dangermousie: (Veer-Zaara)
[livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and I went to see the Bollywood hit (apparently, the biggest opening ever) Bodyguard starring huge Mousie favorites Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor.

Kareena plays a rich girl who pretends she is in love with her bodyguard (Salman) to get him to loosen up but things spiral out of control. There are some gorgeous musical numbers, mondo violence, a surprisingly touching love story, a hilarious amount of comedy, and a scene in which a strategically aimed water pipe literally explodes the shirt off Salman's body.

Basically, I laughed a lot and swooned a fair amount - it was worth every penny of the ticket price. Best way to describe the vibe is that as far as I know, it is not a South Indian remake but it almost feels like it could be.

Have a gorgeous song from it:



There was also a trailer for RA 1, which I will watch no matter what because once a Sharukh fangirl, always a Sharukh fangirl, and when he came on-screen something funny happened to my insides.



Also, somehow, I did not realize that Kareena was playing his love interest in this. !!!!!! I've been obsessed with their on-screen chemistry since Asoka (which is probably my favorite Bollywood movie ever) so to see an encore...OMG dream come true!

And now I want to go and rewatch Asoka, especially all the scenes where he calls her 'my warrior' and teaches her to use a sword - skills she turns against him when, driven by her supposed death, he descends into emptiness and bloodlust and she faces him on the battlefield. OTPOTPOTP! It's so odd - in the latter half of the movie, once he turns into a monster, I hate him hate him hate him, but the moment he goes down on his knees before her, weeping and begging forgiveness, I find myself yelling "take him back take him back take him back!" Have a MV:



More MVs )

I think I am about to go on a Shahrukh binge. Also, I think I must make a much overdue Top 10 Indian Movies list.
dangermousie: (Veer-Zaara)
[livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl and I went to see the Bollywood hit (apparently, the biggest opening ever) Bodyguard starring huge Mousie favorites Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor.

Kareena plays a rich girl who pretends she is in love with her bodyguard (Salman) to get him to loosen up but things spiral out of control. There are some gorgeous musical numbers, mondo violence, a surprisingly touching love story, a hilarious amount of comedy, and a scene in which a strategically aimed water pipe literally explodes the shirt off Salman's body.

Basically, I laughed a lot and swooned a fair amount - it was worth every penny of the ticket price. Best way to describe the vibe is that as far as I know, it is not a South Indian remake but it almost feels like it could be.

Have a gorgeous song from it:



There was also a trailer for RA 1, which I will watch no matter what because once a Sharukh fangirl, always a Sharukh fangirl, and when he came on-screen something funny happened to my insides.



Also, somehow, I did not realize that Kareena was playing his love interest in this. !!!!!! I've been obsessed with their on-screen chemistry since Asoka (which is probably my favorite Bollywood movie ever) so to see an encore...OMG dream come true!

And now I want to go and rewatch Asoka, especially all the scenes where he calls her 'my warrior' and teaches her to use a sword - skills she turns against him when, driven by her supposed death, he descends into emptiness and bloodlust and she faces him on the battlefield. OTPOTPOTP! It's so odd - in the latter half of the movie, once he turns into a monster, I hate him hate him hate him, but the moment he goes down on his knees before her, weeping and begging forgiveness, I find myself yelling "take him back take him back take him back!" Have a MV:



More MVs )

I think I am about to go on a Shahrukh binge. Also, I think I must make a much overdue Top 10 Indian Movies list.
dangermousie: (Dhoom 2)
Ah, Sallu! My Veer DVD is here! I can't wait! Have a ridiculously addictive song:



Swords! Vests! Beautiful Ladies! This seriously reminds me of old-school Bollywood (and not just because for once the heroine is not a bundle of sticks skinny).

Oh, and have this ridiculously gorgeous, sexy song from Urumi:



I think I may die when I watch this movie!

In case you haven't figured out my Bollywood/Tollywood/Kollywood/Mollywood obsession is back on.
dangermousie: (Dhoom 2)
Ah, Sallu! My Veer DVD is here! I can't wait! Have a ridiculously addictive song:



Swords! Vests! Beautiful Ladies! This seriously reminds me of old-school Bollywood (and not just because for once the heroine is not a bundle of sticks skinny).

