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Aamir (2008)

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Most movies crave for hype. Aamir was released without anAamir (2008)y hype or real promotion, but it picked up purely on word-of-mouth publicity, which is probably the truest test of how good a movie is. But by the time I watched it, the movie had been so trumped up, it didn’t seem to be that good.

<digression> I’ve often heard people say mouth-to-mouth publicity instead of word-of-mouth, and I have without fail imagined lifeguards in red bikinis coming to rescue folks. Every time. </digression>

The actor is a revelation – one of those few actors to go from TeeVee to MooVee quite effortlessly – although I must confess I’ve never quite seen any of TV series. The characters are played quite brilliantly by all actors (mostly Marathi actors, which is a sad reflection on the current state of Marathi cinema. Again I must confess, I don’t watch it much 😦 ). The story is quite standard but the plot is very nicely written (my English Lit. prof. must be so happy I finally understood the difference). Calling this movie a copy of Phonebooth is like saying The Thin Red line is a ripoff of Saving Private Ryan. The qawwaali in the movie is quite nice too.

And yet, the movie leaves you unsatisfied. Why? I explain with the help of my source of daily rozi-roti i.e. MS Excel.

Fraction of Movie completed Stage in the movie Nice? (Normalised w.r.t. Initial Hype)
-0.2 Initial Hype – Awesome! 1
0 Start (Missed first 10 minutes) 😦 0
0.2 The first twist (Taxi scene) 0.5
0.4 The Dongri scene (filled with crap) 0.7
0.6 The tale of the two sisters 0.8
0.8 Retrieves bag (Refer Video) 1.1
0.9 Final twist in the bus 1.3
0.95 The slo-mo in the end -0.1
1 Fini 0.7

In true analyst, here’s an overdose of the same information – but this time as a graph. Aamir (2008) - Niceness plot

Clearly, Average (0.667) < Hype (1). Hence proved.

I still give it 3 stars. And I do think that people should stop inserting redemption for kaum (community) in every movie with Muslim characters (e.g. Shaurya).

Ed: I’m not alone in the disappointment/ sense of being let down. PFC and J Ramanand concur too, apparently.


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June 25, 2008 at 1:33 pm

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Fanaa (2006) (**1/2)

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Genre – Drama /Romance maybe

Fanaa was clearly one of the most awaited films of this year. Director Kunal Kohli was riding on the success of his copied and yet well-written movie Hum Tum, and he had managed a coup of sorts by roping in as his lead pair Aamir Khan and Kajol, possibly 2 of the finest actors of the current lot with loads of experience and versatality. One was tempted to wonder why O why did the two never star opposite each other? The songs were also pretty hummable, and so I was pretty enthusiastic when i watched this movie by paying a royal sum of FIFTY bucks.
Three hours later, i thanked the lord that i didn’t spend even a penny more, ’cause this was another of those movies in the ‘quality inversely proportional to hype’ category. The chemistry between the Aamir and Kajol was minimal. Aamir looked too old and tired in the movie, and was nowhere near his best. Kajol was good as always, rather better- she actually had the innocence and charm of a newcomer, although it is apparent she has given up the battle of the ‘bulge’.
The second half of the movie happens apparently in kashmir, which is hard to believe. The director must surely think the audience is full of morons, with “snow” being enough to indicate “kashmir”- pathetic. (it’s shot in Poland, btw)
The story was new, and Aamir did play his part of the hero with shades of grey and with internal conflict pretty well, but there’s nothing else to crow about really. Kajol emotes with her eyes even when she plays blind, which is an achievement i suppose. The art direction is nice, especially during one song sequence, but that’s more or less about it. The movie just didn’t have an overall impact I was expecting. The very fact that more than moments from the film, i remember better the popcorn i had that day is i suppose saying it all.
Disappointing fare, really.

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June 18, 2006 at 4:56 pm

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Man on the moon (1999) (****)

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Genre – Drama

A stunning movie, this is a biopic of Andy Kaufman, the eccentric ‘anti-comic’ who captured the imagination of American audiences during the late 70’s. I must confess I had absolutely no idea who Andy Kaufman was (I thought he was some uncle of Charlie Kaufman the scriptwriter!), but man am I glad that this movie was made- Kaufman simply blew my mind off! Kaufman called himself a song and dance man, and claimed he never told a single joke in his entire life. His performances were famous for shocking the audiences. In fact, he was so good, announcements of his life-taking cancer were not accepted till after he died, and those too grudgingly! Be it his foreign guy routine (he impersonates jimmy carter by saying ‘Hi, i am jimmy carter’ and throws the audience off-track, and the next minute breaks into a wonderful impersonation of Elvis Presley); or the enigmatic Tony Clifton character which had a seperate identity than his; or the antics on his sitcom Taxi, or the inter-gender wrestling matches- Kaufman was a genius, whose greatness was unfortunately realised only after his death. As for the movie, Jim Carrey is awesome as Andy. Carrey is probably the most versatile actor in Hollywood, second only to Robin Williams. His range as an actor spans wacko roles like in ‘The Mask’ and ‘Ace Ventura’ series to ‘MOTM’ and ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind‘. Carrey infuses the character with a lot of life and reality, and displays just the right amount of innocence and deceit at the same time. The movie might seem a bit slow toward the end, and does end up being a bit vague, but it is nothing short of a masterpiece. It’s a perfect tribute to Andy Kaufman. And oh, did i mention- A must watch definitely! 🙂

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June 17, 2006 at 1:43 pm

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