Another one from the Aamir Khan stable with him in his elements. Amir Khan has been, from the launch of his first movie, a little ahead of contemporary Hindi cinema. He has proved one more time that he is maturing in the art of movie making/acting. Simply said that's his way of sharing his evolving experience. Much in contrast to actors who tend to stagnate.
It's about a special child "Ishaan Awasthi", who seems to see life from a different perspective, not because he wants to, but thats the way God perhaps created him. His ambitious father however sees him, as they say in the movie, as another horse that he needs to breed for the "race called life & career". An illustration of middle-class India in its battle for survival of the fittest. The father overlooks the probability that his 8-year old is perhaps not meant for the regular races, and pushes him further into isolation by packing him off to a boarding school. While the kid battles the indifference and taunts thrown at him, Amir Khan, his art teacher, lets him free his imagination and creativity and bring forth the special quality Ishaan has and not the other so-called regular kids.
Ishaan wins an art competition, gets on the cover of his school's year book and begins to be coveted by all. That's quickly said, but watching the movie is bit of a dramatic experience especially if you are watching with women around. Man!! they cry a lot!! Can't blame them....listen to it once.....you will know what I am talking about!!! Sentiment sells the most with Indian audience.
A biographical Drama, starring Will Smith as Chris Gardner, is about a struggling salesman trying to sell a less needed product and his troubled marriage. Finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet with his paltry earnings, Chris suddenly stumbles upon the idea of becoming a stock-broker. He earnestly goes on to apply for an internship in a stock brokerage firm hoping to get selected for a full time position. The decision sparks his seperation from his wife and he gets custody of their only son. The movie from then on depicts the adverse conditions Chris goes through in his attempt to make a new career and take care of his son at the same time. He goes through homelessness, hunger, humiliation,jail and tax seizure. Though a tear-jerker, on the whole it's a compelling and moving story that ends with Chris succeeding in his endeavors and becoming a millionare.
A romantic comedy that kicks off with two women (Cameron Diaz & Kate Winslet)who live five thousand miles apart but are dealing with the same problem: men. The two swap homes through a home exchange website hoping to forget their troubled lives. Not only do they manage to get over their past but also find new loves in their new places. A simple story line with good dialogues and backed by neat performances by the cast makes the movie a "should watch" item.
It was a good entertainer. But can never match the first part. Probably an overdose of "Gandhigiri" spoiled the show. Short circuit's dialogues were hilarious. Atleast for a couple days after you have watched the movie, the song "pal pal har pal" can keep you hooked.
Talking of movies, it behooves upon me that I write about my good friend, Anand Alagappan, a talented young director aspiring for a niche in the tinsel world. He has to his credit a short film called "No Exit" and a travel documentary spanning 14 episodes. The film "No Exit" was selected for screening at a film fest at Naples, Florida. Would you believe that the only other Indian movie selected was that of Mani Rathnam's? Kudos Anand !!!
A true story of a famous Polish pianist, Szpilman, this film is a tale of a musician surviving the Nazi oppression in Warsaw. The movie mostly dwells on portraying the minute details of a man living on meagre or no supply of food and water, waiting for the Russians to liberate Warsaw from the clutches of the Nazis. I found the Nazi era movie "Life is beautiful" more appealing.
Starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, it's a movie about sexual fantasies and how its takes a couple for a roller-coaster ride. The sex ceremony depicted in the movie reminded me of the Pagan ritual described in the book "The Da Vinci Code".Over flowing with nude scenes, I found it to be a slow-paced movie with each scene dragging forever.
A Indian version of "Momento", this movie about a memory-loss patient( Surya) who is out to avenge the murder of his girl friend (Asin). Great job by Surya, but I liked Asin more for her performance. The song "Sutrum Vizhi azhage" has stayed back in my mind.
A good effort at the CONMAN (hera pheri) stuff. But, if you have seen MatchStick man, you would end up being disappointed with this Hindi version. For those who don't follow Hollywood, this is a different treat.