Sanju! Rajkumar Hirani is such a delightful director. He treads perfectly the line between over-the-top Bollywood and more Western attitudes. It was PK, through its use of "Aasman Pe Hai Khuda," that introduced me to classic Bollywood and the likes of Sunil & Nargis and others, so this film was a treat. Ranbir did a phenomenal job; I love when the big-name actors blend so well into their parts that you forget it's them. Vicky Kaushal was great as Kamli, the BFF, Paresh Rawal was, as usual, wonderful, and Manisha Koirala brought Nargis back to life. So awesome. Just a few small flaws & dislikes but they didn't take away from my overall enjoyment.
Side note: my brother evidently forgot it was a biopic--in the ending credits song sequence, he looks over and is like, "Who's that old guy?"
Now to watch the six Raj Kapoor films I picked up in Chicago's Little India the other weekend!
It's somptuous! Decors, costumes, settings, props, extras... Your eyes are full of beauty. I liked the part narrating the story of Armendra (father of Mahendra), and though Prabhas was playing both characters, I think he had more presence in this role.
The movie is sometimes surprising, with great ideas and inventions.
Now, what I disliked: the lack of realism of many fights, it seems that the heroes are indestructible. And more than this, the bloody scenes, sometimes at the edge of sadism.
Khoobsurat (2014). Enjoyed this quite a bit more than I expected, as I am not much of a Sonam Kapoor fan. But she did OK here, in a heavily Geet-inspired role; though a tiny fraction as well as Kareena Kapoor evinced the original in Jab We Met. The plot is entirely predictable, as she wins over the stuffy Rajput royalty she's billeted with, but it works thanks to not trying too hard, the personableness of Fawad Khan, and great support from the likes of Ratna Pathak Shah (the mother in JTYJN) and Kirron Kher. It's also beautiful to watch, with its Rajasthan palaces and catwalk-good-looks lead actors. Good Sunday afternoon entertainment.
Andhadhun. First time seeing a BW film in the cinema for some while, and well worth the trip. This is a blackly comic thriller with blind piano player Akash (Ayushman Khurana), who is hired by a yesteryear Bollywood actor to give a private concert for his wife (Tabu), where he is present at the aftermath of a murder. But it turns out he is not blind, so goes to the police to report the murder, and that's where his troubles begin. To say much more on the plot would spoil it, but almost everyone in the film is on the make, lying, double-crossing and blackmailing most of the time. After a slow start, the twists just keep coming as people are cheated, cheat back, and then get cheated again, literally up to the last second. Although not much seems to be happening in the first half, you later realise that nothing was wasted, as every character and every scene serves its purpose later on, in ways you could never guess. If you like your thrillers dark and humorous, Andhadhun is highly recommended.
Qarib Qarib Single - I don’t really know what to say about this; first of all it’s always a pleasure to see Irrfan Khan. Secondly, I found the actress to be a bit annoying and she did this thing where she would look at the camera either to comment or just look - now I’ve seen this done in other movies and it’s felt natural there but here it just took me out of the movie. I got each of them individually but I didn’t get them together - I suspect that I missed a lot because I was relying on subtitles rather than the dialogue. One of the reviews I read said that it was reminiscant of the “before” movies by Richard Linklater but I kept on getting Bachna Ae Haseeno vibes. Overall I liked it; I just wasn't wowed by it.
The actress is Parvathy, who has been very successful in Malayalam, Tamil and Kannadan films, getting many awards. She was born in 1988, the same year as Anushka Sharma and Parineeti Chopra. QQS is her first Hindi film.
Qarib Qarib Single - I don’t really know what to say about this; first of all it’s always a pleasure to see Irrfan Khan. Secondly, I found the actress to be a bit annoying and she did this thing where she would look at the camera either to comment or just look - now I’ve seen this done in other movies and it’s felt natural there but here it just took me out of the movie. I got each of them individually but I didn’t get them together - I suspect that I missed a lot because I was relying on subtitles rather than the dialogue. One of the reviews I read said that it was reminiscent of the “before” movies by Richard Linklater but I kept on getting Bachna Ae Haseeno vibes. Overall I liked it; I just wasn't wowed by it.
It was okay. Not great, not horrible. Not anything we haven't seen before, though. I want to see Aamir in more dramatic roles. He looked great, but I'm tired of this comedy-drama bug-eyed shtick. It gets old quite quickly.
Great to see Big B kick butt, though. The warehouse scene reminded me a little of Deewaar.
Old is gold, though new is pretty good, too. Filmi music obsessive. Hopeless romantic. Amateur Raj Kapoor scholar. I have a blog; click here to read it.
Rustom (2016) by Dharmendra Suresh Desai: a good story, where you don't know the truth until the end. But is it the truth really? Very interesting trial, full of twists.
Hichki (2018) by Siddharth Malhotra: touching movie, even if Rani Mukerji is sometimes irritating with her tics. Anyway, she is very comfortable with kids, and very moving with her efforts. You know of course what will happen in the film, but you want to see how.
Pari (2016) by Prosit Roy : a commonplace horror movie. Anushka Sharma tries something new, but still forget to breathe. This makes the film too long.
You might take a look at this Malayalam 1975 version, Alibaba and Forty-one Thieves. The 41st is a Captain of Thieves, invented by screenwriter S. L. Puran Sadanandan and played by K. P. Ummer to critical acclaim. Prem Nazir plays Ali Baba, paired with his 82-times co-star Jayabharathi, and a lot of the best Mollywood actors.
dancelover: Finished Madhu, thru the film he is working on today!
Mar 18, 2019 18:52:18 GMT
dancelover: Now working Madhu's lists
Jan 14, 2019 20:33:12 GMT
dancelover: Finished lists for Devika.
Jan 11, 2019 19:31:54 GMT
dancelover: beginning Devika, the Telugu-Tamil star.
Dec 31, 2018 14:29:32 GMT
dancelover: Now finished using a new website about Sivaji Ganesan to revise my jodi-lists for him.
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dancelover: I now have 5 of the 6, but The Kapoors is missing pages 327 through 350.
Sept 21, 2018 17:28:57 GMT
dancelover: Ordered 6 books from Amazon-linked stores. Dilip Kumar's autobiography arrived. Using it to x-check my records on him.
Sept 18, 2018 20:04:56 GMT
dancelover: Done Sukumari; now working K. R. Vijaya
Sept 11, 2018 20:48:59 GMT
dancelover: Finally completed Lists for Sukumari. Still must cross-reference.
Aug 22, 2018 14:43:14 GMT
dancelover: While still working Sukumari's lists, I have added several Malayalam writers and lyricists, and filled in much data for others.
Jul 16, 2018 13:59:04 GMT
dancelover: Still doing Sukumari; took time to add Malayalam writer Muttathu Varkey.
May 22, 2018 15:22:01 GMT
dancelover: Finished Girija; now working Sukumari (Malayalam actress).
Mar 26, 2018 15:12:18 GMT
dancelover: Now working Girija, a Telugu actress.
Mar 9, 2018 21:53:14 GMT