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Guru January 16, 2007

Posted by ujj in drama, love stories, Mood: sweet, music review, Reviews.
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Sometime back whenever a very talked about film hit the screens, a small number of us went toGuru watch them with the objective of critical analysis and to look for and note minute technical or edit slips that others would have missed. In effect anything that would give us something to tell the world about the film, something the world will not get to know from other sources. It took a long time and money to realize that by doing so a lot of us were missing the main idea of Cinema. Together with this realization came the idea of a blog and this blog combines the two ideas. Main idea of cinema, which in my opinion is featuring a story in a it appeals to the masses, and frank opinion about a film without getting into jargaon. I say this because some dozens of reviews of Guru do this. They either tell you the plot and period, or get into an absolute microcosmic detail like the camera shots and synchronism.

I will not to do this, cause Ive learnt it the hard way not to. Ill tell you why I think Guru is Abhishek Bachchans best performance so far after Yuva and why in my opinion we will get to see plenty of Aishwarya and Abhishek in years to come (in films I mean). Mani Ratnam may not concur with it but its a fact that Guru is inspired from the life of Dhirubhai Ambani. The parallels are many. First Gurubhai comes from a village in Gujarat, next he goes to Turkey, Gurubhais first love is cloth and then silk and eventually polyster and if that wasnt enough. An unparalleled event in the history of Indian industry, the meeting called by Dhirubhai Ambani in a stadium full of shareholders. For me its enough to consider it an adaptation of his life. The story isnt the best aspect of the film, the script however has a constant pace. It doesnt rush at places and slows down other times, it just maintains its quite a low pace throughout the film. This pace is what makes it important for the dialogues to be great if not extraordinary and that they are indeed.

apne 5 minute diye the, maine sadhe char minute mein hi ye sab khatam kar diya..yahan bhi 30 second ka fayada. ise kehte hain business

main baniya hoon saab, baatein bhi kanjoosi se kharch karta hoon

mujhe na shabd sunayi nahin deta

ek shirt ek pant , ek sala aur ek biwi lekar is sheher main aaya tha aur aaj…

Abhishek Bachchan is something to really look for in the film. There are some who say that besides him theres not much in the film, but to be honest I couldnt imagine putting anyone else in place of Aishwarya in the film. Simply because she didnt get overshadowed by this larger than life image of Gurubhai and didnt end up merely being one of his supporters but rather provided a strong backing that even Gurubhai couldnt have done without. Mithun Chakravorty appears after a long time on screen doing a well suited role of a Bengali newspaper chief editor. Madhavan and Vidya Balan pay cameos but theyr really good too.

Aishwarya Rai makes an entry similar to the one in Roja with the song Barson Re Megha Megha. At that point Dil hai chota sa comes to mind. A R Rehmans music is something I cannot comment upon. Same applies to lyrics of Gulzar and when the powers combine… The last sequence of scenes take place in a courtroom where come cases are registered against Gurubhai. It suddenly reminds us of the last few scenes of Aviator. Abhishek Bachchans acting is at its best at this point. Well to say it in a few words, this film works. Its a little slow but works. Definitely not allowed to miss on the large screen.

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Requiem for a Babul December 13, 2006

Posted by ujj in copy cats, music review.
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I just saw a promo of Babul on TV. I am not going to comment on the storyline or the cast. Amitabh Bachann and Rani Mukherjee look all too good, but its the soundtrack Im so astonished about. I wonder if its the first time Aadesh Shrivastav has lifted some hollywood music. He was damn happy about his work during the music launch in grand hyatt a few days ago.
The background music you hear in one of the promos is the theme Summer Overture of Aronofskys Requiem for a dream by Clint Mansel. Boy, I hate it when these guys do this.
You can see summer overture of Requiem for a dream here.

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