Y M I - Yeh Mera India - Notepad

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quick review:

A day in the life of Mumbai. Its ups, downs and in-betweens are handled with care, sensitivity and yet shows the filth that needs to be cleaned up to make this a better place to live in. Despite this it remains a be-as-it-may, this is home and I love it.

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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

A bunch of some 20 characters are picked as a representative of the socio-economical-religious background they belong to. And we become a part of a day in their lives.

What Worked

  • Oh wow! A bomb with an on-off button. I sorely missed the red wire/blue wire scene though. :D
  • The rick-driver being slapped - worked completely! Haven't seen a more satisfied audience.
  • The entire sequence of how Talreja realizes his folly. Extremely well-done!
  • Comment on TV-addiction.
  • The audience cheering Rajpal Yadav!
  • The battle of the shoes versus the chappals that are worn for show in the hope of making one look simple and Indian.

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

  • Ooh…Talreja's (Rajit Kapoor's) room door was open when he was talking about his sexual adventures on the phone. And the daughter walks in.
  • Ok what disco was young lady, Tanvi going to at 8 in the morning?
  • 12 doctorates applying for a railway clerk's job, really?
  • The little girl crying.
  • How can a terrorist so blatantly carry a soft toy around?!
  • Why is a boy that age so desperately trying to reach a soft toy?!

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.

  • Seema Biswas wearing lipstick.
  • A lot of the film is shot on the roads of Bombay in the middle of the day and hardly anyone is sweating.