Oh, and have this ridiculously gorgeous, sexy song from Urumi:



I think I may die when I watch this movie!

In case you haven't figured out my Bollywood/Tollywood/Kollywood/Mollywood obsession is back on.
dangermousie: (Dhoom 2)
Ah, Sallu! My Veer DVD is here! I can't wait! Have a ridiculously addictive song:



Swords! Vests! Beautiful Ladies! This seriously reminds me of old-school Bollywood (and not just because for once the heroine is not a bundle of sticks skinny).

Oh, and have this ridiculously gorgeous, sexy song from Urumi:



I think I may die when I watch this movie!

In case you haven't figured out my Bollywood/Tollywood/Kollywood/Mollywood obsession is back on.
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
I was trying to figure out why my order with bhavaniDVD wasn't being shipped (they are normally lightning-fast) when I figured out I didn't finish processing. Duh! Anyway, now it is in the system.

I got:

x Veer - Salman, ILY and your insanity! Especially ILY that you seem to have made a movie which caters to everything I want - I can taste the delicious delicious cheese already! (Is it this generation's Mard?). Whoever thought Salman would one day be my favorite Khan? But somehow, here we are.



x Madarasapattinam - [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl made me obsessed with Madarasapattinam; period epic tragic love story with some amazing songs - Indian guy/English girl at time of Partition. Ends about as well as you'd expect (no spoiler as it starts at the end and goes flashbacking). My favorite song:



X Pattiyal - I know nothing about it except that it came as a twofer with Madarasapattinam and that it stars Arya. Have a song:



x Urumi - the one I am most excited for. Never seen a Malayam movie before but it looks AMAZING. Santosh Sivan has never made a bad movie before and his cinematography is always beyond gorgeous. Plus, the cast (especially my girlcrush Genelia) is mmmm-worthy. And it's a period epic! Trailer:



I am beginning to think it is a Sivan trademark to use those whip-swords. He had Asoka use it in Asoka and now here.

x Magadheera - my current version fell into a mouse trap (don't ask) and I cannot live without this movie.

I did a bunch of posts on it.

x Arya 2 - loved the first one, plus Allu Arjun does funny funny things to me. Have a ridiculously addictive song:



x Chirutha - my crush on Ram Charan Tej is showing :P I've seen this movie before and it's a madly uneven, madly entertaining flick about a guy falling for daughter of worst enemy with happy ending and lots of blood.



I can't believe I don't have SI movie icons other than the Magadheera one. Eeek.
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
I was trying to figure out why my order with bhavaniDVD wasn't being shipped (they are normally lightning-fast) when I figured out I didn't finish processing. Duh! Anyway, now it is in the system.

I got:

x Veer - Salman, ILY and your insanity! Especially ILY that you seem to have made a movie which caters to everything I want - I can taste the delicious delicious cheese already! (Is it this generation's Mard?). Whoever thought Salman would one day be my favorite Khan? But somehow, here we are.



x Madarasapattinam - [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl made me obsessed with Madarasapattinam; period epic tragic love story with some amazing songs - Indian guy/English girl at time of Partition. Ends about as well as you'd expect (no spoiler as it starts at the end and goes flashbacking). My favorite song:



X Pattiyal - I know nothing about it except that it came as a twofer with Madarasapattinam and that it stars Arya. Have a song:



x Urumi - the one I am most excited for. Never seen a Malayam movie before but it looks AMAZING. Santosh Sivan has never made a bad movie before and his cinematography is always beyond gorgeous. Plus, the cast (especially my girlcrush Genelia) is mmmm-worthy. And it's a period epic! Trailer:



I am beginning to think it is a Sivan trademark to use those whip-swords. He had Asoka use it in Asoka and now here.

x Magadheera - my current version fell into a mouse trap (don't ask) and I cannot live without this movie.

I did a bunch of posts on it.

x Arya 2 - loved the first one, plus Allu Arjun does funny funny things to me. Have a ridiculously addictive song:



x Chirutha - my crush on Ram Charan Tej is showing :P I've seen this movie before and it's a madly uneven, madly entertaining flick about a guy falling for daughter of worst enemy with happy ending and lots of blood.



