May 7, 2008

read at Bollywood

Posted by Mary |

I was dreaming with my eyes wide open
and falling in love like hell.

featured two songs
within the first 9 minutes and some of the worst subtitles I've ever read. To be fair, it's a pirated movie that I bought for $2. It's also based on a short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky, "White Nights." The set was very reminiscent of Moulin Rouge, in that it was set in the seedy part of town frequented by prostitutes (Note: I'd pay many rupees for Rani Mukherjee. That raspy voice!) and there was the windmill/bar decorated with Christmas lights.

None of the songs on my poorly pirated disc were translated, but the director made up for it with a dance scene featuring the main actor dancing around in just a towel. A towel which kept slipping out of his grip. The boy wasn't my cup of tea, but when you're laid up on the couch with cramps, you take what you can get. Plus, Rachel has been teaching us some choreography to "Chabeela," though Rani does it better.

This movie probably would have kicked ass in the Diwali box office, except it came out against Om Shanti Om. Sure, Saawariya has Rani Mukherjee and Salman Khan, but they are secondary characters. Om Shanti Om has Shahrukh Khan. Topless. With water pouring down his body. I'm sure there were other people in the movie too, but I forget.

Thank you, Farah Khan, for talking SRK into beefing up for an item song in Om Shanti Om.

In conclusion: You should maybe watch Saawariya if you can find a copy with better subtitles. Mine is like Hinglish from hell. And you should definitely watch Om Shanti Om. You probably won't get all the inside Bollywood jokes. But the "Dard E Disco" scene more than makes up for that....