Slumdog Millionaire ****
Movie Details Crime | Drama | Romance
Dev Patel, Irrfan Khan, Anil Kapoor, Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto
Release Date 23 January 2009 (India)
Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy
Producer Christian Colson
Composer A.R. Rahman
Studio Fox Searchlight Pictures
Runtime 2 hrs
Directors Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan (co-director: India)
Writers Simon Beaufoy (screenplay) and Vikas Swarup (novel)
A good movie. I liked most of it. I loved the concept of the story being told via questions and answers in a TV show. A story which understandably will appeal to the earthy aspects of survival, hope, triumph of the spirit. I liked the way it showcased the never giving up part on the character and total acceptance of everything as long as his love was there. It came at a time when Mumbai needed a pick up from all that has happened.
The movie if you take it as a whole is something you will come away very satisfied with.
Somehow I thought that “Destiny” was given too much attention. We need to be real enough to think that its not destiny but pure determination that took the character from one point to the other. However, the script has so many coincidences ( sometimes too predictable ) that the audience is forced to think that its destiny. Well I guess many of us actually do.
I could not agree with Anil Kapoor’s character as hosts in Indian TV show are not that vindictive and sarcastic. In fact I have not seen any of the show hosts being so sarcastic about the contestants social status, or laugh at his being a chaiwalla. Maybe his role and his dialouges could have been worked some more. Maybe I am biased but I found it distasteful. I had the same crib in Ghajini.
Irfan Khan’s character was well woven where he starts with disbelief and then slowly respects Jamal for his stand. However, it was not explained what he did with the information on Jamal’s bro. Maybe it could have taken a side storyline.. but then heck.. its a movie.. so we can let go of that.
I loved the children acting out the characters till their teens. Somehow they were more convincing in their roles than the full adult roles. Dev Patel and Frieda were insipid but then I guess the other aspects of the movie made up for it.
Its a recommended movie for all. Everyone is talking about it. And it seems that just by associating with this movie everything is magnified. Music, etc etc.
It is very much because of the international presence and not whole Indian presence. Does it take an international presence to make an Indian movie to recognize the same. I guess yes ..
Some links for reference.
- Fox Searchlight
- Music Video
- Director Danny Boyle discusses the role destiny plays in SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.
I like what Danny Boyle says about India. India is like an ocean. It always changing but its always there.
- SLUMDOG Wins PGA, SAG Awards, Plus More Great News
- SLUMDOG and THE WRESTLER Nominated for 12 Oscars!
Luck By Chance ****
Movie Details Comedy
Release date January 30, 2009
Starring Farhan Akhtar, Konkona Shensharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Isha Sharwani, Sanjay Kapoor
Cinematography Ravi K. Chandran
Editing A. Sreekar Prasad
Distributed Excel Entertainment, Big Picture
Running time 156 Mins
Director Zoya Akhtar
Screenwriter Zoya Akhtar
Producer Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar
Running time 156 Mins
What can I say ? I loved it. I love the way the movie takes you through the rags to riches and then to reality story. Thank God that the filmakers are thinking real and I liked the predictably unpredictable parts of the movie.
You would think that you would know what happens next but then you will be confronted with a twist which will make you smile.
Farhan Akhtar still needs to open up more.. We can see him losing some of his stiffness in the Oye TV show. He is one hero who we will see the growth character by character in the movies that he makes.
Konkona Sen Sharma is fabulous in her role of a determined actor and who is there to make it inspite of her fallbacks.
I like the theme of the story which says something like its not destiny but choice. We choose to be successful or failures. Quite an opposite take to Slumdog which glorifies destiny.
The film portrays the Bollywood industry. One could identify somewhat to Page 3 which was already made but it was well done and took a different take on the industry.
Music is good.
And its lighthearted with lot of satire thrown in. Go watch it with no expectations and you will like it.
The President is Coming **
Movie Details Comedy
Release date January 9, 2009
Starring Konkona Sen Sharma, Shernaz Patel
Running time 90 mins
Producer Rohan Sippy
Writer Anuvab Pal
Director Kunaal Roy Kapur
Hmmm. The movie made me feel I was watching a play. It had the feel of an old television series and a play put together.
I guess you could call it funny. But I did not find it so hilarious. I could not connect with the movie.
Script was loose. The characters beside Maya Roy and the investment guy looked put upon.
I reccomend that you watch it and decide for yourself. It just did not work for me. Or maybe I expected a lot.