Astrology & the Penchant for future: WHAT'S YOUR RAASHEE?
Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
It indeed is a fascinating to note that the penchant for Astrology now finds manifestation in the form of a full length feature film WHAT'S YOUR RAASHEE?, an attempt to deconstruct the attitude of the average Indians to refer to Astrology before initiating any steps. Such has been the fixation with astrology that in our average lives we tend to forget everything if the so-called Raashees match. When Ashutosh Gowariker tries to look at it, one only hopes that he would be able to place it in its proper perspective.
As a matter of fact, the question WHAT'S YOUR RAASHEE?, is loaded heavily against the female of the population and such is its domineering influence that all the qualifications and talent of the girl is left aside if the Raashees do not match. The notion of the sun-signs has been accentuated and popularized through various films time and again latest being DELHI-6, where the Raashees are matched by passing few gold coins in the palm, and in a way is a telling comment on the importance of Raashee, and the sense of despair for a girl.
Ashutosh Gowariker has always been giving a refreshing perspective to the topic that he approaches, and one only hopes that WHATS YOUR RAASHEE? would be able to diminish the importance of astrological matching at least in the educated generation of the country which is more obsessed with its notions.
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Based on a popular television serial of the early eighties when Doordarshan still was the king, Mr. Yogi, whose roles were enacted to perfection by one of the most underplayed television performers Mohan Gokhale. The difference from the serial lies in the fact that while the girls that Mr. Yogi met in the serial were different in the serial, here the female lead is the same Priyanka Chopra, who enacts 12 characters, of each Raashee itself. But for nothing else, only for this sheer fact that Priyanka has played 12 roles, she has created a record of sorts' world over.
In the fiftieth year of Doordarshan, fortuitously screen adoption of its popular serials has started, and may be WHAT'S YOUR RAASHEE? would encourage more directors to stop looking towards Hollywood and adapt our television serials for screen play. After all, when Hollywood does that why can it not be done in India as well?