dangermousie: (SEI: Govinda and Shannon)
Yes, I have tons more thoughts on Saawariya. Spoilery ergo behind cut )

And speaking of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, here is one of my favorite moments in Bollywood ever, Sameer and Nandini's first meeting:



Oh God.

And here is one of my favorite songs from the movie, the very last one. Ajay is taking the torn Nandini to Salman, who is ecstatic.

HDDCS song )

Oh SLB, never change. Never ever. Who do I have to kill for you to make Bajirao Mastani?

In non-Bollywood news, a question: which drama should I finish first: My Name is Kim Sam Soon or Hello Miss? I have approximately the same amount of episodes left. Or should I finish Sapuri instead?

Speaking of Sapuri, do the the Sapuri lovers on my flist realize that the manga this is based on, has just been released in the USA? (!!!!!!) I saw the first volume (entitled 'Suppli') in the local Barnes&Noble and couldn't believe my eyes. I didn't get it yet, but I did an omnibus of the first three volumes of Tsubasa. I started watching the Tsubasa anime last year and got sidetracked but what I've seen I loved...
dangermousie: (SEI: Govinda and Shannon)
Yes, I have tons more thoughts on Saawariya. Spoilery ergo behind cut )

And speaking of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, here is one of my favorite moments in Bollywood ever, Sameer and Nandini's first meeting:



Oh God.

And here is one of my favorite songs from the movie, the very last one. Ajay is taking the torn Nandini to Salman, who is ecstatic.

HDDCS song )

Oh SLB, never change. Never ever. Who do I have to kill for you to make Bajirao Mastani?

In non-Bollywood news, a question: which drama should I finish first: My Name is Kim Sam Soon or Hello Miss? I have approximately the same amount of episodes left. Or should I finish Sapuri instead?

Speaking of Sapuri, do the the Sapuri lovers on my flist realize that the manga this is based on, has just been released in the USA? (!!!!!!) I saw the first volume (entitled 'Suppli') in the local Barnes&Noble and couldn't believe my eyes. I didn't get it yet, but I did an omnibus of the first three volumes of Tsubasa. I started watching the Tsubasa anime last year and got sidetracked but what I've seen I loved...
dangermousie: (SEI: Govinda and Shannon)
Yes, I have tons more thoughts on Saawariya. Spoilery ergo behind cut )

And speaking of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, here is one of my favorite moments in Bollywood ever, Sameer and Nandini's first meeting:



Oh God.

And here is one of my favorite songs from the movie, the very last one. Ajay is taking the torn Nandini to Salman, who is ecstatic.

HDDCS song )

Oh SLB, never change. Never ever. Who do I have to kill for you to make Bajirao Mastani?

In non-Bollywood news, a question: which drama should I finish first: My Name is Kim Sam Soon or Hello Miss? I have approximately the same amount of episodes left. Or should I finish Sapuri instead?

Speaking of Sapuri, do the the Sapuri lovers on my flist realize that the manga this is based on, has just been released in the USA? (!!!!!!) I saw the first volume (entitled 'Suppli') in the local Barnes&Noble and couldn't believe my eyes. I didn't get it yet, but I did an omnibus of the first three volumes of Tsubasa. I started watching the Tsubasa anime last year and got sidetracked but what I've seen I loved...
dangermousie: (SEI: Salman kneel)
Just got back from Saawariya. (see tag for summary and pics of this)

Oh. I have so much meta. The last time a Bollywood movie engaged me so much was Eklavya. Oh. The funny thing is, I can understand why some people loathed it. It just none of those reasons matter to me, whatsoever. Saawariya is pure, distilled Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Concentrated. If you don't like SLB you are going to loathe this movie. OTOH, if you are like me, and adore SLB (I will watch him film a phone book. He is literally my favorite working Indian director)...then you will love this.

It has all the usual SLB tropes: fantastical, highly stylized setting, fallen women, young love thwarted or transmuted, obsession with underpinning of darkness, loss, absent parental figures, wait and separation, a concentrated passion, and, above all, and the reason I love SLB so, moments of such transcendent (yes, I am not afraid to use this word) beauty, you want to hold them as still images inside your eyes.

