dangermousie: (SEI: John and Vidya run)
Recently, I watched a very unusual movie for Bollywood. Last year’s sleeper hit Gangster, starring Kangna Raut, Shiney Ahuja and Emran Hashimi. It was filmed and set in part in South Korea, and in doing so, it seems to have adopted somewhat a tone of a Korean movie into itself.

The movie opens with a dizzying, disorienting flashback. A woman goes into a man’s apartment and shoots him, and on running out is shot herself. As she is in the hospital, being treated, the story turns as to what led to this turn of events.

The story of Gangster centers around Simran (Kangna), an isolated Indian woman living in Seoul. Eventually, she finds herself getting close with the engaging, stunningly normal and well-balanced expat Indian small time singer Akash (Emran). Fragile despite her seemingly destroyed shell, Simran is lonely but desperately wants some semblance of normalcy and family. That is something that is hard to come by. A former whore, she is now (as she confides to Akash) the girlfriend of the most wanted Indian gangster, fearsome Daya (Shiney Ahuja, in the movie’s most interesting and coolest role *swoon*), who has stashed her in Seoul for safe-keeping as he engages in never-ending mob wars. Daya might be top of India’s most wanted (and the movie never makes any bones that he is indeed responsible for all the crimes he’s supposed to have committed) but Simran is his one weakness. Ever since she’s hid him from the cops, years ago, he had put her on a pedestal, and will do anything rather than lose her. Not that it is much comfort to Simran, always on the run and alone…

So love triangles that aren’t all they appear, and plot twists, and some topsy-turvying of your expectations occur, and the end of the movie had me rather moved.

Spoilery meta )

Some pictures:

Pictures here )

Mind you, it’s a flawed film (ironically, I kept thinking it would make an awesome drama) but it’s certainly a very interesting and at times a moving one.

ETA: (and completely unrelated). I just realized that one of my myseriously-labelled Chinatown purchases is a copy of kmovie She's on duty. YESSSSS. Gong Yoo hotness, here I come!
dangermousie: (SEI: John and Vidya run)
Recently, I watched a very unusual movie for Bollywood. Last year’s sleeper hit Gangster, starring Kangna Raut, Shiney Ahuja and Emran Hashimi. It was filmed and set in part in South Korea, and in doing so, it seems to have adopted somewhat a tone of a Korean movie into itself.

The movie opens with a dizzying, disorienting flashback. A woman goes into a man’s apartment and shoots him, and on running out is shot herself. As she is in the hospital, being treated, the story turns as to what led to this turn of events.

The story of Gangster centers around Simran (Kangna), an isolated Indian woman living in Seoul. Eventually, she finds herself getting close with the engaging, stunningly normal and well-balanced expat Indian small time singer Akash (Emran). Fragile despite her seemingly destroyed shell, Simran is lonely but desperately wants some semblance of normalcy and family. That is something that is hard to come by. A former whore, she is now (as she confides to Akash) the girlfriend of the most wanted Indian gangster, fearsome Daya (Shiney Ahuja, in the movie’s most interesting and coolest role *swoon*), who has stashed her in Seoul for safe-keeping as he engages in never-ending mob wars. Daya might be top of India’s most wanted (and the movie never makes any bones that he is indeed responsible for all the crimes he’s supposed to have committed) but Simran is his one weakness. Ever since she’s hid him from the cops, years ago, he had put her on a pedestal, and will do anything rather than lose her. Not that it is much comfort to Simran, always on the run and alone…

So love triangles that aren’t all they appear, and plot twists, and some topsy-turvying of your expectations occur, and the end of the movie had me rather moved.

Spoilery meta )

Some pictures:

Pictures here )

Mind you, it’s a flawed film (ironically, I kept thinking it would make an awesome drama) but it’s certainly a very interesting and at times a moving one.

ETA: (and completely unrelated). I just realized that one of my myseriously-labelled Chinatown purchases is a copy of kmovie She's on duty. YESSSSS. Gong Yoo hotness, here I come!
dangermousie: (SEI: John and Vidya run)
Recently, I watched a very unusual movie for Bollywood. Last year’s sleeper hit Gangster, starring Kangna Raut, Shiney Ahuja and Emran Hashimi. It was filmed and set in part in South Korea, and in doing so, it seems to have adopted somewhat a tone of a Korean movie into itself.

The movie opens with a dizzying, disorienting flashback. A woman goes into a man’s apartment and shoots him, and on running out is shot herself. As she is in the hospital, being treated, the story turns as to what led to this turn of events.

The story of Gangster centers around Simran (Kangna), an isolated Indian woman living in Seoul. Eventually, she finds herself getting close with the engaging, stunningly normal and well-balanced expat Indian small time singer Akash (Emran). Fragile despite her seemingly destroyed shell, Simran is lonely but desperately wants some semblance of normalcy and family. That is something that is hard to come by. A former whore, she is now (as she confides to Akash) the girlfriend of the most wanted Indian gangster, fearsome Daya (Shiney Ahuja, in the movie’s most interesting and coolest role *swoon*), who has stashed her in Seoul for safe-keeping as he engages in never-ending mob wars. Daya might be top of India’s most wanted (and the movie never makes any bones that he is indeed responsible for all the crimes he’s supposed to have committed) but Simran is his one weakness. Ever since she’s hid him from the cops, years ago, he had put her on a pedestal, and will do anything rather than lose her. Not that it is much comfort to Simran, always on the run and alone…

So love triangles that aren’t all they appear, and plot twists, and some topsy-turvying of your expectations occur, and the end of the movie had me rather moved.

Spoilery meta )

Some pictures:

Pictures here )

Mind you, it’s a flawed film (ironically, I kept thinking it would make an awesome drama) but it’s certainly a very interesting and at times a moving one.

ETA: (and completely unrelated). I just realized that one of my myseriously-labelled Chinatown purchases is a copy of kmovie She's on duty. YESSSSS. Gong Yoo hotness, here I come!

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