Jaan-e-Mann: Let’s Fall In Love Again, Part 1

Dora helps us review another film. Here she answers some questions. Next time we’ll get her plot summary!

Who is in this movie? Salman Khan, Preity Zinta (is Shahrukh in it? Who’s the other guy?) Ed note: Akshay Kumar

Why did you like this movie? Because it had Salman Khan and it was an interesting movie that I could enjoy, and sometimes they talked in English.

What are some things that happen in the movie? Salman getting divorced, Salman having to leave his wife for a few months,

Where is it set? It starts in India, and then they go to New York City.

What are the people in NYC like? They are friendly, but they talk like Australians.

Who is Salman in love with? He is in love with Preity Zinta.

Who is Preity Zinta in love with? Salman

Is she in love with Salman the whole time? Umm… I really don’t know that.

Who else is in love? Akshay Kumar.

Did you like Akshay’s character? Yes.

Why? It was funny and amusing. He talked like an Indian.

What did you like about Salman’s character? He was nice.

Did he do anything funny? It wasn’t really funny, but it was kind of funny in an awkward way… Salman was acting like he didn’t care if Akshay married Preity Zinta.

Is there a villain in the movie? There sort of is. Pia’s (Preity Zinta) brother. But we don’t want to spoil it.

Were there are any songs you really liked? The song with all the dwarfs jumping out of closets and riding in motorcycles and singing: That song.

Why do you think they used dwarfs in that song? Were there any other dwarfs in the movie? Salman’s uncle was a dwarf.

Who played his uncle? (It is at this point that Sarah and I regret that Dora knows all about Salman Khan but doesn’t know anything about Anupam Kher).

Were there any things that you thought were silly or that really surprised you? When Salman snuck into Preity’s apartment, he found out Pia had a baby. He loves it.

With THAT surprising twist, it’s time for the…

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Stupid Saturday – Dosti: Friends Forever

I almost feel bad making fun of Dosti. Actually, I do feel bad. For one, it was the first Bobby Deol film I had ever seen. For another, Juhi Chawla is so cute. And worst of all, it didn’t even have a strictly happy ending. And that just makes me sad for it. But then I found out it was a huge hit in UK, and now I don’t feel bad for it. It did not deserve that. Read the rest of this entry »

Stupid Saturday – Humko Deewana Kar Gaye

We’ve already got Song Sunday and Friday Favorites, so why not give all the days of the week catchy little titles? Okay, or not. But I think Stupid Saturday is a good idea. We spend the rest of the week reviewing movies we think you should watch. There ought to be a time for us to tell you about the movies you probably shouldn’t watch.

It’s no secret that there are a lot of really bad Bollywood films– the Hindi film industry is one of the largest in the world, so it would follow that along with awesome films, some not-so-awesome ones get made. And we have seen many of those not-so-awesome films.

These aren’t the same as films we don’t enjoy that much (Taxi 9211) or films that don’t live up to their potential (Chup Chup Ke). There’s room for tastes and various levels of quality. But Stupid Saturday films are just stupid. Why do we watch them, then? Availability. The dumber a movie is, the more likely it is it will be easily available, apparently. Nobody cares if you upload Dosti: Friends Forever to Youtube, because who was going to buy it anyway?

I thought we should start off with a truly bland and awful one– Humko Deewana Kar GayeHDKG was released in 2006, and stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. I have a high tolerance for Akki. I think his voice and laugh are really cute, and no one does naively sincere like him. But, man, he’s in some terrible movies. Read the rest of this entry »

Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

Will you marry me?

I’m not asking you. That’s just the name of the movie. “Mujhse shaadi karogi?” seems like a useful thing to know in case someone should propose to you in Hindi. (Well, it could happen) (Either answer “haan” or “nahin” depending on your inclination)

Mujhse Shaadi Karogi stars Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, and Priyanka Chopra (or Sallu, Akki, and Piggy Chops, if you prefer).

It involves a guy, Sameer, with anger issues (why on earth did they cast Salman? Although he claims in the making of video to not be much like his character), who promises his grandmother (awww) that he won’t ever lose his temper again, and then goes off to Goa. He has a rough start, but he falls in love with Rani (Priyanka) and everyone looks like it will work out. Enter Sunny (Akshay). Although it is clear to Sameer (and the audience) that Sunny is a jerk, he always manages to look good in front of Rani, while making Sameer look bad. “Wicked Sunny. Lock up all of your honey.” No, seriously, that’s his theme. Anyway, Sameer has to work really, really hard not to lose his temper and it looks like he will never get the girl and then (Spoiler alert! Ha ha) at the end of the movie (in the middle of a cricket match, no less) he does. Read the rest of this entry »