Film: Real Real (Kannada)
Cast: Satesh Babu, Prasanakshi, Preethi, Priya, Saraswathy.
A movie which is neither entertaining nor has a message. Many of the artistes here are making their debut; perhaps they were attracted by the glamour of their roles, but their parents certainly won't see the glamour in the scene where one of the characters applies sandal, turmeric and tulasi paste on another character's semi-nude body. If the selection of the story and its narration is any indication, the director Kavirajesh, who possess an MF Tech degree, has no knowledge of film-making whatsoever.
Tejaswini (Preethi) is the head of Shanthidhama ashram, where the flesh trade is flourishing. Since some important politicians and officials are in her pay, no police officer dares to enter the ashram. To halt her anti-social activities, Shanthi (Prasannakshi), a CBI officer, gets into the ashram. Perhaps to showcase the director's MF Tech degree, she is raped by one of the inmates and shares her bed with another lecherous minister.
Finally, she asks her friend Sharan (Satesh Babu), who is also a CBI officer, to come to the ashram along with some journalists, where she delivers some powerful dialogues.
A completely avoidable film.
Film: Vaali (Tamil)
Cast: Ajith, Simran
LOVER boy Ajith does a double role, one as Shiva, chocolate hero in love with the pretty Simran, and another as the twin brother Deva, a deaf and dumb, gum-chewing man with evil intentions. He is rich and loves his brother—but the only problem is he loves his brother’s girl-friend and later wife Simran much more. It’s almost like seeing Shah Rukh Khan of Darr all over again.
Obviously, young director Suryah has been ‘inspired’ by a number of films including Darr. But he does a fairly good job and succeeds in keeping you at the edge of your seat in the latter half of the film.
The first half is all about romance, songs, dreams and petty quarrels, fun and frolic. That's until the elder Ajith sees Simran and casts his evil eye on her.
The second half is full of close-ups of the stone-faced Deva following the terrified Simran (she really gives an outstanding performance), and the film moves at a brisk pace. But the climax is routine and reminds us of Sleeping with the Enemy.
Cinematography by Jeeva is an asset. The lighting for the songs sequences and the interior shots are brilliant. The only disappointing area is the songs -Deva’s music drowns the lyrics and worse, he copies his own music of the past. Ajith has a long way to go in perfecting a dual role. But it is a bold experiment After all, if two Prashants can be accepted in Jeans, why not two Ajiths?
Pig in the City
Director: George Miller
WITHOUT doubt, ‘Babe’, the story of the gallant little pig, is a modern-day family classic. Released in 1995, it charmed audiences everywhere. A sequel was inevitable, and here it comes four years later, maybe just a little darker, but nevertheless hugely enjoyable.
Here, Babe's owner, farmer Hogget suffers an accident and is forced to stay in bed. His wife is forced to think of ways to make money. Her solution: to exhibit her sheep-pig at a county fair. But a missed connecting flight leads to them being stranded in the Big City where adventure awaits the lady and her pig. Miller, the Australian director of ‘Mad Max’ fame, puts his story against a surreal unnamed city that seems to combine several cities in one. The atmosphere is attractively weird, the adventure is non-stop and the fun never-ending.
Dumb and demeaning
Film: Biwi No.1 (Hindi)
Dir: David Dhawan
Cast: Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Tabu, Karishma Kapoor and Sushmita Sen.
DUMB, demeaning, downright silly and more. David Dhawan’s D-grader Biwi exhausts all adjectives in the English lexicon. Prem (Salman) is a guy who has it all -a lavish lifestyle, two lovely kids and of course an epitome-of-virtue wife. But then, being the owner of a modelling agency, he also has an eye for pretty young things. Enter Rupali (Sushmita Sen), a model aspirant whose ambition in life is to hook a crorepati. Prem has got the crores but then he is also a pati. But the two throw tradition to the winds and have an open affair.
No amount of counselling by doctor-friend Lakhan (Anil) helps Prem see sense. The livid wife then sends her kids, dog and ma-in-law (in that order) to the live-in couple’s. Predictably, his lover's ill-treatment sends the philanderer back into the wife's arms. A loose remake of Sati Leelavati in Tamil, the film has none of the original's class or treatment. The wife and the lover outdo each other in shedding clothes to win their man.
Karishma looks uncomfortable in wifely saris and seems to be just waiting to get back to her bare minimum. Sen looks gorgeous but needs some desperate homework in the acting department. Shirtless wonder Salman scales new heights in non-acting. If the shoddy screenplay and lousy performances do not kill you, Anu Malik’s 100-plus inane songs surely will.