Saawariya is really pure SLB, a movie that is part fevered dream, part expressionistic silent movie: dialogues are almost not needed in this movie: it's not about conversations, as it so rarely is with Bhansali. It is significant that two of his movies were largely set in a world of silence: Khamoshi, with the two mute parents, and Manisha Koirala mainly speaking to them through sign language. And Black, with Rani Mukehrji's character being deaf. And even in his movies without the handicap of muteness, what I remember are not words: Ajay Devgan's tortured eyes in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Madhuri's hair breaking a mirror in Devdas, or Ranbir and Sonam's sillouettes dancing a complicated dance around each other, ostensibly to avoid potholes but in reality something else entirely, dream-beatiful, dream-logical.

Lengthy write-up, comparing this to the rest of SLB's movies, and with spoilers for Saawariya )
dangermousie: (SEI: Salman kneel)
Just got back from Saawariya. (see tag for summary and pics of this)

Oh. I have so much meta. The last time a Bollywood movie engaged me so much was Eklavya. Oh. The funny thing is, I can understand why some people loathed it. It just none of those reasons matter to me, whatsoever. Saawariya is pure, distilled Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Concentrated. If you don't like SLB you are going to loathe this movie. OTOH, if you are like me, and adore SLB (I will watch him film a phone book. He is literally my favorite working Indian director)...then you will love this.

It has all the usual SLB tropes: fantastical, highly stylized setting, fallen women, young love thwarted or transmuted, obsession with underpinning of darkness, loss, absent parental figures, wait and separation, a concentrated passion, and, above all, and the reason I love SLB so, moments of such transcendent (yes, I am not afraid to use this word) beauty, you want to hold them as still images inside your eyes.

Saawariya is really pure SLB, a movie that is part fevered dream, part expressionistic silent movie: dialogues are almost not needed in this movie: it's not about conversations, as it so rarely is with Bhansali. It is significant that two of his movies were largely set in a world of silence: Khamoshi, with the two mute parents, and Manisha Koirala mainly speaking to them through sign language. And Black, with Rani Mukehrji's character being deaf. And even in his movies without the handicap of muteness, what I remember are not words: Ajay Devgan's tortured eyes in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Madhuri's hair breaking a mirror in Devdas, or Ranbir and Sonam's sillouettes dancing a complicated dance around each other, ostensibly to avoid potholes but in reality something else entirely, dream-beatiful, dream-logical.

Lengthy write-up, comparing this to the rest of SLB's movies, and with spoilers for Saawariya )
dangermousie: (SEI: Salman kneel)
Just got back from Saawariya. (see tag for summary and pics of this)

Oh. I have so much meta. The last time a Bollywood movie engaged me so much was Eklavya. Oh. The funny thing is, I can understand why some people loathed it. It just none of those reasons matter to me, whatsoever. Saawariya is pure, distilled Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Concentrated. If you don't like SLB you are going to loathe this movie. OTOH, if you are like me, and adore SLB (I will watch him film a phone book. He is literally my favorite working Indian director)...then you will love this.

It has all the usual SLB tropes: fantastical, highly stylized setting, fallen women, young love thwarted or transmuted, obsession with underpinning of darkness, loss, absent parental figures, wait and separation, a concentrated passion, and, above all, and the reason I love SLB so, moments of such transcendent (yes, I am not afraid to use this word) beauty, you want to hold them as still images inside your eyes.

Saawariya is really pure SLB, a movie that is part fevered dream, part expressionistic silent movie: dialogues are almost not needed in this movie: it's not about conversations, as it so rarely is with Bhansali. It is significant that two of his movies were largely set in a world of silence: Khamoshi, with the two mute parents, and Manisha Koirala mainly speaking to them through sign language. And Black, with Rani Mukehrji's character being deaf. And even in his movies without the handicap of muteness, what I remember are not words: Ajay Devgan's tortured eyes in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Madhuri's hair breaking a mirror in Devdas, or Ranbir and Sonam's sillouettes dancing a complicated dance around each other, ostensibly to avoid potholes but in reality something else entirely, dream-beatiful, dream-logical.

