Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Summer Fillums

The next few months are going to be huge for Hindi films. And being in London will mean that I can watch the best ones at cinemas nearby.

I went this week to watch 'Fanaah' (destroyed in love). I had such high hopes for Kajol's comeback film. Alas, after five years she still has a monobrow. Acting was great but the plot was ridiculous.

I knew in advance that the film was a love story about a blind girl and a terrorist. But that's only just the beginning. After falling in love the terrorist returns to his mission and disappears. The blind girl then has miraculous surgery, giving her perfect vision. She thinks that her lover died as a bomb blast victim

Eight years later, the terrorist is on another mission. He escapes the army by helicopter, parachute, snow board and snow mobile and accidentally turns up at her door in the middle of a blizzard (it's Poland but supposed to be Kashmir). The girl doesn't recognise him because she never saw him after her operation...


So Fanaah wasn't that impressive. I'm not holding out big hopes for Krrish either. Critics predict that 'India's first superhero film' will contain a mish-mash of elements from Spiderman, Superman, Batman and The Matrix. The fact that it is the sequel to 'Koi Mil Gaya' (a Hindi version of ET featuring a singing, dancing alien) doesn't help either.


One film I am looking forward to is 'Omkara', a modern day retelling of 'Othello' set in the wilder parts of Uttar Pradesh. I read Othello at high school and I have soft spot for the wilder bits of UP. And the cast is superb: Ajay, Saif, Kareena, Konkona Sen Sharma, Vivek, Naseeruddin and Bipasha.


And for something a bit less gritty, 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna' (never say goodbye) releases in August. There's no way that a film by Karan Johar (whose 3 films to date have always started with K and contained 4 words) can be anything less than fabulous.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips...will look for the DVD versions in the markets.
Pip

joe said...

Yes, Omkara should be good but subtitles are probably a must. KANK will most likely contain a lot of English dialogue anyway. I love Karan Johar's movie titles: KKHH, KKKG (K3G if you're cool), KHNH and now KANK.

Knuffy said...

Hey I want to meet that singing, dancing alien! Maybe we have some things in common?

joe said...

Yeah, he is about as realistic an alien as you are a camel, google image for 'jadoo'...

Knuffy's Owner said...

Man, that alien is freaky! Gimme ALF any day!!

Btw, Knuffy is so insulted by your comment, especially after your bonding session in Shanghai...

joe said...

I'm so sorry! But a real camel couldn't post comments on a blog could it... Knuffy should be proud of who he is.