all you beautiful people. It's been almost 5 months since
I brought out my blah blah. I don't know how much you people
missed me but I missed talking to all of you terribly. What
to do? Exams coupled with anxiety followed by holidays filled
with gaiety ate away most of my time. Also, the movies that
release these days are so uninteresting that I totally lost
the enthusiasm to write some trivia about them. But, today
I decided to pull up my socks and share my blah blah about
one of the eagerly awaited movies of this year.
watching many insipid Telugu films during summer, I was expecting
Sooraj Barjatya's film 'Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon' (MPKDH)
to give me the much-needed respite. Usually it is Rani who
literally drags me to Hrithik Roshan's movies. But this time
it was the other way round. I almost filled her brain about
this movie and she finally ended up accompanying me to the
movie. Little digression here, Rani adores Hrithik and cannot
stand Kareena. I don't like Hrithik mainly because Rani likes
him soooo much (after all every man has certain amount of
ego, what say?) and at the same time I sing praises about
Kareena (just to irk Rani : ). But those were not the only
reasons for watching this movie. Sooraj Barjatya, who made
blockbusters like Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
and Hum Saath Saath Hain, was coming back after almost
4 years with this grand movie on his family banner Rajshri
is said that it took over 3 years to make this film. Probably
that is the reason why this film has a duration of 3 and half
hours. Did you know that Chiranjeevi's Anji was in
the process of making for the past 6 year. What would be the
duration for that film? May be I should leave the guessing
part to you.
story of MPKDH is set against the backdrop of a small
town called 'Sundar Nagar'. This Sundar Nagar is so sundar
[beautiful] that it has Alps like mountains to ski, crystal
clear waters where one can actually see the bottom of the
sea, multi-colored trees and fragrant flowers
And you thought such cities existed only in fairy tales? Well,
Sooraj's movies have always been larger than life but this
one goes much beyond that. I am risking the danger of turning
a poet describing the beauty of Sunday Nagar (I better save
my energy to describe Kareena later. Tsk!). Sooraj is known
for playing around with human emotions and relationships in
his movies but in this movie he plays very liberally with
World Geography too. How else could he pass off New Zealand,
Mauritius as Sundar Nagar, a small town in Uttar Pradesh?
you remember the incident where our own Sallu bhai went to
jail because he killed a black buck on his shikaar few years
back. This tragedy event (to Salman? or to the black buck?)
took place when Salman was shooting for Sooraj's earlier film
Hum Saath Saath Hain. His co-stars Sonali, Tabu, Neelam
and Saif were so loyal to the title of the film that they
went saath saath with Salman on his shikaar and got
into trouble themselves. Well, its been a custom for Sooraj
Barjatya to include pet animals in his film like white pigeon
(Maine Pyar Kiya), a Pomeranian dog (Hum Aapke Hain
Kaun). I guess, because of the bitter experience with
black buck, he did not want to have real animals in MPKDH.
Also, there are animal right activists like Amala (Blue Cross)
who care for the pets. (Do you know that Amala sent police
to the sets of 'Ghatotkachudu', which had Nagarjuna
and a cheetah in a special song, because the mouth of cheetah
was brutally stitched by its instructor?) Hmm! Sooraj Barjatya,
who already went into a lot of trouble with the black buck
case, did not want to use live animals. At the same time,
he wanted to use his pets' sentiment in this movie. So, he
went the 'hi-tech' way by bringing in an animated parrot.
There is also a cute dog in this film that is called Johnny.
Just like Pawan's film Johnny which had a good packaging
but empty and contrived stuff, this dog though cute gets on
to your nerves at times. It seems all the weird things done
by this dog were animated on the screen. Thanks to computer
graphics, Sooraj not only had pets in this movie but also
had them the way he wanted to (the parrot in this movie is
a panchavannela ramachilaka - has five colors) and
made them do things the way he wanted to.
working with Salman in his earlier 3 films, Sooraj seems to
be reeling under Salman's effect. Other wise how would he
justify baring the chest of Hrithik at the drop of a hat in
this film. Forget about the hero, what about heroine Kareena
and her spicy girl friends (who appear as dumb as Charlie's
Angels). These girls bared their skin so much that you
start wondering if at all we are watching a Rajshri film.
Rajshri films are known for their traditional dresses (at
least for the women in their films) and strong Indian values.
But with this film the director seems to have realized the
real definition of 'Show business' as nothing but 'Showing
did the scene of Bungee Jumping long back for a film called
'Bavagaru Bagunnara'. Of course, later on NTR did the
same in Subbu as well. The concept of Bungee jumping
was not popular in AP at the time of 'Bavagaru Bagunnara'.
Hence, bungee jumping looked really heroic and thus justified
the entrance of a hero in the film followed by hero's introduction
song. At that time, lots of people (including fans) thought
that it was a graphic effect. But these bungee jumps look
like minnows in front what Kareena and Hrithik did in MPKDH.
They bungee jumped (individually and together as well) from
a flying chopper. Thrilling is it not? It must have been a
spine chilling experience for Kareena and Hrithik. I wish
I could say the same about me after sitting through the entire
to the story of the film, I am told that this film is a freemake
of yesteryears super hit film 'Chitchor' by Rajshri
Productions itself. I wonder why Sooraj had to remake it again
and that too in this manner. I guess Bollywood directors'
better copy films from Hollywood than Bollywood.
climax of this film resembles Trivikram's climaxes. The girl
gets engaged to a different guy and when they were about to
tie the nuptial knot, its time for the hero to take away his
girl. But after watching films like Nuvve Kavali, Nuvvu
Naaku Nachchav, the climax of MPKDH does not look convincing
talk about the remakes. I guess the Hindi film industry is
reeling under the remake effect now. I saw MPKDH in
Sensation theater. In the interval, trailers of a couple of
Hindi flicks were also showed. These flicks are Qayamat
and Hawa. Anybody who saw those trailers could easily
guess that these films are straight lifts of Hollywood flicks,
'The Rock' and 'The Entity' respectively. Our
Telugu film makers copied the climax for Rock for a
film titled 'Sulthan' starring Bala Krishna in dual
the theater I saw a couple of posters. One is of 'now playing'
(MPKDH) and another is of 'Coming next week' (Hawa).
Do you know the similarities? Both these posters show a lot
of skin. Hawa poster had Tabu with a taboo sentence written
on it 'Sexual Violence'. The MPKDH poster had a bare
chested Hrithik inching close on to helpless scantly-clothed
Kareena lying on a beach. And the tint given to both these
posters is 'blue'. For a difference, the MPKDH poster
had a neat caption 'I will love him till the end of time'.
Even the most prestigious banner like Rajashri is getting
desperate to lure men and women to the cinema halls.
summer has been very dull with many poorly made Telugu films
releasing in quick succession. When we (Rani and I) were looking
forward to Sooraj Barjatya and his mammoth production house
Rajshri to provide us with some good entertainment, this movie
disappointed us greatly. If you are so much a diwana of Rajshri
films or the name Prem you might instead watch Salman as Prem
in MPK, HAHK or even HSSH. Two Prems
(both Hrithik and Abhishek are named Prem in this movie) are
too much to take and if you add Kareena's over the top acting
to it then what you end up saying is 'Main Prem ka Diwana/Diwani
Tha' (and not any more!!!!)
for now folks,
Nuvvu Leka Nenu Lenu
Nuvvu Naaku Nachav
Naa Manasista Raa!
E for Elopement