Movie Review: A Flying Jatt – Flies Aimlessly!

Indian superheroes apart from Krishh have not struck a chord with the audiences’ hearts and this could be attributed to the fact that the content was never that great. This week again we have a superhero movie releasing from the stables of Balaji, directed by Remo D’souza who has a 100% track record when it comes to movie success ratio. A Flying Jatt starring Tiger Shroff, Nathan Jones and Jacqueline Fernandez, lives up to the audience’s expectations or not, let’s check out.

The story revolves around industrialist Malhotra (Kay Kay Menon) eyeing Aman’s (Tiger Shroff’s) family land which is opposed by Bebe (Amrita Singh) – Aman’s mother. Aman is a total ‘Fattu’ who is intimidated by anything and everything in life including his martial arts students. Would Aman be able to fight Malhotra and the deadly Raka (Nathan Jones) – Malhotra’s henchman forms the crux of the story. The entire movie showcases the misadventures of a fumbling and bumbling superhero in the first half and preachy environmental documentary in the second half.

The story has nothing new to offer, you can see a lot of comparisons with few other superhero movies and also ‘Malegaon Ka Superhero’ where the antagonist drew his power from filth. The screenplay and dialogues are pathetic. Performances of Amrita Singh and Tiger Shroff stand out. Jacqueline Fernandes is wasted. Nathan Jones does look ferocious and scary. Kay Kay Menon does not get justice as an actor.

Remo D’souza who impressed everyone with movies like the ABCD series and Faltu, falls flat with A Flying Jatt. The thought of Swach Bharat Abhiyan getting translated into a movie is great but the execution is bad. Music by Sachin-Jigar is average apart from ‘Beat Pe Booty’.

On the whole, the movie fails to rise high and might find some acceptance with the kids.

My Verdict: *

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Let’s Talk Films With Gaurav Arora – The Mystery Boy!

Today in Let’s Talk Films With, we have one of the most promising actors to hit the tinsel-town who also happens to be a good friend of mine. He is also the blue-eyed boy of the Bhatt’s who have cast him in one of their most successful franchises – RAAZ REBOOT. Here are some excerpts from our short conversation where we had some good fun over discussing movies. 

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What kind of movies you love to watch & how many in a day can you watch?
I love allllllllll kind of films.. around 3 to 4, not more (winks).

Since what age are you watching movies?
I was in a boarding school and I used to bunk my evening preps, cross the fence and go the nearest theatre (smiles). Then when I was in class 5th I got caught miserably (guffaws).

Who is your favorite actor and us his/her favorite performances you have liked?
Hmm… It would be Al Pacino in Godfather, Scent of a Woman and Scarface.

Have you ever imagined yourself to be a superhero and tried to wear your briefs over your pants and tried to save the world?
Of course, I have but with my briefs under my pants (guffaws) would LOVE to do one soon (winks).

What is your secret fantasy when it comes to movies and movie stars?
I wish to work with some super cool directors and some super hot heroines (winks) & only if I could be a part of my favourite films.

The most bizarre movie you have ever watched?
Jack Ass.. but I laughed and laughed and laughed….(laughs) the thought of it makes me laugh now.

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Your favorite movie and why?
Rocky…. you know this film motivated me the most when I was at my lowest and It helped me and how! And, if a film can touch you like that, nothing else matters (smiles).

The corniest dialogue you have ever heard?
I love corny dialogues..(laughs). Fully filmy… like How Arshad Warsi would give names to people in Munna Bhai MBBS – Baal ki dukaan, Chilly chicken, Dispensary and all… hilarious!

A movie dialogue you tend to use often or comes to your mind now?
My most favourite is ‘main aaj bhi pheke hue paise nahi uthata’ from Deewar. Bachchan sahab ki baat hi kuch aur hai (smiles).

Any filmmaker you would want to maroon in an island for making crappy movies?
A few (bites his tongue) cannot take names (laughs) too early for that.

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What’s your next project?
Vishesh Films’ RAAZ REBOOT with Emraan Hashmi and Kirti Kharbanda.

Congratulations for that and may the movie put in the top league of movie stars (smiles).
Thank you so much and yes would like to congratulate and wish the best with your next novel – Alfie. I am sure it will be a huge bestseller (smiles).

Well, thank you (smiles). Any message to fellow movie buffs?
Just go watch have fun and enjoy films – in theatres (winks).

