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Republic Day Movie Watching

This Republic Day I was pleasantly surprised to see some sensible movies on TV, rather than the usual jingoistic nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism these days. Instead, there were two thoughtful critical movies that reflect on India these days and made me feel sad about the judicial system in India. Kudos to STAR Gold HD for telecasting these movies – Talvar, which talks about the real-life Aarushi Talwar murder, and is open and honest about the sad hash of an investigation and the trial that followed. The next movie that followed was No one Killed Jessica – which is about how Manu Sharma was able to get away with the murder of Jessica Lal shooting her in front of several witnesses, all because of his father’s political clout. Talvar The movie starts brutally with the discovery of the dead body of a 14-year old girl in her bedroom by her parents, soon followed by the discovery of the servant Khempal’s body on the terrace. What follows next is a ludicrous story of …

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Kahaani – A Movie Review

It’s rare that I review a Hindi movie on this blog. It’s not that I don’t see Hindi movies, I do, but so very often I have very little to say. Most of the movies I have seen in the past couple of years have been overly stylized, and with very little story. For example (and I know I am in the minority here), I saw Zindagi na Milegi Dobaara, right in the middle of the hype, and I was a bit puzzled. I mean, yes the cinematography was brilliant, the songs very nice, and Spain is fabulous. But when I had to comment on the story, I didn’t have anything to say. It was boring actually. I think a Globetrekker episode on Spain was more entertaining than this dull, predictable story of three rich lads driving through Spain. Basically, that’s why I have left off reviewing Hindi movies on my blog. Very rarely do I have anything to say, and when I do, it seems me and popular opinion point to two very different …

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A Valentine’s Day #LunchboxANDyou Surprise

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, and I am scrambling for little gifts for all my loved ones. I was wondering what to surprise my totally non-materialistic mom with when the folks from & Pictures came up with an offer where I get to send a lunch-box to a loved one on Valentine’s Day. A lunch-box? What kind of Valentine’s day present is that? Only the best kind, after all they do say that the way to a man’s heart is through the stomach, and what works for men should presumably work for moms too? The main reason for the lunchbox as a present idea is that the movie The Lunchbox starring Nimrat Kaur and Irrfan Khan is premiering on Valentine’s Day on at 8 PM on &pictures, and I am going to make it a point to see this picture. And why am I sending a lunch box to my mom? Simply because she stays far away in another city, and we never meet as often as we like. And I’d like to give …

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Hrithik Roshan at his Goofiest Best

I rarely post Bollywood stuff on my blog, as most Bollywood-related stuff is all over the mainstream blogs, and it doesn’t make any sense to add my commentary to them. But every once in a while, a gem of a video or image comes along, and when that happens I just have to share with all of you and here is one such gem. I like Hrithik Roshan’s movies, but his public appearances are usually very stiff, very formal, very dressed up, so when I saw this video, I couldn’t help laughing. Here is Hrithik in what appears to be a candid roughly shot video in some dark (probably his dressing room), and here is Hrithik far from his good-looking prim n propa self, with aging makeup and a pillow (is that a pillow?), or something stuffed under his shirt, and jigging along to a vintage Bollywood number, which just happens to be one of my favorite songs- Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si from Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi. I totally cracked up watching this video …

Blockbuster Hollywood Movies Making Big Money in the Indian Market

Note: This is a guest post. The big picture is radically changing in movies across India. Hollywood characters such as Spiderman, Iron Man, and Kung fu Panda are surpassing language barriers in Bollywood. These movies have reported big profits in the Indian market, in comparison to big-ticket Indian releases. As the multiplexes are growing with the advent of malls in smaller cities and towns, the penetration of dubbed Hollywood movies is getting deeper into this market along with the niche up-market metro audiences. Concrete, big budget marketing and distribution strategies make Hollywood movies compete with the Rs. 100 crore clubs. The collections are quite encouraging for Hollywood with Spiderman 3 reporting a collection of Rs. 65crore, Avatar clocking in Rs. 90 crores, Avengers taking in nearly Rs 47 crore. The data is extremely encouraging for Hollywood movies in Hindi, in India. The Big Hollywood releases that are well appreciated with the mass audience in India are grouped in the following broader categories: Visual spectacles like Avatar, Jurassic Park, Disaster movies like 2012, Power packed action …

