…this has been the story of my life…

I am not sure why, but especially on matters sporting, i have always been a die-hard fan of the second best (or second most visible…)

When the second-best one, through dint of hard work ends up becoming numero uno as well, as Rahul Dravid has done now and Stefan Edberg has done in the past, my cup runneth over…

Otherwise, even when I have been an aficionado of the undisputed numero uno (eg Michael Jordan) my loyalty has always been with the second gun (Scottie Pippen with the Bulls, VVS Laxman throughout his illustrious career that has delivered but only 10 splendid centuries, Leander Paes,…)

The sole exception I can think of is Steffi Graf…she came out of the gates strong, something about her hard-working no-nonsense clean and crew-cut style appealed to me and she remained a favorite till she called it a day several years later…for once, Gabriela Sabatini and Monica Seles never supplanted her in my eyes….

…perhaps this is the reason why I am rooting for the Portuguese soccer (or should we say real football?) team, Michael Schumacher, Vijay Singh and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (over his more heralded fellow-south-paw skipper)…

Comments

Jaunty Quicksand said…
Except for Laxman and Edberg, the common trait with all your favourites is that they lacked the talent the alpha-dogs of their sport did, but that did not deter them from carving a niche for themselves. If Laxman had been treated better by the selectors and management, he would have more than his 10 centuries. Though to be fair, many of his splendid innings have been 50’s, proving to be the difference between victory and defeat, like Dravid’s twins in the Kingston Test.

2:40 PM

Delete

Kaiser said…
why was Schumacher pushed to an underdog Status ? He never was and will never be so

2:04 AM

Delete

Advertisements

…I am totally anguished by the politicization of the entire reservations business. just because Senor Arjun Singh wishes to score political points off Dr Manmohan Singh is no reason to bastardize the entire education system in the country.

It is bad enough that nearly 60 years after Indian independence, the oppressed and deprived class continue to toil in misery and hopelessness. Worse is the insouciance of the ruling classes that tends to opine that reservations (in higher education and in jobs) is the only form of affirmative action that needs to be tried out.

Why dont these people ensure basic physical safety, sanitation, and primary education, for these poor-est of the poor? I have seen classmates at the IIT that came in through the SC/ST reservation system – 90% of them did not deserve to use it since their respective fathers had used the same system before them to rise to the top rungs of their own public sector jobs! Unless this creamy layer is contained, and the realization sets in that deprivation applies to so-called forward castes as well when they live in poverty, no affirmative action program will be effective.

Most wonderful is Mr Laloo Prasad Yadav’s munificent offer to reserve seats in colleges for the so-called forward classes based on percentage of the population…

Go ahead, dilute educational brands that have been developed over the past 40+ years in a single diabolic stroke of the political pen.

While travelling in the US, almost every Pakistani I met (and there are several of them, all very nice to know, etc) had come there for under-graduate studies (since the college education system in Pakistan has totally collapsed after Bhutto successfully politicized the campuses in the 1970s). Indians seemed to typically come there for post-graduate studies.

Give the devils here in India a chance and I am sure this ratio will change – and an increasing number of even middle-class parents whose children do not get through to a premier college will start sending their offspring, and a whole boatload of foreign exchange, abroad to educate them in the US and Australia and elsewhere, and fund US and Australian universities and the education systems there.

Eventually the best faculty will be disheartened about teaching at the so-called temples of learning in India and avoid taking up employment there, in the same way that abysmal salaries and work conditions are keeping the best and brightest away from becoming school teachers.

This will be the death-knell of our much-vaunted education system. Talk of killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.

…and a solitary vocal voice in support…

Kaiser said…
There is no use in reserving seats in educational institutions .It would lead to dilution of standards set by these institutes. Rather the government could start strengthening the primary education system for these less privileged classes. Reserving those jobs and seats is like putting cart before the horse

…For a movie to put a critically acclaimed one like Parineeta in the shade, the bar has to be set pretty high.

In fact, but for the obsession award-givers have with melodrama and seriousness, this “great” movie from 2005 should have given quite a run at the awards as well to the supposedly more appreciated “Parineeta” and “Black”.

“Bunty Aur Babli” is one of those once-in-a-lifetime perfect movies that does not stop to meander at all, that does not give into the temptation to pull in the maudlin though it has no (or minimal) relevance to the core theme.

