Yes, its true, Dunkirk is a World War II epic. Gut -wrenching, suffocating, real-life depiction of the pain, fear, anguish and frustration of the horrors of war. But you died a hundred times with Schindlers List as well, and cringed with the Inglorious Basterds, cried listening to the Pianist, rooted for the Great Escape, yet admired Catch 22 ‘s irony and whistled with the soldiers crossing over Bridge on the river Kwai, but your heart sank to see Life is Beautiful.
So what’s new with Dunkirk?
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Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Great Indian Flimsy awards. A show which will leave you gasping for sanity, breathless for brazen humor, gripping nepotism , song and dance sequences which outnumber the total awards ! Outstanding performances, looped reactions for special television audience. Watch it till you can…
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Think of a fairly tale come alive. Exotic locales, picture perfect long shots and a light weight feel good musical. It has adventure, think Shikari Shambhu, it has emotion , think Tinkle, it has humor, think Suppandi. I ‘ve chosen only Indian comic book references, but I guess you get the drift. Tintin, Sherlock Holmes would be similar references from the western world.
But to understand the lyrical narrative style, you need to watch Chicago, or closer home a movie called Thoda Sa Roomani Ho Jayen. No connection in plot or class, but just the musical style of story-telling is what is common.
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When Hunterwaali meets Casablanca, when Ingrid meets Kangana,when Bogart meets Saif you know you are in for trouble.Yet you hope because of a name Vishaal Bardwaj. But like the say, sometimes in life, things don’t add up even if you are doing the math right. Rangoon is a movie which had all the elements of greatness, yet failed to touch a single chord throughout its duration. Find out why?
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Call me biased if you will, but will there ever be a better Vijay Dinanath Chauhan than Amitabh Bachchan ? A better Don than Amitabh Bachchan?
No. There won’t , period.
With that out of the way, Raees, is a bold , could’ve been good, absurd and confusing movie. It greatly reflects on the mindset, and handle on the craft, of Mr.Dholakia, the writer and director , of would you believe it-Parzania? A National Award winning movie. Perhaps sums up why the disappointment is high.
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Star Wars was as much for kids as it was for adults. Rogue One seems it has forgotten to address the latter. Where is the magic of Star wars? Where is the gravitas and the mystic of the characters that mesmerized a generation?
Clearly, the Force has weakened.
So what is the solution?
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There is a reason why some of the movie characters remain lodged in our hearts long after the movie is over. Characters like Anand, Jai, Raj, Radha, Raju Guide, remain etched in our memory from yester years. In recent times, you’d have to include Datto,Rani, Rancho,Ishaan Awasthi to name a few.
So where does Dear Zindagi’s Kaira fit in?
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