Saturday, March 18, 2006

Meenaxi: A Tale?

I watched this movie for 4 reasons:
(1) MFH: It is not everyday that you get to see a leading painter make a movie. Thot it would be interesting to watch a painter using celluloid as his canvas to create his painting...
(2) Kunal Kapoor: After RDB, decided I need to watch his debut movie as well :)
(3) Santosh Sivan: GOD of cinematography, he manages to more than impress with each of his movies
(4) GOD: With God handling the music, and fans hailing it as one of his very best, there was some more motivation to watch the movie and see how it has shaped out as a video.


With these great expectations, I set forth to watch this movie, and I got royaly $crewed! Definitely one of the worsht movies I have seen!

I am yet to figure out what the story is all about. Lemme try.
There is a Nawab dude who is a famous author. He is facing a writer's block and is looking for inspiration. He finds Tabu at a qawwali ceremony and decides to write a story on her. She also follows him(!) and asks him to write according to her whims and fancies. He meets a mechanic Kunal (played by Kunal Kapoor) and makes him the hero of his story. I think all this happens in Hyd. The story takes place in Jaisalmer and Tabu and Kunal fall in love. Then the interval comes in. Tabu does not like the story and walks angrily out of the Nawabs house, at night. Some cyclists surround her, God's 'cyclist's rhythm' plays in the background, suddenly cyclists disappear, Nawab comes out with the script, and Tabu throws them into the fire asking him to write a new story! The Jaisalmer chapter ends abruptly. This is the part where the movie becomes bad to worse!

In the new story, Tabu is called Maria and it happens in Prague! Kunal is still her lover and they (again) fall in love. Tabu speaks in a bad Europen accent and tries sincerely, but it manages to get on our nerves soon enough. Author also meets this Prague Tabu, god knows how! Now we get confused as to who is who! This love story also ends abruptly and we see Nawab going to the qawwali (seen in the first scene) and meeting Tabu again! Possibly means all this was his hallucination/dream/watever the hell. Thankfuly the credits roll..God bless the viewer!

Movie totally sux. Only 2 good things about the movie - God's music and the other God's cinematography. Santosh Sivan is pure magic in this movie as well, and captures Rajasthan, Hyd and Prague in all its splendour. Tourism would definitely have got a boost, had someone seen this movie that is :)
God scores as usual, though the videos leave much to be desired. Most of them were screwed up so badly with only my fav track from the movie "Yeh Rishta" captured in a beautiful riot of colour. The lesser said abt the other tracks, the better.
Tabu looks too old for the movie, and her voice does not help. Maybe Madhuri Dixit or someone much more beautiful with a sweet voice would have been much better off in this role. Poor Kunal Kapoor is totally wasted, and Raghubir Yadav, as the Nawab, looks totally confused throughout the movie! (the viewer is more confused than him!) MFH makes a 'cameo' appearance, and thankfully does not mouth any dialogues.

Please dont watch this movie unless you want to see Rajasthan captured splendidly on camera!


P.S. Found the "Oldboy" DVD in the US (Unorganised Sector) out here, which is the best place to get such movies. Cant wait to watch it :) For those of you who dont know, this is the original Korean movie from which "Sanjay Gupta's" Zinda was copied, frame by frame.

4 scribbles:

Blogger Aravind says...

DD,
The movie was not easy to understand.... I accept...
I saw it thrice to understand it .... But, it IS a brilliant movie....
captures the confusions of Nawab,his hallucinations beautifully... watch it again to understand da... once u understand it, u will say MFH is God!

7:14 AM  
Blogger DD says...

I hv it on CD da...will go thru the torture of watching it again..pakkalam

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous says...

outstanding film....simply the ultimte by mf saab. the beauty and the romnace of the film is indescribable......especially the part where the author in the film realises the truth in the end of the film and especially more the line where in the end he asks himself - "kya zindagi ik haqeeqat hain, ya haqeeqat ki talaash"......mf saab...no more words...only tributes....

11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous says...

outstanding film....simply the ultimte by mf saab. the beauty and the romnace of the film is indescribable......especially the part where the author in the film realises the truth in the end of the film and especially more the line where in the end he asks himself - "kya zindagi ik haqeeqat hain, ya haqeeqat ki talaash"......mf saab...no more words...only tributes....

11:52 PM  

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