I went away for a bit.
I got a job. This job makes money. This job will enable me to just cry over the moving parts of Lakshya, and not how much it costs to buy it.
Unfortunately this job also keeps me from watching many movies, and from reviewing the ones I do watch. Thanks to the friend who always sends me pirated movies, I’ve started My Name Is Khan, and I think I love it. I’m not sure yet. SRK’s character is rather intense! I know I’m being Captain Obvious here and everyone watched that movie in theaters months ago, but we do things kind of slowly in Iowa. :)
On Sunday we had our new neighbor over to watch Wake Up Sid— I’ve now seen it four times, more than any other Bollywood movie. It really grows on me, so since I started out loving it, I now adore it. Its lack of pretension is its most endearing trait– all it wants to be is beautiful, and it succeeds, while managing to be funny and sweet in the same swell foop.
Well enough chit-chat. I’ve figured out that I can’t find the time to do a movie review in one sitting. And it occurred to me that I don’t have to do it all at once. Duh.
The first thing that makes a movie appeal to me is the music. I’ll sit through anything if Sukhwinder Singh has a song in it. RNBDJ is definitely not something I was forced to sit through, but it does have a great Sukhwinder song!
Haule Haule comes fairly early in the movie, and it’s a chance for the audience to become more acquainted with the character of Suri. What a romantic! It establishes him as a very genuine, average man who is deeply in love with his new bride– before he begins his antics as his alter-ego, Raj.
I like that we see Suri dancing in front of the mirror… If someone were to walk in on him, I suspect the first thing they would say would be, “Who do you think you are? Shahrukh Khan?” I love the way SRK manages to play a super-exaggeration of his normal characters (Raj) and a very different guy who is even more romantic.
I’ve talked a little about Phir Milenge Chalte Chalte before. I heard a couple people say they didn’t like where it came in the movie, and I agree that it is a bit of an awkward placement. But it was time for a song, and it’s certainly a good one. The use of harmonica is fun.
In Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai, we see more Suri. It’s impressive to me how they convey that Suri wants Taani to be in love with him, not his Raj persona, but he sees Raj as the only way to her love. I don’t want to give anything away for those of you who haven’t seen the film, but this concept is touched on later in the sad version of this song (which you will need to watch in the movie).
Dance Pe Chance is easily my least favorite song from the film. I think it’s kind of repetitive and too modern… but you know, I still like it. SRK’s dancing is really ridiculously over the top, but no one is taking it seriously, so it’s enjoyable.
The final song, Dancing Jodi, is a recap of Dance Pe Chance. Taani realizes who her partner really is, and we see Suri finally coming into his own and asserting his true self. It’s the climax of the film, so I’m not posting a video. You need to watch that in context to truly enjoy it.
Thanks for your patience with how bad we’ve been about posting lately. :)