Compiled by Poorva Rajaram
Lost and Round
It is safe to conclude that enough good karma lies with Kahaani before its release. So far, director Sujoy Ghosh has a decent trailer and a strangely compelling alien-movie poster to his credit. None of this, however, precludes going the extra marketing mile. So naturally, ‘missing’ posters for Arnab Bagchi, the absent husband from the movie, were found splattered around Mumbai. Apparently, there was confusion about the veracity of the promotion picture. Either way, this cinematic (not corporeal) missing person has already started entertaining us.
What not To copy
We are not really surprised that Ram Gopal Varma is remaking Steven Spielberg’s Munich. Surprise and Ram Gopal Varma should hardly be allowed to go together because creating shock is so obviously part of the plan, we really shouldn’t oblige. We are a little puzzled by his choice though. Does he intend to uncover the socio-political tensions of Israel in the 1970s? Perhaps we are in for a good old hostage drama, and no, the audience are not the hostages.
The Allusions And Jokes Are Too Easy
It seems like an irrational demand of a celebrity visiting from LA, but we would still like to plead in favour of Hollywood stars spacing their visits to India. This means simply that after Tom Cruise and Oprah Winfrey, Arnold Schwarzenegger could have waited just a bit. Instead, he is here miraculously getting locked out of the Taj Mahal. We don’t judge him though, for running to a country where news of his love-child and divorce is less ubiquitous.
Someday announces itself as “India’s first international dance film” and surely this is the sort of trailer headline that will put off the erudite. However, watch more of the trailer and you might somehow know what they mean. This is a Bollywood (Indian?) movie about B-boying and ‘new’ dance. Whatever it is and however much we debate about how every Bollywood move is a dance film, we are happy for any movie that takes dance more seriously than Dil To Pagal Hai.