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certainly the biryani in a menu of daals....
Masti a movie that surpassed all my expectations and went on to become one of my most enjoyed movies this year. Going in to watch this movie I had all the reservations no actors that I really did like; a director that I had written off since his Ishq days; songs that I had not heard of; and the expectation that bollywood cannot do comedy humour for the British audience. How wrong was I going to be proven!!!
The comedy was spot on as were the apparent and intended lines and joke this movie seriously did take the comedy to a crude new level not seen in bollywood. One would have to say that this movie did indeed take one step further for bollywood as American Pie did for Hollywood. The songs certainly did grow on me, especially the 'seyya ji' item number the others are just as tappy (except the 'one the roof' well all can't be perfect!!!). The next surprise was that this great movie was from none other than Indra Kumar someone I had written off since his movie ISHQ over a decade ago. The director had to be good, talented and experienced to have this great comedic timing as well as being able to juggle all the actors. Finally, the actors were good and have to say that I am beginnings to like Vivek and certainly beginning to adore Amrita Rao this girl is hot and one to watch out for.
Having seen this movie I will have to say that I will defiantly be open to the idea that bollywood can do comedy, but will be more excited about Indra Kumars next venture. One movie that I will certainly recommend that you watch, and if you have already watched it I will recommend that you go and watch it again.
Hum Tum (2004)
a time pass yash banner movie until yash's actual movie
It's difficult to say that it's not an excellent movie but it's also difficult to say that it's a crap movie. It's a movie that when you are watching it seems great, but upon reflection seems that there is something missing. It might be a Yash Chopra banner movie, but it is no Yash Chopra movie.
The polishing touches are what you would expect from this banner such as locations, actors, acting, directing and polishing are all there. The spot locations are great from Delhi to Amsterdam to New York to Paris and back to Delhi. Credit has to be given to the director (Kunal Kohli) for making one feel that the characters do actually live in these cities and does not merely try to highlight the touristy attractions as others would do. The songs are good but not terrific the best has to be the Rishi Rich item. The best thing about the movie has to be the actors and their acting. Top marks have to go to Kiren Kher wow this women is wonderful as is her apparent command of Punjabi her lines had me in stitches (such as: 'meh the tehnu poncha dita see the tu ne kameez pher li' or the best one being 'ooh dekh becha sadak the pooti ker dah pyai'). Rani was wow, great, stunning, wonderful, etc.. what can be said about this actress that is not already apparent. Saif, well I initially had my reservations about him, but it seems that he cant do anything wrong since Dil Chata Hai, and this movie is no exception.
At its core it has great actors and performance, good songs, nice story but it did not have the extra bit to make it a great movie. Go rent it or watch it at the cinema, but don't invest in buying it save it for Yashji's actual movie.
Main Hoon Na (2004)
a choreographed action romantic movie
The must see and anticipated box office blazer for 2004. Both the statements are correct: being Farah Khans first movie one would wonder what kind of director she would be and what her filmi style would be; also there being no entertaining movie so far in 2004 it would be correct to say that yes it was an anticipated movie. However, the one point missed out was that the movie was not necessarily amazing.
On the positive, Farah Khan has done an adequate job as a first time director. Her visualisation is very modern and novel and the movie on a whole is very picturesque. As expected the choreography and settings for the songs are excellent - the music on the whole has grown on me over time with the qawali being my favourite. Story wise, there were many different sub-plots going on and it helped to keep the viewers attention focused on the movie. The acting as expected was excellent from the King Khan. Sushmita Sen was excellent as well as stunning in her new look of saris (no doubt inspired by Yash Chopra style). Amrita Roa was the hidden gem in this movie, she has both natural beauty as well as presence and she looks promising. The less said about Zayed Khan the better. The support cast were also excellent and all churning out very good acting be it Kiren Kher, or Bindu, or Naseerudin Shah or Kabir Bedi. My best scene has to be the last song in the movie that gets doubled as a credit song - the first one I think in a bollywood movie.
However on the negative side, the movie lacked the final polish to it. All the ingredients were there but the final pizzazz was missing - maybe Farah should have got the Chopras or Johars to help in the editing. Additionally there was too much masala mix in the story and it would have nice to cut some of these out and pay more concentration to the main storyline. Also Sushmita was not used to her full potential and was really there for eye candy. Finally Farahs directorial style is neither unique or original, in fact it is borrowed/copied from others: she has taken the modernised look from the Johars, the glamour from the Chopras, the action from John Woo (down to the Mission Impossible music and the flying doves) and Wachowski brothers (where SRK does a Neo inspired flying dive into Sunil Shetty as well as the slow motion actions).
Having said all that it is an entertaining movie and the message at the end of the movie is inspiring and very with the times and its good to see a movie that is neutral to the indo-pak issue. No doubt Farah is a director to watch out for in the future and should she direct a movie for the Johar / Chopra banner then that will be a must see and anticipated box office blazer of a movie.
