Of course, he wasn’t very happy about some of the comments and has pointed out 5 observations in particular. 2 out of which were actually positive observations, but he thought they were negative. Nevertheless, he read and reacted to them. And yours truly, obviously, clarified her take in the comment space. (It’s the fourth comment)
Now comes the really exciting bit…Mr. Varma asked Mr. Bachchan Sr. to copy-paste the same on the latter’s blog, and he obliged. So, a few lines from my blog are actually on Amitabh Bachchan’s blog!!!!!
Which could imply that THE Amitabh Bachchan actually read those five lines that I wrote!!!!!
I copied my comment from RGV’s blog here too (comment #412). Of course, in my excitement, I completely missed out on mentioning how humbling it was to know that he might have read what one of his technical staff must have copy-pasted. Yeah-yeah-yeah, dumb me!
Okay, okay! I am calming down…
A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT though - These comments by RGV and Big B, point to a WRONG WEBSITE!!! I have no clue how this works out. I have requested them to change it, but obviously seriously doubt that is going to happen.
Meanwhile, this is what Mr. Varma had to say -
Posted in www.meetyou.com:
1. Twists in the climax should be accepted just because Sarkar says so.
Ans: Yes that is because he knows better than you.
2. A part from Sarkar I would like to see other characters motivations.
Ans: Remember that a film can have only a limited time and also it’s a story from Sarkar’s point of view.
3. Central Character is not consistent.
Ans: Where did he stray?
4. Abhishek’s quiet demeanor goes with sudden bursts of anger.
Ans: Without reason where?
5. It’s amazing how deglamorized Aishwarya looks?
Ans: Does that mean good or bad?
And this is what I replied -
(*** Has spoilers *** Please do not read if you intend to watch the movie ***)
Hello Mr. Varma,
I’m the second last person you mention here. For some reason, the url that has been linked to is wrong. Must be see some technical glitch or might have been plagiarized from my blog http://withoutgivingthemovieaway.com
(!!!!Spoiler warning!!!! Movie spoilers ahead!!!!)
I’d like to answer your questions raised regarding my take on your film -
1. A who-dun-it kind of a movie where the character just narrates what happened doesn’t work for me. Instead if I’m shown who did what when they were doing it (or even in flashback) I feel more involved. Also, there was no foreshadowing of Rao saahab’s intentions. It just suddenly is told by Sarkar in the last 15-30 minutes of the movie.
2. Agreed. Again, a simple narration didn’t give us Sarkar’s point of view completely. It felt like grandpa was narrating a bloody story to his grandchildren.
3. Sarkar is the guy who was absolutely shocked and moved by a stranger’s daughter being raped, that he gets the rapist killed brutally. Now, when his daughter-in-law dies he tells his son to treat it as collateral damage. O-kay, maybe he has changed between the two movies. But, when his son dies, he kills everyone involved! The middle part is where I found it inconsistent. (It gives too much of the movie away, and thus I didnt mention it in such detail in the review).
4. I never said it happens without reason. All I said was we know only one aspect of Shankar. The glimpse of humanity when he knows his wife is pregnant is too brief to make any conclusion about what he must be like. Again, I guess the movies are more about Sarkar than Shankar, so may be that’s why we don’t know more about Shankar.
5. The whole paragraph reads as follows -
“Anita (Aishwarya Rai) too has a very skimpily etched out character. Her interactions with Shankar seem extremely superfluous. I think both Aishwarya and the way her part is written are to blame for it. However, it is amazing how deglamorized she looks.”
Read in context, it means that it is good. Also, amazing is a positive word when used in the context of a personality like Aishwarya being made to look unglamorous.
I wouldn’t want to comment on why or why not some people should review movies, especially when they cannot make good movies. I don’t make movies, neither do I intend to, I am an ardent movie watcher though. The analogy I use for that usually is - not many of us know how to play cricket, but don’t we all have opinions on how Dravid or Ganguly should lead our team?
I’d really appreciate if the link could be corrected. Thank you!
Why? Why?? Why??? The wrong link…