Mini review – Chup Chup Ke

A mini review is mini because it lacks that one thing I hate writing: a plot summary. That’s what Wikipedia is for!

Chup Chup Ke was released in 2006, produced by Ronnie Screwvala (poor guy) and directed by Priyadarshan. Priyadarshan is known for doing remakes (understatement of the year? He’s  made 64 films… 30 of which are remakes) and this is one of them, but I haven’t seen Punjabi House to be able to tell you if it’s better than this Bollywood update.

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Stupid Saturday – Dus

(Stupid Saturday was postponed until Monday.)

Time for Dus! Whoohoo!

Hehehe. I don’t even know where to begin on this one. Dus (Ten) has more redeeming qualities to it than Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (namely, Sanjay Dutt, Abhishek Bachchan, and Sunil Shetty. I’ll watch anything with Sunil in it) and yet it was probably a worse movie. That in itself is pretty impressive, however.

I can’t quite decide if Dus is so bad it’s good. It’s right on the edge. For me, it just made it into the ‘good’ category, but I suspect for most people it would just be BAD. Read the rest of this entry »

Song Sunday – Give Me Some Sunshine

*Sniff* This song always gets to me. It probably helps that the chorus is in English.

PS – Stupid Saturday has been postponed to Monday. I just couldn’t finish posting about Dus in one sitting, it’s that bad.

Friday Favorites – Swades

As you may have noticed, I’ve been kind of pathetic about posting lately. Swades deserves to be a Friday favorite; it’s one of my favorite movies, and I don’t mean out of just Hindi films. I’m going to sit down and stick through this review. Wish me luck.

Swades (Homeland): We the People was released in 2004. It was written, produced, and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker with music by A. R. Rahman, and lyrics by Javed Akhtar. Interestingly, there is a musical theme used in the film that Rahman worked into Slumdog Millionaire— if you’re familiar with Slumdog, keep an ear out for it.

If you want a summary, you can visit the Wikipedia page, but to give you a really basic idea– Mohan (Shahrukh) works for NASA, but goes back to India to find Kaveri Amma (Kishori Balal), the woman who raised him. He finds her living with Gita (Gayatri Joshi, in her first and only film), a young woman in a small village which he finds quite primitive. But he’s captivated by Gita, and is drawn in by the problems he sees in the village. He and Gita work to change them, and gradually the people of the town become quite impressed by him. He has to return to the US, and asks the two women to come with him. You’ll have to watch it to see what happens. :) Read the rest of this entry »

Kandhon Se Milte Hain Kandhe

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