Infinity in the Palm of My Hand

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

On Rang De Basanti

Way late, but anyways...

I don't like Rang De Basanti. I don't like it as a movie, I don't like it as a message.

As a movie, it is always impatient and disjointed and at times, boring. The movie carries the admaker stamp all over it. It does not matter whether scenes flow well, what matters is whether they look good individually or not. For example, isn't the "off with your shirts" scene really just a poster shot? The editing is horrible. Scenes that have no significance are repetitive. Scenes that are significant are hurried up. The storyline is too simplistic. The second half is contrived to the point of making everyone but the protagonists seem dense (and the critics call it a conclusively non-typical Bollywood movie). The movie shies away almost completely from tackling the greyness of morality which the protagonists should have faced. All there is is a lame poke somewhere at the an afterthought. Critics seem to think this is not a fault. I say it is. In a movie that is touted as a message, failing to see the complexities of the issues it tackles is a fault...a huge one. This is not just about whether or not I agree with the actions of the protagonists. This is about stupidifying the issues...making them seem so trivial that I did not care about the protagonists even before the tedious climax arrived. In a movie which wants to create heroes, what could be worse than that?

As a message, it makes absolutely no sense. "We will join the armed forces, the civil services or politics to change the country"? How about becoming honest and competent engineers, doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs...? For the country's progress, hasn't the latter group done as much as, if not more than, the fomer? Also, isn't killing a defence minister equal to taking the easy way out? What is harder - that or creating an Asha? Don't tell me they are unrelated. They are not. You want to talk about changing the country, about getting rid of corruption. Then talk about the real issues at hand. Talk about illiteracy, talk about poverty. Talk about the slow, steady, arduous way, the one which will bring about long-lasting change. Not about killing a defence minister. That is for sure the easy way emotional, irrational decision that will not achieve anything. Yes, its a movie and yes, its more entertaining to see heroes killing villians than to see them planning long-term solutions for the problems that ail the country. But then think of it only as a movie, don't laud it as a message. And don't call it inspirational. "Inspiration" has already been insulted enough by Bollywood.

End of rant. I feel better.

Friday, February 24, 2006

I want my life... be a feel good movie.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

I know Kung-Fu

Show me.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Thank you, Raja Sen

For this, even though its very unlikely that it will affect Mr. CC.

Also, a little bit of peace comes my way in the form of Zinda getting a poor opening.

George has more.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

My new year's resolutions

15 days late, but here they are. I resolve:

1) To not envy the happiness of others or the perceived simplicity of their lives.

2) To start being here now.

3) To learn better.


The worst Rajkumar Santoshi movie ever. And this guy did Barsaat, so you can imagine how bad Family must be. I had hopes for a decent flick, but this turned out to be unbearable trash. How can a Rajkumar Santoshi project with Amitabh Bachchan, Sushant Singh, Shernaz Patel, Akshay Kumar, Sridhar Raghavan and Tigmanshu Dhulia be so awful? Because it turns out that Family is meant to be a showcase for producer Keshu's son, Aryeman, who is about as talented as Arman "Jaani Dushman" Kohli, but wants the audience to see him as the new angry young man.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

See Kalpurush... see why I think Mithun is a very talented actor.

And this splendid movie has a lot to offer apart from a portrayal of his skills.

Thursday, January 12, 2006


Talk about missing a great opportunity.

This could have been a very disturbing, very scary movie. A great premise, great locations, and an enthusiasm for gore, but with an impatient director who doesn't understand the value of a build-up, it all pretty much goes to waste. Well, not entirely. The gore is still quite enjoyable, but the movie doesn't strike fear in either the heart or the mind.

Somebody saved me

Taran Adarash's review of Zinda does mention that its story has been borrowed from Oldboy. Borrowed???

Good enough though.

The review is the standard Taran Adarsh fare. Say the movie is great, its novel, its gut-wrenching, blah blah, blah...I liked it, but since the Indian audience is not as mature as I am, it won't work at the box office.

It is awfully irritating to read any praise for someone as talentless as Sanjay Gupta, especially when it is to the level of calling him "one of the brightest names on film firmament", but I got my gift, so I am going to let the review be.