Showing posts from July, 2011

Of timing, and ZNMD

There is something to be said about timing, some even go as far as to say that timing is everything. If you want to see a simple yet beautiful example of that then the ending of Zoya Akhtar's latest offering Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ज़िन्दगी ना मिलेगी दोबारा) would be the perfect example. She ends the movie at just the right moment. Few seconds ago would have been too early and few seconds later would have meant overstaying her welcome (something even the most accomplished directors tend to do). 

Which is not to say that the ending is the only thing worth looking forward to (as is the case with so many movies), just that it is the perfect icing on the delicious cake that is this movie. At two and a half hours, many might feel the movie to be too long, but I feel that even there Zoya got the timing right. One can always nit-pick and find weaker portions in the movie, but that would be missing the point.

On the face of it, the film looks to be about three childhood friends reconnecti…

Of Male Vulnerability

Pyar ka Punchnama’ is a movie that I’d been hearing a lot about over the past few weeks, and that scene (rant) from it is one of those that has been shared the most across the time-sink that is my Facebook and Twitter timeline. All that had given me an impression of it being one of the many forgettable comedies that the Hindi film industry keeps churning out, albeit one with a few laughs.
I was happy to be proven wrong when I realized that I was laughing harder than I had for a long time (in a Hindi movie), that I was not inclined to be updated on Twitter/Facebook while watching it (as I am prone to do when I am watching something at home that doesn’t have my complete attention). The movie has more than a few laughs, is very close to reality when depicting how guys in general and engineering grads in particular talk amongst each other (unlike for example the fruity exchanges shown in 3 Idiots) - and this depiction does not come with the impression that the director is trying too hard …