Greatest Scenes – Clerk – Cure for Heart Attack

This is a new section of the blog where I would be listing some of the most glorious and unforgettable scenes from Old Bollywood films.

These are the scenes which brings out not only cinematic excellence but also a sense of achievement in you. They deserve to be clapped at and seen from time to time to understand how truly great some of our films are. Some of them will have unique acting presentation, some will have earth shattering dance moves and some will have just enough bollywoodish to be admired.

To begin with here is one of the greatest ‘ham’ scene of our times from 1990 blockbuster ‘Clerk’ starring our very own Manoj Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Rekha, some Pakistani actors and various others forgotten stars.

This is the scene which tells you how to cure a heart attack with a 5 Rs. battery cell and a dose of patriotism. Medical marvel in this scene is to be appreciated and if all our doctors were this smart then India would be a healthy nation today. I really wonder why no one nominated this discovery for nobel prize for that year!! The dialogue delivery, acting and photography is of unique quality.

This film has many other superb scenes worth watching over and over, in fact the whole film directed by Manoj Kumar himself is one big ‘ham’. Strongly recommended.

Watch it and enjoy…

Dum Maaro Dum – Title Track

Here’s the much awaited song ‘ Dum Maarao Dum’ from the upcoming film titled the same. The song is actually called ‘Mit Jaaye Ghum’ and features Deepika Padukone and is set to a remixed version of the original classic tune. The song was released during the India – South Africa game in the ongoing World Cup Cricket at Nagpur

The song set in a smoke filled bar, looks okeyish and Deepika looks hot enough to be called ‘item girl’ now. Hopefully it will do what it is meant to and draw the audience in the movie hall.

Here it is..

The Waiting Room – Thriller that no one saw

In January 2010, a film called ‘The Waiting Room’ was released perhaps in few screens across few metros.  It was really a very small film directed by Maneej Premnath who had once assisted Ramgopal Verma. The movie starred mostly unknow artists including the lead Raj Singh Chaudhary who had done lead role in  ‘Gulaal’ earlier. The movie was badly managed by its producers and didnt even get a proper release. I think even IMDB does not mention it.

The movie is a suspense thriller set in a small town Railway Station in Southern India called Tenamalai. There are about 4-5 characters who are waiting in the Railway waiting room for a train which is heavily delayed. There is a serial killer on the prowl and of course there is general fear in each characters about the other characters. The film works on the principle that fear is what drives most people to behave irrationally. Being a low budget movie it does have its limitations and is not technically brilliant but the plot is very interesting and the actors have acted superbly, especially Raj Singh Chaudhary. Sandeep Kulkarni and Pratiksha Lonkar plays the Gujarati couple and Radhika Apte plays the lonely girl.

The atmosphere of the waiting room and the station is superbly captured. Although the suspense is not very smart though as there are not too many characters it is quite easy to guess things. The director also seems to be in a terrible hurry in the last 10 minutes or so to finish the film, maybe he ran out of the limited budget.

The film was hardly noticed by anybody when it released and hardly anyone watched it or reviewed it. I watched the 90  minute movie on Youtube and I must say I was impressed by most of it, barring the hurried end. I wish such movies did get marketed and released properly.

I would surely recommend this movie to people who love offbeat suspense thrillers although not very arty kind of films.

My Ratings: 7/10 –  Watch it if you like Suspense thrillers and Good acting.

Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows -Part 1- Sets up nicely for the Big Finale

This weekend, Teen Wizard will conquer the global box office with latest film the series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, the first half of the big finale of this mega-blockbuster series.

It has been almost a decade since the first Harry Potter movie  aired. The first two Harry Potter movies released in India 5 months after its global release. It was April 2002 when we left our few months old son at home and saw the first Harry Potter film in the theaters. Today, our elder son (almost 9) accompanies us to the Harry Potter franchise’s latest edition, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.  In between we have had 7 mega succesful books read multiple times and 6 movies. We still cannot get enough of Harry Potter.

Harry Potter series of films, at least the last few parts, have becomes darker, grittier and more serious than say the first couple of films. As the kids in movies have grown and the story has taken serious turn, the films have become darker too. The Harry Potter books are full of such amazing details and plots and characters that it is impossible to showcase everything in 3 hour film medium. The directors have made great effort to put in as much as they could in those 3 hours but not everyone has succeeded.

