Movie Fest!!

After a bitter after-taste from the pretentious Gussarish, This weekend I had a fest of  some good Hindi cinema. I saw Udaan and Dhobi Ghat and enjoyed every bit of both movies. I also watched Band Baaja Barath which again was pleasant watch.

Udaan :

This is a movie about chasing of your dreams. I think this must be one of the best movies of last year. Towards the end of the movie there is a racing scene in the movie between father and son and you cannot help yourself but feel like go grab a pom-pom and wanting to cheer for your hero. This being the most important scene of the movie metaphorically is like seeing a little birds first successful flight and hence the movie gets its name. That frame is frozen in the pic I have posted here. This movie is so well made that you can feel every feeling that the characters are going through. The best part of the movie for me was the kid Arjun. The kid with hardly few lines in the initial part conveys everything through his eyes and cute body language. The conviction this kid has is unbelievable. Our hero is a mother-less boy in boarding school. His dad hasn’t paid him a visit and kid has almost forgotten his dad’s face. He is suspended from his school and is sent back home. Only when he comes back home does he come to know that his dad has married again and he has a step brother. This movie is as much a story of relation of two brothers as it’s about chasing your dreams. Our hero aspires to be a writer and we get to listen to some wonderful poetry. Carefully listen to the poem he recites in the park bench to his dad. Few lines of this poem conveys volumes about how desperately he wants his dad to let him live his dreams.  A must watch for everybody and keep a look out for ‘kanthi shah ke angoor’, Its hilarious.

Dhobi Ghat :

I didn’t have high expectations from this movie. I had read reviews and kinda set my exceptions low but this movie pulled me in from the start and blew me away. I went in a group of 9 people and it was only me who liked this movie and Sushruth had a mixed feeling about this. This movie might not appeal to everybody and the movie being very unconventional and un-filmy, The response is very much understandable. Every person has his reason to like the movie and similarly everyone will have their reasons to hate. Many of the ppl couldn’t wait for the movie to end and few ppl has a sheepy content smile on their face when the movie ended. This movie is a snapshot into lives of 4 people. I wish I knew some superlative word than ‘perfect’ to express how perfect the casting for the movie was. Anyway, Let me do this part by part.

Mr.Khan – The intrigued

As a whimsical loner, Khan has tried to give a restrained performance. He plays an artist with ease and is intrigued with the Video diary he finds in his new house. He draws inspirations from these videos initially but towards the end the same things haunt him. I would call him a perfect cast not for the performance but because  If not for Mr Khan, This movie wouldn’t have got the exposure it’s getting now. It would have been highly possible for this movie to get unnoticed. Having said that, Amir Khan has tried to give a sincere performance shedding every star attribute.

Krithi Malhotra – The Enchanted

She is a newly wed who is trying to fit into Mumbai. She is initially totally enchanted by Mumbai. Her character is preparing Video dairies to post them to her brother. We go through her journey from excitement to awe  to loneliness to depression. We see Mumbai in her amateurish camera and it was wonderful. It’s hard to believe that she is not an actor but a costume director and fashionista in real life. It seems she is a very camera-shy person and to be a part of this movie in tapes is ironic to say the least. A perfect cast , We could feel her feeling in her eyes. The amateurish camera work does wonders in making the feel of the movie totally unconventional but making it more the REAL.

Monica Dogra : The consumed

She is a NRI on sabbatical. Her character named Shai is an investment banker who is trying to catch a breather in the dirt of Mumbai. Again i cannot say this enough that she is a perfect cast. In real life Monica is a lead singer in a some rock band and also a composer. She makes total justice to the character and it a treat to watch her on-screen. I loved watching her in every frame. On her first meeting with Amir, she is totally consumed by his love, so much that she resorts to a healthy stalking. She cannot get over the one night stand. I loved the way she treats dhobi.  In a scene when she asks her maid to get 2 cups of tea, Her maid gets one in a mug for her and another is a small glass for the Dhobi, When Shai notices this, she picks up that small glass. I loved the way the scene is treated. She is full of life and has a lovely screen presence. She is indeed a NRi in real life it seems and I loved her expressions, There is a moment in the movie where she eyes Mr.Babbar while shooting him, I am waiting to download this movie and see that moment again and again. The black and white pics she clicks are a treat to watch.

Mr.Babbar – The Dhobi

I saved the best for the last. Mr.Babbar no doubt is the heart of this movie. He plays the central character of a Dhobi by day and believe it or not, a Rat Killer at night. I didn’t know such a profession even existed. He is a bit of an aspiring actor and a Salman worshiper too somewhere in between. He got completely under the skin of the character. His body language, language, the way he walks, the way he sits right down to his posture. There are so many scenes which proves his mettle. I particularly loved the climax scene where he chases Shai’s car and the scene after that. I think this dude has a long way to go, may not be in commercial movies but more of off beat movies like his mum. I still remember his line from ‘jaane tu ya jaane na’ , when he says to Genelia- Thumhara Ghar thumhara bum.

I will try not to sound like some psedo-intelectual here.As I saw it, There is not much of a story in this movie. It’s just inter tangled incidents that happened in a span of few days. It’s about life in Mumbai on how you are always in a state of transition. Everybody is trying to have something more in their life which they might not achieve. At the end of the day after everything they have been through, They just move on.

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3 Responses to “Movie Fest!!”

  1. Well Well Well!!! After reading your blog I certainly want to see all the three movies but was expecting that will find your reviews on all three movies…..
    So surely write on that (Band Baja Barat) and once I finish watching all the movies then I will read your blog again to relate the instances you have mentioned 🙂

  2. Sushruta Nadig Says:

    Nice Pai, i liked your statements for MR Khan, good write up.

  3. Manasa Madgul Says:

    yeah Prajwal channagi bardiddiya … 🙂 I haven’t even seen Udan heard it’s really nice

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