Saturday, March 31, 2007

April Fool Banaya...

Oh I had big plans for this post - my trip to Mumbai, N's birthday, shopping for his gift(s), reviews of 'The Pursuit of Happyness', 'Eklavya' and 'The Namesake' and opinions on varied topics such as India'a performance in the World Cup, the OBC reservations in the IIMs...
April Fool!
Will post later in the week...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Two conferences, some shopping and a movie

Since the title of my post is self explanatory, I will not dwell too much on the conference beyond saying they were wonderful experiences and I had a ball in both. I will also not spend too much time gushing about my outfits for my cousin's wedding either - am quite sure am too fat to fit into them now!
But I will write about Water - the movie I saw last night. Since I didn't like Fire too much and had missed Earth despite being a big Aamir fan, I was very happy to be able to catch Water especially after all the Oscar hype. Surprisingly, we got tickets (believe me, getting tickets for an Oscar nominated movie at INOX in Garuda mall on Ugadi at 7pm is like prospecting for gold!) and settled down in decent seats (read not the first row!) The move is slow paced but it never drags and I think that is quite an accomplishment. Seema Biswas is wonderful and manages to hold your attention till the end. The little girl (Sarala I think?) is also adorable, well suited to her role with sparks of defiance combined with a lost-little-girl mien that steals your heart quite effortlessly. Lisa Ray didn't impress me much but I admit I'm prejudiced (have you seen Raaz??) while John Abharam has very nice dimples! The movie itself is well-made but I didn't feel touched at all (or perhaps that was the idea). Maybe activism via the reel is losing its charm?
I got up from my seat marginally disturbed and the only memory I carried home with me was of a sweet old lady who waits her entire life for a laddu denied to her by tradition.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Double Bill

After weeks of not watching a movie, I finally took advantage of a 3 day weekend to go see 2 back-to-back movies last Friday. The movies I zeroed in were Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. and Music and Lyrics. Eklavya is being saved for another day!

The fun part was that I went for these movies alone. And would you believe it - I was actually on time for a movie (for a change!). Which means I got to see all the trailers (waiting for The Last King of Scotland!!) and enjoy the popcorn without missing a meal. Plus I also got to see the whole Nike Cricket ad on the big screen (excellent ad by the way). And, I could concentrate on the movie and truly enjoy the whole outing. But it felt weird too when there were funny scenes and there wasn’t anyone laughing with me (no, titters from the audience don’t count). Still, it was an experience and the two movies made it worth while.

Honeymoon Travels is actually quite a decent movie. It handles the six-couples-in-one-movies syndrome rather well and deserve applause for doing it much better than the over-hyped Salaame-e-Ishq. The first half was full of hilarious scenes and dry wit. Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani were splendid and their chemistry was worth watching. The girls in the movie out-performed the guys with Sandhya Mridul, Ameesha Patel, Minissha Lamba and Raima Sen pitching in while all the men (with the exceptional Kay Kay Menon being well, the exception) were disappointing.

Music and Lyrics was surprisingly good! I have never been a fan of Hugh Grant – I find his floppy hair and weak chin quite forgettable and Drew Barrymore lisps too much. But this movie is very cute and funny and the music and songs are definitely hummable. The climax is fun without ay of the usual ‘running-after-the-woman/man-you-love-before-they-leave’ and never lets the lump in your throat overwhelm. But the real star of the movie is the songs and the music videos – the movie is also quite a smart satire on the music industry/factory of today. Must-see – either in the hall or on VCD!