dangermousie: (SeI)
I really love this poster for Paap:



Larger version )

Oh, and let's not forget pretty actresses.

Lovely Amrita Rao )
dangermousie: (SeI)
I really love this poster for Paap:



Larger version )

Oh, and let's not forget pretty actresses.

Lovely Amrita Rao )
dangermousie: (SeI)
I really love this poster for Paap:



Larger version )

Oh, and let's not forget pretty actresses.

Lovely Amrita Rao )
dangermousie: (Paap)
You know, sometimes I find cross-cultural remakes fascinating. Bollywood movies are a case in point. Bollywood often takes an obscure (or not so obscure) Hollywood movie and remakes it. Interestingly, the outproduct has not that much in common with the original even if the plot is largely kept. Different conventions of the genre and social expectations lead to some fascinating results. For example, in a recent Bolly remake of A Perfect Murder, the scummy lover was the one who convinced the heroine to marry the rich man so they could collect later. Only on learning of this did the heroine's husband hired the scummy bf to take the wife out. And the movie ends up with the husband and wife forgiving each other for their transgressions (!) and united in killing the lover (impaling him with a pole, no less). Quite quite different.

Anyway, this is a bit of a seguay into Paap today's post subject. Paap is a Bollywood remake of the quite famous Hollywood movie Witness with Harrison Ford. Replace Philly with Mumbai and the Amish with a Buddhist Monk/Nun community. Yet, while the plot is superficially the same, the movie turns into something entirely different (and not just because the child witness to a murder in this case is a kid the heroine is sent to Mumbai to pick up because he has been picked by the monks as the reincarnation of their former leader. Not a typical Hollywood point). Witness was a movie about cross-culturalization and a neat mystery thriller. Paap, which showcases the beauty of remote hill stations (it really is one of the prettiest movies out there), is really a sexy love story and is more about the awakening of the heroine's femininity and her discovering the world and its desires, than it is about anything else. The plot with the murder is a mcguffin, summarily dealt with. In fact, while Witness is really Harrison Ford's show, Paap is all about Udita Goswami's character. It's as if the Amish widow in Witness was given center stage, everything else secondary (Perhaps the female-oriented slant is because the director herself is female). And while Witness was in a way an idealization of Amish culture and had at least the equal amout of praise for desire to abstain from modernity, Paap is clearly on the side of going into the bustling modern world and experiencing life of the outside.

Anyhoo, I confess. This is basically my vaguely intellectual excuse to post some incredibly hot pictures. Seriously. I did a write-up on it somewhere in my LJ and will look it up at some point.

17 reasons why Paap, the Indian remake of Witness, is better than the original. Not dial up friendly )
dangermousie: (Paap)
You know, sometimes I find cross-cultural remakes fascinating. Bollywood movies are a case in point. Bollywood often takes an obscure (or not so obscure) Hollywood movie and remakes it. Interestingly, the outproduct has not that much in common with the original even if the plot is largely kept. Different conventions of the genre and social expectations lead to some fascinating results. For example, in a recent Bolly remake of A Perfect Murder, the scummy lover was the one who convinced the heroine to marry the rich man so they could collect later. Only on learning of this did the heroine's husband hired the scummy bf to take the wife out. And the movie ends up with the husband and wife forgiving each other for their transgressions (!) and united in killing the lover (impaling him with a pole, no less). Quite quite different.

Anyway, this is a bit of a seguay into Paap today's post subject. Paap is a Bollywood remake of the quite famous Hollywood movie Witness with Harrison Ford. Replace Philly with Mumbai and the Amish with a Buddhist Monk/Nun community. Yet, while the plot is superficially the same, the movie turns into something entirely different (and not just because the child witness to a murder in this case is a kid the heroine is sent to Mumbai to pick up because he has been picked by the monks as the reincarnation of their former leader. Not a typical Hollywood point). Witness was a movie about cross-culturalization and a neat mystery thriller. Paap, which showcases the beauty of remote hill stations (it really is one of the prettiest movies out there), is really a sexy love story and is more about the awakening of the heroine's femininity and her discovering the world and its desires, than it is about anything else. The plot with the murder is a mcguffin, summarily dealt with. In fact, while Witness is really Harrison Ford's show, Paap is all about Udita Goswami's character. It's as if the Amish widow in Witness was given center stage, everything else secondary (Perhaps the female-oriented slant is because the director herself is female). And while Witness was in a way an idealization of Amish culture and had at least the equal amout of praise for desire to abstain from modernity, Paap is clearly on the side of going into the bustling modern world and experiencing life of the outside.

