Archive for December 26, 2009

On second thoughts, Superhero might not be the right term for them. They are Super-Human! Hirani’s Humans.

Finally saw Raj Kumar Hirani’s new film 3 Idiots. The feeling is “been there, seen that” but as long as it works, all is well. Its as endearing and as entertaining as a RajKumar Hirani film should be.

Munnabhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai and 3 Idiots – Three films. Critical accalim. Box office blockbusters. The Master of Feel-good cinema! Cent percent success rate, a rare feat these days. But it also seems that  Hirani has found his own formula – a false catharsis for middle class where his Superheroes find quickfix solutions to many big and small problems.

We sat down to rackle our brains and figured out dozen pointers for Hirani and his superheroes. Let us know if you agree or not.

1. He wears his underwear always under, never outside.

2. Even his krypton is all inside, nothing to worry outside.

3. He comes with a superhuman virtue (jadu ki jhappi, gandhigiri, aal izz well) that slowly transforms the world around him.

4. He lands up in a world that he doesnt belong to or is not comfortable in (medical school/radio station/engineering college) but makes sure that everyone else is comfortable in that world.

5. The biggest challenge for the Superhero is to change the heart of SuperVillain. No kill thrill, only dil ka parivartan. 100 percent guarantee, the SuperVillain will be Boman Irani, only the make-up will change.

6. The SuperVillain becomes bigger challenge because he will have a gorgeous daughter who will fall in love with the Superhero and will also deliver the final punch for daddy dearest’s heart change.

7. Hirani’s Superhero will not fly or stop a train but he will alternately switch his work with two specific purpose – pull your heartstrings & tickle your funny bone!

8. He will never face any problem that is threat to Planet Earth but he is the master when it comes to middle class dilemmas. Career choice, pension, loan, health issues, housing and whatever else you can think of!  

9. He will land up be in the middle of many mother-father-son stories and will use his superpower to make them understand their mistakes. 75% chances are the father will be Parikshit Sahni. And the music will give you the exact cue for that redemption!

10. Medical miracles and chemical lochas will happen in his world. He can get a baby delivery done through vacuum pump and can bring a man back to life from vegetative state. He doesnt know how and why but he can deliver.

11. There is nothing grey in his world. Its all black and white! 

 12.  And believe it or not, Hirani wanted Shah Rukh Khan to be Munnabhai. He also wanted Shah Rukh Khan to be Rancho. Arent we happy that some real miracles do happen!

Will Mr Hirani deliver something new next time ? This is all good but all deja vu! When there are not even ten directors who can deliver, if not Hirani, whom do we expect from ? After all, he is the man who cracked that magic called Lage Raho Munnabhai!

Sirjee, dum lagake haiiisha! You have done it, you can do it! Check if you remember…

PS – Am also bit biased for 3 Idiots because finally a hindi film hero (Rancho) lands up with my dream job at a dream destination. Never expected this one to happen!

The first trailer of Gurinder Chadha’s It’s A Wonderful Afterlife is out. The film is going to have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. With Shabana Azmi in the lead, it also stars Sally Hawkins, Goldy Notay and Sendhil Ramamurthy. Have a look.

Its a Wonderful Afterlife is a comedy, about an Indian mother who takes her obsession with marriage into the world of serial murder. Its billed as My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Shaun of the Dead.

For story/plot/synopsis of the film, click here.

Its more than 24 hours and its still sounds unbelieveable that one of the members of the band is not with us anymore. May be because the voice is so close to us, at the click of a button or mouse. Have been listening to Indian Ocean since morning. So, here is the video of the day – song excerpt from the film Leaving Home – the Life & Music of Indian Ocean. Its directed by Jaideep Varma and produced by Cartwheel Features. Hopefully it will get a theatrical release next year.