Sunday, July 13, 2008

learning at the movies

Things I picked up from watching Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na earlier this week [apart from the irrevocable fact that Imhunt is a capital ditcher]:

Hipster is here. Is Pappu Can't Dance the updated Papa Kehte Hain? Evidence suggests it [hell, the movie itself suggests it]. There's no shortage of privileged kids in our cinema, but they've never had an anthem before. It is now possible to celebrate the arrival of the irrelevant on the dance floor. I think I would be a lot more annoyed at the irony of those kids grooving to those lyrics, if the song wasn't so blatantly amazing. A R Rahman, you freak, where do you pull those basslines from?

We are a mafia. Rarely has it been so obvious in mainstream Bollywood, but the Xavierite cartel is all present. We're still in all the ads, but now we're also in hit Hindi cinema. I hope there's a lot of conservation money for the auld pile of stones in it.

I like Jab We Met better anyway. And I have no idea why; any film with that embarrassing post-interval sequence in which Shahid Kapur tries to funk his corporation into showing profits should be criticised more, but I love that film unmitigatedly. Perhaps some of it had to do with the fact that everyone in it spoke Hindi competently, unlike Genelia in this one, who evoked great cries of "Oh honey, NO!" from me whenever she tried to differentiate between the 'k' and 'kh' sounds.

Bombay is changing. It always is, but seeing the Bandra-Worli sea link on screen really brings it home.

I am old. I liked Ratna Pathak-Shah better than any of the kids.

I had a good time -- I was amused and affected by the conscious subversion of the 'brave Rajput' motivation of so much of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak; it seemed like a gentle, sweet way of indicating how our lives and our cinema have changed in the last twenty years. The performances were very tolerable, and the music excellent, apart from that one unconscionable Glenn Medeiros rip-off. It's the first Hindi film I've watched since my return from Kolkata, and I'm so happy to be back. Next up is hopefully Kismet Konnection.


  1. I found this jazz tune thro the movie quite interesting - - right at the beginning of the video. very upbeat, and a lot of fun

  2. Anonymous3:30 pm

    Its me! I am at work and have been rediscovering blogger, naturally. And reading all the New Yorker lawyer cartons.

    I have no clever things to say, though. ;)

    - Shloka

  3. Welcome back!

    Did you see the guy with the signpost for godot at the end? I wonder what that was all about. So arbitrary

    Which's the glenn medeiros rip off?

  4. I found Chak De India, a very good Bollywood movie. Other than that, nothing much to say about Bollywood really. Except maybe the music. Tamil films are much better.

    Destination Infinity.

  5. I thought Jaane Tu was so hyped. Genelia makes this weird lopsided face which irritated me. They were too cute and too together. Please!!
    I loved Jab We Met too, everyone was so normal.

  6. Anonymous1:49 pm

    I didn't like JTJN but hated Kismat Konnection. Not only did VB look so old she made SK look too kiddish.

  7. The Ratna Pathak and Naseeruddin Shah Chemistry is what really put the movie together and made it work anyways!

    Jab We Met, totally different story :) Maybe we'll sit and have a conversation someday :D I liked it too (it did surprise me especially with the whole jump cut edit till he gets onto the train).