Rajasthani Cowboys!

And here I thought that Cowboys didn’t belong in India! 😆

Regional Movie Updates

Some quick updates on regional movies I recently watched.

Yennai Arindhaal (Tamil)

Watched this movie of Ajith (one of my favorite actors in Tamil Cinema) when I went to my home town. Went for a night show with my siblings. Overall it was a good movie but it was a little slow. Ajith has aged 😦 and Trisha looks very beautiful. But the one that steals the show is Arun Vijay. He has done a pretty good job as the villain. Good job. I like Gautam Menon (the director)’s depiction of love and romance. It is always a little different. In this too, he shows the love between a single mother and a cop , which is not very common in Tamil movies. But Anushka wasn’t that impressive and I wonder why the first song was in at all. The movie goes back and forth in time a little bit and that is a little confusing but then that is Gautam’s usual style too. Songs werent that impressive. Forgot them as soon as we left the theater. If only they had did some editing and made it a little faster, it would have been awesome.

Roy (Hindi)

Saw this over this weekend with a friend. The concept of the movie was good but it was too bloody slow. I almost fell asleep in some parts. It is about the parallel’s of a director and screen writer’s life and that of his character Roy’s. How their lives are entwined and how one woman plays a very important part in both of their characters is what the story is about. I really liked it to be honest. But it could have been a lot more fast paced. Arjun Rampal and Ranbir Kapoor, two good looking men and the trailer, that is what exactly got both of us ladies  to the theaters. Jacqueline looks part Priyanka and part Sunny Leone. Acting wise there isn’t much to say, but I would definitely give credit for the screenplay and the story line. And it is sad that on a Valentine’s day this movie was only half filled, especially with such a star cast.

P.K (movie)

I wasn’t sure if I would like P.K (Bollywood movie) based on the reviews and stuff and didn’t want a heavy discussion cum drama based on religious beliefs for a weekend entertainment. But I am glad I gave into my curiosity and went and watched this movie. Before proceeding ahead, “Spoiler Alert. 

OK, that taken care of, let me get into the details. So, here comes an alien in the form of Aamir Khan, who is ‘researching’ the planet Earth to go and update the people in his planet. The first human being he encounters steals his remote control to call back his spaceship and runs away in a train, in the middle of nowhere in Rajasthan, leaving his music player (the old version with the cassette tapes) in Aamir’s hands. Aamir learns that he needs to wear clothes (which he takes from ‘dancing cars’) and uses the paper with Gandhi’s photo which is in a specific format only (called as Rupees) to buy him stuff and sort of survives, until he uses his power to learn the local language from a woman (Bhojpuri). Then he asks the person who helps him (Sanjay Dutt, in a cameo) to help him find his stolen item, without giving any details. But since the stolen person left for Delhi in that train, he decides to go to Delhi, only to hear from everyone, that only God can help him and it is near to impossible to find a stolen item from another state to find it in Delhi. So then he goes in search of God, who is sort of a mystery to him because he doesn’t know who God is. Some ask him to go to the Temple, some to the Church, some to Mosque, some ask him to fast on a Monday, some on Friday, some before sunset, some after sunset. He is totally confused and starts questioning people left right and center. He doesn’t understand how a white dress which is a symbol of widowhood for one person is the color of the wedding dress for another and the black color being the color of death for one, is the normal dress code for another. He prays to each and every God in each and every way he can asking him to help him find his remote so that he can go home. But all he is left with is more questions and no answers and no help. And when finally he sees his remote, it is with a Godman who claims it to be his and that it was given to him by his God.

Here enters the news reporter Jaggu, played by very beautiful Anushka( love her hairstyle ) who is linked to this Godman (shown through the first 30 minutes of the movie) and how she helps P.K (the alien , as he is called by everyone, because they all think he is drunk) to get his remote back (after listening to his story and finally accepting that he is indeed an alien and not a mental asylum patient. How they go about achieving it by questioning the Godman , the people’s beliefs on their religion etc forms the rest of the story.

The movie questions a lot of our beliefs, but it doesn’t favor atheism, but merely questions why people believe different kinds of God, why people rely on Godmen, do you really believe in God or what others project to you about God, etc etc. No wonder there are lot of negative publicity going on. Religious sentiments based movies are a tricky subject especially in such a secular country. But I think, people should take it in a positive stride. If this movie was done by any other actor and any other director with even a small change it would have sunk. But this one was hilarious at least for most of the part. The second part became a little sentimental and emotional with the love angle between the alien and the reporter and stuff like that. But then it does what it intended to do. It does make you think. And the rest is left to your belief. They don’t preach. They don’t rationalize, even though it does happen at the final encounter but not to a big dramatic extent. It was like a kid asking you questions about your faith, about your belief which sometimes make you think twice. It was just that. Not that it was a great one. Had flaws enough. But, I really liked it.

Bollywood Classics with a Twist

Do you like remixes of old classics ? I do, as long as it is done well and with a little bit of jazz and beat to it without spoiling the essence of it. I grew up listening to lot of old Hindi and Tamil songs. Imagine my surprise when I found out this album by Mikey McCleary called ‘The Bartender – Classic Bollywood with a Twist‘. I gave it a try and to my surprise found the whole album fun to listen to. Hope you enjoy listening to them too.

My favorites of the lot:

Happy Friday !!!

Jiya Jale Ensemble

I might be a little late in sharing this, but then better late than never 🙂 There is a very popular song ‘Jiya Jale‘ by A.R Rahman in the movie Dil Se movie. This has a mix of Hindi and Malayalam in it. The Berkeley College of Music has released an ensemble of this song and its so beautiful to hear. I just loved it. So pleasant.