Posted: 27 March 2011 at 12:28pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by *Woh Ajnabee*
Originally posted by hindu4lyf
I really liked the film too! A very well directed film and I've been a fan of Prateik Babbar from the days of JTYJN. I think most people forget that this was just a documentary type of film at the end of the day. Bollywood film lovers found it quite hard to accept such a film because there were many questions left unanswered. Like why the girl didn't send her tapes to her brother and kept them stored?
I thought the scene when Prateik Babbar is caught killing mice/rats was one of the best scenes from the film. It was a turning point of the film for me and an eye opener too because it shows the way many people in India live their lives. We all have high hopes and aspirations, we all wonder when our dreams will come true, we all search for our happy ending but life doesn't always give us a happy ending. It's a shame though that very few people appreciated this film.
I agree, Dia - that scene was absolutely brilliant! It was perhaps the climax of the movie. I love how nothing is perfect in the movie - all the characters have hopes and aspirations, but like in reality, its not necessary that all our dreams come true. What keeps us going is simply striving to make those dreams come true, and that's what really makes us who we are. Perhaps Shae doesn't go to Arun and instead comes back to Munna. Perhaps Arun returns to his wife or maybe he is able to finally express himself and fix things with Shae. Perhaps Munna does become an actor. Perhaps Arun finds Imran and gives those "letters" to him. But it's all just left at that ... "perhaps".
I think the best part of the movie was how brilliantly it was directed. I loved how they distinguished between the movie and the home videos that Arun watches. For some reason, I thought that girl's story was the most captivating in the whole movie. It really does leave a lot of questions unanswered, but again, I think the purpose of the movie was to portray reality more than anything else.
Edit - I didn't realize Prateik Babbar was from JTYJN.
Prateik Babbar was awesome in JTYJN as the reserved brother who seems like he hates the rest of the world lol. I really liked him in Dhobi Ghat..and his character too. He reminded me of one of them guys in Luck by Chance queuing up and auditioning for a role, never ready to give up and always positive in life..only to be faced with rejection every time. Even the little plots like that of the 'dons' where his friend dies was pretty interesting.
I guess the main reason why this film didn't click with the masses is because Bollywood is too used to a happy ending. We're used to coming out of the cinema, no matter how bad the film and being glad that the hero and heroine end up together or that the bad guy killed the good guy. One thing that I realised after the film was over was that in the trailers they made it seem like Aamir Khan was good friends with the woman that made home videos..it was a very well edited scene.
Maybe the Desi audience isn't quite yet ready to accept the harsh reality of life.