I have been meaning to write a post on the film for ages. I actually have been meaning to write a post on many things but laziness and self critique combined together stop me from doing that.
But first let me rant about a film called Sirf that I watched yesterday…
I watched Sirf, yesterday. and HATED it. you can read the reviews here. But what an awful film! No just because it is a struggling director has finally made a film, doesn’t mean that the audience doesn’t get to criticise the film.
Okay these are the things I learnt from the film AND the reviews.
1. A woman who is from small town coming to terms with the Metropolitan culture of Bombay is a MORON. Because apparently the coolness quotient of the city and it’s people is reflected by bringing in a cake that objectifies the body of a woman. Or worse it is reflected by two women having a fight and one accuses the other of being a bad cook and a lazy bum, and the offdended replied by calling the other a slut who sleeps with her boss! Ugh…can it get more cliched than this? And if a self respecting woman from Jabalpur or LA or anywhere in the world doesn’t mind this, I’d be surprised. And what was that UGLY way of putting sindoor in the hair…ohhhhh…..i forget the small town women are deranged according the director. Such women have NO life so they move around making random people their bhayyas and didis and also getting obsessed by the thought that their husbands are having an affair here there and everywhere. Really, it’s good for Praveen Dabas that you agreed to marry him….a man who wears a joker type pajamas at home! Forget poor Monisha Koirala who looked tired, hot and bothered and not for THOSE reasons.
2. I also learnt that Nauheed Cyrusi’s role of a patient girlfriend who has FAR MORE BRAINS and SCRUPLES than her boyfriend will be refered to as a bimbette by a review writer. The correct meaning of the word is here. Ms Priti Arora, it does not show that her character was of a bimbo, it either shows that you need to work on your vocabulary. Or just develop a little more confidence in women in general!
3. People usually harp about how Sonali Kulkarni needs a decent stylist, or rather ensure ANY kind of stylist does exist, I think I will be the nasty one who says, she needs a career counsellor. Her daughter dies in the film (such LAZY and CRAPPY screenplay writing!!!) and Sonali is sitting on the chair shedding a very reluctant tear looking so BORED with her life that it isn’t funny, it is cruel! And when poor Ranveer Shorey tries so hard to bring some conviction in the scene, he ends up looking like a manic buffoon. A bad actor Kulkarni has the power to destroy not only the scene but ALSO completely ruin her co actor’s performance by being so DEAD!
4. When the RICH people want to have fun they ONLY and ONLY rely on pani puri. Because poor them, they are SO rich, they have to sacrifice the little little joys in life like pani puri etc. It is such a TIRED stereotype that I shall NOT speak of it any more.
a bad story told badly is a bad story told badly. Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro was made with less money too but it’s intention made it a cult. No wait, intention alone can’t change things, either Parzania was a bad bad film! And it’s intention, heart etc were all there, in the right place. But it kept people away because if you are using fiction to make your point, people can argue about aesthetics and dismiss the film, which they did.
Actually, a lot of people are saying EXACTLY the same thing about Khuda Ke Liye, a film that I REALLY REALLY liked. That the film is tacky, the characters are all caricatures (I’d agree that some were rather simplistic but not ALL), acting is pathetic, film is slow and boring etc etc. But I liked the film. I am glad it released in India. And I am glad that the tongue in cheek dialogue ( I thought it was tongue in cheek) of Shan when he says WE ruled India for 800 years did not create any hysteria (or even a murmer).
I liked the film because of the debate. And also the parallel narrative of what the paranoids in the West are doing and also what the fanatic opportunists in the Indian subcontinent are doing. I liked the dialogue, however filmy it was, when Shaan says ‘ I don’t hate Osama, because you (American idiots) are not letting me hate him.”
I liked the courtroom scene and yes with it’s clapworthy and catchy dialogues like ‘ Deen mein daadhi hai, daadhi mein deen nahin’ (Religion is a pre requisite of a beard, beard is not a pre requisite of religion…somewhat the correct translation, i am hoping) or that we are confusing religion with culture. Or even when Imaan Ali questions Naseer ud Din Shah about his absence in the court despite being asked to come and speak about the correct interpretaion of the law, she tells him I will tell Allah that this man had ALL the time in the world to pray to you but didn’t even have five minutes to help another human being in need.
Okay basically i liked the film. Yes it was slow and verbose. And some actors were really really bad. But my heart throb despite his disastrous hair style ACTED well. And to think he is famous for his crappy films like the remake of Gadar (which was a crappy film in the first place). He is good…and er…delicious too…if you don’t believe me, you have to watch the Fuzon song again. And I like his paunch too, who wants unnatural Hrithink Roshan too, i like real human type men…. :D
Even the music is really nice. Especially Bandeya, Janie Janie (not in the film) and the classical Tiluk Kamod.
On a yahoo forum someone was asking for a translation of Bandeya but called it an Indian song. I was about to correct him but then i said the song cannot be called a Pakistani song either. There was NO Pakistan at the time the song was written, so….
Can we call it an Indian subcontinent song then?