Pinjar: Beyond Boundaries... (2003)
a modern day classical art epic
wow wow wow wow wow
This unquestionable loss of words is what I felt like when I saw Pinjar. Going in not expecting anything from the movie was a good way to stay objective, but having watched it, it really makes you think of all the suffering and torment that went on during partition. Being born and brought up in the west, one tends to forget the pain and the struggle that our forefathers and mothers must have gone through. I would have to quote this as one of the most serious art movie that bollywood has made in some time. Although in my view an art movie, it managed to churn out wonderful cinematography, narration, characters and pace. Before this movie I was very dismissive of Urmila and this had made me change my view on her acting capabilities.
A definite movie to watch on a Sunday afternoon with a nice cup of chai.
the true colours of life
Being a virgin to Pakistani mini serial plays, I was a bit reluctant to watch any mini serial. But there were three factors that attracted me to Mehndi: (1), was the title song by Jawad Ahmed, (2) one of the actresses in the play - who I later found out was Amina Haq, (3) I was just recovering from a viral infection and was confined to bed rest for 3 days - so had nothing better to do.
What I did notice was:
The quality: the production and direction quality was remarkably professional and advanced. I would have expected it to be very tacky and grimy. But I was somewhat surprised.
The acting: never being interested in Pakistani plays or actors, I never realised that they would have very talented professionals in the industry. What really struck out as to how attractive yet professional allot of the characters were. The two that really stuck out were Hamayon Saeed and Amina Haq.
The story line: this is what really got me hooked and kept me hooked through all 14 hours of the serial. The characterisation of the story was amazing and attention to detail on aspects such as culture, attitudes, views, 'khandani' matters was amazing and so true to life. It was a case of, once I started watching it there was no stopping till I reached the end.
The story arc of the four sisters is very well depicted and assembled together with the overall story. At times the dialogues did get to me (and I got hold of the fast forward button on the remote) but on the whole it was greatly entertaining. It had it moments both comedy and sad, and I will have to say that for the very first time I became so emotionally attached to the characters that I had to get hold of the nearest Kleenex.
A thoroughly enjoyable roller coaster of a story and a very high expectation for all future serial plays that I may watch. I would highly recommend this to any watcher who is willing to be patient to sit through 14 hours, but will promise you an experience that you will definitely remember.
Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)
Live a lifetime.in every heartbeat (..and in every scene)
Being one of the first person to watch Kal Ho Naa Ho in my group, I was constantly battered by the same questions: is it worth it? what would you compare it to? whats it about? etc.
To answer these and other questions:
Was it worth it: well depending on your perspective of what an entertaining movie should be like, then the answer would either be: 'yes definitely' or 'you will be mad to miss it'. It is so worth watching and with it Karan Johar has confirmed the he is indeed a milestone in Hindi Cinema history. The movie is definitely directed by a another (Nikhil Advani), but it is a Johar camp movie. With the Johar camp you associate a good story, good production, good songs and the 'King Khan'.
What would you compare it to? Well to be honest .nothing. It has the originality of `Kuch Kuch', the splendour of `K3G' and the freshness of `Dil Chaata Hai'; but it cannot be compared to any of these or other movies. It is in a league of its own. The story may start as the run-of-the-mill hindi-cinema story, but just when we begin to get comfortable with it, it takes a turn down another path. Don't get me wrong, it is not a complex story at all - but it is unique and compelling.
Would you watch it again? Well to be honest, I am writing this after having watched it a second time. What is so rare about this movie is that even the second time round I laughed at the jokes, tapped at the music and got emotional in the sad scenes.
What's it about? Well it will not be fair to tell you about it, as it's an experience you should have first hand. But it has its plus points: the comedy is great (both in the gujju digs as well as the 'kantabein' scenes); the music grows on you (maahi ve being the best); the guest appearances of 'charmed' actresses; the acting - excellent all round from SRK to Zinta to Saif to Jaya; along with good direction and production. It also has its negative points - but then so do other movies and I would rather not get into those.
It may not be the DDLJ or Lagaan of hindi cinema, but it's the best movie of the year and definitely a movie that will entertain me for years to come.
what a chaos (hungama)
Hungama can easily be dubbed as India's answer to the 'Comedy of Errors'.
It works out really well when you do not expect a lot out of a movie and coming out thinking - yeah that was great. That is the case with this one. The cast were not all that appealing and the songs were passable - so when I actually got to watch the movie it made me sit up and realize that maybe bollywood could do comedy and did indeed have a sense of timing and humor.
The confusion or chaos revolves the name Anjali - it is the name of a prominent businessmans (Paresh Rawal) wife and also the name of a girl on the run from her past trying to make it in Mumbai (Rimi Sen). There are then a handful of characters that cross their paths and it inadvertently causes a lot of confusion. There is not enough space here to go into them, so its better to go and watch the movie.
