is chasing stardom as an actor-comedian, while the general public has universally accepted him as a comedian & a champion of common man’s voice.  He is already on the highest ground available to any artist in the world, i.e. a genuine comedian who reverberates the feelings of people. Time will only tell if Kapil Sharma will realize his forte & his ticket to immortality in a world full of – cliches, copycats & hogging performers.

 

 

Thank you for reading. If you like this post then share it with your buddies & spread the opinion, as i sincerely feel that public opinion is supreme. After all, we are at the receiving end of whatever comes out of this brew. It is full of commercial bias that is eating out our free loading entertainment. We must raise our opinions and do so vociferously.

p.s.

I hate it when someone take a plunder on my sources of entertainment & deprives me of the humor, in a life full sober reality.

 

The comedy of egregious errors

The comedy of egregious errors

Junkman's review : Comedy nights live

Junkman’s review : Comedy nights live

I give this new show 2 out 5. how high do you rate it, tell me in the comments.

 

Thanks & Regards.

Vishu Mishra

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Junkman’s movie review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

The storyteller  - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

The storyteller – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Statutory warning – Spoilers, Explicit content

So here’s the deal,

Jonathan Liebesman’s new release,‘ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)‘ is a good movie to watch.

Director Jonathan Liebesman -teenage mutant  ninja turtles 2014

Director Jonathan Liebesman -teenage mutant ninja turtles 2014

To Humor such a long name, let’s call it old and goody ‘a Ninja Turtles movie’ instead 😀

A.  Movie plot : The foot gang spreads malice in the city. Ninja turtles are vigilante’ that keep bumping up their plans. The driving motive for turtles’ heroic is unclear. The protagonist (turtles) are driven by curiosity and adrenalin. However the background, their decision to fight for city is unclear.Likewise, the history of the foot gang is missing. Megan fox plays a rookie reporter.She accidentally drops into middle of few combats and pursuant  to it, connects her in the turtle’s story.

B.  Movie Story : It’s very agreeable to the old comics & TV series of ninja turtles.

These teenage ninja turtles keep showing up to malice in city. Megan fox accidentally peeks into a crime scene and uncovers the turtles as vigilante of New York city. Her involvement with uncovering these turtles leads her into her past.Meanwhile, the assault of foot gang grows stronger . The turning point appears to be the bust into turtles’s safe home in severs.The story doesn’t involve lot of twist and turns, neither it has much unveiling elements. It’s quite flat , yet full of turtle comedy and action sequences .Though, there is one important revelation towards the end.

Climax has lot of eyegasmic action scenes. It is filled with compact comedy and superb action. The best thing about the story, is that it rises towards the end. It holds action & comedy all along.

Ninja turtles (movie ,2014)

Ninja turtles (movie ,2014)

C.  Movie Screenplay : The 3-D experience is viewer- friendly. The appearance, stature & character depiction of turtles is right on money.The costumes, energy level, combat skills, underground turtle bunker , techi/teenage turtle talks is wonderful and adds brilliantly to the comedy-action combo.

The weaker link, is sequences of Megan fox in her solo scenes & desperate reporter modes.The acting is downright flat and meager. The scenes at the villain end are stereotypical. It is however gullible to some extent, it aligns with the old comics style.

There is a plenty load of fresh action and comedy. It is’ trademark turtle’ stuff 😀 and holds the audience in applause & laughter. It is very originally thought out. In short, turtles hold 80% of good experience, 15% is held by villians & 3-5% by megan fox.

D.  Villain : Shredder, leader of the foot gang-is heavy weight, always dressed in iron suit, equipped with knives & holds high martial art skills.However, his charisma is very off-putting & there is no info on his history.He is just a tough iron suit with no smart dialogues.The gang members are shown incompetent,they look like mannequins ,practicing dolls for turtles & they are unable to add any presence in the combat sequences.

Villain shredder - teenage mutant ninja turtles, 2014 movie

Villain shredder – teenage mutant ninja turtles, 2014 movie

Mr. sax is the schemer for all evil plans. The role is limited to providing information & managing his scum lab.

The villainous end could have created more charisma with dialogues & providing elaborated  role to Mr. Sax.

E.  Megan Fox hotness Quotient:-

This is an extra and un-usual addition in my review. I feel  it is quite necessary, considering the hype over Megan fox’s world class hotness notion.

