Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ragini SMS

This is a horror movie. So whoever had any positive thought about watching it because of the word mms in the movie title, immediately drop your plan and have some "child bear" with the amount you just saved.

The story: Ragini and Uday, set out to have a dirty weekend at a friend's farmhouse on the outskirts of Mumbai. The weekend getaway is in a house that has been rigged with cameras in Bigg Boss style to capture love-making are witness to something that is beyond the realm of human understanding. Within the confines of this house, Ragini and Uday found an unexplainable paranormal force.

Well, the movie is not that bad at all, if you watch it as a horror movie. The basic ingredients are there. Moving of objects without considering the 3 basic Newton laws, one old building with frequent power fluctuation without any fault from the state electricity board, the evil get into human body, and the chudail herself with a false claim that she is good mannered, soft heart and finally not a chudail. Also the scary sounds will keep you guessing, 2b or not 2b get scared. This one was my first full-fledged horror movie in big screen (discounting the semi-horror types bhul-bhulaiya) and I realised the difference of watching it alone (my wife will be nowhere near) on small screen at home and with many unknown male-female on big screen. The female team will constantly scream in all those 2b situations and the male team, who need to display themselves as bolder than the female team, will suddenly become chatterbox. They will ignore the 2b scenes by talking bullshit or predicting the 2b or showing some different kind of frustration (mms bani sms types). 
Coming back to the movie, it started with a lot of promise. One may get confused with a sequel of LSD. But slowly the confusion will go away once we reach the old building, inside which we are going to watch the rest of the movie. The first half was quite scary and once it is building up, the chudail announces the intermission. And after the break, the movie looses the charm and crisp with some totally out of sync scenes and few predictable ones. The whole movie looked like a collage of world horror movies. Paranormal Activity, Blair-Witch Project, Exorcist, Raaz 1 & 2 (to add some Indian angle) ... none were spared. Overall the photography and sound (has to be) is good. Acting from the newcomers on such a weak screenplay was superb and the only reason to watch this movie. Not a movie to be watched on Saturday evening may be a Sunday morning show is recommended.

Rating: 2.5 of 5

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Why Dhobi Ghaat ???

My first movie in 2011 and the total experience is not bad at all. Dhobi Ghat is nicely made. Good direction, brilliant acting, superb cinematography and overall looks like an output of a great teamwork. Only thing I couldn't understand is why the name is "Dhobi Ghat" as the story has different connections to mumbai along with the dhobi ghat only as a part of it. Story is bit like a chain reaction. A likes B, B likes C and C likes D types ...

Arun, an upmarket artist meets Shai, an NRI investment banker at his exhibition. Meanwhile, Shai befriends Munna, the neighbourhood dhobi who happens to be a wannabe actor too, while Arun gets lost in the video-taped story of Yasmin, the enigmatic ex-inmate of the house he currently occupies.

Aamir did a good job as Arun. Monica Dogra (Shai) also was quite impressive. Prateik (Munna) showed some brilliance of Smita Patil legacy. But according to me, best of the lot was Kriti Malhotra (Yasmin). The Yasmin-Arun part of the movie brought back some memories of LSD. The character Munna looked bit artificial in few scenes; mainly his style and his garments were not matching his role as a Dhobi/Rat Killer. Few moments, the screenplay seems to be not moving.

Overall, a different genre altogether. A must watch for Movie Lovers ..