Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fitness Photography 101: Seminar at BodyPower India

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I recently conducted a seminar on fitness posing, prepping and photography for all the contestants of BodyPower India's NEULIFE FIT FACTOR. It was a pleasure to be able to guide ,any people of all the pros and cons of the fast booming industry that they have chosen to represent. Nothing brings me more joy than to be able to help out people who genuinely could do with a few pointers that would help them go the distance - especially when they are working themselves off for it.

Fitness modelling and photography is nothing like glamour modelling and photography to begin with. So even when experienced models and photographers try to make the switch, they often fail - and miserably so. Though many of the rules remain the same in both fields, there are key points that are distinctly diverse - such as lighting, posing, what to highlight,how much photoshopping is ethical and more.

Below are a few practice shots, unmorphed btw, that we took while the practice posing and shooting demo. I'm sure the insights provided to the contestants, many of whom are first time models and fitness spokesperson aspirants, would make a world of a difference to their performance and confidence - at the finals, in the show and in the times they have ahead in this amazing field.







Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Reason to Write

I need to write. I need to create.
But i dont want to write for the people out there. I dont want to create for the masses. I want to write and create only for someone. Only for one particular person. I want to keep it real. I want it to be personal. That's the only way i can do anything.

My blogs used to be letters to myself, my books used to be written for particular friends, my paintings were my notes on my people.i used to write poems for people and tear them off after having been read. I never bothered publishing them. I need to get back to doing just that. If the random internet universe and others like it too, great. If not, i dont give a shit.

They say you shouldn't make work personal. But hey, i'm not much of a guy to give a shit about 'they' anyway. Its time to make things personal again. Everytime i use my time to create something, its time i ask myself who is it for. Beginning with this note. This, is for myself, lest i ever again forget what i create for.

-Pushkaraj S Shirke

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ashamed to be an Indian today I STRAIGHT TALK: 'INDIA'S DAUGHTER' OPENS INDIA'S MISOGYNISTIC CLOSETS



So, 'india's daughter', a documentary that showcases the unrepentant mindset of a rapist/rape enabler IS BANNED in India by a court order. While movies without a story line featuring half naked women parading their bodies for viewership to enable commoditization of women is encouraged.
So let me put it as it is, we INDIANS encourage rape and exploitation in every way we can - whether its by banning or by releasing.
I am so ashamed of being an Indian today that i have no words to express it. This is India's so called 'Acchey Din'. The death of free speech. The death of human rights. And a glorious face first dive into regressionism.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Next Bond: Is it reverse racism to force a race change on a classic character?

Who will be the next bond? I would like Henry Cavill to be the man. but studios are hinting at IDRIS ELBA. and this is before Daniel Craig completes 2 more movies as bond.

- Pushkaraj S Shirke

BADLAPUR: How a good movie missed out on being India's First Slow Burn Classic


BADLAPUR did well at the boxoffice. BUT what do I have to say about the movie?
Get into a critical analysis of this gritty revenge drama blow by blow and know why it gets rated 8/10 instead of the actual 7/10 that the movie was initially rated.

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- Pushkaraj S Shirke

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I'm Fat so what? A bullshit filled escapist post and my answer to it:


I love women. i adore wholesome bodies. I idolise natural forms and everything in nature. And i love fitness. I'm being very clear about that right in the beginning itself coz i don't want stupid misinterpretations of my post.
So, from a friend, i came across this bullshit riddled post that for a bit very well answers a very 'despicable' piece of fitness advertising - and then uses the rest of the article of be a baseless, well written piece of escapist literature.
The post has the pic given below, and goes as follows:

I didn't write this but absolutely love what this woman wrote. So well done! Please read; it's quite enjoyable and share. <3 A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?" The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way: "Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness. They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia. They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires. Mermaids do not exist. But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish? They would have no sex life and could not bear children. Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad. And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side? Without a doubt, I'd rather be a whale. At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends. We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn't enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies. We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated. Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: "How amazing am I ?! " Do share if you care. Don't forget to share it! :)
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NOW HERE's MY ANSWER TO IT
(as my best friend who knows my love for fitness and greco-roman shaped physiques alike wanted me to share my view on it):
Beautiful answer against bad advertising - being skinny is no ideal worth achieving. Being fit though, is the ultimate ideal for the human body.
Now here's what I have to say for all the fat people using this answer as an excuse to be fat:
The whale is biologically healthy and fit despite its percieved "fat" size. In fact, it has a higher percentage of body muscle to body fat - a ratio that fat humans most often never have.
There's nothing wrong in being chubby as long as you are healthy and fit enough to pursue all the amazing things that human life enables us to pursue. And if you don't have any of those aspirations and are happy sulking away behind a tv screen chomping on chips, I rest my case, I don't have anything to say to you.
BUT if you want to make the most of what human life has given you, you need to start with making the most of the incredible machine nature has endowed you with - your body. It's the only possession you will have from the time you are born to the time you die. It is the only possession that will serve you as we'll as you service it - for life.
So stop making an excuse against being fit using clever sounding juxtapositioned words and theories and quotes misquoted and misplaced - coz honestly, the only person you are truly fooling, is yourself.

