It is late October, and although I would have very much liked to have done this at the beginning of the month, due to various stupid reasons and my laziness, I couldn’t. What am I talking about? REKHATOBER of course – the birth month of only the best actress ever – Rekha. A few summers back, me and many other Bollywood bloggers, lead by Beth, decided upon doing this monthly feature every year to celebrate Rekha’s birthday. [For more on it, go here for all the posts on Rekhatober].
This year, I cranked up the gear, and went digging into the deep abyss of the internet, to find a 90’s gem called Madam X. So, hit the jump for more on Madam X, our podcast on it, and the awesome Comic Strip to blind your eyes with its sheer awesomeness.
As previously discussed in my post on Challa, a YRF soundtrack by A.R.Rahman, and lyrics penned by Gulzar – that in itself brings a weight of expectations and anticipation from listeners. Having listened to the entire soundtrack a few times now, I can safely conclude that this is no where close to any of Rahman’s finest, or even better works. The soundtrack of Jab Tak Hai Jaan seems to just flirt with different themes like a confused movie with no plot, trying to please every demographic. We’ll get to that when we discuss the songs, so hit the jump.
After a million firewalls had been set up around to build curiosity around the next YRF-SRK mega Diwali release, we saw the firecracker fizzle out with an unimpressive title inspired from a Sholay song. YRF’s next – Jab Tak Hai Jaan, brings back SRK to the era of Dil To Pagal Hai, romancing two leading ladies, in and around London, and even playing the “Maati ke Laal deshbhakt“, as he vrooms around in his army uniform, and even walks away from an explosion – #LikeABoss. One of the other selling points of the promotion campaign has been the first time collaboration between Yashraj Films and A.R.Rahman. There is always a level of anticipation surrounding every Rahman project , as fans wait for his tracks with great levels of expectation. The first track released from the soundtrack – Challa, on a whole doesn’t hit the note quite right, and rather than being a straight boundary, feels more like a dot ball. Sorry about that cricket analogy, but Challa didn’t quite deliver the Rahman magic that we’ve grown to get used to. Neither does it bring home the SRK charm of say – Mitwa (KANK), or even Kyon Hawa (Veer Zara).
To borrow one of the dialogues from Heroine, Madhur Bhandarkar, over the years, has become a brand in Bollywood, albeit a fading one. His movies, often serving as an outsider’s look into the world of socialites, corporates, fashionistas and roadside beggars, have been praised, discussed, criticised, and laughed upon too. With his latest offering – Heroine, he takes us on a ride into the world of super stardom – the dirty picture of the price of fame. Sounds familiar? There is an overwhelming feeling of deja vú throughout the movie, of scenes from Bhandarkar’s previous works. And at this point, the shock value has worn out, and the novelty of moral code speeches just gets reduced to a display of the sloppiness and lack of originality of the director. Heroine almost feels like a continuation of Fashion (which seemed like a continuation of Page 3), and in not a trilogy kinda way, but in a rehashed shit kinda way.
There’s a few points I’d like to discuss, which are quite spoiler-ific. And hence, they are tucked away safely after the jump. If you’re after the star ratings, just skip to the end bit.