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Shalini Nayar

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Shalini Nayar is a Malaysian. She's still studying but is very, very active in the writing world. She writes for various online publications and has been kind enough to contribute movie reviews to my humble, poorly constructed site.

"THE movie that made me a buff would be Back To The Future," she claims. "And it was not just the first installment, the subsequent sequels really christened me as a movie buff."

If you are planning to analyse her taste in movies, don't try too hard. She enjoyed E.T as well, and naturally her favourite directors are Steven Spielberg, M. Night Shyamalan, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard. She feels that Pulp Fiction's script is the "best damn thing I ever read in my life". therefore naming the writer and director of the movie, Quentin Tarantino as her favourite scritpwriter.

She loves performances of actors like Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks and Sidney Poiter, and god damn me if Philadelphia isn't one of her favourite movies. Is it, Ms. Nayar? She is also fascinated with portrayals by Woody Allen and Bette Midler in 'Scenes From The Mall'. She feels that Washington, especially, represents Hollywood as a whole. "This guy," she says, "is one heck of an actor; multi-talented enough to make me believe he IS indeed Malcolm X. He portrayed the tough-talking cool lawyer in Philadelphia and suddenly lawyers had a likeable quality. His Oscar is long overdue in my opinion, and I have a feeling this guy's not going anywhere anytime soon."

Ms. Nayar feels that last year it was a drought season in the film industry. "But this year have been instrumental in bringing out loads of good movies," she says. "Most of them today try too hard to reach the audience, so they come off fake and forced. I think the reason that movies like Minority Report worked, no matter how futurised it presents itself, is because of that bit of human quality to it. Have a little heart and emotion and it goes a long way."

Ms. Nayar's other contributions can also be found in the following sites:

Hati (http://www.hati.org.my/cnt_articles.html)

Suara Anum (http://www.suaraanum.com)

She can be reached at shalini_nayar@yahoo.com

Sorry boys, this is NOT Ms. Nayar, ha-ha-ha-ha!