Thank you, Gaurav for taking out time and being a part of LTFW and hope you all the very best for your future.
Thanks and I loved being a part of LTFW too. You actually made me laugh the loudest with your questions (smiles).

So guys RAAZ REBOOT is releasing soon and I would request you all to go and watch the movie in the theater. The promo also looks amazing and you can watch the same exclusively here;

Let’s Talk Films With Manoj Chandila

Today on LTFW we have one of my best friends – model turned actor Manoj Chandila talking about movies, masti, and magic. So here are excerpts from our short conversation.

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What kind of movies you love to watch & how many in a day can you watch?
Movies are a state of trance for me & I would want to be in that state for as long as I can be (laughs). If I have enough time on hand I can even watch films from morning 6am to 6pm. It’s difficult to choose one film as my favorite but Dustin Hoffman’s “TOOTSIE” remains a loved film forever.

Since what age are you watching movies?
It has to be the time when I started acting & I developed a feverish love for films (smiles).

You being an actor… tell me one movie that you remember that has the main lead playing an actor?
Oh!! It’s Dustin in Tootsie again and Farhan Akhtar in Luck By Chance.

Have you ever imagined yourself to be a superhero and tried to wear your briefs over your pants and tried to save the world?
(Guffaws) No… never in my wildest dreams… However, if I am provided with that kind of power I would most certainly want to save the world from coming atrocities and dangers.

What is your secret fantasy when it comes to movies and movie stars?
Why would I tell u my secret fantasy, as revealing it to u it would be no more a secret (winks).

Fine… Moving on, the most bizarre movie you have ever watched?
There was a film called “Boom” starring Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif, and it was a real headache (holds his head dramatically).

Your favorite movie and why?
Well DDLJ remains my all time favorite and when it comes to Hollywood, I already told – Tootsie (smiles). Oh yes, add The Scent of a Woman too….these films are special in their own way and style, and I like them for how beautifully they are woven and executed.

The corniest dialogue you have ever heard?
“Police ne tumhe charo taraf se gher liya hai” has been the one but I recently watched a Hindi film in which the judge in a court room scene repetitively & incessantly says “Order Order”.

A movie dialogue you tend to use often or comes to your mind now?
We don’t normally use any film dialogue in real life unless the situation is funny but once I do remember I bought shoes and they had to be delivered to my house and telling a store manager my name as Vijay Dinanath Chauhan after writing this name on the bill he paused and said “you are joking, right sir?” We both laughed after that (smiles).

Any filmmaker you would want to maroon in an island for making crappy movies?
Let me reach that stage where I can name them…save this question until that next major interview, please (winks).

Message to fellow movie buffs?
Watch as many movies as u can and if you are an actor then stakes are much higher. You should be a walking film library. It enriches u both consciously & subconsciously.

Thank you so much for being a part of LTFW and wish you all the best for your future endeavors (smiles)
You too and I am waiting for your next book release Alfie The Elf… I just loved the first three chapters you shared with me, in fact, my daughter has already become a huge fan of Alfie (smiles).

Thank you, Alfie is on the way… we are planning a November release.

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Movie Review: Mohenjo Daro – Strictly Avoid It!

Mohenjo Daro starring Hrithik Roshan and newbie Pooja Hegde is the next big release of the week. Ashutosh Gowarikar has come up with few nice movies in the past including Oscar-nominated Lagaan, and has a knack for historical presentations viz. Jodha Akbar and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se etc.

Sarman (Hrithik Roshan) is an indigo farmer who always fantasizes about going to Mohenjo Daro which is always opposed by his uncle and aunt. Somehow he convinces his guardians and goes to Mohenjo Daro which gives him a feel of familiarity. After experiencing the ill-treatment given to farmers by Maham (Kabir Bedi) the head of Mohenjo Daro and his equally cruel son Moonja (Arunoday Singh), Sarman decides to leave the town. However, a chance encounter with Chaani (Pooja Hegde) the daughter of the head priest of Mohenjo Daro promised in marriage with Moonja, changes his mind. Will Sarman take on Mooja and Maham to win his love? Also, what connection does he have to Mohenjo Daro is what lies ahead.

The story has a lot of similarities with the play Mohenjo Daro written by Akashaditya Lama (who has been screaming his throat dry with the plagiarism charges on Ashutosh Gowarikar). The screenplay is a big letdown. There are many dejavu moments borrowed from other movies from Bahubali to DDLJ. The dialogues are nothing to write about. The VFX is bad. The editing by Sandeep Francis is average, a lot could have been trimmed in the second half which goes on forever.