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist – The Movie

I never read the Booker prize nominated The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. I don’t know why that is, it’s been a pretty popular read in India but although I’ve always been meaning to read it, I just never got around to actually doing it. Then yesterday, while switching channels, I came across this rather haunting and beautifully sung song by Atif Aslam – Mori Araj Suno. I love Atif Aslam’s voice and I love this song and the way it’s filmed). It also reminded me that I need to reserve this book next time I go to the library – which is a bit of a rarity these days…somehow lost the urge to read over the last couple of weeks. Anyway, here’s this song…embedded in my header. Isn’t it lovely? The movie trailer also looks good (although more Bollywood than Hollywood in style), but it seems to have received mixed reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. In spite of the mixed reviews, I would like to watch it anyway (purely based on this song, and the …

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A Rockstar and Some Players

Wonder of wonders. I was actually able to watch a couple of movies recently – completely as opposed to tidbits. Unfortunately, both these movies were a bit of a mixed bag and neither fully lived up to either director’s previous efforts. The first movie I saw was Rockstar starring Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri and directed by Imtiaz Ali of Jab we met and Love Aaj Kal fame. Rockstar is a movie about a wannabe rockstar called Janardhan. He is pretty much a loser until he falls in love and goes through a lot of emotional heartache, which inspires him to compose quality music and achieve his ambition to be a rock star. The story isn’t much but the cinematography, both the actors’ good looks, music, and Ranbir’s charisma save the day and salvage a movie that moves in fits and starts. I found the movie rather boring in the beginning, and Nargis Fakhri’s acting pretty terrible. But as the movie progresses, she gets better and the movie overall looks more coherent. And whatever her …

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Movies I Watched Over the Weekend

I saw L.A Confidential the first time when it released, and I enjoyed it very much, but really all memory for this movie was drowned when I saw Titanic a week or so later. If you asked me anything about this movie, the only thing I would have remembered is the call girl angle, nothing else…not even Russell Crowe. I remedied that injustice when I saw the movie again last week, and I was totally blown away by the movie. I think I am now older enough to appreciate the technical skills behind the movie – the awesome dialogues, the tight script, the scene and character setting, everything… To summarize the movie, I use the narrator’s voice-over that happens at the beginning of the movie: Come to Los Angeles! The sun shines bright, the beaches are wide and inviting, … there are jobs aplenty, and land is cheap. Every working man can have his own house, and inside the house a happy, all American family. You can have all this, and who knows, you can …

Two Upcoming Movies I Really Want to Watch

Two Upcoming Movies I Really Want to Watch

This is the time of the year in India, when the most happening movies come out. Diwali, Eid, and Christmas movie releases follow each other in quick succession. So many movies, but cinema hall tickets are so expensive…which ones to watch? After going through all the possible options, I have shortlisted just two (although Action Replayy also looks interesting, I am not too sure about the Aishwarya Rai +Akshay Kumar pairing). What do you think of the Bollywood Christmas offering Tees Maar Khan? The poster definitely looks stylish. The movie is directed by Farah Khan who makes immensely successful, and entertaining movies, and it stars the super-hit pair of Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. Music by Vishal and Shekhar is merely the icing on the cake. I can’t wait to watch this one! The next movie I do want to watch is a bit of a wild card. It may be hugely entertaining, or it may be abysmal. What do you think of the trailer for Endhiran (Robot) starring Tamil superstar Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai? …

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My Half-baked Thoughts on a Half-baked Movie

It’s very rare that a movie gets so bad for me that I end up switching off before the ending. I mean, I have sat through some real clunkers (Dil Bole Hadippa anyone?), but Raavan really takes the cake. In two words, my review would be practically unwatchable. And yet, there really is no reason for this. The movie is directed by Mani Ratnam – one of the most famous, and talented directors. It stars good actors such as Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, the story is based on the Ramayana – one of India’s most popular epics, the music is by A.R.Rahman (Oscar award winning music composer who composed the music for Slumdog Millionaire) the cinematography is by Santosh Sivan who always does amazing work. Then where did everything go wrong? How could so many great talents together manage to make such a clunker? Of all these great folks involved in the movie, the only thing that was not a disappointment was the beautiful cinematography. Rahman’s music starting from the opening track Beera was …

