Its not often that I watch two new releases back-to-back. I usually pick one, and ignore the other till it either receives an obscene amount of recommendations or it comes on cable. But with Rann yesterday and Ishqiya today, I had to break that habit…coz both looked extremely promising and paisa-vasool. And let me say it: Ishqiya more so.
A shishya’s work may not better the guru’s but this effort from debutante director Abhishek Chaubey can be a potent example that it can come pretty close. Vishal Bharadwaj being the guru here and his Omkara, the comparative benchmark. But in all fairness, whilst Omkara was a re-telling of a Shakespearean saga, Ishqiya is penned by Vishal Bharadwaj, Sabrina Dhawan and Abhishek Chaubey and the latter in the role of the director, brings it on-screen in a delectable manner.
Set in the bhayya belt of Uttar Pradesh, Ishqiya is the tale of two petty thieves – Khaalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) who’re on the run from a goon who’ve they robbed and end up in sleepy Gorakhpur, taking refuge in the house of their old friend. The friend is dead now but his widow Krishna (Vidya Balan) gives them shelter nevertheless and decides to help them out when the goons threaten them with a pay-up-or-perish deadline. The three put their heads together and plan a sinister coup & as the plot unfolds layer-by-layer, several hidden truths and stealth motives come to light.
The seemingly odd love triangle between Khalujaan – Krishna – Babban is the highpoint of the movie and is quite well handled. Khalujaan’s romance is old-school, clean, pure, delicately developed around tender talks, mundane kitchen-tasks and nuanced by some old hindi film music from S D Burman and Hemant Kumar. Babban’s is raw, bashful, physical and lustful in nature. And fitted to the latest & raunchiest filmy tunes – something that highlights the generational gap between the protagonists. Krishna plays up to both advances with aplomb and suavely manages to manipulate both to her advantage.
Rann has been a long-standing dream project of Ram Gopal Varma. He has been itching to make a movie that attempts to unmask the truths & facts that go behind the capturing, creating, packaging and presenting of what we commonly know as News. Having just seen the movie, I’m slightly disappointed in RGV, for Rann showcases what effectively is a mere drop in the ocean, it exposes but a single shameful escapade, a sinister plot that has a greater significance in the balance shift but a triviality nevertheless!
Whether Ramu has in mind a sequel (or two) I’m not sure but this one is just an episode. He might have as well said “Stay tuned…we’ll be back” at the end of it all!
Vijay Dinanth Chauhan…er…beg your pardon, Vijay Harshvardhan Malik (Amitabh Bachchan) is the face of India 24×7 News Channel and the most trusted media journalist out there. But popularity and trust doesn’t beget the TRP’s and the channel is losing out on this front to newer, more effervescent and more ‘masaledaar’ channels – of which Amrish Kakkar’s (Mohnish Bahl) Headlines24 is topmost. Jay Malik (Sudeep), VHM’s son and the channel’s CEO wants money & success and when new shows’ plots and titles are blatantly leaked off to rival channels, he’s at his wit’s end. The situation is ably taken advantage of by industrialist Naveen Shankalya (Rajat Kapoor) and opposition leader Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal).
Thus begins a deadly and sinister game of comeuppance, within which Vijay becomes the cat’s paw and aspiring journalist Purab Shastri (Riteish Deshmukh), the unwilling spectator. To paraphrase one of the movie’s dialog: “In the quest for power, the media is bought out by the industrialists and politicians and the news is not told, but made” Continue reading
So it happened that I was at Ming’s Court earlier today…you know, the speciality Chinese cuisine restaurant from the Ohri’s group, and once we finished our meal, they passed around few fortune cookies. Now I don’t believe in these fortune cookies/astrologers/palmists/parrot/tarot stuff but at my friend’s insistence, took up two of them (different coloured ones) and just out of curiosity, read them aloud:
“Your ingenuity and imagination will get results”
Ahem…I’m not one to blow my own trumpet but that actually sounded true and was feeling quite smug about it…until the 2nd one was read aloud:
“An unexpected relationship will become permanent”
Whoosh! Bang! Crash! There came down the hope that these cookies were kinda good natured, if not really prophetic! Why otherwise would they contain such scary stuff? Any of you readers believe in this stuff and if yes, have they really been truthful? Do lemme know…
P.S: We were back to believing they were partly truthful when my friend read aloud his: “You are more likely to give in!”
Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Bhogi, a Colourful Pongal and a Delightful Makar Sankranthi…
Enjoy the long weekend ahead…
Seen the newest Idea Cellular advertisement featuring Abhishek Bachchan as a tree, exhorting people to Use Mobiles and Save Paper?
Its part of the “Save Paper” campaign by the Aditya Birla Group – http://usemobilesavepaper.in/index.php. Exactly how
they we’re to go about doing it is still a bit unclear to me maybe a part II of the campaign will be unveiled soon.
For starters, Idea themselves can stop selling their chota recharge vouchers on paper and do away with the booklets and manuals that accompany a new connection
What an Idea, sirjee!