Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Divine Science driving star studded blockbusters!

Secret behind blockbusters - Kartik Dayanand Boddapati

He won’t stop – that’s the literal translation of ’Aagadu’, the title of a Telugu movie that released last weekend.

True to its name, the movie was unstoppable at the box office, netting close to a million dollars on the day of its release in the US. An unprecedented number for an Indian film, leave alone a Telugu film. I was constantly bombarded by Whatsapp updates from my friends in the US who flocked to the screens in droves as if their lives depended on this movie.

Closer home, the story was no different - despite negative reviews from critics and 140 character experts on Twitter, the film marched on triumphantly.

I watched the movie in a Delhi NCR multiplex which was packed to the brim - a rarity in this part of the country.

Craze for the movie wasn’t surprising. Aagadu is after-all a big budget movie made by a popular director with a successful track record starring one of the most charismatic heroes of South India - Mahesh Babu - the central reason for the all-round mania over the film.

However, while watching the film I realized something very strange. Something that changed my whole perception of going to the movies…more so…big budget movies starring the likes of a Salman Khan, SRK, Rajinikanth, Pawan Kalyan, Mahesh Babu, Vijay, Ajith, Surya, etc.

Apart from their usual charisma to pull the crowds, I realized that their movies have a divine supernatural force that we are yet to fathom.

This blog post is my attempt to capture that force. Once you read it, let me know what you think. Because I feel I might not be the only one who feels this way. Here it goes…

Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple Watch and the Evolution of the Matrix!

Apple Watch and the Evolution of the Matrix

Ever since I watched the film “The Matrix” in the late 90s, I've often wondered if what was shown in the film could become a reality someday. It is highly unlikely, but for those who don't know what the Matrix is all about, here is a brief Wikipedia entry about the film:

"The Matrix depicts a dystopian future in which reality as perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality called "the Matrix", created by sentient machines to subdue the human population, while their bodies' heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source."

The Internet of today seems like a nascent version of the Matrix. We humans constantly look for validation and information online. We not only consume but also generate all of the data online via social networks and other means which are powered by corporations that now wield immense power over our lives – think Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc.

The Apple Watch seems like the next big logical step in the evolution of this Matrix.

Why do I say that? Well, read on…