The week that was: at the movies!

10 movies release this Friday and not one excites me. 8 odd released last Friday and some were really bad. Despite that, I had a good run at the movies one week, watching one every day. Yes, folks, that’s me. ๐Ÿ™‚

I Love Movies
I Love Movies

It started innocently. I had missed a screening of Hugo thanks to a clash with Fatso and Jannat 2 (that I had to review). After all the lovely things people had to say about Hugo, not only was I determined to watch but also show it to my sister. So after a review of The Little Door, we landed at the PVR Cinemas’ box office to watch Hugo. To the disappointment of 7 of us, every theatre across the city was running only one show and this particular one was sold out! Not wanting to watch an 11:15 pm show at Malad (of all places) where I was bound to fall asleep, we promptly booked tickets for the next day.

The Avengers (3D)
The Avengers (3D)

Just when one of my accompanying friends asked if I’d watch The Avengers with him, again. I really loved The Avengers even though I had originally watched it in 2D. When folks were raving about it in 3D, I didn’t realize they meant the IMAX 3D. In any case, I went ahead with it and thus, started my week at the movies (literally).

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Alice’s First “Twinterview” | Snippets

Hola readers. It’s been a while. I hope everyone’s doing good. I’m feeling excellent. As you already know, Alice was crowned a “Femina Blogger Bee”. Following the crowning was a “twinterview”. It was a first for me and wasn’t anything I could prepare for. It was just something that had to be spontaneous and honest. In case you missed it, here are snippets:

Femina Twinterview
Femina Twinterview
Femina Twinterview 1
Femina Twinterview
Femina Twinterview 2
Femina Twinterview

I hope you enjoyed it. To read the entire interview, log on to the Femina website or click on this link –>ย http://buzz.femina.in/featured/twinterview-with-dhruvi-shah/

Thanks for all the love and support. ๐Ÿ™‚ Talk soon.

The American | Running commentary

Someone once told me in viewing a film, strangers are united.
People from different parts of the city come together and for those three hours you share laughs and opinions.

The American

Release date (India): 1st October, 2010
Director: Anton Corbijn
Cast: George Clooney, Violante Placido, Thekla Reuten, Paolo Bonacelli

While we were driving to the film, a friend was waiting for us with the tickets.

The film started. There were a couple of murders. George Clooney was shown driving through a tunnel. The title credits were rolling. The frame changed. George Clooney was still driving.

So, we told our friend we had reached for the film quicker than George Clooney will ever reach the end of the film.

Q: “Have you ever wanted to be anything other than a priest?”
A: “Have you ever wanted to be anything other than a … photographer…?”

At this point we were wishing we were anything other than a film audience.

“I’m not good with machines!”, said George Clooney.

He should have just skipped next door to the Robot. He would have learnt a thing or two.
After all, Rajnikant isn’t good with machines. Machines are good with Raknikant.

“I’m taking photographs in the mountains!”

Yes, we saw that. The makers insisted on using the photographs for the screen-saver we witnessed in stead of the film.

The audience was getting restless. Someone suggested that there should have been subtitles. And I wondered how that would have made a difference. There was hardly any dialogue anyway.

George Clooney is shown to be making a gun. It’s a silencer.

Enough said on the subject of the ‘silencer’.

George Clooney is shown to unwrap a can of film.

It would have been easier had he just canned the film.

The song, (We no speak Americano by Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup) starts to play while George Clooney is sitting at a cafe.

As the film progresses, the car starts to look older.

A scene takes place by a lake. George Clooney is picnicking with a lady. He removes arms out of the picnic basket.

I wished they were serving arms at the canteen. The action would be much more thrilling when we would be shooting the screen.


In any case, the characters in the film are so frustrated. They go shooting in their spare time.

A butterfly comes and sits on a pretty lady’s arm. George Clooney stares at it. Earlier, he is shown reading a book on butterflies. He tells her the butterfly is endangered. She confers on him the title, ‘Mr. Butterfly’

Collective audience laugh

It’s the interval.

