IPL 4 begins tomorrow 8th April 2011, with opening match in Chennai. Each of the 10 teams play 14 games with 7 home and 7 away. Making it 70 matches. There would be 4 more maches to determine the winner of IPL 4, the final match to be held on 28th May in Mumbai. The format for the final 4 teams is slightly different with the top 2 teams getting an extra chance to qualify for the final thus getting to the top 2 positions important in league phase.
The top 3 teams of course qualify for the Champions Trophy, later this year.
12 Cities play host to the matches. Pune team has their home base in Navi Mumbai and Kochi team plays couple of matches in Indore while Kings XI Punjab play few matches in Dharamsala. With 74 matches in 50 days it would be a tough schedule for every team, what with travelling across India
With Lalit Modi, the architect of the first 3 versions, nowhere to be seen it would be a different tournament at least from the glamor point of view. Which is good as well as concentration would be on good cricket rather than good looking models and parties.
My predictions – Mostly based on team compositions, players, captains and coaches and mostly gut feeling.
MI, RCB, PSW and CSK as the top 4 and Kochi and Rajasthan Royals the bottom 2.
This one’s not about any Live Game I watched or any particular sport but is about the hindi film ‘Game’ released last week starring Abhishek Bachchan in the lead. The film directed by first timer Abhinay Deo also stars Boman Irani, Jimmy Shergill, Kangana Ranaut, Shahana Goswami, Anupam Kher and former Miss India Sarah Jane Dias making her debut. The film is produced by Farhan Akhtar and just bsed on that ground I had some hopes from the film. Also a suspense thriller is always fun to watch. And then I watched Game.
‘Game’ is a mish-mash of many past hollywood and bollywood plots. It has 4 random people being assembled on an island and all 4 are related to murders and then a vigilant cop investigating the truth kind of plot. Problem here is the plot is really weak and suspense is hardly there. People would guess the outcome very easily. The movie is very slow moving as well, strange for a suspense who dunnit. The sequences in flashback and back story of each character hardly has any meaning to the actual plot and some of the sequences like chase in Istanbul and Bangkok TV interview etc. have no real meaning and are just there to justify shooting in exotic locales.
Abhishek Bachchan tries to do a Bond and doesnt quite cut it. He doesnt have the body language to be a suave smart Bond like spy, he does try his best but somehow he doesnt fit in. Kangana Ranaut hams as usual and her cop act is useless as she hardly does anything smart and is always moving around from one place to another. She didnt even say ‘busssttterd’ even once. Other actors are more like fillers and have hardly any role. Poor Sarah Jane Dias chose a horrible film to make her debut and Shahana Goswami looked imprressive in her bit role.
Technically the film is okay. Well shot in exotic locales and quite glossy. The music disappoints though and background music is okay in parts. The director tried his best but the plot and the script wasn’t good enough in first place.
Overall a huge huge disappointment.
My Ratings – 4.5/ 10 – Simply because I watched a movie in theaters after a long long time.