Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Adventures of Tintin: Breaking Free

The Adventures of Tintin: Breaking Free is an anarchist parody of the popular Tintin series of comics. The book was written under the pseudonym "J. Daniels" and published by Attack International in April of 1988 and then republished in 1999. The story features a number of characters from the original series, notably Tintin himself and Captain Haddock (referred to only as 'the Captain'), but not the original themes or plot. The characters themselves have been changed, practically beyond all recognition. For example, Wolff from Destination Moon makes an appearance as the ineffectual "Mr. Jones, the Union Representative," while Thomson is converted into the revolutionary firebrand Frank (see image below). Tintin himself quite uncharacteristically uses a great deal of violence and profanity.

While anarchist themes and ideas are strongly expressed throughout the comic, none of the characters explicitly refer to themselves as anarchists. Some have criticised the comic for this, regarding it as contrived. While the ideas therein are those held by anarchists, some Marxists and left communists hold these ideas as well.

From Wikipedia.

Read the comic here.

Original Sins

As part of our series on how Indian movies have 'influenced' pop culture across the world, I present a few instances.

Before MTV broke the air-wave ceiling with Rancid's "Video Killed The Radio Star", the English music video was an idiom we called our own. Edgy editing techniques, captivating choreography, we showed the world how to put the funk in funkadelic.

Today the Superhero genre has seen a plethora of proliferations, from Christopher Reeve's simplistic Superman to the dark, confused Batman Begins. But has anyone thought of a musical Superman? Saving the world one pelvic thrust at a time?

Move over Whacko Jacko! Now we know what George Romero's inspiration was. This is what I don't like these Hollywood types. It's ok to get inspired by Indian auteurs. But at least have the decency of paying a homage to Chiranjeevi.

And finally, the Fab Four! Well, it looks like they were preceded by the Panch Pandavas. Led by Mr Paunch, good 'ole Shammi Kapoor. Now we know where those helmet-haircuts and those drain-pipe trousers came from!

South Indian "English" Video

Indian Superman

Indian Thriller

Indian Beatles

Monday, May 14, 2007

Live from Pak Steet!

Normally this blog is not in the business of yellow journalism. Nor is it a card-carrying member of the penny press. But once in a while it manages to put the likes of Stardust, The Sun and Hello! to shame with it scoops. Here is one!


Yes. Remember, you saw it here first. Exclusive photographs from Soumik Sen's (top) "No Poblem". The scriptwriter of the Bollywood potboiler "Anthony Kaun Hai", now turns his eyes towards his hometown - Kolkata. His maiden directorial venture, "is a film about middle class Bengalis finding confusions and conclusions to their existence in the metropolis. It's experimental in its narrative, but overall an intelligent riot of a comedy."

So what is the debutant film-maker trying to get across...a message, is there one? Yes, it seems. Sen thinks, "amidst the technological upheaval, Bangaliana survives with immense confidence. No Poblem is Park Street, about the characters we have seen and have grown up with around us and about experiences that are uniquely Kolkata... like 'pestige and Pem'".

No Poblem stars Kanchan Mallick, Mumtaz Sorcar, Aditya Vikram Roy Chowdhury, Pradip Dhar, Dr. Kaushik Ghosh, Dr. Ramaditya Roy, Pritha Deb Moulik, Debika Mukherjee, Subhomoy Chatterjee and Biplab Ketan Chakraborty.
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Sunday, May 13, 2007


Spiderman, Spiderman
Dori dhoira jhuilo kyan
Poira gele bhangbe thyang
Spiderman, Spiderman.
Spiderman, Spiderman
Octopus er 8 ta thyang
Tomare dhorte aase kyan
Spiderman, Spiderman.
Spiderman, Spiderman
Biya korte dorao kyan
Mary Jane je tomar jaan
Spiderman, Spiderman.
Spiderman, Spiderman
Mukhosh feilya palao kyan
Dont be coward, be a man
Spiderman, Spiderman.
Tumi na thakle Spiderman
Mon-ta kore aan-chaan
Duniyar joto polapan
Tomare je chaay Spiderman.
Abar tumi aaila fire
New York City r ghore ghore
Box-office re korle maat
Spiderman jindabaad


I am back. Tata Indicom rocks!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Friday, May 04, 2007