Lengthy write-up, comparing this to the rest of SLB's movies, and with spoilers for Saawariya )
dangermousie: (ALTK 2 by alexandral)
This video makes me grin and grin and grin.

This is Ranibir and Sonam Kapoor performing on some TV program one of the numbers from upcoming Saawariya (in which they star).



OMG. Adorableness. Sheer adorableness. I really hope the movie does well and they both become stars (SLB is kinda insane having two unknowns as leads, even if they are Rishi's son and Anil's daughter, and then pitting it against Om Shanti Om which was born to be a psycho blockbuster). I think Sonam is gorgeous and Ranbir should be a star because I want a new leading man who is a good dancer. The last time we had a new Bolly star who was a great dancer was with Hrithik and he debuted in what, 2001? Plus, he reminds me of Rishi when he was young, so big plus.
dangermousie: (ALTK 2 by alexandral)
This video makes me grin and grin and grin.

This is Ranibir and Sonam Kapoor performing on some TV program one of the numbers from upcoming Saawariya (in which they star).



OMG. Adorableness. Sheer adorableness. I really hope the movie does well and they both become stars (SLB is kinda insane having two unknowns as leads, even if they are Rishi's son and Anil's daughter, and then pitting it against Om Shanti Om which was born to be a psycho blockbuster). I think Sonam is gorgeous and Ranbir should be a star because I want a new leading man who is a good dancer. The last time we had a new Bolly star who was a great dancer was with Hrithik and he debuted in what, 2001? Plus, he reminds me of Rishi when he was young, so big plus.
dangermousie: (ALTK 2 by alexandral)
This video makes me grin and grin and grin.

This is Ranibir and Sonam Kapoor performing on some TV program one of the numbers from upcoming Saawariya (in which they star).



OMG. Adorableness. Sheer adorableness. I really hope the movie does well and they both become stars (SLB is kinda insane having two unknowns as leads, even if they are Rishi's son and Anil's daughter, and then pitting it against Om Shanti Om which was born to be a psycho blockbuster). I think Sonam is gorgeous and Ranbir should be a star because I want a new leading man who is a good dancer. The last time we had a new Bolly star who was a great dancer was with Hrithik and he debuted in what, 2001? Plus, he reminds me of Rishi when he was young, so big plus.
dangermousie: (Default)
A nifty little Across the Universe picture to start with:



Seriously, the movie was delightful, but more than anything, it made me want to own every Beatles CD ever.

And in other movie news, I just received from Netflix, my DVD of Ryan’s Daughter, David Lean’s controversial 1970 movie. Considering that Lawrence of Arabia is my favorite movie, if I had to ever pick one (seeing it in a movie theater when they had a limited re-release was amazing), that I think Bridge on the River Kwai is one of the best movies I’ve seen, and I have even managed to enjoy Doctor Zhivago despite being from the former USSR, I had good hopes for it, which were quite realized. Haven’t finished it yet though.

RD has the requisite doomed love affair, beautiful cinematography, and gorgeous performances (it was apparently nominated for a slew of Oscars). The story is set in a remote part of Ireland at 1916. Rosy Ryan (Sarah Miles) is a naïve, spirited young woman who wants more than what her life has given her. Rosy is trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man (Robert Mitchum) and equally trapped in her harsh, closed-off community, where the main occupations are hating the British and picking on the local halfwit (played by John Miles, who got an Oscar for the role). Temporarily, her life is made shiny when she notices the newly arrived British officer, Randolph Doryan (Christopher Jones). The shell-shocked, recovering from horrors of the war Doryan and Rosy fall into passionate love (or maybe it’s desperation, and physical compatibility, you decide). But of course, this is quite doomed. Not just because Rosy is a married woman in a puritanical land, but because Doryan is a British officer, something that is akin to a leper to the staunchly nationalistic villagers. When an incident happens, the villagers begin to look for a traitor in their midst and…

I promise to screencap shortly. Let me just say, on a very shallow front, that Christopher Jones as the Edwardian, upper-class, messed-in-the-head war hero is HOT.

