Movie Review: Tashan

Ok..before i start…let me just clarify that my image header actually reads ‘Deccan Chargers’.

Coming to the movie, I did not have a good feeling about it from the beginning…since I saw it’s rushes. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. But what the hell, I had the unlimited movies card and I could watch as many number of movies I wanted……never mind how crap they were.

The movie starts off with obviously the titles which had quite a resemblance to Kill Bill or Sin City…like the titles rolling and in the background you are shown actual scenes from the movie…as in a heads up of what we could expect.

The movie starts off with the story of Saif Ali Khan aka Jimmy….how he works in a call centre…how he loves sleeping around with women etc etc…meaning he leads a pretty ‘bindaas’ life. And one day, he gets bored with the regular dumb girls he usually goes out with and wants a ‘hindustani woman’…wearing a shalwar…really long ear rings and is a jeegtha jaagtha example of the ‘so called’ Indian traditions and cultures. And that is when he meets Kareena Kapoor aka Pooja Singh aka Gudiya. Pooja works for Anil Kapoor aka Bhaiyyaji aka the villian. Bhaiyyaji recruits Jimmy to teach him English to show off in front of his Foreign delegation due to arrive in a few months. After a couple of songs…Jimmy and Pooja fall in love and end up stealing 25 crores from BhaiyyaJi to repay the debts Pooja’s murdered father owed.

This is where Bachchan Pande aka BP aka Akshay Kumar comes in…arguably the best part of the film. He is hired by BhaiyyaJi to get back the money from Jimmy and Pooja. After a few more songs and fights, BP and Pooja realise that they were childhood sweethearts who were torn apart by destiny. They re-kindle their love for each other and vow to take revenge on BhaiyyaJI who is the person responsible behind Pooja’s father’s gruesome murder. The rest of the story is about how the three (Jimmy, Pooja and Bachchan Pande) do it.

So did I like the movie? I didn’t.

Usually, on a weekend, S and I watch 2 movies in a row. So the next movie we were supposed to watch was Leatherheads starring the irresistable George Clooney and Renee Zellweger. By the end of Tashan, our Bheja was deep fried so badly that we had to go home and instead of Leatherheads…watch Dirty Sexy Money. So, what didn’t I like about the movie. Here goes

  • Anil Kapoor’s HINGLISH. Though it was amusing in the beginning, after 1 hr, it got really annoying. Thank God there were subtitles. I tried ignoring the subtitles for a while but could not understand a single word of what he was blabbering
  • The action sequence at the end of the movie. I have heard so many people make fun of Rajnikanth’s movie because of his fights…like when he kicks…20 men go flying in the air and he comes out without a scratch…? Tashan is exactly like that. Just because it stars the big wigs of Bollywood..there are no comments. The prolonged fight scene at the end was terribly funny (in a bad way) and at times BORING!
  • Kareena. I don’t know if I should include this aspect or not…but I didn’t like her. She looked really pretty in Jab We Met. But in Tashan, she looks like a dried Drumstick. So thin! And the costumes she wears in the song ”Challiyan’ are out right Ugly!

One of the reasons for me to go and watch this movie on friday itself was Raja Sen’s review on rediff. He gave it a three star…which was really surprising. I know he critically rips apart most of the movies….but this one? C’mon…definately not worth a three star.

I’d give it 2/5.

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Weekend Dhamaka and Disappointment!!

I have been feeling so jealous lately!! While browsing through some of the blogs on my blogroll, I happened to ‘bump into’ some very wonderful blogs written by women…just the regular stuff really…about life, love, food, books etc etc. That was what I wanted to do…that was the intention for me to start this blog and  either my adopter gets screwed on a timely basis or I am too lazy to switch on the computer and write.

Well anyways, coming to the events of the last weekend….it was ROCKING!!! I was off the Shef for the weekend and it was also the weekend when the cultural evening of the Uni of Shef was being held. I studied for my undergraduate course there and I simply love university life. Shef Students Union is one of the best (if not the best) unions’ in UK with students from various walks of life, cultures and religions. It has a very strong student community. The last time I went to the cultural evening was back in 2004 with S before we were married. Four years later, I was back there to get a taste of Uni life…as in the late night partying n stuff 😉

All dressed up, we girls left our place in the cold. I am sure it was freezing temp outside. One of our frnds’ was in the fashion show and the other was dancing for the Indian Society. The job myself and this other frnd was to shout and support the indian society when ever they came on stage; the duty which I gladly obliged :D. The Indian society went onto with the second prize that night for the best performance which I think was totally not worth it! There were other societies like the Srilankan, Tibetan Chinese Society, The Chinese Society, Afro-Carribean Society and the Japanese society who performed exceptionally well. Over the years, I have always watched the Indian Society and the Hindu Students Forum dance for bollywood songs. Apparently, that is what they consider Indian culture to be.