Performances are pretty average. Hrithik is in his usual self while Pooja Hegde shows some promise. Kabir Bedi gives an okay performance while Arunoday Singh is bad. In the supporting cast Manish Chaudhary as Chaani’s father does a good job while Suhasini Mulay, Nitesh Bharadwaj and Kishori Shahane are effective.

Music by A R Rahman is strictly average, infact, I would say this is one of his poor compositions except Tu Hai which is quite hummable.  The background score is again average. Cinematography by C K Muraleedharan is above average. The costumes by Neeta Lulla is quite exotic and good to look at.

On the whole, this could be one movie that can be easily avoided.

My Verdict: *

Movie Review: Rustom – Akshay Saves The Day!

The Independence Day weekend brings today two big budget movies viz. Mohenjo Daro and Rustom starring Akshay Kumar, Ileana Dcuz, and Esha Gupta. 2016 can be ideally called the year of Biopics with so many of them releasing back to back and Rustom again is inspired by the famous Nanavati case the led to the end of the jury system in India.

The movie takes you back in 1950’s Bombay (not Mumbai) when judicial decisions were taken by jury members. Rustom Parvi (Akshay Kumar) serves in the Naval force and lives a happily married life with his wife Cynthia Parvi (Ileana D’cruz). The myth of a happy married life ends when one day Rustom comes back home from sea, earlier than expected and finds out that his much-in-love wife has not returned home for past 2 days. He comes across few letters that tell a story of an illicit relationship between his wife Cynthia and a filthy rich businessman Vikram Makhija (Arjan Bajwa). Unable to bear his wife’s treachery he in a moment of passion kills Vikram and hands himself over to the police and then pleads not guilty. When Vikram’s well-connected sister Preeti Makhija (Esha Gupta) comes to know of her brother’s death, she vows to take revenge and uses everything in her power to put Rustom behind the bars. What happens to Rustom? Would he end up in jail or will he go scot free? Is there more to what lies in front of the eyes? To know that one needs to see the movie.

Although there are few movies made in the past based on the Nanavati case viz. Yeh Raaste Hai Pyar Ke and Achanak, director Tinu Suresh Desai does a decent job, however, the screenplay by Vipul K. Rawal lets him down. The dialogues are okay, however, there are few scenes in the courtroom that evoke laughter.  The editing by Sree Narayan Singh could have been crispier as the movie lags in few places. Songs by Arko, Jeet Ganguli, Ankit Tiwari and Raghav Sachar are decent, however, the background music is quite loud and irritating.

When it comes to performance, Akshay Kumar is at his best. He gets into the character of Rustom Parvi with ease. He emotes well, romances well and Rustom will again be a great performance in his overfilled hat. Ileana D’cruz is good, however, not great. Esha Gupta is a disappointment, the lady needs to emote more than pout. Arjan Bajwa is good in a small role. In supporting cast, Sachin Khedekar, Usha Nadkarni, Kumud Mishra and Pawan Malhotra live up to their parts.

On the whole, the script is weak but performances are great. Go for Rustom if you are a die-hard Akshay Kumar fan.

My Verdict: *** (extra star for Akshay)

Let’s Talk Films With Satish Perumal – Comedy Raja!

Thank you all for the unprecedented positive feedback and praise, I received for my new series ‘Let’s Talk Films With…’  This “limited edition” series 😉 is something different from what I have done earlier, as it will feature unique individuals who dared to do something unconventional – Zara Hatke, but are filmy at heart. Today I am featuring yet another friend who comes from a different field altogether – Standup Comedy. Yes, we have Satish Perumal who left his comfy job as a Brand Services Director at MullenLowe Lintas Group to become a full-time Standup Comedian. So here are few excerpts from our conversation;

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Welcome Satish and it is a pleasure to have you on LTFW (smiles).
The pleasure is all mine (smiles).

Before we start with the routine filmy  questions, I am curious to know what prompted you to leave your comfy job and venture into stand-up comedy?
That I don’t have regrets in life and give myself a chance to take a risk. No risk, no reward.

Nice (smiles) so let’s get started. What kind of movies you love to watch & how many in a day can you watch?
Usually love watching animated movies. The creative freedom in them is spellbinding.

Since what age are you watching movies?
From a very young age, as a kid.