Love,
Pushkaraj Shirke
PS: I run a free forum that promotes educating people about the media hype and lies about beauty and fitness. You may read it if you wish to open your eyes to a lot more than what you see in the media: www.projectbattleready.com  articles from there are also shared on this very blog. feel free to subscribe. 

OSCARS 2015: Worthy or Not? Winners, Predictions, Analysis and Review by Film Pickle

An unpaid, independant Film Review channel called FILM PICKLE run by Me, Pushkaraj S Shirke and Rohon Nag had given out ‪#‎oscars2015‬ predictions and analysis that was 95% accurate. Way ahead of any of the paid mongrels(read pseudo journalists) who have gotten so used to taking money for reviews that the fuckers have lost perspective of what cinema is all about. So the post Oscar moment was a howlarious Fuck you to them. Also, it was a big Fuck you to production houses that banned some of our honest reviews and got them taken off youtube. Also a great fuck you moment to all of those haters who say that FILM PICKLE should stop reviewing movies because we blatantly give honest reviews about the directors whose ass these morons have been licking profusely to get into the industry. This moment was in their face.

Coming back to point, we decided to do a retrospective and analysis of the oscar awardees and also discuss the GREAT BLUNDER or OSCARS2015 - Yes, the worst decision in OSCARS since Shawshank was refused an Oscar.

Do watch it not only for the analysis but also to know which are the movies that you must watch and why:








We were wrong on 3 calls:

BIG HERO 6 won best ANIMATED FEATURE OF THE YEAR:
This we just couldn't see coming. this has got to be the worst call in oscar history after denying shawshank the oscar for best movie. Its a good movie, but there's just no way this movies beats PRINCESS KAGUYA AND HTTYD2! ever! 

WHIPLASH WON FOR BEST SOUND MIXING:
We were expecting Interstellar, but WHIPLASH was very much in consideration for the fact that not a single note was ever out of sync, not a single location sound was ever out of place and the overall audio vibe of the movie was extremely tight and well maintained. so fair call there.

AMERICAN SNIPER WON FOR BEST SOUND EDITING:
We were expecting INTERSTELLAR but had considered American sniper for having maintained an extremely organic sound throughoput the film. so thats fair. 


Our sheer LOVE for the sound of Interstellar, Nolan and Hans Zimmer blinded us to these others. So I guess its a fair call there. This had happened last time too when i was in Love with Inception. I guess next time there's a nolan movie, i should remind myself to keep my emotions in check before making predictions on his films or atleast cross check them with a non NOLAN worshipper.

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Pushkaraj S Shirke

Monday, February 23, 2015

How an UNPAID DUO of FILM CRITICS predicted the OSCARS with only 3 errors and stuck it in the face of paid media.














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The categories we got wrong are marked in red. And here's what we have to say about them:
BIG HERO 6 winning best ANIMATED FEATURE OF THE YEAR:
This we just couldn't see coming. this has got to be the worst call in oscar history after denying shawshank the oscar for best movie. Its a good movie, but there's just no way this movies beats PRINCESS KAGUYA AND HTTYD2! ever! 

WHIPLASH FOR BEST SOUND MIXING:
We were expecting Interstellar, but WHIPLASH was very much in consideration for the fact that not a single note was ever out of sync, not a single location sound was ever out of place and the overall audio vibe of the movie was extremely tight and well maintained. so fair call there.

AMERICAN SNIPER FOR BEST SOUND EDITING:
We were expecting INTERSTELLAR but had considered American sniper for having maintained an extremely organic sound throughoput the film. so thats fair. 





THESE WERE OUR ANALYSIS AND PREDICTIONS:

So Fuck you media experts. And fuck you TV channels. And fuck you paid reviewers. This is in your face. My ‪#‎oscars2015‬ predictions and analysis was 95% accurate. Way ahead of any of you paid mongrels who have gotten so used to taking money for your reviews that you fuckers have lost perspective of what cinema is all about. Fuck you, production houses that banned my honest reviews and got them taken off youtube. Fuck you all. Also fuck you, All of those haters who say that I should stop reviewing movies because I blatantly give honest reviews about the directors whose ass you have been licking profusely to get into the industry, this is in your face too. 



Anyways, moral of the story is, this means that I will continue my channel of movie reviews irrespective of all the haters that flock to it, coz you know what, I love my movies and I love being honest about them. And there's nothing you can say that would make me think otherwise. 

- Pushkaraj S Shirke