Mumbai Meri Jaan - Notepad

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

It’s a dark look at human nature with a hint of hope that humans need. Awesome portrayal of detailed characters. Unfortunately, pace is slow enough to make it tiresome by the end.

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Plot Summary

A few days in the life of a city which has gone through a traumatic experience.

What Worked

  • The titles run with stock footage of my dearest city, Mumbai. The way the city has transitioned from the late ’40s to today is captured charmingly. A wonderful documentation of the changes in the city.
  • Was that a dig on Shah Rukh Khan there? Having a look-alike smoke cigarettes, throw tantrums and have Irrfan Khan gape at him with awe and amusement?
  • You can sense Thomas’ triumph after he has avenged his insult.
  • The symbolic trampling over of Rupali’s character by the corporate world, where her boss and colleague walk on her reflection on the floor.
  • The connection between the 7 islands of Bombay and the 7 bomb blasts.
  • The contrast in how a city that doesn’t sleep comes to a standstill to commemorate the tragic loss of the city.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Nikhil’s (R. Madhavan’s) family doesn’t look at all like a family who must have been worried about their son! They are all happily discussing diet plans! I can imagine people who were not affected personally by the blasts talking like that, but someone whose son was in one of the trains behaving so frivolously is not believable, however hard you try to make us believe that city-dwellers are heartless.
  • the closed doors behind which Rupali (Soha Ali Khan) is shown crying. It seemed too in-the-face and didn’t go well with the tone of the movie. Granted, it was a creative decision, but it felt like that - implementation of a creative decision just because it’s creative. It didn’t blend.

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • This is getting really nitty-gritty here, but Thomas’ wife is a South Indian with little exposure. Shouldn’t her hair be oiled?