• Review – Aladin(2009)
    Caulfield | November 2, 2009, 9:33 AM | 3 comments | 0 views

    Cast – Amitabh Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Jaqueline Fernandez, Sanjay Dutt

    Direction – Sujoy Ghosh

    Somehow, fantasies that belong to Tim Burton genre (Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish) have always appealed to me. I enjoy films that are set in fantasy locations and have real people in it as they have a different kind of excitement to it and have a huge scope of imagination. And having spent most of my childhood with Aladin, playing video games of Aladin, solving jigsaw puzzles, watching his cartoon series, etc., made me very much interested in watching the film. I always have loved Aladin.

    Set in the contemporary period, the film has characters borrowed from the original story. Our lead character, who is named Aladin by his family members, is teased by school and college mates and is made to rub lamps like the Aladin in the original story does to call the Djinn. Meanwhile we have the Ringmaster, played by Sanjay Dutt, who is trying to hunt the magic lamp by which he can make Djinn his slave and ask him to fulfil his three wishes. Predictably, the lamp falls into the hands of Aladin, gifted to him by Jasmine (Jaqueline Fernandez) on his birthday. Jasmine obviously is the love interest of Aladin, as in the original story. (more…)

  • Aladin and his magical djinn!
    pardesi | November 1, 2009, 4:29 PM | 9 comments | 0 views

    The childhood tale from 1001 Nights of a boy with a magic lamp, a genie, wishes, a beautiful woman, a powerful sorcerer and a fight between good and evil, is reworked for today and Bollywood, and a magical concoction results.
    Sujoy Ghosh last satisfied immensely with Jhankaar Beats, and returns to direct Aladin. This fantasy tale is set in Khwaish, a town somewhere in the north of India, or maybe in your imagination! There are towering minars and domes and Arabian Nights like cobbled alleyways and in these streets we find Aladin Chatterjee, who had the “misfortune” of being thus named by his now dead parents. He grows up with the taunts of his classmates, enough lamps thrown at him for rubbing, and a drubbing that inevitably follows. Aladin’s misfortunes start taking an abrupt different turn when the beautiful Jasmine shows up as an exchange student and he is smitten at first sight. However, far away in a fantasy bleak landscape, the Ringmaster is busy planning Aladin’s downfall and he is blissfully unaware of all this. Then Jasmine gifts Aladin a lamp, the one that has been waiting for its rightful owner for aeons!

    A rub-a-dub-dub later a wisp of mist pours out, and swirls and grows and slowly takes on the shape of the outrageously flamboyant Genius! The director plays the moment out for all its worth, knowing that all and one are waiting to see the larger than life genie, and who but the larger than life Amitabh can fit that role? He grants Aaldin three boons, and each one has to be acknowledged with a celestial BOOM! Into the proceedings interest is mixed in by way of Ratna Pathak Shah, as the local dhaba owner, a poor cook, and confidant of Aladin.

    Every fairy tale must include the wicked, and here it is the Ringmaster – Sunjay Dutt in a well suited and well acted role. His circus includes many uniquely reworked usual circus dwellers; a knife thrower, a clown/acrobat, a tough guy, and a woman in a seductive mask, adept at flame throwing! They are all out to get the lamp, deal with Aladin and to capture the power of a comet hurtling towards earth. Suitably told for children of all ages, the story has romance, drama, good, evil, magic, moments of comic genius, and enough suspense and action to keep all ages happy.

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  • NG Weekly Digest: Ranbir Kapoor (Special Dedication)
    imgr8 | March 10, 2009, 8:58 AM | one comment | 0 views

    Because B H A I was getting so restless for Ranbir news, I thought he should get a special dedication in addition to the usual one :)

    Big Bachchan on RK

    Abhishek did his first day for ‘PAA’ today. Had another star visitor on set, Ranbir Kapoor. He later sent me a sweet and affectionate sms, which was most endearing. Talking about my look in the film. He has shaped up so well in his career so far and with such ease and rapidity. Cannot imagine he was assisting Sanjay Leela Bhansali as an AD on ‘Black’. His tutoring and training on Ayesha the little girl that played Rani’s younger portion, paid such dividends for the little artist. He and Sonam Kapoor were assistants on the set together. And now look at them. Big stars in their own right. Feels so wonderful to watch how this generation grows and accomplishes itself.

    Imran Khan on RK (more…)

  • Big B rocks Indore
    cticize | June 23, 2008, 12:08 PM | 3 comments | 0 views

    NG..eye on the Buzz…

    At 10 am in the morning at Treasure Island, a mall at M.G.Road Indore, people already started gathering. At 2 pm it was 5000 plus people inside the mall. The simple reason that the Bachchans are gonna arrive at 7.30 pm for giving away the prizes to the PVR Sarkar Raj contest winners. The news came in that only Big B has managed to arrive coz Aishwarya has measels and Abhishek is busy with Dostana.

    At 7 pm TI was full with 25,000 people. This is the attendance record it set on 26th Jan when the mall actually opened coz its the first mall of Madhya Pradesh. At 8 pm when Big B actually arrived it took him 15 mins to travel 100 meter distance amongst a huge huge gathering.

    One cannot deny the fact that no matter its Khans, Roshans or Jr. Bachchan or anyone. Shehenshah creates a frenzy like no one does. He is surely over boxoffice status. Despite all this why is it that Bachchans are wasting time on Sarkar Raj and promoting it :-s…or this is a prep for the upcoming Drona.

    The show at 8 pm and 6:15 were around 70% and others were damp squib. In Indore as i can see the film has collapsed in week 2 itself. There’s a saying in Indore, if you dont see much parking space available in VELOCITY, MP’s first multiplex, it reflects the film being massive, SR had a great first day but Saturday that parking lot was empty. (more…)

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