Talaash: the search is on for paranormal activity


Aamir Khan and Kareena give real  powerhouse performances in Talaash. Aamir is fantastic as the dutiful but uninspired cop, Surjan Singh Sekhawat, who battles silently his private demons. And Kareena has never been better than as the enigmatic streetwalker “Rosy”,  who turns up at every corner. or would she be spelled “roz-i”.. Rani Mukherjee as Aamir’s wife, gives a finely nuanced performance as grieving mother, who lost her child in a  freak accident and looks for solace. The movie portrays so accurately what happens in a family where a child dies, it gets deep under your skin.

A movie star dies, apparently a suicide. Search is on for the motive. It gets murky pretty fast and leads us into Mumbai’s underbelly. Simultaneously alluring and revolting. I bet it’s pretty realistic, touching upon the fate of the poor and undeserved. Aging prostitutes, brutal pimps, cripples who haven’t got a fair shot in life. We feel for them, even though not with pity, just as  observers and as we are counting our blessings.

Talaash claws you into your seat without external props which are so popular these days. There are no flying fighting bravura acts, no muscle flexing, no car chases knocking over vegetable charts and mowing into crowds. None of it. Refreshing. (almost none of it…)

And I loved the twist, the brush with the paranormal. The medium was as scary as the aunties in Rosemary’s Baby.  Even though that part lost its luster pretty fast and it felt like gliding back into the familiar: Bollywood’s plot holes. More could have been done with that.

But I couldn’t get over Kareena’s performance, as convincing as streetwalker as she was as a ghost. Her costumes were priceless, vampy, sophistication with a good dash of hood, cheap enough to be making us believe in her metier, but classy nonetheless. Only Kareena can pull that off!

Aamir’s cop is straight-forward, the cop you want to have on your murder or suicide case. I am no friend of the moustache, but it fit his role perfectly.

I think this is one of Aamir’s best performances to date. Good script. Great direction.

Directed by Reema Kagti.

Screenplay: Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti

produced by Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani

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)