Here was a film I was looking forward to, hoping it would be a joyous celebration of Bollywood’s kitschy, peripheral, B-grade cinema. Unfortunately, it didn’t prove to be as much of a fun ride. Set in the Bombay of 1968, it claims to have been inspired from real-life incidents. However, more than that, it’s classic Agatha Christie stuff—with a dead body and a closed group of suspects—that happens to be set in Bollywood. So the body is of the sexy heroine, Zara, who falls to her death at an awards function. It is quite wacky to start with: heroines wearing bad pancake for makeup, at times literally crumbling away on their faces. Irrfan Khan’s voiceover introduces the characters. As though the viewers wouldn’t have been able to make out the names he was uttering, they are also flashed on screen like placards. Then you have a character like director Subha Prasad, on the search for a sex symbol, saying lines like Na dance, na expression, na pose; kewal expose. And you have Himesh Bhai as the son-of-the-soil hero Ravi Kumar who lords over every aspect of filmmaking: Main jo bol deta hoon wahi script ban jaati hai. He has style, but no expression. Himesh does justice to the role with his delightful impassivity, slo-mo walks and stylish glares. Though set in late ’60s, the film tilts towards the ’70s. Or else, why would it talk of the Angry Young Man who hit screens in 1973 and of parallel cinema that gained ground in Hindi filmdom in the ’70s?
We at Outlookindia.com welcome feedback and your comments, including scathing criticism
1. Scathing, passionate, even angry critiques are welcome, but please do not indulge in abuse and invective. Our Primary concern is to keep the debate civil. We urge our users to try and express their disagreements without being disagreeable. Personal attacks are not welcome. No ad hominem please.
2. Please do not post the same message again and again in the same or different threads
3. Please keep your responses confined to the subject matter of the article you are responding to. Please note that our comments section is not a general free-for-all but for feedback to articles/blogs posted on the site
4. Our endeavour is to keep these forums unmoderated and unexpurgated. But if any of the above three conditions are violated, we reserve the right to delete any comment that we deem objectionable and also to withdraw posting privileges from the abuser. Please also note that hate-speech is punishable by law and in extreme circumstances, we may be forced to take legal action by tracing the IP addresses of the poster.
5. If someone is being abusive or personal, or generally being a troll or a flame-baiter, please do not descend to their level. The best response to such posters is to ignore them and send us a message at Mail AT outlookindia DOT com with the subject header COMPLAINT
6. Please do not copy and paste copyrighted material. If you do think that an article elsewhere has relevance to the point you wish to make, please only quote what is considered fair-use and provide a link to the article under question.
7. There is no particular outlookindia.com line on any subject. The views expressed in our opinion section are those of the author concerned and not that of all of outlookindia.com or all its authors.
8. Please also note that you are solely responsible for the comments posted by you on the site. The comments could be deleted or edited entirely at our discretion if we find them objectionable. However, the mere fact of their existence on our site does not mean that we necessarily approve of their contents. In short, the onus of responsibility for the comments remains solely with the authors thereof. Outlookindia.com or any of its group publications, may, however, retains the right to publish any of these comments, with or without editing, in any medium whatsoever. It is therefore in your own interest to be careful before posting.
9.Outlookindia.com is not responsible in any manner whatsoever for how any search engine -- such as Google, Bing etc -- caches or displays these comments. Please note that you are solely responsible for posting these comments and it is a privilege being granted to our registered users which can be withdrawn in case of abuse. To reiterate:
a. Comments once posted can only be deleted at the discretion of outlookindia.com
b. The comments reflect the views of the authors and not of outlookindia.com
c. outlookindia.com is not responsible in any manner whatsoever for the way search engines cache or display these comments
d. Please therefore take due caution before you post any comments as your words could potentially be used against you
10. We have an online thread for our comments policy:
You are welcome to post your suggestions here or in case you have a specific issue, to directly email us at Mail AT outlookindia DOT com with the subject header COMPLAINT