Aiyyaa, and I am back in love with Rani Mukherji


This movie is truly pagal. But I loved EVERY MOMENT of it.

The cinematography by Amal Chaudhary is outstanding and makes me want to see his other movies.

The premise is simple enough:  Meenakshi (Rani), a Marathi girl, needs to get married as her family insists, preferibly to a nice Brahmin bouy, an ad is put in the paper. While Meenakshi daydreams through her life, seeing herself as a famous Bollywood actress, her nutty parents are pushing harder to line up candidates. she wants to find a way to become independent financially and goes  looking for work. She lands a job as a librarian at a college, where she and her nose fall head over heel for the withdrawn and taciturn Surya (Prithviraj), an aspiring artist, who seems oblivious to her infatuation.

The music in her head stops every time he stands in front of her without really seeing her (what a wonderful little cinematic touch!). Another great detail: the paintings Surya works on are actually WONDERFUL. Usually I am disappointed when film tries to portray a painter, the art is usually yucky, here its GREAT! you can smell the colors, you are almost drawn into the moment of creation. I LOVED that about this movie. The mania of the true artist, the artist who can’t be contained, shines through.

The colors used for the set, the costumes, the wardrobes, it’s all so beautifully choreographed. This whole movie is a visual feast. Rani Mukherji has never beguiled me more than as the daydreaming somnambulant Meenakshi, who follows the seemingly divine smell of her desired man, regardless of how many foul things are being said about him. She follows him whenever he turns up not finding the courage to talk to him, (one of the mysteries when we fall in love..) even on the verge of being married off.

Unfortunately way too many crazy characters are flooding the film, from her ga(r)ga-ntuan-ly annoying colleague (Anita Date), her mom to gold-toothed and bewheelchaired, hysterically laughing grandma, there is not one character in the movie that makes you take a deep breath of calm. and that’s the biggest downfall of the movie. The nutty characters are floating around without much connection and integration.

But other than that, the cinematography, the music, Rani’s acting and Prithviraj, the Tamilian eye-candy, the surrealism pervading the movie, the sets, choreographies,  the locations are just magnificent.

It’s a film on the verge of a nervous breakdown, but it’s highly “intertaining”. Rollercoaster me anytime again soon, Satish Kundalkar-ji!

 

 

I think I am going to buy the DVD.

 

 

Cast:Rani Mukherjee, Prithviraj, Anita Date, Nirmiti Sawant, Satish Alekar, Subodh Bhave, Ameya Wagh

Director: Satish Kundalkar : nm2590202

Cinematograhpy: Amal Chaudhar:   nm2226885

 

 

 

 

 

Kashyap’s “Aiyaa” caters to the funny bone


I am delighted to see Rani Mukherjee back in the saddle, especially with my favorite filmmaker Anurag Kashyap.

But where is this movie coming from? it hits us like a comet that went undetected by all radars out there scanning our galaxy.

In the film Rani plays a Marathi Brahmin who falls for a Malayali artist, I guess that makes him Mr. Wrong,  played by Prithviraj.

It’s nice to see Anurag embracing comedy for a change. I thought that’s going to be Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, with Kunal Kapoor, but that’s not even listed as his film anymore! So now I am very confused. The chicken crossed the road never to be seen again.. Instead we will get “Aiyaa” – not that I am complaining. But of course, I would have loved a  foodie movie from Kashyap. There are only a handful of those, but tons about marriage and mr. wrong. So maybe yes, I am a tad disappointed what concerns the fate of Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, but I am at the same time looking forward to Aiyaa and Rani Mukherji.

anybody who has a clue about the whereabouts of Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana, please, in the name of all foodie movie lovers, enlighten us…

 

Happy Birthday, Rani Mukherjee!


 

 

Born in 1978,  in Calcutta, Rani Mukherjee has graced the silver screen since she’s 18 years old.   Known for her beauty as well as her distinctive husky raspy voice, she has been the IT girl in Indian cinema until pretty recently.  Her break-through role by which she will be always lovingly remembered was  in Karan Johar’s directorial debut, the wildly successful Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

From there on her career took the stellar path.  Chori Chori,  Chalte Chalte,  Kal Ho Naa Ho,  Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham are only a few of the wonderful films in which she delighted us with her charm and warmth.  She is a natural in front of the camera and just as beguiling now as she was 20 years ago.  I hope some good roles will come her way.

Talaash is already looming at the horizon, where she will play alongside Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Genre mystery, with  illustrous writers like  Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap,  it could just catapult her back into the limelight and front-covers of magazines.

 

 

She’ll be also starring alongside the Malayalam  movie star Prithviraj  in  Aiyaa,  another movie co-produced and written by the man [ whose yearbook,  if there was one,  was signed most likely insomniac]  Anurag Kashyap,  directed by  Sachin Kundalkar.

 

 

So for all the Rani Mukherjee fans, who deplored her scarce appearances of late or some not so impressive movies she was part in, this promises to be a good year!

 

chalte chalte… loved the movie xcept for the lil geographic screw-up (driving from Mykonos to Athens, without drowning)