Jhoom Barabar Jhoom

Another Bollywood movie crossed off my list: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.

I wanted to see this movie ever since I got my greedy little hands on the soundtrack. Yup, the soundtrack is probably one of the best I’ve heard so far. I’ve had the songs on my MP3 player since 2009, a bit late considering the movie and the soundtrack were released in 2007.

My favorite song is Bol Na Halke Halke (yet Kiss of Love and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom are pretty close behind):

Even to this day, I didn’t get tired listening to them. They have that rare thing that not many songs have these days: quality!

But lets get back to the movie.

The main actors are Abhishek Bachchan and Preity Zinta, but there’s also Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta.

The story is quite simple: Rikki Thukral (played by Abhishek Bachchan), a fun-loving guy meets Alvira Kahn (Preity Zinta), a beautiful woman. Rikki tries to swoon Alvira but she lies and says she’s to be married soon. Upon hearing this, Rikki quickly defends himself and says he has no intentions on flirting with her because he is also engaged.

And so they end up sharing a table in a crowded coffee shop in Waterloo Train Station, telling beautiful lies about how they both met their imaginary partners.

But after spending some time together they come to like each other and both of them regret lying. And here’s where the fun starts. They try to get in touch with each other but at the same time they try to keep up with the lies they had told. And soon Bobby Deol and Lara Dutta come into picture as their fake partners.

And there’s a lot of dancing and singing, and a nice ending.

The thing I like most about this movie is the transition from the normal action to the songs. The best was by far Bol Na Halke Halke. While the main action takes place in London, the love scenes take place in the beautiful India. The gray buildings were replaced by the beautiful landscapes and it’s just dream like. I am an outdoor person and I really do enjoy things like that, even if the fields of green are just on a screen.

And I always had a soft spot for India.

So, this movie has a beautiful cast (and talented I might add), beautiful songs, lovely story and it was captivating. Believe it or not I watched it in a single try with no breaks, OK maybe a break or two when I had to go to the bathroom. But even so it was worth watching.

Gupt: The Hidden Truth

Caution: If you don’t like spoilers then don’t read this post at all. 

I’ve been wanting to see Gupt: The Hidden Truth ever since I read that Kajol won an award for portraying a negative character. I really couldn’t imagine Kajol, the sweetheart of Bollywood, being mean and violent.

The plot of the movie is full of twists and turns, bloody fight scenes (only Bollywood actors can deliver) and a very abrupt ending in my opinion.

The plot :

Sahil Sinha (Bobby Deol) comes from a wealthy family. He is the stepson of Governor Jaisingh Sinha whom he does not get along with whilst the Governor tries to get close to him. Sahil enrolls in college where he is reunited with his childhood friend Isha Diwan (Kajol) and meets another girl Sheetal (Manisha Koirala). Both girls are in love with Sahil, but Sahil loves Isha.

Sheetal is set to be married with Sahil, but Sahil objects to the wedding arrangements and tells the world that he is in love with Isha. In the process he threatens his step father with a knife. The next day, Sahil step father is brutally killed and Sahil is blamed for it.

As expected, Sahil is sentenced to prison. But, with the help of an old inmate and Sheetal (who still tries to win him over) he manages to escape from prison. Out of the prison he goes to Isha and tries to find out who is the real killer of his step father.

In the process he is hunted down by inspector Udham Singh (Om Puri). After he tries all the possible suspects, the inspector Udham investigates the Diwan household where he finds the knife used in the killings (well the set from which the knife used for the killings came from). Isha’s father confesses to killing the governor because he was angry that the governor would not let Isha marry Sahil.

But in a twist of events, it is revealed that Isha is the real murderer. She attempts to kill the inspector and Sheetal but fails, as she is shot by the inspector and dies in the arms of Sahil.

You know, I make it sound better than it actually was.

Gupt: The Hidden Truth won three Filmfare Awards, and Kajol was the first woman in the history of Filmfare Award to win  Best Villain award and that at the beginning of her career.

But, it lacked so many things, for example, I cringed seeing them dance. They were so rigid. The lip syncing was truly awful and the movie, from my point of view, had only one cool song.  The story was good, the actors were good but the rest was not.

Even so I enjoyed the movie. It was a change from my usual picks.

I was also happy to see that Manisha Koirala was in it. While Kajol and Bobby Deol’s careers are still going strong, Manisha Koirala is a bit of a mess at the moment. In fact, it’s a miracle she still makes films at her age (42) but now I’m being an idiot.

Manisha Koirala is probably one of the few actresses in Bollywood that can act. The years may not have been good to her, her personal life may be a mess, but she still has talent. The only thing she lacks are the right connections and a good movie to give her the boost to re-launch her career. That and a little more self esteem.

Even so I doubt she’ll be able to make a comeback. It is easier for men to make a comeback than for women, and I doubt she will charm anyone in the state she is right now. I’ve found this article about her on IndiaGlitz and this is how the beautiful Manisha Koirala looks today: