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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Rakht Charitra (Part - 1) - Movie review

"Revenge is the purest emotion."

The first part of the two-series film, Rakht Charitra, keeps up to its tagline. As the saying goes, revenge makes a man blind. And as Gandhiji said, "An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind."

After the collateral damage in the form of Aag, Ram Gopal Varma (RGV) has risen from the ashes like a phoenix. He delivers a well paced, well scripted and well shot movie in the form of Rakht Charitra. The film is split into two parts, with the second part slated to release on November 19.

The plot sticks to the actual story of the Telugu politician, Paritala Ravindra. Ravindra started out as a naxalite to avenge the death of his father and brother and later enters mainstream politics. Read the document from Scribd for more details about him.

[spoilers ahead]

Coming back to the film, Vivek Oberoi plays the role of Ravi, who leaves his studies and comes back to his village Anatpur to avenge his father's and brother's death. Aided by his father's people, he succeeds in killing the big shots who were behind the tragedy that occurred in his family. One of the villians son is left and that causes the wannabe politician cum superstar, Sivaji (Shatrughnan Sinha - looks like he is trying to portray NTR) to enter the scene.

He makes Ravi an MLA and a minister. Ravi using his new power wipes out his last enemy. The film ends with the introduction of Suryanarayan Reddy (Suriya Sivakumar) which leaves the story open for the second part.

[spoilers end ]

Most of the cast delivers commendable performances. Vivek Oberoi especially delivers his career best. Shatrughnan Sinha as the shrewd politician is really convincing. The teaser for the second part gives us a glimpse of a powerhouse performance by Suriya. National award winner actress Priyamani also joins Suriya for part 2.

As one will expect, the camera angles are trademark RGV. The background score, which samples heavily from Hindu slokams are apt (though a bit repetitive at some times). There is only one song which was completely unnecessary.

Like any other RGV movie, RC has all the ingredients to make it a dark movie. This time, the blood and gore has gone very high which forced RGV to comment that company will look like Kabhi Khushi Khabhi Gham. Beware, this is not at all for the light hearted.

I will give it 9/10.

One more thing. If you are going for the part 1, book your calendars for November 19 for part 2. Otherwise, it will be like just having the starters and skipping an 8 course meal!!.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Ars Technica forum user details hacked??

Today, I got the following email from Ars Technica.

The following is an e-mail sent to you by an administrator of "Ars Technica
OpenForum". If this message is spam, contains abusive or other comments you
find offensive please contact the webmaster of the board at the following

Include this full e-mail (particularly the headers).

Message sent to you follows:


You are receiving this message because you have a registered an Ars
Technica account with this email address.

Our previous forum provider (Social Strata, formerly known as Groupee and
Infopop) had a server hacked recently, and has advised us that private
registration email addresses were harvested. These included email
addresses for anyone who registered with Ars Technica while we were still
using their services. In addition, the rooted server was used to send out
at least one mass phishing attempt.

Although Groupee/Social Strata tells us that no password information of any
kind was accessible from that server, we still recommend that you change
your Ars Technica password (and any account on a third party site you use
that password with) just to be safe.

We became aware of this issue this morning and are following up with
Groupee/Social Strata to see if we can get more details and assurances on
the scope of the compromise. We have also requested that they purge all
Ars Technica data from their systems so future problems don't affect our

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you would like
to read further updates on this issue, please see the active announcement
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Please contact us with any questions.

Kurt Mackey
Technical Directory, Ars Technica

Well, nowadays everyone seems to be a victim of hacking....!!

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