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Om Shanti Om (2007)
Doesn't worth 200-300 bucks.....
SRK and FK are back after MHN with another somewhat spoofy, so-called 'masala' movie. Inspired by Karz, it's a reincarnation movie. The first half depicts the budding love-story whereas the 2nd half is more of a revenge drama.
SRK and co. are quite audacious that the movie is an out and out masala movie (whatever that means) with little or no logic whatsoever. At one point of the movie, a director boasts that he has placed three camera, one from Ray's angle, one from Bimal Roy's and the third from Guru Dutt's angle. The producer quips back to use a Desai angle, that would help the most. Ouch!! But the fact remains that even if you claim that you are deliberately overacting that doesn't help your dismal histrionics, even if you claim that you are copying past movies to pay them 'tribute' that doesn't hide the lack of creativity, even if you take the excuse that bollywood movies generally lack logic that doesn't hide the fact that your movies in certain parts is still illogical. Then there is the much talked about Filmfare award scene. Nicely done but I feel the spoofs coming on TV are at times much better even though they don't have any stars spoofing themselves.
Coming to the brighter side of the movie, Deepika Padukone looks great! (though the girl playing Dolly has better cleavage). Special effects are very well done especially the song in which some older movie scenes are seamlessly merged. The music is decent with one or two good songs. And of course there are many-many stars making guest appearances through out the movie.
On the whole, I would certainly not recommend to spend 200-300 bucks to catch it in a theater. Catch it on a rented DVD or wait for the TV release.
one of the better movies to come out this year
The title 'matrubhoomi' is an apt satirical name from this hard-hitting movie on female infanticide.
The movie is based on a fictional, futuristic rural area in India where there is a dearth of fairer sex. The story revolves around Kalki, one of the very few surviving young women and her ordeals in such a dysfunctional society.
Tulip Joshi has delivered a very restraint performance. Her suppressed character doesn't speak much but does have a lot to say. Joshi with her subtle facial expression has done that with total perfection. She could had ruined it easily by giving a loud shrieking/screaming act.The director is also to be given credit for it.In an era when some actress' 'Charlie Chaplin' act is winning all accolades, its unfortunate that this wonderful performance went unnoticed..The rest of the cast has also done a good job. The first time director Manish Jha has done a remarkable.He never gets carried and not allowed the movie to go loud at any instance.The innovative script is quite gripping and never goes astray. The rustic look of rural India is very realistically captured in the camera. On the negative side, one may feel that the violent developments towards the end of the movie was bit overdone but then its difficult to predict how lowly man can go under extreme conditions.
Another good point is that the extreme sexual violence is implied but not graphical.Overall a good, hard-hitting, must watch movie though certain sections of audience may not identify with the movie because of its gloomy, 'not so feel good' nature.