IPL – Final Format & Draw

Finally the format of 10 team IPL 4 has been decided and its well quite different from what was being speculated earlier. Each team gets to play 14 matches. 7 home and 7 away. Each team plays 5 other teams on home-away basis, plays 2 teams only at home and 2 teams away. Thus totaling 70 matches. The top 4 teams would go through the semi finals. Thus 74 matches would be played over a period of 7 weeks or so. Final schedule will be out soon, meanwhile here is the draw for each team.

The IPL 2011 draw
Team Home and away Home Away
Pune DD, DC, KXIP, MI, CSK Kochi, KKR RCB, RR
DD DC, KXIP, MI, Pune, Kochi KKR, RCB RR, CSK
DC KXIP, MI, Pune, DD, KKR RCB, RR CSK, Kochi
KXIP MI, Pune, DD, DC, RCB RR, CSK Kochi, KKR
MI Pune, DD, DC, KXIP, RR CSK, Kochi KKR, RCB
CSK Kochi, KKR, RCB, RR, Pune DD, DC KXIP, MI
Kochi KKR, RCB, RR, CSK, DD DC, KXIP MI, Pune
KKR RCB, RR, CSK, Kochi, DC KXIP, MI Pune, DD
RCB RR, CSK, Kochi, KKR, KXIP MI, Pune DD, DC
RR CSK, Kochi, KKR, RCB, MI Pune, DD DC, KXIP

No One Killed Jessica – Fictional Truth

No One Killed Jessica is based on the recent high profile murder case of Model Jessica Lal by the accused Manu Sharma. This fact was known to almost everybody who went in to see the movie. The promos had revealed it all plus the murder case was in headlines far too long to fade away from public memory. So the best or the worst part of the film was that everybody knew the story and what would happen the minute the film started. The movie indeed has fictionalized the story and has totally fictional characters, ( Rani Mukerji’s Barkha Dutt inspired character has nothing to do with this case in real life), but it was quite apparent that the core of the film is the same as the newspaper headlines that hogged for years.

The movie promises well but the director Raj Kumar Gupta ( of Aamir)  is unable to decide whether to make a hardcore documentary kind of film or fictionalize it and make it more filmy. By Introducing Rani Mukerji as the central character and the ‘voice’ behind the film the maker begins by fictionalizing the facts and mixes up showing true facts. Vidya Balan as Sabrina Lal, the murder victim’s plain-jane sister carries her act fine but then in the 2nd half just gives up the fight and leaves everything for Rani Mukerji’s character to do. The movie has some gripping moments especially initially but the main problem with it as that everything is known right from twists to endings thanks to the case being discussed so much in media. Although Vidya Balan acts quite decent and looks natural as the grieving sister of the murder victim. She does go hyper in some scenes but overall she is the only redeeming factor in this over-the-top fictionalized factual film. Myra portraying murdered Jessica Lal looks quite good and acts well too. Rajesh Sharma as the Inspector with heart actually should have been the protagonist  and voice behind  the movie. Neil Bhoopalam playing the lame duck ‘Shayan Munshi’ character and other people representing lawyers and witnesses and all are ordinary

Coming to the character of Rani Mukerji, Mira. Why does the character have to be based on Barkha Dutt ?  Why is Barkha Dutt the only journalist ever portrayed in films? What is the real Barkha Dutt’s contribution as a journalist? Yes, she was in Kargil and she has covered many other scams but why model Rani’s character based on her? Is real Barkha Dutt like how Rani is portrayed in the film? I doubt so. Does a ‘modern’ career-minded Indian woman has to smoke and mouth Gaalis in every 2nd sentence just to show how ‘ forward’ thinking she is ? Rani Mukerji mouths the choicest of abuses without ever meaning them and needing them. It all looks fake when a dumb Indian flyer describes Kargil war as ‘cool’ as a video game and Rai retors back with a ‘cuss’ word, what was the need of that scene? Was it just created to be used for promos and get silly Indian viewers in the hall expecting Rani Mukerji to be as lewd as in the promo !!! Also why does Barkha and NDTV get credit for everything when they had nothing to do with the real case. Why wasn’t the real people of ‘Tehelka’ given just a Thank you at the end and not the ‘lead’ ? Was NDTV’s inclusion in the film paid for?? I hope Nira Radia didnt fix this deal 🙂

The film has issues with detailing as well and misses out many times on that front. Factual Errors I spotted were wrong dates being used when Vidya is interviewed for the first time on TV, wrong news messages used as ticker tapes in many scenes. Delhi Metro being shown active in 1999 !! Mention of Barack Obama in one of the news headlines in 2000 !! The film looks more fake with such silly mistakes. Camerawork is slightly superior though and the music by Amit Trivedi is quite popular these days although I have my issues with silly song like ‘ aali re saali re, halkat ,moonh phat’ kind of song describing Rani Mukerji.

