Sunday, May 05, 2002

Alyque Padamsee (known to movie goers as the actor who played Mohd. Ali Jinnah in Attenborough's Gandhi) is India's best known ad man ... in fact, he's the resident ad guru

Movie for the evening: Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai {} { music review}. The title song version that runs over the interesting credits starts off as "Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein / Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai". One menace portends another shall we say? Tusshar is better than Abhishek Bachchan was but may not work up to where Hrithik Roshan (heavily spoofed in the film too) is right now. The best parts of the film feature the whacky college friends that Karan (Tusshar) hangs out with. The songs are Anu Malik doing what he does best: rehash his own stuff, sound like Rahman and Nadeem-Shravan at various points and come up with specious danceable tunes (good choreography by Ahmed Khan, although as the songs progress, it looks like Ahmed just got tired of the enterprise). The satisfying conclusion at the airport (since when did international flights take off during the day??) is marred by the entire film that preceded it as well as Kareena Kapoor's patentable performance as the big budget ghost that the Ramseys always deserved. And yes, no matter what his credentials, Mr. Satish Kaushik should stay away from direction and south-Indian films (the influences show). The new wave of tapori feel-good utopian cinema is sweeping the nation ...On a non sequitur, the background music at the point when Karan's sister has the customary bidaai is actually set to a desi-percussion-based bossa nova! (unless my ears were mistaken)

As Mr. Anu "I'm the best" Malik put it: "My forthcoming music in films like [...] Satish Kaushik's Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai deserves the highest awards in this country.". Sure Mr. Malik, sure. Be content with the moolah you're making and stop aiming for quality. You can't handle it.

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