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Siraj Syed is the India Correspondent for and a member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. He is a Film Festival Correspondent since 1976, Film-critic since 1969 and a Feature-writer since 1970. 



New Year Greetings, 2018: Let’s begin with a few laughs from films & comedians

New Year Greetings, 2018: Let’s begin with a few laughs from films & comedians


֍ "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room."

     -Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

֍ "Don't you find it a little bit (of a) coincidence that the body fell perfectly within the chalk

      outline on the floor?"

      - "I think they drew the chalk outline later."

      - "Ah!" --The Pink Panther (2006)

֍ "I went to New York University, and, uhm, I was thrown out of NYU my freshman year for cheating on my metaphysics final.       You know, I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me." -Annie Hall (1977)

֍ "Really. I have an interesting case, treating two sets of Siamese (conjoint) twins with split personalities. I'm getting paid by         eight people." -Zelig (1983)

֍ "Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not 'every man for himself.' And the London Underground is         not a political movement. Those are all mistakes, Otto. I looked 'em up." -A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

֍ Stu: Am I nuts, Edith?

     Edith: Are you asking me as a therapist or as a wife?

     Stu: Which one is cheaper? -The Big Year (2011)

֍ Finn McMissile: Finn McMissile, British Intelligence.

     Mater: Tow Mater, average intelligence. -Cars 2 (2011)

֍ Reporter: Tell me, how did you find America?

    John Lennon: Turned left at Greenland. -A Hard Day's Night (1964)


֍ “I think it’s wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.” – Steven Wright

֍ “I looked up my family tree and found out I was the sap.” – Rodney Dangerfield

֍ “I have a friend. He keeps trying to convince me he’s a compulsive liar, but I don’t believe him.” – Ben Bailey

֍  “Starbucks says they are going to start putting religious quotes on cups. The very first one will say, ‘Jesus! This cup is             expensive!'” – Conan O’Brien

֍  “The New England Journal of Medicine reports that 9 out of 10 doctors agree that 1 out of 10 doctors is an idiot.”

     – Jay Leno

֍ “I had a wonderful childhood, which is tough, because it’s hard to adjust to a miserable adulthood.” – Larry David

֍  ‘It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” – Woody Allen

May the NEW YEAR see more humans doing good deeds for humanity!

Dedicated to the everlasting memory of Riaz Syed, my brother.

Riaz was associated with promoting films and film personaities on radio and in print, since 1961. 

He left this world in 2007, and now lives in the hearts of his family, friends and colleagues.

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Syed Siraj
(Siraj Associates)

Siraj Syed is a film-critic since 1970 and a Former President of the Freelance Film Journalists' Combine of India.

He is the India Correspondent of and a member of FIPRESCI, the international Federation of Film Critics, Munich, Germany

Siraj Syed has contributed over 1,015 articles on cinema, international film festivals, conventions, exhibitions, etc., most recently, at IFFI (Goa), MIFF (Mumbai), MFF/MAMI (Mumbai) and CommunicAsia (Singapore). He often edits film festival daily bulletins.

He is also an actor and a dubbing artiste. Further, he has been teaching media, acting and dubbing at over 30 institutes in India and Singapore, since 1984.

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