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Offline Norman_Chan

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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2013, 12:35 »
Just for info , in West Mall the level where the food court located got one book shop selling Hindu movies songs compilation , about three CD for about S$15++, HD audio gold disc.

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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2013, 14:29 »
Wow, this thread made me dig out my VCDs:
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2jNt8Xwr2uARE1MVzBGMWl1T2c/edit?usp=sharing

Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham aka K3G is an epic that must be watched.

Great music/dance for Kal Ho Naa Ho & Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Others include:
Mohabbatein
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
Devdas
Josh
Asoka


A more recent film is Jab Tak Hai Jaan & do check out Katrina Kaif ;D


Actually so far, can't go wrong on any film from Yash Chopra.

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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2013, 15:43 »
Try this one: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

You also try the family entertainment:
Andaz Apna Apna
Hum Aapke Hain Koun
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Hai

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Kahaani
« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2013, 00:08 »
Just saw Kahaani again. The second time is still amazing. Still the first time is the best becoz of the big wallop at the end. It's like The Sixth Sense and The Usual Suspects big ending but the difference here is that Kahaani's big ending also has heart with a capital H. Tonight is also fun becoz I play along with my wife who kept going wooh AHHhhhh WTF how can do that to her... the ending floored her and me again.

The second time seeing this is not at all lame becoz tonight I see the director's craft, the tight plot and Vidya Balan's impeccable acting. Tonight I see the motivation behind every little action she does - how she faints, how she slips etc. I thought there were loopholes the first time I saw this but tonight I realized there are not. Every little scene, everything she does, everything she says has a purpose in the huge scheme of things. Some of the lines are so loaded that only a careful second viewing will yield these chestnuts of treasures.

Not since 3 Idiots has an Hindi movie make me want to rave about it. And I have seen a fair lot in between.

Now the technical part...

The PQ is nothing to rave about. Skin tones look pasty and flat but the colours are vibrant. Looks grainy in dark scenes but there are not many inky black scenes. There's a translucent watermark at the bottom right corner but it never disturb me. Picture is widescreen so there are black bars on top and below. 3/5

The SQ is very immersive from start to end. Surrounds are always engaging especially in the traffic scenes. The final climatic scene at Triangular Park during the Punja festival is amazing. Bass is also very potent and solid. The music soundtrack is pretty solid too. 4.5/5

Can someone tell me the meaning of the word "Kahaani" please?

Saw Kahaani again. My third time, my wife's second and for 8 other friends who had long given up on Hindi movies, their very first time.

I must say it's one of the best times I have had sharing an awesome film with so many pals.  Even though it's my third time this year seeing this film, I saw nuances that I have missed prior. It's testament to an outstanding film that bears up even seeing it for a third time. Tonight I caught a scene where Rana tells Vidya that she will make a good mother and seeing a quick scene of Vidya averting her soulful gaze away. Her pain is evident. Tonight I noticed that her slip while being chased by Shridhar was intentional. Tonight I realized that a possible way into the film is the concept of identity - What is it?  What's in a person's name?  Vidya goes through lots of annoyance to spell her name with a 'V' but everybody pronounces it with a 'B'.  She asks Rana why he is also named Satyoki. He says in Kolkata everybody has two names.  She also says he is also Arjuna’s charioteer... I need to google that.

Tonight I saw beyond the taut and intricate plot and realized there are no redundant scenes. Every scene serves a purpose.  Tonight I saw Rana's deep affection for Vidya. I shuddered to use the bigger word 'love' because it is not in Rana's mantra to do that to Vidya. If he helps her find Arnab, she will be gone. If he can't find Arnab, she will be heartbroken. It's a doomed love any which way. But did Vidya used Rana? Teased him to do her bidding?  The jury is still out for me on that but I trust Rana's intentions are sincere. It is their chemistry and undercurrent that gives the investigative story it's potency.

The climax setting at the Puja celebrations is absolutely emphatic because the Goddess Durga is a dragon-slayer who embodies maternal instincts.  During this last climatic scene, the HT really comes alive as though it's the scene where heaven and earth collides... And it did.  Nothing, absolutely nothing in the first 1hr 45min can foretell what happens in the end but yet all the clues are there. The director has deftly made us focus on the other stuff... like magic.  The sleight of hand is perfect. 

Tonight I realized that Amitabh Bachchan voiced the final narration and sang the theme song over the running credits. After being mesmerized by his acting and the rich timbre of his voice in Mohabbatein, I would recognize his voice anytime.

