First Post – Selfie-taking statue to Baahubali Ganpati idol

The lord of the new beginnings will soon arrive with much grandeur and fanfare and this time he will don every possible contemporary theme. As the country prepares to get into the mood to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, the streets are abuzz with the different types of idols that you might see this season.

From Mumbai’s iconic Lalbaugcha Raja statue to the tallest-ever Ganesh statue being made in Vijayawada, the frenzy in the country over the festival is making sure that there are Ganesh idols and statues of all kinds. In the past, we have already seen World Cup Ganesha, Anna Hazare Ganesha and even the travel Ganesha. But when we say all kinds, we include those which you have never imagined before.

Here are some of the most unique Ganesh idols which will make this Ganesh Chaturthi innovative:

Image courtesy: Avinash Mudaliar/Facebook

If there is one picture to explain the meaning of the word ‘frenzy’, it is this picture. You know that the country’s obsession with selfies has gone a tad bit too far when you find people making idols of Lord Ganesh taking a selfie of him with his family members. Don’t be surprised tomorrow if you suddenly come across a Ganesh statue in which the God is making a duck-face.

Image courtesy: @Mumbaikhabar9/Twitter

SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster multi-lingual film Baahubali reportedly collected Rs 500 crore in the three weeks since its release on 10 July, according to sources in the film unit. However, that is just a number. Perhaps the real proof of the massive success of Baahubali actually is this picture, which shows a statue of Lord Ganesh as the Baahubali. Films have always been an important part of India. But nothing proves it as much as this image.

Image courtesy: @aishwaryavalli3/Twitter

Size does matter. The Dundee Ganesha Seva Samiti (DGSS) might be aiming to make the tallest Ganesh statue ever. However, as challenging as it would be to create a statue that massive, it would be equally challenging to make a Ganesh idol out of the lead tip of a pencil. Yet, this miniature idol of Lord Ganesh shows that good things can indeed also come in small packages.

Image courtesy: ANI/Twitter

Many people are concerned about the adverse effects to the environment caused during immersion of the Ganesh idols.

And those people are not afraid to create their own unique statues to get attention for their cause. For example, Digambar Manikar and his son Rajesh have made a 22-foot Ganesh idol weighing 150 kg using nothing but 30,000 tissue papers to show the importance of eco-friendly idols, according to Hindustan Times.

We certainly hope these idols become more popular and raise awareness about the environment among people.

(With inputs from PTI)

This article was originally published on First Post . 


Common Man roles played with a little Swag

This will be our last article covering Bollywood, common man and commute. And we thought what better way than to end it with a little swag.  So we put together a list of famous dialogues from times now and then, from movies local and from beyond. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did getting them in one place.

1. Dev Anand as a taxi driver in Taxi Driver (1954)

“Motor ameeron ki naukar hoti hai … taxi gareebon ki ann daata”


2. Robert De Niro as a taxi driver in Taxi Driver (1976)

  “I go all over. I take people to the Bronx, Brooklyn, I take ’em to Harlem. I don’t care. Don’t make no difference to me. It does to some.Some won’t even take spooks. Don’t make no difference to me.”

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3. Amitabh Bachchan as a coolie in Coolie (1983)

“Bachpan se hain sar par Allah ka haath, aur Allah Rakha hai mere saath, baazu par hai saat sau chhiyaasi ka billa, bees number ka beedi peeta hoon, kaam karta hoon coolie ka aur naam hai Iqbal.”


4. Arshad Warsi as a Taxi driver in Tere Mere Sapne (1996)

“Paro! Apne bhai ke liye itna nahi kar sakti? Paro!”

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5. Aamir Khan as a Taxi driver in Raja Hindustani (1996)

“Aap ki aankhen meri taxi ki headlight ki tarah hai memsaab”


6. Sanjay Kapoor as an auto-rickshaw driver in Sirf Tum (1999)

“Madam, aap subah se hi kisi ko dhund rahi hain aur use bina mile hi vapis ja rahi hain.”


7. Aamir Khan as a Tourist Guide in Fanaa (2006)

“Kehte hai pyar mein neend udh jaati hai …koi humse bhi mohabbat kare … kambhakt neend bahut aati hai”


8. Hillary Swank as pilot Amelia Earhart in Amelia (2009)

“Who wants a life imprisoned in safety?”


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Bollywood songs shot on moving trains

When Shahrukh Khan danced with Malika Arora Khan on top of a moving train in the movie Dil se, he had the entire country doing Chaiyya Chaiyya. But that is not the only song which was shot on a moving trains. Train songs have been an integral part of Bollywood movies, or were at least till some time ago. Here is taking a look at some Bollywood train songs –

1. Chaiyya Chaiyya from Dil Se: Famous for more reasons than one- it is not just the most popular train song in Bollywood but also one of the most iconic Bollywood songs ever.

2. Meri Sapnon Ki Rani from Aradhana: The love affair between Bollywood and trains started with this legendary song.

3. Gaadi Bula Rahi Hai from Dost: Sometimes words have a meaning deeper than their literal meaning. This song proves that.

4. Dhadak Dhadak from Bunty Aur Babli: Anybody who has ever travelled from a small town to a big city in pursuit of opportunities and success can relate with this peppy number.

5. Kasto Mazaa from Parineeti: One of those feel-good love songs with a picturesque setting, happy, smiling faces and romantic lyrics. The fact that it was shot entirely in a steam engine train takes this song to another level.

6. Lucky Lips from Lucky – This is not exactly a train song, well part of it is, but it is so cute isn’t it?

Know of a great train song? Do let us know in the comments below