Goliyon Ki Raasleela, Ram-Leela, based on the adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Ram Leela is the story of lovers Ram (Ranveer Singh) and Leela (Deepika Padukone) from two different warring Gujrati families- Rajadis and Sanedas. Of course being an SLB film it is styled the way one expects it to be and we get to see Gujrat the way we may never get to otherwise. Continue reading
Language : Tamil | Running Time : 160 Minutes | Director : Selvaraghavan
In Aayirathil Oruvan, Selvaraghavan pointed towards a messianic character finding his calling. The hero at that time was Karthi. This time, in Irandaam Ulagam, we have Arya with make-up suited for the Twilight series, donning such a role. I think we can safely say that Selvaraghavan is a director who has seemingly reversed the objectifying of his females with objectifying his men. When you look at Selvaraghavan’s career, Irandaam Ulagam comes across as natural progression, his central themes are going to the polar opposite of his earlier films, from empowering men, he has come to empowering women characters and he brings his themes of lust, misogyny, sexism in one world, a far off world that’s not earth and in earth he brings the opposite. There have been telling signs that Selvaraghavan’s themes though remaining similar to his earlier films, post Pudhupettai or starting with it, his male characters have started to be the ones needing looking after and the women becoming the traditional men. It is a theme that’s hard to miss and the first thing you notice about the movie is how this classic line of women and men being altered in one world and heightened in the other. Continue reading
Idly sirf Sambaar ke saath achchi Lagti hai, chole ke saath nahi. A profound realisation and social comment on how India is headed towards a future where Punjabi dreams of marrying a Tam Bram, on how kids are having to play in malls for the grounds are occupied , how corrupt netas need to be exterminated by microphone carrying svelte belles with anna cap and dove complexions- watching Gori Tere Pyaar mein can leave you very worried about the future of the nation and about where we are headed to as a nation.
Don’t worry too much though, cause there is a bridge being built by an NRI architect which will then solve every problem in the world ensuring India’s plans for world dominion succeed. Amazed? Don’t be, cause the path to our glorious future, no make that the bridge to our glorious future, is shown to us by Puneet Malhotra in his immensely entertaining and educative Gori Tere Pyaar Mein.
Sri Ram is a Tam Bram from Bangalore who studied architecture in America (I think from some of those bogus colleges that dupe poor rich Indians who don’t know what they are applying to since Sri Ram never ever mentions his education poor fellow).
Dia is an activist who wears designer “poor Indian” clothes, dyes her hair with Lo Real and conditions it with Head and Shoulders, uses Boro plus body lotion for the spotless milky white complexion that never lets dust as much as sit on it. And whenever she has time off from these busy “activist” activities, she goes to freedom park collects random people on the road (about 20 to be precise) and does naare baazi to rid India of corruption.
Both fall in love (it’s a Hindi Film bro), fall out of it (that is the new age twist to a Hindi film bro) and then meet again to fall back in love, gobar and make a bridge for a poor village with occupants who deserve to be pushed off the bridge they so desperately wanted (that is redefining rom com with responsible new age hindi cinema sensitivity for you bro).
There is a track of a radiant Shraddha Kapoor whom Sri Ram is supposed to marry but runs away from on the wedding mandap which also brings into sharp focus how despite 60 plus years, the damage Aryans did by invading native Dravidian colonies back then has not been corrected. Yes, Punjabi still has to stop loving chicken for no one in the South eats non veg.
That’s how we are as a nation, shallow, petty, self centred… wait…that also perfectly describes the movie. There you have, send Gori Tere Pyaar mein to the Oscars next cause it represents the Real India.
There is a lot more Oscar material to look forward to in this film. For starters, there is the brilliant performance, no make that two brilliant performances, that are sure to remain etched in your memory for long- The Eye brows and chest hair of Imran Khan take centre stage giving a performance of a life time. Like stoic pillars or mountains that weather any onslaught, Imrans eye brows, like the rest of the face, remain ensconced in that one expression “hey look at me! I am here cause my lips are unnaturally red and my uncle is a star”. Deep thought into character building results in retaining the first three buttons of Imran’s shirt open no matter what he is wearing or where he is. Director Puneeth’s research into his characters is immense and fruitful.
