Sunday, November 02, 2003

an offended panther, a giant bunny rabbit, a mithun b-flick

The first titular element refers to the uncut version of Michael Jackson's video for Black or White. The delay in transmission of new media to India meant that we only read about it. The extended sequence features a panther that morphs into MJ. He then proceeds to dance about, graciously grab his crotch on more than one occasion and gyrate suggestively, smash the windshields and panes of cars and doors that have racist graffiti on them, throw a garbage can at a store window (a nod at Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing?).

The second refers to a wonderfully dark/comic/brooding/clever skiffy called Donnie Darko. Jake Gyllenhaal is a delight in as the eponymous protagonist, and the soundtrack is groovy. The climax offers great food for thought and debate. The special features (especially the deleted scenes and the soundtrack notes) are fun too. All in all, a perfect 10 on "let's try this film and see how good it is".

Ghamandi has Sarika in the title role, with Mithun Chakraborty playing her Petruchio. Skip ahead through a couple of pleasant songs, and Aruna Irani's love-sacrifice to a short rewarding sequence of Mithun's dance routines. And then rewind, and return. Bad print. Bad acting (Sarika takes the bakery on this one). Terrible dialogue. A B-movie miss.

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