Saw Slumdog Millionaire

Yeah, I just saw the movie everyone’s been talking about- Slumdog Millionaire. Oh, I just loved it. Damn good. Sound, Editing, Direction, Story and even acting. I just cannot believe the perspective the director had for the movie.

I loved the way the human emotions are captured in this movie. While I haven’t seen any other Danny Boyle movies, I now want to rent them over this weekend and watch ’em all – specially Trainspotting.

A must watch! btw, check out the blah! article on the movie.


A Wednesday – the movie

Just saw A Wednesday – the movie. One of the best movies that I’ve watched this year. Both Naseeruddin and Anupam Kher shine in their roles. The real surprise, however, is the stellar performance of Jimmy Shergill. This guy has some serious potential. Overall a well crafted movie by Neeraj Pandey, the debutant director. A must watch.

Taare Zameen Par

Trust Aamir Khan to tread the path less traveled. And that’s what the movie is really all about – taking the path less traveled. Not participating in the rat race to top in your class and become a doctor, engineer etc. Exploring your inner self. Thinking, Dreaming and Imagining. And to do what you really like and are good at. My hat tip to Aamir Khan for coming up with something original and taking on such a sensitive topic.

The movie revolves around a dyslexic kid who has trouble coping with studies in school. He is misunderstood by one and all, including his parents. One day his drawing teacher (played by Aamir Khan) finds out about the child’s condition and then embarks on a journey to help the kid and bring out his talents in the field that he is really good in.

I don’t know about you, but there are several moments in the movie that reminded me of my own childhood. Be it the child’s bonding with his mother, the child’s coping with the unruly neighborhood kids or getting punished by the teachers for day dreaming in the class :-)

Both the lyrics and the music are fantastic. The lyrics stay true to the core of the movie. A commendable job by Prasoon Joshi. I guess this is his first attempt at lyric writing. Please pay special attention to it when watching the movie. You’ll appreciate the words. Trust me. My favourite songs in the movie are – Maa and Manzil Ka Ishara Jame Raho.

The real star of the movie is Darsheel Safary. My Best Actor of 2007 award goes to him. That child has got some serious acting potential. Aamir Khan does a great job as a director.

Hey and last but not the least, I was amazed by the animation work done in the movie. Specially the Earth Pluto fight.

I hope this one wins the Best Movie of the year award.

Oceans 13

Oceans’s 13 movie posterWhat were the odds of this movie being the best of the three installments – 13 to one. But oh, what a brilliant movie. A great ensemble of actors, slick direction, fast pace, gripping and the humor – sharp. I think, this is the best movie of all the three. To be fair, the first one comes quite close but this one is the best hands down.

People, give Pirates and Spidey a pass, but don’t miss this one. This might just make your summer!

Watched Don, both old and new

Ever since Farhan Akhtar’s Don came out, I wanted to watch the old Don to revive my memories before watching the new one. Ofcourse, the intent being to compare the two movies.

A couple of days ago, I rented a DVD and watched the old Don. Last night I watched the new one. Here is my take on both the movies (please bear in mind, that I am no movie expert):

Amitabh Bachchan (AB) is The Don. Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) doesnt even come close. Maybe it was AB’s height, his charisma or both. SRK is good, but not when compared to the original Don.

The old music is the best. Sorry, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, but Kalyanji-Anandji truimph with their melodious music. I liked the Morya re song from the new movie, didnt like the new Khaike Paan song.

Arjun Rampal was good. Much better than Pran (haha, sorry for comparing them).

Overall a good entertainer. Just don’t go to the movie hall expecting to see a better Don movie. Watch is as just another movie.