Also, I just realized that the 1970s French adaptation of La Dame De Monsoreau actually gives some hope for a happy ending for Bussy and Diane! (!!!!!) As opposed to the total bleakness of the novel, where he survives the fight with the assassin squad, only to be killed by his patron and ‘friend,’ and she goes insane and disappears.

Ramble ramble )

Oh, and last but not least, here are the newbie stars of the upcoming Saawariya, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor (no relation). The whole thing is supposed be a loose interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s White Nights (!!!!!)

They look adorable:

Cut for size )
dangermousie: (Default)
A nifty little Across the Universe picture to start with:



Seriously, the movie was delightful, but more than anything, it made me want to own every Beatles CD ever.

And in other movie news, I just received from Netflix, my DVD of Ryan’s Daughter, David Lean’s controversial 1970 movie. Considering that Lawrence of Arabia is my favorite movie, if I had to ever pick one (seeing it in a movie theater when they had a limited re-release was amazing), that I think Bridge on the River Kwai is one of the best movies I’ve seen, and I have even managed to enjoy Doctor Zhivago despite being from the former USSR, I had good hopes for it, which were quite realized. Haven’t finished it yet though.

RD has the requisite doomed love affair, beautiful cinematography, and gorgeous performances (it was apparently nominated for a slew of Oscars). The story is set in a remote part of Ireland at 1916. Rosy Ryan (Sarah Miles) is a naïve, spirited young woman who wants more than what her life has given her. Rosy is trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man (Robert Mitchum) and equally trapped in her harsh, closed-off community, where the main occupations are hating the British and picking on the local halfwit (played by John Miles, who got an Oscar for the role). Temporarily, her life is made shiny when she notices the newly arrived British officer, Randolph Doryan (Christopher Jones). The shell-shocked, recovering from horrors of the war Doryan and Rosy fall into passionate love (or maybe it’s desperation, and physical compatibility, you decide). But of course, this is quite doomed. Not just because Rosy is a married woman in a puritanical land, but because Doryan is a British officer, something that is akin to a leper to the staunchly nationalistic villagers. When an incident happens, the villagers begin to look for a traitor in their midst and…

I promise to screencap shortly. Let me just say, on a very shallow front, that Christopher Jones as the Edwardian, upper-class, messed-in-the-head war hero is HOT.

Also, I just realized that the 1970s French adaptation of La Dame De Monsoreau actually gives some hope for a happy ending for Bussy and Diane! (!!!!!) As opposed to the total bleakness of the novel, where he survives the fight with the assassin squad, only to be killed by his patron and ‘friend,’ and she goes insane and disappears.

Ramble ramble )

Oh, and last but not least, here are the newbie stars of the upcoming Saawariya, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor (no relation). The whole thing is supposed be a loose interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s White Nights (!!!!!)

They look adorable:

Cut for size )
dangermousie: (Default)
A nifty little Across the Universe picture to start with:



Seriously, the movie was delightful, but more than anything, it made me want to own every Beatles CD ever.

And in other movie news, I just received from Netflix, my DVD of Ryan’s Daughter, David Lean’s controversial 1970 movie. Considering that Lawrence of Arabia is my favorite movie, if I had to ever pick one (seeing it in a movie theater when they had a limited re-release was amazing), that I think Bridge on the River Kwai is one of the best movies I’ve seen, and I have even managed to enjoy Doctor Zhivago despite being from the former USSR, I had good hopes for it, which were quite realized. Haven’t finished it yet though.