I can't believe I don't have SI movie icons other than the Magadheera one. Eeek.
dangermousie: (Magadheera by meganbmoore)
I was trying to figure out why my order with bhavaniDVD wasn't being shipped (they are normally lightning-fast) when I figured out I didn't finish processing. Duh! Anyway, now it is in the system.

I got:

x Veer - Salman, ILY and your insanity! Especially ILY that you seem to have made a movie which caters to everything I want - I can taste the delicious delicious cheese already! (Is it this generation's Mard?). Whoever thought Salman would one day be my favorite Khan? But somehow, here we are.



x Madarasapattinam - [livejournal.com profile] filmi_girl made me obsessed with Madarasapattinam; period epic tragic love story with some amazing songs - Indian guy/English girl at time of Partition. Ends about as well as you'd expect (no spoiler as it starts at the end and goes flashbacking). My favorite song:



X Pattiyal - I know nothing about it except that it came as a twofer with Madarasapattinam and that it stars Arya. Have a song:



x Urumi - the one I am most excited for. Never seen a Malayam movie before but it looks AMAZING. Santosh Sivan has never made a bad movie before and his cinematography is always beyond gorgeous. Plus, the cast (especially my girlcrush Genelia) is mmmm-worthy. And it's a period epic! Trailer:



I am beginning to think it is a Sivan trademark to use those whip-swords. He had Asoka use it in Asoka and now here.

x Magadheera - my current version fell into a mouse trap (don't ask) and I cannot live without this movie.

I did a bunch of posts on it.

x Arya 2 - loved the first one, plus Allu Arjun does funny funny things to me. Have a ridiculously addictive song:



x Chirutha - my crush on Ram Charan Tej is showing :P I've seen this movie before and it's a madly uneven, madly entertaining flick about a guy falling for daughter of worst enemy with happy ending and lots of blood.



I can't believe I don't have SI movie icons other than the Magadheera one. Eeek.
dangermousie: (Default)
(in order from most excited to least)

1. Allu Arjun's Badrinath - I believe this Telugu movie may have come out in the theaters, but it's not out on DVD yet. Allu Arjun with long hair, sword, and angsty love story? OMG I NEED IT. This looks to be like Magadheera in one respect - part of the story taking part in the past and part in the present. If it's 1/10 as good as Magadheera (i.e. my favorite South Indian or even just Indian movie of all time), then I will be a happy woman.



2. Mausam with Shahid Kapoor and Sonal Kapoor (no relation :P). Bollywood seems to have given up on making epic love stories lately but this tale of tragic love between an air force pilot and a Kashmiri girl seems to remedy that with a vengeance. I am getting flashes to Veer Zaara and that is a very very good thing:



3. Force with John Abraham and Genelia DeSouza. This is a Bollywood remake of a Southie movie and mmmm, I approve of John Abraham as a shirtless tough angsty cop, plus Bolly remakes of South Indian movies are second-best only to SI movies themselves.



4. Bodyguard with Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif - it looks like good wacky fun with SK as the titular character working for a spoiled rich girl.

dangermousie: (Veer-Zaara)
One of my favorite Bollywood actors, Shammi Kapoor, a huge star in the 1960s, has just passed away.

Have one of his most famous songs:



I think I am going to go on a Shammi binge now.

He really was amazing.
dangermousie: (Veer-Zaara)
One of my favorite Bollywood actors, Shammi Kapoor, a huge star in the 1960s, has just passed away.

Have one of his most famous songs:



I think I am going to go on a Shammi binge now.

He really was amazing.
dangermousie: (Veer-Zaara)
One of my favorite Bollywood actors, Shammi Kapoor, a huge star in the 1960s, has just passed away.

Have one of his most famous songs:



I think I am going to go on a Shammi binge now.

He really was amazing.
dangermousie: (Veer-Zaara)
A lot of you probably have no idea, seeing that this LJ is so heavily drama-centric, but I am hopelessly devoted to Indian movies - both Bollywood and South Indian (Tamil and Telugu, in particular).

And I am currently watching Anjaana Anjaani, a Bolly flick starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, and am madly in love!

It's so sweet and breezy and romantic and darling.