A commercial plays: “Yeh safar nahi suffering hai!”

The film resumes. Two actresses tell George Clooney they’re going to watch an ‘American’ film. Hannah was trying to learn English.

We perfected our English while watching ‘The American’. Only 20 lines in 2 hours and a sexy old teacher. ๐Ÿ™‚ Our Italian is going to the dogs though. ๐Ÿ™

“What do you have my friend?”

The audience collectively and instinctively replies:

MERE PAAS MAA HAI

 

“I have to practise my English.”

Now we were getting protective of our English teacher, George Clooney. It seemed like everyone in Italy had zeroed in on him as their English tutor. We call dibs.

The film ends with a honk.

A sleepy girl in the theatre wakes up with a jerk and asks, ‘Is the film over?’ A huge uproar, laughs and claps follow.

My friend claims she wants her 280 Rs. back. Someone from the audience informs her that we all do.


It’s goodbye to Mr. Butterfly. ๐Ÿ˜›

P.S. – An intimate scene has been chopped off from the film. A boy exclaimed that the entire film was in the scene. The censor board ruthlessly chopped it off and we were left with nothing to watch.

The extended title of the film could have easily been ‘The American in Italy’

Lafangey Parindey | Review

Lafangey Parindey

Release Date: 20th August, 2010
Director: Pradeep Sarkar
Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepika Padukone
Story, Screenplay and Dialogue: Gopi Puthran

Quick take: Unexpectedly moving

Lafangey Parindey

When one comes out of Lafangey Parindey choked, there is an element of surprise. Simply because the film is quite an entertainer, unexpected at that.

The plot is rather simple, a twist right at the beginning sets the ball in motion. It is the love story of Nandu and Pinky. One-shot Nandu fights in and outside of the rink with a blindfold on his eyes. Pinky, however, is forced to lose her eyesight by circumstance and fights her life’s battle on skates.

Deepika Padukone is impactful in the role. The fighting spirit has been instilled in the sketch of her character. A ‘girl from the wadi‘ who doesn’t let anything deter her aspirations is looking for a passport to a better life, namely a television competition, India’s Got Talent. The nuances she brings to the character, infusing it with cheeky dialogue written by Gopi Puthranย lend interest to watch her. Apni kismat Engliss mein likhi hai. Zyada pale nahi padti‘. While her journey is well documented, if only a little struggle with her blindness would have been shown, it would have been complete. Barring that, she does a good job at seeping into the flesh of Pinky’s personality, be it style, gait, nonchalance or attitude.

Neil Nitin Mukesh comes into his own as well. He deals aptly with the intensity and charm required of his character. He may be a little too chikna for a street fighter but the ‘make-up’ department does a decent job as far as his look is concerned. As for his physique, the bulges on the arms are quite evident. Again, the dialogue (right on the spot for street talk) infuses life into Nandu.

Both characters share some great moments on screen.
Two are especially striking. Firstly, when Nandu familiarises Pinky with the survival instinct, teaching her from his own experiences. Secondly, when Nain Parindey’ plays in the background while Nandu stealthily follows Deepika on her first walk alone since her blindness.

Of considerable note is the production design. Pradeep Sarker’s own background as an art director and the expertise of the production team (Madhu Sarkar & Eldridge Rodrigues) combine to form a very distinct setup. Not only has special attention been given to detail but also evident effort has gone in maintaining accuracy.

The other aspect that daunts you long after the film is over is the music. The soundtrack is really good as is, but its treatment in the film is even better. The situations created fit the bill perfectly. Alongwith Nain parindey, Man lafanga makes one almost well up with tears.

It is a great one time watch, certain events in the film may prove as glitches. Unfortunately, the Ramzan coincides with its release. In any case, everyone from the cast and crew has definitely put in a lot of effort. Its merit will decide the kind of crowd it pulls in and its fate at the box office.

Lafangey Parindey

– Dhruvi Shah