I actually had a really restful and relaxing weekend. And watched a couple of great films, that I will hopefully have reviews for, especially the fantastic Lucia.
Restful and relaxing weekend means, that I did not watch Humshakals but I suppose I'm not all that surprised that it seems to have done okay at the box office. While I care a lot about the quality of my dick jokes, there will always be a healthy segment of the film going population who just needs an excuse to get out of the house and sit and have a good time in a dark, air conditioned theater for a few hours with their buddies. In America, they can go see whatever dreck Adam Sandler is putting out these days and in India there's Humshakals and Grand Masti. Sometimes our taste in films overlaps and sometimes it doesn't.
One of the things that annoys people (okay, me) about critics is that they don't respect this desire to sit and relax with Paul Blart: Mall Cop or Double Dhamaal. If every dumb comedy that comes out is rated zero stars with snarky reviews, what makes opinions on Humshakals any different? I'd like to enjoy all the terrible reviews of the film--Raja Sen is particularly brutal--but it's hard when most of them start out trashing all of Sajid Khan's previous work. Seriously, Himmatwala wasn't the worst film ever made. Was it misguided? Yes. Was it unnecessary? Yes. But it wasn't terrible. If given the choice to watch either film over, I'd pick Himmatwala every time over The Lunchbox.
Who do I cheer for? I'm usually with the slobs against the snobs but when both sides are equally awful… I suppose I'm on the side of the audience. And hoping Sajid Khan worked out his anger on this film and will go back to giving us something more light-hearted and Housefull 2-ish in his next film.
(And this is one of my biggest pet peeves but, seriously, journos, it's "crying all the way to the bank." CRYING.)
In other news, the film I'm dying to see, Holiday, had a new mass song added!
It's CHI CHI!!!! I MISSED YOU, CHI CHI!!!!!
Which leads to the important question--where is the Govdina/Akshay buddy cop comedy that
we I have asking for? Maybe Govinda is a local beat cop and Akshay is some tough bureau guy and they have to work together to catch a really sexy lady master-of-disguise criminal who keeps outwitting them? Yes/Yes?
I think I put this on FB but it's worth watching again for Jackie Fernandez in her Tina Fey smart glasses. The lady can jiggle!
Bonus! Trailer for Karthi's Madras:
It looks good! Karthi isn't the greatest actor on Earth but he does have a certain… warm likability that makes him nice to watch on screen. Good luck, Karthi!