Have a MV:



The story is "only in Bollywood" - Ranbir Kapoor plans to kill himself because his sart-up company is about go under - he has a huge loan and is unable to clear it. Priyanka decides to do the same because she just caught her fiance cheating on her. That is how they bump into each other - both attempt to jump off the same bridge. They try but fail to kill themselves, strike an odd friendship when recuperating and make a pledge to attempt it again in 20 days - at the end of the year. But until then they are going to travel together and do the things they always wanted to do. And the story goes from there.

Sure, it's an outrageous premise but despite it, the movie is sweet and quite cheerful and certainly v.v. romantic. It helps if you are a Ranbir and/or Priyanka fan (I am) but not necessary. Have another song, this time from the movie itself:

dangermousie: (Veer-Zaara)
A lot of you probably have no idea, seeing that this LJ is so heavily drama-centric, but I am hopelessly devoted to Indian movies - both Bollywood and South Indian (Tamil and Telugu, in particular).

And I am currently watching Anjaana Anjaani, a Bolly flick starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, and am madly in love!

It's so sweet and breezy and romantic and darling.

Have a MV:



The story is "only in Bollywood" - Ranbir Kapoor plans to kill himself because his sart-up company is about go under - he has a huge loan and is unable to clear it. Priyanka decides to do the same because she just caught her fiance cheating on her. That is how they bump into each other - both attempt to jump off the same bridge. They try but fail to kill themselves, strike an odd friendship when recuperating and make a pledge to attempt it again in 20 days - at the end of the year. But until then they are going to travel together and do the things they always wanted to do. And the story goes from there.

Sure, it's an outrageous premise but despite it, the movie is sweet and quite cheerful and certainly v.v. romantic. It helps if you are a Ranbir and/or Priyanka fan (I am) but not necessary. Have another song, this time from the movie itself:

dangermousie: (Veer-Zaara)
A lot of you probably have no idea, seeing that this LJ is so heavily drama-centric, but I am hopelessly devoted to Indian movies - both Bollywood and South Indian (Tamil and Telugu, in particular).

And I am currently watching Anjaana Anjaani, a Bolly flick starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, and am madly in love!

It's so sweet and breezy and romantic and darling.

Have a MV:



The story is "only in Bollywood" - Ranbir Kapoor plans to kill himself because his sart-up company is about go under - he has a huge loan and is unable to clear it. Priyanka decides to do the same because she just caught her fiance cheating on her. That is how they bump into each other - both attempt to jump off the same bridge. They try but fail to kill themselves, strike an odd friendship when recuperating and make a pledge to attempt it again in 20 days - at the end of the year. But until then they are going to travel together and do the things they always wanted to do. And the story goes from there.

Sure, it's an outrageous premise but despite it, the movie is sweet and quite cheerful and certainly v.v. romantic. It helps if you are a Ranbir and/or Priyanka fan (I am) but not necessary. Have another song, this time from the movie itself:

dangermousie: (Chuno - Alive)
1. I have no idea if this poster for Emperor's Beauties is official or fanmade (my money is on the latter), but I love it:



Larger version and another poster here )

I always prefer more abstract posters to the typical "let's stick leads' discombobulated heads on the poster" thing a lot of dramas adore.

And speaking of EB - what on earth is with the title. I know YZ is trying to reference Schemes of a Beauty (why not call it 'Beauties of Emperor's Jade Palace' then and do a two-fer with his recent hits :P) but the title makes no sense. I severely doubt he's referring to Xiang Yu and Liu Bang as anyone's beauties :P and Xiang Yu was never an emperor so anyone associated with him would not be an emperor's beauty of any sort. Sure, Lu Zhi was Mrs. Emperor but (a) that's beauty in singular and (b) even if some other wife of Liu Bang appears, the drama's focus isn't on various wives of Liu Bang but the whole Xiang Yu-Liu Bang alliance and then civil war, presumably. Even if Yu Zheng will make Xiang Yu have a torch for Lu Zhi *shudder*, that still doesn't change the fact.

So yeah, the title makes zip sense to me.

ETA: according to kind anon, focus will be on the ladies. Which still doesn't explain the title bu, more importantly, bzuh? Not surprising, seeing what YZ's interests are in storytelling but still - it's like doing a story n Charlemagne and focusing on family in-fighting, or similar. I don't really care who Lu Zhi's true love is or about palace backstabbing. I want battles and more battles and then topped off with more battles. Give it to whoever made Three Kingdoms.