Personally I did not find the film as engaging as it promised and I was underwhelmed after watching it as perhaps I had expected more from the first film of this decade. The film should have stuck to either serious documentary style of film or a totally masala fictionalized account of the event. In between and mish-mash did not work for me.

My Ratings: 6.5/10 – Not bad but not great either.

P.S. Killer suggestion –  if the makers were really brave enough and waned to make a masala entertainer from thie film then they should have dropped Rani Mukerji and taken SUNNY DEOL as the firebrand reporter. Sunny paji personally man-handling witnesses and lawyers and judge would be some sight and Jessica would have got a favorable judgement rather soon.

IPL 4 Teams – Post Auctions

Here are the squads of all 10 teams post the Mega Auction. 127 Players were bid for in the auction and adding the 12 retained earlier, 139 players are now part of various teams. The teams still need to sign Indian domestic players to fill up the team vacuums and make up the playing XI.

Listed below are all the players, their teams and the price they were bought for.

Players Country Type Final Price
(Mil $)
Bangalore Royal Challengers – Balance Left 0.36 Mil $
Cheteshwar Pujara India Batsman 0.7
Dirk Nannes Australia Bowler 0.65
Zaheer Khan India Bowler 0.9
Saurabh Tiwary India Batsman 1.6
Daniel Vettori NZ Bowler 0.55
AB De Villiers RSA Batsman/Wk 1.1
Tillakaratne Dilshan Sri Lanka Batsman 0.65
Abhmanyu Mithun India All rounder 0.26
Charls Langeveldt RSA Bowler 0.14
Luke Pomersbach Australia Batsman 0.05
Johan van der Wath RSA Bowler 0.05
Rilee Rossouw RSA Batsman 0.02
Nuwan Pradeep Sri Lanka Bowler 0.02
Jonathan David Vandiar RSA Batsman 0.02
Mohaamad Kaif India Batsman 0.13
Virat Kohli India Batsman 1.8
8.64
Chennai Superkings – Balance left 0.335 Mil $
Michael Hussey Australia Batsman 0.425
Doug Bollinger Australia Bowler 0.7
Wriddhiman Saha India Wk/Batsman 0.1
Ravichandran Ashwin India Bowler 0.85
Subramaniam Badrinath India Batsman 0.85
Dwayne Bravo WI All rounder 0.2
Ben Hilfenhaus Australia Bowler 0.1
Sudeep Tyagi India Bowler 0.24
Scott Styris NZ All rounder 0.2
Francois Du Plessis RSA Bowler 0.12
George Bailey Australia Batsman 0.05
Joginder Sharma India Batsman 0.15
Nuwan Kulasekara Sri Lanka Bowler 0.1
Suraj Randiv Sri Lanka All rounder 0.08
Mahendra Dhoni India Wk/Batsman 1.8
Suresh Raina India Batsman 1.3
Murali Vijay India Batsman 0.9
Albie Morkel RSA All rounder 0.5
8.665
Deccan Chargers – Balance Left 1.36 Mil $
Cameron White Australia Batsman 1.1
Kevin Pietersen England Batsman 0.65
Shikhar Dhawan India Batsman 0.3
Ishant Sharma India Bowler 0.45
Pragyan Ojha India Bowler 0.5
Amit Mishra India Bowler 0.3
JP Duminy RSA Batsman 0.3
Dale Steyn RSA Bowler 1.2
Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka Wk/Batsman 0.7
Dan Christian Australia Batsman 0.9
Manpreet Gony India Bowler 0.29
Chris Lynn Australia Batsman 0.02
Juan Theron RSA Bowler 0.85
Michael Lumb England Batsman 0.08
7.64
Delhi Daredevils – Balance Left 0.75 Mil $
James Hopes Australia All rounder 0.35
David Warner Australia Batsman 0.75
Aaron Finch Australia Batsman 0.3
Irfan Pathan India All rounder 1.9
Naman Ojha India WK/Batsman 0.27
Morne Morkel RSA Bowler 0.475
Ajit Agarkar India Bowler 0.21
