Showing posts with label Kareena Kapoor. Show all posts
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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Talaash (2012) - Movie Analysis

*** This is not a movie review but an analysis with spoilers on the plot and the other nuances of movie experience. If you haven't watched the movie and intend to do so, please skip reading this. ***

There are two kinds of movies that the connoisseurs relish. The ones that awe you with a brilliant story and the others that delight you with great story telling. Talaash (2012), directed by Reema Kagti and starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji, Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead is really an average story told convincingly well.

Talaash not only revives the genre of movies comprising of Bluffmaster, Superstar, Karthik calling Karthik and Dhobi Ghat but also succeeds in raising the bar a notch higher.

Plot Analysis: In an age of Bollywood where the norm is to outsource the script, lyrics and dialogue writing to the perverted retards, Talaash is a serious deviation. The credits for writing include critically acclaimed biggies such as Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap. This wise investment has thankfully paid off and compensates for the obvious loopholes the story.

The plot isn't anything new and frankly speaking, is something that can  neatly fit into 2 episodes of a TV serial. To be even more candid, every TV serial that touches upon supernatural has told us this story at least a dozen times each.

However, the real revelation of Talaash is the beauty with which the plot unravels; the plot grows wide while as the characters gain depth simultaneously.
Characters and characterization: The key characters in the movie are deglamorized (except for necessary bling on the call girls) lending a realistic look and feel to the story. Surjan Singh Sekhawat's character strikes a fine balance between guilt, curiosity and righteousness that drive his actions as well as the plot. Aamir Khan looks tough and cries convincingly; doing justice to the role of an upright cop and a guilt ridden father.

Shekhawat's wife and the psychic neighbor have comparatively little screen time but lend valuable perspective.

The tricky and challenging aspect of the plot and its characterization was undoubtedly that of the beautiful ghost - Simran/Rosy. This one aspect had to be perfect for the rest of the movie to be convincing. 
The writers have succeeded in keeping the obvious from being glaringly-obvious. Kareena Kapoor slides effortlessly into the role of a call girl; the pretty face concealing the obvious and her seductive eyes concealing the real meaning of the dialogues.

The movie starts with a certain seriousness, sustains it all along and concludes equally well. No clown characters retrofitted in the name of comedy, no item numbers or even hero-heroine escapades to Switzerland for a dance. That for a Bollywood movie intended at mass-audience is quite commendable.

Even though the context of the plot is deep rooted into prostitution, extortion and murder, the movie doesn't really get into either skin-show or violence. The subject is handled maturely and characters don't even get preachy on any of these topics.

Kareena Kapoor has done a good job with the key dialogues that needed to be delivered while attracting least attention or focus. Thinking of which, her seductive eyes taking away the while

Unlike, Om Shanti Om (that sits pretty high on my personal list of hate-movies) the climax is far more subtle and convincing. The plot sets enough groundwork (the psychic, dead son and a believing wife) before summoning the supernatural to solve the puzzle.

A spooky thought: In a certain scene, the psychic lady asserts that spirits at unrest choose to reveal themselves to people who are sad, depressed and in pain. The spirits confuse such people to be one of their own kind.

That is spooky interesting enough to mull over.

My rating: 7/10

Engaging watch and good story telling of a tale you've heard at least a dozen times before.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Rowdy Rathore (2012) - Movie Review

Watching Rowdy Rathore is like seeing an IPL cricket match in the stadium. It's loud, devoid of sense and proud to be so.

The party starts from the very first scene/over followed by mindless fighting/bashing for the next 2.5 hours with intervention from skimpy clad cheerleaders every 15 mins. And the audience love this madness regardless of what happens in the end.
But the point is, both of them sell and how?

Rowdy Rathore (2012), produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and directed by Prabhudeva is one for the masses; tailor made for the front benchers and those within 15 rows behind them.

And why wouldn't they love it? Akshay Kumar oozes with charm and confidence in a double role, both of which sit right in the middle of his comfort-zone. He is very convincing in both action and comedy scenes and pulls off the entire movie almost by himself. The movie works because for once, Akshay hasn't overdone himself (as in his previous 8-10 outings). Cast as Shiva and Vikram Rathore, he reprises a charm that I think he lost after playing Sunny in Mujhse Shaadi Karoge.

He is supported well by Paresh Ganatra (cast as 2G), his sidekick. Between the two, they share plenty of healthy humor that isn't cheap without getting cheap making the first half very entertaining. Also, watch out for cameos from Kareena Kapoor, Vijay and Prabhudeva himself.

The plot, which is clearly 15 songs too much and 15 yrs too old is the movie's real set back. With so many holes, the script can give a serious complex to a standard fishing net. The story is cliched; even in the non-hole areas. 
Half the story unfolds in Mumbai and the other half in a Patna version of Sholay's Ramgarh (called Devgarh in Rowdy). An honest police officer comes to a village run by the local goon; goes through the usual stuff. He is separated from his super-cute little daughter; who in Mumbai finds a baap-ka-hamshakal. Akshay is in double role and you can predict the rest. Oh yea, somewhere in between all this mess is Sonakshi Sinha (as Paro), with the only task of showing off her kamar at every opportunity.

The style of film making has Prabhudeva stamped all over it. The costumes of Akshay Kumar remind us of Govinda era to say the least. Even the Pritam Pyaare item girls religiously perform the signature prabhudeva steps. There is enough and more of gory in the movie - throats slit, reads rolled, talwaar-stabbing,

All in all, the movie is loud, stupid, full of gore and celebrates it. Enjoyable, only for the Akshay-Rowdy-Kumar who can act, fight and makes us laugh; all in the same movie. Add to this the Dont-Angry-Me attitude, he delivers a performance that is a tad better than Salman-Dabangg-Khan.

Watch this movie if you want to experience that guilty pleasure of having indulged in something below your standards. Nothing more.

My Rating: 6/10

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