Well, in one case movie is a loose term. I watched Kaal (blech) and The Inner/Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan last night.
Kaal was the worst Bollywood film I’ve seen yet. The cinematography was awkward and distracting. They repeated shots of the tigers which annoyed me and reminded me heavily of cheap and crappy anime. The movie had great potential; it was produced by Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan. Starred John Abraham and Vivek Oberoi alongside Esha Deol and Lara Dutta. Entering later in the film is Ajay Devgan. It is supposed to be a thriller, but with the odd framing and laughingly week thrills I just was annoyed with it through the film. I was sorry to have watched it. Not to mention in the last 10 minutes it had a bunch of parts ripped straight out of Final Destination. Unless you are a die-hard fan of any of these people and absolutely have to see everything they’re in – stear clear! The only redeeming bits to this movie were the opening and closing item numbers, even if they were missing their subtitles.
The Inner/Outer World of Shah Rukh Khan. Where do I start? With the sad fact that I was in or near two of the cities he was in during the time the Temptations tour was here in the States? (I lived three hours from Orlando and went through the hurricane he talked about…) And I was in Atlanta for a family get together around Thanksgiving that year. Alas… No use crying over something I can’t change. I am a bit concerned with a few things that King Khan said though… He mentioned that he has to work so hard and become someone else during filming because that is the only way that he can forget the grief of losing his parents. Does anyone else see a problem with this? Is psycho-therapy non-existant in India? I’m left wondering if everyone just thinks that if they have a problem then they have to learn to deal with it on their own and not seek help. Wouldn’t it be better for him to treat it and try to gain control over it than to simply avoid the subject altogether? I feel that he needs to become a complete person, not just a star. It’s really sad that he can’t move past that grief and holds onto it so tightly. I’d rather he be a healthy and happy human being than an unhappy and fantastic super star. I love the fact though, that he helps his children to respect and believe in both Hindu and Muslim customs. They are lucky enough to belong to a home that is accepting of both religions and that’s a rare thing – in any part of the world. In all I was happy to have seen it, it gives me a little more insight into my favorite Bollywood Indian Film Star. I’m also left wondering – did they ever release a DVD of Temptations 2004? I bet a lot of people would have liked seeing that.