You being a standup comedian… tell me one movie that you remember that has the main lead who played the role of a stand-up comedian to the ‘T’?
Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura. He was phenomenal.

Have you ever imagined yourself to be a superhero and tried to wear your briefs over your pants and tried to save the world?
My mother would shoot me if I did that (laughs).

What is your secret fantasy when it comes to movies and movie stars?
That I be cast in one (winks).

Smart (smiles)… The most bizarre movie you have ever watched?
Requiem For A Dream. Too intense.

Your favorite movie and why?
Shawshank Redemption and Kungfu Panda. Great writing.

The corniest dialogue you have ever heard?
You’re place or mine. Hate it.

A movie dialogue you tend to use often or comes to your mind now?
Truth, you can’t handle the truth.

Any filmmaker you would want to maroon in an island for making crappy movies?
Ram Gopal Varma.

Any actors you want to add with the director in the same island?
Hrithik Roshan

Message to fellow movie buffs?
Keep watching, keep enjoying.

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Let’s Talk Films With Apurva Asrani

Today in Let’s Talk Films With…. we have an interesting personality, he is a National Award-winning  editor, fellow writer, filmmaker and in the recent past a voice for LGBTQ community apart from being a good friend of yours truly. So here are excerpts from our conversation where Apurva bares it all;

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Welcome Apu on Let’s Talk Tell us about your growing up days, your family, schooling, hobbies etc.
I was a creative child. I loved drawing caricatures. Some were even published in the ‘kids column’ in a local newspaper. I was also a sportsman, a runner and I won a medal every year at the sports meet. I enjoyed writing poetry, I participated in dramatics & elocution. I sucked at Maths & Physics but excelled in languages & history. Music class was the highlight of my day, while on annual day, I was sure to be up on stage, performing.

Were you a storyteller even during your growing up days?
Yes. I loved telling stories to my friends and family. Sometimes I’d stretch my imagination to spin a larger than life yarn, and then work hard to convince the listener. I would act out parts and sing songs; I was a Hindi film personified. I once remember telling my classmate that the hair on my head was a wig. I convinced him by spinning a yarn about shaving my head because I’m learning Sanskrit in a gurukool every summer vacation. He bought it.

How did the creativity bug bite you?
We lived in a joint family during my early years. There was a lot of fighting between the people in the house and I went through a phase where I needed more attention than I got. I discovered that a creative talent was always rewarded with attention. So I began winning prizes for elocution, craft and dramatics.

When did you realize that you are different from the other kids?
Never. Most kids experiment with all sorts of ideas in school. I did too. If I didn’t get along with some, I got along with some others. I always had my gang of buddies.

Were you ever bullied in school?
Not really. I had a teacher who was a bully. She would use the cane liberally and then make the kids drop their pants as punishment. She was a witch, but she was also made fun off. Kids always exact their revenge.

When did you fall in love for the first time and how was it?
It was at an inter school singing competition while at boarding. I was in an all boys school and this girls’ school participated too. She sang ‘Tumko dekha to yeh khayal aaaya’ and I was mesmerised. I ran back stage to find her, but she disappeared into a large group. 2 weeks later, I met her at church, during our Sunday school outing. Then we chatted every Sunday. I think it was love.  I also had this huge crush on my house captain. He was really good looking but he was also kind. I was feeling unwell during the march-past once and I tripped over and bled. He carried me all the way to the nurse. That must have been love too.

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Did you have your fair share of heartbreaks? How did you overcome them?
By immersing myself into work. By creating something new. I think that your relationship with yourself is far more nourishing than one with someone else. Yes, you must love another with all your heart, and if you lose that person, you must cry for the loss. But after you hit rock bottom, you should start climbing up again. You take the learnings of that relationship along. I have no regrets. Each person, each experience, has strengthened my character.

When did you decide to support the LGBTQ cause and where do you think it will lead in the future?
There is no LGBTQ cause for me. There is my truth and my right to live my truth with dignity. When I see people applying confused, outdated morals on my choices, I feel very angry. I speak out because I want them to leave me and my truth alone.  If every person is truly living his dream, he won’t bother about what another is doing with his life. It’s only because our society is filled with unfulfilled desires and dreams that there is resentment. And while I understand their resentment, I also believe they have no right to meddle with my life.