Also, I finally figured out why I am so pre-obsessed with EB. It's because Xiang Yu/Concubine Yu is the closest I am going to get to Bajirao Mastani on screen. It was going to be Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus but eventually got shelved for whatever reasons. I followed it for years until its untimely demise and was devastated when it was cancelled. (For non-Bollywood aficionados, Bajirao was a warrior king of the Marathis, I believe, and Mastani was his dancer gf who rode with him into battle and killed herself when he died). So yeah, I am projecting. Though perhaps this version of XY will only have eyes for Lu Zhi (???!!!!), so it might no matter.

2. I looked up future projects, and he has a movie and at least 3 dramas lined up. How on earth is he going to cram them all in? I know script-writing goes faster when you liberally borrow from others but even copy/pasting dialogue takes time :P

3. Speaking of YZ dramas, has anyone seen 1000 Teardrops? I am tempted to get my hands on it because I have yet to see a YZ drama I didn't like (between Romantic Red Rouge, Jade Palace Lock Heart, Schemes of a Beauty and Four Women Conflict) but I am not familiar with Hawick Lau or Athena Chu, i.e. the leads (yes, I admit I am also tempted because Feng Shao Feng is in it, but I know he has a secondary role. Which leads me to a question of whether he gets his own OTP, btw) and also it's a modern drama and all of YZ's stuff that I liked have been period dramas.

4. OK, to end on a non-Yu Zheng note. Drive of Life - yay or nay?
dangermousie: (Chuno - Alive)
1. I have no idea if this poster for Emperor's Beauties is official or fanmade (my money is on the latter), but I love it:



Larger version and another poster here )

I always prefer more abstract posters to the typical "let's stick leads' discombobulated heads on the poster" thing a lot of dramas adore.

And speaking of EB - what on earth is with the title. I know YZ is trying to reference Schemes of a Beauty (why not call it 'Beauties of Emperor's Jade Palace' then and do a two-fer with his recent hits :P) but the title makes no sense. I severely doubt he's referring to Xiang Yu and Liu Bang as anyone's beauties :P and Xiang Yu was never an emperor so anyone associated with him would not be an emperor's beauty of any sort. Sure, Lu Zhi was Mrs. Emperor but (a) that's beauty in singular and (b) even if some other wife of Liu Bang appears, the drama's focus isn't on various wives of Liu Bang but the whole Xiang Yu-Liu Bang alliance and then civil war, presumably. Even if Yu Zheng will make Xiang Yu have a torch for Lu Zhi *shudder*, that still doesn't change the fact.

So yeah, the title makes zip sense to me.

ETA: according to kind anon, focus will be on the ladies. Which still doesn't explain the title bu, more importantly, bzuh? Not surprising, seeing what YZ's interests are in storytelling but still - it's like doing a story n Charlemagne and focusing on family in-fighting, or similar. I don't really care who Lu Zhi's true love is or about palace backstabbing. I want battles and more battles and then topped off with more battles. Give it to whoever made Three Kingdoms.

Also, I finally figured out why I am so pre-obsessed with EB. It's because Xiang Yu/Concubine Yu is the closest I am going to get to Bajirao Mastani on screen. It was going to be Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus but eventually got shelved for whatever reasons. I followed it for years until its untimely demise and was devastated when it was cancelled. (For non-Bollywood aficionados, Bajirao was a warrior king of the Marathis, I believe, and Mastani was his dancer gf who rode with him into battle and killed herself when he died). So yeah, I am projecting. Though perhaps this version of XY will only have eyes for Lu Zhi (???!!!!), so it might no matter.

2. I looked up future projects, and he has a movie and at least 3 dramas lined up. How on earth is he going to cram them all in? I know script-writing goes faster when you liberally borrow from others but even copy/pasting dialogue takes time :P

3. Speaking of YZ dramas, has anyone seen 1000 Teardrops? I am tempted to get my hands on it because I have yet to see a YZ drama I didn't like (between Romantic Red Rouge, Jade Palace Lock Heart, Schemes of a Beauty and Four Women Conflict) but I am not familiar with Hawick Lau or Athena Chu, i.e. the leads (yes, I admit I am also tempted because Feng Shao Feng is in it, but I know he has a secondary role. Which leads me to a question of whether he gets his own OTP, btw) and also it's a modern drama and all of YZ's stuff that I liked have been period dramas.