Such research is also what Kareena relies on, especially the one she did for her earlier journo with a cause act in Satyagraha earlier this year. This time round, she adds another layer of staid indifference to anything around her with the look of “hey I am not paid enough to be away from my saifu and near this eyebrow monster” look. Together, she delivers a killer performance that can drive even Anna Hazare away from activism, not to forget give Shabana Azmi a reason to migrate to the Mars.
There is no harm in making research like this, especially that is so in depth and analytic, a little rounded off and good looking. So in come village huts that have mirror work on them, with villagers hwo cant build a stupid bridge living in them. There are rich Tam Brams, rich punjus, rich activists, rich weddings, rich Toohs that shake (big Mishtake) and so on. We aren’t making a slumdog here, we are representing Indian culture whispered a KJo loyalaist sitting next to me. Slow Clap is all my mind could think of.
Before I forget, there is music too. Cause that is what rural Inida does, while the rest of India progresses in capitalist megalomania, Rural us sing songs of merriement about ho Cheingam Chabake chora chori would build a bridge for them. Or how Tooh is so important, and more such things of national importance. The songs are the secret weapon unleashed in the film.
With so much going on in the name of bridge building, one can pardon Puneeth and company for letting go of a sensible story line and other such incidental things that a rom com needs. The need for direction also goes out the window , so does the need for us to bring our brains to the theatre whilst watching this. Why would anyone with brains would venture into a theatre showing Gori Tere Pyar Mein. That though is another question to answer another day.
It is rare when perfect casting story music settings dialogues and direction collude to make a great film. It is rare, and hence we have to make do with Gori Tere Pyaar Mein.
It was supposed to be a wonderful weekend for horror/supernatural thriller enthusiasts in India with James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2,Priyadarshan’s Geethanjali (Malayalam) and Deepan Chakravarthy’sPizza II: The Villa (Tamil), all in theatres right now. James Wan who shot to fame with Saw has been in great form of late with Insidious (2011) and this year’s surprise hit, The Conjuring. This is a space where typically with the success of a film the makers tend to think of extending the success further by going in for a sequel and/or developing it into a franchise of sorts. Unfortunately like the 2nd half syndrome that we all are aware of, there is also the sequel syndrome that very few filmmakers, especially those working in the horror/supernatural thriller are able to escape from. So how well then does Insidious: Chapter 2 (Insidious 2 from hereon) fare and does it extend the successful run of James Wan at the box office is what I set out to look at while watching Insidious 2. Continue reading
Sanjay Leela Bhansali movies are known for belonging to certain adjectives – big, beautiful, detailed and plagiarized. Yes, plagiarized, at least for the last three ventures. The only difference is that this time he isnt playing games trying to hide his inspiration(s), instead he comes out way more comfortable and effective, having declared that Goliyon Ki Rasleela : RamLeela is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet. And its adapted in an unknown Bhansali town in Gujarat. Bingo! A premise that is like flesh to Bhansali’s skin. Continue reading
Yes I saw it…No I don’t know why. Sigh!
I saw this movie a week ago and I can still feel my brain cells slowly packing up and leaving. They are nervous, their voices echo in my head, “What if he decides to watch something like this again? How many more can we survive? 10% of the IQ team left, we are the last remaining…the horror….the HORROR!!” Ironically, the ones left behind were busy calculating the amount of alcohol needed to erase this from memory, and thus after a week of binging, I’m now dumb and drunk enough to do justice to this piece. Continue reading
The curse of the sequels might be broken, but let’s not jump the gun on that. For a change there is finally a sequel which if not exceeds at least matches up to the first part. Take a bow people behind the scenes…take a bow.
