January 18, 2004
OH no !! The Biker Mania progam did not air at the scheduled time... And here i was sitting gawking at the TV... anyways forget it am sorry to have given all my friends the wrong info. It seems that it will be aired on the 19th that is tonite... now I have promised myself not to get to excited.. and all and just keep quiet. *********************************************************** CHAMELI - Not too bad to digest... Watched Chameli this weekend on the VCD. My safe bet on hindi movies are VCDs. That way I can do away with the lengthy parts and songs. I was not expecting much but I must say I was surprised. And if i like it halfway, i quitand watch it in the theatre.. LOL :) Directed by Sudhir Mishra of Is Raat ki Subah Nahin and Calcutta Mail fame, produced by Pritish Nandy Commnications, music by Sandesh Shandilya, lyrics by Javed Akhtar, this movie was the concept of the late writer-director Anant Balani or Jogger's Park fame among many films. This movie could be deemed as an offbeat movie with lots of commercial touches here and there thus bringing in a good fusion between the two. The story revolves mainly around two protagonists a prostitute (Kareena Kapoor) and an financal consultant ( Rahul Bose) two people from totally two different lifestyles who are thrown in together by the forces of nature to take refuge at a dingy looking building. Aman Kapoor the financial consultant gets caught in a storm and because his car breaks down he takes shelter at this place called Flora fountain a place well known for picking up gals and Chameli happens to be there too in this rainy night looking for business from customers. At the outset Chameli hits on Aman thinking that he would be her customer but Aman refuses and then nonchantly Chameli backs down. Slowly the friendship develops and Aman also comes to respect or lets say accept the business that she is doing to survive... As the night progresses, multiple events take place which seems totally out of Aman's control and yet he sees Chameli in a new light, a person trying to survive in the world's most despised trade... The interaction is brought to a level of trust and friendship when an event which somehow involves Aman along with Chameli. Chameli is shown to be a cynical personality since the life is a full circle for her. But Aman is not able to digest the injustice or the feeling of helplessness and somehow through his contacts is able to help Chameli repay a debt monetarily thus easing his own private guilt too. Here the story relates to the personal vendetta of Aman with his own consciousness and how he refuses to deal with it and then how Chameli astounds him by her acceptance of her risk- filled life. The story also displays an unusal romatic relationship of a nineteen year old boy with an ennuch. Indian cinema is getting bolder by the day and well I guess its a good thing that people are at least displaying it to certain extent instead of stuffing it in the proverbial pandora's box where all the taboo subjects of the indian society rests. The ending is what you might want to construe. I would like to think that a beginning of a new friendship and understanding of souls occur and whether that leads to love and romance is for the idealistic to think but its not real. Though the movie has tried to portray the story as a love story between the two roles, I would rather see it as an awareness to the less initiated as to how the less fortunate live their lives and how one grasps the reality and at the end of it all everyone survives... no matter what. I lost out on the love angle and though it was portrayed for a very short time on the screen what was more stressed on was the empathy and understanding of one another's weaknesses. Rahul Bose with his subtle act has complemented the performance of Kareena Kapoor and has managed to give it the right measure of balance between the two extremely opposite roles, one so dark and thoughtful and one so cynical, brash yet optimistic and very colourful. I did not know what to expect from this movie and was just curious to see how this movie worked out but was pleasantly surprised. I for one liked the way the concept was handled and the movie is thoroughly held together only by the performances of the Kareena and Rahul. Dialogues are good and may take you by surprise ... the best part of the movie is its unpredictability... and I like that in a hindi movie... that captures the interest of the audience... Music is nothing great except for the one "bhage re mera man" where Kareena dances and gyrates wildy in the rain. Direction is good. Cinematography is good since the mood of the story is well conveyed and one tends to get inside the story after a while. I would recommend this movie if you want to go for a serious kind of movie. And of course if you like Rahul Bose and Kareena Kapoor you might also enjoy the movie. ************************************************* And I watched Paisa Wasool too half of it that is .... got totally bored by the first half and this movie like tickling yourself and laughing... its a pathetic attempt in the name of comedy... A waste of time and money I would say... please avoid it and I would rather watch Hungama.... given a choice between these two...
Posted by Pallavi at 1/18/2004 10:41:00 PM