I spent almost 20 minutes thinking of an interesting title for this post. But each one seemed like doing injustice to one aspect or the other. So, I went for the plain one – the name of the movie.
Anurag Kashyap rocks. There were some aspects of Dev D that felt odd, out of place, not quite reasoned out like rest of the movie. Like I just did not get the enlightenment of Dev there. How he realizes that he should abandon the path of self-destruction and how he manages to come back and find Chanda living happily ever after… But it was still wonderful for all the other things. For the brashness of its characters, for its take on the old story in current times, for its dialogs, actions and actings!
Then comes Gulaal… As usual, a full review is not my cup of tea. So, here are a few observations <potential of spoilers>
- Its not just the brashness of the characters, but also a brashness in the way story is written and told. It is like “This is how things are. You feel uncomfortable? You find it coarse? You’d rather have it slightly different? So be it. We aren’t going to change things due to that. Take it or leave it.”
- You need some sense of history and appreciation of Hindi poetry to be able to fully enjoy the movie.
- All the time the use of poetry and music gives a street-playish effort. After coming back, I found that the lyricist cum composer indeed has that kind of background.
- “जैसे दूर देश के टावर में घुस जाए रे एरोप्लेन” – It is a wonderfully folklorish expression. In this world of direct information, being able to think of such expression that gives you the information and yet has a feel of it being distant is not easy. I am hooked on to it.
- Acting is brilliant for everyone.
- Too bad it won’t do well 😦 You know it while watching and enjoying it.
- This is one of those movies which make bollywood come of age! Not Slumdog Millionaires of the world.
- I am going to watch this movie again, and also the older movies of Anurag Kashyap which I have missed out on.
May the good entertainers flourish in bollywood.