Friday, January 06, 2006
Watched '15, Park Avenue' last night. Had decent expectations from the movie, with Aparna Sen as the director, and the 'Mr. and Mrs. Iyer' pair of Rahul Bose and Konkona Sen-Sharma in the lead. But was hugely disappointed (actually, disappointed is too mild a word)! Thought I'll write a couple of lines about it today, but my resolve was concretized when Mayank Shekhar, the Mumbai Mirror film reviewer, gave it 4 stars today! The movie is a farce. Nothing wrong with the story idea- it's about a schizophrenic(Konkona), who lives with her elder sister Shabana Azmi. Interesting subject, but Ms. Sen managed to make a total mess of it. The acting was horrendous- you've got to see Shabana in this movie to see how a brilliant actress in Hindi can be a terrible one in English! Kanwaljit as one of her suitors was speaking with such an artificial accent that I felt like pulling my hair out! Konkona was good in parts, Rahul Bose slept through the movie!The situations were contrived, the treatment over-the-top! In parts, it was like watching a horror movie! Ms. Sen tries her best to manipulate viewers by squeezing in stuff like a gang-rape, even though it wasn't adding too much to the movie. And the ending.... Ohhh the ending!!! You have to see it to believe it. Have not seen such a wannabe intellectual attempt in a long time(not since Shabd actually)!
I am not a movie critic, I don't know how to write a review. All I know is that a good movie is one which has a tale well-told, with good performances by everyone. I do not have Mayank Shekhar's talent and skill for evaluating good cinema... and I thank God for it! Otherwise, I would never have been able to enjoy 'Main Hoon Na' so much, and, like him, would have rated it as one of the worst films ever made!
Let's see. I think I'll stll watch it! :D
BTW, I'vw watched Yeh Hai Jalwa! ;)
May I ask which cannel you are referring to?
I'm a little down now that I know what to expect. But I'm going to go ahead and watch it anyway.
Btw, I could sense that you didn't want to say anything without giving away the ending! Hai nah?
AFJ: I normally don't write reviews, especially in the 1st couple of days after the release, cos everyone has his/her own opinion on movies, and it's unfair to the film-maker to bias potential viewers against the film. This movie was an exception since a) I really felt very strongly about it, and b) critics were praising it to the skies, and I wanted people to know that there is a strong contrarion viewpoint on it!
The ending- I NEVER reveal the ending of any movie/book to anyone (except to my friend Keerat, who insists on knowing the ending of suspense movies before watching them , and forces me to reveal all). It's a very sick thing to do!
But seriously, it's totally a function of individual taste and sensibilities. What is "...cinematic history in terms of both plot and technique" for her, is a "wannabe intellectual attempt" for me. Maybe it's because I look at my movies from a very basic, simplistic point of view... but that's me!
btw, the link that you posted on my blog does not work..i think you missed out a 'w' in www...., but it still doees not work...