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A 6 months hiatus is inexcusable and I will not go about citing a reason for it, since it was a straight forward willingness issue. Please consider that a past.
I am back with some specific plans to feed my insatiable desire to communicate. First plan of action is to make my blog devoid of limits. If there is one thing I have learnt about myself in the past few months is that my brain space (hence the name of the blog) although is primarily occupied by cinema, music and cricket, there are plenty of other relevant thoughts and ideas that slowly but surely have made room for themselves. So keeping with the changing times, change I shall.
Sorry to my readers, (if there were any at all) and Howdy to my new friends Keep watching this space
Every now and then comes a movie; minus the A listers, over ambitious producers, over rated directors and most importantly the baggage called “blockbuster” ! More often than not when given a chance they tend to take its viewers by surprise and word of mouth doing the trick eventually turning out to be a profitable product. Hopefully “Tanu Weds Manu” follows the same route. The reasons for my uncertainty is derived from 2 major factors. The ongoing cricket world cup and …hmm well lets come back to that later.
First off its a an exceptional treatment of a rather beaten to death story. Dorky (good) boy falls for smart ass (bad) girl. Dorky good boy’s character highlights are honesty, persistence and true emotion. Where as his counterpart smart ass girl is unmistakably inconsistent, rude, but obviously undergoes major change of heart by the final reel of the movie. This is the aspect of such productions where the writing dictates its fate. The ones that falter in it generally take the dark route to oblivion and the ones that rise above the others get tagged “sleeper hit”. If success parameter is a highway, TWM quite interestingly is the middle path over the divider, or so to speak. Some weak writing culminating to a weaker climax is the movie’s biggest downfall.
But like me if You tend to take a movie for what it is and if You are not expecting to see ground breaking cinema but have given it a chance, may it be for the case of a dinner date, the dull cricket matches on the telly or because there aren’t many good ones in the theatre anyways, the chances are YOU WILL LIKE it immensely. Just like I did. Madhavan sleep walks through the role as he’s lived with the good boy tag forever, and Kangna once again is drunk (taking a leaf out of her characters in “Gangster” n “Fashion”), with some excellent supporting cast led by ****drum rolls **** …. ****standing ovation*** Deepak Dobriyal playing the effervescent but real “Pappi”. Claiming he stole the majority of the show would be an understatement. He was that good. In the times of brainless and painful attempts of directors like Rohit Shetty and sometimes Priyadarshan, this role is a stand out achievement. If there were any doubts after his terrific portrayal of a henchmen to Langda Tyagi in VB’s “Omkara”, this should cement his place as one of the great character actors of contemporary hindi cinema. He should choose his future roles carefully lest he becomes the next Paresh Rawal or even worse Boman Irani. Age however is on his side but he should use it as an advantage rather than an excuse for making mistakes. Well now that I am done with Deepak (as his own personal career guide), Ejaz Khan playing Jassi is another lovable role of the movie. Jimmy Shergill sucked. Someone remind him changing last names don’t help anymore.
Above all of it, stands the soundtrack of the movie, which according to me is the year’s best yet (I know its only the 2nd month but do You know how many movies have released so far ???) This one has it all; a soulful romantic melody by Mohit, a couple of excellent foot tappers and some amazing supporting and background score. And if that aint enough, Asha Bhonsle’s “Kajra Mohabbat Wala” from yesteryears has a complete sequence picturised on it and I think Kangna was marvelous in it There is something completely unassuming about this girl and She invariably hits the right notes in this one. But sometimes a very poorly written character.
Well overall ; its an extremely enjoyable watch, considering You do not walk in expecting the world from it.
Farah Khan the celebrated Bollywood choreographer returns for the 3rd time at the helms of affairs as a director after “Main Hoon Na” & “Om Shanti Om”. If there is one thing we have learnt from her earlier works is to expect plenty of senseless plot developments, action sequences without a purpose, beautifully choreographed dance numbers and the absence of any storyline. All in all some serious entertainment minus the all so serious perspective. The fact that her previous works were runaway hits in the box office, almost assures us, that her next would follow suit. If the promos were anything to go by, it all looked rather amplified, with a certain “Sheila Ki Jawani” ruling the Indian music charts in the last month or so. Katrina oozes sensuousness in the video. Check it out
Akshay Kumar replaces SRK as the main man in the enterprise after AK had assured the cash registers rang big time in Farah’s brother Sajid’s “Houseful” earlier in the year. Add the other Akshay of the industry (Khanna) with a ridiculous wig and a plot thinner than wafer. Than punctuate the narration with rampant digs on almost everything You can fathom from Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle, Anil Kapoor, Steven Spielberg, Sleepy Hollow, Aamir Khan, Manoj N Shyamalan to Manoj Bajpai and then to Manoj Kumar… As for events there is a hugely popular song which I have hinted about earlier, a couple of robbery scenes and in a style only Farah Khan can pull a few cameos from Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan & Chunky Pandey. Editing is the weakest aspect of the production and the song sequences the best.
The most intriguing part of the movie is the acting. It all looked like a lot of goofing around was captured in a camera and eventually put together as a movie. The irony is; that sums the better part of the story. A particular scene describes the 2+ hrs long narration of the movie beautifully. Akshay Khanna’s character after the director says “action” is at a loss as he has no idea what he is to supposed to do. The director enacted by Akshay Kumar chews his hands and pulls his hair in disgust and eventually comes up with something as incomprehensible as the movie itself.
Well that is “Tees Maar Khan” for You. Go and watch it for “Sheila Ki Jawani” because its on 35mm and sounds better than Your home theater. Let me know if You agree with Farah about mindless being a tough job
Obviously I am new here and FYI new to WordPress. Comments about what I can do to improve effective usage of WordPress’s services would be greatly appreciated. As You may have noticed I am not one from the rule books who would read through a preface step by step. & Yes my least visited section in a book store is definitely “self – help”. I do not agree to the fact that reading off pointers from a book written by someone else can be termed self help Irony it most certainly is. Anyways, like it or not; here I am (sincerely hope You’ll like it though).