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The A-Team

Watched The A-Team in the cinema yesterday, and totally amazed at the nonsense that is coming out of Hollywood these days. In our desi (Indian) slang, we all unanimously categorized it as “bundle” aka nonsense. But, it was fairly enjoyable nonsense nonetheless. The movie is apparently based on a TV series of the same name and has a huge list of big-name stars. Think Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel…they are all there. I haven’t seen the TV series, so I cannot compare them here, but the movie was enjoyable, if a bit forgettable. The Story Directed by Joe Carnahan, the story follows a group of Army Rangers, Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith (Liam Neeson), Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck (Bradley Cooper), B.A. Baracus (Quinton “Rampage” Jackson) and Murdock (Sharlto Copley) who form the A-team. The movie opens in Mexico, where some of the Rangers are on a rescue mission with total fun action sequences. Fast forward 8 years and 80 missions later, the same group is approached by CIA agent Lynch (Patrick Wilson) with a special …

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The May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss Contest

I was tagged by Dhiman into doing this contest. The Rules: 1. On your blog, provide a link to the Great Bong’s page, May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss. Embedding the picture in your blog would be nice but not needed. The May I Hebb Your Attention Pliss contest 2. Then write down your top 10 Hindi movie lines or top 10 English movie lines (You can do both if you want. Only one set is required for the contest). If you cannot think of top 10, make it top 5. Cannot think of even 5? Make it top 3. No problem. Only restriction: no two lines from same movie. This is done to make it fair for other movies so that they don’t get swamped by Gunda or Loha or Sholay. 3. Tag five friends to do the same. 4. Come over to the comment-space of this post and post your blog’s link so I can go and read it. Remember: Before starting the tag, paste points 1 and 4 on your blog so …

Phir Mile Sur is Really Disappointing!

Phir Mile Sur is Really Disappointing!

I spent yesterday chilling in front of the TV catching the new Phir Mile Sur remix of the vibrant 80’s national integration song. And I am pretty stunned at how bad it is. The original song was such a beautiful melody where people sang in different languages and different styles, and yet the melody weaved itself into one song. The new one is unbelievably harsh on the ears, and the music change when the scene moves from one state to another is quite jarring. It made me feel I was listening to a series of different songs just strung together on a music mixer. I am hoping that repeated listening might make me warm more to the tune :(. And what is with the Bollywood overdose? Argggh…the whole message of national integration is gone if the song is dominated by Bollywood alone. The song is not all bad though. There were some lovely highlights: Loved Salman’s section where he is signing with the deaf-mute kids Loved Anoushka Shankar’s sitar playing, Zakir Hussain on the tabla, …

Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year…

Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year…

My wishes are rather belated. This new year’s started off on a rather dull note when Mr. K’s father was hospitalized on New Year’s Eve when he had a slight scare with his heart. Thankfully, things are slowly getting back to normal now, and I am starting to get back to my normal routines. For some time now, the snubnose like all other kids in India has been obsessed by Bollywood music. She knows the lyrics, songs, and most actors and actresses. Of course, me being the kill-joy mum has to try to divert her attention to more appropriate kind of music- something that does not always work. One song that both me and the snubnose both enjoy to sing around the house is Aashayein – the song from the very inspiring movie Iqbal about a deaf and dumb boy who tries to get on board the Indian cricket team. The reason I am posting about this, is because I think this song has a lot of meaning especially during the new year. It’s all …

Wanted – A Movie Review

Wanted, the latest Bollywood flick is a remake of the Tamil and Telegu super-hits Pokkiri. This movie is about a contract killer named Radhe played by Salman Khan. He is a hitman who makes his living killing various people for money. He falls in love with Jahnavi a girl played by Ayesha Takia who is harassed by a corrupt police inspector. Radhe protects her from the policeman, and the two fall in love. However, Jahnavi wants him to change his ways, and go honest. The story is pretty standard Bollywood action fare, and there is nothing spectacular about it. However, Salman Khan is extremely charismatic and really carries the film on his shoulders. He is also looking much more fresher and more energetic than in his other recent movies. Ayesha Takia is extremely sweet n adorable. The chemistry between the two really shines. The pacing and length of the movie is perfect. The songs and dances are fun to watch as well. There is also a surprising twist towards the end of the story, which …

The Shah Rukh – Kajol Jodi Back Again!

