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I just don't know what to say about this film, it's that bloody amazing. It's the sort of film you show people when they say Bollywood is all silliness and dancing and singing and nothing under the surface. Because this is the film that gives the lie to that.

This is a Bollywood version of Othello, so its subject matter is not what you would call cheery and the slow slide towards the end is just horrible to watch. The film has switched the locale to Utar Pradesh; Omkara (Othello) is a half-caste gangster working for a politician who has just been promoted leaving the inevitable power vacuum of his own successor. Like Othello he passes over the Iago character (Langda) to his own undoing. I don't think there's a perfomance that is offkey here, but Saif Ali Khan owns this film as the villainous Langda; I am not sure I'll ever see him in the same way again. The only problem with this film is that it is so depressing that I will not be able to watch it again - it's even more depressing than the play. It now joins Devdas in the category of 'films which blew me away but cannot ever be seen again for fear I will never recover from the depression.'

ETA: Yep, the more I think about it, the more depressing the film becomes. I don't know - I guess there is something about updating the setting of Shakespearean tragedies which makes them even more heart-wrenching?

ETA 2: But the DVD of this film reminded me that I really hate Eros' tendency to make it near impossible to get to watch the film without sitting through hours of ads for their products. Feck off! I paid good money for the DVD - I don't want to have to sit through silly ad after ad.

Date: 2006-08-29 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yes. It was utterly brilliant. But I do want to watch it again.

Also, on a shallow note, Ajay is BUFF.

Date: 2006-08-29 05:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I think I'd have to watch it in bits if I ever see it again, as otherwise... I am a bit soft with these sorts of things. And Ajay is buff, but Kareena Kapoor was gorgeous. Seriously gorgeous.

Date: 2006-08-29 05:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I love Kareena best in arhouse movies and with a natural look, so yes.

And OMG, the look on Ajay's face as he tells Saif they are all damned...

Date: 2006-08-29 05:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
That - and Saif's face as the door closes on him... And when he is lying beside her, just holding her face and singing?

Kareena is in two of my favourite films - this and Asoka, so I have a huge and deep love for her and it was great to see her do so well with the character. Because I've seen some very drippy Desdemonas in my time.

Date: 2006-08-29 05:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annous.livejournal.com
haven't seen yet, but I am sure it will be great.
agree about devdas, the dvd is sitting there on my desk, and I don't dare put it on, because I will end with a major case of depression, even the songs( awesome btw) , are not enough for me to see it again.

Date: 2006-08-29 05:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
That last scene in Devdas with SRK lying dying? With the voiceover which goes 'shall we ever see the days of our childhood again?' (or something like that) nearly killed me.

Date: 2006-08-29 05:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I am a coward. I've rewatched first half of Devdas a gazillion times, but can't rewatch the second.

Date: 2006-08-29 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I don't even own a copy of Devdas because I fear that second half. Though someone just bought me a copy, so I may end up watching select scenes again...

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