THIS is Kirkit!£$! - Mercedes-Benz Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-24-2008, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
BenzWorld Elite
 
Punjabi's Avatar
 
Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: Bandwidth
Location: In Virtual Reality
Posts: 3,256
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
THIS is Kirkit!£$!

heh, heh........

But is it really cricket?



Soutik Biswas
BBC News, Bangalore and Calcutta


Cheerleaders were brought in from America (All photos: Sandipan Chatterjee - Indian Express)




On a muggy afternoon last weekend, a spectator leapt off an upper tier stand during a cricket game in Eden Gardens stadium in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta.
He survived the fall with broken bones.
The middle-aged man did not fly off his seat because he was carried away by the game.
He simply wanted to have a closer peek at Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan who had turned up in the stands below to cheer a team that he owns in the new Indian Premier League cricket competition.
The multi-million dollar competition has been hyped as one which will revolutionise the game with a fizzy cocktail of cricket, entertainment and celebrity shows.
Starved
So how do you serve up entertainment to embellish a game which is religion for millions of Indians?
It's a fairly uncomplicated recipe. Young fans of the Kolkata Knightriders



Take a large helping of Bollywood stars, saute it with some more Bollywood music, and then add whatever you can lay your hands on - cheerleading girls, stilt walkers, cyclists furiously riding around the ground, acrobats hanging from the stadium roof.
It appears to be working in an entertainment-starved country where an evening out in the big cities essentially means flocking to shiny, air-conditioned malls to shop, eating unappetising precooked food, and catching a Bollywood movie at the overpriced cineplex.
During what promises to be a blazing Indian summer, the 44-day competition needs to pull out all its stops and entertain parched fans, many of whom still have no loyalty to the newly created city teams.

No wonder then that, for the inaugural ceremony, the organisers hired cheerleaders from America, stilt walkers from Holland, stunt acrobats from Germany and laser operators from China and Malaysia to serve up a visually stunning show.
It was helped by 250,000 watts of sound and 50,000 watts of lighting through lasers and sky tracers.
Many of the players on the field were imported too. The only strong Indian presence appeared to be again, Shah Rukh Khan, who as one commentator said is "seen everywhere and anywhere these days". He had come to cheer his team and egg on the crowds.
Bollywood brew
Bollywood's Shah Rukh Khan works up the cricket crowd




Even Calcutta, a city known for its unflagging loyalty to local star and former Indian captain, Saurav Ganguly, appeared to have forgotten him at the weekend game - there were posters of Khan in the stands, and the star's local fan club walked in carrying huge cut outs of their icon.
At the games Khan can be seen heading an entourage of B-list stars, bling music composers, fashion designers, bouncers and security guards. All eyes are usually glued to them.
In star-struck, hierarchy conscious India, Bollywood stars are like Pied Pipers who lead their legions of fans to love and hate what they love and hate.
Purists fear that in this quest for offering entertainment to woo crowds, the dividing line between entertainment - read Bollywood- and cricket is becoming precariously thin.
The result is very few are actually watching the game at all.
In a Mumbai weekend game, Bollywood's Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapur, and Anil Kapur ran along the ground sporting the team's jerseys emblazoned with the name of their upcoming film in a brazen marketing push.
In Delhi, another actor, Akshay Kumar, known for his daredevil and comic acts on screen, found himself suspended from a cable midway through the act, and had to be unclipped and let down.
A Hyderabad team commercial showed the captain VVS Laxman teaching a rather sheepish looking local film star to play cricket.
People like Vijay Mallya, the flamboyant owner of the Bangalore team and a brewery and airline baron, believe that all the entertainment will not distract from the game.
"Entertainment enhances the game. Look at the Olympics ceremonies, look at American baseball. They all have glamour and entertainment. Here we are adding glamour to what is already a pretty glamorous game in India," he says.
'Game is sacrosanct'
Others like Venkat Vardhan, who heads a leading Indian event management company that is rolling out the entertainment for the Bangalore matches, feels onfield entertainment during cricket matches should be carefully conceived.
The charismatic Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi


"The game is sacrosanct. But the combined energy of classy entertainment and good cricket is a good thing. What is wrong is to make the players entertainers. Let entertainers entertain, and cricketers play the game".
But such "classy entertainment" like getting skimpily-clad foreign cheerleading girls is sometimes threatening to go out of hand at the competition.
In Bangalore beer-addled spectators exhorted the girls to come down and dance with them, screaming in unison to a Bollywood song: "Come to us, come to us, now!"
And in Mumbai, swooning men implored the shimmying girls: "Madam, madam, shake hand, shake hand!".

Analysts say cricket and the cult of celebrity are feeding off each other at the competition.
"The cricket uses celebrities to feel good about itself. The celebrities use the cricket to stay in the headlines. It's a symbiosis of a particularly cynical kind," says cricket writer Lawrence Booth.
Meanwhile, as Bollywood stars dance and cheerleading girls do the jig, electronic scorecards are yet not working in many stadia, and at the weekend match in Calcutta, there was no drinking water available for more than 70,000 spectators. Also, a floodlight blew its fuse stopping the game for half an hour and the dustbowl cricket pitch invited the wrath of players and analysts alike. Clearly, there is nothing revolutionary about all this, and how it will change the game - for the better- is unclear.
Punjabi is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-24-2008, 04:14 PM
Forum Administrator RC Colas & Moon Pies
 
Digmenow's Avatar
 
Date registered: Oct 2006
Vehicle: 1981 380SL 151K: 2001 E320 4Matic Estate 147K: 2008 E350 Sport 4Matic 120K: 2005 S500 116K
Location: The Land of Pleasant Living
Posts: 36,503
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Quoted: 1273 Post(s)
Lifetime Premium Member
Garage
Sorry, Punjabi. After the third mention of "Cricket", I had to stop reading. Now if it had been Soccer (Football)...nah, I'd still give up.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Digmenow is offline  
post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-24-2008, 04:29 PM
Membership withdrawn by request
 
Von Vorschlag's Avatar
 
Date registered: Apr 2006
Vehicle: A red Vimana
Location: the pale blue dot
Posts: 19,563
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 1119 Post(s)
Doesn't matter, NO body but no body likes playing those wankers at cricket ...they have to play huge amounts of money now a days just to get players, they just don't understand what cricket means, you know shit like sportsmanship, fare play, enjoyment.
'A senior police official, Hasan Khan, told Reuters that more than 5,000 police, police commandos and paramilitary troops would be deployed to stop any violence breaking out on the day of the game in Multan, also in Punjab.'

as you do for a nice little game of cricket ....fucking loonies
Von Vorschlag is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Mercedes-Benz Forums > Off-Topic

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Mercedes-Benz Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











  • Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
     
    Thread Tools
    Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
    Email this Page Email this Page
    Display Modes
    Linear Mode Linear Mode



    Posting Rules  
    You may post new threads
    You may post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is On
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are On
    Pingbacks are On
    Refbacks are On

     

    Title goes here

    close
    video goes here
    description goes here. Read Full Story
    For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome