The most awaited movie of 2014 is “Kochadaiiyaan”, and the buzz is that its a great movie. Yesterday, I had a chance to have a look at the trailer of the movie and its was good but not great. The animation, graphics and the sequences were mediocre for a movie of such huge budget. It would be funny to watch Rajini’s antics in animation (as though his original self isn’t comical).
The details will be revealed on 18th December 2013.
Today I watched hollywood movie “Olympus Has Fallen” and it is a one time watch, it had the same “Die Hard” formula, A Terrorist (what Americans think them as) unit attacks a prominent US establishment (This time its White House and takes the president of USA and top defence honchos as hostage) and all other security personnel are dead except the hero and how he saves the president from these so-called terrorist. Fish I forgot and how in a last few seconds he saves america from Nuclear annihilation. It’s the same old formula to feed people with Government Policies on the so-called enemy state.
Over the years Hollywood has used the countries (especially communist countries) as villains in its movies, during world war it was Germany and Japan. Later during cold war villain was Russia and post 9/11 it was Iraq and Afghanistan’s turn and in recent years the new villain has emerged in the form of North Korea.
One might wonder why not China, it’s a much powerful communist country than North Korea. It’s very easy to put two and two together, Trade and Commerce. For Hollywood, China is a very big market with only a few movies released in the country, China has the complete control over this and all the big production houses are waging their tales to what’s in offer in China. Next, the economic ties with China is very strong, or should we say, America is dependent on China to survive, let it be gadgets or underwear most of them come from the manufacturing units of China. So depicting China as the enemy is out of bound for Hollywood.
Why only North Korea, It’s a little dictatorship which has no option but to be the villain for Hollywood. North Korea is always barking at Western countries and is always in the newspapers with weird and provocative agendas and propoganda. Let it be in the form of Nuclear Weapons, or selling to rogue nations, trafficking, etc, it’s always in newspapers, and Hollywood wouldn’t mind to pick such a nasty natured villain to portray in its movies.
But, why is America and Americans are always the heroes, is it because it’s the big brother of the world, why couldn’t the other party be given an opportunity to speak for itself? Doesn’t it hold more nuclear weapons in its arsenal? Wasn’t America the only country in the world to use an atomic Bomb, rather two on Japan? Isn’t America hypocritical in handling Pakistan, a notorious breeding ground and supplier of terrorist to the world? Wasn’t it Pakistan and its scientists who transferred the Nuclear know how to North Korea? Wasn’t America who fed and trained the Taliban, Al quida and Osama Bin Laden?
A few days ago I had written a post explaining “Why Indian movie won’t win an Oscar“, now a few days later its proved that my assessment is correct.
India’s official submission for The Oscar was Barfi!, a movie which has lots of scences lifted from legendary international movies. But the movies which actually deserved this honour were Paan Singh Tomar and Kahaani. Both these movies had great performances by its lead actors and well supported by others. Directors and writers had done an excellent work on them, although both movies were of different genre, but they had right ingredients of a great movie.
Its such a pity that we keep our best movies in the box and send a goofy movie to The Oscars.
Yo Selection Committee do your homework right! Otherwise………..
India makes about 1500 movies per annum, which is almost half of the total movies made around the world. But how many movies have won an Oscar. Everyone would jump up and say Slumdog Millionaire, but Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and Gandhi which have resulted in Indians winning Oscars were conceptualised, produced and directed by Non-Indians. Everyone in India were flattered by these movies and everyone hoped that these movies would win The Best Picture award in the Oscar,Slumdog Millionaire won this prestigious award. And most celebrated as though this was kind of victory for Indian Movie Industry, but actually its a shame that non of these were completely Indian Movies.
The List of Indian who won The Oscars
1) Bhanu Athaiya won Best Costume Design (with John Mollo) for Gandhi (1982)
2) Satyajit Ray received an honorary Academy Award in 1991.
3) Russell Pookutty won Best Sound Mixing (with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke) for Slumdog Millionaire (2008).
4) AR Rahman won Best Score and Best Original Song (music) for Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
5) Gulzar won Best Song (lyrics) for Slumdog Millionaire (2008). [He was not present at the ceremony to collect his Oscar.]
Except Satyajit Ray, all others worked on the movies conceptualized, produced and directed by Foreign production houses.
Do you know why Indian movie won’t win the Oscar, check it here
Ra.One, the most expensive Indian movie, was made with an expense of Rs.160 Crores ($40 Million). With a cast of Sharukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal and others and Tom Wu he is the most important person you know. Crew are the crux of this movie, and it contained most amazing persons you could gather for a huge budget movie. Indian movie without songs and dance is incomplete, we had plenty of them. Background music was provided by Vishal and Shekar, and the main attraction was R&B Star “Akon”, who did a marvelous job in song “Chammak Challo” and other song “Criminal” was okay-dokay.
I watched this movie, today; 26th October 2011, movie starts with, wait a minute I have already forgotten. This is the impact of this movie’s beginning, you have Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka in the most ridiculous opening scene of a movie, to be short Me and my friends call it “Poor Jokes” or PJ’s. And you get them till the end in the form of boob grabbing, butt spank, Keys and Kiss confusion, Condom for Koncham, vulgorous usage of Tamil and this really insults a Tamilian, it’s a shame that SRK was okay with such cheap jokes. This Movie would have been great without any touch of comedy, we require situational comedy and not this kind of cheap trick.
Lets come to the story, Shekar (SRK) is a Gaming engineer and his wife is Sonia (Kareena) and they have a son Prateek (Aarmaan), who is geek gamer. Prateek is a cool dude and Shekar the opposite, now shekar tries to impress his son but fails miserably each time. And as per his son’s wish he works on a game and creates a game where the Villain is the most strongest and couldn’t be defeated. The Villain is Ra.One (doesn’t have a face and could change his appearance, remember something – Terminator) and the hero is G.one. Ra.one is almost defeated by Prateek and this makes him desperate for revenge and with his artificial intelligence and available resources in the organisation he comes out from game to the Real World and searches for Prateek. From this point onwards the real movie story starts, but journey till the end remains bumpy. Rating for concept is 8/10 (Tron’s next version) but for entire story rating would be 4/10 (And Direction remains same)
I am a huge fan of Science Fiction movies and also a student of visual effects and graphics, I was pretty impressed and my hearty congratulations to the entire crew in visual effects, sound effects and 3D conversions department. You guys rock and your rating is 9/10.
Next thing on the line is Acting, pretty good job from Armaan (the kid), you get 8/10 my friend, others were 5/10 and this includes even SRK’s rating as well. G.One’s robotic act was much similar to SRK’s act in “My name is Khan”.
Special appearance acts, everyone was forgettable. But Rajani sir got a standing ovation from the audience for his one minute act. Take rest sir, you have to act for many more years.
The movie could have been better if this was followed:
1. Story should have been precise, should have avoided comedy and gimmicks.
2. Tom Wu, you guys have completely wasted him, and I am happy that Jackie Chan didn’t agree to this movie.
3. Songs, should have been completely avoided they don’t have any meaning at all in this movie.
SRK, please hire me as an editor and I will promise you that i will make this movie more interesting and short. If you have a short and good movie you can sell it anywhere and trust me this movie has every good potential, songs and comedy has just ruined it. Please re-edit the movie and you can earn very handsomely with global audience.
Still, SRK Thanks a lot for this movie. You have shown that Bollywood can compete with Hollywood, as I said above, work on Story and Editing.
Story : 4/10 (Comedy killed it)
Acting : 5/10
Technology : 9/10
Music : 4/10 (Chammak Challo gets: 8/10 others below 2)
Over All movie Rating: 4/10