Friday, June 07, 2002

Recalling a failed remake and portending another one

So David Dhawan's desi remake of Analyze This, Hum Kisise Kum Nahin {not to be confused with Nasir Hussain's 1977 box office blockbuster} didn't exactly pass muster ...

And the latest piece of stinking melted fungal fudge from the Chopra cocoa plant is also hitting the box office today. It's Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi, which for alert Hindi-speaking people translates as My Best Friend's Wedding. And the film doesn't even stop there, but proceeds to rip off from other products from the same plant as well as from television. And yes, the desi twist is a gender reversal -- so it's the good old 2-guys-1-gal as opposed to the 2-girls-1-gal of the Roberts-Diaz film.

The director is a nobody called Sanjay Gadhvi who claims to have watched Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 200 times. That would make him a stupid fan, but does that endow him with even a grain's worth of merit to become a director? Kind Chopra Uncle will help here, I guess. I shudder to think of the talented directors out there who don't have the money to make their mark. And here we have people rolling in money (white, black and all the intermediate shades) churning out stale bubblegum trash. When asked about the similarity between MBFW and MYKS he retorts: There are only seven or eight original plots in the world. Every film is just a different interpretation of these basic stories. It is just like music --- you have just eight notes, but you can compose so many tunes. . I'm too tired to laugh right now ...

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