5. In a career spanning almost 13 years now (it sure feels like 30 years..sigh..), Shah Rukh "Chimpanzee" Khan has probably played a part in almost 50 films... Note: I didn't say ACTED...but how many movies has he really tried to get into the skin of the character and play the part rather than just be himself.. Hardly half a dozen by my count..Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, DDLJ, Baadshah are the only ones that come to my mind at this moment...Now Ashutosh has been quite open in all his interiews that his first choice for Mohan Bhargav was Aamir and that he got tired of waiting and finally signed up SRK..But he's also been vehemently emphasising that we will not get to see SRK, the star but Mohan the scientist.. Well, that would call for a lot of optimism..But still if this is not his golden chance to prove his detractors wrong, then there never will be another...So watch out for the King Khan.
4. The storyline and the inspiration behind it.. A sensitive and thought-provoking theme of an Indian who leaves his country for greener pastures abroad, achieves everything he's ever dreamed of only to rediscover his roots and return with all honest intentions of contributing to India realising its tremendous potential...The inspiration behind the movie is supposed to be the efforts of one Ramesh Ramanathan and his NGO Janagraha...Now this is a topic which is very, very close to my heart and hence I can't wait to see how strongly the message comes across.
3. The packaging...Ashutosh has promised his audience that there will be no silly song choreography, no dishum dishum and no unidimensional characters. Coming from someone who made Baazi, yone would be tempted to turn a deaf ear to this but then Lagaan was, in its own way, a trend-setter and I am more than willing to give Ash the benefit of doubt on this occasion. Fingers crossed.
2. The teaser campaigns shown in television / print media and the camera shots of a just-returned Mohan Bhargav soaking in the 'Indian experiece' are some of the best publicity material I have seen in Indian cinema for a looong looong time.
1. The name's Joshi.. Gayatri Joshi.... Droooooooooooooool... Divine, ethereal, gorgeous....errrrrr...(tongue-tied) Mark my words, this tall lassie blessed with Maharashtrian good looks and a certain endearing South Indian girl-next-door image will go places.
Have booked tickets for the evening show today... yesssss.. which means, I need to leave office early.. So back to work :-))
ps: First review is out.. and its not very flattering.. Check it out here