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When I was down at Artesia I bought a copy of Fanaa,* a film which I am astonished to find myself not hooked by at all. Which is strange given my mad love for Aamir Khan. It's got some good moments, but overall I don't know, I just don't think it hangs together despite some good scenes. Given that I am typing this as I watch the ending it doesn't really speak for it grabbing me.

Also what is it with Bollywood and blind heroines who get their sight back through the magic of science?

But on the positive side, the more I think of Kabhi Alvida naa Kehna, the more I love it with a mad love that knows no boundaries. Well, maybe not no boundaries, but certainly very few ones. If only it wasn't so much of a haul to get to Artesia I'd certainly be seeing it again.


*For anyone who cares, this is a film about a terrorist who romances an innocent girl, then leaves her, bumps into her in the mountains, gets back with her while being chased by the Indian army, etc. It stars the great and wonderful Aamir Khan as the terrorist and Kajol, as the formerly blind girl he romances and betrays. Compared to many Bollywood plots this is pretty straightforward and restrained.

Date: 2006-08-23 09:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astropoet.livejournal.com
Bollywood! you gotta love it. I got hooked on it as a child when I lived in Kuwait and they'd subtitle them in English. I love the music too. Fab!

Date: 2006-08-23 05:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
The music is great. I never understand people who complain about the dancing and the singing, because those are often the best bits. I'm just mad for this new one Kabhi Alvida naa Kehna which has just come out, but sadly Fanaa didn't do it for me.

KANK vs Fanaa

Date: 2006-08-23 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annous.livejournal.com
Hi,
i saw Fanaa months ago, and my disappointment of this film is big, it didn't work out for me too, it had so many plotholes, and I felt the film had this sense of pomposity about it, which I attributed it to it's director.

KANK?
I am drowning in my love of this film, I have been obssesed about it for months, and days before release I started having fears that it will not live up to the hype, but it did, it lived up to the hype big time.
I want to talk about KANK and why I love it so much!!
I am glad I found yor lj

Re: KANK vs Fanaa

Date: 2006-08-23 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I am glad I found yor lj

And I am glad I found yours as well. I am astonished by the way I keep thinking of this film, because when I watched it I liked it, but didn't think 'oh this will be something that I put in my top 5.' But now the more I think about it, the more I love it. It's got some flaws, sure, but overall I just think the characters of Dev and Maya (and Rishi and Rhea) are just so interesting I keep thinking about them.

Fanaa was a film that I really expected to like, because I am a huge Aamir Khan fan, but while it had some good scenes, overall I didn't really think it knew what it was doing. When I compare it to Rang De Basanti, which ripped my heart out, I find it very lacking.

Re: KANK vs Fanaa

Date: 2006-08-23 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I am astonished by the way I keep thinking of this film, because when I watched it I liked it, but didn't think 'oh this will be something that I put in my top 5.' But now the more I think about it, the more I love it.

The odd thing is, that is exactly what happened to me. When I walked out of the theater, I was thinking it was fun and nice but nothing I'd be mad about. But the more I think about it, the more I like it and the more I find in it.

Re: KANK vs Fanaa

Date: 2006-08-23 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I know! It's slightly disturbing how this film has managed to do a slow creep until it is eating my brain so much that I am beginning to wonder when is the earliest they will release the DVD.

Date: 2006-08-23 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Fanaa ate my soul. And stole my change. :P

I loved it to bits, but I find that with Bollywood, even more than any other cinema, the movie either grabs you or it doesn't: if it does, the flaws (and there are always some) won't matter, and if not...

Date: 2006-08-23 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Fanaa ate my soul. And stole my change.

Hee! I am not sure why this one didn't click with me, but it just didn't. I didn't think it was terrible or anything but somehow... - well, as you say, either it gets you or it doesn't.

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