This is unbelievably scary. This pointless exercise in filmmaking by Suman Ganguli is tagged as 'A Modern Day Classic' and has won the best Children's film award in India plus other awards. The decision makers at the festival might have been bowled over by the terrific concept of the depression and dilemma a teenage looser from the mushrooming TV reality shows goes through but my eyes are rolling in wonder to find why the movie has miserably failed to find its legs. BLUE MOUNTAIN is a mega waste of a concept that could have been the major time bomb of this summer.
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A tacky, muddled, uninspiring and yawning exercise, Suman Ganguli's BLUE MOUNTAIN is a story of a teenage boy Som (Yatharth Ratnum) from the picturesque Himachal Pradesh who by accident gets cleared in an audition of a top reality singing show thanks to his buddy Akks' (Vaibhav Hanshu) nervousness.. Som's mother Vani (Gracy Singh) a known singer during her hey days calls it destiny and rightly we take it on our stride as well as the movie proceeds. Som's father Om (wah kya
rhyming, played by Ranvir Shorey) is practical and wants Som to pursue his studies and settle abroad. In any case Som is introduced to us initially as a biking freak eager to scale new mountains and the title BLUE MONTAINS was getting convinced but this cycle kid takes a vicious turn to sitar and tanpura. Diong. Diong. Time for Guruji aan milo
...the mother Vaani sees her sapna
in the eyes of her exclusive apna
Som, takes her to a classical guru played by the HUM LOG serial fame Basesar Maharaj urf Vinod Nagpal. Pranam
but yeh kya
.. what is this... Maharaj refuses and advices Vani to train Som and the preparations for the rising singing TV star begins. A sign of relief is felt as the movie seems to be taking some track and the crazy manipulated world of mushrooming TV reality shows that is corrupting the mindset of families especially in small town for short name and fame seems to be on cards and we are introduced to that manipulated dance guru who promises complete grooming to make Som into a performer - a rock star and we are about to feel happy. Strangely Som's struggle at the reality show is surprisingly not seen and in a snap he is a teenage sensation about to sing the finals. No prize in guessing the result of the finals where Som is suddenly unable to sing in the middle of an ongoing performance. This shocking and unbelievable exit of Som turns into days of depression and hell for him and his near and dear ones. Rest is how Som finds his crooning back and gain takes his cycle to scale that elusive BLUE MOUNTAIN finds the crux of this story.
Struggling even to fill the surface of the concept Suman Ganguli narrates a wayward insipid material, in trying to portray the evils of failures on a young wannabe TV reality show sensation, Ganguly seems to be lost out of ideas and locks Som in one room and makes his mother Vani fell ill. Unnecessarily prolonged and unworthy in technicalities as well, BLUE MOUNTAINS is a feeble attempt that horribly fails to even get the actors motivated. Gracy Singh disappoints, Yatharth Ratnum is okay in bits and pieces. Ranvir Shorey sleep walks, Mahesh Thakur had nothing to do. Arif Zakaria is reduced to a caricature (why does Bollywood typecast teachers as jokers, Hitlers? is a question that needs to be answered). Rajpal Yadav is wasted. Simran Sharma is a good looking bad actress.
On the music front, Kare Kare Badra
by Sandeep-Surya, Monty Sharma and Aadesh Shrivastava is hummable.
Weirdly the movie title and the singing reminded me of the melodious number 'Neele Neele Ambar Par'
sung by Kishore Kumar in the 1983 movie KALAKAR and a thought came into my mind that if Suman Ganguli could have got some more reality in the end and got a forgotten singer from a top TV reality show to sing this song from that BLUE MOUNTAIN?.. jaane do.. usko apna gaana gane do
.. A Modern Day Classic.. ugh.. that's too much, more than the reality show scripted mach mach