Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Namesake!! Fresh ideas, where art thou?

Yes, it is about the movie.
Spoiler warning: Plot, ending discussed.

2 reasons for this post.
1.My prev. post's title was taken from that movie.
2.Hunting for new talents.

Fresh ideas, where art thou?

We have seen this so many times. Indians searching for their roots in the US.
Desis wanting to come back.
'American born Indian kids' and their parents having a large gaping hole between them.
It is time we moved past this stage.
What i have noticed in such movies and books is that
an extra marital affair seeps into the plot.
And someone dies.
I always feel that a writer brings these in only when he/she runs out of ideas.
Or is desperate to create an impact on the viewer without trying too hard.
They know that Indians being the 'gossipy types' will grab on to the story
where there are the 'cheaters' and the 'cheatee'
Pick any Indian author the story is bound to contain a couple swimming but not really drowning mind you, in this whole messy 'affair' soup.

All the characters in the movie hardly smile.
They make the Indians look very dull, morose and serious about life, all the time.

I'm still waiting for a movie made by an Indian that's 'arty' with a lot of drama yet not nauseatingly sentimental.
A story that sits close to your heart without any of those dirty little cheap tricks.
A story that doesn't scream but whispers.

'Life is beautiful''Chocolat' 'Finding Neverland'
Well, you know what i mean right?


At 12:12 PM, Blogger prabhu said...

All valid points. Well said. But I did like the movie though. It may not have been great, but it was good. I would say the story was consistent with the period (80's was it?). The movie/story was not pretentious. It was gloomy, but then it was set in NY not CA. ;)

At 5:35 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

When one is happy with good, he can never create anything great. Do you agree? This movie got 4stars. Can you believe it? It was like as if the critics and the 'arty' Indian crowd are supposed to like the movie. Do you know y such a mediocre movie got 4 stars? It was compared ONLY against all the prev. NRI type movies. The post hence is not about the movie alone it is about a whole generation of Indian-english movie goers waiting for a change. Someone who dares to play with a global audience. I saw this somewhere "Work like u don't need the money, love like u've never been hurt, dance like no one is watching you". Make a movie that is akin to this idea.

At 2:43 AM, Blogger The Traveller said...

and may GOD dispense all the writers' block away...


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