4. OK, to end on a non-Yu Zheng note. Drive of Life - yay or nay?
dangermousie: (Chuno - Alive)
1. I have no idea if this poster for Emperor's Beauties is official or fanmade (my money is on the latter), but I love it:



Larger version and another poster here )

I always prefer more abstract posters to the typical "let's stick leads' discombobulated heads on the poster" thing a lot of dramas adore.

And speaking of EB - what on earth is with the title. I know YZ is trying to reference Schemes of a Beauty (why not call it 'Beauties of Emperor's Jade Palace' then and do a two-fer with his recent hits :P) but the title makes no sense. I severely doubt he's referring to Xiang Yu and Liu Bang as anyone's beauties :P and Xiang Yu was never an emperor so anyone associated with him would not be an emperor's beauty of any sort. Sure, Lu Zhi was Mrs. Emperor but (a) that's beauty in singular and (b) even if some other wife of Liu Bang appears, the drama's focus isn't on various wives of Liu Bang but the whole Xiang Yu-Liu Bang alliance and then civil war, presumably. Even if Yu Zheng will make Xiang Yu have a torch for Lu Zhi *shudder*, that still doesn't change the fact.

So yeah, the title makes zip sense to me.

ETA: according to kind anon, focus will be on the ladies. Which still doesn't explain the title bu, more importantly, bzuh? Not surprising, seeing what YZ's interests are in storytelling but still - it's like doing a story n Charlemagne and focusing on family in-fighting, or similar. I don't really care who Lu Zhi's true love is or about palace backstabbing. I want battles and more battles and then topped off with more battles. Give it to whoever made Three Kingdoms.

Also, I finally figured out why I am so pre-obsessed with EB. It's because Xiang Yu/Concubine Yu is the closest I am going to get to Bajirao Mastani on screen. It was going to be Sanjay Leela Bhansali magnum opus but eventually got shelved for whatever reasons. I followed it for years until its untimely demise and was devastated when it was cancelled. (For non-Bollywood aficionados, Bajirao was a warrior king of the Marathis, I believe, and Mastani was his dancer gf who rode with him into battle and killed herself when he died). So yeah, I am projecting. Though perhaps this version of XY will only have eyes for Lu Zhi (???!!!!), so it might no matter.

2. I looked up future projects, and he has a movie and at least 3 dramas lined up. How on earth is he going to cram them all in? I know script-writing goes faster when you liberally borrow from others but even copy/pasting dialogue takes time :P

3. Speaking of YZ dramas, has anyone seen 1000 Teardrops? I am tempted to get my hands on it because I have yet to see a YZ drama I didn't like (between Romantic Red Rouge, Jade Palace Lock Heart, Schemes of a Beauty and Four Women Conflict) but I am not familiar with Hawick Lau or Athena Chu, i.e. the leads (yes, I admit I am also tempted because Feng Shao Feng is in it, but I know he has a secondary role. Which leads me to a question of whether he gets his own OTP, btw) and also it's a modern drama and all of YZ's stuff that I liked have been period dramas.

4. OK, to end on a non-Yu Zheng note. Drive of Life - yay or nay?
dangermousie: (Desamuduru)
I have just got back from Mani Ratnam Raavan and I am still in shock.



It was amazing - brutal, bleak, gorgeous, passionate. Like a dark, fevered dream you have and are half-sad, half-grateful to wake from.

Raavan is a modern-day take on the story of Ramayana - it starts when, in a nameless lawless South province, a local thug leader named Bheera (Abhishek Bachchan) kidnaps Ragini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), a wife of the local police inspector Dev (Vikram), setting forth a cycle of violence and revenge.

First off, this is probably the most visually arresting movie I have ever seen - the colors (black, grey and yellow for Bheera, red and ochre for Ragini, kahkee and green for Dev), the visual images, the contrasts. It really does not even need a story or performances, it is that amazingly shot.