An amazingly well-made crime caper, with nary a false-step (unless one wants to dwell on the unimportant fact that the action almost never reaches Mumbai though it professes to do so), Shaad Ali Saigal has authored a brilliant offering on the heels of his earlier highly appreciated “Saathiya”.

Bunty Aur Babli is thoroughly irreverential, features two of the most versatile stars in contemporary Indian cinema – Abhishek and Rani – who have acquired an almost chameleoning ability to inhabit the characters they play, wonderful music that blends in so wonderfully into the whole (another outstanding score from Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and totally apt lyrics from the RD Burman of lyricists – the one and only Gulzar!), great cameos by stars of yesteryear and in particular, superb use of Aishwarya and Amitabh, and borrows liberally from great ideas from impostors and con-men the world over and weaves them into the Indian context.

More on the music. “Kajra Re” has been written about extensively (and deservedly so – Alisha Chinai did full justice to the song) but I like so many of the rest too (Sonu Nigam and Mahalaxmi Iyer’s “Chup Chup Ke” is delightful, so is “Dhadak Dhadak” sung by one of my perennial favorites Udit Narayan in consort with the uniquely gifted Sunidhi Chauhan, and Sukhwinder Singh and Jaspinder Narula showcase their talent yet again in the title number co-sung by Shankar Mahadevan) that this has quickly risen into my must-own-CD collection (along with Dhoom, Hum Tum, Dil Chahta Hai, Parineeta, Taal, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,…)

(BTW, have not the last 5 years been one of the most productive ever for fans of Hindi film music in terms of range of selections, quality of songs – lyrics and music, new voices coming up, et al; but this is subject for another post!)

The wondrous part of Bunty Aur Babli is that even the negatives seem to become a positive. For example, after a long time, Rani Mukherjee seems chubby (to put it kindly, especially when she dances around in black hotpants). Yet my wife and I could not agree on whether it was a case of her letting her fitness get away from her, or it was a case of a dedicated actress putting on flab to live the role as a small-town Babli making it good!!! BTW, Abhishek Bachchan is perfect – he lives the role, I could NOT find a flaw in his performance, he lives every disguise and act he puts on, and his body of work (Yuva, Dhoom, Bunty Aur Babli, the cameo in Hum Tum, the supposedly outstanding performance in Sarkar, and more) already puts him on track to match his fathers opus.

Superb movie – this “Bunty Aur Babli”, I will see it again and again; it merits dissection and analysis like a “Sholay” or a “Mr & Mrs 55”

So much so that Bunty and Babli have made it into the common folklore as symbols of the ambitious small town Indian youth…see it to experience it!

and the helpful commentary…

Jaunty Quicksand said…
In the movie, the goal of making enough money to go to Bombay is nothing but a MacGuffin. Simply put, it is an element in the plot that provides an impetus/rationale for the characters to behave the way they do. (For instance, the Ring is the Macguffin in the Tolkein series. It just drives the plot, while itself does not “participate” in the story).I got to see B&B and enjoyed it a lot. Also check out “Sarkar”. If you think you are going to watch a retread of “Godfather” you are in for a surprise. Yes, many elements are similar (and “inspired by the original”), but RGV has his own spin on it and populates his ovies with a good cast of actors. And his habit of using as few words as possible to get a point across is such a contrast to the bombastic scenes of most other movies that it in itself is enough motivation to raise the viewers impression of the movie. I saw it again on Friday and enjoyed it. I also saw “Zanjeer” on Saturday and the similarities between Amitabh’s acting in that and Abhishek’s in “Sarkar” are so uncanny you’d think the two guys were related or something!!

10:47 AM

Delete

Aruna said…
i would recommend ‘Iqbal’ as well from the 2005 releases. A poignant movie about dreams and fantasies of the lesser privileged.

11:46 PM

Delete

Buck said…
Thanks for the suggestion – “Iqbal” it is for the next one we shall watch – though “No Entry” is also in contention as the biggest box office success last year.

2:33 PM

Delete

Over the past month or so, we have seen more movies than we saw in the year before that.

We saw “Rang De Basanti” in a theatre and liked it a lot.

Then we decided to get caught up on the 2005 Hindi movies that we had not seen. We have seen two thus far, were delighted with one while the other was a slight let-down.

