Thursday, September 08, 2005

Simply superb - Iqbal

Yesterday, I saw a movie 'Iqbal'. One more reason to admire Nagesh Kukunoor. After seeing 'Hyderabad Blues', 'Rockford' & 'Teen Deewarein' (all being directed by Nagesh), I was sure going to watch 'Iqbal'. The only question was when and where (theatre or TV/VCD).

And now that I have seen it, here is what I think about it.

A simple story of a deaf and dumb boy who makes to Indian cricket team, against all odds. Only 6 main characters. The boy, his sister, his mother, his father, his master who never made to national team in his time and an academy coach who is more interested in business than emotions. Each character as simple as it can be, and each performance as good as it can be.

Shreyas Talpade is really good as deaf-dumb boy and not to mention Shweta Prasaad is highly talented child actress. And no doubt about Naseerudding Shah. I have yet to find a role of his where he didn't actually fit in.
I think Shahrukh Khan should see this movie again and again for rest of his life to learn at least some acting.

Highly recommended movie. And make a point to watch it in theatre, don't watch it on TV. It is really worth it.
I hope it gets some good awards. (Perhaps you heard it wrong if you think Filmfare awards. I was talking about National awards)

This morning I saw an add for 'Salaam Namaste'. It said 'Yash Chopra's biggest Musical Entertainer'. I was just wondering how can they claim it to be biggest entertainer before even releasing the movie. And why is it just musical entertainer? Is it because these days all the Chopra camp movies only contain goodie-goodie looking sweet people living in large houses and singing a good song every now and then?
I am sure I don't want to go to theatre to just listen good songs. I can always hear cassette.

When can we expect movies like 'Iqbal', 'Teen Deewarein' or 'Ab Tak Chhappan' from Chopra productions?


Enigma said...

When can we expect movies like 'Iqbal', 'Teen Deewarein' or 'Ab Tak Chhappan' from Chopra productions?

Goats do not fly, Pigs don't live clean, Donkey's never outstrip horses, and Chopra's can not make a good film

Debajit said...

Hey Onkar...

Dude... you just inspired me to watch Iqbal!

I sure do agree with every word you said :)

My thoughts on Shah Rukh Khan's acting skills are simply unspeakable...

I really surprises me -- the kinds of Hindi movies that go on to become super "duper" hits!

... guess people do really enjoy the song and dance! (Actually I do too!!) -- but that isn't excuse enough to release movies with bland and hackneyed storylines.

I guess directors simply want to make money off their work... and in their frenzy to do so, they'll do anything...

Recipe for a Good Movie
Basically it boils down to this:

(1) Take a good story from somewhere. It can be from any other movie or novel, doesn't really matter.

(2) Chop into fine bits and twist the story according to taste...

(3) Spice it up with songs and dances...

(4) Garnish generously with item numbers. Here is where Shah Rukh Khan and the item girls (with ekdum dhinchaak Item Bombs, no less!) come in. It really doesn't matter if the garnishing overpowers the dish itself!

(5) Serve hot!!


vipin said...

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partner mhanaje apalya sarvanmadhil ek supt akansha asanara prati rup