It is downright disappointing & dry in this movie. She moves around the full time, in one or two pair of clothes. ( brown jacket, black trousers).Considering her U.S.P. being hotness, nothing is dropped hot on the screen.There are no hot dresses, no skin revelation or providing any kind of steam! It actually din’t matter for a minute, who is playing  a hot reporter in the movie! The hotness tag is completely down-played & cut-out!

Megan fox , playing reporter in the movie

Megan fox , playing reporter in the movie

 

Megan fox, side profile, reporter in ninja turtles, movie- 2014

Megan fox, side profile, reporter in ninja turtles, movie- 2014

 

Megan fox, no hotness dropped in movie

Megan fox, no hotness dropped in movie

If i were the producer of this movie, I could get more hotness for lesser budget! & hype maybe. Ingenuously speaking, that is all is required in such a plot! There’s not much scope for reporter’ acting & neither one can employ a stalwart actress to this role ( nor it is!!) Mr. Producer, please get hotness & get rid of unworthy brands & hype!

 

This is what you guys missed from megan fox. Some dose of this! & movie would have been a ‘hell-yeah’! 😀

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F.  Movie Acting :

1. Turtles : Fabulous, comic, consistent to character & highly like-able.

2. Villian : Stereotypical, stoical, lacks charisma, lacks expression.

3. Megan Fox : Needs more skin tan!

Acting is meagre, dialogue delivery has no voice modulation, face expressions are stony. She needs to laugh out loud to look more natural! & she should look more emotionally/mentallyvulnerable in such a plot!

Here, she looks very firm, mentally resolved & a situation handler. It goes against the scenes.

G.   Summarizing flaws in the movie:-

1. Why did the turtles turn ninja & how did they procure such an expert training & typical weaponry by living in sewers!(reasons shown are insufficient.)

2. The primary motto of the dreaded foot-gang  is missing. They are guided & driven by Mr. sax.

3. The plan to create chemical catastrophe & sell anti-dote could be achieved with synthesis of another chemical & another anti-dote also!!   The specialty of ‘turtle-blood’ plan wasn’t dexterously laid out.

4. why does a professional reporter ( Megan Fox) doesn’t shoot her story with a professional camera/handy-cam. She roams around  with a phone camera! It seems like a very loose and un-thoughtful end.

5. First encounter, it is very difficult to distinguish whether a smuggling or a normal container shifting is being processed on the  docks.How does megan fox pre-meditatively, marks it as a crime scene from such a distant /difficult view outside.

6. Second encounter, it is ridiculous to see how a rookie reporter enters a terrorized metro station and right from the Main entrance!  She courageously charges in, rather sneaking would have seemed more realistic and genuine.It does not hold, even with the most risk  taking reporting! She could have sneaked in from another door & then get caught as scripted instead.

7. The driving motive of turtles, ‘saving New York city‘ is un-consolidated.

 

Junkman's movie review - teenage mutant ninja turtles (2014)

Junkman’s movie review – teenage mutant ninja turtles (2014)

Junkman’s movie Score parameters

  • Screenplay ( 2points ,most important in a comic based movie)
  • Overall comedy & action ( 2 points, entertainment driver of movie)
  • Story (1 point)
  • Plot(1 point)
  • Villian (1 point, importance of antagonist is imminent)
  • final encounter/climax ( (1 point)
  • Acting (1 point)
  • justification to comics/series (1 point, unavoidable parameter , binds viewer’s expectation beforehand)
  • Cliche/flaws( -1 point, negatives used to reduce the total score)
  • Extra point ( 1 point, efforts on surrounding elements)

Junkman’s Movie Score :

  • Screenplay ( 90%)
  • Overall comedy & action (95%,excellent)
  • Story (75%, loose ends)
  • plot ( 75% , errors)
  • villain ( 80% , less charisma)
  • final encounter ( 100%, good action & comedy)
  • Acting (80%, loosing points on Megan Fox)
  • Justification to mocis/Series (90% , consistent to fan’s imagination)
  • cliche/flaws ( -50%, minor flaws)
  • Extra points (0% , no efforts on hotness of reporter, no great villian plan & charisma)

Junkman’s Overall movie rating/score calculation  : 1.8+1.9+0.75+0.75+0.8+1+0.8+0.9-0.5+0 = 8.2

 Junkman’ movie rating/score ( real & apparent rating) = 82% or 8.2/10

Junkman’s conclusion –  fun movie, definitely one time watch, original turtle action & good comedy.worth spending money.

