Friday, August 26, 2005

My Two-Panse on Pande


---warning---

Not reading the following may cause you to waste a good 100 bucks and 3hrs used best elsewhere



End of the first 'sextet' of exams seemed a suitable enough opportunity to watch this.

* a movie definitely inspired by the Mithun genre and suddenly springing the idea of a historical comedy.

* Low hemlines and some really *ahem* dialogues.

* Corny and some appaling/disgusting scenes

* Toby Stevens and Aamir Khan do boost their performance in parts, but IIRC The Times rightly put it as - 'Aamir Khan has taken himself too seriously for a Manmohan Desai type flick'

* An entirely passable music score, ordinary and below ordinary performances from the two leading ladies (RM and AP resp.) and a really mystifying storyline. Not to mention to 'claimed' historical distortion.(try The Sepoy Mutiny/The First War of Independence is the bloodiest struggle in the history of mankind.)

* Actress Mona Ambegaonkar of CID fame actually has two whole scenes in which the only thing she is doing is first breast feeding a 'gora' child. Then some stupid bastard went over and asked her what her role in the movie was.

There's neither the out and out laugh rioting as with Kisna nor 'high-end' quality as with Lagaan. Nothing, in short, for one to watch or rather watch out for.

There - I've saved you a 100 bucks.

5 comments:

Anand said...

Exams ? Now ? Spring has come early...

Yes, 3 hours is a long time.$2.5

Amir is a typo, surely ?

Kunal said...

Arre, if you only told me this two weeks back...

Abhishek said...

Anand : There, and yes it's PIET system now . . .
Kunal : YOU could've told us two weeks back ...

shreevardhini said...

isnt the movie largely fictitious? what's all that crap about mangal pandey meeting tatya tope and suggesting that they carry on the revolt under the leadership of Zaffar? how can u give him undue credit? somebody sue ketan mehta...

Abhishek said...

yes absoluely fictitious - i didn't mind if it was fictitious (although he should have atleast shown something about the doubts he had over the authenticity of the research, which i am sure he did) but that apart - even if it was all made up whatever was shown was crap - the good thing was it was somewhat the 'gunda' genre and those parts weren't too bad - take - 'Amisha Patel - The sati rescued widow staying in an englishman's house taking milk to him and what follows ' totally clich├ęd.