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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #30 on: May 01, 2013, 16:08 »
how so ::)

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« Reply #31 on: May 01, 2013, 23:02 »
Saw The Dirty Picture today. Vidya Balan (Kahaani) is such a babe. She is the core, the spine and the heartbeat of the film. Such a joy to watch her. This one is a film of two halves and the first half is brilliant. Like a parody of the Bollywood machine. One of the best sendups is that the old male lead is always paired up with a young actress half his age. It is still happening as I type this  ;D. I love how Vidya portrayed her character, so full of spunk and life. Up to the intermission it was one amazing funny film with an inside look of the Bollywood machinery. The second half feels like mess... the director completely changed the tone and threw in every cliché in the book. It even had an unconvincing love story thrown in. Sigh... what a waste.

However, say what you will about these Hindu films, their English translation is world class - it's subtitled brilliantly which means the original language must be pretty awesome at first. I was pretty impressed with this dialogue between the guy (A) and Vidya (B)...

A: Have you ever been in love?
B: Love that leads you to bed, yes. Love that takes away your breath, no. 
A: How many people have touched you?
B: Many have touched me but nobody has ever touched my heart. 
A: This is what happens when a boy and a girl meet, they get close, they kiss... end of story.  I've gained infamy because of that. But if this story ends here like this, it will be...
B: Be what?
A: It'll be a sin. 

This is a cute rousing number
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This one is the love theme which I like
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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #32 on: May 01, 2013, 23:24 »
Also saw The Dirty Picture. Vidya Balan (Kahaani) bui-bui leh....

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« Reply #33 on: May 01, 2013, 23:31 »
She purposely put on 12kg for the role
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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #35 on: May 02, 2013, 18:31 »
Today I picked up some Blu-s : Don 2, Ra.One, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, and Cocktail  :-*

My wife said I siao already  ;D
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« Reply #36 on: May 02, 2013, 18:52 »
how so ::)

It's a dumb movie, with a dumb ending. much better kareena films available. check out Jab We Met. 
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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #37 on: May 02, 2013, 19:29 »
You are right, 10 minutes into the movie, I switched it off!  Dump start and action! ;D

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« Reply #38 on: May 02, 2013, 19:54 »
yup, have seen my share of hindi movies - grew up with it, being hindustani myself - bodyguard was an ultimate letdown
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« Reply #39 on: May 02, 2013, 20:58 »
For those seriously interested in plunging into Bollywood, don't just watch the current blockbusters. Plenty of stuff from the past is even better.
As I said, Sholay (Blaze) is a curry Western classic, with plenty of quotable dialogue and probably the most melancholic romance in cinema. I've lost count how many times I've watched this.
Shaan (With Style) is campy fun complete with a bald villain with underwater lair and pet crocodile.
Do Aur Do Paanch (4 + 4 = 5) is hilarious.
But the true classics are in B&W, like Awara (Vagrant) and the epic Mother India - both star one of the most amazing Hindi actresses ever - Nargis.
It's the same as Hollywood - nothing beats Citizen Kane and Casablanca.
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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #40 on: May 02, 2013, 21:04 »
How about Ghajini ::)

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« Reply #41 on: May 02, 2013, 21:23 »
the memento wannabe (which btw is adapted from a tamil movie) -  the first half is really sweet and deserves watching, second half a bit of a letdown (but not too bad). of course, hardly a three idiots or talaash or lagaan. 
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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #42 on: May 02, 2013, 21:25 »
How about Ghajini ::)

Ghajini is worth a watch. This was what I posted some time back

Chainsdb, thanks for all the good suggestions. I see Sholay pop up in many top 10 list. I must look for it, hopefully on Blu

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I just checked out Ghajini on BD! Yes BD! It's available for $40 at Mustafa and it's my first Tamil(?) Blu-ray.

I enjoyed e movie, especially e second half. The first half was a direct page rip-off from Memento without e plot sequence manipulation. Tho a 'copy', I feel it's a damn good 'copy' of e-guy-with-15min-of-memory idea.  What made it awesome is Amir Khan performance - mind-blowing and it's IMHO his best ever!  The second half is really amazing - director took e idea of Memento and push it to new frontiers. OK e climax can be too much.... like Sly Stallone whacking 20-30 bad asses and leaving em in his wake. But by then I was so vested in Amir Khan's superb performance that I can forgive any mistakes in e plot. He was that good! 

The BD?  Fantastic to behold. The vibrant colours popped out beautifully and e sonics is out of this world. The surrounds is out of this world. It's mixed loud but very very immersive. I love e first song and dance in the second half and played it 5 times already. And e surrounds for this is simply amazing. Only prob with e sonics is an annoying sound effect that e director put in quite regularly. U will know when u watch it. Oh and AR Rahman is e music director - you can't go wrong with that!
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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #43 on: May 04, 2013, 00:58 »
AWESOME THREAD THIS!!!

Did 'Kahaani' last night. What can I say. Unexpected twist at the end worthy of mention in the same breath as Oldboy.

As I type this, 1hr38mins of 'My Name Is Khan' has lapsed. It's so good I paused to share this. It has been a damn long time since a movie made me laugh and tear simultaneously.
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Re: The Cinema of Bollywood
« Reply #44 on: May 04, 2013, 19:02 »
I thought Bollywood is only good at turning out melodramas but I am so wrong. Don 2 is an awesome action movie. How good is the action? This is James-Bond-Mission-Impossible awesome!!!  The studio spared no expense and everything is so polished from start to the explosive end, complete with a big twist. Even my wife kept going Wow Wow Wow!

All the action in the world in the world is useless if the story and acting are crap. Shah Ruhk Khan is just cool. He plays his charming bad guy role with such charisma, suave, swagger and a slight campiness. My wife says he is not good looking, a little cock-eye (don't kill me please. It's her words, not mine) but she can't stop looking at him because there's some magnetism about him. I love his character and hope there's a Don 3 in the horizon.

The story... The first half is just a premise for Don to do his kickass shite. I didn't watch Don 1 but there are enough signposts to flesh out all the back stories and rivalries. The joy is the second half which is an action extravaganza with twist upon twist. It's essentially a 90min heist sequence with nary a dull moment, and it's as good as what I see in any of the Mission Impossibles. The film even has a lift lobby shoot out that is as good as Matrix. I kid you not! 
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