 This analysis is critical,

Yours truly,

Junkman

Movie Review : Teenage mutant ninja turtle (2014)

Movie Review : Teenage mutant ninja turtle (2014)

 

Junkman’s movie review – vishwaroop (kamal hassans’)

the storyteller

the storyteller

statutory warning – spoilers

so here’s the deal,
the kamal hassans’ magnus opus vishwaroop attains it controversy and its state of grandeur owing to the protest from the Muslim community.
but apart from the controversy,i personally watched it to find the special element “tour de force” that could take me aback to my seat and pop-soda combo by splendid spectacles of expectation meeting reality silver screen and a higher pitch of delight note in my personal series of long disappointing movie hours wasted in nearby cinema theatres that were supposedly highly promising with their promos at first.

the start is really good, the portray of dance teacher with feminine attributes to cross roads with terrorist organisation to the out-spark of macho spy with crazy wacko- combat skills and transformation from dance mode to arcade mode in first fighting scene.

however,it falls into a long subsequent ditch of flashback where the character is justified as an expert undercover agent with an american operative snitch plot to unearth the base of terrorist in Afghanistan and to release the captive Americans kept as hostage with them,who are being used to plea demands & confess infidelity of the westerners to the group which is followed by further supporting of the argument of jihad by examplifying their execution in front of the video camera and putting forward their motive and message across western world,just like classic scenarios.

meanwhile, the story wanders along, the psyche of jihadis and their livelihood and how our undetected undercover spy plays dirty within the brotherhood,also theres’ a long branch of connected string to the guilt of an arab merchants’ execution which is to establish the dark side of our character and his reconciliation with his karma in the second half.its long,un-appreciative and footage eating. for gods’ sake! if the man died! forget it!!

however, the adverse publicity based on the hullabaloo of release dates presents an idea of a really big -budget movie under rescue.however,the scenes and action sequences is pretty average.
but who knows,the costing of production has complicated and mysterious ends of which we,the minority of lesser-ignorant critics as speculative beings could only shovel our thinking and logical curiosity into a pile of endless sand and dwell forever but still lack conclusive interpretation,lets leave that to production teams and financial experts.

the action scenes content has lot of slo-mo,flips, rolls, in short- some complex acrobats by mr. Hassan, and not so complementing screenplay-back flash memory halts owing to his emotional packages, and super spy jason bourne styled-krav maga- mugged-man-o-mano fights and flips,kicks, that ridicules his body shape,weight and age and could easily be imagined as done by really thick iron ropes,powerful motor drives trying to give combat gravity and his di-oriented body mass and out of shape-no muscle macho vishwaroop that could hardly be complemented in the comic ways of a dabangg fan but only with an overdeveloped sense of comedy,that too in a comedy flick and ofcourse! the really busy days for stunt team to put a wreck to work,
but owing to the tamilian origin of the films’ gross action,with chopped arms-amputated body parts and blood baths,these are part of great action cinema.i was just there to aprreciate filmology of theirs’ concept.

the USP of the movie is the virtuoso kamal hassans’ acting career streak,controversy, and a big budget tamil movie running hot in north india.

however,the lead actor has gotten too obsessed with himself and his vishwaroops which are nothing but the dimensions owing to his expertise in secrecy & spyhood spunk.so in totality theres’ not much scope for other actors’ i.e. his wife and his sidekicks-> two guys and one girl.

theres’ a lot of confusion till the end about his status quo with terrorism, indian spy agency, fbi and personal scores with the other terror cell and its head i.e. rahul bose,who has done a smart job by mushing his voice tone down which adds brilliantly to his character.

main theme – cmc from used cancer treatment machines is being aggregated over the years to make a ” dirty bomb” n blow up new york to hail jihad!

totally stupid – the continous song played back on the movie action scenes which romanticizes the action,not so apt. for the movie.

hats off – to the screeplay and ability to draw and connect such a wide story on limited canvas and ofcourse the acting of kamal hassan as always along with the habit of eating all the limelight-which he cant solely be accused of,comes with status and stardom of all top actors. so lets see what part 2 will be like. yes!! there will be one.

cool factor– the concept of pigeons used as deception in the end and multi- level involvement of fbi,police,bomb squads,embassy etc,movie sounds and sound distinction in the first scene of ghungru,bangles. etc.

junkmans’ movie rating – 1.5/2 – lead actors’ acting. 1/2- for screenplay. 1/2- surprises,devoid of cliches’. 1.5/2 -originality,idea and attempt. 1/1- pigeons concept. 1/1 -sound distinction.

junkmans’ real rating -7/10

junkmans’ apparent rating – 8/10 (extra one for controversial- curiosity)

junkmans’ conclusion – one time watch,nothing special or ground breaking.

this analysis is critical.

yours truly,
junkman

movie review

movie review

Junkman’s cricket review – tugging with the aussies

tugging with the aussies

the storyteller

With indian ground staff more inclined towards making a neutral wicket,the upcoming home test series with the aussies will be a tough nut to break.

some stats-icc test ratings,team standings.