On the acting side the show stealer is Paresh Rawal. He is excellent in this movie - it will have to be said that he is on par if not better then Johnny Lever nowadays, if not better. The two main leads Akshaye and Aftab also were terrific with a good change to see the later doing some good acting. Rimi Sen is good and fits into the story well. The rest of the support cast (and there are plenty of them) are well balanced and compliment the story well.
The two backbone characteristics of the movie namely the script and music would have my mixed views. The story is excellent. But the music left something to be desired.
Overall its one of those movies you would watch when you just want to have fun.
an old story comes a time when it really has to be retold
Baghban - the first curiosity came with what the name rely meant. And the second curiosity was that could Hema still look so stunning!! The second one was yes she can!!! And as for the first one it came after watching the movie. I understood why its meant to mean the caretaker or Guardian. The movie is trying make a metaphoric relationship between an individual and their family and comparing it to a garden. Your family are like a garden, you have to slave over it and look after it for it to flourish and thrive, and any neglect will result in a weeded unattractive piece of earth. But the relationship that one has with their garden is very interactive - the gardener will put all their effort in trying to get a thriving garden and in turn the garden will reward the gardener with a sense of achievement, and fruits of labour.
This is the topic that Baghban is tackling - family life, and more specifically the life of the elderly. All their lives, our parents thrive the give us the best, to ensure all our wishes and dreams are achieved, to ensure that our lives are given more priority over theirs. But in this modern world what is excepted in return? Maybe the saying is true - nothing is free is this world - not even the love from your parents. Can we say that there is an expectation from our parents that we should look after them in their old age? Is it a sense of duty? NO - it is essence of humanity and gratitude that we should foster and love those that have loved us - and should not be obliged to do so but cause we want to do so. If we look around us there are so many children that have been abandoned, abused or neglected - so we should be grateful that we are not one of them and its are parents that are responsible for it.
The essence of this story has been integrated into Baghban with Amitabh and Hema being the head of the household. Both churning out wonderful performances. It was great to see Hema after such a long time and looking still fab as memory recollects from the 70's. Amitabh delivered a wonderful performance as a hurt, angry and confined old man, and its good to see such roles being written for him. The pair together brought a sense of love and comfort not seen onscreen for quite some time. Their four sons and their families give out appropriate performances and help to pull the movie along. Also the guest appearances are good and adequate. The show stealer has to be Paresh Rawal. Indirectly or intentionally the guest appearances and Paresh characters iterate the fact that friends you can choose, but family you can't - and in times of need it is your friends that stand by you and not your family.
The story has been told many a times before but maybe because it is made now at a time when such a message has to be iterated again, or it was the combination of direction and acting that made this a memorable experience. The movie has its down points, but they are thin and varied and can be expected when tacking such a subject in a such a short time. In all it is not a good movie, it's a great movie, but remember take your box of Kleenex with you.
all round pleaser
With Mani Rathnam and A R Rehman linked to a project, one cannot be in to much doubt that if nothing else the music is going to be mind blowing.
But that was not the case with Saathiya. It not only had mind-blowing music and score it was one of the best movies of 2002.
The music and the respective picturisations are excellent, especially in the case of the title song Saathiya'. My other favorite song is the tongue in cheek song Choori pe Choori'. However all the other songs are very pleasurable as well. The main question was how would first time director Shaad Ali perform on this story, that would be a remake of Mani Rathnam South-Indian movie be as good as the original? Would he produce an art movie piece as his father (Muzaffar Ali) has done with movies like Umrao Jaan, or would he deliver a commercial piece? What one can be sure of is that Shaad has taken the craftsman of his fathers art movies and put them to commercial use, and delivered a movie that is unique, professional, modern and outstanding.
The acting is excellent as is the story line. Having liked Rani from Ghulam to K3G, is wonderful to see her finally taking the lead in a role that does her justice. Her realistic portrayal of Suhani, a modern genre women dealing with the trials and tribulations of married life is excellent. Having not seen anything of Viveks before, is was a surprise to see an actor of his young caliber holding such presence on screen, that it overshadowed SRK. It is evident that this actor will reach high strides in his coming career.
For a change this movie actually delivers a subconscious message, something not commonly done in bollywood movies. The message is lifes to short, tell those around you how much they really mean to you'. Taking this to heart, I can truly say that I loved Saathiya.
Dil Ka Rishta (2003)
Not worth a Rishta
Dil ka Rishta will soon be a forgotten memory in Ashwaria career.
The concept of the story is a tried and tested formula guaranteed with some level of success. Unfortunately, it comes at a time when Indian audiences are expecting more from movie then a simple story being retold. They expect a new twist or angle or a new concept all together. This Dil ka Rishta does not deliver.
There is nothing new to the story that has already not been seen before: boy likes girl, she likes someone else and by coincidental twist of fate the boy is responsible for the girls future. The locations are all to common and the songs not that memorable.
It is an unfortunate fact that Ash, as good as she is has not delivered an entertaining movie since her Taal / Devdas days, and with only a few big banner projects for 2004, one wonders if she is still the reigning queen of bollywood?