Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Twice as good

Good hindi movies are rare & to be able to catch two of them in a row is a chance one gets only once in 300 years.

I think 'Khoya Khoya Chand' is a great & intense movie. Like "Hazaaron Khwahishey Aisi" made two years ago by the same director; this movie too is under-rated. Set in Mumbai's movie-world of 1950s, Shiney Ahuja plays a Guru-Dutt-ish character; passionate & brooding; whereas Soha Khan plays a Meena-Kumari-ish actress; successful yet tragic. The movie follows the amorous love story of the two characters with the black-and-white Bollywood as a backdrop -- its vulgar inside as well as the glossy outside.

The other great movie I watched last week was 'Taare Zameen Par'; it had me sobbing away through out :) This is a story of a 8-year-old kid, gifted with intelligence & creativity, but he suffers from dyslexia & learning disabilities. Scorned by friends and punished by adults who don't recognise his disabilities, the kid finds his sense of self-worth almost completely eroded; until a sensitive art teacher turns his life around.

The movie made me go back in memory to my school days and remember all the 'under-performers' from my school and spare a thought for what they would've gone through. The movie also makes a strong statement on whats wrong with the competitive Indian education system that makes great doctors & engineers out of some school kids; but is ruthless to the rest of them.

14 comments:

Kanishka Agiwal said...

Hmm. Khoya Khoya Chand..haven't seen this one. Maybe something to do over this weekend.

Happy hols to you as well and a very happy new year :)

360 Pixels said...

Taare Zameen Par - one of the best movies I have watched in a long time, period. Aamir the director is as good if not better than Aamir the actor. A very emotive and realistic film without any melodrama or histrionics. Darsheel is too good for his age, overall a top notch movie and I hope it gets nominated for an Oscar.

Kishor Cariappa said...

Brilliant: this is how I sum up TZP. Darsheel is the real star of the movie which 'also' stars Aamir Khan. I would want all the school teachers and 'competitive parents' to watch this movie and get a life.

Jas Bhambra said...

I haven't watched any of those, but I think I would have to.

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Hiya! :)

I am looking forward to seeing taare zameen par, I love aamir khan and I have heard a lot of good about this movie. Your extra seal of approval also helps lol

Radha said...

Kanishka,
It's a good unconventional movie. Something different from the usual masala movies.

360 pixels,
hmm, it is one of the better movies; and I loved Darsheel too. I loved the fact that he wasn't a conventional cute chubby kid; made it more real.

Kishor,
Thats true; but then at the end of the movie one does feel for the parents as well. They do think of their child's best interests; except that they're ignorant of his disabilities and what it means to the child. I kind of felt bad for the mom especially.

Jas,
Do watch both the movies; they're nicer of the recent lot of movies.

Sha'ira,
Hi there, long time.
Go for the movie, but carry a lot of tissues with you; coz it will probably make you sob a lot :)

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

Looks like a good movie to me... see if I can get it here in Holland..

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Radha said...

Joann,
Hi again! I did see your blog & loved the new pictures. Keep it coming! :)

Happy Reader said...

I heard some good reviews about TZP. After reading your comments, I so badly want to see it now..

Fighter Jet said...

TZP is a fabolous movie...and the child artist has done real comendable job..great acting skill...it was so real.

Realy worth watching... KKC,will have to see it to comment it.

Radha said...

Happy Reader,
Hope it lives upto your expectations when you do watch it :)

Fighter Jet,
hi, welcome to this blog :)
I agree with you; the star of TZP was the young actor; he's done an excellent job!

Destitute Rebel said...

Tarey Zameen per is a great movie but iv become sick of it, its being played on cable in pakistan every morning and my neices have been watching it everyday, iv seen it about 7 times in as many days.

Radha said...

D Reb,
7 times!! I dont blame you for being sick of it by now!! :-))

Moi said...

watched TZP a coupla days back and totally loved it ...the little boy there is awesome.....I only wish they had not portrayed Dad as inconsiderate .........my disciplinarian Dad seemed like a gentle dove after the movie :D