Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"If The Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me"

Have you read this book by Chetan Bhagat, ‘One night @ the call center’- As always the book is always interesting than movie, because the author is writing the story with all his controls and senses where as when it becomes a movie, there are minor things that is important from the book’s perspective than in movie and vice versa.
I will say, I liked the movie 'Hello' as one time watch and that’s it. There are some good actors who have shown their sincere work such as Sherman Joshi, Sarath Saxena, Gul Panag, Suresh Menon (a talent wasted) etc.

"What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books." ~ Thomas Carlyle

Besides, that I didn’t like the point where they are trying to show that Americans are fools – now am not sure if people do call for things like washing there garments in the dish washer asking why I shouldn’t be able to do so?? Duh!! Can you imagine? Who will make such a call?

“Showing-off is the fool’s idea of glory” ~ Bruce Lee

Another instance where to save people from lay –offs these 6 characters in this movie, they ask for more call volume (in call center the more volume of calls comes in more agents you need to attend them as customer service is supposed to be ….excellent and waiting period should not be more than a minute). Having said that, the callers are alarmed by saying that there is a virus attack on America and they should always call first them and only then use there appliances.
What rubbish? The moment this statement came out in the movie, I lost interest as this is not some kids’ movie…where you are trying to fool someone and trying to be smart!

First of all you cannot make such a wrong statement and fool the whole Americans and secondly, by saying so you are spreading terrorism! And I am totally against such chaos that they were trying to create mere to get those loads of call volumes in the call center and keep the jobs safe.

“Today the ringing of the telephone takes precedence over everything. It reaches a point of terrorism, particularly at dinnertime.”

I have worked in a Call Center in Canada and been in the Electronic Banking industry for long and I will say, people do have issues personal or career –wise but I don’t think anyone would react as it shows in this movie.

Atul Agnihotri, who made this movie, has added few celebrities and one can see that is to just hype the market value of this nothing else.

A movie, which is good for watching once but it upsets one’s mood too at the end.

“The spirit of democracy cannot be established in the midst of terrorism, whether governmental or popular.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi


Suresh Kumar said...

I have avoided this movie. I have not read the novel, maybe sometime read the novel.

But I don't remember any hindi movies after 2000 that is based on a best seller. do you ?

Tarun Goel said...

I did not like the book, so there is no question of going for the movie :P. And going by the feedback this movie is getting, I saved my 2 hours :)

Jeevan said...

Nice review! i agree with the thomas carlyle words, the books teach us more than anything.

Keshi said...

mmmm...I dun wanna watch a movie that upsets my mood :) but nice review Dawny! HUGS I missed ya!


rachana said...

hello!!! :) i didn't watch the movie... but i have to be agree with your honest review..

as you say- we think on same lines..that's why we are friends na!!

Dawn....सेहर said...

Suresh Kumar : Well, I agree with you that movies have not justified as much the book has been!
Thanks and Cheers

Tarun Goel : haha I liked your response true and genuine! Thanks buddy

Jeevan : Thanks dear

Keshi : Very true dear! Hugz to you and I hope you are back ;)
Miss you too dear

rachana : Thanks dear, I liked your comment and glad to hear that we think
in similar lines :)
Cheers dear

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