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 She lands a job as a librarian at a college, where she and her nose fall head over heel for the withdrawn and taciturn Surya (Prithviraj), an aspiring artist, who seems oblivious to her infatuation.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

 

 

 

 

 

Housefull 2


 

I don’t know about you guys, but I’ll be going to the first show and I can’t believe I will  have to wait until April!  the 5th to be exact.  It looks like it’s going to be a full-a-fun ride.   From Sajid Khan,  the director of Heyy Baby (or was it Hey Babyy?  I can never  remember these astrologer-induced spelling horreurs). Anyways, this movie has a starcast with Akki, John Abraham, Asin, Jacqueline Fernandez  (this is going to complete her #2 trilogy, after Race2 and Murder2 now Housefull2 . Lucky sign? what do the astrologers have to say?)

 

it also comes with a great and familiar supporting cast, among others Riteish Deshmukh,Zarine Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Boman Irani, Mithun Chakraborty, who should get credit to have been in every other Bollywood movie since induction,  Rani Mukerji as an item number, the indescribable Johny Lever, and long time no see Karisma Kapoor, Malaika Arora, whose name reminds me of flowers and spices and who did I forget? so… where was I?  oh okay. have to go to work.


Anarkali disco chali  Housefull 2 Malaika Arora Khan

Papa Toh Band Bajaye Housefull 2  Akshay Kumar, John Abraham

 

choreography by master talent  Farah Khan