Citizens' Issues
If you see Pink, you will see Red
Michael Ferreira was the President of our professional cycling association, taking over from Vijay Merchant. His words rang true last night at the Eros theatre in Mumbai where we saw the excellent movie, "PINK'.  "We Indians are the biggest hypocrites in the world".
 
First, a word about the ambience. There is still an old world charm to theatres like The Eros, The Regal and even fire traps like Central Plaza and Roxy. One longs for the days when 'Sunday 6:30' was a magic word. Permanent Seats! Dress codes. Wafers and Duke's Lemonade. Tickets for One Rupee, five annas. The Two-ten was too steep. And NO CLAPPING or WHISTLING. All gone with the wind.
 
Clark Gable has been replaced by Amitabh Bachchan. Thank God for small mercies. There is a saying that one must never do a movie with a child or an animal, show-stealers both. Ditto with Amitabh. He grows with age, in stature, in style, in delivery. Gone are the days of caricature roles; even Sholay was comic. Moreover, in Pink, there is, mercifully, no oafish character like Paresh Raval in 'Cheeni Kum'. The Bachchan effect rubs off on the others. One wishes that the pseudo-surreal photography inkling takes a break. It downplays the emotional views of the players.
 
There is a lesson for all. Above all, it lands a left jab to the solar plexus and an uppercut to the jaw of that filthy-minded, hypocritical Indian animal, the Shri Bhagwan-ka-Aadmi. The choice of locale could not be better. Delhi, now better known as the rape capital of the world.
 
Surprisingly, the film has little of violence footage, acknowledging the fact that rape scenes do not a movie make. Intriguing plot, sharp script, only two songs (as almost background music), low budget aka no song-and-dance nor glamourous sets, are all that are needed for a riveted-to-the-seat experience.  
 
*A widow is an easy catch.
*A divorcee is dying for it.
*The servant girl has a special duty to perform.
*All models are easy game.
*A girl in the gent's compartment is on the lookout.
*Only women of the night wait at bus stops after dark.
*When a girl says "No", she means "Yes".
 
 
Many more sick-male, stereotyped thoughts abound amongst the men in our midst. Pink has the courage to take those thugs head-on. Yet, there is a lesson for girls too. 'Being Mod' is risky business. Flirty behaviour one day can mess up their lives forever. There is no such thing as 'Just fun'. Danger, serious trouble lurks around every corner. The standard suggestion, at every police station, then is, "You came, You saw, You were conquered". Your bloody fault. See the cynicism plastered all over the movie. 
 
This movie must be shown in all the girls' schools. It is a MUST. The boys must understand that there is nothing macho in vulgar behaviour. It is criminal and will land you in jail.
 
The movie is, more-or-less, a standard courtroom thriller. Of course, there is the inevitable scene of the witness losing his, or her, cool under cross-examination; standard good lawyers' trick. It also saves the screenplay writer from thinking up intricate questioning; standard scripters' trick. Anger betrays guilt, as all lawyers will tell you. Be ready for the shouting matches that happen only in movies. Our courts are more sedate in reality.
 
Special mention for the judge. Diction better than the aging Amitabh's. The Police Inspector, whose face, under cross-examination, tells a thousand words. The touching moments of the final handshakes. The first scenes shown the last, (do not rush to the exit), all make for an entertaining evening. To reveal the ending, we can definitely tell you that the butler did not do it.
 
Why PINK? There is nothing blood red guilty nor innocent white driven snow. The truth always lies somewhere in between. Pink.

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COMMENTS

Bapoo Malcolm

5 months ago

Mr. Malik, Are legitimate DVDs out?

Bapoo Malcolm

5 months ago

Mr. Kamerkar, Why should there be a motive in quoting a person? Do you not quote Hitler, or Genghis Khan or Stalin or Marie Antoinette? And as a lawyer, "innocent until proven guilty". Ferreira said it, I remember it, I repeated it. Simply because it was topical. Anyway, thanks for liking the review. And saying so.

REPLY

Nilesh KAMERKAR

In Reply to Bapoo Malcolm 5 months ago

Appreciate your reply sir. Thank you!

Nilesh KAMERKAR

5 months ago

Nice article sir.

