Posts Tagged ‘Amitabh Bachchan’

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The director, who gave us a masterpiece “Rang De Basanti”, can be seen no-where in his latest offering – Delhi 6. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra falls drastically short of all expectations which viewers had from this, one of the most awaited movies of 2009.  In fact the 2-3 minutes promos were more interesting and impressive than the whole movie. And after you are through with the experience in the theater, you are left with only one question in mind, that what it was all about & what the writer-director wanted to show us?

 

The story revolves around an American boy, Roshan, played by Abhishek Bachhan, who comes to India with his grandmother to fulfill her wish of seeing the old hometown once again before dying. Abhishek, fascinated by the caring people and carefree life of the city, starts loving here. He also finds himself in love with innocent Bittu, daughter of the neighbors, played by Sonam Kapoor. But communal tensions in the area force Abhishek to take up a disguise act and save the local people, from killing each other. The second half of the movie featuring his act has a surprise package for the viewers, but sadly it is not convincing enough with weak and poor writing.

 

An impressive and engrossing start is a must for a movie to pull in the viewers into itself. But Delhi-6, starts with a very dull first hour where there is nothing happening, but only introduction of numerous characters is shown, playing their tiny little roles in the crowded star-cast. In fact the screenplay has so many people to deal with that not even one is able to convince the viewers with his/her act. Incomplete characterization makes even veteran actors like Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor, Om Puri & Prem Chopra look helpless on screen. In simple words, everyone is there but no one is able to stand out of the crowd due to the faulty screenplay.

 

There are many unwanted sequences in the movie which have no contributions to make in the narration but have only been added to make the frame look more artistic and classy.

For instance, the Ramleela sequence, there for a good length, has nothing to do with the movie, but is only added because it is a key feature of Delhi’s Ramleela Ground in that area. Children driving the car themselves, two brothers living in one house with a separating wall, Abhishek meeting his grandfather in a dream sequence, also have nothing to convey to the viewers as such.

 

In the performance department, the best one comes from Divya Dutta, as the lady sweeper of the area, treated as an untouchable by all. Her scene with the two child artists is superb and the dialect used by Divya for her character is simply flawless. Second best act comes from Vijay Raaz, as the local policeman playing the role to perfection. Sonam, comes up with a natural and sober act and gets noticed. Abhishek is just ok with a deliberate American accent, which gets caught at times. The love angel between Abhishek and Sonam lacks the depth and never leaves an impact on the viewer.

 

It was really disappointing to see that Om Puri, Waheeda Rehman, Prem Chopra, Supriya Pathak, Atul Kulkarni, Tanvi Azmi & Pawan Malhotra were not given any good length roles or well written scenes, but they all still manage to give superb performances. Raghuvir Yadav is used in the worst possible manner ever as he is not even visible anywhere in the movie but only singing the Ramleela Songs.

The act which could be the highlight of the movie was of Rishi Kapoor, performing elegantly. He lights up the screen with his cool get up and persona but becomes the victim of ill-treatment given by the writers. Amitabh Bachhan in a cameo appearance towards the end, is also not able to generate any major impact. Regarding the Hindu – Mulim angle in the story, the real life look alike politicians and the Mandir-Masjid plot had nothing new to say, which resulted in a very pale impression of the whole sequence.

 

Another worth mentioning character of the movie is a “Kaala Bander” who creates a panic in the area by attacking people at regular intervals. The innovative climax of the movie is related with this “Kaala Bander” but I will not like to reveal that relationship here to my readers as many friends may not have seen the movie yet. But i really found the electrical lights on the Kala Bander, a strange imagination of the writer-director.  

 

Merits of the movie, undoubtedly include the outstanding music by A. R. Rahman. It is his one of the most refined works till date giving us a complete album, after Lagaan. Just listen to the “Aarti” sung beautifully by a chorus without any beat instruments. And “Genda Phool” is simply awesome combining the folk and hip hop elements into one track. Binod Pradhan’s cinematography captures the “Delhi Ki Galiyan” brilliantly. If you are a Delhite, then you will love the camera movements and the created ambience even more.

 

All together, Delhi-6 has very few merits to name and more flaws to count. The unexpected and confusing climax will be the toughest part to digest for many. The movie tries to incorporate so much into it but ends up doing nothing great. Rakesh Omprakash Mehra seems to be confused between making an entertaining movie or a preachy movie. The mess and confusions seen in his “Aks” are visible again. May be he should sign Aamir, once again for his next now. .

 

Go for it if you have visited the Delhi-6 area yourself and dont mind experiencing an innovation gone wrong!

 

Rating : 2 / 5  (1 for the innovative climax tried by the director)

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There are many interesting facts related to the Original “Don” starring Amitabh Bachchan, Zeenat Aman, Pran & more.

The most famous song of the film “Khaike Paan Banaraswala…” featuring Amitabh was added later on in the film and was not planned at all before. It was felt that the film’s narration was going too fast with all the chase and thrills and some kind of relief or calming effect was needed. To cut the tense atmosphere, a song was suggested. So a whole new situation was created, the song was shot & added in the film after the interval to make some balance. And who knew the song would create history and will be remembered for years to come.

When this upbeat song was being recorded in the studio by Kishore Kumar, then as he was known for, Kishore actually demanded some paans in the studio itself. He chewed paans and spat it on a sheet spread don-poster-collectionon the floor and then sung the song with the natural effects. So the sounds of paan chewing and spating which you hear in the song are all real.

Another worth mentioning truth associated with this song is, that Amitabh was made to eat more than 20-25 paans, to have a real red effect on his lips. The effect did come as desired but due to the “Chuna” in paans, Amitabh, burnt his lips and was in pain for several days.

And the most amazing fact related to the song is that “Khaike Paan Banaraswala” was originally written for Dev Anand’s movie “Banarasi Babu” (1973) but was destined to get featured in Amitabh’s Don.

While the movie was being shot, Pran met an accident and was only able to walk with a stick. So his character in the movie was re-shaped, adjusted and “Jasjit” (Pran’s name in the movie) became a person with a wrecked leg, walking with a stick.

And thus was made a great thriller called “DON” in 1977-78.

The movie was remade in 2006 by Farhan Akhtar and featured Shahrukh Khan in the role of Amitabh Bachchan.

If we consider the most important creations in Hindi Literature then the precious poetry in “Madhushala” by Sh. Harivansh Rai Bachchan should be one of the first on your must read list.

Read here about the Legend’s “MADHUSHALA” available in different formats.

These few lines hold the secret of how to live life so they are more precious than diamonds.

Life never holds itself back. Life offers the most to every single person. And it totally depends upon you that how much you can extract from the days you are granted.

It all depends upon your ability to feel and learn in the time allotted to you. It does not depend upon anyone else but only you and your choices made. So let us choose, how to spend our life here to the best.

Only those should cry, when I am dead, who have lived life as I have. Who have experienced poetry, music and have tasted the wine of life as I have. And bury me where all my friends are there enjoying below the mud.

Don’t do the rituals at my dead body as you do for all the normal men. Don’t cry and feel sad when I am gone. Instead you should rejoice, dance and sing as we did in our life. All my close ones should drink more and feel blessed to be still here as your friend is gone.

Life sometimes becomes a miser and we keep on looking at it with expectations. But let us be content with whatever we have…. as Life will surely repent not giving us our dues when we would be gone.

I always love the targets which are far away. I always want to reach the unreachable. Since it’s the path which is more enjoyable than its destination. So let’s enjoy the path of life and forget about any aim.