I for one didn’t much like the idea of makers splitting up the 7th book into 2 different movies to be released 8 months apart. But I guess they had their own reasons to split up the book and money being one of the crucial factor amongst that. It is like reading a book half way and then waiting for 8 months to read the later half of the book and even pay extra for that !! I feel, they could have made a 4 hour epic and round it off all together.

Coming to the current film, the director David Yates who also directed the 5th and 6th part previously, continues with same tone. This part is the continuation of the story from the 6th installation when Harry’s guiding force Dumbledore dies and Harry is left with a task of finding out the remaining Horcruxes and capture the deathly hallows to defeat and destroy the evil lord once and for all. This film is different from others in a way that the familiar setting of Hogwarts are missing and 3 leads Harry, Hermione and Ron travel to all sorts of places in the quest for the horcruxes and the deathly hallows. The film is full of chases and comprises of long actions scenes and different settings. The film of course has amazing special effects, some real awe-inspiring scenes and is exciting to say the least. The snake sequences are quite scary and so are the chases thrilling. It has its emotional moments too with the dance between Harry and Hermione and Ron’s jealous dreams and wild imaginations. The animation to explain back story of the 3 brothers is beautiful. But attention to detailing is somewhat missing in this part. The film slows down a bit in some parts but that was expected as the book itself slows down in certain chapters. The film ends bit abruptly but of course it has set it up very nicely for the last part to deliver.

Apart from the 3 leads most other characters and minor plots get side-tracked including Dumbledore’s back story, Grindelwald’s back story and many other small incidents.Most characters make appearances in few scenes. It is mainly Harry, Hermione and Ron who shoulder the burden of this part. This film covers almost 2/3rd of the seventh book and thus leaving just 1/3rd and possibly some new things for the last movie.

The very minor problem I see with the film is that unless you have read the book it would be almost impossible to follow whats happening in the larger sense of the story and plot. It is indeed confusing for those who are not familiar with the plot. Plus the darker tone, the dialogue heavy scenes and slow pace later and unexplained ending would be slight deterrent for people who intend to watch this as just another Harry Potter film. We had to explain a few things to our son though, he hasn’t yet read the books but is familiar with the plot lines thanks to video games.  The movie is clearly not for Non-Potter fans and non-readers of the books are advised to stay away. But of course for those who have read the books it is a joyous ride only with a slight disappointment of waiting for the grand finale in next July. I personally enjoyed the whole movie and didn’t even feel bored in the not so exciting parts in the middle.

As characters Harry, Ron and Hermione played by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson respectively have grown from tiny kids in the first movie to full fledged teenagers now. As actors the 3 have grown to become big stars in their own right. Danielle was born to be Harry Potter and Rupert Grint finally gets to do some serious acting apart from being funny all the time and Emma Watson is a superstar in the making, if only she continues to act in films. The interaction and understanding between the 3 leads is superbly captured. In other characters Helena Bonham Carter as evil Bellatrix Lestrange is haunting and Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort is evil enough but doesn’t have much to do in this part. Several other characters make small appearances in the film.

In conclusion, this film was a great ride for me and I intend to watch it once again to enjoy it more. and as I said before unless you have read the books and familiar with the plot, you might not appreciate the film fully. However I am highly biased when it comes to Harry Potter films.

My Ratings :  9/10 –  Must watch to watch the setup for the grand finale to follow. Unmissable for Potter fans, be prepared for the big one next July. Non-Potter fans might be disappointed.

P.S. Did anyone else noticed the sub-titles ?

Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 1 Theatrical Trailer

Finally,  we have the official Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows Part 1 trailer. This is the first part of the 2 part epic finale of one of the greatest series of all time. The first part releases on November 19th 2010.

From the look of it the trailer looks dark, exciting and full of action sequences featuring all the major characters. They have split up the 7th book for the 2 movie parts and the first part ends at the point in story where Harry once again escapes from the clutches of the dark lord with the help of Dobby the elf.

Watch the trailer and be prepared for the roller coaster ride this November.

Guzaarish – First Promo

Here’s unveiling the first promo of one of the most anticipated film of the year. Guzaarish stars Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai and is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film releases on 19th November 2010

Hrithik plays a paraplegic and Aishwarya plays his nurse. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is also the music director of the film.

Action Replayy – Trailer

Here is the first look of the Diwali release Action Replayy starring Akshay Kumar & Aishwarya Rai directed by Vipul Shah.

The film is set in the colorful 1970s and from the trailer it seems its clearly inspired from the time travel film ‘Back to the Future’.