Such a brilliant movie!!!! SUCH A BRILLIANT MOVIE!!!!! One of those where I paused five minutes in so I could start taking notes. I will be doing a full Annotated post later. But this is just sort of an intro to the Motwane career and a sense of the film so you can decide if you want to see it.
Freakin’ Vikramaditya Motwane!!!!! Burst on the scene with Udaan, a slice of life film about parental abuse. Followed it with Lootera, a poetic period tragic romance. Followed that with Trapped, a high concept film with one actor in one set the whole time. And then Bhavesh Joshi, his take on the superhero vigilante film. Now this, which is some weird meta-commentary on stardom and film and realism and, most of all, a vicious joke on Motwane’s best friend and creative/business partner Anurag Kashyap.
Motwane’s films are all shockingly different from each other. Really, you would not think they were the same director, except that they are all equally brilliant. Oh, and they tend to drag at the end. He struggles with endings. He’s someone who knows exactly the final shot he wants, and that is perfect, but the lead up to it tends to wobble. In this film, he conquered even that small weakness!!!! He built in a different structure for the last 15 minutes that re-energizes the movie and takes care of his ending drag issue.
Anyway, should you watch this film? Did you like Fan? Or Luck By Chance? Did you enjoy that intellectual/emotional deconstruction of film and stardom? Or, alternatively, did you like Mardaani? Or Talaash? That gritty noir action feel of the real city? Or, do you secretly find Anil Kapoor very sexy, especially when he is a bit bad? Or, do you kind of hate Anurag Kashyap and enjoy watching him suffer? If any of these things are true, watch this movie!
If you like romance and escapism and fantasy and happiness, NO! You will be very angry with me if I make you watch this! It is brilliant, but also dark dark dark and gritty gritty gritty.
Okay, that’s all I’ve got. If you want to see this movie, watch it, and then meet me at the Annotated review.