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Saawariya & Ranbir Kapoor’s Bum

30 Oct

Am I the only one out there that’s a bit underwhelmed by the Saawariya phenomenon?

I really want to like this movie – award winning director makes a Dostoevsky adaptation enacted by a couple of well behaved star babies supported by two Bollywood megastars. Sounds good. Here’s my money… or maybe not?

The problem is, everything that I’ve found interesting about this movie so far is completely divorced from the actual promos of it. Sonam Kapoor looks lovely and I knew that without the promos. The only other information I’ve been able to glean from the clips so far is that I can expect to see her run a lot (I’m shocked, I tell you, shocked!) and her wardrobe is predominantly made of dark colors.

Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali has an eye for detail and builds gorgeous sets – however, he’s come a long way from his cash-deprived Khamoshi days and has been getting progressively OCD about his sets to the point where they’re no longer settings for his characters but rather, the most compelling character in his movies. Lovers of Black might disagree but I can’t help but remember that the human bits of the movie that I loved the most were mostly close ups of Amitabh Bachchan where I wasn’t distracted by the decor.

I suppose you can posit that this might be a strategy to draw the viewer back to watch the movie again, this time for the actual performance now that the “gawk at the gorgeousness” factor is done with, but that’s really not how I work – if the set is what I remember the most about a movie, then I can pretty much wait for the DVD to see the acting. Others might feel differently but that’s their choice and their ten bucks.

So Saawariya – a rather nice soundtrack that’s grown on me with one song, Saawariya Daras Bina Nahin Chain by Richa Sharma, that I’ve fallen in love with. [Digression: Now hear this, Bollywood! Give Richa Sharma more songs to sing! What the hell is wrong with you people?] Salman Khan showing up as the Id ka chand (heh) and Rani Mukherjee waiting somewhere offstage to make her entrance.

And Ranbir Kapoor. Ai-yai-yai!

Where to begin? I can handle the RK references. The moment Abhishek Bachchan removed the “flop actor” tag from his resume, I saw the writing on the wall and thus know that from now on till the day he retires, young Ranbir will have to talk about his entire khandaan and their many successes. O Celebubaby, Thou Shalt Mention Thy Genetic Foot in Stardom’s Door.

Actually, it’s sort of worse for Ranbir because other starbabies have at most one or two people to pay dutiful homage to – he has a whole army of them crowding at his back. Cousins Karishma and Kareena Kapoor have had to make obligatory references to their grandfather from time to time but their parents were hardly the big stars Rishi and Neetu Kapoor were in their day, so nobody really cared to know what influence they might have had on them as artists. In any case the Kapoor sisters have always presented themselves as entities separate from the larger Kapoor clan thanks to Babita and Randhir Kapoor’s marital separation.

No such luck for Ranbir. Not only are his parents still together but they still make a cutie-pie couple whenever they venture out. Also he has his famous mother’s face and his debut movie has at least two RK references (he dresses like The Tramp and there’s a little Nargis-Raj Kapoor under the umbrella moment in front of a giant RK sign emitting sparks in one of the promos. I wonder if Anil Kapoor asked for a Roop ki Rani Choron ka Raja reference somewhere and got Mr. India‘d for it?]. He even gets to release his aunt’s biography of his grandfather right before the release of his film. Anvils are dropping everywhere.

And one of them apparently dropped right on top of his head while he was shooting the movie and caused severe blunt force trauma. That’s the best explanation I can come up with for the way his characters acts – the head shaking, the dazed nincompoop looks, the extremely fake manic laughter… If Bhansali weren’t such an egomaniac and completely committed to his movies, I’d ask if he had some sort of grudge against the Kapoors that he was taking out on poor Ranbir.

Well, that was till I found out Bhansali’s secret weapon – Ranbir’s scrumptious bum. Who cares what goggle-eyed head shaking goes on above the neck when such interesting things are going on below deck?

