Just Watched: My Name Is Khan
After hearing so many good things about this film, especially from people like Vishnu and Zehaan, I finally went to watch it with Stuti, Shruti and Rohan (Thomas). While I do agree that the film makes for very good viewing, it failed to rise above the multi-starrer entertainer it ended up being, given its interesting plot. The problem was that Karan Johar, with this film, tries to tug at your heart so that you express your emotions, something which Stuti did whole-heartedly over the course of the film. The film combines the elements of a love story with a message-oriented theme.
What adds to the enjoyment is the performance of Shah Rukh Khan, as someone suffering from a disorder. He gets the character just right. His body language and expressions are fabulous, although a tad monotonous at times. Kajol too, is wonderful, as she retains her usual charm. Jimmy Shergill, as Shah Rukh’s younger brother, gives a good performance too, in the limited screen time he has.
The film is very good, but not the great piece of cinema it could have been. Watch it for the wonderful performances by the lead pair and some really good music by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy.
Personal Rating: 8.0/10
Just Watched: Kurbaan
Came back to Dehradun late last night and managed to catch this flick a while back. Stuti had written a good review for it to publish in the forthcoming online issue of Off The Record… (OTR). Shruti, too, had said that it was good. After being in awe of the soundtrack (especially the amazaing title track, which you can listen to here), I decided to watch the movie in one of the theaters here (no multiplexes here, you see; and this theatre Payal is horrible!)
For a Hindi movie dealing with terrorism, this one is a great watch that has wonderful performances by the cast especially Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi (Yes, Yes. Exactly, Exactly), Om Puri and Kirron Kher. The cinematography and background score (Salim-Sulaiman) are top-notch. While there are quite a few glitches (Karan Johar is the producer, after all), they can be forgiven. The screenplay is superb and this makes the film a gripping watch. The issue of terrorism is dealt with neutrally. Watch out for the brilliant classroom interaction scene. The dialogues too are very well written by Anurag Kashyap (Yes, the same Anurag Kashyap) and Niranjan Iyengar. In this way, it betters Fanaa, which was the last movie with a similar plot. Rensil D’Silva, take a bow!
Personal Rating: 8.3/10
Shruti and Stuti at the printer’s while we had gone to collect the copies of our unofficial Uni fortnightly Off The Record… (OTR)
The second issue comes out later this morning and we hope to get an even better response than last time around.
For the record, writing with a pseudonym is a pain, that too when there are space constraints.