(Steven Baker is a Hindi film journalist and post graduate in Indian cinema)
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So here is a gangster with a heart of gold who loves the city where he grows up and becomes its self-appointed safe-keeper. And there is another gangster, who is more ambitious then conscientious, who ultimately manages to overthrow the first guy and take over the city while ruining it completely. That in a nutshell, is what Once upon… is all about. The film’s attention to detail is amazing. Not only are the clothes and cars from the 70s, but every poster on the wall, every doorknob and every newspaper shown seems authentic. It is evident that the city has changed so much since those days that too many location shoots wouldn’t have been possible. But there’s an overdose of the 70s atmosphere in the indoor sequences. For instance, rather than focusing on the lead pair at a restaurant table, there are several unnecessary long and wide shots to show inconsequential extras dressed up to create the atmosphere. Yeah, we get it guys, you’re showing us a movie set in the 70s. Don’t hit us on the head with it. The story which could have had a lot of drama built around it, ends up being a damp squib. It starts well but then gets spoilt by the overly dramatic sequences to establish the strength of the characters (Ajay Devgn and the train, Emraan Hashmi and his initiation into the gang). So you’re getting used to Hindi films which are realistic? Don’t. Here’s a film set in the 70s, or didn’t you know? The dialogues are totally corny. “Iske bare mein sochunga to usko bura lag jayega” and versions of the same sprinkled around the script. I thought that went out with Pran and Ajit about four decades ago! No wait, it’s a 70s movie guys. The women are always ready with the water-works. The men are always spouting macho lines. Where have we seen that before? Right! In the films made in the 70s. The plot becomes intricate and then suddenly implodes like a house of cards. Worse, it makes you wonder what the point of it all was in the first place. Such unforgivable writing was okay 40 years ago. But we have to be considerate and take those leaps of faith even today. Why? You know why. There is a cartoon strip where Calvin asks his father about why the photographs in olden days were black and white. His father tells him that the world used to be black and white then and gradually became coloured sometime in the sixties. In the same way, the makers of the film seem to be confused between the reality and way it was portrayed in the 70s. What we sign up for is to see a movie set in the 70s not made in the 70s. And that’s what ends up being disappointing. Once upon a time, these things happened in Mumbai. And once upon a time such filmy movies were made in Bollywood. Wish we were just given an accurate rendition of the events without the corniness of the movie-making.
Box Office: â€˜Once Upon A Time In Mumbaiâ€™ Off To A Good Start
great news for the industry, the Ajay Devgan â€“ Emraan Hashmi starrer Once Upon A Time Mumbaai got off to a very good start with 100 per cent occupancy at places on Friday. The film took a good opening in Bombay and good to average opening at other places.
Akhsay Kumar and Priyadarshanâ€™s Khatta Meetha has yielded good shares on the strength of a decent start last week but the drop in collections was perceptible, if not alarming. The filmâ€™s total collections from its first week (July 23-29) were Rs. 21,11,62,041 from 440 cinemas.
NEW DELHI: The Income Tax Department on Saturday extended the last date of filing income tax returns to August 4 due to inclement weather and some technical snags.
Last dates for filing of income tax returns was to expire today.
“The Central Board of Direct Taxes has decided to extend the due date of filing of income tax returns to August 4, 2010,” the board said in a statement. (more…)
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Just insane. Rajni is loved
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai had a below par first day of 5.50 crore nett approx. The film did pick up but the big jump occurred mainly in the Maharashtra and Gujarat area. Mumbai circuit was best while CP Berar and Nizam were next as many cities of Maharashtra are in these circuits.
The North, Bengal, Rajasthan and CI were all pretty low. The film will depend heavily on what happens on Saturday and Sunday. It needs these days to be strong and the sustain on Monday in order to emerge a decent success at the box office.
The all India break down is as follows.
Mumbai – 2.25 crore (more…)
1. Aisha 2. OUATM 3. IHLS 4. Pepli Live 5. Trajneti 6. 3 Idiots &. Khatta Meetha 8. Raavan 9. Lamhaa 10. Kites ( Courtesy: Landmark)
To be noted: a smal, non romantic film like ppepli LIve’s Soundtrack is at 4! And 3 Idiots is back at 6! And Aisha at No 1! Bravo Amit Trivedi!
Raja Natwarlal had poor collections on day one as it collected around 5 crore nett on day one. Mumbai circuit was a bit better as Gujarat and Saurashtra fared better and by far the best collections across India. It was a holiday in Maharashtra and Gujarat and that helped Mumbai circuit compared to rest of India but even with holiday Mumbai can not be called good. The rest of the country was poor with North and Central recording dull collections and also not showing that major jump in the evening shows which was needed.Read more...
Lyon (France): Internationally-renowned Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has been roped in as an ambassador for Interpol’s “Turn Back Crime” campaign to promote awareness on how everyone can play a role in preventing crime. Shah Rukh, said to be the first Indian to be made an ambassador for the global campaign, is lending his voice to help spread the message that all of society benefits when citizens respect law and fight crime. “It’s a very special honour to be a part of Interpol’s ‘Turn Back Crime’ campaign as an ambassador,” said Shah Rukh.Read more...
Before I go into my views about Ek Villain, I’d like to state that I am a huge fan of “I Saw the Devil (ISTD)” (on which Ek Villain is based) and I consider it a cinematic masterpiece. When I heard that Mohit Suri is making an Indian version of ISTD I was contrastively (9 out of 10 times I hate Indianized version of classics) quite glad and upbeat about it. Reason: From the very first time I watched ISTD, I have always felt that it has a very universal story and despite all the violence its core element: “The story of ultimate pain and suffering and confronting it” is applicable to almost every variety of people. What went unforgivably wrong in Ek Villain isRead more...
Richard Attenborough, Actor, Director and Giant of British Cinema, Dies at 90 Richard Attenborough, who after a distinguished stage and film acting career in Britain reinvented himself to become the internationally admired director of the monumental “Gandhi” and other films, died on Sunday. He was 90. His death was confirmed by his son, Michael, according to the BBC.Read more...
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