Written with Meeti Kotia
Written with Meeti Kotia
After a long time, I am writing something… I thought to include all my interested fields and domain under this blog instead of just Technologies…
This post is about movie review of ‘Baaghi 2’.
I have interest in martial arts, and so love martial art action movies. Two action stars in Bollywood, Tiger Shroff, and Vidhyut Jhamwal which attract my attention. Selection of bad movies seems the problem with Vidhuyt. What may be the reason…he is not making his mark even though he has potential.
But Tiger is having internal/Industry links and support, but his movie like Baaghi 2 was not at all impressive, not due to his efforts but because of a very weak storyline. Let’s talk about Baaghi 2, I went with the high hope and lots of hungama about the success of the movie. But even after stellar performances and efforts by Tiger, Manoj Bajpai, Prateik Babbar etc. film is weak it seems…Hats off to Prateik for his stellar performance…
Scriptwriter tries to develop a very intriguing story but it seems all went wrong while screenplay. Introduction scenes of Tiger and Disha Patani were weak, it would have been made innovative and effective. The suspense in movie try to bind you but many unanswered questions are also their…I can’t divulge more as this is a suspense-thriller. Research or time does not spend properly during the creation of characters, example, a character of ACP (Randeep Hooda). I don’t understand the character of Randeep Hooda, why he behaves weird and openly use drugs, abusive languages even in front of his seniors? Another one, a constable whose face was not shown, an assistant of Randeep Hooda, this constable starts crying when Randeep ask any question to him? God knows why? and I feel it’s a kind of insult to Indian Police department upright officers.
It seems, after watching this film that everyone is dealing with only drugs in Goa. While watching you don’t understand where the story is heading. In the climax, we suddenly know that there is a dense forest near the city…the main villain has a resort there with helicopters (not one, more) and lots of foreign martial artists with lots and lots of guns and ammunition…. God knows what our intelligence agencies were doing. Director tries to give Rambo like feeling when hero put heroin ka dupatta on his hand. Lots of shooting/blasting/fighting happened in the climax…. which was not convincing but yes Tiger Shroff put’s his great efforts in fight scenes. Interestingly, police party and army etc. were just waiting outside of this dense forest…. again, God or director knows why? Hero, who is a martial artist, who beats 500-1000 people in the climax was easily beaten up by a very weak villain. In one of the last scene, very interesting shot, the hero was surrounded by 20-25 armed fighters….I was thinking that how the director will move forward from this point….Whoop, suddenly shot cuts and next scene starts…..after a few minutes, the director shows again that older spot where all fighters were scattered and dead….God knows how? Till that time, I had started searching for Exit door from that cinema hall….
As per reports, the movie is inspired by some south Indian movie. But my point is when you have invested so much money in it…. put some extra time also in research, character generation/creations etc. It seems that director wants to put everything in one movie i.e. Rambo, Ong Bak etc…. Just check commercials hits like Chennai Express, 3 Idiots, Munna Bhai MMBS etc…for screenplay….Like in Ong Bak they were aptly used Thailand culture/animals and embed fighting around it…as Indian, we have very rich cultural heritage…so can’t we create something interesting around it?
Suggestion for Tiger, dear you work hard but be alert on the selection of script. Just learn from Jackie Chan in this matter, he is the best inspiration for fighters in movies, not because he is a great martial artist but he knows the nitty-gritty of cinema and knows how to entertain cinema lovers.
Note: Views in this article are just a reflection of my thoughts as a viewer after watching this movie. I personally don’t want to hurt anyone/or movie business intentionally or unintentionally…
Image reference from Bollywood Hungama website from the internet…
Lot’s of people having problem in setting up D-Link modem/router with Reliance Broadband. To help those friends, here is a procedure to set up your router:
Let’s take the modem out of the box and make this thing work.
(1)Power indicator ; (2) LAN port 1; (3) LAN port 2; (4) LAN port 3; (5)LAN port 4; (6) Wifi indicator; (7)Push Wifi indicator; (8)USB indicator; (9) ADSL link indicator; (10)ADSL internet Indicator
Figure 02: Telephone cable(RJ 11)
Figure 03: RJ45 cable
2. Now, plugged power cable into power socket and we are all set.
3. Now connect your RJ11 wire to Telephone Port and ADSL port of Modem(DSL written in Below Image)
Figure 04: Modem
Figure 06: D-Link Setup page
Figure 08: D-Link Setup page
Figure 09: D-Link Setup page
Figure 10: D-Link Setup page
16. Now go to Advance → Network Tools → ADSL
Figure 14: D-Link Advanced page
Remember you can set any router for auto dialing Reliance Broadband connection, hence just open www.reliancebroadband.co.in from any connected device and do web dialing.
