Monday, 25 October 2010

Abbas Tyrewala's Superman - Jhootha Hi Sahi

When was the last time you said, "Wow this man makes wonderful movies!" Well even if you had it would had been movies by either Aamir Khan, Yash Raj Films or our old Karan Johar(despite losing fame as a director, his production house makes wonderful movies.) Who would have ever thought a guy who once wrote dialogue for superhit movies like Asoka, Leela, Darna Mana Hai, Munnabhai would go on to become a successful director, making beauitful movies that makes you happy and want to watch it and experience the joy over and over again.

Abbas Tyrewala, much aclaimed for making movies like Jaane Tu Ya Jaane has hit the right chord with his latest movie Jhootha Hi Sahi. It has been a long road for this man, who dropped out of college just to work as a PR and later become a full-time writer. Abbas is someone who knows what he wants and knows how to achieve it. Despite his latest movie making some critics give negative reviews, till now who ever has watched it, have loved. He makes movies which hit the heart directly.

His movies consists of comedy, romance, drama, anger, joy, in short all emotions that a human being can feel and express (even which can't be expressed but seldom we try to or hide inside). Jhootha Hi Sahi cannot be compared with JTYJN yet it has it's own story. Starring his better half Pakhi in the lead opposite to John Abraham, the movie is about or little inspired from Superman, the double identity and how we sometime use it to our own benefit in our real life. The movie has its faults, for example filmy ending like JTYJN, still overall it has made us love it. One can go back and watch it over and over again and not get bored. Natural acting, simple story, great locations, catchy and right music for the right mood, superb side supporting actors. The most wonderful thing being the use of comedy in between moments of drama, the way serious issues were solved in the most trivial way.

Abbas surely knows how to use his cast and crew. You wouldn't find the movie over-written or too simple. It has been a long journey for John too, from Jism to Jhootha Hi Sahi. Each and every member of the movie, the people who are familiar to us, has progressed at each step. Now for the newcomer, the female lead, Pakhi, we are yet to know whether she is one-movie-hit or a superstar in making. Surely she has talent of acting in herself, quite natural in front of the camera. She well deserved the role of Mishka and the numerous people who had voted her for the role should be paid extra!! 

However one thing I missed in the movie was superb music like Abbas' previous movies. There are good numbers but not all. The movie has an ending like Notting Hill. But you can't expect every movie to be outstanding, out of the blue. Like then each and every movie would had been superhit! Plus Pakhi should get into shape in order to match beside superstars, she looks too ordinary. Either she needs to cut down some weight or get into a new look.

I guess it's time for Abbas to have a banner to his name.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Autograph - Why I feel it didn't make to IFFI...

Srijit Mukherjee's Autograph is not a remake or reinterpretation of Satyajit Ray's 'Nayak' rather it is sort of a tribute by the debutant to the great film-maker and also to Uttam Kumar. The selection of 'Achin Pakhi' for IFFI and not Autograph has surely raised some eyebrows however there may be many reasons for it being not selected.

Autograph has many discrepancies which may have lead to it's not being one of the entries to IFFI. One of the main reasons being, according to me, the use of the late actor Uttam Kumar's real name Arun Chatterjee and the whole movie revolving around the remake of 'Nayak', in modern version by the new director in the movie. As such the movie doesn't have any original plot to it's name also. The main plot or theme of the movie has been portrayed in a very loose way.

It is surely seen that the movie about one man's status in a film industry, about his position even though his movies not receiving much appreciations, and various people's thoughts and views about him which he doesn't bother about(the character portrayed by Prosenjit). However somewhere Srijit who has also written the script of the movie has mixed three more sub-plots, which has lead to the not-so-good presentation of the main plot. One being the remake, two being the breaking and beginning of the relationships and three being the betrayal.

Throught out the movie, much importance is given to the remake of Satyajit Ray's 'Nayak', the relationships and the return to the past of an actor's life which again is sort of not original. At moments the movie even confuses the audiences, till the mystery is broken by Prosenjit.

Srijit has made a good movie, something different, although his main plot, the theme is presented or portrayed towards more powerfully towards the end of the movie.

Autograph is no doubt a movie that people will enjoy, which is success of the whole team involved in the making of the film, a good performance by all the actors and crew (although there were lots of mistakes by the make-up artists). But the main plot of the movie have surely lost itself among too many sub-plots.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

A Short Story

"Sir give some money na, feeling hungry." "Chacha feeling hungry,will you please give me something?"

The tea-shop owner,"Thief go away, don't you have any shame? You little squid. That day even after getting caught with money he haven't gave up this act! Go now or do you want me to come?" The man was getting out of his shop, with a hot iron in his hand but by the time the boy ran across the street, panting.

Wondering and hungry he sat down breathing fast. Just then something dropped in front of him. He raised his eyes to see. A cellphone. He looked sideways to see where it came from. A lady was walking away hurriedly and the back of her bag was open and hanging. He quickly grabbed the cellphone and was about to run when suddenly every bit of torture he faced last time he tried giving back a lost thing. He didn't steal still. Should he return or runaway and sell. No he can't. He kept the cellphone hidden in his rugged clothes and started walking towards the lady slowly.

The lady by this time had moved on very far but the boy kept on walking, halting at times, thinking about the consequences. 

The lady heard the boy calling her name from behind; she put her hands inside her bag and was about to give away some money to the boy, thinking "another beggar". "It's better to pay him something or else he'll keep disturbing me." She was taking out some money, while walking, when the boy pulled her shirt and gave her the cellphone," It fell out when you were walking quickly in front of me. I didn't steal I swear am not a thief."

The lady was amazed. The money remained in her hands. She forgotten what she was doing. She kneeled and asked," What's your name? Where do you live? What can I do for you?"

The boy started talking quickly," Am hungry and they won't let me have anything coz they think am a thief because last day also I tried returning a man's wallet which fell infront of the shop. But they beat me. I'm hungry I want to eat like everyone. But I can't. Am not a thief believe me."

The lady came closer to the boy. " Lets go to the shop where they won't let you eat. I'll buy you something nice."