Uh, finally writing a movie post. I watched the following movies:
Summer of 2007: An unheard movie directed by first-time director Suhail Tartari. But it was a meaningful movie, not your usual masala type genre. It deals with farmer suicides in India. A group of medical students come face to face with the stark reality of poverty amongst farmers. Movie tries to advocate micro-credit system as one of solutions to help the farmers.
I didn’t find the movie boring. I felt that the intention of the director was honest. With a better known cast and tight script, movie could have made a splash. Some known actors from the movie were Gul Panag, Ashutosh Rana and Sikander Kher. Liju, not so long ago, wrote in his snippet review, that Sikander Kher looked like an ape. I agree with him. Kher could do with some grooming tips before trying to play ubercool, hot-headed boy from a Mumbai medical college.
Rating: 2.5/5, solely for story and intention. I would recommend as it has important issue at core.
Dark Knight: I missed first 45 minutes of the movie because I was stuck in a bad Delhi jam on a rainy day, just 5 minutes away from the theatre. You have already heard by now how fabulous was this movie.
It portrays the quintessential battle of evil against good, of the sinister evil that resides amongst all of us. Movie has a legendary portrayal of Batman’s nemesis, Joker, by late Heath Ledger. There was no resemblance so much that my friend refused to believe that this was the handsome guy who played Casanova in the movie by same name.
Where a Bollywood movie usually ends, this Batman actually begins with renewed vigour and worthy twists. I was watching this sinister movie on a late evening with sinister weather outside (rains and also jams). I was distracted with worry how I will reach my home, 30 kms away. So I am sure I will watch this movie again.
This Batman sequel was also in news with superstitious reports of how DK cast was jinxed.
Bachna Ae Haseeno: Movie reviews on blogosphere are a good thing. Therefore, I had no expectations from this movie. I went to watch it only because I could not watch either Wall-E or Rock On due to unavailability of shows near my home.
I enjoyed the movie with jokes and remarks from friends. It was Bipasha rather than Deepika who caught my eye. Ranbir Kapoor reinforced that he has the makings of a dependable star.
Highlight for the movie for me was Ranbir running errands for Bipasha. Why did he? Watch the movie to know about it. Movie has beautiful locales which is hallmark of Yash Chopra movies.
Rock On: I liked the movie a lot. It seems after a long time a Hindi movie has pleased me this year.
Similarities with Dil chahta Hai? Story of four urban friends. Differences. Getting back together. Similarities end there. Mood is different, treatment is different.
I have to pat casting director’s back. Usually wooden Arjun Rampal was appropriately cast in a character Joe who is an introvert who speaks and emotes less. Purab Kohli is funny and Luke Kenny fits too. Prachi Desai gives an understated performance. Sahana Goswami was good and convincing as a bitter woman with broken dreams, struggling to meet both ends. You hardly notice that Farhan Akhtar is not so perfect when it comes to his dialogue delivery. You are completely hinged into the story.
Music is good and Farhan ahs sung 5 songs! Though I found some of the some of the lyrics very funny. 🙂
Phoonk: I gave up watching this movie after first 45 minutes. Story hadn’t advanced any bit yet. I was tired of looking at repeated shots of a black crow from different angles in a failed attempt to project spookiness. I found antics of Ashwini Kalsekar, an actress whom I consider as talented, over-the-top. I was too bored to make an effort to find out what happened in the movie. How did the movie become a hit??
Rating: 1/5 (Why am I even rating it??)