All through the movie I thought Vidya Balan is an actress I have never seen before. It turns out that I have seen her in Ishqiya and Paa, but I didn't 'see' her in these films at all. She is so good in this that I can't see any other actress in it.

It was very enjoyable seeing all my friends' shocked reactions at the big reveal and falling action. So far all I have shared the film with only have nice words to say about it... All except the assassin, Bob. But I do find him refreshing. For once he is not those type of assassins that are send to kill Jason Bourne. He is a bumbling idiot that you would not look at one moment longer if you see him on the street and yet he is a cold hard killer. He, doing the sign of the cross after he deftly dispatches his victims is so incongruous but yet effective.

This film was my way back into the cinema of Bollywood. I have not given scores to films I have seen this year but I feel like giving one (not a score of 'one'  :)) to this one.

5 / 5

PS - I just found out that there's a sequel scheduled to open in 2014. Oh no... This feels like a big wrong move. Kahaani is perfect as it is already.

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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2013, 10:06 »
It means 'story' :)

Understand it's a common Hindi word!

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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #20 on: April 25, 2013, 10:23 »
Thanks bro  ;)

Now it makes the story of Kahaani even better becoz 'story' takes it to another level of reading the film.

Tonight we may try Kal Ho Naa Ho. This one is a 3+ hour film. Have to break it up to watch!!
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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #21 on: April 25, 2013, 21:10 »
I got the 720P rip of Kahaani in my Oppo.  As usual, the picture is very sharp and color tone very natural and vibrant.  But I will still get the BR if I find it in Shenzhen.


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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #22 on: April 25, 2013, 23:38 »
Just saw the first half of Kal Ho Naa Ho. I had no idea there are so many elements of screwball comedy in this. Took me awhile to get pass all the over-acting but the moment Shah Rukh Khan started on a Hindi version of Pretty Woman, I was pulled in. The plot is simple but the energy infectious.

There's something about people dancing in the street without a care in the world that is so cool. I think the movie-going world is divided into 2 parts - people who can believe in its beauty and people who think its crap. If you can let that euphoria wash over you and take your 'self' out of the equation, it can be quite an amazing experience.

All through to just 2 minutes before the intermission is screwball territory. I have a strong feeling the tone will totally change in the second half. Looking forward to watch the rest this weekend.

The PQ is excellent, easily a 4.5/5 and SQ 4.5/5 too. Once the film explodes into the song and dance segments, the 5.1 becomes ALIVE!!

One of my faves from the movie in the first half. It captures the exact feeling when we fall in love to a tee
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/SAqei1c6hH4&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/SAqei1c6hH4&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player&fs=1</a>
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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2013, 10:36 »
+ 1.  I can see why the Indians love their movies.  It can be infectious as u continue to watch the many movies with very high entertainment value, especially, those with singing and dancing.  Makes u really happy after the show! :)

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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2013, 10:39 »
Also from Kal Ho Naa Ho

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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #25 on: April 26, 2013, 14:59 »
Some of the story line is also very refreshing....

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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #26 on: April 27, 2013, 23:15 »
Just finished watching the second half of Kal Ho Naa Ho. I was right... the second half's tone changed dramatically into full-on melodrama. Something you don't see in the cinemas of other countries. I find this second half borrowed a lot from Cyrano de Bergerac but the thing is I find Bollywood will re-invent the basic copied idea and somehow push it all the way to a frontier you never thought possible. I love a lot of the music in this half. Especially this one whose music is actually the backbone of the entire film.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/r5kLKC-n8v4&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player&fs=1" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/r5kLKC-n8v4&amp;feature=youtube_gdata_player&fs=1</a>

Me and my wife enjoyed the movie and I love the message and I must try to look for the soundtrack. I must say the music in DTS HD-MA 5.1 is simply gorgeous. Especially the theme in the above track. Only in the final segment I finally understand that the 2 bass thumps is actually Aman's heartbeat.

This is the one where I learned the dance moves by Shah Ruhk Khan. I was crap though  :)
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PS - my wife's Indian colleague will be going back to his hometown. Maybe I can trouble my wife who can trouble him to whack more Hindu BDs and soundtracks for me. Over there is like $15!
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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #27 on: April 28, 2013, 16:11 »
on maahi ve, my goddess in pink appeared at 4:47 :)

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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #28 on: May 01, 2013, 14:52 »
Just finished watching the BRRip of Talaash by Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor.  This another very good movie with a twist, just like Kahaani.  Long movie but kept me on my seat throughout with excellent pacing and story line.  Easily a 4 for me.

Downloading the Bodyguard, another blockbuster in India. :)

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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #29 on: May 01, 2013, 16:07 »
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