Posted: 19 July 2012 at 8:50am | IP Logged
Hey Pallavi, remember me? *waves*
Would you feel flattered if I say that I especially watched this performance cos I read your post and was intrigued by your comments? :D
(Actually I had no heart to watch the performance earlier when I was told that it was sort of a rip off of Sushant-Shampa's act. :( )
Now that I have watched this performance, here are my observations, along with some questions that came to my mind while watching the dance. Hopefully someone can clear them.
1.) The way Salman came on stage and kept the bag on the stage, facing the audience all the while felt a little weird. He didn't look into the act. Aisa lag raha tha he has brought something to show everyone.
And I don't know if anyone else felt this, but I saw Salman wiping one side of his face just before he began to dig. I thought he was wiping tears, and that sort of made me feel for a moment that he was grieving for her. That didn't gel with what was shown later- that he was the one who had murdered her. So I watched it again and again and I felt the same everytime. Didn't gel with the dance. What do you think?
2.) Isha's flexibility was the only good thing about the dance. The two best moments of the dance for me were when she came out of the bag (that was brilliant!!!!) and when she climbed like a spider on the wall. (reminded me of 1920, I have an issue with that as well but will come to it in the end.) These two steps were freaking awesome!
3.) The backward bending step or the way the ghost was walking was the same as Shampa's. Worse, they sort of spoilt the impact/scariness of the step by doing it too many times.
And that is just my grouse with the act. There were tooo many tricks in the act, all the time Isha was bending and stuff and there was little progression in the story/concept after the point she came out of the bag- it was the same, camera constantly focussing on her bended body and she trying to scare Salman. Plus there was very little of dance. The highlight of the dance was not the concept (already done before, nothing novel about it), the expressions, or the dance (hardly any dance was there)
3.) There was no story. Whatever I could understand of the concept was only due to the SONG, not the actions/steps/histrionics. As I have said above, when the dance started, I actually thought Salman was weeping for Isha.
4.) Salman looked confused for a major part rather than nervous/scared/trying to put up a fight. Wasn't much impressed with his body language too, especially when she hung him in mid air- no struggle shown. Good thing was how he tried to hit her with a stick in his desperation and then tried to throw her in the pit he had dug. That was nicely done.
5.) The red spotlight shiining on them for too long. I don't know, it just felt weird to me. The act would have looked better without it.
6..) It did look like it was "inspired" from Sushant-Shampa's dance last year. Even if it was not, I am not impressed. Where is the novelty if you go with something that is easy enough/common enough to resemble acts of others?
7.) I am not an expert in dancing, but in the beginning, the dance form mentioned was contemporary. Honestly it looked far from any contemporary performance I've ever seen, but that could just be my ignorance. Could anyone throw more light on it?
8.) Ending was weird. When she had killed him, why did she go up? Don't ghosts get mukti after taking revenge?
Then why show her as still tadpofying? I'm not sure what that was meant to portray, but I loved the way Isha did that wall climbing step.
I am fully aware that my views might be dismissed as a 'fangirl's views cos I'm a fan of Sushant and Shampa. That is why I asked my room mate who is no fan of the two. She loved Isha coming out of the bag and the last step, but on the whole, her remarks were, "Yeh kya tha? Isse better toh un dono ne kiya tha, sushant aur woh kaun this uske sath pichle saal? Concept bhi same lag raha hai.."
BTW, is it only me or did someone else feel that Madhuri didn't really look impressed? Karan and Remo did, Madhuri didn't.