Let me start with the “let-down” first. Perhaps if we had seen this first, we might have enjoyed it. But we did not and the other one so enthralled us that “Parineeta” was perhaps doomed from the very beginning.

Having a wondrous and simple beauty as the heroine, one of the most improved dramatic actors as the hero, and a wonderful sound-track from Shantanu Moitra that has dominated the airwaves for over 10 months now (at least), it was but obvious that our expectations were sky high.

I have not read Sarat Chandra’s story so am not sure if the problem is with the original or with the way in which Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Pradeep Sarkar have interpreted it in the screenplay. But the movie begins well and has several lulls that are frustrating.

The worst sequence is the one where a (hopelessly mis-cast and ugly) Sunjay Dutt is bragging about how he became a steel magnate. It really challenges one’s intelligence to think that his sister, who has been gushing over his desire to eat her “hand-made” cake has not told the rest about his life story. It was set in the 1960s so it is possible (though improbable) that this beloved and wildly successful brothers pictures were not available to share with his doting sisters and their “like-family” neighbours. But by making him narrate his own life’s story, it makes the Sunjay Dutt character singularly self-obsessed and arrogant, and contrasts dramatically with what emerges later.

Equally bad is the inadequate direction given to the beautiful Vidya Balan on how to balance laughter with tears. The best example of this is of course Kamalahaasan in Ramesh Sippy’s “Saagar”. But otherwise, it is best to avoid such sequences entirely – the inexperience of Pradeep Sarkar as a movie director shows through here.

And the end was so melodramatic, with the scrawny Shekhar (Saif Ali Khan) suddenly seeming strong and breaking open the wall between his house and Lolita (Vidya Balan) – even though it was plausible that she would have left for the airport before he got through with his efforts.

Great music, a haunting performance from Saif Ali Khan, a beautiful new heroine, excellent supporting cast (other than the aforementioned and aging Mr Dutt), great sets and wonderful recreation of th 1960s era Calcutta, brilliant photography, a director with a brilliant feel for visuals, Rekha in one of the most dignified and stately “item numbers” since her own “Salaam-e-Ishq” way back when, a star turn by using Amitabh Bachchan as the sutradhar providing the voice-over, all of it has gone into making an above-average movie (and not the great one it could have been) because the debutante director did not know where to draw the line on the maudlin.

Thankfully, we still had memories of the great movie to fall back upon…will dwell upon that in a separate post.

Comments when first published included:

Aruna said…
hey! for starters nice to see a posting from you after a while….or i have not been peeping in that often :-((liked your review. yes i didnt like the movie that much as well but i thought the biggest pull for this movie was the music. i just loved it. Secondly, vidya balan is a beauty that comes once in zillion years! (yes! i am grinning from ear to ear – she is a TAMBRAM!!)

Pardeep Sarkar (must be over 50 now!) has spent all these making ad films and i guess Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s touch has not rubbed off on him that much!!

waiting to read ur review on RDB!

1:42 PM

Delete

Jaunty Quicksand said…
I think “RDB” would count as a 2006 release, wouldn’t it?Haven’t seen it, but have been told by some very good friends that it is a must-watch (including a Chennai-born friend who does not know Hindi but he follows along enough to keep up and understand what is being said).

10:50 AM

Delete

I have been to several weddings and similar large social events in India over the past 8 months. I typically prefer the wedding ceremony itself to the reception afterwards for closer friends and family as one gets to be a part of a smaller more intimate group.

But for the ubiquitous photographers, I really enjoy people-watching at these events. The photographers seem to have decided that since they will be recording the event for posterity, they are the most important persons in the hall. Hence regardless of the seating position, the most prominent sight for you is the posterior of one of these abominations.

And then they turn away from the event itself, only to show their backs to the dais and now click the audience trying to gawk around their girth at the goings-on that they came to see. I have seen the indulgent photographers miss entirely on clicking key events such as the tying of the mangalasutra no less, and then ask for an action replay so that they can provide it for future replays by the families…

I always thought we meet to create memories, and that we part to preserve them…and that photographs are only an aid to memory, not the memory itself!

It was with some anxiety that I first contemplated the idea of shifting to India from the US when it was broached about a year back.

