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Ever seen a fantasy film sans VFX?

November 14, 2009 3:37:48 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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A couple of weeks back, ALADIN had hit the screens and its narrative was embellished with quite a few minutes of VFX. In fact more than 75% of the film's running length had some element of VFX to it that had made it Bollywood's first ever bona fide fantasy flick.

This Friday, yet another fantasy film has arrived with a scale, budget and set up not more than 10% of ALADIN. The film is AAO WISH KAREIN which throws a surprise since for a fantasy outing set in contemporary times; it doesn't take the VFX route that could have perhaps overshadowed storytelling.

Instead, producer Aftab Shivdasani and director Glen Baretto concentrate on keeping the narrative simple hence resulting in a sweet outcome that has its heart in place.

Glenn, who had earlier co-directed JAANE HOGA KYA (2006) with Ankush, goes solo with AAO WISH KAREIN and shows good improvements as a story teller. His strength lies in a no-compromise stance that he takes, hence not allowing commercial diktats (skin show, item songs, excessive drama) to ruin the show.

The only 'wish' one makes as a viewer? If only the makers would have promoted this film a little better at least, AAO WISH KAREIN would have been more visible than it is today.


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