Saturday, January 15, 2011

No one killed Jessica - Could have been better

Was really excited to see this movie, as it was one of the stories that I had been following when I was back in India. The story that gave the people's voice victory over the powerful and mighty!

Maybe my expectations were very high from the movie (I had wrongly thought it was a Vishal Bharadwaj movie, due to which I expected it to be really good) or maybe it was something else, but it just didnt do the job for me. What was worse was that while watching the movie I could think of a number of things that could have been done to make it better (at least better in my opinion). Also when I went to see the movie, a lot of folks were raving about it already and the shows were houseful. This just set the stage for it to be an awesome movie, but it failed for me. Heres why I think.

First: A movie's impact is only as much as the characters are convincing. If you choose to tell the movie from the angle of a reporter who wants to see justice, that actor should be convincing. Rani just was not. What was worse was they wanted to depict a 'real' work atmosphere as probably goes on in reporting industry (my guess). So it was filled with 'bitch', 'fcuk', 'asshole', middle fingers being shown by her, etc. Which is fine, but if you do it tastefully. A lot of other movies use expletives and other such things, but only where needed and they make the impact at that time. These just seemed to be used here because the Censor board gave a free pass?? The over-use actually lost the credibility of using them.
The lawyer (who was defending the accused)..... what was with the accent???? He was probably the worst actor in the whole movie.
The mom (while I understand was greiving), was again not convincing. She just seemed to be crying fake. Whenever I see anyone crying on the screen, unfortunately I compare the performance to that of Soha Ali Khan in Rang De Basanti when she hears the news of her fiancee's MIG crashing and he dying or Aamir Khan in Rang De Basanti when he comes back from the hospital after there has been an attack during the peace protest and Sue asks him to eat, and he tries to , but just cannot and breaks down! Those are heartfelt performances which bring a tear to your eye too. If you want to strike an emotional chord with the audience, this potrayal is extrememly important.

On the other hand, the performances by the culprit, the inspector and Vidya Balan were very good and kept me engaged. The accused the best amongst them! However I did not understand why he had a different hindi accent (probably haryana accent) and his mom and dad did not!

Second: If you are going to make a film about a real life story and even if u put a disclaimer at the beginning that not everthing is exact and there is some dramatization, if you are taking the victim's and all her family members names, why the hell would you change the name of the accused. And especially when the verdict has been given by the court and case has been closed. This was one of my biggest issues with the movie. Why did you not use Manu Sharma? Are you afraid or were u threatened? Apparently you are not showing anything that has not happened or not recorded within the judicial system. So why not??? It just didnt seem fair to me.

Third: If you are going to have the movie as a narrative, please choose someone who is a good narrator. Rani is not. Many times it was difficult to understand what she was saying and frankly she was narrating as if reading the news. Look at the narrations by Morgan Freman or even our own Amitabh Bacchan in numerous movies or Makarand Deshpande in 'Company'. You have to captivate the audience with the narration if that is going to be a crucial part of the movie

Fourth: Songs. Please start understanding that it is ok if movies with a serious tone do not have songs ... or have just 1 or 2 in the background. Infact its better if they dont have songs at all. Otherwise u lose focus. Except for the title song of 'D..D...D..DELHI' none of the other songs were right in their place.

Fifth: If you are making a movie about a real life character, show her somewhere at least. In the end or the beginning or subtly in some of the tabloid scenes or some other crafty places. What was the point in showing clips of the actress playing her at the end of the movie rather than showing the real person??? It would have been good if you could have showed the real Jessica at that time rather than the actress

Sixth: 'Kuch bhi ho, mere bete ko kuch nahi hona chahiye' ...what was with that dialogue by the accused's mother everytime, even in tense situations. Was that a comic relief??? seemed more like a stupid relief!

I think my problem is that when you make a movie on a topic like this, I expect it to be really good. If u start to make a movie like Dabangg (which I loved btw), I dont expect it to be good or have a serious tone and so enjoy all the stupid things much more. But in a serious movie, dont try to be funny once u have the audiences attention, dont try to make them laugh for comic relief and spoil it. Again I give a reference to RDB, which I think was one of the finest movies along with some other ones... in RDB the first half is complete timepass and u laugh a lot, but once the movie takes a serious turn, it never tries to make u laugh by using some stupidity or even funny dialogues. The only one that comes later is when they have done everything....declared on the radio ...and they now feel relaxed (and the audience can feel that too) and the Roobaroo song is playing in the background...thats when Aamir cracks a joke of 'jail ka khana chod yaar ... daru-varu sab band'. But nowhere before that scene and after Ajay Rathod dies does the movie attempt any comic relief.

Of course this is just my opinion and I am sure a lot of ppl think most of this is wrong, or they might have such points in favor or the movie. Sure no problem. Everyone is entitied to their 10 bucks (price for the ticket) worth of opinion :-)

Saturday, April 08, 2006

A Pleasant Surprise !

Went to watch 'Inside Man' today .... quite a good movie, but it had a surprise element (at least for Indians), the movie starts with the background score of ........ "Chaiyya Chaiyya" :)))))))))))))))

It felt so awesome to hear it after such a long time ... and at a totally unexpected place ! The best part was that it was the original sound track with Sukhwinder singing away to glory.

No idea why the director chose this song to start the movie, when the names are coming up ... but whos complaining !!! :)

Friday, March 24, 2006

Tears in Heaven

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you feel the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
’cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven...

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven?
I’ll find my way through night and day
’cause I know I just can’t stay here in heaven...

Time can bring you down, time can bend your knees
Time can break your heart, have you begging please...begging please

Beyond the door there’s peace I’m sure
And I know there’ll be no more tears in heaven...

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you feel the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
’cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven...

-Eric Clapton

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamaray dil meiN hai ,

dekhna hai zor kitna baazuay qaatil meiN hai

karta nahiN kyuN doosra kuch baat cheet ,

dekhta hun maiN jise voh chup teri mehfil meiN hai

ay shaheed-e-mulk-o-millat main teray oopar nisaar ,

ab teri himmat ka charcha ghair ki mehfil meiN hai

waqt aanay dey bata deNge tujhe ay aasmaN ,

ham abhi se kya batayeN kya hamare dil mein hai

khainch kar layee hai sab ko qatl honay ki ummeed ,

aashiqoN ka aaj jumghat koocha-e-qaatil meiN hai

Friday, March 03, 2006

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying,"I will try again tomorrow"

Found this quote on a friend's blog. Loved it !!!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

5 Point Someone

I always wanted to have the experience of staying in a college hostel for some years. Never got the chance. Life at Buffalo came quite close ....but not really though. It was obvious that I would like this book from the description. But it did live up to its expectations for me. Comparable to Anurag Mathur's The Inscrutable Americans, but I liked this one better

The author says that its a story about the life at IIT and what not to do at IIT. I think more than IIT, it was a story of a thick friendship between 3 friends, Hari, Ryan and Alok, totally different from each other, all the masti that they do and all the stuff they go through.

Its a pretty light book. Do read it if you haven't

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Random Thoughts:

1. Ever noticed that the weekends are the most busiest days of the week?

2. U never get up to the alarm to study/ go to work but u don't need an alarm if u want to go to play a game early in the morning?

3. u will get ur cell network in the crappiest places where u don't need it, but u wont get it in your home?

4. Ur manager is always in his office however early you try to come or late you try to leave