Day 27 - your favorite 3 movies (2000’s): Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham (2001), Lagaan (2001), Saawariya (2007) + special recommendation Om Shanti Om (2009)
Well, I guess I have to explain my choices for today. I think that everyone at least understands that I have chosen Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Lagaan. But the other two are questionable, I know. It probably should have been Kal Ho Naa Ho, Koi Mil Gaya, Veer Zaara, Devdas, something like that. But I’m going to tell you why:
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham: Few days ago I said that Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham was my first hindi movie. And I still love it. I think it’s really dramatic and a really fine movie for “beginners”. With that movie you’ll understand whether you’re able to deal with indian culture and problems, because people from America or Europe mostly aren’t able to deal with this way of life. But I liked it and since that day it’s my first and one of my favorite movies.
Lagaan: An epos about british colonization in India and a cricket match that will change everything. Aamir Khan and Gracy Singh are doing a wonderful job. It was nominated for foreign language film Oscar and I think it should have won. Really.
Saawariya: I know that this is the most questionable desicion. Saawariya wasn’t going too well at the box office and maybe that’s understandable. The characters weren’t as deep as they could have been, but: It was the debut movie of Ranbir and Sonam, so I think no one can blame them. It’s only about the script, it should have portrayed the characters better, for example with less music and more story. But I love the atmosphere of Saawariya. I watch it sooo often, because it’s short and it’s really artistic. I like the colour direction, everything is blue and it seems like a dream. It’s just beautiful to look at. And the fact that no one knows whether Imaan was a real character or just Sakina’s fantasy makes it even more fascinating. I know that many people don’t have the same opinion, but you know, I’m a fan of Sanjay Leela Bhansali movies, his movies are pure art and I think they’re a lot more beautiful than you think at first side, if you spend more time on them.
Om Shanti Om: This is, as I already said, a special recommendation. Om Shanti Om is probably what this blog is about and what this challenge is about. It’s about movie trivia and the developement of hindi cinema. The second half is a little childish, but still it’s great. Especially the first half before reincarnation has some great trivia in it. For example a scene that is smiliar to Mother India, the way Karan Johar probably found out about some quotes, Sunil Dutt, Rajesh Khanna and Jeetendra dancing with Deepika in “Dhoom Taana” (through video editing of course), meeting many movie actors in “Deewangi Deewangi”. This movie is a great homage to hindi cinema and has great music. Of course it’s Deepika’s debut, so she isn’t as great as she is today, but it’s a nice start.
Tell me about your favorites. Do you like the movies I listed? Which other movies do you prefer?