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 Post subject: Rang de Basanti etc
PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:46 pm 
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Great to see RANG DE BASANTI virtually sweep the board at the recent International Indian Film Academy Awards (the Bollywood Oscars) held in Sheffield. This, and the more old fashioned in effect but equally unforgettable SWADES were my two favourite Indian films from last year. If you're looking to dip a tentative toe in the huge cinema of that part of the subcontinent - still largely unexplored, one imagines, by a good few of us - you couldn't do worse than with them.

From a BBC online review of RDB: "Every so often Bollywood produces a rare gem like Rang De Basanti, a film that breaks the mould by offering something more sophisticated than the standard musical melodrama. Directed by Rakeysh Mehra and featuring Brit Alice Patten opposite Indian superstar Aamir Khan, it tells the story of an English filmmaker who travels to the sub-continent to make a documentary about the freedom fighters mentioned in her grandfather's memoirs. An entertaining mix of romance, history and social commentary, this quality production takes Hindi cinema in a fresh direction... "

Most recently viewed Bollywood pleasure: Sanjay Dutt in ANTHONY KAUN HAI? (2006) in which the Gerard Depardieu-like actor plays a hitman waiting for final confirmation of his captive target, listening with increasing bemusement to the life story of this latest victim as told in flashback - a protracted account which is amusing, ironic and also well directed. Dutt's career is a prolific one, including 6 films last year with 8 (sic) finished or almost done so far this year and, unsurprisingly, is very uneven. However HAI and the less sophisticated MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S (2003) are personal favourites so far, as the big lunk unexpectedly shows a light hand with comedy.

Haven't seen WATER yet, which opened in London recently to very good reviews. Anyone?

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