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Junglee Starts, Tame Endings!!

Three recent movie viewings have left me frustrated and I thought of sharing my opinions with all of you.  There could be a few spoilers ahead regarding the plots of these films…so please read on at your own risk.
 
The first one was the highly-awaited (at least by me…) “Quick Gun Murugun“.  Shashanka Ghosh’s follow-up to the brilliant “Waisa Bhi Hota Hai – Part II” had all the ingredients that a quirky spoof needed.  And it started with a bang.  Witty dialogues, good soundtrack, bad acting, poor dubbing…I was smiling and nodding my head.  But then, in the second-half..I Say….the movie ran out of steam.  Especially towards the end, when Ghosh didn’t quite know how to end the mayhem.  I was disappointed.  I still liked the movie overall, but as they say…”the ending could have been much better”.
 
Next in line is “Karthik Calling Karthik“, Farhan Akhtar’s so-called “romantic thriller”.  It started as a thriller, all right.  Director Vijay Lalwani seemed to be playing his cards well…slowly but steadily.  I am one of the few people who actually enjoys slow-paced movies, simply because I hope that the directors are capable enough to tie it all together in the end…and besides…I like it slow. 🙂  KCK had Farhan Akhtar once again giving a good performance.  And that background score by Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale!!  Wow!!  I was smiling again….only to watch my smile disappear…slowly….and turn into a heavy sigh.  This ain’t no thriller!!  It turned out to be an average movie about a patient who needed help.  That’s not what thrillers are.  Thrillers are supposed to keep you at the edge of your seats….or have you guessing.  What a letdown, I must say.  There is so much more that Vijay and Farhan could have done with the concept and didn’t.  Tyler Durden anyone??
 
Last but not the least, comes that latest beauty called “Ishqiya” from the House of Vishal.  Yup, I still call it a beauty because it’s a well-crafted crime caper with all the good intentions.  Intoxicating music, great locales, good dialogues, splendid acting (with the not-so-well-known actors once again towering over the veterans, aka “Kaminey“…) and a strong storyline.  A storyline that starts meandering a bit towards the end, taking the high film to its low finale.  Again, an example of missed opportunities.  I felt that the director held himself back with his climax, instead of letting his imagination go wild.  He ended up with an abrupt, totally filmy and a somewhat compromised finish to something that had an exhilarating start.
 
The year is still young though.  Dibakar Banerjee’s LSD comes out this coming Friday.  So my hopes are still high.  You see, I yearn for “Wondrous Starts and Qaatil Endings”…Not “Junglee Starts and Tame Endings”.   Mind It!
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Categories: Bollywood
  1. March 16, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I haven’t seen any of the movies you list but good to see you back.

    Keep writing.

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