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Sex, Shah Rukh or Story: What makes a movie work?

Posted by jahanzaibmemon on January 5, 2008

Would Taare Zameen Par have had the same response if it did not have Aamir Khan? Or Chak De have done as well without Shah Rukh Khan? Would Saawariya have worked if it had Hrithik Roshan instead?

The answer to the last question at least is a resounding no, Saawariya was a bad film and even all the Khans put together couldn’t have saved it. Having said that, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Bheja Fry, Metro, Johnny Ghaddar, Gangster… are just some of the movies that had no big star attraction and yet won over the crowds as well as the critics.

Does it mean that Bollywood is slowly getting over its ‘star power’ fixation? That finally content will be the ultimate king and does it mean more good cinema in 2008?

And the nominees are…

The list of nominees for one of the earliest movie awards – Star Screen Awards – is already out. Chosen on the recommendations made my industry insiders, the top contenders are Taare Zameen Par (17 nominations), Metro (15), Guru (14) and Chak De (12)…

In a year that saw many sequels and remakes – Ram Gopal Varma’s Aag and Umrao Jaan being the biggest duds – the viewer appreciated fresh content. With added technical improvements and improved production values, 2007 saw some unlikely movies making it big while run-of-the-mill, big budget flicks brilliantly bombed at the box office.

At the same time, SRK’s stick-to-the-formula Om Shanti Om brought in the customer and the cash as well… So what really is working with the viewer? And again, would a Taare and Chak De have pulled in the people without the star attraction of Aamir and SRK respectively?

“Metro didn’t have any star cast so to speak and has got 15 nominations, that’s three more than Chak De… Even Khosla Ka Ghosla and Bheja Fry, which did not have any star content performed well at the box office. It proves that content is still king in a way,” points out Ram Mirchandani, executive vice president, UTV Motion Pictures, the distributors for all three movies.



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Taare Zameen Par get Best position in 2007

Posted by jahanzaibmemon on January 3, 2008

We’ve never had 26 films worth talking about in a single year in a very long time. 2007 has yielded a rich harvest for Hindi cinema. While rating them, not only the primary function of Indian cinema – that it has to entertain a diverse audience – is taken into account but also factors such as intention of the filmmaker, originality, repeat viewing and fatigue, quality of writing, inventiveness of story-telling, devices employed, scale of production and star appeal.

No.1 Chak De India

The girls are amazing. Because Jaideep Sahni has written a script that combines girlpower, women’s liberation and the importance of team-spirit in a convincing underdog drama with authentic sporting action, gorgeously shot. Near flawless but for the predictability associated with the sports genre.

No.2 Taare Zameen Par
Films are where reality meets fantasy and no other film in a long while has walked these two worlds at the same time, often blurring the lines associated with the distinctively different genres while also tripling as an effective social commentary. No Indian film has ever captured childhood like this before

No.3 Om Shanti Om

Has there been a more irreverent film in the history of Indian cinema? One that does not take anything, including itself, seriously while paying tribute to an era of implausible plots, melodrama and revenge themes. Just by sheer quantity of laughs and goofs and quality of style and choreogcinema raphy, Om Shanti Om, despite the silly twist in the tale towards the climax, is a colourful musical that celebrates cinema.

No.4 Jab We Met

This is Dilwale Dulhaniya’s sequel in spirit. If Dilwale tried to define Indian-ness by procuring parental consent for love, Jab We Met goes deeper into the heartland of the country and tries to understand relationships in the context of a highly self-centric India where love blurs right and wrong.

No.5 Johnny Gaddaar

Here comes a quality suspense caper after ages. What’s more, it’s slick and stylish. It’s a rollercoaster of a mind-game. Never has a tribute film been this exciting with all the cheeky referencing. Not only is it unpredictable, it also has a brilliant ensemble cast. Also, because it has Dharam Paaji show us what a fantastic actor he is even today.

The Others

No.6 Namastey London – A surprisingly endearing Katrina-Akshay romantic comedy

No.7 Bheja Fry – But for Vinay Pathak’s brilliance, a shameless rip-off

No.8 Partner – Govinda-Salman work their magic in this remake of Hitch

No. 9 Dhamaal – is a Bollywood film directed by Indra Kumar and starring Sanjay Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh, Aashish Chaudhary, Arshad Warsi and Javed Jaffrey.

No.10 Salaam-e-Ishq – This mushy overdose worked for Valentine’s Day

No.11 Apne – This boxing drama has Dharam Paaji’s heart

No.12 Saawariya – Strictly for world-class cinematography and some of the music

No.13 Dil Dosti Etc – A daring gutsy anti-thesis to Dil Chahta Hai

No.14 Aaja Nachle – For Madhuri Dixit alone.

No.15 Ek Chalis Ki Last Local – A rare whacky neo-noir comedy

No.16 Life in a Metro – A ‘Closer’-like candid look at relationships

No.17 Loins of Punjab – Have you ever laughed more this year?

No.18 Honeymoon Travels – A refreshing, modern look at marriage

No.19 Cheeni Kum – But for the climax, this offbeat romance ought to rank higher.

No.20 Apna Aasman – Promising debut conveniently resolved.

No.21 Manorama – If this weren’t a remake, this mystery would rank higher.

No.22 Khoya Khoya Chand – Soha’s miscast in this time machine to the 1960s

No.23 Black Friday – Though authentic, loses pace structured like the book

No.24 Water – Talk of bad casting and location ruining a great script

No.25 Dharm – Pankaj Kapoor, you are God!

No.26 Eklavya – The cinematography is sheer poetry

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Taare Zameen Par -Not a review

Posted by jahanzaibmemon on January 2, 2008

Let me clear in advance that I am not a critic or an expert to talk about the technicalities of movie making. Hence this is not a review but just my views about the movie.

Dispite the controvorsies revolving his personal life lately, he has managed to promote the movie just on the basis of the movie itself. Unlike other movie stars, I had seen very few hungama for TZP promotions. The caption of the movie is” Every child is special”, am not sure if all are but yes Ishaan Avasti who is played by Darsheel Safary sure is and so is Amir Khan as a debutant director.

The movie is well executed and has the right ingrediants necessary at the right place. Nothing overdone; no excess shots squeezed in to show the struggles of kid with his diability. Infact Ishaan is by far the character who is happier than the other charaters, playing his pranks and living in his la la land of dancing letters and jumping cartoon images. Aamir has been able to show to the audience the vulnerability of kids and that every kid has a pace of their own. In this competivitve age somewhere down the lane todays parents have forgotten that and are in a constant race to see how far better, smarter and fast learner are their kids in comaprison to their peers. TZP has made us take a step back to understand the each kid has to be handelled uniquly. And like the old saying spare the rod and spoil the child funda doesn’t work for every other kid. This movie makes us realise that if your kid is a slow starter that dosnt mean that they are stupid or dumb. Just that they have to be taught in a different way.

As for the music let me quote Joginder Tuteja from

“Aamir Khan, Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy and Prasoon Joshi make a zero compromise album which stays honest to the film’s theme and bring in as much variety as one possibly can in the music for a film belonging to a genre different from regular romance, action or drama. Taare Zameen Par boasts of a soundtrack that stays true to the film’s spirit and promises to thoroughly involve a viewer while the music is on in theater.”


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