Sunday, May 1, 2011

Osama bin Laden killed in Pakistan

Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, is dead.
US president Barack Obama said bin Laden, the most-wanted fugitive on the US list, has been killed on Sunday in a US operation in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, about 150km north of Islamabad.
"Tonight, I can report to the people of the United States and the world, the United States had carried an operation that has killed Osama Bin Laden, a terrorist responsible for killing thousands of innocent people," Obama said in a statement.
"Today, at my direction, the United States carried out that operation... they killed Osama Bin Laden and took custody of his body. 
"The death of Bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date against Al Qaeda. 
"We must also reaffirm that United states is not and will never be at war against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader, in fact, he slaughtered many Muslims," Obama said.
US celebrations
As the news of bin Laden's death spread, crowds gathered outside the White House in Washington to celebrate.  
Former US president George Bush called his death a "momentous achievement". 
"The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done," Bush said in a statement.
According to Al Jazeeera's Rosalind Jordan in Washington, the operation had been in the making for the last 9 or 10 months. 
"The fact that it happened inside Pakistan, there have been suggestions that Pakistani intelligence may have been protecting them," she said. 
Reporting from Pakistan, Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder said the development had caught a lot of people by surprise .
"He was considered by many as a hero, but not to the extent that people would come out on the streets. The reaction so far not likely to be strong on the streets, perhaps a protest here or there by the religious parties,." he said.
'Symbolic victory'
Qais Azimy, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Kabul, said Afghan officials described bin Laden's killing as a "symbolic victory", since he was no longer directly connected to the group's field operations. 
It is, however, a major accomplishment for Obama and his national security team. Obama's predecessor, George Bush, had repeatedly vowed to bring to justice the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, but never did before leaving office in early 2009.
He had been the subject of a search since he eluded US soldiers and Afghan militia forces in a large-scale assault on the Tora Bora mountains in 2001. The trail quickly went cold after he disappeared and many intelligence officials believed he had been hiding in Pakistan.

While in hiding, bin Laden had taunted the West and advocated his views in videotapes spirited from his hideaway.

Besides September 11, Washington has also linked bin Laden to a string of attacks -- including the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the 2000 bombing of the warship USS Cole in Yemen.
Having the body may help convince any doubters that bin Laden is really dead.

Teen Thay Bhai Review

Our Rating   : 2/5

Genre: Comedy, Drama  
Director: Mrighdeep Singh Lambha
Producer: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Banner: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures, PVR Pictures
Music Director: Ranjit Barot, Sukhwinder Singh
Lyricist: Gulzar
Star Cast: Om Puri, Shreyas Talpade, Deepak Dobriyal, Ragini Khanna, Yograj Singh
Release Date: April 15, 2011

All that we can say after watching this movie is that “ek thi movie jisme teen thay bhai”. Nothing much to remember and recall except a faint ray of hope visible in Mrigdeep Singh Lamba! His first-time act is satisfactory and makes him one of the new-age directors to look out for in future. Just that his directorial debutant venture is a half-baked cake. The disappointment more so lies in the fact that “Teen Thay Bhai” has been produced by none other than the talented Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, who has directed socially-gripping movies “Rang De Basanti” and “Delhi 6”. He went off track with this one (his USP being meaningful and hard-hitting cinema) which actually did nothing but de-railed him, for the movie lacks consistency and looses grip more often than once.
 
The setting and scale of the movie is similar to the recently released “Tanu Weds Manu”, that of a small town outlook. A desi laugh-a-thon, “Teen Thay Bhai”, however, falls flat and does not arouse laughter, except hither and thither. The plot is very obvious – three brothers who can’t stand each other are forced to stay together for a day every year in a snowed cabin courtesy dadaji’s will, according to which if they fulfill the clause only then would they be able to get their hands on the property at Himachal Pradesh. Though the story falls flat, the characterization is captivating. While Om Puri’s sturdy Punjabi businessman act is funny, Dobriyal is natural and does his part with poise. Shreyas, on the other hand, manages to pull out a few chuckles. But, by far, the chemistry between the three brothers is exciting as they continue to rub each other on the wrong end.
 
Ragini Khanna makes a visible mark on the big screen with her village vixen act. She is refreshing and impressive. However, too many loose ends, an inconsistent storyline and slumping music make this a washout affair. Additionally, the dialogues of the movie add to the list of fiascos for “3 Thay Bhai”. Agreed, laugh-a-thons work in Bollywood but you need to extract some sense out of the nonsense as well to actually laugh. Too many unnecessary additions and elements make watching this comedy a tragedy. The movie won’t have you side-splitting, but it won’t leave you high and dry as well. You may chuckle and grin here and there, and in between have a full-on laugh. Go for it only if you have absolutely nothing to do.
 
Final Verdict: “Teen Thay Bhai” is a blink-and-miss affair. Expectations were high but then, not every thing you expect falls in place.


Teeb Thay Bhai Pre-release Review 
Known for making films with meaningful and hard-hitting subjects, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra decides to keep his approach straight-forward and simple this time. Yes, the famous mind setter behind ‘Aks’, ‘Rang De Basanti’, and ‘Delhi 6’ is back with a sweet and simple plot ‘Teen Thay Bhai’ that will not induce the audience to scratch their heads to unquote the hidden secrets. Directed by debutant Mrighdeep Singh Lambha and produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, the movie is presented under the banners Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures and PVR Pictures. Ragini Khanna too marks her debut as one of the leading artists, giving a break to her regular saas-bahu saga ‘Sasural Genda Phool’, besides Yograj Singh, father of the celebrated cricketer Yuvraj Singh, is also trying his innings in Bollywood. The music has been composed by Ranjit Barot and Sukhwinder Singh, while the lyrics are penned by the legendary Gulzar. ‘Teen Thay Bhai’ is set to hit the theaters on April 15, 2011.
 
The plot of the movie, ‘Teen Thay Bhai’, is simple and clear-cut – it is about three brothers who are forced to live with each other, despite not being able to tolerate each others' sight, all thanks to their grandfather’s will. What can you expect when three of India’s most talented actors come together on the silver screen to create magic and hilarity? Three brothers, Chixie Gill (Om Puri), Happy Gill (Deepak Dobriyal), and Fancy Gill (Shreyas Talpade) meet as their grandfather Khapti Gill’s (Yograj Singh) will is to be read. And if you think what’s new to offer in such a traditional plot, wait! The Gills hate the sight of each other and hope to never face each other, once the will has been sorted out. But, to their surprise, the multi-crore estate would be theirs only on the fulfillment of a certain list of bizarre clauses set by their eccentric Dadaji.
 
Left with no alternative, the three are forced to spend a night at an estranged cabin, along with their Dadaji’s ashes, not for one or two, but for three consecutive years. Now will the three willingly carry out the rituals in the third and final year, considering that they have performed fruitfully for the previous two years? Will this time period unite the three brothers and erase the hatred with which they had been living for all these years? Will Yograj be able to hit a sixer and keep the magic of Yuvi continuing? Will Ragini be able to firm her footprints in Bollywood and make her presence felt in the big screen as well? Will a lighthearted and blasé plot be successful in entertaining the audience and give a breather to Rakeysh from his usual message-delivering tales? Come April 15, 2011 when ‘Teen Thay Bhai’ releases and we’ll come to know.