Article(Technical) written by Suchint Kotia
Don’t worry if your child has swallowed a coin….
This just happened to me, my eight year daughter was sitting with me studying for her exams. I saw a five rupee coin on the bed few minutes before but didn’t pick it up as I was asking her the lessons.
Suddenly she patted her back and said in a husky voice that coin went inside……..
Her papa came running, pulled her upside down tried everything he could but the coin slide down the gut. We went running to the hospital did x- ray and showed it to the doctor, who just relaxed us by saying “Don’t worry give rich fibrous food, plenty of water and bananas to the child.”
But friends it took 14 days to pass out of her body….
My experience says that if the coin has easily slides your esophagus or the food pipe then it will come out through excretion.
But if it goes into the wrong pipe then you need medical aid immediately…
My daughter is weak in eating and too much of banana she was unable to eat may be this was also the reason why the coin took so long to come out. Salads helps a lot in sweeping the intestines. So I gave her salads and, in a day or two the coin was out.
Doctor says that our small intestine is very long and the food takes time to travel through it. If it’s a coin, then to come out it may take one or two days, eight days and may be fifteen to twenty days but it will pass out…
Just give plenty of fibrous food, salads, fruits, warm water, bananas etc…..
And biggest don’t panic, body automatically cleans the unwanted stuff………..
Article written by Meeti Kotia
I had been to seminar organize by Adobe on Adobe CS5 launch in Mumbai on Friday 14 may 2010. A great seminar I can say. Very impressive presentation by those three evangelists from Adobe team i.e. Terry White, Greg Rewis, Jason Levine.
Event was organized in NCPA auditorium in Mumbai, which is near to Mantralaya at Churchgate Mumbai. I reached there before time at 8.45 AM on Friday, even though timings are given for the event is 9:30AM to 5:30PM. When I reached to the auditorium it was good to see all old and previous companies’ friends there. We discussed lots about the Multimedia industry and technologies. Good hot tea and coffee with cookies served by Adobe, and also inform that event will start now at 10:00 AM. I passed the time with friends, and on HP, NVIDIA stalls with hot tea.
Event start at 10:00 AM with Terry White session. He took a great session on Design Premium i.e. InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator etc. Personally I liked the Terry’s session because he is concentrating on his subject and zooming/zoom out during his activity so everyone can see the menu options which he was selecting. He had utilized his time properly to show demonstration, for which we went to that seminar.
Than Lunch break….ohh we were waiting for that. We ran towards food stall…..ahh …good food….than what… we enjoyed it thoroughly….and not missed any stall……..
Again session starts, this time its Greg Rewis turn. Who was an expert in Web Creative Suite. His presentation skill and command over products is great, but he always leave his workstation and come in front of the audience and express his views and again go to his workstation to show something. In this process what I feel that we lost some useful time. If he like Terry sits on his workstation than he can show may be more in less time. That’s no problem, because he also did a wonderful presentation. He showed all great new features in those products. He also commented on Apple’s problem with Flash technologies. He had shown that Flash technologies support touch screen application. He demonstrated that on iPhone and Terry showed on iPad. Greg shown Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks etc.
Greg shown one important thing about Photoshop and Fireworks, which is really amazing, that through Fireworks you can reduce image file size drastically without losing quality as compare to Photoshop. He convert an image from Photoshop to JPEG and size comes to 180KB….but when he convert same image through Fireworks its size comes to 105KB…..AMAZING!!! and that too without any loss in quality as compare to Photoshop image.
We try to avoid afternoon nap because we don’t want to lose any point in between. Many people though enjoyed sleeping. Greg was trying to make his session electrifying and he was successful too, but you can’t control everyone….and that too after a delicious food in lunch….so many enjoyed their sleep. OK, I want to make clear that I was not asleep…because I don’t want to lose knowledge sharing from these experts 🙂
Now after Greg session a short break for tea and cookie. Again we enjoyed everything 🙂 …yummy….
