Saturday, May 12, 2007

Titli and Raincoat

Abbu and I saw Titli this weekend. It's an indie by Rituporno Ghosh, one of his earlier works before he became known to the Hindi speaking world for Raincoat. The story is about a teenage girl who has a raging crush on a popular film star and how a chance encounter with him goes on to reveal the relationship he shared with her mother many years ago. Implausible, of course, but beautifully done and with stellar performances from everyone, including Mithun Chakraborty who I've never before seen in a role where he didn't feel compelled to scream out his dialogue. It's almost possible now to believe that this is a National Award winning actor and not some abysmal passing craze.

I think I'll watch Raincoat now. Meanwhile watch Titli if you get the chance.

Postscript: Saw Raincoat. It's alright, nothing to write home about, partly because Ghosh was working with non-actors and partly because, well, unrequited love's lost its appeal. It's exhausting to watch people trapped in a wilful refusal to move on, to get ahead with life. Did like the short role of the best friend's wife, the small gestures of kindness she brings into the doom and gloom. Overall, not such a great movie which was a shame because it's based on one of my favorite short stories and has that killer song from Anubhav, Mujhe jaan na kaho meri jaan, which like O Henry's story, loses its charm when grafted on to such melancholic circumstances.


Anonymous Bushra said...

You write like a writer...

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

non-actors!! App ashwariya aur ajay devgan ko nahi jante? I remember watching that and thinking okay when is it going to move along and it reminded me of an older movie I had seen that I HAD adored...nasiruddin shah and hmm rekha I believe and they meet again in life at a railway station...sigh..trains are soo mystical.
Mithun je hehe I remember my phuphoo having a crush on thats unbelievable! But the story to titli sounds sweet enough a more depressing version if you ever get the chance is banu qudsia's 'amarbail'.

6:47 PM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Bushra: thank you.

Anonymous: I think the movie you are referring to is Ijaazat. Thanks for the recommendation but I don't like depressing books very much.

11:05 AM  
Blogger mystic-soul said...

I think Raincoat is a well done movie. On cover its depressing but at the end it leaves a optimistic message that love never dies !!

Anyway....likha karo....mahine main aik baar likhte ho

10:49 PM  

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