Thursday, January 24, 2008

Manorama 6 feet under.

Another movie I liked ! There seems to be a flood of them in the past few years, which is good news.

Could have been cut short just a wee bit, but I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery. Of course I could be a little prejudiced, because as I wrote earlier, I love the genre.

It reminded me somehow of an Agatha Christie. Yes , not everything in a murder mystery is 100% plausible, but the question is , can it take you for a ride and would you enjoy the twists and turns? In this case , yes I did. A few twists every now and again, keeps you guessing, and if its a little slow at places, well I'll forgive that.

Who was the girl? Was it a murder? What was the motive? But if.. , then why..? I like :D

All rounders.

hawa ka rukh kuch aisa hai, ki sab hi sab kuch kar len to kitna achcha ho

Socho zara,

a team of 11 all rounders.
a rotation of the players at all batting positions
all the players trying all variations of bowling
and keeping wicket by turns

socho zara..

Umm yes my workplace inspires me into innovative thinking every day !

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Taare Zameen Par.

Saw the much hyped "Taare Zameen Par" yesterday. And I must say I was a rather disappointed. Perhaps it was a case of too much hype, with at least 20 people having told me that it was an amazing movie that I must watch.

So after much waiting we finally caught it on PVR ( yes the boycott PVR andolan, is currently suspended) The theme and the idea behind the movie is something I really liked. The fact that the ordinary and the little out of the ordinary (even if its not quite the "extra ordinary") is part of normal life. The fact that not everyone has to be a winner. The fact that schools can often become obsessed about marks and nothing else. And of course the quote which I'd mentioned few days back as well- they also serve who only stand and wait.

However that being said, I do think that even if I agreed with everything the movie was trying to say, I didn't quite like the way it was said. Yes, it was too "mainstream" for my taste. The first half dragged. There were too many meaningless songs. There are no excuses for the pompous dialogues in the second half by Aamir Khan. There are no excuses for the caricatured characters, and none for the contrived scenes dripping with emotion.

And since you have to make this for the "masses" , at the end of the day you can't really stay true to your flagship dialogue - every child is special. Because vindication only came in the movie for the excellent painter, who eventually learned to write as expected, - not the ordinary-special child who simply would never make the cover of the school mag.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Roz Ek Kahani

Read something in Hindi after a long time. But perhaps meaningful literature is not my cup of tea. At any rate this compilation certainly wasn't.

The book had far too many ordinary stories which went on and on. And I'm not sure I understood them, or could see their point. And I could do with some variation on the themes, you'd think there was nothing else in life except men desperate to get laid.

It didn't have the famous "Toba Tek Singh" and "Khol Do", which I had read earlier and liked. I guess it was just a bad compilation.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

They also serve..

do they? The ones who only stand and wait ?

Not in a mood to blog about anything. Just wish I could take a break from work, or what passes for it.

Or from life, or what passes for it.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Johnny Gaddar

I totally loved this one. I wouldn't have believed that a sort of crime -thriller hindi movie could be so perfect. Thats one genre I've always loved, whether in books, movies, or serials, and I always thought that good hindi ones were few and far between.

This then is a very pleasant surprise. The story is good, the script tight, the characters are realistic and well played and the editing competent.

It keeps you with the now-what feeling right up to the very last frame. Thats specially commendable, since its not really a whodunit, since we know in most of the frames who's done what. And I really liked the not-so-macho character of Johnny, quite unlike the usual protagonist.

Lets hope there are more where this came from!

Om shanti om

passable movie, nice idea, averagely done.

The tongue firmly in cheek look at bollywood was a nice idea, but I thought some of the sequences really dragged a lot.

If nothing else the dar-e-disco song was thoroughly enjoyed :D If the movies are going to be time pass, I sure could do with some eye candy !