Matru, Bijili and Mandola's story remains stuck in a region of half-realized possibilities. These are characters here suffused with a warmth and affection that don't quite render themselves to a cohesive narration. The plot and the characters meander to scattered zones of expression where they seem to be not as comic in their self-importance as they script meant them to be.
Stuart asked in the comments for the last post about why I enjoyed reading negative reviews of a film I didn't want to see and, in truth, the reason is pretty selfish. It's just satisfying to see my views echoed in the critical class. For a film like Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum there are no surprises but with a Vishal Bhardwaj film where I've been going, "Meh. It looks half-baked and Imran Khan can't act" and then for the reviews to come out and instead of the usual praise they go, "Meh. It's half-baked and Imran Khan can't act." Well, it's just satisfying in a selfish way.
More news from the Indian cultural exchange tour in China!
Down a crackly phone line from the confines of his hotel room in the city of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, last Friday, 44-year-old Bollywood actor Romi Jaspal recalls an anecdote that made quite an impression on him after the previous night's performance. Backstage, a Chinese gentleman in his 70s had been playing an old Hindi song from an early-'80s Bollywood film on his mobile phone. With an audible grin, Jaspal says that he and most of the other cast members who witnessed the scene were all "pleasantly shocked [and] really surprised" to see the reach of their beloved movies.
The man sending threatening messages to Pooja Bhatt has been arrested.
And to celebrate International Choreographers Day, please have this video:
Seriously. ANYBODY can dance! So let's do it!!