Hours before the film releases and a day before the reviews appear, here’s what you can expect from this week’s release(s)…
Yet another love story
Film: Teri Meri Kahaani
Director: Kunal Kohli (last directed Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic, 2008)
His last film was apparently a cocktail of plot points and characters last seen in The Sound Of Music and Mary Poppins. It did not do well at the box-office. Don’t think too many could handle watching Rani Mukerji come charging at them from the clouds on a pink bicycle.
The ‘very dated feel’ to the music received a lukewarm response from critics. The track Mukhtsar, however, has been flooding the airwaves.
The description of a Taiwanese film called Three Times on imdb.com reads as follows: “Three stories set in three times, 1911, 1966 and 2005.” Kohli was eventually questioned about this ‘coincidence’ and he denied any similarity between the two movies’ plot points. Of course, 1911 is so not 1910 and 1966 is light years away from 1970.
The trailer was released along with Houseful 2. The lead actors have been travelling across the country and taking local train rides in Mumbai to promote their film.
Going by the promos, this film belongs to Bollywood’s late ’90s and early 2000s. Though it’s up against Anurag Kashyap’s much-anticipated Gangs Of Wasseypur, Teri Meri Kahaani has the ‘U/A’ certificate on its side. Let’s just say that’s probably the only thing it’s got working in its favour.
Rustic, rude and rock-worthy
Film: Gangs Of Wasseypur
Director: Anurag Kashyap (last directed That Girl In Yellow Boots, 2011)
Starring his wife Kalki Koechlin, the film made headlines for its explicit content and did not find distributors in India easily. It was extensively screened at international festivals and theatres.
Music: Sneha Khanwalkar
Khanwalkar is probably the best thing that has happened to Hindi music in the recent past. The music of GOW has received rave reviews. Songs like Hunter and Womaniya seem unusual for the film’s setting, but are earworms.
First, a BJP worker reportedly registered a case against the film’s poster for its “derogatory punch line”. Then the film’s writer Zeishan Quadri began receiving death threats from the coal mining mafia in Wasseypur (Jharkhand). The Censor Board also made sure they made life difficult enough for the makers, before slamming them with an ‘A’ certificate.
The film was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and promoted extensively within the city.
Rustic, rude and appropriately rowdy, the promos, the director and music seem like enough reasons to watch this film. The package can successfully drag a curious film lover to the theatres. However, if the reported R45cr film does turn out to be just a ‘good film’ (without making money), our sympathies are with the financiers.
—Compiled by Serena Menon