RD has the requisite doomed love affair, beautiful cinematography, and gorgeous performances (it was apparently nominated for a slew of Oscars). The story is set in a remote part of Ireland at 1916. Rosy Ryan (Sarah Miles) is a naïve, spirited young woman who wants more than what her life has given her. Rosy is trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man (Robert Mitchum) and equally trapped in her harsh, closed-off community, where the main occupations are hating the British and picking on the local halfwit (played by John Miles, who got an Oscar for the role). Temporarily, her life is made shiny when she notices the newly arrived British officer, Randolph Doryan (Christopher Jones). The shell-shocked, recovering from horrors of the war Doryan and Rosy fall into passionate love (or maybe it’s desperation, and physical compatibility, you decide). But of course, this is quite doomed. Not just because Rosy is a married woman in a puritanical land, but because Doryan is a British officer, something that is akin to a leper to the staunchly nationalistic villagers. When an incident happens, the villagers begin to look for a traitor in their midst and…

I promise to screencap shortly. Let me just say, on a very shallow front, that Christopher Jones as the Edwardian, upper-class, messed-in-the-head war hero is HOT.

Also, I just realized that the 1970s French adaptation of La Dame De Monsoreau actually gives some hope for a happy ending for Bussy and Diane! (!!!!!) As opposed to the total bleakness of the novel, where he survives the fight with the assassin squad, only to be killed by his patron and ‘friend,’ and she goes insane and disappears.

Ramble ramble )

Oh, and last but not least, here are the newbie stars of the upcoming Saawariya, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor (no relation). The whole thing is supposed be a loose interpretation of Dostoyevsky’s White Nights (!!!!!)

They look adorable:

Cut for size )
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince hug by alexandral)
Can I die a little now?

Pic in question )

Yup, that’s SRK from the upcoming Om Shanti Om. *dies*

The best part? Prior to reincarnation, he is a struggling extra, but after, he is an utterly talentless superstar. LOL. Love him.

Here are more OSO pics )

And in addition, here are the pictures from Saawariya, my other most anticipated Bollywood movie of the year. It looks so dream-like.

Pics here )


And to finish it off, pics from Laga Chunari Mein Dag, opening october 12, with Rani and Abhishek.

Pics here )
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince hug by alexandral)
Can I die a little now?

Pic in question )

Yup, that’s SRK from the upcoming Om Shanti Om. *dies*

The best part? Prior to reincarnation, he is a struggling extra, but after, he is an utterly talentless superstar. LOL. Love him.

Here are more OSO pics )

And in addition, here are the pictures from Saawariya, my other most anticipated Bollywood movie of the year. It looks so dream-like.

Pics here )


And to finish it off, pics from Laga Chunari Mein Dag, opening october 12, with Rani and Abhishek.

Pics here )
dangermousie: (Coffee Prince hug by alexandral)
Can I die a little now?

Pic in question )

Yup, that’s SRK from the upcoming Om Shanti Om. *dies*

The best part? Prior to reincarnation, he is a struggling extra, but after, he is an utterly talentless superstar. LOL. Love him.

Here are more OSO pics )

And in addition, here are the pictures from Saawariya, my other most anticipated Bollywood movie of the year. It looks so dream-like.

Pics here )


And to finish it off, pics from Laga Chunari Mein Dag, opening october 12, with Rani and Abhishek.

Pics here )
dangermousie: (Default)
Here is a mv for my favorite Bollywood movie ever, Veer-Zaara:

MV )

I have just realized something. My two most anticipated Bollywood movies this year are Om Shanti Om and Saawariya.

And they come out on the same day.

OMG.

What to do? Which to see first? Should I just move to the movie theater? What?

What is additionally complicated, this is the weekend I might well be out of town so I won't see either until week after.

Argh.

SLB, please PLEASE move Saawariya. Your movies are usually a powerhouse, but it's going to get slaughtered by Om Shanti Om because it's Shahrukh Khan in a romantic role, and I don't think there is anything that can beat that. Worst case, both movies are going to kill each other.

Btw, The soundtrack for OSO is one of the best in years. BY FAR.

I so missed seeing SRK in a romantic role (I adored Chak De India but there was no romance and Don was a total actioner. I really like Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna but it's over a year since that, and it wasn't a romantic movie: it was about adultery. It's been since Paheli! Though if he never made another romantic movie after Veer Zaara, I shouldn't complain as this was the best romantic movie I've ever seen).

Oh, and the other Bollywood-of-the-period movie, Khoya Khoya Chand is coming out in October, YAY!

Oh, and in case you are wondering, here is the entire Ajab Si from the soundtrack, with basically every bit of the footage we have from the movie so far:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFV7fdG1LK8

And here is the same song but with less footage:



More MVs )
dangermousie: (Default)
Here is a mv for my favorite Bollywood movie ever, Veer-Zaara:

MV )

I have just realized something. My two most anticipated Bollywood movies this year are Om Shanti Om and Saawariya.

And they come out on the same day.

OMG.

What to do? Which to see first? Should I just move to the movie theater? What?

What is additionally complicated, this is the weekend I might well be out of town so I won't see either until week after.

Argh.

SLB, please PLEASE move Saawariya. Your movies are usually a powerhouse, but it's going to get slaughtered by Om Shanti Om because it's Shahrukh Khan in a romantic role, and I don't think there is anything that can beat that. Worst case, both movies are going to kill each other.

Btw, The soundtrack for OSO is one of the best in years. BY FAR.

I so missed seeing SRK in a romantic role (I adored Chak De India but there was no romance and Don was a total actioner. I really like Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna but it's over a year since that, and it wasn't a romantic movie: it was about adultery. It's been since Paheli! Though if he never made another romantic movie after Veer Zaara, I shouldn't complain as this was the best romantic movie I've ever seen).

Oh, and the other Bollywood-of-the-period movie, Khoya Khoya Chand is coming out in October, YAY!

Oh, and in case you are wondering, here is the entire Ajab Si from the soundtrack, with basically every bit of the footage we have from the movie so far:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFV7fdG1LK8

And here is the same song but with less footage:



More MVs )
dangermousie: (Default)
Here is a mv for my favorite Bollywood movie ever, Veer-Zaara:

MV )

I have just realized something. My two most anticipated Bollywood movies this year are Om Shanti Om and Saawariya.

And they come out on the same day.

OMG.

What to do? Which to see first? Should I just move to the movie theater? What?

What is additionally complicated, this is the weekend I might well be out of town so I won't see either until week after.

Argh.

SLB, please PLEASE move Saawariya. Your movies are usually a powerhouse, but it's going to get slaughtered by Om Shanti Om because it's Shahrukh Khan in a romantic role, and I don't think there is anything that can beat that. Worst case, both movies are going to kill each other.

Btw, The soundtrack for OSO is one of the best in years. BY FAR.

I so missed seeing SRK in a romantic role (I adored Chak De India but there was no romance and Don was a total actioner. I really like Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna but it's over a year since that, and it wasn't a romantic movie: it was about adultery. It's been since Paheli! Though if he never made another romantic movie after Veer Zaara, I shouldn't complain as this was the best romantic movie I've ever seen).

Oh, and the other Bollywood-of-the-period movie, Khoya Khoya Chand is coming out in October, YAY!

Oh, and in case you are wondering, here is the entire Ajab Si from the soundtrack, with basically every bit of the footage we have from the movie so far:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFV7fdG1LK8

And here is the same song but with less footage:



More MVs )

Saawariya

Sep. 15th, 2007 09:06 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
I thought I couldn't be more excited about the upcoming Saawariya. I was wrong. The new trailer, with title song and actors' faces Came out. Large version here:

http://www.saawariyafilm.com/

but here is a smaller, youtube one. Am dead.



Ranbir and Sonam are adorable. *melts*

Saawariya

Sep. 15th, 2007 09:06 pm
dangermousie: (Default)
I thought I couldn't be more excited about the upcoming Saawariya. I was wrong. The new trailer, with title song and actors' faces Came out. Large version here:

http://www.saawariyafilm.com/

but here is a smaller, youtube one. Am dead.



Ranbir and Sonam are adorable. *melts*

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