Monday, March 25, 2002

Tamil auteur Mani Ratnam's maiden venture into Hindi, Dil Se did not quite cut it with the masses (although it did not do so badly with the classes). Filled with the beautiful visual moments and nuggets of conversation, staging and framing we have come to expect from Mani Ratnam, the film loses its way in the gloss generated by the stars. I think the film would have done well with less slottable lead actors. Although an interesting interpretation of the different shades of love as described in ancient Arabic literature (listen carefully to the songs on the soundtrack for hints), the film's political content and often-cliched romantic moments (although Preity Zinta lends her character the right amount of spunk) prevent it from being a Mani Ratnam winner. To read more about the film, check out Tanmay Patwardhan's fan site for the film.

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