Oh, others have taken their shirts off for various movies but how many actors can you remember getting seriously flirty with a towel? John Abraham has given it his best shot now and again and well done to you, sir, but this is in a league of its own. Poor ol’ Shahrukh Khan, toiling away at the gym for a six pack so he looks like all the other young studs out there… and his stunt is already obsolete coz of a white towel.

Such are the cruel ways of life and the movie making business.

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Posted by on October 30, 2007 in Celebrity, Entertainment, Movies, Video

 

13 responses to “Saawariya & Ranbir Kapoor’s Bum

  1. Utopian Max

    October 30, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    Hi Amrita, there has been a lot of discussion on Ranbir, his towel being compared to SRK, his 6 pac abs!! on this, you could catch all updates about the movie on http://www.twitter.com/saawariya … if you would like to send personalized Diwali greetings to your ‘beloved’ or near and dear ones, log on to http://www.saawariyafilm.com

     
  2. desiGirl

    October 30, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    Who cares what goggle-eyed head shaking goes on above the neck when such interesting things are going on below deck?

    and she does it again!

     
  3. aMmAr

    October 31, 2007 at 6:23 am

    i found the RANBIR act so fagilicious 😛 (im throwing up :P)

     
  4. Shantanu

    October 31, 2007 at 9:01 am

    Ha ha! Not that I very much care about the towel-act.

     
  5. Amrita

    November 2, 2007 at 12:53 am

    Utopian Max – thanks for the link 🙂

    DG – it’s true innit? 😀

    Ammar – did you feel him drawing you in? 😀

    Shantanu – you and Ammar are making me wonder 😀

     
  6. the mad momma

    November 3, 2007 at 2:49 am

    oh great. now what do i watch over the Diwali weekend?!

     
  7. aMmAr

    November 3, 2007 at 2:57 am

    heheh NO!

    i was just not expecting Mr.Snjay Leela to picturize the song in this way, mostly women both in hollywood n bollwood are depicted in such manner. thsi was kinna weird 😛

     
  8. Amrita

    November 4, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    MM – see BOTH! 🙂

    Ammar – he’s very equal opportunity obviously 😀

     
  9. Sanna

    November 4, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Totally irrelevant…but I have recently recieved loads of chocolates and sweets from some friends in America…and HERSHEY’S TASTES VILE! like seriously…guys…your childhood has been a deprived one if you were brought up on that excuse for chocolate!

    It’s going to take this entire pack of twizzlers to get rid of the hershey’s aftertaste!

     
  10. Amrita

    November 6, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Sanna – tell me about it 😦 But the Reese’s Pieces and Mars bars are great! Chocolate bars, not so much.

     
  11. Funtoosh.

    November 13, 2007 at 2:01 am

    Hmm.. I’d agree with most saying the movie itself was mediocre.. The actor can definitely deliver, however.. Ranbir is quite talented, oh ignorant and jealous minds, and Sonam performed her role in simple perfection, too.. She is definitely more of what this shady, scratch-mine-to-scratch-yours industry needs.. Class and elegance in refined form..

    Can we see more of those perfect plums from Ranbir? Mind you, SRK’s 6-pac is just as tantalizing.. Rrrr

     
  12. sahar

    November 21, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    Well, I think if Ranbir wouldve been not from raj kapoor family, he wouldve written off, and perhaps wouldnt have gotten another chance to act in another film.So he is still lucky that he will get a chance to prove his mettle.
    One thing, that ranbir behaved like a child, who was awestruck by everything he was seeing and it almost was obvious that he was acting that out, it wasnt coming natural to him, which looked very fake I must say.

     
  13. Amrita

    November 23, 2007 at 11:37 am

    Funtoosh – the kids were sweet and I think if Sonam is given an actual part then she’s be very good in it. And I’m one of the (few?) people who doesn’t find her plain at all. I think she’s very pretty…. and that bum is going to follow Ranbir around (pun intended) for quite a while!

    Sahar – I actually blame Bhansali for that because I can’t believe any rational person would organically arrive at the decision to play that character that way. And all the times he turned psycho, he was actually a lot better than when he was playing ingenue.

     
 
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