Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Movie Antakshari - Masoom (1983)

The Movie Antakshari, an attempt to recollect Bollywood's most memorable films, brought to you by EatPrayLove and Bolly Hood, is now in full swing. We're almost a month into it now but here's a quick recap for the ones who've just joined in.

The Movie Antakshari is much like the song antakshari that I'm sure you've all played at some point - school trips, college canteens, office cafeteria. For the ones who've been living under a rock, here goes - pick a song and the next person picks a song with the last alphabet of your last word. Easy? Just replace 'song' with a 'film title,' which is what we're playing here.

Here are the entries until now -

Hum, Maine Pyar Kiya, Amar Akbar Anthony, Yahaan, Namak Haram.

Bolly Hood, left me once again with 'M.' So here goes my pick -

Masoom (1983)

Based off Eric Segal's novel Man, Woman & Child, Masoom released before I was born but I remember watching it over and over with my mum on our VCR. It was one of her favorite films. I never completely understood it then. Today as I watch it, 20 years hence, it brings back memories of how I'd cuddle up with her and watch the film while trying to make sense of whatever I possibly could.

The beauty of Masoom lies in how delicately delightfully first-time director Shekhar Kapur explores relationships - the tensions between a husband and a wife, the tenderness between a mother and a daughter, the bond between a father and a son. Naseeruddin and Rahul's (played by Jugal Hansraj) father-son chemistry works tremendously and is one of the reasons why you should watch the film. There's also baby Urmila Matondkar in this film playing Naseeruddin's daughter but it's his younger daughter Aradhana who's the more vibrant and noticeable of the two. You'll love her for her playful ways.

While each character is appreciable, your heart goes out for Rahul. His onscreen presence is enough to move you. Unfortunately, Hansraj hasn't had much success in films after growing up. [I saw him in Mohabbatein, Papa Kehte Hain, Salaam Namaste (cameo)].

Masoom, while being a good film, also gave us some of the most memorable songs. Lakdi ki kathi (I'd be surprised if you haven't heard that song as a kid), tujhse naraaz nahi zindagi, do naina ek kahani thoda sa baadal thoda sa paani.

Overall, what works for Masoom is that it goes beyond the clich├ęd Bollywood clutter. Next time you hear someone trashing Bollywood, you know what to recommend!

@Bolly Hood - It's over to you now. And the letter is 'M.' Go for it!

Complete list of Antakshari films:

Amar Akbar Anthony
Namak Haraam
Mera Naam Joker

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Rockstar Review

Rockstar definitely doesn't live up to all the ballyhoo it created. Or probably, Imtiaz is a victim of his own success.   

**  After proving himself in films as assorted as Sawariya, Rajneeti, Bachna Ae Haseeno and Wake up Sid, it's no surprise Ranbir delivers without a hitch. His Janardhan Jhakar act is as convincing as the maverick, non-conformist Jordan. It's truly his film and if it does turn out to be a hit, it's courtesy him. 

** Ranbir-Fakhri chemistry. Bollywood's long lost charm in a love story is back and how! And quite like Jab we Met, there are no cliched 'i love you's' and 'do you love me.' 

** The film has got an amazing look and feel. The cinematography is slick. The Kashmir scenes and the stage shows, particularly, are shot brilliantly. The magnanimity of it is over-whelming.

**Rahman lends soul to an otherwise dry film. Had it not been for his music, (I would've been asleep halfway) there isn't much for Rockstar to bank on. Kun faaya kun (which has been so beautifully woven into the film) and the shehnai-guitar jugalbandi between Shammi Kapoor and Ranbir is NOT to be missed.
** Nargis Fakhri robs the film off its what-could've-otherwise-been some of its very  precious moments. Add to that her dialogue delivery, which is mostly gawky. Her character is weird to the T. There was nothing amusing about the whole 'junglee jawani' thing which was played up a bit too much. Her idea of fun is as quirky as her character. A distorted version of Katrina, Fakhri was an appalling choice for a role like this.

** The screenplay is as random as it could get. Tediously lengthy, Rockstar could've been wound up far more quicklier.

** The film gets going on a strong note but dwindles midway leaving you in the hope that it would eventually pick up pace, which it does, but that's only short-lived.

** Most characters exude staleness from Piyush Mishra (who's a brilliant actor otherwise) to Fakhri's mother. 

Despite the grandiosity of it all, there was something missing in the film. It leaves you wanting for more. Strictly for Ranbir fans. Others wait for the DVD.

Here's the song that's been on a repeat mode in my head ever since I left the theatre.

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.