Thor returns to another smashing movie and picks up his hammer right where he left it. Witty one liners, the picturesque cinematography, larger than life action sequences and all done in one of the better 3D movies too.
The story begins with a race of beings known as Dark Elves who tried to send the universe into darkness by using the “Aether”. But Asgardians would have none of that and stopped them from doing that. But somehow their evil leader, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) escapes and vows to return when the time is right. Now the warriors from Asgard have no clue how to destroy the Aether and since it can’t be destroyed, they try to hide it. (Uh-oh!) Continue reading
Pacific Rim is a Guillermo del Toro film. Let me say that again because it’s little a hard to believe. Pacific Rim is a Guillermo del Toro film. The first time I saw the promo of this film, I said to myself it’s going to be really stupid. Then again it has been quite a few times that I have been proven wrong and it’s something that I am proud of. However the amount of excitement this movie had among people, it was as if 18 year old gals watching The Beatles for the first time was pretty insane.
Being a Guillermo del Toro film you need to have a certain to-do list and tick things off individually. Beautiful colors which is almost like a painting on celluloid-Check. Needs to have strong character development – box not checked. For story and screenplay -the tick box didn’t exist for this film, so couldn’t check. It is the most indigestible part about the movie. There is no clear plot, it goes in so many directions leaving you dazed and confused. What this film does is that it takes a route similar to Alien’s V/S Predators . It takes Transformers and Godzilla and merges them, so the originality part is taken away from Kaiju. Then they sprinkle it with the most painful cliches with which you have been tortured over the years and as a result you have to sit through over two hours of that. The film tries to do so much with Jaegers, inner demons, father daughter relationship, father son, two brothers and most important Kaiju Jaegers fight, that they don’t get anything right. It has no clear direction and everything seemed to be just touched upon without any deep emotional bond.
Of course, the only reason this movie seemed to be made in the first place was for the Jaegers and Kaiju action sequences, which were quite less compared to everything else in the movie which just go on and on. And you know all along, how it’s going to end. What’s disappointing about the action sequences where the Kaijus are destroying the world looks right, yet everything seems so glossy and beautiful as if it was a good thing. If it’s a story about Monster v/s Robots ,then everything around should be destroyed and battered with an ugly scenario all around. There should be chaos and mayhem people should be running around and you must be scared, but it was just too glossy which made it very laidback kind of action film and you don’t want that. We rave about Hollywood for its CGI and it is just amazing how good the CGI is. But, it is just sad that sometimes all you see in the movie is CGI.
About the performances, the less said the better. There were couple of scenes where I just couldn’t resist and laughed out loud. And what’s strange is that they are not all bad actors. There is just no character development, no emotional conflict so the actors are as expressionless as the Jaegers in the film. And what it did was, not letting us being able to connect with the characters so we did not care as to what happens to them. They were so hell bent on robots that the writers ignored the humans. The comic element just seemed forced and out of place. The run time did not help as well, it was too long and at times too tedious to sit through.
I get what Pacific Rim is trying to do, it is suppose to be this mindless action film. But there is a thin line between a mindless summer blockbuster and something half hearted and this seemed half hearted. There are way better films which deserves your whistles and claps. Man Of Steel, Iron Man 3, Skyfall which despite the flaws manage to complete your craving for entertainment and then there is above everything else entertaining films like The Avengers. Pacific Rim just feels empty and hollow and just praying that if they are making a sequel to this it will be better than what they dished out and considering the bar, it must not be too difficult.
Movies are part of my balanced diet and sometimes I have to make do with whatever is showing. So this year I also ended up watching Vishwaroopam, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, etc. Therefore, feel free to judge me.
Being Diwali season et al and with the family visiting, it felt acceptable to go and watch a typical commercial movie. “Krrish!!… I like Hrithik” suggested someone and I ended up watching it first day first show. I did try to ‘leave my brains at home’ but am not sure how one does that. Anyone?
Ideally my ramblings should end here. But here goes nothing… Continue reading