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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Review : I am Legend

I am Legend (sci-fi )
Cast: Will Smith, Alice Braga
Direction: Francis Lawrence
Critic rating: /photo.cms?msid=2623174

NEW York's tale of woe goes on and on. This time, the world's most talked about city hits the headlines when a deadly virus wipes out the entire population, leaving just two survivors: Will Smith and his dog Samantha. Well, it's two normal, recognisable survivors, because the city does have many more creatures and beasts....These are the rest of the humans who have mutated into flesh-eating vampires that hunt in packs when night falls. End result? You get one of the most outlandish scenes where lions hunt deers at Times Square and human beasts slip in and out of Central Park, in search of their khana-khazana .

Everything's okay till here. Will Smith's lone ranger act is quite watchable, specially as the camera tries to capture his routine as the last man on earth talks to his dog, takes him out for a ride, talks to mannequins in shops and uses the book stores as his personal library. All this, while he conducts his own research to find the cure for the mutant virus which has vanquished mankind. In between, he also tries to reach out to others like him through the radio and combats the predators who keep attacking him, now and then. But suddenly, the film maker brings God into the proceedings and the religiosity angle tilts the film off balance. A young woman comes out of nowhere and saves Smith from the marauders, telling him about God's grand design and all that stuff....

Oops, when did God have to make a guest appearance in science fiction! So let's just approach this as a horror film and assure you a few jumps out of your seat when the mutants attack.

From : The Times of India


Sunday, December 9, 2007

Audiences find acting a let-down in "Khoya Khoya Chand"

Bollywood director Sudhir Mishra's "Khoya Khoya Chand", with its plot set in the 1950s, opened to a mixed response from audiences, with some saying the acting was a let-down.

The film, a tale of politics, corruption and exploitation of women in the film industry of that time, narrates the love story of a writer-turned-director and a junior actress who is catapulted to stardom.

"The trauma of a woman is very nicely presented but the acting could have been better,” said Akangsha Agarwal, a college student. “The acting has been a let-down."

"Khoya Khoya Chand" opened on Friday with Soha Ali Khan, Shiney Ahuja and Rajat Kapoor playing the lead roles.

"Soha is only okay in the film. The others are fine in only a few shots. The film should have had a good star cast," said 33-year-old housewife Neelam Mehta.

But the film’s unusual storyline seemed to have clicked with some viewers.

"Sudhir Mishra's films are always a little bit different, bit heavy and this time too the story is very interesting," said 32-year-old businessman Rohit Gupta.

"We know what goes on in the film industry, I didn't know the corruption and exploitation was there in 1950s."

The director's attempt to recreate the look and feel of the era through set decoration, costumes and song-and-dance sequences also fascinated viewers.

"I felt I was really in the 1950s," said 48-year-old Chetan Rai. "The saris and the hair was something I could relate to. I have seen my mother's pictures with similar saris and exact hairstyle as Soha's."


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