Anyhoo, I confess. This is basically my vaguely intellectual excuse to post some incredibly hot pictures. Seriously. I did a write-up on it somewhere in my LJ and will look it up at some point.

17 reasons why Paap, the Indian remake of Witness, is better than the original. Not dial up friendly )
dangermousie: (Paap)
You know, sometimes I find cross-cultural remakes fascinating. Bollywood movies are a case in point. Bollywood often takes an obscure (or not so obscure) Hollywood movie and remakes it. Interestingly, the outproduct has not that much in common with the original even if the plot is largely kept. Different conventions of the genre and social expectations lead to some fascinating results. For example, in a recent Bolly remake of A Perfect Murder, the scummy lover was the one who convinced the heroine to marry the rich man so they could collect later. Only on learning of this did the heroine's husband hired the scummy bf to take the wife out. And the movie ends up with the husband and wife forgiving each other for their transgressions (!) and united in killing the lover (impaling him with a pole, no less). Quite quite different.

Anyway, this is a bit of a seguay into Paap today's post subject. Paap is a Bollywood remake of the quite famous Hollywood movie Witness with Harrison Ford. Replace Philly with Mumbai and the Amish with a Buddhist Monk/Nun community. Yet, while the plot is superficially the same, the movie turns into something entirely different (and not just because the child witness to a murder in this case is a kid the heroine is sent to Mumbai to pick up because he has been picked by the monks as the reincarnation of their former leader. Not a typical Hollywood point). Witness was a movie about cross-culturalization and a neat mystery thriller. Paap, which showcases the beauty of remote hill stations (it really is one of the prettiest movies out there), is really a sexy love story and is more about the awakening of the heroine's femininity and her discovering the world and its desires, than it is about anything else. The plot with the murder is a mcguffin, summarily dealt with. In fact, while Witness is really Harrison Ford's show, Paap is all about Udita Goswami's character. It's as if the Amish widow in Witness was given center stage, everything else secondary (Perhaps the female-oriented slant is because the director herself is female). And while Witness was in a way an idealization of Amish culture and had at least the equal amout of praise for desire to abstain from modernity, Paap is clearly on the side of going into the bustling modern world and experiencing life of the outside.

Anyhoo, I confess. This is basically my vaguely intellectual excuse to post some incredibly hot pictures. Seriously. I did a write-up on it somewhere in my LJ and will look it up at some point.

17 reasons why Paap, the Indian remake of Witness, is better than the original. Not dial up friendly )
dangermousie: (SEI: John Abraham)
OK, watching Salaam-e-Ishq reminded me how much I love John Abraham, arguably the hottest guy anywhere evah. Who also happens to be a Bollywood star (he and fiancée Bipasha Basu should be mandated to have children for the sake of genepool).



See? How can you resist?

But anyway, here is a list of my Top 10 John Abraham movies, in order from most fave down. Happy watching! With the exception of Salaam-e-Ishq which is currently in theaters, they are all available on DVD. Netflix should have most of them:

List here )

More Karam posters as a bonus: Yumminess )

If you want to see more pics, just click on the 'john abraham' tag.
dangermousie: (SEI: John Abraham)
OK, watching Salaam-e-Ishq reminded me how much I love John Abraham, arguably the hottest guy anywhere evah. Who also happens to be a Bollywood star (he and fiancée Bipasha Basu should be mandated to have children for the sake of genepool).



See? How can you resist?

