wogma rating: Don't bother (?)
"Your thoughts on the movie", someone asked me on twitter? I didn't need to think twice before replying, "can't have too many thoughts after watching it. Mind's too numb after random lyrics, music, choreography, costumes, dialogues, story, acting, etc, etc, etc"Read more
And just in case you are wondering, I am no big fan of what our film industry churned out during that period. Of course, it's over-generalization, but I'm talking of those specific movies with very loose characterizations and even looser transformation of these characters. The kind where the makers thought they are being blasphemous if they didn’t present us with a badly choreographed song, with worse writing and cookie-cutter music every 10 minutes.
Very rarely do I allow myself to judge a movie in the first few frames. But sappy, long, unwieldy words of gratitude from the director to everyone he felt thankful to, one after the other, did it for me. Now, the actual first few frames of the movie reaffirmed the cyncism. Aerial shots of a four-horse chariot running wild on brown pasture lands. This could look beautiful, but here it just doesn't.
Bouts of directorial creativity surface every once in a while, only for you to wish they didn't. Because they are in the form of a two lips touching awkwardly (not kissing!) under a...table fountain!! Or picture this - yetannuder romantic number playing. Manisha Koirala is upto some random dance, suddenly one of her palms faces camera with her lover's name written on it and a red mark on the little-finger edge of the palm. Next, the other similarly red-marked palm, with her name on it this time, joins the first palm at the red spots to form a heart!!!!! Sheeesh...film-makers, the audience has grown up...when will you?
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM : ... It's dated, yes, but it has the old world charm that still works in the hinterland, in the mofussil areas, the Hindi belt.... full review
So-So, Movie Talkies : ...What really works for the film is the direction by Afzal Khan and Manisha's acting.... full review
So-So, by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam : ...Director Afzal Khan has done a competent job by incorporating a lot of Bollywoodish flavours.... full review
Thumbs down, by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice : ...The dialogues in ‘Mehbooba’ are utterly filmi and, to top it, the actors speak them as if they would get an award for over-acting.... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...He appears to have made Love Story 1965... full review
Thumbs down, by Martin D'souza, Glamsham.com : ...the camera work is brilliant... full review
Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times : ...Supreme sacrifices are in order. You’ll have to make some too.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Having said that one must admit that Mehbooba has scale.... full review
Thumbs down, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ...The film resorts to all sorts of gimmickry from a sari-clad rain song in the studio-shower to a sleazy nautanki item number and an action packed finale.... full review
Thumbs down, by Janhvi Patel, indya.com : ...Of course this movie is dated because Kader Khan and Reema Lagoo and Asrani are not seen in movies lately... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, NDTV : ...Hinterland India, I am told, has begun to miss such Bollywood movies. This is your over-budget Bhojpuri film then.... full review
Thumbs down, by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com : ... The inconsistencies in the narration are covered up with a lot of exterior gloss.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...While nowhere close to his work in Devdas and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, his effort is not bad and a couple of songs are reasonably good.... full review
Thumbs down, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...Guess the time's over for these treacly tales by now. Specially when all the actors have aged and progressed to more meatier roles.... full review
Twitter reviews for this movie are not available.
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Karan (Ajay Devgan) is in love with a girl who appears in his dreams. As fate has it, she appears in his life as Payal (Manisha Koirala) and he starts to win her over. Except that she is not in the frame of mind to be won over.
Ok, this is where I got bored of making these lists and let them be. Being lazy today...
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and did u read taran adarshs' review in Indiafm. Please do, I would love to see your take on that review here.puhleeez.
well said.its total bakwas.
@vimal - :) all i can say is, to each his own, to each his own
@fawaz - thanks!
@chavanni - thanks, assuming that was meant for my review :)
@Michael - i thinks chavanni's "bakwas" was meant for the film and not Taran Adarsh's review
Sorry I haven't been around lately - book deadline.
I just saw MEHBOOBA with a much-reduced version of the All-American Sunday Night Unofficial Bollywood Film Club and - wow, was the melodrama overripe, or what? Even by the standards of Nineties Bollywood, where every slap or punch splits the air louder than the Howling Mothers of Harfleur, this movie was seriously Over-the-Top.
I'm recommending it to a friend of mine on Facebook - largely because he has a weakness for crazy melodrama like Douglas Sirk's WRITTEN ON THE WIND....
@TimELiebe Your comment reminded me that I've seen the film and in fact reviewed it... that says it all. Tell us the truth, you recommended it to your friend because you are plotting some kind of a revenge, right?
@TimELiebe oh wow! Bring him :)
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