The crowds are maddening and the traffic worse, especially in the one-time garden city of the country. Tech palaces built by the likes of Infosys and others rub shoulders with squalor and filth of a kind that is alien to those who knew of the Bangalore of the 1980s and before. An interesting study quoted in the Times of India here a few weeks back stated that Bangalore has perhaps the slowest average traffic speed in the country of about 14 or 16 kmph – the best is Hyderabad at about 24-26 kmph, a singular tribute to the previous Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and his vision for Hyderabad.

Yet Bangalore continues to grow, and grow rapidly. Companies are still expanding here despite an ongoing outcry for civic improvements. Housing prices are soaring sky high, and yet any new development is being lapped up in a hurry. Public transport is non-existent, crime is rising with pollution keeping pace and yet there is no other Indian city I would rather LIVE in than Bangalore.

The weather is still much more moderate than any of the contenders in India – Hyderabad and Pune are much hotter in summer and Chennai (and Mumbai) are both way too sultry. Crime is still lower than any city from the North, the choices of cuisine for eating out are outstanding!

The Bangalore airport must rank as one of the worst I have seen anywhere, period. The domestic departure terminal is bad; the international departure terminal is worse. And international arrivals – all one can do is to hope and pray. They have exactly ONE baggage carousel in international arrivals – and around midnight, there are jets landing from Frankfurt, Paris and Singapore, full of people and their baggage. Retrieving your bags and getting out can take anything from 30 minutes (if you are lucky) to over 2 hours.

And yet I love Bangalore and am thoroughly enjoying the move back. Now that I have been back for just over 9 months, I must confess it has been an exhilarating experience.

and the solitary comment this drew when first published…:

Aruna said…
way to go! thats the beauty of india………despite the numerous flaws its the one place u can call HOME………..is someone reading this and getting the message?!!!!!!!! ;-)))

1:27 AM

I read a great statistic today – that in the 9 test matches that VVS Laxman has played since Greg Chappell became the coach of the Indian side, he batted in 9 innings and has 2 centuries, 2 50s, a solitary duck of a suspect lbw decision in Pakistan, and is still not considered worthy of a place in the side. That Laxman in this timespan has the second highest average in the team (only after the resplendent Dravid) only adds to the intrigue. And the average is not a doddering number either but a splendid 65 or thereabouts!

Yuvraj Singh does command a place – because he alone scored runs in Karachi, and then had a wonderful ODI series in Pakistan. Also is supposedly a better fielder – but at cover point, not in the slips where dolly after dolly of a catch was dropped while India’s best slip fielder sat out the game. In the same way as we are picking horses for courses, should we not be picking fieldsmen by position in the field. So if we are picking a 1-day team, absolutely pick Yuvraj – but then performance in the one-dayers should not be used as a predictor of performances in the longer form.

Laxman should be the 2nd slip by default in the test team.

The irony is this. I think that when Laxman is sure of a place in the side, he bats better. And when he bats well, of course his position is not challenged. When India goes overseas, nobody questions the value of the second-best “wall” in the side, thus he is assured of a spot and seemingly does so much better than in home series on the dead wickets of the subcontinent.

I know he will be a fixture on the tour to South Africa – and will come back with at least one more century and one 50 if not more in the tests there.

and the very very interesting discussion that followed thereafter:

Jaunty Quicksand said…
Can you link to that article that talks about Laxman? The writer is doing VVS a disservice by glossing over the numbers, trying to make his look better than they are, opening himself to ridicule. In comparison to the others VVS is still quite favourable and your reasoning is quite good about the validity of his place in the side, ironically for his superior slip fielding.From CricInfo, I got the following batting stats since Chappell became the coach:
140 1st Test v Zim at Bulawayo
8 2nd Test v Zim at Harare
5-DNB 1st Test v SL at Chennai
69-11 2nd Test v SL at Delhi
104-5 3rd Test v SL at Ahmedabad
0* 1st Test v Pak at Lahore
90-8* 2nd Test v Pak at Faisalabad
19-21 3rd Test v Pak at Karachi 0-0* 1st Test v Eng at Nagpur

The writer used stats to suit his story. I am not sure where he got his numbers. Laxman has scored 480 runs @ 43.63, with 2 centuries, and 2 fifties in 11 completed innings. And, yes, he is tied with Dravid in the 100+ scores for the period. (In 50+ scores he loses second place to someone you would not guess immediately).

