Wednesday, August 19, 2009

TGIF....First Day...Last Show....

Absolutely loved Kaminey....

FFFFFF....Flavour of the S[F]eas[f]on: [F]hahid Kapoor haf worked really hard for the role of Charlie ...the twin who lifpf (mein F ko F boltha hoon one) and the dialoguef that come out are abfolutely funny... a possible cause of irritation for not liking the film for some people....so we know, one reason! ...beefed up the Aamir-, Sharukh- Khan way for Charlie, you know 'I change my appearance according to the requirements of the role' kind of an actor like Kangana Ranaut and the size zero sensation, one Miss Bebo Kapoor.

...him running along with those white stallions with blinkers on (in the movie, the trailer has him without them) is an awesome shot/idea... well conceived and executed....Vishal Bharadwaj at his best

.... the 4-5 languages spoken could also add to the discomfort of an average viewer...some kaminas only speak in Bengali, some in English, two in an African dialect and there are Marathi words sprinkled here and there.... to add to this confusion we have the s/f replacement to deal with....so take a speaker of each language around for a live translation

We get hit by googlies from the word go ...there isn't a warm up or a trainer to introduce us to Charlie's way of speaking, neither are there subtitles which indicate the time or place nor is there a space for us to become comfortable to the whole new world the film showcases. It is a roller coaster ride and we hang on tight blindly following the director... you'll enjoy it...

Warning: the movie hall should have a good sound system...otherwise Dhantatanana would fall flat on its face

....2. practice the s/f language before hitting the theatres! Once the few initial hiccups are over and done with we learn the 'F' language and may continue to converse in it for a day or two until the Kaminey hangover is over.

....3. the pace is excellent and the colours are just right for the theme. The flash back in black and white (not a novel one)... the thing is we hardly realise the change in colours because the magic realism is so well done... the editor has done his job well.

The best thing about Kaminey was it took me by surprise... we all go with a baggage, a certain expectation of a storyline gathered from the promos.... but the film was a revelation. The story is about a pair of identical twins ( the similarity and familiarity stops there) with different speech defects in the backdrop of the Mumbai Underworld....

...About a day in the life of these twins, the people surrounding them and their tryst with a guitar.....

...I loved the way a whole day was stretched to make a whole movie (like A Wednesday) and how days and months together got encapsulated into a beautiful song of say 3-4 minutes...

What we see in the film is what we don't expect.... The film begins and ends with a song (like most of the films that get realised these days), however, the songs are very much a part of the storyline and ensures a continuation. Simply not put there for some entertainment. The last song fills in the gaps of the storyline.

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Nostalgic Creeps n Peeps (NCP): We used to speak in a S and P language back in school to the point that it would irritate a parent or a teacher who was not used to it. In hindsight, our determination or whatever it was, was awesome to consistently speak in that form of English deliberately replacing the all the initial letters for S or P until we got bored of speaking such a tongue.

5 comments:

  1. Agree big time. Bahrdwaj really knows his stuff. This movie was such a relief factor for the crumbling world of wannabe cool bollywood shit.

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  2. I totally need to watch this movie now! Been reading soo much about it.

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  3. @R: With you totally ....:)

    @Miss M: worth a watch or two maybe...

    Good Morning and have a nice day to the both of you

    cya
    Ash

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  4. nice review..and I completely agree with it..though was saddenend by the cliched bollywood ending !!

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  5. @Rahul: Somethings remain Bollywoody inspite of the many changes...

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