Friday, April 22, 2011

Moin Akhtar passes away...

Ah Moin Akhtar, the greatest actor of the subcontinent is no more...
Different people may have different views but for me he was the best actor in the sub-continent beating all else hollow. You give him any role he will excel in it. He studied the characters so well and then will live the role. I only wish more people follow his commitment to excellence. I can only say Inna Lillahi wa Inna Ilaihi Rajioon. Not only Pakistan but the world has lost one of the greatest entertainer of all time. But he went too early. So sad.
Remember what great dramas he has given us which will continue to entertain for generations to come.

An excerpt:
Anwar is a playwright, poet, television host, satirist and painter. He is widely recognised for using satire and wit to shed light on current social issues for all ages. The man behind Studio Dhai (Studio 2:30) and Studio Ponay teen (Studio 2:45) is best known for his plays Angan Tehra and Mehrunnissa, which won him critical acclaim.
Moin, recipient of the Sitara-i-Imtiaz – Pride of Performance awarded by the president of Pakistan – has had a large fan following in the subcontinent for over three decades now. A stage actor, comedian, TV host, writer, singer, director and producer, he is perhaps most famous for his impersonations.
Although Urdu is the national language of Pakistan, it is spoken in many parts of India and is widely understood in all Hindi-speaking regions of the country.
With command over several languages including English, Sindhi, Punjabi, Bengali and Gujarati – Moin is known for his faultless portrayal of characters from everyday life. His most memorable performance was in the role of a female TV artist, Rozie, which was an adaptation of Tootsie featuring Dustin Hoffman.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

India wins the ICC World Cup 2011 ...

When you do not have a comfortably sailing to the final you win it...
Congratulations to India for winning the world cup 2011. In the end they played better and deserved to win despite their lucky escape in the semi against Pakistan. Forget that.
They played like champions today. Despite loosing two early top gun wickets of Sehwag and Tendulkar they played most methodically to reach the target. Hats off to the Gautam Gambir and Virat Kohli partnership. Then Dhoni played a master stroke, he came himself instead of Yuvraj who could have or could not have played, to lead from the front and see how responsibly he played without being bogged down unlike Misbah neither did he play any non-cricketing stroke like Afridi.
There is something to learn from these boys - unity of purpose, planning and commitment.
I hope our team was watching how they planned their batting up to the point they won. No rash non-cricketing strokes, no T20 strokes and no bogging down unlike our boys on the fateful day.
Srilanka made terrible mistakes by not taking some good bowlers like Ajanta Mendis etc. they had no good pace attack and the best spinners were not playing.
Now coming to the main point. Pakistan topped the tabled and is bundled out in 2011. In 1992 they got into the knockout because Australia beat West Indies and Pakistan sneaked in and went on to become the World Champions 1992. Similarly in 2009 Pakistan won the T20 Championship after being humbled earlier and were about to be eliminated. But when it sneaks in with utmost difficulty it wins the final. But when we top the table we never win. This is an observation. Now you ponder over it.
Same with India, they sneaked in with great difficulty after loosing to South Africa and tieing with England and were not exactly comfortable with others. They beat the minnows. Their most difficult match was against Pakistan. Seems like they kept the best for the final and bravo they did the job.

Rest later.