Venugopal Rao India Batsman 0.7
Ashok Dinda India Bowler 0.375
Umesh Yadav India Bowler 0.75
Matthew Scott Wade Australia Batsman 0.1
Andrew McDonald Australia All rounder 0.08
Roelof van der Merw RSA Bowler 0.05
Travis Birt Australia Bowler 0.02
Colin Ingram RSA Batsman 0.1
Robert Frylinck RSA Bowler 0.02
Virendra Sehwag India Batsman 1.8
8.25
Kings XI Punjab – Balance Left 2.055 Mil $
Adam Gilchrist Australia Wk/Batsman 0.9
Shaun Marsh Australia Batsman 0.4
David Hussey Australia Batsman 1.4
Ryan Harris Australia Bowler 0.325
Stuart Broad England All rounder 0.4
Dinesh Karthik India Wk/Batsman 0.9
Abhishek Nayar India All rounder 0.8
Praveen Kumar India Bowler 0.8
Piyush Chawla India Bowler 0.9
Dimitri Mascarenhas England All rounder 0.1
Nathan Rimmington Australia Bowler 0.02
6.945
Kochi Team – Balance Left 1.205 Mil $
Steven Smith Australia All rounder 0.2
Brad Hodge Australia Batsman 0.425
VVS Laxman India Batsman 0.4
Rudra Pratap Singh India Bowler 0.5
S Sreesanth India Bowler 0.9
Ravindra Jadeja India All rounder 0.95
Parthiv Patel India WK/Batsman 0.29
Ramesh Powar India Bowler 0.18
Brendon McCullum NZ Wk/Batsman 0.475
Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka Batsman 1.5
Muttiah Muralitharan Sri Lanka Bowler 1.1
Owais Shah England Batsman 0.2
Michael Klinger Australia Batsman 0.08
Thisara Perera Sri Lanka All rounder 0.08
Stephen O’Keefe Australia Bowler 0.02
Ranganath Vinay Kumar India Bowler 0.475
John Hastings Australia Allrounder 0.02
7.795
Kolkata Knightriders -Balance Left 0.425 Mil $
Brad Haddin Australia Wk/Batsman 0.325
Brett Lee Australia Bowler 0.4
Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh All rounder 0.425
Eoin Morgan England Batsman 0.35
Yusuf Pathan India Batsman 2.1
Gautam Gambhir India Batsman 2.4
Manoj Tiwary India Batsman 0.475
Jacques Kallis RSA All rounder 1.1
Lakshmipathy Balaji India Bowler 0.5
Jaidev Unadkat India Bowler 0.25
James Pattison Australia Bowler 0.1
Ryan ten Doeschate Netherlands Batsman 0.15
8.575
Mumbai Indians –  Balance Left 0.28 Mil $
Andrew Symonds Australia All rounder 0.85
Rohit Sharma India Batsman 2
James Franklin NZ All rounder 0.1
David Johan Jacobs RSA Wk/Batsman 0.19
Clint McKay Australia Bowler 0.11
Munaf Patel India Bowler 0.7
Moises Henriques Australia All rounder 0.05
Aiden Blizzard Australia Batsman 0.02
Sachin Tendulkar India Batsman 1.8
Harbhajan Singh India Bowler 1.5
Keiron Pollard WI All rounder 0.9
Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka Bowler 0.5
8.72
Pune Sahara Warriors – Balance Left 0.93 Mil $
Tim Paine Australia Wk/Batsman 0.27
Callum Ferguson Australia Batsman 0.3
Yuvraj Singh India Batsman 1.8
Robin Uthappa India Batsman 2.1
Ashish Nehra India Bowler 0.85
Nathan McCullum NZ Bowler 0.1
Graeme Smith RSA Batsman 0.5
Angelo Mathews Sri Lanka All rounder 0.95
Mitchell Marsh Australia All rounder 0.29
Wayne Parnell RSA Bowler 0.16
Jerome Taylor WI Bowler 0.1
Murali Kartik India Bowler 0.4
Jesse Ryder NZ Batsman 0.15
Alfonso Thomas RSA Bowler 0.1
8.07
Rajasthan Royals –  Balance Left 0.605 Mil $
Paul Collingwood England Batsman 0.25
Rahul Dravid India Batsman 0.5
Ross Taylor NZ Batsman 1
Johan Botha RSA Bowler 0.95
Shaun Tait Australia Bowler 0.3
Pankaj Singh India Bowler 0.095
Shane Warne Australia Bowler 1.8
Shane Watson Australia All rounder 1.5
6.395
Total Spent 79.695