Monday, December 26, 2005

surfer zombie spies invade the Princess Club: "Jaan Pehechaan Ho"

Much beloved for its role as "best clip of a movie watched by a character in another movie," I loved this song even more in its original full context, even though that context was pointless to the movie (Gumnaam). But whatever fancy roping it takes to set up a scene like this is all worth it. I played it twice and danced along both times. And then I settled in to watch the rest of the movie. It was enh. It wasn't really my kind of story, no matter the language or setting, and I was sleepy enough that keeping track of who was who was overwheleming. I will say the ruined church with the incredibly creepy religious statues - like a plastic manger lawn scene left to sit in nuclear fallout - was effective, as was Helen's Helenness. Very bad fake-pretend dead people, though.

Now get out of your chair, put your arms out like a mummy, shake them all about, and do the twist! Sweet!

5 comments:

Obi Wan said...

Gumnaam is available on DVD? Even though you didn't like the movie, you must appreciate the script. Can't help it, since it is a direct rip-off of 'And then there were none' by Agatha Christie! Couple of things stand out- Mehmood singing 'Hum Kaale Hain To Kya Hua Dilwaale Hain', and the haunting title song- 'Gumnaam Hai Koi'!

Beth said...

Yeah! The story was definitely a good set-up - I had a hard time following - I think the subtitles were lacking. And you are right - the haunting song is great. ALl the music was great, actually. Is that other song you mean the one where he's with all the girls around a fountain? That was cool!

Accidental Fame Junkie said...

If you really like more melodious haunting songs, you should try a rather old Hindi film classic (in B/W) called Mahal. It has the bewitchingly beautiful Madhubala and Ashok Kumar in it and some really soulful music.

Obi Wan said...

The exquisite beauty Madhubala on a swing, with Lata Mangeshkar singing the playback- 'Aayega Aayega, Aayega aanewala, aayega..."(the one who is coming will come!), depicting her tortuous wait, while Ashok Kumar is looking at her from inside the mahal(palace)!

Beth said...

Those are some choice words of recommendation! Sadly my video store doesn't have it, but I'll keep my eye out.

When I lived in Toronto, there was a tv station that showed old Indian movies on Sunday mornings, and I used to watch bits of them when "Coronation Street," my weakness at the time, was over. In retrospect, I wonder what I missed! I'm proud to say, though, that I did dance along to a few numbers here and there....