For comparison:
Yuvraj has scored 375 runs @ 41.66 with 1 century and 2 fifties in 9 completed innings.
Tendulkar 431 runs @43.1 with 1 century in 10 completed innings (he missed the Zimbabwe tour).
Sehwag has scored 541 @45.08 with 1 century (a statistic-skewing 254) and 2 fifties in 12 completed innings.
Dravid has scored 1003 runs @ 77.15 in 13 completed innings with 5 fifties and 2 centuries (2 90+ scores in there!)
Pathan has scored 509 runs(!!) @ 39.15 in 13 completed innings with 5 fifties!

BUT statistically the second best batsman has been one with 698 runs @69.8 in 10 completed innings with 1 century and 1 fifty!! This mystery guy? MS Dhoni (who did not even have the chance to play Zimbabwe to bolster his numbers).

By the way, for the purposes of this exercise I disregarded the current Test at Bombay. But then only Dhoni and Dravid would improve, so maybe it is a good thing I did not include it!! 🙂

Maybe I should make a blog entry out of this, too, on my blog.

Comments?

5:13 PM

Delete

Buck said…
Let me check on this. I picked up the stat in a new Mumbai based newspaper called DNA (perhaps our mutual friend Aruna can dig out this column from the March 20th edition if she can lay her hands on it) yesterday on a short trip to Mumbai.The exact stat the writer quoted was 9 matches, 9 innings for Laxman with 2 not outs and a 62.xx average.

And yes, the writer did refer to Irfan Pathan’s 50s – in fact the column was about how the tail wagging well has offset some of the failures of the top-order. Dhoni came in with a 50+ average but less than Laxman.

BTW, I am deriving a certain vicarious pleasure from India tumbling to 100 All Out in the Wankhede test!

4:20 AM

Delete

Jaunty Quicksand said…
I found the article in the March 21st edition of DNA. (The whole paper can be read online in an easy viewing format).The link is:
http://digital.dnaindia.com/epapermain.aspx?queryed=9&eddate=3/21/2006

Mohandas Menon’s numbers are WRONG. He says he includes the Mumbai test (but only after the first innings at that point).

If you go back and see the article, one look at Jaffer’s stats (for instance) tells you that Mohandas Menon made a mistake. For Wasim Jaffer he has his stats listed as:
3 matches, 3 innings, 0 not out, 142 runs, 1 century, 1 fifty, no 0’s. How does one century and one fifty add up to 142 runs?? He made a blunder somewhere in his sorting/statistical filter and DNA took it and ran it without checking the numbers.

Jaffer’s numbers (including the completed Bombay Test are:
250 runs @41.67 in 6 innings, with 1 century and 1 fifty.

By the way, I made ONE mistake. Dravid’s correct numbers are as follows:
Dravid: 825 in 12 completed innings (3 not outs) @68.75
(I made a mistake the last time I added the numbers).

Do we call up DNA on this?

3:34 PM

Delete

Buck said…
if you had to recast Mohandas Menon’s table with correct data, how would the numbers bear out?

1:23 AM

Delete

Jaunty Quicksand said…
I have redone the table, carefully going over all the numbers. I made a few corrections to the totals I had earlier (also this time I included the Bombay Test so all the averages are down a little bit from earlier, except the ones that did not play). I used Statsguru on CriInfo for the numbers along with a calculator, so all errors are mine and mine alone.Virender Sehwag: 10 16 547 39.07 254 1 2
Wasim Jaffer: 3 6 250 41.67 100 1 1
Gautam Gambhir: 5 8 198 28.28 97 0 1
Rahul Dravid: 10 16 834 64.15 128* 2 6
Sachin Tendulkar: 9 13 335 27.9 109 1 0
VVS Laxman: 9 14 480 43.63 140 2 2
Yuvraj Singh: 9 12 424 38.55 122 1 2
MS Dhoni: 9 13 434 36.16 148 1 2
Irfan Pathan: 11 15 541 36.06 93 0 5
Sourav Ganguly: 6 7 272 38.85 101 1 0