Do you see any hope of getting the 377 Act scrapped anytime sooner?
Yes. Hope is all we have, and we must never give up. As long as we are not hurting another, resenting another, we are good. We must live out truth and do it with pride. The more we remain hidden, the more that people will imagine weird ideas about us. Most people are not bad, they are just ignorant. That’s why we must be ourselves before them, so they can see that we are not some alien creatures from another planet. When they see that our hearts are the same, our dreams are the same, our problems are the same; they won’t dwell on the difference of orientation. Your sexuality after all is just one part of your personality.

Is India ready to accept same-sex unions? How is the vibe amongst your colleagues and general people around?
You have to first accept yourself. The more you hide, shy away from your truth, cover up who you are; the more people mirror your fears. Live as you are. Let the staggering numbers show. Let society see that you are not ashamed. You may say, how does one do that, when homosexuality is still considered a crime? Yes, all sex outside the desire to procreate is considered a crime, but doesn’t that make everyone a criminal. Even those that indulge in some harmless oral pleasure?
But just being gay, outside your bedroom, is no crime. As long as you’re not fornicating on the floor of your family dinner party, there is nothing to be afraid of!If you want change, then stop fearing the ignorant. They will slowly understand that a large chunk of society chooses differently and that variety is ok!

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Would you being in the movie field help you to educate the society about equal rights through your creative work?
Yes. If you look at my filmography, especially in the last 6-7 years, all the films I’ve been associated with have highlighted an important social issue. ‘Jalpari’ addressed female infanticide, ‘Shahid’ was about how our justice system was being abused to push a communal agenda. ‘Citylights’ was about the migrant problem of the big city, while ‘Aligarh’ addresses deep rooted homophobia in our society. Each film has made some kind of impact and these films go far beyond opening weekend numbers. They are recorded testimonials of our times; they can be referenced for generations to come.

We have seen many people attempt LGBTQ subjects in movies but none of them find acceptance amongst the audience. Why is it so?
That’s not true. Many have found patronage. Like I said, these films might not find large numbers on the opening weekend, but they have excellent lifetime earnings.  ‘Aligarh’ for example premiered in Busan and then London Film festival in October 2015! It has continuously been a talking point since then. It’s release in India, last Feb, came with its share of buzz and debate. And today, it’s still making waves. It gets written about after people watch it on DVD, on downloads, in festivals and at seminars in colleges. The film continues will continue to live till its subject is not dealt with properly by society. The numbers in its lifetime are staggering. Munch more than the commercial potboiler that made noise and money in the first week of release, but wasn’t ever remembered again.

We see many straight individuals who support LGBTQ movement on their social profiles but have also seen them laughing at gay characters while watching a LGBTQ-themed movie. Do you feel we are a society of hypocrites? (I have seen people laughing and calling names while watching Aligarh as well as I Am when Rahul Bose is smooching Arjun Mathur in the movie)
That’s because they are uncomfortable with their own feelings. They think if they don’t berate it or laugh at it, they will appear gay. It’s ignorance and nothing else. I don’t feel bad about it. More people are watching and saluting gay characters in the mainstream today. More leading men are gay today than ever before. I am genuinely hopeful.

There are so many closeted gays who get married because of societal pressures. What advice do you want to give them?
Don’t advise them. Don’t lecture them. They did what they thought was right. Many gay men live a lonely, singular existence. They often succumb to a heterosexual marriage out of a desperate need for a companion. Sadly, they will understand themselves in due course that short term escapes help no one. On our part, we need to do our bit. We need to form healthy companionship of our choice. Once we have accepted ourselves, we need to work towards gaining acceptance from our families and our loved ones. Once we have that, we are a force. Those that are considering marriage will then be able to see that there is an empowered community that they could choose instead. Change yourself, don’t bother about the others.

What are your upcoming projects? Any dreams of becoming a director in future?
I’m writing Simran for Hansal. It’s stars the talented Kangana Ranaut. I’m also writing a semi autobiographical film that I might direct. Let’s see. One step at a time.

It was a pleasure having you on our chat series, I wish you all the luck in all your future creative endeavors (smiles)
Thank you (smiles)

 

7 Top Professional Certification Courses To Pursue in 2016!

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Getting certified is a surefire way to advance your career. These days most of the professionals have realized the same and earning one ensures one’s credibility as a professional to carry out their assigned jobs efficiently.

To put it in a nutshell, a certification holder upholds knowledge, experience, skill sets as well as the ability to shoulder specific job responsibilities. Although some professions require a professional to be certified, in others it simply augments the career graph of a professional.