Team Matches Points Rating
South Africa 32 3965 124
England 41 4825 118
Australia 42 4916 117
Pakistan 29 3148 109
India 37 3879 105
india vs australia a cat-dog fight.

India vs Australia
a cat-dog fight.

the upcoming test series with australia offers 4 test matches to settle bad blood against the best in business and hope for  a marginal improvement in its test ratings.the home soil anticipates turn and damp on the 4th and 5th day.hence, indian spinners will have busy days and testing times ahead,lot of shoe laces at lot times more will  need to be tied up by the likes of regular spinners -such as harbhajan singh, r.ashwin.

australia’s current test form:-

1st Test

14–18 December 2012
Scorecard
Australia 
450/5d (131 overs)
v  Sri Lanka
336 (109.3 overs)
 Australia won by 137 runs

2nd Test

26–30 December 2012
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
156 (43.4 overs)
v  Australia
460 (134.4 overs)
 Australia won by an innings and 201 runs

3rd Test

3–7 January 2013
Scorecard
 Sri Lanka
294 (87.4 overs)
v Australia 
432/9d (107 overs)
 Australia won by 5 wickets

however,for india-the recent test match with england turned out to be an eye opener with its turning wicket favouring the visitors  to victory. The dwell with pakistan gave a quick crash course in bowling department,both spinning lessons and fast bowling lessons

.the general commotion in the top order with the retirement of rahul dravid, vvs laxman has cracked up the indian defence line and upcoming indian pacers or rather indian version of pace bowlers need to pump up to explode their wrath and match evenly with the aussian class of  pace attack.

junkmans’ money on for this series – virat kohli, cheteshwar pujara,r.ashwin,b.kumar.

q’s- will the gentle giant ishant sharma and only swing no sling bhuvaneshwar kumar step up to zaheer’s shoes?

q’s- will the prodigy kid of captain cool- SIR  r. jadeja continue his dream run from the recent one day series with england and take it one level up to the kangaroos or get back to old state of being mocked by countless-hopeless countrymen?

rjadeja

recent form

RECENT FORM

q’s- will sachin tendulkar settle the 100th ton havoc series’ outmissed chance with the aussies?

q’s- most importantly: will india’s inability to play good length bouncers and short pitched balls be exposed?

india vs bouncers

india vs bouncers

it may all come down to one question: how green is the grass on indian wickets? or maybe more to the class of indian test batting line up,but with indian bowling department still struggling for a spark ,a slight fielding improvement in the side is a welcome plus to its armoury but at the end all departments of the game will be tested to breaking point  in the upcoming series.

we can be certain of one thing,alongside suresh raina in the practice nets,lot of others are practicing to duck the odd one and pull the lolly to distance because there may not be many in the gift wraps thrown as a a house warming present by the humble visitors arriving in the last week of feb.

we can adopt to atithi devo bhavah ( treating  visitor to your home like god) or “give no quarter” from the moment go in the series or a bit of both.this is the time to prove our mettle.

#meanwhile sachin tendulkar showing keen interest in music ,inaugrations and other hobbies to relax his overly – pressurizing and mentally taxing life – good shot sir!! 😀

sachin inaugrating

junkmans’ conclusion – with constancy of yuvraj,dhoni,sachin being fixed as predicted or unpredicted, the only real tug of war will be between the new guys and a rope  pulling their guts out of their skins and showing their long awaited potential along with their right to be in the international squad.

junkmans’ test squad score card on readiness – fielding -(2.5/3),bowling- (1.5/3),batting- (2/3), extra (1/1) for tendulkar effect.

total junkmans’ score-7/10.if sir r.jadeja fires well,we can add extra 0.5 to bowling & batting combined,taking the score to 7.5/10.if we get critical with bowling and expects r.jadeja to fail we deduct 0.5 extra and 0.5. from bowling card making score to – 6.5/10

junkmans’ comments – this analysis is reasonable and hopeful.

 

adiosa,

junkman

cricket review

cricket review