Its time for Jason Levine session. Who is evangelist on Creative Suite Production Premium. His session was also great and he try to cover many topics in video production field. Some problem we faced during his presentation are zoomin/zoomout feature in his laptop. He was not able to zoom-in and zoom-out during exercises because may be his laptop not support that function. So we (viewers) were not clearly able to see what option he is clicking. He sang some Hindi songs also and Hindi dialogue which were liked by the audiences. His language is too fast it seems as compared to previous two presenters, and may be some Indian viewers (who doesn’t interact with American daily) may be find some problem to understand some fast words….may be…..
He has highlighted features such as hi speed of video editing work with CS5, Rotoscoping, Glow lines, Color corrections etc.
After that both these three gentlemen showed us some hidden secretes in last, which is none other than some more new features. Than lucky draw event, in which three lucky winner win the Adobe CS5 set……….uff….I was not selected in that lucky draw…..no problem may be next time 🙂 …….With a good note seminar ends at sharp 6:00PM.
Some new features which are highlighted during seminar are:
1. Quick selection tool through which we can select hair strands also. Which was difficult in previous version?
2. New improved 3D text/modeling tool in Photoshop.
3. Content Aware option in Photoshop…truly magical tool.
4. Perspective grid tool in Illustrator.
5. Gap tools, Auto fits, Online feedback feature, interactivity in InDesign.
6. PHP, HTML 5 support and Browser lab in Dreamweaver.
7. Supporting of lots of languages in Flash.
8. New improved code snippets in Flash. Just drag and drop any prepared script from code snippet.
9. New improved Rotoscoping brush, Glow lines, color correction, color Finess3 plug-in tool in After Effects.
10. And many more 🙂
As I had learned about the Project Management, here is a short note on Project Management theory and its classes. This article is purely for my revision purpose, so readers may feel it like incomplete article, my apologies for that.
Projects are defined as complex efforts, made up of interrelated tasks, to be completed within a limited time frame and budget, with a well-defined set of objectives.
Project Management is define as the process of managing and directing the efforts and resourse (time, materials, personnel, finance) through the project life cycle to complete a particular project in an orderly and economic manner; and to achieve the project objectives to the satisfaction of the project’s major stakeholders.
A successful Project Manager must simultaneously manage the four basic elements of Project
Project Life Cycle:
1. Project Management Overview: Projectisation & Scope
2. Project Life Cycle feasibility analysis & a case study experience
3. Network based Project Planning & Scheduling
4. Resource Allocation & scheduling
5. Project risk assessment & management
6. Project Procurement, Material & SCM(Software configuration Management)
7. Project Evaluation & Finance related issues
8. Project Contracts, Arbitration & Dispute Settlement Mechanisms
9. Project Total Quality Management
10. Introduction to MS Project
11. Introduction to Primavera
12. Theory of Constraints & Project management Experience
13. Project Human Resource Management
14. Case Studies
1. Describe the special characteristics of project, and their implications
2. Describe the major project management functions and the skills required
3. Major project management techniques
4. With case studies, realistic expectation of how to learn to become effective project manager
5. Understand the role of good project planning, and basic planning framework
6. Understanding the common mistakes made in project planning
7. Understanding and differentiate the CPM (Critical Path Method) and PERT (Program Evaluation Review Technique) technique in scheduling, their development, applications and limitations
8. Prepare a schedule for project activities, with or without resources constraints, possibly using Excel and MS Project software or Primavera
9. Use CPM method to analyze the time and cost trade-off
10. Address some scheduling problems facing task duration uncertainty
11. Define the elements and roles of project control during the implementation phase
12. Describe the frameworks for project control
13. Monitor project progress
14. Use the earned value method to manage project’s cost and schedule
Aptech Ltd. on 28 Jan 2010, announced its acquisition of Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC). The acquisition is through the takeover of 100% equity shares of Maya Entertainment Ltd.(MEL) , the parent company of MAAC. MAAC, one of the largest players in the Animation & Multimedia education industry, is a premium brand with over 70 centres spread throughout India. Aptech has his brand, Arena Animation, the leader in the field of Animation and Multimedia education in Asia. The deal is valued at Rs. 76 cr . In my view a great move by Mr. Ninad Karpe the CEO & MD of Aptech. This move again reposition Arena Multimedia as number 1 in Multimedia, Animation and also strenthen itself in 3D/VFX education market also.