But anyway, here is a list of my Top 10 John Abraham movies, in order from most fave down. Happy watching! With the exception of Salaam-e-Ishq which is currently in theaters, they are all available on DVD. Netflix should have most of them:

List here )

More Karam posters as a bonus: Yumminess )

If you want to see more pics, just click on the 'john abraham' tag.
dangermousie: (SEI: John Abraham)
OK, watching Salaam-e-Ishq reminded me how much I love John Abraham, arguably the hottest guy anywhere evah. Who also happens to be a Bollywood star (he and fiancée Bipasha Basu should be mandated to have children for the sake of genepool).



See? How can you resist?

But anyway, here is a list of my Top 10 John Abraham movies, in order from most fave down. Happy watching! With the exception of Salaam-e-Ishq which is currently in theaters, they are all available on DVD. Netflix should have most of them:

List here )

More Karam posters as a bonus: Yumminess )

If you want to see more pics, just click on the 'john abraham' tag.
dangermousie: (Default)
Thanks guys! Feeling better today.

Once the antibiotics wore a bit off yesterday, I decided to cheer myself up with a movie I just bought: Paap. It's a Bollywood remake of "Witness." And by "remake" I don't mean "loosly inspired by," the way "Hum Tum" is very loosely inspired by "When Harry Met Sally." Nope, a genuine remake. The plot (for those who don't know): a young Buddhist boy witnesses a murder. A police officer must protect him and the young woman who came to Delhi to retrieve the boy to take him back to their community. The cop ends up at the community for a while. The movie makers substituted a remote Buddhist community for the Amish of the original film.

I loved it. The plot would be surprising to someone who hadn't seen Witness, but since I have, I knew everything that was coming. That's OK, I didn't get it for the plot. I got it for the incredible scenery and John Abraham (playing the cop). Also, this has to be the most explicit BW movie I've ever seen (by that I mean it would get PG in the US).

Random observations follow:Read more... )

So, glad I bought it.

X-posted at bollywhat boards
dangermousie: (Default)
Thanks guys! Feeling better today.

Once the antibiotics wore a bit off yesterday, I decided to cheer myself up with a movie I just bought: Paap. It's a Bollywood remake of "Witness." And by "remake" I don't mean "loosly inspired by," the way "Hum Tum" is very loosely inspired by "When Harry Met Sally." Nope, a genuine remake. The plot (for those who don't know): a young Buddhist boy witnesses a murder. A police officer must protect him and the young woman who came to Delhi to retrieve the boy to take him back to their community. The cop ends up at the community for a while. The movie makers substituted a remote Buddhist community for the Amish of the original film.

I loved it. The plot would be surprising to someone who hadn't seen Witness, but since I have, I knew everything that was coming. That's OK, I didn't get it for the plot. I got it for the incredible scenery and John Abraham (playing the cop). Also, this has to be the most explicit BW movie I've ever seen (by that I mean it would get PG in the US).

Random observations follow:Read more... )

So, glad I bought it.

X-posted at bollywhat boards
dangermousie: (Default)
Thanks guys! Feeling better today.

Once the antibiotics wore a bit off yesterday, I decided to cheer myself up with a movie I just bought: Paap. It's a Bollywood remake of "Witness." And by "remake" I don't mean "loosly inspired by," the way "Hum Tum" is very loosely inspired by "When Harry Met Sally." Nope, a genuine remake. The plot (for those who don't know): a young Buddhist boy witnesses a murder. A police officer must protect him and the young woman who came to Delhi to retrieve the boy to take him back to their community. The cop ends up at the community for a while. The movie makers substituted a remote Buddhist community for the Amish of the original film.

I loved it. The plot would be surprising to someone who hadn't seen Witness, but since I have, I knew everything that was coming. That's OK, I didn't get it for the plot. I got it for the incredible scenery and John Abraham (playing the cop). Also, this has to be the most explicit BW movie I've ever seen (by that I mean it would get PG in the US).

Random observations follow:Read more... )

So, glad I bought it.

X-posted at bollywhat boards

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