Stupid Saturday – Shortkut: The Con is On

Okay, I hate to complain about Bollywood stuff, because I pretty much love it all, so when Hannah started Stupid Saturday I was skeptical. Since then I’ve thought of lots of things that fit nicely with Stupid Saturday, so you’ll probably hear from me pretty often on this day. Nonetheless, none of this should be taken to mean that I hate the stuff, only that it crosses the line from a little weird to what on earth? a bit too often.

So Shortkut stars Akshaye Khanna and Arshad Warsi, which ought (it really ought) to be a winning combination. It worked pretty well in Hulchul. But here? Nahin. The movie also was produced by Anil Kapoor, so it goes to show how people you trust can let you down.

Just look at that! What a nice movie poster! Akshaye, Amrita Rao, and Arshad all look very nice. Let’s just stop here.

Okay it’s not that bad. Read the rest of this entry »

Taare Zameen Par

So you don’t believe there’s such a thing as a serious Bollywood movie? Think again. This is what Aamir Khan is for. Taare Zameen Par (Like Stars on Earth) was Aamir’s directorial debut, under unusual circumstances. He jumped in as director after they had just begun shooting the film, I believe. If you haven’t noticed yet, I think Aamir is the bee’s knees, so I was really excited to watch this film.

Actually, after finishing watching it, I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. It takes a super long time (we’re talking about an hour) for Aamir’s character to show up, and there is so much tension before he does. But re-watching it with the Director’s Commentary (yes! There is a director’s commentary! And it’s Aamir!), I thought about it some more, and decided that I definitely like it. A lot.

Ishaan Awasthi (Darsheel Safary) struggles with school (and life), although he’s very creative and loves to paint and imagine things. He’s failing his way through 3rd grade (oops, 3rd Standard) for the second time. His parents can’t understand what’s wrong with him. Eventually they decide to send him to boarding school.

At school he sinks into depression. Part way through the term, the school’s art teacher leaves and he is replaced by Ram Shankar Nikumbh (Aamir Khan). Nikumbh notices that Ishaan is depressed (he won’t draw or paint, or even talk except when he has to), and decides to find out what is going on. Read the rest of this entry »

Song Sunday – Jame Raho

We had the pleasure of watching Taare Zameen Par this weekend, and I will update you on that later.

For now, enjoy one of the film’s songs, Jame Raho. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a video with subs, but I think you’ll get the idea of the song anyway.

Song Sunday – Tanhayee

I’ve been sort of pathetic lately when it comes to getting posts up on the days they’re supposed to go up. It’ll be better this week, I promise.

Today’s song is from Dil Chahta Hai. We finished watching it last night, and we truly enjoyed every moment. It’s a pretty happy movie– this song is quite intense compared to the other ones.

Without further ado, Tanhayee:

(Picturized on Aamir Khan, this song was composed by  Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. It was sung by the always amazing Sonu Nigam. The whole soundtrack was written in ten days and recorded in three weeks. I almost hate them for their talent, but I just love it so much.)

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 »

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