Was busy doing errands when I saw this in the supermarket window: A jaded looking Shah Rukh Khan and a grim Kajol on the October cover of Vogue India promoting their latest movie – My Name is Khan. Now, they are supposed to be one of the Bollywood leading pairs with the hottest chemistry. All the movies thay have acted in together have been record-breaking blockbusters. But this cover??? they both look so tired. And why is he showing off his non-existent chest hair? Ugg! No so-called chemistry evident at all. Just looking at this blah cover makes me not want to see their new movie… In addition, I just can’t get over the feeling of boredom seeing the two of them together. I enjoyed their first two movies – Baazigar and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. However, the rest of their movies have just gone downhill for me, with Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam being the worst. I just don’t think I am up to watching another Shah Rukh-Kajol movie again. According to me, they have …

Kaminay is One Rocking Movie!

Kaminay is One Rocking Movie!

Finally saw Kaminey (also spelled as Kaminay in some places) last weekend and it completely lived up to my expectations and more! I had heard reviews about it being a dark movie, but what I was not prepared for was how unexpectedly funny it was! It’s been a long time since I watched a Bollywood movie where the laughs do not solely cater to the front-benchers. Kaminay tells the story of two twin brothers – one is a good guy who stammers, the other twin is a bad guy who lisps. Both are estranged from each other until one event-packed night when their lives converge and they are both forced to face up to each other. It is a hilarious and quite complicated story. It is also extremely fast-paced. You can’t afford to step out for 5-10 minutes and then come back to pick up the threads easily. I think that’s the only negative thing I can say about the film – that it forces you to pay attention, if you are watching it casually, …

Season of Movies

Season of Movies

Finally, after the looong standoff between the Bollywood producers and the multiplex owners, we will all get a chance to see some of the long-pending Hindi movies that got held up this year, and it’s not a moment too soon…I am a real Bollywood buff, and some of the movies due out sound really exciting and it has been painful to have to wait so long. Some of the movies that I am interested to see are: Kites (duh! Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori chemistry + Hrithik is a salsa dancer in the movie, so really hot dance moves + Hrithik looking really good these days) Love aaj kal (the promos look really good. I like Deepika Padukone, and the movie is directed by Imtiaz Ali – the director of Jab we met) Kambakth Ishq (I really wanted to watch this one because I heard it is a remake of the Tamil film – Pammal K. Sambandam, but after seeing the trailer, it feels more like CC2C. However, might be worth a watch just for …

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Delhi-6

Although I had a poor impression of Delhi-6 after seeing all the trailers and interviews that preceded it, when my friends called me up for a movie date, call it peer pressure or whatever, I ended up going for it. Here’s the review. Delhi-6 is a story of a young Indo-American boy Roshan (Abhishek Bachchan) half-hindu and half-muslim, who comes to India for the first time, to drop his ailing grandmother. She wants to retire and spend the last leg of her life back home. In America, having lead a very western lifestyle Roshan is not familiar with India. He gets sucked into the lives of the people in the neighborhood and falls in love with the beautiful Bittu (Sonam Kapoor) who is looking for identity and expression and wants to break free from the typical Indian social structure. However, this story is not just a love story between the main lead pair…it is also a love story of the people for Delhi. It is really difficult for me to sort out my impressions about …

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Watching Slumdog Millionaire on the Long Weekend

Long weekend was one of those nice, slow n easy ones. Spent the weekend doing pretty much nothing. That’s the best, right 🙂 On Republic Day, we watched the parade on the TV, I made bisi-bele bath, and we all chilled n stuffed our faces. After the mammoth lunch, I was all set to crash, but realized that I had committed to watching Slumdog Millionaire with my friends. Somehow, managed to drag myself out in time to reach the theatre and I am so glad I did. I absolutely loved the movie !. The performances are terrific – especially the ones by the children. The movie moves quickly from one experience to another, and the direction is terrific. The music is good. Not A R Rahman’s greatest, but it suits the movie.Truly deserves all the nominations / awards it gets. There are a couple of things that could be better : The performance of Freida Pinto is surprisingly wooden – especially considering how much it has been hyped up by the media. The second half …

