BOLLYWOOD FILMS OF THE WEEK
Producer: Mukesh Bhatt
Director: Anuraag Basu
Music: Anu Malik
Cast: Mallika Sherawat, Ehsaan Hashmi, Ashmit Patel, Raj Zutshi, Sheeba Chaddha, Shabnam, Uday Tikekar, Krish Chawla, Dinesh Singh and (guest) Kashmira Shah.
Coming from the Bhatt oven, the film depicts the changing face of Hindi cinema. The film has a close resemblance to Adrian Lyne’s ‘Unfaithful’ just as last week’s ‘Hawas’, though the producers deny this. But this film is much better than ‘Hawas’ primarily because of a better star cast. And though there are some sleazy scenes, these are handled very maturely and the film attempts to go much deeper. Mallika manages to get deep into the character of an adulterous wife and brings it to life. But her male co-stars let her down. ‘Bheege honth tere’ is catchy.
Sudhir is a busy businessman in Bangkok and lives with wife Simran and their son Kabir. Expectedly Simran feels ignored and their relationship begins to strain. Simran meets an old friend, Sunny, on a rainy day, and is reminded of the time when she and Sunny had been in love before they decided to get married. But destiny had something else in store for them and Simran was forced to marry her brother-in-law Sudhir because of her dying sister’s child. The past ignites the present and sparks fly once again and they cross the impermissible limits. Sudhir begins to suspect that his wife is hiding something and even hires a detective to keep track of her activities. He is shaken when the detective tells him the truth. He decides to confront Sunny, with disastrous results. Sunny is found murdered, and the needle of suspicion falls on both Simran and Sudhir, both admitting to the crime. But the investigating officer is not convinced.
2.MEENAXI TALE OF THREE CITIES:
Producer-Director: M F Hussain
Music: A R Rahman
Lyrics: Rahat Indori, Sukhwinder Singh, M F Hussain
Cast: (introducing) Kunal Kapoor, with Tabu, Raghuvir Yadav, Nadira Babbar,
Sharat Saxena, Bharat Kapoor , Sagar Arya
This film by painter-cum-filmmaker M F Hussain with his son Owais Hussain is set in three cities of Hyderabad, Jaisalmer and Prague. The film’s protagonist (Tabu) adopts three different personalities as Meenaxi, Meenakshi and Maria in the three respective cities. The film, like the earlier ‘Gajagamini’ lends itself to various interpretations and may leave the viewer confused. While Tabu is fantastic, the film disappoints. Musically, ‘Yeh Rishta’ and ‘Do kadam aur sahi’ appeal to the listener and Rahman has tried to bring Sufi style to his music.
Nawab is a famous novelist from Hyderabad who now feels nothing seems to inspire him. He
comes across the very individualistic Meenaxi at a traditional qawwali ceremony and is drawn towards her as the inspiration for his story. But she is not very willing to perform the part of a passive muse. But even as she appears to have taken hold of his body and soul, he finds her very complex. She assumes different personae in different cities. She can be Meenaxi - the mysterious perfume trader of Hyderabad, Meenakshi - the exotic desert bloom of Jaisalmer, and the orphaned Maria of Prague. She scoffs at the novelist’s renewed attempts at writing as insubstantial and is critical about his story, amused by the lovelorn and awkward Kaameshwar – a character he has created, based on a drunken mechanic who once wanted to be a singer. All this puts him into a state of deep despair. But the writer must survive and live, if he can, without her support, inspiration and criticism.