22 Jun 2008

Date Ali

"Who is Ali? Why do they want to date him?", Alex kept wondering throughout the film.

De Taali
Starring: Riteish Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Ayesha Takia, Rimi Sen, Anupam Kher

Genre: Comedy, Drama

This is a light story of 3 childhood friends who are now 26 years old. Aftab (Abhishek) is a rich kid who is always falling in love with the wrong girls (cameos by Hrishita Bhatt, Neha Dhupia and a couple more). Ayesha (Amruta) is a sundar-sushil girl. Ritesh (Paresh Gurudev) is an unemployed guy and is the brain of the club who comes up with plans that fail. Aftab falls in love with a con-girl Rimi. The other 2 try to save him. As expected, Aftab and Ayesha end up together.

Scenes I remember:
  • Aftab ineffectively doing a Sandra Bullock from Miss Congeniality when he teases Ayesha by saying 'Amu lurrvhs me. Amu crieess for me...'
  • Aftab saying that for the first 6 months of their friendship, they did not know that Ayesha was a girl! (He does not mention how they finally realised it :P )
  • At the hair-dressers, Ayesha and Ritesh watch their hair fly using the blow dryer and when Aftab tries the same on his short crop, there are a few giggles
  • The eccentric behaviour of Rimi's family members... 'chai chahiye? toh jaake banaao. mere liye bhi banaao.' Who is that lady? She has acted quite well in most films that I have seen her in.
  • I was told that the film is like 'Saving Silverman' and the tree club house scene definitely suggests that there was an inspiration
  • Ritesh mimics jadoo from Koi Mil Gaya

  • Ritesh provides the comic relief with support from Ayesha
  • A very light movie with a not-so-bollywoody story
  • There are some giggles through out... like the Rimi torture sequence

  • The music is nothing to remember about
  • Aftab seems out of place and lost

Watch it for some time pass.

14 Jun 2008

Wood stocked pilla

Woodstock Villa

Starring: Sikandar Kher, Arbaaz Khan, Neha (?) Oberoi, Sachin Khedekar, Shakti Kapoor, Gulshan Grover

Director: Hansal Mehta

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Similar movie: Aggar, The Train

The film starts with Arbaaz Khan being phoned to pay ransom for his wife, kidnapped by Sikandar Kher. Arbaaz reports this to the cops. The wife is found dead. Sikandar then tries to flee away from the city, but realises that he might be innocent and ends up solving the mystery.

Scenes I remember:
  • The intentional graphic novel feel of the titles
  • The initial sequences that show the landmarks of Mumbai in a new light and eventually end with a heavy rain shot from above
  • Sanjay Dutt crooning and scratching the guitar with the Aryans!
  • Sachin Khedekar trying to be a comic relief - Itni acchi gaadi ka satyaanaash hua!

  • Makes a good video cassette promoting Kiron Kher's son's acting, dancing, filmy fighting abilities
  • Sikandar Kher does well for his debut, accepting that the wooden glances were part of the script
  • Music might do well at the city's pubs
  • Shortened length of the movie

  • Gulshan Grover has better screen presence than the hero :P
  • The twists in the story are expected

Recommended if:
  • Sikandar becomes a star and a fan wants to watch his debut movie
  • You liked 'The Train' and 'Aggar'

4 Jun 2008

Random sketch

This was a random sketch based on a guy I noticed changing clothes on the train. The clean shaved head and the creamish-orange tikka on the forehead possibly meant that he was part of the ISKON - 'Hare Rama, Hare Krsna' organisation.

He just dropped his pants and held the lower end of the short kurta between his teeth. He unfolded a length of white cotton cloth and wrapped it around like a lungi. The entire changeover was completed in a couple of minutes. He then turned around with a wide smile and packed his things back into his shoulder bag.

By the way, that writing in pen is that of a manager who could not find anything else to scribble his instructions on. How could he! Hare Ram, Hare Ram.