Taran Adarsh : The proprieter of Indiafm.com (now bollywood hungama.com) Adarsh is the nearest thing the fractious bollywood can find to an industry mouthpiece. It is no secret that he speaks in public what bollywood’s biggest production houses speak in private when they market their film. in bambaiyya (bombay accented ) english too.
OM SHANTI OM is paisa vasool entertainment. We haven’t seen SRK in a hardcore masala film since quite some time. He had drifted to other genres, which proved his range as an actor of repute and cemented his status further. With OM SHANTI OM, he gives back to the audience what he himself grew up on — a thorough entertainer that will have the audience thirsting for more.
This Diwali, have a blast!
He’s the industry critic speaking directly to the audience looking to him for manna. That position only lasts as long as he has access. but being a businessman that he seems to be, he does a great job of promotions on his indiafm website, offering publicity material, news clips, videos and downloads along with his film reviews. Taran’s site is like the street markets on the maidans outside VT. He’s positioned himself at the busy intersection of commerce and film reviewing. He does pan films.
TASHAN takes you back to the 1970s Bollywood, when illogical situations, blood and gore, for no rhyme of reason, were the main ingredients that made the junta break into taalis. Sorry, the formula doesn’t work anymore!
A bambiyya pan. but you get the feeling that there’s a mafia don financing the operation somewhere when you walk by the maidan shops on vt…The same with taran’s reviews too. the loudspeaker he has in terms of his site feels like an unholy mix of art and commerce. Still, he speaks coherently even as he carries a big stick. (I always mix up taran adarsh with subhash K Jha, go figure)
Joginder Tuteja : Writes about the most personal ,yet coherent reviews of bollywood films I have read in some time. Agree with him or no, he’s placed his heart firmly in the center of popular culture and popular films.
Well, this is not all. Now Abhishek Bachcan is introduced, no sparks fly, Konkana comes to live with her own ‘didi’, finds out truth, starts respecting her more (Didi, Hum Aapke Doshi Hain etc. etc. etc.), Abhishek further proposes, the ‘chunari’ goes to the loundry and ’saare daag gayab’! And by the way, if you cut out Abhishek’s two songs, his screen time is marginally over that in ‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’.
Guess what, while writing this review, it is difficult to get into any further elaboration about how the film is. You would anyways have figured it out by now! And if you still want to watch a social film about a small time girl turned prostitute and getting social acceptance courtesy a Knight in a Shining Armor, go watch Neha Dhupia’s JULIE!
Joginder is also a music (film music ) reviewer.
Paheli has one of the most original and classy score for a SRK film. Though it may be a surprise for his hardcore fans, for the folks who like to hear mainstream songs based on classical music, it should be an enriching experience. In fact it comes closer to recent score of Parineeta that also boasts of rich Indian music. For those expecting a typical Bollywood score with SRK, it is time to look at Paheli differently. This is a complete contrast from the ‘Kaal Dhamaal’ that King Khan has created recently!
Feels like his heart is more in music reviews, although we look forward to more , well composed film reviews from joginder.
The last section of this essay is devoted to the worthys that dont seem to be as strong netizens as they would be bollywood critics.
one wishes to read more of the following critics.
1. Bhavna somaiya: She’s easily the most knowledgible alternate bollywood critic around. Bhavna has written at least six books I have read, and loved. Her heart is certainly art film, though. That seems to be dating her.
2. Sadanand Menon: The outlookindia.com culture critic would make an awesome film reviewer. he certainly takes interest in the sociopolitical aspects of films and their relation with fans. Looking to his take on actual movies tho.
3. S Anand(outlook india.com ): where have you gone!