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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Finally got around to seeing this one. have loved the soundtrack for years, as it was the big soundtrack when we were in India in 2010 (apart from the inescapable Sheila!). The movie is based on the true romance of a gangster and an actress, and ┬ácharts the growth of the underbelly of Bombay. Ajay Devgn is fantastic in the lead role of the “nice” gangster, Sultan Mirza, while Emran Hashmi is hairy, dark and violent as the less socially responsible gangster Shoaib. Mirza unites all the gangs of Bombay and becomes the unofficial king of the city, only to face the challenge of Shoaib, his understudy. Interestingly the film lacks violence, and is certainly a film as much about the city as it is about the men involved. The women in the film are pretty much furniture. I’m not really into these sort of films, but this one is worth watching, and certainly has one of the best soundtracks ever. 85/100

Amusing and entertaining film about how a group of friends are torn apart by a student of the year contest at school. The contest itself is rather farcical, including a dance contest, but the pace, music and satire of the film makes it quite enjoyable. No real stand out performances, but great to see Boman Irani’s son in one of the roles. 78/100

No, don’t panic, I haven’t started giving investment advice. This is the title of Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, written in the form of a self help book. It takes a bit of getting used to the narrative style of this one, written in the second person in a very oblique way (if any of that makes sense, I’m shit at grammar). Once you do, it is an amazing book that could be set in any rising Asian nation, and could be the biography of any ruthless millionaire anywhere. Hamid doesn’t pull any punches as he almost argues rather than “tells” ┬áthe case about capitalism, fundamentalism and corruption. But the book is also saddening and very emotional. 89/100

Another of Hamid’s novels, the Reluctant Fundamentalist, has been released as a film. I haven’t read the book, but the film is excellent and shares many themes with the later book. The film is well worth seeing and it’s disappointing that the publicity for it has been so low key. Well acted (well except for Kate Hudson) and brilliantly filmed, it is a tense and intelligent thriller. 80/100