When you have taken up a professional certification course, it guarantees you;

  1. To get a competitive edge over your non-certified peers or colleagues
  2. Better job opportunities and career advancement
  3. Get rewarded with higher wages and better perks

In every industry sector, employers seek certified professionals who are not only well equipped with the right skill sets but also who can take their organization to the next level. Let me put down seven top credentials that are sought after by employers in 2016.

1) Project Management Professional – (PMP®)

Offered by PMI, Project Management Professional (PMP®) is one of the most recognized and revered credentials in project management across the world. In around 175+ countries in the world, you will find a million PMP certified professionals. This certification tests a candidate in five prime areas relating to a project lifecycle viz; initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and closing.

To pursue PMP certification one has to complete around 35 hours of training apart from having not less than 7500 hours of project management experience.

2) Information Technology Infrastructure Library – (ITIL®)

The ITIL® owned and maintained by the UK Office of Government Commerce, is a globally recognized IT service management certification. The ITIL® Foundation certification is considered as the entry level qualification in the field of IT Service Management.

The ITIL® Foundation certified professional will be able to guide an organization in implementing the best practices in IT Service Management and also in using IT as a tool for a business change and growth. The ITIL® Foundation certification course emphasizes on adapting a common framework of IT Service Management practices that will help deliver value to a business. It also focuses on Quality Management approach and standards apart from following a practical approach to IT Service Management.

Operations managers, service delivery professionals, quality analysts, and production support engineers will find the course ideal. However, the ITIL® Foundation certification course can be taken up by anyone working in the IT service industry, like IT professionals who want to move ahead in the IT Service Management sector.

ITIL certified professional is most sought after because the training is not based on a specific technology, it is applicable to any IT organization. So an ITIL® Foundation certified professional will find suitable job opportunities in any IT organization. Moreover, according to the salary survey conducted by Global Knowledge and Penton, ITIL® Foundation certification is listed among the 15 top-paying certifications in 2014.

3) Big Data Analytics

Big Data Analytics refers to the process of collecting, organizing and analyzing large sets of data to discover patterns and other useful information. Not only will Big Data Analytics help you to understand the information contained within the data, but it will also help identify the data that is most important to the business and future business decisions. Big data analysts basically want the knowledge that comes from analyzing the data.

A certified Big Data Analyst has a greater scope as almost every organization are increasingly looking to find actionable insights into their data. Many big data projects originate from the need to answer specific business questions. With the right big data analytics platforms in place, an enterprise can boost sales, increase efficiency, and improve operations, customer service, and risk management.

It is ideal for Java developers, Architects, Big Data professionals, anyone who is looking forward towards building a career in Big Data and Analytics. Top companies like Microsoft, Software AG, IBM, Oracle, HP, SAP, EMC2 and Dell have invested a huge $15 billion on data management and analytics, thereby increasing the number of opportunities for Big Data certified professionals. Research shows that certified analysts earn $117,000 in comparison to their non-certified peers.

4) Certified Scrum Master – (CSM®)

CSM® is a certification that is related to project management focusing primarily on software development. It focuses on handling changes in IT Projects with a Project Management approach. It is used when the customer suggests some changes during the process of project development.

5) Six Sigma Green Belt

One of the most popular strategies in any business organization, Six Sigma Green Belt is widely implemented across various industry sectors for improving quality and processes. This is one certification that will never go out of business and help you scale greater heights.

6) The Open Group Architecture Framework – TOGAF®

If you are an Enterprise Architect then one of the hottest skills you need to acquire this year is TOGAF®, as there is a growing demand for TOGAF® certified architects all over. If you look at it, TOGAF Certification is considered as an achievement as TOGAF certified Enterprise Architects are earning a whopping $124,000 compared to their non-certified peers and are most sought-after by Fortune 500 companies. Credible research from ITJobsWatch shows a steep increase in the average maximum salary for TOGAF professionals from 74,105 euros to 93,817 euros in the UK market. So, in short, being a certified TOGAF® Enterprise Architect ensures better job prospects and helps you stay ahead in the competition.

7) Sales training and certification 

If you’re looking for a lightweight sales training or perhaps you’re a sales leader looking for an online training to pass along to your team, look into HubSpot Academy‘s sales training and certification. It’s three hours of on-demand video content with a 60 question exam to follow. It details how to create a sales process that’s tailored to the buyer’s journey. Mark Roberge is the instructor and also a professor at Harvard Business School — it’s worth checking out.