6:58 PM

Delete

Jaunty Quicksand said…
Cleaning up the numbers to sort by Innings-Runs-Average-centuries-fifties, and also in decreasing order of aggregate runs the numbers look like this:Rahul Dravid: 16 834 64.15 2-6
Virender Sehwag: 16 547 39.07 1-2
Irfan Pathan: 15 541 36.06 0-5
VVS Laxman: 14 480 43.63 2-2
MS Dhoni: 13 434 36.16 1-2
Yuvraj Singh: 12 424 38.55 1-2
Sachin Tendulkar: 13 335 27.9 1-0
Sourav Ganguly: 7 272 38.85 1-0
Wasim Jaffer: 6 250 41.67 1-1
Gautam Gambhir: 8 198 28.28 0-1

7:05 PM

Delete

Buck said…
satisfying enough – so Laxman is still the second best in terms of average, has 2 centuries, and so on….Mr Chappell has some serious introspection to do.

11:58 PM

There is a frequent debate amongst my circle of friends about the relative importance of a college basketball program with respect to preparation for subsequent success in the NBA.

For example the much heralded Duke program has really produced just 2 top-notch and perhaps one or two tier-2 NBA players in the last decade or so – Grant Hill and Elton Brand qualify in the “Outstanding” category and Shane Battier and the player who was perhaps the best NCAA basketball player ever, Christian Laettner, are perhaps the two others who have gone on to have meaningful professional careers. The jury is still out on Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng, Jay Williams’ career emerged still-born due to an off-field mishap and in general Duke basketballers including Mike Dunleavy Jr have failed to match their college success without the nurturing coaching of Mike K and the avid support of the system from the great Univ in Durham NC.

Their legendary rivals from across the Research Triangle Park, the UNC Tar Heels, have done a far better job of preparing players for a career as professional NBA players – apart from MJ and James Worthy, several others have had very distinguished NBA careers including Larry Brown, Rasheed Wallace, Sleepy Sam Perkins, Jerry Stackhouse, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Bob McAdoo, Kenny Smith and Rick Fox.

Two very productive colleges in recent times have been the Univ of Arizona (Mike Bibby, Richard Jefferson, Damon Stoudamire, Jason Terry, Clifford Robinson, Andre Iguodala and one of my personal favorite player-philosophers Steve Kerr stand out) and the University of Connecticut (Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, etc). Georgetown has produced a profusion of outstanding big men incl Patrick Ewing, Alonzon Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo though my personal favorite from there has to be the inimitable Allen Iverson.

For sheer numbers of NBA players produced, few colleges can compare with the profusion from Kentucky, UCLA and Kansas, though their greatest products came out a long time back.

Here is a very helpful link for analyzing NBA players grouped by their alma mater… http://www.basketballreference.com/players/playerbycollege.htm


…I have heard Rishi Kapoor refer to having launched the careers of 20+ heroines in Bollywood…been struggling to compile a listing of these young ladies. Here is what I have come up with –

  1. Dimple Kapadia – Bobby
  2. Ranjeeta – Laila Majnu
  3. Shoma Anand – Barood
  4. Kajal Kiron – Hum Kisise Kam Nahin
  5. Bhavana Bhatt – Naya Daur – not really this sometime starlet’s first movie but perhaps her only significant one
  6. Jaya Prada – Hindi entry through Sargam
  7. Kim – Naseeb (again benefit of doubt)
  8. Padmini Kolhapure – Zamaane Ko Dikhaana Hai (again benefit of doubt, Ahista Ahista would probably qualify as the former child artiste’s first movie as a leading lady)
  9. Radhika – Naseeb Apna Apna
  10. Sonam – Vijay (a bit of a stretch considering the multi-starrer Vijay but let’s grant it for now)
  11. Vinita Goel (Janam Janam)
  12. Sangita Bijlani (Hathyar – just preceded the more famous Tridev)
  13. Zeba Bakhtiar (Henna)
  14. Rukhsar (Inteha Pyar Ki, technically her second Hindi Movie as heroine)

Anyway, perhaps even 14 is not a bad number in a day and age where stars prefer the safe way out and work with other established names only. I am sure there are several I have missed – do let me know of the other neophyte heroines that Rishi Kapoor has co-starred with.

and some comments from the days when this was first posted…:

Jaunty Quicksand said…
I could not think of any more. But, depending upon your criteria, there are a couple of contenders.
1. Ashwini Bhave – Henna (she was the 2nd lead, but it was her first movie)
2. Divya Bharati – Deewana (it was released the same year as some of her other movies, but I cannot recall whether it was her first release).By the way, Salman Khan is half-way to Rishi Kapoor’s mark.
1. Bhagyashree (Maine Pyar Kiya)
2. Nagma (Baaghi)
3. Raveena Tandon (Patthar Ke Phool)
4. Chandni (Sanam Bewafa)
5. Revathi (Love)
6. Bhoomika Chawla (Tere Naam)
7. Sneha Ullal (Lucky)

3:02 PM

Delete

Aruna said…
wow! thats an impressive list! cant think of any more…. but will try and crack those 6 more….btw, got to your blog from a link on my friend Manish’s blog.

1:23 AM

Delete

Buck said…
..good point – about Salman Khan, he definitely seems to be taking mighty strides in the Shammi Kapoor/Rishi Kapoor footsteps…I like Patthar Ke Phool a lot – personally think that the “Kabhi Tu Chhaliya Lagta Hai” number is a significant improvement on almost any other movie name medley other than the original one of course (Mere Jiwan Saathi Pyar Kiye Jaa from Ek Duuje Ke Liye)

…across a broad spectrum of life, there is a group of celebrities who have, often very quietly, turned 40 over the past 12-15 months.

Stefan Edberg, the gentleman Swede who captivated a whole generation with his outstanding battles with Boris Becker, turned 40 in typical relative anonymity in Jan 2006. He espouses the best of great champions – they know how to win, they know how to win with grace, they live life by their own lofty standards, and when they feel those standards cannot be sustained they go away…very few sports personalities have shown this ability to know themselves and their limitations as well. I have fond memories of the epic come-back at Wimbledon in the summer of 88 against the mysterious and vastly under-appreciated Miroslav Mecir – that to me is a game for the ages… I still remember the impudent Michael Chang upsetting Edberg’s rhythm at Roland Garros by standing inside the baseline for his FIRST serve and costing Stefan the opportunity to win the one grand-slam tourney he never won…

…very different in upbringing and polish, very different in terms of social milieu and comfort in the limelight was Scottie Pippen. More misunderstood than appreciated, Pippen for numerous fans of the NBA from the late 80s through the early 2000s represented the quintessential team basketball player. While showing an ability to light up the scorecard, Scottie is best remembered for the times he did not do anything statistically and yet changed the outcome of games and playoff series. Who can forget the defensive job he did on Indiana’s Mark Jackson taking the point guard out of the game entirely with his swarming defense and leaving the potent offense in shambles…. the series of charges he took from Karl Malone as he proved that he could defend all 5 positions on the court (of course having Greg Ostertag at Center helped!) in the two NBA Finals series against Utah. His occasional blog on espn.com is remarkable for its candor and honesty – hopefully he will find a way to get back and involved in the game of basketball again. The NBA could use grassroots champions like him to sustain the game as it becomes increasingly elitist…

…JK Rowling turned 40 in July 2005… again a champion like Pippen who goes to show that where there is a will, there is definitely a way… how else can one explain the metamorphosis of a single-mother on welfare creating one of the most significant alternate worlds since the heyday of Tolkien…

For fans of Bollywood, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan all turned 40 over the course of 1965… amazing coincidence this.

And some appropriate comments from when this was first posted:

 

Jaunty Quicksand said…
Stefan Edberg is also the only person to have won the Grand Slam as a junior. For me his most impressive feat was winning the US Open (in ’92?) in spite of trailing by a break in the 5th set in three consecutive matches (I think it was the year he beat Pete Sampras in the finals).A true measure of the guy is that he won the ATP sportsmanship award so many times, it is now officially known as the Edberg Sportsmanship Award.

By the way, he also won the gold when tennis was a demonstration sport in 1984 and two bronzes in 1988.

3:15 PM

Delete

Jaunty Quicksand said…
Steve and Mark Waugh – June 2 1965.

2:07 AM

Delete

Buck said…
..the Waughs indeed..read that AR Rehman is pushing 40, not there yet!

5:54 PM

Delete

Aruna said…
how about vishwanathan anand? should be close to 40 as well i guess….not sure…..

12:49 PM

Delete

Buck said…
I know he is younger than 40 – Dibyendu Barua is in the turning 40 generation, and Anand is 3-4 years younger.