Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Movies, movies

What's a vacation without watching movies? Past five weeks, I caught up on a whole bunch of them, mostly on the plane, a few on the big screen and absolutely nothing on TV/DVD. Among all kinds of blog posts, writing about movies is probably the no-brainer-iest of the lot, and probably the most perfect topic to write about on a jet-lagged Wednesday evening.

Mozhi - I simply loved this movie. True, the end dragged a bit, but barring that, this movie was wholesome entertainment and fun. Everything was so naturally done that I felt like I was a part of the cast too. Swarna Malya could do with losing a bit of weight though. Even Jyothika looked kind of thin beside her (now that's something!)

Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna - I saw this on the plane (seriously, if hadn't watched it for free on a boring 14 hour flight, some 10,000 feet up in the air, I don't think I would have ever watched the movie). SRK and Rani Mukherjee play the two most annoying and boring people I have ever had the misfortune to meet either in reel or real life. While the story line itself sucked (ditch your marriage if you find someone else who you think *might* be your true soul-mate), the fact that SRK's and Rani's characters had actually found anyone at all to marry them initially had me stumped.

Deepavali - For a movie in which the lead characters are named Billu and Susi (and neither of whom are, like the names would have lead you to expect, dogs), this one could have turned out a whole lot worse. As it was, likeable characters, hummable music (except for the hair-pull-inducing Pogadhe song - music directors insisting on using their own horrible voices for singing songs should be made into a jailable offence) and a casual attitude made this movie just about watchable.

Khosla ka Ghosla - Nothing very remarkable. Nevertheless, it is a cute and tidy movie - can be watched once!

Corporate - Madhur Bhandarkar's movies are nowadays cast into a rather predictable mould. Nevertheless, this movie was still a decent watch in its own right. I thought Bipasha Basu did a rather decent job of portraying a high-flying business women. This is a general question: if a woman is doing well in her professional life, does it automatically imply that she is a little unsound morally in her personal life? At least that's the image that is usually painted by our desi movie-makers - wonder why!

Pachchai Kili Muthu Charam - This movie made for a gripping watch till sometime past the intermission. Then it all came unwound. Lots of dishoom dishoom where the hero (a middle class salesman) vanquishes about a hundred men single-handedly to emerge the victor turned it into a routine, logicless, mindless, time-wasting movie.

Night Time at the Museum - I think the producers got so carried away by the concept that they forgot to write a story. I remember watching trailers for this movie last year. That time I mentally noted that I should watch the final version. Too bad that the hundred minute movie did not have much more to offer than what the five minute trailer did!

Imsai Arasan 23-am Pulikesi - Who would have thought I could actually watch a full length movie featuring the loud Vadivelu? But wonder of wonders, I did and what's more, I enjoyed it! A big pat on the back to the director for also making use of a tale set in the days of yore to refer to some very much relevant current issues!

p.s. I realized just today that last week this time I was still in India. This is a rather obvious conclusion if you know that I left India on Thursday night last week (March 22nd). The reason why the realization took me by surprise is because I feel like I have been here forever. In fact I seem to remember my India trip as a vague series of incidents. Have they started doing memory wiping procedures during immigration :-O?

9 comments:

T said...

funny..

was it here that people interpreted the word verification stuff..
well.. i got "coxfck" for this comment

rads said...

lol, looks like you had a bad spate of movie attack :P

So no sweets for all of us eh? ;-)

iamvisheshur said...

HAVE YOU SEEN PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS??
C IT..

Thanu said...

I caught up on so many movies too, esp on the way back, u get so bored and tired and one can only sleep for few hrs. Dubai to NY - looooong flight watched like 4 movies in just that flight.

Archana said...

T - :-)! LOL - that word verification does not really need too much interpretation :-P!

Rads - looooooong plane journey's does that to a person! Ahem, I am changing my offer to please come pick up your sweets :-)))!

iamvisheshur - Saw that just before I left for India - awesome movie! Hit right on the spot ...

Thanu - :-D - so totally agree - in my list, only 3 were not watched on the plane!! I watched 3/4ths of another movie too!

Saranya Kishore said...

In Deepavali, I liked the heroine for some reason, good acting for a debut.And the patchaikili movie is a remake of Derailed. Even though it wasnt raving good, I actually thought movie was more realistic than most others. Fight scenes, except for the last one, the others were realistic with no extra sound effects and superman stunt I thought. I wish they made more such movies with some story line and natural acting, than just making masala movies.

Oops thats was quite a long comment, and I hadnt even started about 23am pulikesi :--D

I understand what you mean in your p.s. We settle down so quickly despite the homesickness. I want to go to India too!!

Archana Bahuguna said...

Second u on Kabhi Alvida na kehna. Just the typical bollywood movie with a useless twist.
And Khosla ka Ghosla I actually liked a lot. A simple cute movie. And dont know if you've heard its soundtrack, its really very good specially the song "Chak de fatte".

Archana said...

Saranya - hey, I liked the acting too in Deepavali - the lead pair made it very enjoyable :-)). I would love to hear your comments for the rest of the movies too - after all google is very generous with its space offerings :-D!

Archana - yeah, KANK was such a waste of time X-(! Oh, have to listened to soundtrack of KKG - will try to!!

Anonymous said...

I am in love with Prithviraj after Prasanna. Kannal pesum penne, ennai mannipaya ... The music and lyrics are just so (for lack of a better vocabulary) nice.