Friday, November 4, 2011

The Movie Antakshari: Yahaan (2005)

Thank you for all the love on the Movie Antakshari feature. Here's a quick recap -

The Bolly Hood began with Hum. I followed with Maine Pyar KiyA and he picked with Amar Akbar AthonY.

The Bolly Hood left me with a rather tough choice. 'Y.' But Yahaan made things simpler. I only saw the film recently.

Yahaan is an impassioned love story set in strife-torn Kashmir. Captain Aman (Jimmy Shergill) falls for Adaa (Minissha Lamba), a Kashmiri civilian. For him, it's love at first sight. But it isn't fleeting. "I want to grow old with you," he tells her in one of the letters they exchange. The consequences, however, will have to be borne.

It's not unusual for Bollywood to not give its fair share of due to films like these. Watching the trailer, I too thought of it as same old fluff. But Bollywood always surprises and Yahaan came as a pleasant one! A simple story (with a heartening message) treated commendably well. I wish the makers had worked as hard promoting the film.

All in all, if you've missed it, Yahaan makes for a snug, cozy watch.

That leaves The Bolly Hood with 'N.' Get going!

I first saw Jimmy Shergill in Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai but wasn't convinced of his acting skills until A Wednesday happened. This was followed by Tanu Weds Manu (where he did a cameo) and Saheb Biwi aur Gangster. His every act has super ceded his last. He's inarguably one of the most versatile (yet the most under-rated) actors in the industry. Minissha Lamba delivered a fairly decent debut performance. [Child artist Juhi's (playing Lamba's sister) presence is tough to ignore. Watch out for her in the scene where she breaks down after her house is bombed!]

You might also like my interview with Jimmy Sheirgill here: 'I want to work with Gulzar saab again'

Complete list of Antakshari films:

Maine Pyar Kiya
Amar Akbar Anthony
Namak Haraam
Mera Naam Joker
Rocket Singh: Salesman of The Year