On a Friday morning, a few stray thoughts... All my own work, with due apologies to Busybee.
Like for instance, Prateik is wasted in this film. He is a talented actor and making him do the same things he did, just a release ago in MY FRIEND PINTO is not really exploiting his talent. It also means that there was no meat in the script.
Why, for instance, is Sachin (Prateik) always sporting a stubble and moving like Pinto. And why does the film not move into second gear. Third, fourth and fifth gears are door ki baat!
Also, I fail to understand why the make-up artist was not able to hide Amy Jackson's sunburns effectively.
If this film was a lesson in film-making (there's Ramesh Sippy giving tips and also a cameraman who plays Prateik's friend who is always talking about camera angles) why is director Gautham Menon so obsessed with Jessie's (Amy Jackson's) rear that there are umpteen 'slow mo' shots of her walking away. The walk is not graceful either!
And why did Menon not teach her to emote? That was the basic requirement of a girl in love.
I can understand when siblings have different shades, but Julie's brother is far to 'tanned' for one to actually believe they are siblings. An error from the casting director. Either the brother could have been ten shades lighter or the sister could have fitted the Mallu-Christian character she is supposed to portray.
And was it necessary to go on and on and on and on about a love story that at one point in time the audience doesn't care whether Sachin and Julie do have a happy ending?
How can you stretch a film beyond a point. Even a rubber band snaps when elongated beyond its capacity.
I understand that this film is a remake of some south film that has been a huge hit, but I dare say that it will not work here. The best the director could have done was change the Mallu angle and let Amy Jackson play the foreigner that she is. That would have been more believable.
What was the cameran who is working on a Ramesh Sippy film, doing as a sidekick to someone who is 20 years his junior? I mean we are talking about a generation gap here.
Then there's also HDFC Bank and PVR who play supporting roles. They have more screen time than Sachin Khedekar!
Finally, a sentence in Malayalam...Enganatha cinemeka evedia preykshakar? (How can a movie like this find an audience?)
The story: Sachin is a mechanical engineer who is jobless. He loves the world of cinema and is lured by the action behind the lens. Jessie is a genius in math. She is a working girl, who hates movies. She lives on the floor above Sachin and when they first meet, Sachin has his heart in his mouth. He relentlessly pursues her. There's opposition from her family; she being a Catholic and he a Hindu is not something her father is too thrilled about. Add to it that he is jobless and a tenant in her father's home (this fact is not established in a manner that it should be). The story then is how he goes about winning their hearts and hers.