I have very mixed(more negative than positive) openion about the film. First of all how can an unmarried Karan Johar
know anything about extramarital affairs
(ha..ha..ha nice one, i should start writing jokes than reviews).
If it was a hollywood
movie no one would have noticed the subject but it is a taboo in india. So is Karan
trying to prove that these affairs are legitimate or should accepted as easily in Indian soceity as in the film or in the western societies? Hey we are Indians even if we are New Yorkers or NRIs
. May be this subject is just another way for him to make money but does he know how many men (typical Indian MCPs) have killed/murdered their spouses after watching the movie (news
on times of india
). Though i firmly believe that Karan
and the movie can not be blamed for these criminal acts, but he should keep this in mind that his audience is everywhere and of all the classes.
To me this film feels like an uncooked dish. Reasons being- no chemistry between Rani
to start with. They were two boring and cold blooded characters who can not be happy anywhere, then what was it that attracted them to each other (no explanation in the movie). On the other hand Pretty
were shown as fun loving, caring, and ideal spouses who were totally dedicated to their partners. So what went wrong and why did the characters beak the vows of marriages (keep scratching your heads but there is no answer)? And the way Rani
's characters are drawn, i doubt they will be happy with each other either, as it is not clear why they are so unhappy (especially Rani
) with their marriages? Then it bothers me that they are trying to make their marriages work and suddenly they are attracted to each other and kissing, hugging and even sleeping with each other (the most disgusting and untasteful scene of the movie...seriously they both look so unsexy and unconvincing). And if they like each other so much plus they live in the most advanced city, why it took so long to leave their partners? Anyways these things about the film are so illogical that i regret spending more than 3 precious hours on it.
About the cast and crew, why casting Amitabh
, i dont think he was needed there in anyway. It has become a tradition to worship big stars in our film industry. God knows (or Karan and Amitabh
himself) what was he doing there sleeping with the goris but still missing his late wife ( I mean COME ON!!!). But thankfully he brought some light moments in the movie which otherwise is a total piece of boredom. Pretty Zinta
who is a fashion magzine worker/manager (whatever) tried so hard to look good that her eyebrows were looking ridiculous like Jack Nicholson
's (he..he..he another good one, man!! i am good). Rani
on the other hand looks unsexy(as Shahrukh
calls her in the movie) as always, once again why is she an actress( not because she is beautiful but because she knows how to make contacts and use them). And Shahrukh Khan
who never stops being nothing but Shahrukh
(gosh!! he is so boring, predictable, budha(old), and unsexy). There is nothing fresh or new about him (sometimes i seriously doubt that Karan and Shahrukh
are having an affair
;-) (hey!! that might be a reason for Karan
being unmarried..ha..ha..ha). I am just kidding, actually i really think he is cute and smart.
But the good things about the movie is, ofcourse Karan
is a much better director than many others and he managed to keep us stay in front of the screen for more than 3 hours (though aaj ke Zamane men3 hours is more than enough). The movie is all about a controversial subject which is served in a non judgemental perspective for the first time in bollywood
. I'm pretty sure he had Silsila
in his mind while making the film, though in contemporary context ofcourse. But he uses the same old tricks again that get on to our nerves. It is predictable that he will cast Shahrukh
, he will shoot in a pretty place or city, songs will be good, costumes and hair etc. of the actors/actresses will be awsome etc. etc. But fortunately, now since lots of low budget but experimental films are not only being made one after another but also being widely accepted, i think this kind of sugar coated, big budget and stars studded films will no longer be very attractive to us (lets hope so..).
So enjoy a slow death of your mood and expectations from the movie...
P.S.- comments are welcome.