Tuesday, July 04, 2006

filmi first: Fanaa

This is going to be a completely inelegant post, not at all worth its subject matter, but I couldn't sleep last night, so please forgive me. Last night I went to a theater in Delhi and saw Fanaa. I wish I had liked the movie more, but I am very happy to say that the experience of watching it was fantastic. The very best part was seeing Aamir and Kajol dance around the sites of Delhi, some of which we had just seen two days prior, including a tree at Qtub Minar, helpfully pointed out by one of the cool ladies who works for Fulbright India, who is also a movie junkie. She told me "They did a song at that tree! Get a picture!" Clearly she understands me.

Update to post (July 4, 2007 - the anniversary of my first movie in India): here's the tree.
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(Okay, back to the rest of the post as originally written.)

We have a very funny tour guide on our trip - really he is more of a shepherd, making sure we get from place to place and answering our stupefying range of idiotic questions - who loves Bollywood too (his favorite is DDLJ, seen 26 times in the theater, I think he said). He organized the movie outing after hearing the groundswell of support; I'm not sure if he really wanted to or not, but either way it was incredibly gracious, and it was fun to sit next to someone who caught all the dialogue, and I enjoyed exchanging knowing glances with him when certain things were done or said. Anyway, of course it is extra fun to see Fanaa with a tour guide. I think I'm going to knit him a tiny scarf when I get home. I sure hope he isn't a terrorist.

15 comments:

michael said...

sounds good, as ever. but what says akshaye if you're going to watch another stars movies ;)

t.HYPE said...

There's nothing like a kindred spirit to make a mediocre movie more enjoyable!

V N said...

hahaha.. i liked that last bit on the prospects of ur tour guide turning out to be a terrorist!! :) nice to hear that u r having fun!

:)

Si said...

I watched Fanaa here in Jaipur (at the Raj Mandir), and was really frustrated because I couldn't understand a lot of it, then someone helpfully pointed out that it was an Urdu-heavy movie (all that poetry). I liked it a lot more after that. Saw Krrish! Tuesday, the second half was better than the first. I await your review :)

tanyapalta said...

Fanaa in my opinion was a total time waste and I am being kind since I am an ardent Aamir Khan fan! The movie had the most ridiculous plot and Aamir was a cross between Govinda, Hritik and Bruce Willis (Jackal)! Kajol's character Zoony was truly loony :) though with parents like that I dont blame Zoony!


Anyways thats my opinion!

Emily said...

I love your blog! I've been reading a bunch of the older entries and they're great. Oh, and I love Akshaye Khanna, too! He's so adorable!

Beth said...

HI everyone and thanks for the lovely comments! Emily, you'll have to get in the Akshaye line behind me and at least one other bollyblogger! :) Yes, Fanaa was basically enh, now that I am off the high of having seen it in India.

*~mad munky~* said...

i recall watching this at the raja cinema in vancouver....the cinema that has a lurid silver curtain that comes down in the interval..

there were a few hiccups as the film would stop running every now and then, but hey....

i loved the songs...thought the kid was waaaaaay cute...was quite frightened by evil-aamir..and enjoyed seeing kajol back on screen :o)

probably wouldn't watch the whole film again, tho...

methodactor said...

Fabulous blog Beth. Keep up the good work.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hey Beth!



Ref: the tree, that's awesome!!!

theBollywoodFan said...

And the previous comment is what I get for speeding things up with keyboard shortcuts. The real purpose of my comment was to ask if you'd seen this with subtitles :)

Beth said...

Not yet! I'm sometimes vaguely tempted to try it again, but something else always edges it out. I'll have to go investigate what you thought of it (assuming you have posted on it?).

theBollywoodFan said...

I think Fanaa's biggest strength is the dialogue. Take away Rehan's eloquence when around Zooni, and he'd have a very different personality (for the worse). Haven't seen it with the subtitles, so I cannot vouch for their quality.

I have written about it, but hope to write another more seriously some time this quarter :)

Cheers!

Morgaine said...

I watched fanaa last year and I absolutely loved it! It was the film that made me a fan of Bollywood. I mesmorized all the songs and even some lines. I watched it so many times that I watching it now makes me sick...

Gauri Radha said...

Songs were lovely in this movie. And I want Kajol's white lengha from her dance number. Lovely costume!!