But luckily for me, it has both. The three leads - Abhishek, Aishwarya, and Vikram, ably supported by secondary characters' actors, all hit it out of the park. Abhishek's Bheera is the center of the story - violent, unhinged, magnetic. Just as Ragini, I was repelled and drawn to him simultaneously. I don't think Abhishek is a good traditional Bolly star - he doesn't have the wattage Hrithik Roshan or SRK can provide with a single smile in the most barebones movie. But I think that he is a very good actor when given the chance - and that chance is there for him in Mani Ratnam movies (or Ram Gopal Varma ones). I could not tear my eyes from him in this role (and could not imagine more traditional Bolly stars in it at all). He takes a character which is rather extreme, in some ways more animal than man (though it becomes slowly apparent in the second half that he was not always like this and we see him in extremis) and makes him as one you ultimately root for.

If Bheera is the center of the story, Aishwarya's Ragini is its soul. She has always been beautiful, but here, wet, disheveled, bruised, with minimal make-up, she shines. More importantly, her character is fierce. I can totally understand why Bheera ends up falling in love with her - she is just as fierce and fearless as he is. More. And her chemistry with Abhishek is insane. I have always thought that Abhishek was one of the very few actors Aishwarya had chemistry with (just as well, as they are married :P) but I have never seen it quite like this before - the screen almost pulsated with it - I was never sure whether they were going to kill each other or have ridiculously hot dirty sex right there in the rain and mud.

I have never seen Vikram in anything before (I am not that familiar with Tamil movies), but I really want to watch more of him now (starting with Raavaana - the Tamil version of this, in which he plays Abhishek's role). He is magnetic and scary - so scary - just as Ragini, I started the movie rather loving his stern but righteous inspector/loving husband combo (ha!) and ended up disgusted and terrified.

More of my review/thoughts. Here start spoilers )
dangermousie: (Desamuduru)
I have just got back from Mani Ratnam Raavan and I am still in shock.



It was amazing - brutal, bleak, gorgeous, passionate. Like a dark, fevered dream you have and are half-sad, half-grateful to wake from.

Raavan is a modern-day take on the story of Ramayana - it starts when, in a nameless lawless South province, a local thug leader named Bheera (Abhishek Bachchan) kidnaps Ragini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), a wife of the local police inspector Dev (Vikram), setting forth a cycle of violence and revenge.

First off, this is probably the most visually arresting movie I have ever seen - the colors (black, grey and yellow for Bheera, red and ochre for Ragini, kahkee and green for Dev), the visual images, the contrasts. It really does not even need a story or performances, it is that amazingly shot.

But luckily for me, it has both. The three leads - Abhishek, Aishwarya, and Vikram, ably supported by secondary characters' actors, all hit it out of the park. Abhishek's Bheera is the center of the story - violent, unhinged, magnetic. Just as Ragini, I was repelled and drawn to him simultaneously. I don't think Abhishek is a good traditional Bolly star - he doesn't have the wattage Hrithik Roshan or SRK can provide with a single smile in the most barebones movie. But I think that he is a very good actor when given the chance - and that chance is there for him in Mani Ratnam movies (or Ram Gopal Varma ones). I could not tear my eyes from him in this role (and could not imagine more traditional Bolly stars in it at all). He takes a character which is rather extreme, in some ways more animal than man (though it becomes slowly apparent in the second half that he was not always like this and we see him in extremis) and makes him as one you ultimately root for.

If Bheera is the center of the story, Aishwarya's Ragini is its soul. She has always been beautiful, but here, wet, disheveled, bruised, with minimal make-up, she shines. More importantly, her character is fierce. I can totally understand why Bheera ends up falling in love with her - she is just as fierce and fearless as he is. More. And her chemistry with Abhishek is insane. I have always thought that Abhishek was one of the very few actors Aishwarya had chemistry with (just as well, as they are married :P) but I have never seen it quite like this before - the screen almost pulsated with it - I was never sure whether they were going to kill each other or have ridiculously hot dirty sex right there in the rain and mud.

I have never seen Vikram in anything before (I am not that familiar with Tamil movies), but I really want to watch more of him now (starting with Raavaana - the Tamil version of this, in which he plays Abhishek's role). He is magnetic and scary - so scary - just as Ragini, I started the movie rather loving his stern but righteous inspector/loving husband combo (ha!) and ended up disgusted and terrified.

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