“The Hundred-Foot Journey” film …. captivating and heartwarming!!


~~September 1, 2014~~ 

A wonderful, heartwarming movie that has a little bit of everything, for every one. 

There’s travel, culture, cuisine, competition, life experiences, desire to achieve, advancement, loss, success and returning home, good looking people, personal interactions, human touch.

I really enjoyed this one!


“As it appears in …. “


The Hundred-Foot Journey is an American comedy-drama film directed by Lasse Hallström from a screenplay written by Steven Knight. It stars Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon. The film is based on the novel The Hundred-Foot Journey, written by Richard C. Morais.

The Hundred-Foot Journey was produced by DreamWorks Pictures and released by Touchstone Pictures on August 8, 2014.

(There is a touch of Oprah in this movie too).



In Mumbai, India, a family restaurant run by Papa ends up being destroyed by a mob upset over an election dispute. Papa and his family successfully evacuate the guests; however, Papa’s wife is killed in the fire set at the restaurant. Seeking asylum in Europe, the family first settles in London, where their residence proves ill-suited for a restaurant. They depart for mainland Europe.

Shortly after crossing the border between Switzerland and France, the brakes on Papa’s vehicle fail, which results in the family being forced to stay a night in a nearby French village. Marguerite, a sous chef at an upscale French restaurant in town, feeds the family and helps it find an auto repair shop and a guest house. Papa is amazed at the quality of the food in the village and its availability. He learns of an abandoned restaurant building on the outskirts of town available for purchase. Seeing this as divine providence, Papa decides to open an Indian restaurant in the village.


Upon learning of Papa’s plan to open an Indian restaurant across the street, Madame Mallory, the widowed owner of the upscale French restaurant, attempts to discourage the Indians from proceeding with their plans. After sabotaging Papa’s family by purchasing all the locally available ingredients needed to cook their dishes on opening night, a cold war erupts between Papa and Madame Mallory. The war peaks on Bastille Day, when one of Madame Mallory’s cooks and two others vandalize the Indian restaurant by spray-painting the outer wall and setting fire to the restaurant’s interior with firebombs. Hassan Haji, Papa’s eldest son and premier chef, catches the would-be arsonists in the act and scares them off, but his hands end up burned.

The following morning, Madame Mallory convenes a meeting of her chefs and asks them if they know the words to La Marseillaise. After citing lines from the song concerning equality and justice, she dismisses the cook from her restaurant responsible for the vandalism and then voluntarily cleans up the graffiti. Hassan, having heard that Madame Mallory hires potential chefs by taste-testing an omelet they prepare for her, asks if he may cook an omelet for her. Citing his injured hands, he says Madame Mallory will have to help him with the process. After sampling his cooking, Madame Mallory concedes to his potential to be a great chef and invites him to cook for her against the wishes of Papa and his family.


Hassan’s cooking proves popular and unconventional enough to result in Madam Mallory’s restaurant receiving its second Michelin Star, an elite honor bestowed on only a handful of restaurants in Europe. The award draws national attention to Hassan’s cooking, and he is offered a job in Paris, France, which he accepts. Papa and Madam Mallory make amends and ultimately begin romancing each other.

Hassan’s cooking quickly receives critical acclaim, fueling speculation of a third Michelin Star for the Paris restaurant; however, Hassan’s restaurant work is increasingly bogged down by thoughts of his family and Marguerite, with whom he had an ongoing romance. Hassan decides to return home, where he and Marguerite reunite. Proposing a business venture together, Hassan declare that he will help Madam Mallory’s restaurant earn its third Michelin Star.

That evening, Hassan and Marguerite are allowed to cook dinner for Hassan’s family at Madam Mallory’s restaurant. As the two young chefs bring out the dishes for the meal, everyone looks forward to an evening of romance and fine dining.



Helen Mirren as Madame Mallory
Om Puri as Papa
Juhi Chawla as Mama
Manish Dayal as Hassan Haji
Charlotte Le Bon as Marguerite
Amit Shah as Mansur
Farzana Dua Elahe as Mahira
Rohan Chand as Young Hassan Haji
Dillon Mitra as Mukthar
Michel Blanc as Mayor
Shuna Lemoine as Mayor’s wife


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~~The Hundred-Foot Journey Official Trailer~~


~~Published on May 14, 2014~~

The Hundred-Foot Journey Official Trailer starring Helen Mirren, Charlotte Le Bon, Rohan Chand and directed by Lasse Hallström

Based on the novel The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais.

Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant — the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own, escalate to all out war between the two establishments — until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

~Release Date: 8 August 2014~


The Hundred-Foot Journey Interview – Oprah Winfrey



~The Hundred Foot Journey/Official A.R.Rahman~

~~Published on Aug 12, 2014~~

Afreen – The Hundred Foot Journey | Official A.R.Rahman


We ALL are ONE!!


“Resonant Chamber” …. www.animusic.com


~~August 29, 2014~~ 

~As is appears on Animusic’s Facebook Page~~

ANIMUSIC is a computer animation company with the singular focus of animating music.


ANIMUSIC is an independent entertainment company specializing in the production of DVD “video albums”.

Animusic’s videos are unique, captivating, and often cause jaws to drop.


You’ll experience Animusic as individual animations that are typically about 4 to 5 minutes long. They’re collected together to form a “visual album”, and sold as a DVD.


ANIMUSIC is a computer animation company with the singular focus of animating music.

Both music and visuals are entirely digitally synthesized. We “invent” imaginary Virtual Instruments by building computer graphics models of objects that appear to create the sound of the corresponding synthesized music track.


~As is appears on …. ~~


Animusic is an American company specializing in the 3D visualization of MIDI-based music. Founded by Wayne Lytle, it is incorporated in New York and has offices in Texas and California. The initial name of the company was Visual Music, changed to Animusic in 1995.

The company is known for its Animusic compilations of computer-generated animations, based on MIDI events processed to simultaneously drive the music and on-screen action, leading to and corresponding to every sound.

Unlike many other music visualizations, the music drives the animation. While other productions might animate figures or characters to the music, the animated models in Animusic are created first, and are then programmed to follow what the music “tells them” to. ‘Solo cams’ featured on the Animusic DVD shows how each instrument actually plays through a piece of music from beginning to end. Many of the instruments appear to be robotic or play themselves using curious methods to produce and visualize the original compositions. The animations typically feature dramatically-lit rooms or landscapes.


The music of Animusic is principally pop-rock based, consisting of straightforward sequences of triggered samples and digital patches mostly played “dry”; i.e., with few effects. There are no lyrics or voices, save for the occasional chorus synthesizer. According to the director’s comments on Animusic 2, most instrument sounds are generated with software synthesizers on a music workstation (see Software Programs for more info). Many sounds resemble stock patches available on digital keyboards, subjected to some manipulation, such as pitch or playback speed, to enhance the appeal of their timbre.








~~”Resonant Chamber”~~


~~Uploaded on Mar 18, 2008~~

From the Animusic 2 DVD – This is another amazing piece of incredibly beautiful and precise work from Animusic – more information at http://www.animusic.com.


We ALL are ONE!!