One more moronic MP

When Sanjay Dutt / Maanyata announced their political aspirations, I didn’t really give it a second thought. Yet another has-been Bollywood actor trying to build a second career. And as such, I have no issues with that. Actors are as valid political candidates as any other man on the street. However, reading this article in the Mumbai mirror made me rethink my stance on Sanjay Dutt. He has made some remarks in really dubious (to me!, and I hope you agree with me) taste. According to him, any girl who retains her father’s name after marriage disrespects the person they have married. In addition, no woman can get along with their brother’s wife. Umm, did you do a survey on that Mr.Dutt, or is that just your personal experience ? How can you generalize based on one incident in your family ? It struck me as real strange and downright dumb that he would make such arbid statements that would antagonize one half of his vote base. And then, I skimmed down through the comments. …

Dev.D Disappointment and Other Movie Musings

Dev.D Disappointment and Other Movie Musings

Of late, the offerings from Bollywood have been extremely disappointing for me. I am almost afraid to watch any movies for fear that my approval of the people involved in the effort will just nose-dive. One movie that I was looking forward to very eagerly was Dev.D. I saw the trailer of this movie on TV and I was pretty impressed, especially with the “Emotional Attyachar” song. It seemed so cool. The lyrics are too funny. Stuff like : Yeh dil pighla ke saaz bana loon, dhadkan ko awaz bana loon, smoking smoking nikle re dhooan. and Bol Bol why did you ditch me, Zindagi bhi lele yaar kill me, In addition, I have a soft corner for Abhay Deol. I saw his work in Manorama-6 Feet Under and Honeymoon Travels. My conclusion is, he is a far better actor than all the rest of the Deol family put together. However, my good feelings about this movie changed when I read in a magazine, that Dev.D is a modernized version of Devdas. Hmm…now do I …

Atrocious Dress and Styling on Priyanka Walking the Ramp

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Have been down with cough n cold n fever this weekend. On such days, when I am feeling so blah, I take a dose of my good ole Benadryl, pop a DVD into the player, n just chill out on the sofa under my comforter. This time, I chose to watch Fashion – the much hyped expose of the fashion and modelling industry by Madhur Bhandarkar. The movie stars Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, and Mugdha Godse. The movie is good in places, the film drags a bit and could have done with a lot more editing. Having said that, these are the things I liked about the movie: Fabulous performances by Priyanka and Kangana. In fact, Kangana has done a really good job, she overshadows everybody else who is sharing the frame with her. One very well-enacted scene was the way she reacts on the ramp when the wardrobe malfunction happens – with a lot of dignity, and then the breakdown off-stage just moments later. Good music that does not interfere with the tempo of …

Singh is Kinng – I object

Been seeing the promos of Singh is Kinng ad nauseum on the telly. The promos look good, and there seems to be a lot of interest in the movie. This statement is made on the basis of an extremely unscientific poll conducted amongst my pals ! I am however not too kicked about it. I object in principle to the title of the movie. Bollywood in general is very Punjab-centric. A lot of the song lyrics, dialogues, and even stories are woven around Punjab / Punjabis. Very rarely, does any other community get represented in mainstream Bollywood cinema. And with this movie, it seems to be Punjabiness to the hilt. If Singh is king, what does that make the rest of us Indians – his subjects?? I don’t have anything against Punjab but please how about movie storylines based on other communities as well. How about Gujaratis, Biharis, Marwaris, Bengalis?? To add insult to injury, it appears that Punjabis are not happy with their portrayal in the movie. Apparently, Akshay is wearing a too-small turban …

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Jaane tu…ya jaane na

Went to watch this movie with my friends to my fave theatre – Fame Lido. Favorite because of the following reasons: Closest to my house Parking is only Rs. 20 regardless of the time spent Food court is decent Now on to the movie. Typical teenage love story, but with a slight twist. There is no parental opposition, no dramatic villains, and no sob stories. So what does this movie have to offer? It is a light halka-phulka love story, not too deep and quite funny in places. You have a hero that is easy on the eyes (Imran Khan), and a bubbly vivacious heroine (Genelia d’ Souza). Have to say though that her freshness, innocence and charm that she displayed in “Boys” is not seen as much here. She is a lot more subdued than I expected. But overall, still nice. There is the standard gang of school mates and loads of good teenage-style fun. Nice things about the movie: The chemistry between the lead pair and the group of friends The performances of …