When my parents studied abroad many many years ago, they tell me that Indian students would play traditional instruments like the tabla, veena etc and perform our traditional dances like the Bharatanaytam, Kathakali etc to showcase our culture. Now, showcasing our (Indian) culture means dancing on a couple fo bollywood songs…and that too the likes of Aaja Nachlay and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. As a devout Indian…I will support the society by yelling and jumping in my seat whenever then come on stage…but deep inside my heart, I know I am disappointed about the narrow view of ‘India’ they are showing to the people around them who wouldn’t have been to India atall. The only opinion they will make of India is what what they see in the songs…probably the bright colour of the clothes, the jumps and twists and the bhangra!

After the night came to an end, I told my friends what I thought and they simply said…’this is what sells today…this is what people want to see…and that is what we gave them’. I asked them why the Indian society cannot do more to showcase what comes from the south aswell…like Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi or Kathakali. Why does it always have to start and end with Bhangra or the jhatak mataks of a Bollywood song? Why is not the culture of the south shown to the world as much as of the north and they did not have an answer. I am sure some of them thought I was crazy to think of all this after a night of fun and dance. I am sure they wondered why I was thinking about this so seriously…I was just supposed to watch, clap, yell, jump, dance and then leave. But the thoughts still linger with me. Some of our foreign friends who came upto us and to chat said ‘oh…..your bollywood society did really well and we had to tell them that it was actually Indian and not Bollywood’.

I am scared when I think that in 20 years time the only culture India will end up with is the ‘Bollywood Culture’. We have so much more to offer. What will happen to our traditional musicians and classical dancers if we don’t learn to appreciate what they do? Most of them are arleady living in poverty…not having enough food to eat. The youth of India these days has the money to buy a cd of Eminem or Rhianna when they do not even give a second look for a M S Subbalakshmi, Balamurali Krishna or a Zakir Hussain cd. Remember, the names mentioned above were lucky to be recognised by the public and the government alike…but there are many classical musicians, dancers who have equally good talent but are given a ‘blind eye’ by our society.

I don’t blame globalisation for all this. Being a young Indian woman, if I can appreciate what my country has…why cant others?? Where are we going wrong?

What I Thought of Jodha-Akbar (The movie of course)

Went to watch JA coupla days ago. I wanted to get myself to writing and updating my blog but my holiday has done me bad…I feel extremely lazy!!! But since S is snoring away to glory and the weather is gloomy….i thought…ok….why not write 😉

Well anyways, I am not going to write another review of the movie ‘cuz most of you would have already read it somewhere. So, I will keep it simple and tell you what I liked and disliked about the movie.

So first go the pros –

Hrithik……Hrithik….Hrithik…. 😀 OMG…how good looking he was…Mind you girls, I am not a great fan of HR, but he was jaw-droppin good lookin in this movie. His acting was not bad either. He is much better in this movie…when compared to Dhoom-2. I read somewhere that Akbar actually had 199 wives, the 200th being Jodhaa…..but if he was as good looking as the actor in the movie…..THEN AKBAR is NOT TO BE WRONGED!!! 😀

Coming to Ash, as Philip rightly mentioned in his blog, I was just glad that she stayed away from all the inappropriate giggling

Music by A R Rahman was fantastic as always. You might not instantly like the songs…but when you watch them on the big screen, the choreography, the sets and the costumes….it looks and sounds amazing!

I don’t know much about direction but to mention some of my favourite scenes in the movie – When Jalaluddin (Akbar) goes to Jodhaa’s place to apologise and get her back to Agra, Jodhaa refuses to return. Akbar requests her and Jodhaa turns a deaf ear. It only reinforces the fact that nobody is spared from the ‘nakhre of women’. Another note-worthy scene is when Jalaluddin sees Jodha’s face for the first time without the ‘Ghoonghat’. He then goes into a trance…like he’s seen the most beautiful thing on Earth. There are other scenes aswell…BUT GO WATCH THE MOVIE!!

Ila Arun and Sonu Sood were a revelation. Infact, I did not realise it was Ila Arun who played Maham Anga until the finishing titles started rolling.

Coming to the Cons –

The movie is way too looooong….222 mins if I am not wrong

I wouldn’t call it a con…but just a piece of advise…Don’t expect it to be like Troy. Ashutosh Gowariker has done a good job in gathering people, horses, elephants etc….but I guess Bollywood does not have the bucks Hollywood does…so has to compromise on flamboyance of the scenes and the sets.

I was also disappointed to see that some of the scenes were similar to that of Troy. For eg., the background score in the beginning when Big B narrates how the Moghuls came to power is similar to that in Troy. I was surprised to see that even A R Rahman has started looking to the West for inspiration 😦

Though  history behind the movie can be debated….we can instead choose to take home positives from the movie. Akbar always wanted a united Hindustan…..a Secular India….which we strive for so hard these days but end up getting hurt very badly. I am not very concerned about AG distorting history to sell his movie…but I saw something good in the movie and I hope everyone will see the same. Afterall, Secularism is a jewel in a beautiful Crown called India…we all have to do our bit to keep it that way.

Well anyways, enough of the serious stuff! My fav song from the movie….here goes…NJOY MAADI 😀