Thursday, October 16, 2014

HAIDER: A Perfect Indian Adaptation of Hamlet


Monkey Rating: 8/10
1 point cut for pace, which could have been a bit choppier. Though the stretched pace is very 'hamletesque' in fact. As an adaptation, that's one thing that could have been let go of.
1 point cut for cinematography and dialogues - which i felt were good, but could have been much better and definitive.

genre: drama

waddabout: A flawless adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

i say: Hamlet is one of shakespeare's most performed plays till date and is the second most 'remade into film' story. BUT still, Vishal Bharadwaj's rendition is worth a watch and is an absolute treat as a movie. Haider, as an adaptation is not just a retelling, but is a true 'adaptation' - keeping the soul of hamlet's conflict alive and placing it in a modern day situation and kindling it with prevalent conflicts and issues. This, is what a great adaptationist does. And Vishal has a mastery over this by now - Haider being his third adaptation of a shakespearean classic and by far his best. 

The music is amazing - very modern day and gripping and very well placed - mixing languages and genres within it while maintain the Shakespearean balladesque touch at the end with the three grave diggers. 

The cinematography is good and scenic and gives no room for complains BUT it could have been much better. There are points in the film where the camera is just moving and not adding anything to the scene. I understand that its shot to give it the au-naturel look, but what i expect out of great cinematorgraphy is layering and storytelling with the scenes, which in this case, was missing. 

AND YES - HAIDER is better than the Hollywoodian HAMLET by Kenneth Branagh. So finally, Vishal has outdone hollywood in a way. 

The performances are phenomenal - Shahid could do better though. He has evolved a lot as an actor, but still has a long way to go. Tabu and Kay Kay Menon are the performers to look out for. FABULOUS PERFORMANCES by them both. 

The dialogues are linear and at times forced to show the kashmiri manner of speech, but ofcourse, it is bound to fall short when you directly compare it to shakespearean dialogues. But there should have been an attempt to keep up with that level. which i guess is missing. 

Vishal Bhardwaj was brave to touch a topic and issue that not most people are comfortable touching - yes, the kashmir issue. But he handles it well and honestly, without polarising and taking sides, he shows the common man's pains in the conflict-torn region and does it efficiently. 

All in all, HAIDER is a phenoimenal movie and one of the best to come out of bollywood in a long long time. And Vishal Bhardwaj definitely deserves a standing ovation for this one. 

If i meet Vishal, i'm definitely asking him for a signed DVD of this movie. Definietly a collectors item.

- Pushkaraj S Shirke

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Your Fitness Club: #LIVEFIT - Gym Advertising Campaign.

Pushkaraj S Shirke : Your Fitness Club: #LIVEFIT - Gym Advertising Camp...:

Brand: Your Fitness Club
Advert title(s): #LIVEFIT
Advertising Agency: Pushkaraj S Shirke, Mumbai, India

Creative Director, Copywriter and Photographer: Pushkaraj S Shirke
Art Director: Pushkaraj S Shirke
Pushkaraj S Shirke
Design: Surabhi Cholkar

Published: October 2014

Everyone who comes to Your Fitness Club is not an athlete or a professional bodybuilder - most of them are people like you and me, simple people with common lives, who want something more out of life - which makes it their reason to come to the gym and put in that effort to #LIVEFIT so that they can pursue their passion and live the life they want.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A One Take Music Video for RedBus: Featuring Shreyas Talpade

The best way to know if something is amazing, is to see it and wish you could have made it. And funnily, that's hopw my new ad film made me feel when i saw it - only to be over joyed by the fact that 'HEY! I made this!'. And if ever there was an example of great team work on a film, this film would be it. 
So this is for my team:

Fabulous job on shoot day everyone. 
Thanks Shreyas, for proving me right that choosing real 'actors' over 'stars' is the first key to a great performance film! you were chosen for this film and you delivered a performance i could have only wished for! a one take perfection within 7 rolling takes is an incredible feat and you achieved it! 

Pupa brothers- Ajay and Vipin, sexy show! The entire art and props crew rocked the shit out of the shoot - the coordination an energy of the entire crew was freakkin amazing - Bohot Mazza aaaya bhaaai!  We finally ended up shooting what we had first visualised we wanted to do - and that was amazing. 

Rubais, thanks for going beyond just the fab light and camera work and driving the production towards getting exactly what we had wanted the film to be in the first place - and needless to say, fab work with the light choreography and thanks for bringing in Kapil onto the team for the crazy hard camera work. 

Snow, fab work with the costumes that stood out so well yet blended In so perfectly. 

Chirantan, without the foot tapping music to set the pace for all of us from day 1, wouldn't have been possible - so thanks a ton. 

Producer bhai log - Raviraj, Darshan, Sodhiji and Kireet, thank you for pulling all the strings needed to make this vision come to life like it did yesterday - I know it's difficult to adjust with the monies, but as you can see from yesterday's shoot, it was all worth it.  

Shrey, thanks for ensuring I don't lose my voice on set and being my hands and voice beyond the monitor. 