What could your motive be behind quoting the QNET scamster who has inflicted a serious fraud & ruined so many lives?

manish jain

5 months ago

superb

Veeresh Malik

5 months ago

Sir, why do you think the movie was named "Pink"? To find out, please search for the slang connotation of the term "pink", online urban. Wait, I shall tell you - it means, briefly, an unwilling young pink vagina forcibly occupied by a penis or penises, with racial connotations.


Next, why do you think the lady lost her cool and said, yes, I take money for sex, or do you think she was telling the truth, and either way, whether she took money or not, NO means NO is the punchline.

Two points most people misses. And the poem at the closing credits, check it out, the version with lyrics is online and strong.

And there were 4 songs. Means your theatre sliced 2 away.

Great News for Doctors as Lawyers Train Their Guns on Drug Firms
I was just watching news in New York, a few weeks back, and came upon an advertisement. A lawyers’ firm in New York was inviting patients to send information on the side-effects of drugs they were taking to them directly so that they could get the patient compensation from the multinational petrochemicals corporations called the drug companies! Normally, one comes across such advertisements to sue doctors for malpractice, negligence and what have you. I then learnt that the US now permits drug companies to be sued directly for dangerous side-effects of drugs. This must have been a great relief to American doctors who were the target of the ambulance-chasing lawyers so far. Now, the lawyers, armed with this new law, are after the drug companies as they are the real large sharks that net trillions of dollars compared to doctors and hospitals that look like small fry now. 
 
Soon, there will be legal firms specialising in attacking the drug lords instead of poor doctors. When this gathers full steam, many of our doctors need not have the anxiety of being sued for anything and everything. One of the advertisements that I saw looked like the pharmacology textbook’s chapter on statins. The lawyer was saying that almost everyone on statins gets muscle damage with or without symptoms like muscle-ache, etc. Between 10%-47% of people on statins become diabetics within their first year on statins; kidney damage is not unusual; and liver damage is a certainty. “If you have any one of those symptoms, do write to us and we will get maximum damage from the drug companies for you. No legal fees. If we win, we will share the booty.” So went the message of the advertisement. Does that not look attractive?
 
While it is good for doctors to feel safe, it is good for the patients also, since the drug companies may not go out of their way to wine and dine doctors to prescribe their medicines for indications for which they have not been permitted in the first place. Interestingly, this law does not cover vaccination injuries! Vaccine manufacturers must be richest among the drug lords, hence, they could make the government exempt them from this law. Extending this further, very soon, the cunning angiogram/angioplasty industrialists might pass on their mistakes on the device-makers.
 
The man-on-the-street has so much faith on the chemical drugs and surgery as the custodians of their well-being and their lives that they are ready to accept anything, in the name of science. Truth is otherwise. A substantial part of human healing is well outside the realm of materialistic reductionist science. Thinkers in mainline science seem to have woken up. In an article, in 2011, Michael Crow, the president of the Arizona State University and a leading science administrator, wrote that the US National Institutes of Health’s annual budget of $30 billion should not be just confined to molecular biological and other conventional ways of looking at human health; it must also look at health as a human experience in its biological, sociological and environmental angles. People’s feelings, their emotions and beliefs also matter in personal and societal health. I feel, we should be less arrogant about our scientific knowledge. Did our ancestors know how to communicate with plants and animals to know about our present knowledge of herbal and animal sources of therapy?
 
With the Damocles’ sword hanging no longer on their necks of consumers’ claims, doctors should now be able to think outside the box for better intervention outcomes. With humility, better sense would prevail. Long live the time-honoured doctor-patient relationship which is very sacred and does the main job in healing, anyway. Let not mankind perish from the reductionist side-effects of drugs eventually. 

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COMMENTS

Pradeep Kumar M Sreedharan

5 months ago

I hope next in line is the Hospitals themselves, while sparing the doctors. Long live the sacred relationship between the patient and doctor.

SRINIVAS SHENOY

5 months ago

What do you think?... Write your comments. It is good that the lawyers are focusing their attention on the drug companies, who are the main culprits, who generally bribe the medical practitioners, in prescribing their pharmaceutical brands by providing free physicians sample, parties etc. In some cases, I was informed that they are annually incentivised with tours abroad.

