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Hulchul

Following Salaam-e-Ishq, I was watching Hindi movies in all my spare time. I usually picked out an actor I liked or wanted to know more about and read through the list of their movies on Wikipedia until I found one I wanted to watch. This explains the disturbing number of
Akshaye Khanna movies I’ve watched. But more on that another time.
Hulchul is up on YouTube apparently (?) legally. Hulchul translates roughly (I think, don’t quote me on this) to “uproar,” which is an appropriate title, this one’s pretty insane. It’s a Priyadarshan film, which, as I understand it, explains a lot. Frankly, I don’t care much if a film is a remake or not, and am not much surprised if someone got ripped off in the process. Although I’m sure I’d have to disapprove. Nonetheless, entertainment is entertainment.

The film features two rival families, one headed by Angarchand (Amrish Puri, who you may recognize from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, although I have yet to meet anyone who has actually watched it; I just noticed, he’s also in Ghandi, although I haven’t seen it yet) with sons played by Jackie Shroff, Paresh Rawal, Arbaaz Khan, and Akshaye Khanna. They probably couldn’t have gotten four men who looked less like brothers if they tried. But I digress. The other family is headed by Laxmi Devi (Laxmi) and her sons, and from Wikipedia and IMDB I couldn’t figure out which character was which, so suffice it say that the youngest and most attractive of them is Suniel Shetty. Oh, and Kareena Kapoor is her grandaughter.

Anyway, the two families hate each other, Angarchand has forbidden his sons to get married, and Jai (Akshaye) and Anjali (Kareena) decide to make each other fall in love in order to ruin the other’s life and (surprise, surprise!) fall in love. Predictable, yes, but Romeo and Juliet story-lines never go out of style.

There’s lots of very funny moments, many of them aided by the marvelous Arshad Warsi, who is the best side-kick actor ever. I love this guy. This is also certainly a better opportunity to see him and Akshaye together than Shortkut: The Con is On. I’ll get to that one eventually, but no hurry there.

Anyway, there’s lots of slapstick, lots of misunderstanding and melodrama and insanity.

The movie will never be on a list of the greatest movies of all time, or anything of the sort but if you like your dishoom-dishoom (sound-effect in old Bollywood movies when someone gets punched) masala (and if you enjoy saying “dishoom-dishoom” and “masala” as much as I do), then this movie is for you. Speaking of punching, there’s a lot of it. Suniel does a lot of it, though, so that’s okay with us. (Suniel is the best actor for the protective uncle/older brother roles ever; I don’t know why, it’s just the way it is)

The songs and dances aren’t great, but they do involve people dancing in front of mountains, and I think you get Bolly-points for that. I enjoyed Ishq Mein Pyar Mein, which was upbeat and catchy. Both Ishq Mein and Rafta Rafta have five costume changes. Yes we counted. Actually, Rafta Rafta is fun, too, in a gimmicky way. Go ahead and watched if you’re inclined to laugh at Akshaye and Kareena pretending to like each other, except when the other’s back is turned. Hum Dil Ke is pretty, but involves only one costume change so no Bolly-points for that. Dekho Zara Dekho is another upbeat one, and the music video is, I assume, slightly influenced by Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Or something. The concept is an old one. (Someone should keep up with references and possible references to Jacko in Bollywood; I think the list would be a long one) With singers such as Shaan (on Ishq Mein and Hum Dil Ke), Udit Narayan (Rafta Rafta, Dekho Zara Dekho) and Alka Yagnik (Ishq Mein) it would be hard for it to be bad, but it’s not their best work either.

Lesson learned: If you believe what you see in the movies it would seem that orange cargo pants are quite popular in India. I saw them first when Shahrukh was sporting them in Kal Ho Naa Ho, but both Akshaye and Kareena wear a pair at different times in this movie.

Oh, and get used to Paresh Rawal. He pops up in movies almost as frequently as Johnny Lever.

Mahi Ve

Hannah writes:

If you’ve read the About Us page, you’re pretty much up to speed– but here’s a little more detail on the blog:

On average, we’ll post two movie reviews a week. They’re not all going to be really detailed, but they will hopefully help you in determining whether a movie is worth watching, beyond my criteria of “Does it have Shahrukh Khan? Yes? I’m game,”.

We’ll also share links and videos (lots of videos) we think you’ll enjoy. These will be more frequent than the movie reviews, because it’s a lot easier to embed a video than to try to explain why John Abraham really is a good actor…

Then, whenever we jolly well feel like it, there will be short posts about confusing Bollywood/Indian/Hindi things we’ve figured out. Like who Sallu, Piggy Chops, and Bebo are. And why Sikhs wear turbans.

And whatever else we feel like posting, of course.

So, for today, here’s a very favorite song/video; Mahi Ve:

It’s from the movie Kal Ho Naa Ho (KHNH), and features Shah Rukh Khan (0:03), Saif Ali Khan (0:16), Preity Zinta (0:16), and Jaya Bachchan (3:39). Making guest appearances in this song are Rani Mukerji (3:01) and my beloved Kajol (4:39).

The song is sung by Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Sadhana Sargam, Shankar Mahadevan, and Sujata Bhattacharya (Madhushree). If I knew who sang what, I would tell you… but for now, you’ll have to believe I’ll update this when I know.

This scene in the movie is the engagement ceremony of Saif and Preity’s characters.

And it’s my favorite.

If you enjoyed it (of course you did) you might like to buy the mp3 from Amazon… it’s my favorite thing to listen to while doing dishes.