All in all, thank you all for this fucking fantabulous film and if ever  there was an example of great teamwork in one film, this one was it. Loved it totally! Hope to make way more greatness on film with this awesome team we have in the days to come! 

And last but not the least, thank you Aman and Prakash and the RedBus team, yes, the clients - for having put faith in the imagination of a writer-director who isn't backed by an agency, looks and talks like a teenager, roams around in a torn denims and tees, and sounds hyper excited like he's on drugs all the time. Thank you for believing this was possible when he narrated it and from that point on, it was our greatest pleasure to have made it come true! 

Watch the One take Ad film for executed by Climb Media from script to screen:
Rap sung and performed by SHREYAS TALPADE. 
Written and Directed by Pushkaraj S Shirke.

Client: – Prakash Sangam / Pallavi Chopra
Creative Director: Pushkaraj S Shirke

Production House: Climb Media
Producer: Kireet Khurana
Script & Direction: Pushkaraj S Shirke
Exec. Producer: Darshan Gokani
D.O.P: Rubais
Steadicam: Kapil Verma
Art Director: Ajay/Vipin (Pupa Set)
Music: Chirantan Bhatt
Associate Exec. Producer: Renuka Khekade
Line Producer: Gurmeet Sodhi (Shoot Essentials)
Costume Designer: Snower Sania
First Assistant Director: Shrey Oberoi
Second Assistant Director: Hamza Rahim
Make Up: Satish Kadam
Pre-Production & Design: Prashant Shikare / Raviraj Kumbhar
CG: Arvind Shirke

A one-take film is one of the greatest challenges in the craft of film-making - and the new redbus adfilm was one such amazing feat! 
Check out the 'making-of' of the film and what it took to choreograph a theatrical style music video with one artist, 4 co-stars and a 30 man art crew.

-Pushkaraj S Shirke

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The stupidest FITNESS ADVICE you can ever get

There are shit loads of people who think they are absolute experts on fitness - whether they are random gym rats, steroid junkies, tv serial actresses, wannabe models or even your daily doodhwala. Fitness is a topic on which everyone has an opinion and presumably a high-and-learned education from fitness magazines, newspapers and conventional wisdom - which together can be summarised as BROSCIENCE.
So i put up a status to ask for all these crappy pieces of 'wisdom' are are passed to people - and what followed had me laughing for hours!

Here goes:

What is the stupidest piece of advice you have heard about bodybuilding and fitness ? in the gym or at the panwallah or anywhere. preferably a single sentence - i want to doodle out stupid advices on a single artwork .
guys, write down ADVICE you get. not OPINIONS. like when people talk like they know shit and are experts of some kind. those people jinkey dada 'bodybuilder' theyy ya jo salman bhai ke saath train kartey hain. you know what i mean.

  • bhai, creatine steroid hai!

    poder ki body mat bana, be 'natural'!

  • Bhaai Ek baar gym chodega Body utar jayegi

  • Tumne jaldi weights uthana chalu kar diya hoga... Isliye height short hai..

  • Bigger bicep? arnold curl maaar bro!

  • Protein powder khane se pathri hoti hai
  • Sweat your fat out. more sweat = more fat loss.

  • there are exercises to increase height. like stretching.

  • you should take fitness advice from mickey mehta.

  • Whey Protein se side effects hota hai! Chawanpryash se body banta hai....

  • Model ban na hai TOCHAN daal !!

  • preworkouts cause impotency. just have coffee.

  • If you leave gym then u will gain more weight ..

  • Do yoga for complete fitness.


  • size banana h to beer start kar !!!!

  • bhai langot nahi pehna toh goti satakk jaayegii!

  • Girls can't build muscle so there's no point that you lift intense...

  • weight uthane walo ka dick chota ho jata hai.....

  • lifting heavy will make you HUGE. lifting light will keep you lean bro!

  • Shock your muscles. do functional training bro! its the next level shit!

  • Recently heard this at d gym - "bhai pehle upar ki body bana.... fir legs maarna "

  • babes, do pec deck to make your boobs bigger!

  • sweetie, do side leg raises to reduce your love handles!

  • do abs everyday brah!
  • bhai cardio se sex ka stamina badhta hai!

  • Hit biceps everyday..atleast two sets bfore leaving d gym

  • doll, if you do 2 hours cardio everyday, you can eat whatever you want!

  • Workout on forearms...everyday

  • Avoid junk food and eat home mode dal, Sabji and chapati to build muscle.

  • that bodybuilder hero is all vegetarian and natural bro. i saw it on tv. you should also learn from him!

  • 2 hrs workout is must or more dan dat to build good muscle

  • quality se farakk nahi padtaa. bas protein daal! koi bhi protein!

  • 7 din mein wajan ghatayein warna paise wapas

  • If you want to build body & get into shape, you must have to take ROIDS.. otherwise you can't.. WTF

  • Don't run/lift/do anything active because your legs will get bulky and muscular..
    Ew, why do you lift weights? You're gonna get huge like those female body builders. Just do cardio.

