Happy Belated Birthday Wishes to Sonu, Bobby, Anupam, and Rani!

I realized last week that since we began this blog, we have managed to overlook the birthdays of Sonu Nigam (February 15), Bobby Deol (February 27), Anupam Kher (March 7), and Rani Mukherjee (March 21). And some other very famous Indian celebrities whom I don’t feel qualified to talk about since I haven’t seen any of their work. I’ll get to you next year, Shashi Kapoor and Jeetendra. You’ve survived my ignorance of you thus far.

I thought at first that I would try to find a video featuring Sonu, Anupam, Rani, and Bobby, but then I thought, while that probably exists (this IS Bollywood), it would be impossible to actually track that down. If you can think of one, let me know.

So, first! Bobby and Rani in Yaar Mere Yaara Mere (if you find Rani’s peach track suit thing to be too much, there’s a costume change at 1:50) from Badal. The playback singer here is Udit. And boy is this wacky. Wow. Gotta love the clothes, especially Rani’s ultra-hip Skechers and Bobby’s multiple orange jackets. And the little costume/location recap at the end! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did:

And here’s Anupam telling a story. Unfortunately the punchline is mostly in Hindi (anyone got any idea what he says?) but it’s still pretty charming:

Now,  Sonu… How could anyone pick a favorite Sonu song? Well, I certainly can’t. So, here are two favorites! And yeah, that’s him! He may usually be a playback singer, but he’s not so bad looking.

The ages of the Birthday People are 55, 36, 43, and 32. You can try to guess who is what age.

Vivah

For Kristen, who asked.

Vivah (English: Marriage) is a thoroughly delightful, almost totally plotless romantic film. The story follows Prem (Shahid Kapoor) and Poonam (Amrita Rao) from their arranged engagement to their wedding. And that’s just about it, although there’s a slight problem at the end that they have to learn to overcome. I say slight because although it is obviously significant to their lives, it isn’t that significant to the movie; it’s just a confirmation that their love and the arranged marriage will last.

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

Friday Favorites – Wake Up Sid

Well, I promised I would review Wake Up Sid this week, and as it definitely doesn’t fit Stupid Saturday, it’s this week’s Friday Favorite. Although, I am loathe to post about it because in the movie Sid and Aisha are both hired for the jobs they want the very first time they apply, and I just got turned down again today. Ugh! It’s just a movie, it’s just a movie, it’s just a movie. Things work out unrealistically in movies. Things work out especially unrealistically in Bollywood movies.

Excuse me.  :)

Moving past my personal whinings about how hard my poor little life is, Wake Up Sid most definitely fits in Friday Favorites. It would be really hard not to like this movie, and I just loved it. I watched it on a whim– it was on Watch Instantly on Netflix, and I’d been kind of curious to see something with Ranbir Kapoor, so I turned it on, and was quite impressed by what a cool movie it is. Read the rest of this entry »

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (English: Something Happens)… it’s hard to know where to start. It was one of the first Bollywood films I saw, and it was therefore full of significant “first” moments:

But when watching a movie for the first time, it’s hard to take in all of these things, and they were really insignificant to me, because all I could think about was how much I was enjoying it. I had no idea of who Shahrukh Khan is, but I paused the movie after the first ten minutes so that I could go tell Sarah how sweet I was finding his performance.
When Kajol appeared, I knew I had found my favorite Bollywood on-screen couple. Wow.  People have talked about SRK and Kajol’s chemistry, but they themselves have described it as just being very comfortable together, and I think that makes the most sense to me. Their characters of Rahul and Anjali seem extremely natural to me; even in their corniness. It’s impossible not to get a kick out of their scenes together, especially when they fight.

Rani’s character seemed a little bland to me, but I warmed up to her by the end. Little Anjali (Sana Saeed) alternates between being adorable and slightly obnoxious, but if she begins to wear on you, don’t worry; she gets less screen time in the second half of the movie.
Johnny Lever… is Johnny Lever. It’s just one of those things you have to get used to when you’re new to Hindi films (and keep an ear out for his line poking fun at Hindi films!). Salman is quite endearing in his “extended cameo”. Anupam is a bit unremarkable, but Farida was amusing.
The plot is pure Bollywood. Don’t expect it to be believable– and have patience for the (lack of) action– and you’ll have a good time.

There’s one very memorable song, “Yeh Ladka Hai Deewana“, with a cute story attached. To be honest, the words I would use to describe this song are ‘fun’ and ‘exciting’, which probably only goes to show how pathetic I am… but give it a shot. The other that sticks out is “Saajanji Ghar Aaye“. “Koi Mil Gaya” is alright, but it wasn’t my favorite… I’m not overly fond of the 90s.

Oh, and Parzun Dastur as Silent Sardarji, a little Sikh boy, was utterly too cute. Hmm. That sums up KKHH. Too cute. If cute isn’t your thing, this probably isn’t your movie. But if you like cute (and a little cheese) it’s a delightful way to spend an evening or a long afternoon.

And check out this Pepsi ad released after the movie:

Recognize the guy in the plaid shirt?