Last week, I met actor Shah Rukh Khan for an interview. Witty as he is, he joked that God had custom-made him to be a ‘star’. Almost like, it was his destiny to be King Khan, while still in production at the hands of God. Of course, he said it jokingly. He even said he didn’t miss the ‘normal life’. He didn’t feel the need to be ‘eating sev puri at the beach’. He admitted to being very happy with the stardom and the ensuing adulation he received, almost on a daily basis.
This morning, I was at the YRF Studios preview theatre, at 10am, like a diligent audience to watch the movie, FAN.
We watched the movie in one go, not even taking a break at the intermission. Here’s what I thought of it.
Keeping aside the fact that I have huge huge crush on Tahir Raj Bhasin. I mean, have you seen this guy? A special mention to Shanoo Sharma for introducing him to me. I’m really excited that one of the most prolific and celebrated production houses in the country has ventured into short films, directed by Ankur Tewari, with its youth division, Y Films. I had the privilege of previewing 3 of the 6 Love Shots on Monday and asking Ashish Patil the question that was on my mind.
My memory of watching short films, especially, in the theatre is Pixar’s shorts at the top of some of their most iconic films. I still remember the one attached to Wall-E and most recently, Lava, played before Inside Out. I wondered if Ashish had the same concept in my mind. To my assumption, he said I was bang on. That was absolutely the inspiration for him. He wants to experiment with content and format as much as possible with a platform like Y Films (currently a subscriber base of 2.5 lakhs approx. on YouTube). He hopes there will be short film festivals, short film awards and what not in the future.
I just gotta say that if anyone can do it, it’s YRF. Short films are usually the first attempt by a feature filmmaker and a gateway to festivals and awards, etc. Heck, the Oscars have a category for short films too.
If you’re as excited about this development as I am. Check out The Road Trip here:
And the teaser for Koi Dekh Lega feat. another one of my favourites, Shweta Tripathi here:
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Release Date: 20th August, 2010 Director: Pradeep Sarkar Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepika Padukone Story, Screenplay and Dialogue: Gopi Puthran
Quick take: Unexpectedly moving
When one comes out of LafangeyParindey 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 Puthran lend interest to watch her. ‘ApnikismatEnglissmeinlikhihai. Zyada pale nahipadti‘. 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 Nainparindey, 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.