Friday, July 11, 2003

movie samaachaar

Qayamat: City Under Threat{last discussed here} has a simple structure: The Rock at the core, embellished[sic] with dhin chaak songs from the Nadeem Shravan camp. It also marks the return of Chunky Pandey to Hindi films (that silence is the applause, btw). Which means, as before, the "city under threat" could be yours. Loud raucous laughter fading into aural darkness ... {more} {director Harry Baweja discusses the film}

If (like me) you don't really care about the latest mainstream Hrithik-fanclub-oriented Film Kraft (that's Papa Roshan's production company) production Koi Mil Gaya, you can catch the plot here. It's being billed as "the first Sci-fi film in Hindi". Well, we faithful viewers of all trash coming from Bollywood know very well that making scientific fiction (read: anything scientifically impossible) is second-nature for Bombay's film capital. The soundtrack didn't sound too exciting either. ... E. T. (pron: Hrithik) go home. And stay there.

Some dumbass has filed a complaint against the crew of Bhoot [review] for "alleging that he had been experiencing immense mental torture and sleeplessness after watching the 'horror' scenes of the film". Well, Mr K B Goswami, did you go there expecting to see some Kareena Kapoor mush/scream-fest??? GROW UP. {actually, come to think of it, watching Kareena is probably more horrifying}.

The presence of the much-maligned Bengal tiger, apanaa Mithun-da, has made Oriya film A Jugara Krushna Sudama a big hit.

Dimple (abhi to mai.n jawaan huu.N) Kapadia is all set to play Nicole Kidman's role in the desi version of The Others [review].

Anurag Kashyap's directorial début Paanch will finally see the light of day, after languishing in the cans for such a long time.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen hits theatres here today. The fuss is all because of the presence of apanaa Naseer in the movie. The problem is that all the promos I saw focused mostly on Sean Connery, and just a select few even mentioned anyone else in the cast, but Naseer bhai did not merit any mention. If you watched the movie theatre version of the promo very carefully you would notice the elusive Shah.

Rahul Rawail's new Sunny Deol starrer Jo Bole So Nihal seems to be a lift of Crocodile Dundee...

And on a sad note, famous novelist Bhishm Sahni passed away yesterday at 84. He is best known as the writer of Tamas (the source for perhaps the best TV miniseries on DD), the protagonist in Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho, and last seen as the doomed aging Muslim in Mr and Mrs Iyer.

Here's a more detailed look at Joggers' Park. The last time I read about it, I thought of Kieslowski. After taking a look at the synopsis, I shudder at having done so. Subhash Ghai also contributed to the soundtrack as a lyricist, penning the song Kabhii Paa Liyaa To Kabhii Kho Diyaa. The music director for the album is Tabun Sutradhar (last heard from in Yash) {here's an RD Burman-centric music review}. And btw, despite their tall claims about director Anant Balani, his last film Patthar Ke Phool (which marked the début of Raveena Tandon) was NOT a runaway hit at the box--office. It was a big flop. I wonder if it was also Vinod Mehra's last screen appearance?

Oh yes, if you're wondering why I'm so obsessed with movies, I must remind you that films are a recipe for good health.

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