For more details check link: http://www.animationxpress.com/index.php?file=story&id=25611
I received an interesting email on new year, through my blog I want to share those interesting points with you. You must read at least once, really useful for our life.
‘Ooga Booga’ is a 3D animation commercial series design by Vaibhav Studio in Mumbai with O&M advertising agency. You can read the complete article on http://www.animationxpress.com/oogabooga/001-ob-main.htm
Ooga Booga is basically a concept developed to promote the sports channel Neo Sports. Cricket is the focus for the channel, so idea and concepts also move around cricket. O&M is the ad agency for Neo Sports, they come up with a lead character who is genius amongst the brain-numb Neanderthals, who comes up with innovative ideas to play the game.
This project has two seasons, first with three promos:
1. Stone Bats
3. Dino Belly
Second season of the series has two promos:
1. Flying Menace
2. Samba Mamba
Ramamoorthy from O&M Mumbai has co-scripted the film along with the studio. They have the idea to link completely unaware cavemen with cricket. The series was created to reinforce the ‘cricket fever’ on Neo Sports.
Script – Once the stories were finalized, after that Vaibhav Studio team co-scripted the script along with O&M with full details inputs.
Storyboard – This is a graphical representation of story with consideration of all details in the script. It makes production very clear and easy.
Animatics – Studio people also try to see the flow of the film by making animatics. This is done with 2D platform
Character Design, Backgrounds and Props
Character Design – Since there weren’t any dialogues for any character, it is important to give each of them visually unique characteristics and styles.
Backgrounds and Props
Layout of particular shots, crowd positions, creation of the 3D jungle, foliage and color references served as valuable during production process.
Modeling and Rigging
Modeling – Here with the help of 3D software artists create the models as decided in storyboard. All model done in low poly to keep the file size low. With the help of textures trees, caves etc. gets specific effects.
Rigging – It means to provide a support to your model with IK and other means, which help the model during different movements. During rigging process previous done animatics help the rigging artist.
Texturing and Lighting
It is an important part of the process. Color images in storyboards which has lights and shadows were helpful during lighting and texturing. The character Uvs were taken separately for texturing.
Animation and Sound
First dialogues were recoded with the animatics, which than used by animators during lip-sync and body language of the characters.
Compositing and Final Sound recording
3D sections are done in low polygonal modeling to make the rendering of the film easy. After rendering, final compositing has to be done, during which color correction and lighting of the scene were also corrected as needed.
During this period final sound effects and background music with incidental sounds and sync effects were created and placed according to the visual flow.
So in this way a complete 3D animation commercial is ready.
On February 4, 2009, NewTek Inc. launched new version of LightWave i.e. LightWave CORE. LightWave CORE is a completely new system offering a unified environment that allows anything to be animated in any number of ways. LightWave CORE is a node-based, multi-processing, unified application, designed to be as future-proof as possible, with a concentration on capacity and performance.
Jay Roth, president, 3D division of NewTek Inc., say that this is based on new architecture, which will be more flexible, forward-looking, high capacity and performance driven system than any 3D content creation environment currently in the market.
LightWave CORE offers a flexible user interface design with general access to most of the UI components available via CSS, including fonts, placement of controls and widgets, down to pixel-level accuracy. Users can also take advantage of snapping palettes to rearrange their screen at will and use the desktop management system to store their preferred layout in a per context fashion: settings for modeling, surface, rigging, animating, rendering and so on, all set and stored separately.
The SDK for CORE is C++-based and is the same for internal development as it is for external development. The architecture enforces full access to C++ SDK and scripting languages, featuring Python as the primary language, while remaining open to connection with a wide range of others through SWIG compliance. CORE is completely multi-threaded spawning as many threads as it needs. The system is both 64- and 32-bit compliant, and is capable of leveraging GPU power where applicable. It will be available on Windows, Macintosh OS X and Linux.
LightWave v9 owners gain access to LightWave CORE with their HardCORE membership for US$395 (charter price) through March 31, 2009. Beginning April 1, HardCORE annual memberships for LightWave v9 owners will increase to US$495.
For more information please visit: http://www.newtek.com/core/