How Can You Benefit from UPI?
National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has launched a new payment solution which actually is a much improved way, in terms of ease of use, over the previous one, IMPS (Immediate Payment Service). This new solution, unified payments interface (UPI), allows customers to use virtual payment addresses, like myname@abcbank, as payment identifier for sending and collecting money. This UPI works on a single click, two-factor authentication. Two factors that work in favour of UPI are: 1) an option to push or pull financial transaction on schedule; and 2) linking it with only a bank account. The linking of UPI to a bank account, without revealing account details, should eliminate security concerns, largely. 
 
How It Works
First, as a user, you need to register with your payment service-provider (PSP) and create a virtual payment address (VPA), before sending or receiving funds using UPI and link it to your account. Also, remember, this UPI can be linked only with a bank account and not to a wallet. Money can be transferred either by using VPA or the bank account number and Indian Financial System Code (IFSC). For transactions using VPA, the fund receiver also needs to have a VPA or account number and IFSC. 
 
 
The various channels for transferring funds using UPI are:
1. Transfer through virtual ID;
2. Account number + IFSC;
3. Collect / Pull money based on virtual ID (VPA).
 
 
UPI also provides an option for scheduling push & pull transactions for various purposes like sharing bills among peers. One can use the UPI app instead of paying cash on delivery on receipt of product from online shopping websites. It can also be used for miscellaneous expenses, like paying utility bills, over-the-counter payments, barcode (scan and pay)-based payments, donations, school fees and other such cases.      
 
The interface is an advanced version of Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), which is a 24X7 funds transfer service. UPI allows a customer to have multiple virtual addresses for multiple accounts in various banks. 
 
Security
To ensure privacy of customer’s data, there is no account number mapper anywhere other than with the customer’s own bank. This allows the customer to freely share the financial address with others. A customer can also decide to use the mobile number as the name instead of the short name for the virtual address like [email protected]
 
The VPA acts as a financial address without having to reveal the bank account number and IFSC code. Once registered for VPA, users can send and receive payments instantly from any bank account using their mobile phone in a safe and secure way. They will also be able to make payments to merchants from their mobile phones where UPI is accepted as a payment mode.
 
How Much Money Can Be Transferred?
Users can make payments with UPI 24x7 on all days, including bank holidays, up to a maximum of Rs1 lakh. At present, 21 banks are on board with NPCI for the UPI application. In addition, this app is available only on Android-based mobile phones. 
 
Here are the names of banks and their official app (available on Google Play):
Federal Bank (Lotza), Bank of Maharashtra (Maha UPI), TJSB Bank (TRANZAPP-UPI), Karnataka Bank (KBL SMARTZ (UPI)), DCB Bank (DCB Bank UPI App), Union Bank of India (Union Bank UPI App), Vijaya Bank (VIJAYA UPI), United Bank of India (UNITED UPI), Punjab National Bank (PNB UPI), Axis Bank (Axis Pay), South Indian Bank (SIB M-Pay (UPI Pay)), Catholic Syrian Bank (CSB-UPI), ICICI Bank (Pockets), Andhra Bank (Andhra ONE), UCO Bank (UCO-UPI), YES Bank and Canara Bank (Empower). 

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COMMENTS

Simple Indian

5 months ago

Surprising, or rather unsurprising that India's largest Bank - SBI - is yet to offer this service !!! But, if this does work seemlessly, I wish Banks would offer RuPay Cards to customers instead of MasterCard / VISA Cards, as RuPay Cards will be managed / authenticated by NPCI and transaction costs could be much less than MC/VISA.

Anand Vaidya

5 months ago

What are the charges?

Pradeep Kumar M Sreedharan

5 months ago

One more step closer to saving our sanity in dealing with banks. Hope it works without hitches. But unless it is integrated with with money managing software for individuals, we are still far behind in utility for the users.

Pradeep Kumar M Sreedharan

5 months ago

One more step closer to saving our sanity in dealing with banks. Hope it works without hitches. But unless it is integrated with with money managing software for individuals, we are still far behind in utility for the users.

SRINIVAS SHENOY

5 months ago

What do you think?... Write your comments. Technology has indeed made it easy and convenient especially for the young and technically savy customers. But our old services like return of unpaid clearing cheques, to the customers, now has suffered a setback, compared to the service available just a few years back. This too has to be kept on par with the recent technological advances.

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