  • Don't eat Bananas. They're highly acidic and dissolve your muscle.

  • Pet kum karna hai toh crunches maar

  • #beer marne se mass chadta hai

  • Why do you need to go to the gym? You're already fit!

  • dont work out, just have nimbu paani with honey - its ayurvedic secret. it just makes the fat melt!

  • Cardio mat kar..pump chala jayega

  • Don't work your triceps, if you work only your biceps you look ripped, if you work your tri's you just look fat.

  • Bhai zyada reps maar cutting k liye

  • Lifting will cause erectile dysfunction. Hilarious.

  • I want to like each of the comments above. All awesome! Haha.
    I've heard lose 5 kgs in 10 days; work out thrice a day.
    We will make you lose weight for sure in no time.

    Gym workout karne se aur phir chodne se body badh jaati hai
    Gymming chodne se body aur loose ho jayegi
    Weights karne se body stiff ho jayegi
    Don't have protein shakes or you'll bulk up like a guy
    Only do cardio to lose weight

  • Women should be sleek; muscles should not show

  • Muscle definition looks bad on women.

  • I don't want muscles- woman.

  • Protein shakes will make you huge like guys!

  • Are you crazy you want to lift weights? You'll get "muscles"

  • Bhai deadlift bahut hi dangerous cheez hai... Mat Karna

  • salman khan do workout for 8 hour a day. you should also.

  • Bhai mere KO natural body banani hai... Protein nahi lunga

  • Ek aur.. "Don't train two bodyparts on the same day. Your protein gets confused and doesn't know where to go."

  • Common - bhai yeah muscles wagere agge maintain nahi hote , joints mein taklif ho jayegi 40 ke baad , lol wtf
  •  Do ab crunches (40*3) everyday for small sized 6 pack abs & use weight plate for big sized 6 pack abs. (I don't know what does that mean).

  • Powder le powder. Fatak se banegi body

  • The knees shouldn’t pass the toes when squatting

  • Don't consume "protein" supplements, they are made up of "steroids"!

  • Fat Burner lene se Garmi lagegi

    Fat ko massal (read muscle) mein convert karenge hum ... chalo deeps (dips) maro !
  • Bannanas n beer is the secret of my body....
    Ye powder khane se body nahi banti

  • नमस्कार मारोगे तो chest round बनेगी और dips मारोगे तो square.

  • Generally i get this question... Aap natural ho ya protein lete ho? 😬

  • Your biceps and shoulder is made up of 1 connecting muscle.. So if ur shoulders r huge ul definitely have underdeveloped biceps.. N vice versa.. Lmao..

  • I was just giving a support to a 1 model he have gud musclular body....n woh incilne chest mar raha tha....then 3-4 reps maine support diya then after done bolta hai aapne achse se support nai diya....chest maar raha tha shouldier bhi pain karne laga...hahaha

  • Women' bodies are not meant to push weights.

  • Women should only do yoga and Pilates.

  • A common one: The Best Time to Work Out is Morning/Night..

  • Lean forward on the stair climber if you want a firm butt... (Do this, and I could strain my lower back)..

  • Drink "super oxygenated" water and you'll increase the amount of oxygen in your blood and get more energy.. lmao

  • Don't work out too much. Coz when you stop it will all turn into fat.

  • Leave that gym shym n heavy weights. Just have warm water with lime n honey first thing in the morning. Bas! Tu dekh kaisi patli ho jaegi.
    "My girl, try touching your toes. Your stomach(???) will go pucca. That gymming is a money making racket, I tell you."

  • Have warm water like Mr.modi!! and you can eat whatever you want, sab pighal jaayega, aisa!!
    it's the Indian fat burner.
    Mr.modi ni faand(tummy) nathi!!woh uska kurta aage rehta hain!!
    ane Nehru jacket adds some volume, aina forearms joya te, sakhad lifting manas che modi!
    powder aur namak(creatine) waali body mat bana bhai, baad me baadi(fat)ka dhol ban jaayega!

  • zyaada legs maarega toh goti pet me chali jaayegi, Aur waise bhi apan poora din toh chalte he hain!!
  • Have your post workout shake with hot water as it will increase your metabolism

  • ladki log chest maarenge toh boobs flat ho jaayenge!
    squats se constipation hota hain!
    arms pe dhyaan de bhai, sab wahi dekhte hain,legs pe toh pant aa jaayegi!

    Indian powders lene k like protinex and biscuits like threptin, American powders are made for American body type!!

    p.s. this is talwalkar's in ahmedabad.

  • Machine ki body utar jaati hain. Dand baithak ki body nahin utarti.

  • Powder waali body asli body nahin hain.

  • Kasrat karne se napunsak bann jaata hai aadmi
    .erection nhi hota uss me .
    Dekhne ka reh jaata hai bas wo

  • band karo ye gym vim ka natak chup chap walk maar ...that's permanent .....

- Pushkaraj S Shirke

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