 

Let’s Talk Films With Ajay Makhija – YogiBaba

Dear readers, I am starting with a new fun series – “Let’s Talk Films With…” where I will be featuring people from various walks of life talking about their tryst with films and their filmy side. And to start with I have one of my dear friends Ajay Makhija who renounced the comforts of a city life and has become a recluse. Yogi Baba Ajay (as I lovingly call him) has done what a normal city-bred person would never dare to do, and that is settling down in the lap of nature in Koh Phangan, Thailand (which is an island) where he has Co-founded a Yoga center – Gaia Yogashala. So let’s find out what Ajay’s Filmy Fundas are;

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Welcome, Ajay to “Let’s Talk Films With Ajay“. In fact, you should be welcoming me (winks)
Wow! Feels great to have a chat show in my name (winks) and yes welcome Shaiju to “Filmy Fundas With Ajay” (laughs) and the irony is instead of me asking questions, I get to answer yours (chuckles)

So shall we start? What kind of movies you love to watch & how many in a day can you watch?
I like watching intelligent movies, where the plot makes sense, makes one think, stirs up emotions – the genres aren’t the most important thing as is the overall Quality of the offering. I would generally prefer to watch only a single movie in a day.

Same pinch (smiles) Do you remember at what age you started watching movies?
I have been watching movies since I was quite young. Two movies that stand out for me are Home Alone, which I watched maybe when I was 4 or 5 years old; I was that kid in the theater laughing much louder and so much longer than everyone else. And Maine Pyaar Kiya; the DVD of which I used to watch 4 or 5 times during my summer vacations in India. As you know I used to stay in Thailand when I was young.

You being a Yoga guy or Yogi Baba… tell me one movie that you remember that has the main lead practicing yoga?
Haahaha, totally stumped – I don’t think I can remember a movie like that at all. Maybe the closest is Ocean’s Twelve where the antagonist is a Capoeira practitioner – Capoeira being a Brazilian martial art where you become super flexible.

Have you ever imagined yourself to be a superhero and tried to wear your briefs over your pants and tried to save the world?
Imagined me as a superhero – yes but more of a sword-fighting, horse or dragon riding, medieval times warrior. No underwear shenanigans!

What is your secret fantasy when it comes to movies and movie stars?
Errmmm! It’s not a fantasy as such but I have ‘fallen in love’ with a few female characters in a few movies and wished to maybe join them on the screen. Also Avatar – if someone gave me the chance to give up our world and go live in Na’avi land, I would do it in a heartbeat.

That’s my secret desire to… I envy you at times (frowns)
Aww…

Anyway (fake sigh), tell me the most bizarre movie you have ever watched?
Tree of Life – very morbid plot lines, orchestrated sequences, it didn’t feel like a coherent piece of cinema, just pieces of different films pieced together. It wasn’t altogether unpleasant, though.

 

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Your favorite movie and why?
I really love the Dark Knight. I thought it was a fantastic piece of film – well directed, superbly acted – Heath Ledger’s Joker, cinematically brilliant, being a Batman/superhero film which may seem less serious, but crossing over into just being great cinema. Larger than life, impressive, gripping, suspenseful, having us root for Batman – hitting all these different emotional chords; great soundtrack too.

The corniest dialogue you have ever heard?
Cannot remember.

Really? Okay… a movie dialogue you tend to use often or comes to your mind now?
I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse – seminal really.

Any filmmaker you would want to maroon in an island for making crappy movies?
That Transformers director, I think Michael Bay – just terrible. Also, unfortunately, most Bollywood directors are pretty shitty I believe. This attitude of the audience is dumb and we will make movies dumb enough for them is really sad.

(Chuckles) Any actors you want to add with the director in the same island (winks)?
Not really. Although I think Kristen Stewart takes my award for worst actor in those Twilight movies. Still, I’d prefer to be marooned on an island with her, instead of sending her to anyone else (winks).

Nice game plan (laughs) Okay any message to fellow movie buffs?
Umm, demand smarter movies!

Thank you, Ajay, for sharing your Filmy side and I wish you all the best with your Yogic endeavors!
Aww… pleasure is all mine (smiles)

So people if you happen to visit Koh Phangan and would like to learn or practice yoga then please do visit Gaia Yogashala. For more information please log on to their website http://www.gaiayogashala.com/

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