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Bheja Fry

Bheja Fry
I went into this movie knowing nothing but that it starred Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey. I have come to expect a lot from Rajat Kapoor, his movies bring back images of ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ and that whole lot of crazy NFDC upstarts whose works are still considered the golden age of Indian comedies. Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak are no less. They were together last time with Konkona Sen in Kapoor’s Mixed Doubles – quite well done, I thought.
Movies which move in ‘real time’ tend not to be tolerable. Most of this movie revolves around the one night that Pathak is stranded with Kapoor and the rest of the cast drops by, including Milind Soman, Sarika and Bhairavi Goswami. Vinay Pathak’s Bharat Bhushan is a likeable character who doesn’t know when to stop. Hilarity ensues. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so hard with (and not at) a bollywood movie. Vinay Pathak and Rajat Kapoor’s rib-tickling conversation through the ‘night’ carries the movie; these guys are too under-rated. Some soon to be classic lines:

Khaata yehaan ka hai, gaata waahan ka hai
Aji [dinner ka] dahi kar dega woh
Meri shirt to nahi tere paas
Mujhe to kabhi kabhi lagta hai ki aap mujhe bilkul hi idiot samajhte hai

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Shower Rules

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This video is hilarious, but it does an awesome job at highlighting some differences between men and women.

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Krrish

Krrish by Rakesh Roshan starring his son Hrithik turned out to be an interesting movie. By most standards of cinema (desi and videshi) it was disappointing technically and commercially. However, it seemed to have the potential of a franchise. The story of the budding hero seems to have scope, but it does draw from a bunch of the other comic book giants out there. Krrish’s tale of triumph resonates most with our good ol’ neighbourhood Spiderman. The lone caring grandmother, the promise of good, the need to hide the identity; in terms of superhuman powers he seems at par with Spidey as well – strength and agility but no flight. They made good (in the movie) with the archnemisis. Naseerudding Shah played Dr.Arya (yes, another mad scientist) out for global domination albeit with an Indian flavor – foreseeing the future.
Obviously, the concepts of this movie were drawn up by papa and beta Roshan while sharing a Blue Label. You can almost hear them slurring with “And then he will build a computer that will be better than all jyotshis (fortunetellers) combined…’hick’…”. They didn’t work enough on the physics on the hero’s movements and let the wire stunts get carried away. I wish people with access to resources like the Roshans should invest in technical consultants and not just pujaris for their mahurats. In any case, this movie is a small leap for mankind and giant step for Indian Cinema. I hope companies like the ones behind Matrix and animation studios like Pixar wake up, realize the mass market hungry for their business and smell the South Indian coffee.