Monday, February 21, 2011

Dhobi Ghat - Mumbai Dairies Movie Review

To begin with Dhobi Ghat is an art movie through and through and 50% dialogues are in english. Does the movie really explore Mumbai? Not in my opinion, does it explore defining moments in the lives of its 4 leading characters? Definitely!

She explores the lives of 4 individuals with extremely different economic & social backgrounds, lifestyles and personalities and then shows very nicely how they get involved with each other. She does this using Mumbai as a painter's and a photographer's muse and at times through a tourist & migrant's eyes.

Performance wise everyone does a good job, however, contrary to popular opinion Prateik Babbar is a misfit for the role of a Bihar born Dhobi with a polished accent ( pronouncing Hotel correctly instead of the usual "Ho-Tal") and Aamir Khan over acts in the climax scene of his part.

Overall an interesting watch with very nice cinematography.

My rating : 3/5

7 Khoon Maaf Review

My last post was about the trailer of 7 Khoon Maaf and how I was looking forward to it and it promised a review of TMK.. well the review says don't watch it, and now I will jump to the review of 7KM!

The trailer promises the story of a crazy/insane/psychotic woman who has killed seven husbands. The movie doesn't deliver this. Instead it tries to justify her reasons for killing each of them and that is the reason why I was disappointed by the movie.

I went in expecting to see flashes of madness with zero remorse or guilt or a split personality at the very least. If the reasons were there, at least they should have been petty, albeit some were but then some were enough to contemplate divorce rather than murder. Maybe my expectations were high based on the trailer and the dialogue : "Next time... I'll drink his blood" but for the first time I came out of a Vishal Bharadwaj mmovie feeling let down.

The music is brilliant. All the husbands and the narrator are brilliant in their roles. Priyanka is her usual self. One would expect her to raise her performance in such a meaty role but that is not be.

In general this movie fails more because of the weight of expectations than a flaw in the movie itself.

My rating : 3/5