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November 11, 2010

Movies that I love to hate - 1


There are always certain movies which become super hit, do tremendously well at box office and collect a few awards as well...but you never tend to figure out what the fuss was all about this movie? This is the first list containing some of the super hit movies which i hated first time while watching and continue to do so...

1) Raja Hindustani (1996)

First thing first, it was such a shameless uncredited copy of a sweet heart-felt innocent 1965 flick - Jab Jab Phool Khile starring Shashi Kapoor and Nanda. Leave that apart, i never understood what was so special about the storyline - a rich girl falls for a poor taxi driver and her family opposes it in various capacities...to predictably all hunky dory in the end. Is there any other more predictable storyline you have ever heard in Bollywood, it was like watching a movie some 20 years too late. Moreover, the characters came out to be so superficial - take the evil stepped mom in Archana puran singh, the helpless dad in Suresh Oberoi, the wicked brother in law and so on. On top of that, everyone in the movie just keep shouting at the top of their lungs. They shout in emotional scenes, they shout in comedy scenes, they shout in romantic scenes...I was like, dude what the hell is happening...i need cotton plugs!! yes, the music was outstanding, the performances were credible...but for me it has always remain a movie which got more than it actually deserved.

2) Gadar - Ek prem katha (2001)

I had the chance of watching the trailer of Yamla pagla deewana recently and i must say, the one liner right at the end in it is an absolute killer. Its been more than 9 years since this movie released, but i constantly crib and criticized that poorly written scene where Sunny Deol bashes the whole pakistan army with a hand pump and then somehow manges to run through the whole Lahore in a burnt truck...and wait not alone, with his wife, son and friend. I mean, come on....there must be some limit to creative liberties you can take in cinema before it start reaching such preposterous levels. The movie was such an inexcusable excuse of patriotic jingoism thrown at the viewers, you just laugh off at the intentions to manipulate your emotions. However good the music is, it is no fun when the lovers break into a song every now and then, specially that inopportune song - hum juda ho gaye, which comes immediately after Amrish Puri forces the couple to stay in Pakistan. The climax is too long and by the time lovers meet, you want to kill them. What remains etched in your memory are some confrontation scenes of Sunny Deol and efficiently executed partition scenes in the beginning of the movie. Otherwise, it was such a waste of time.

3) Don...the chase begins (2006)

Firstly, i am not a great believer of remaking classics...they should be left just like that. However, once you have decided to remake Don...do anything, but please don't make a Con of the audience. Leave apart the logical loopholes which Farhan Akthar tried to induce in his "own interpretation" of the script, the basic distinction between the two SRK's character was missing sorely. The most untranslatable character on screen for me was of Arjun Rampal who was once shown as an engineer breaking codes and then later, like a pro breaking into villain's den passing through the KL's famous sky- scrapper's which to me at least is not funny nor heroic to say the least. Here are some more - a) SRK, the Don, arrives in India for a major drug deal, but why isn't he arrested by Boman Irani and his team of cops when he must've presumably boarded an aircraft from KL? b) Boman Irani is a junior police office in the movie, but then what the hell is Om Puri (more senior to him) doing in this film? c) where in the end Arjun and his son vanish? where they actually go? It seemed the director just forgot his characters by the time he came to copy from the original script. I can go on, but i am sure you got the drift why i hated the movie.

4) Housefull (2010)

I still remember those 2 hours of 20 May, 2010...7:15 to 9:15pm, where under the pressure of numerous exams and assignments of MBA; i decided to de stress, have some fun and consequently, decided to watch this movie. You know, i have never been a great fan of these 'leave your brains behind" kind of comedies but still if it makes me smile and forget my other daily worries, i can forgive them. But what the hell was this man... i still want those 2 hours of my life back, like seriously. I wish i can sue and ask for damages of wasting the precious 2 hours which i spent on this movie right in the middle of exams. We have become such an entertainment starved movie goers that such crap gets a bumper opening and do well for at least one whole week. On top of that, we have the asshole directors like Sajid Khan who keep showing off in the interviews as if he has made the most enjoyable movie ever. Random events, lies, misunderstandings keeps on happening through out the movie..and when they run out of ideas, they stand in line and slap each other. The climax scene of using laughing gas on all actors thereby trying to create humour actually brought tears of embarrassment into my eyes. And let's not even go into plagiarized scenes from Hangover (that tiger scene), Mr. Bean TV series (that vacuum cleaner scene), Meet the parents (Arjun's character of an officer) and Night at the museum (the night scene between all the leads). We make such movies hit, and then we complain...there are not many good movies in the cinema halls...What irony!!

PS: You have seen any movies that made you cringe in embarrassment, squirm in your seats, you kept looking at your watch and you thought this is one of the worse movies you have ever seen...but Voila, it becomes a super duper hit...Share them around...Otherwise enjoy movie watching, cheers!

November 2, 2010

Is Love still always new?


Is love new when she send 'energy packs' ONLY to you while playing mafia wars on Facebook? Is love new when you always delete her scraps on orkut so that no one can see your beautiful conversations?
Is love new when you start going invisible on Gtalk just to give full attention while talking to her? Is love new when you start putting mushy songs as your tweets? Is love new when you don't post a write up on blog till he/she reads it offline? Is love new when you wake up in the night with dead eyes so that she can see you just like that on Skype?

Is love new when you lounge to get a SMS on your mobile so that it just turns into a Special Moment Shared with her? Is love new when you start liking the ultra irritating Dolly Bindra in Big Boss only because she is mad enough to see it every time it comes on TV?
Is love new when you start putting his/her pic as the wallpaper on your desktop than your favourite movie star? Is love new when you walk in the mall carrying shopping bags on Diwali because that's her definition of spending 'quality time' together? Is love new like a blushing rose and a sweet wine or is it when you have to pay for both? Is love new when even holding of hands gives you the orgasmic feeling or is it when even the tickling of waistline becomes the most dullard act?

Is love new when you decide to learn kite flying so that you can teach her the same on upcoming Basant Panchmi? Is love new when you decide to learn pasta from the cookery book just to impress him with the culinary skills? Is love new when you decide to cut down on your coffee and still lie just because you love getting scolded by her? Is love new when in the night you feel her soft hands ruffling your hairs to just say a good night? Is love new when you start getting more anxious thinking the time when she will be experiencing PMS?
Is love new when she fasts for the success in the job interview you so desperately want to clear?

PS: Leave the post apart for a moment, after penning down an identical write-up last time...I started writing a book in an effort to understand love and women better. I can very well assure you, it has left me even more confused than ever before... My mistake entirely as I chose the wrong topic to write in the first place. Nevertheless, it did made me fascinated with this particular phrase so much, that it was very well expected when it will come to put a title to the book....it will exactly be this - Love is always new..... what you think of it?