Sunday, February 17, 2008

Jodhaa Akbar - Movie Opinion



Got to watch the movie yesterday ( thanks to my friend Vijaykrishnan ). This is one movie i've been waiting for a long time, at least ever since the audio release. I was interested in the music more than the movie itself and i wasn't one bit disappointed. A mediocre movie except for a (very) few scenes, propped up by great music. Hrithik and Ash Rai Bacchan are good but then in a 3+ hour movie you need more than that. The support cast do not justify their name and the screenplay is a letdown, the love scenes (hehe) and the court scenes are a stark contrast ( not to mention the odd battle scene) and movie shifts between them with absolutely no flow whatsoever ( there is an abrupt cut at the end of a love scene and we are taken to Akbar's court with a lot of fools talking at the same time ( i don't understand shit ..). Whatever happened to continuity ? or transition ?) .

The 40 crores used is very visible on screen, and this is the best period movie i've seen till date ( thats cos' i've seen very few). Now coming back to the music - My fav track is 'Khwaja Mere Khwaja' sung by A.R in a sufi devotional-song-like style, the song is absolutely rad and i don't think i can do it any justice with my words here, if you haven't heard this one already you are missing one great track. Next up is 'Jashn-E-Bahaaraa', this was my fav track when the audio first came out, but then the picturisation is a let down cos' this song is only played in the background a few times, but still a great melody( very very romantique). ' Mann Mohanaa' ( not sung by Sadhana Sargam or Madhusree as we all thought, but by Bela Shinde )is yet another devotional song, this time a Hindu devotional song dedicated to Lord Krishna a soft, soothing track. The background music isn't totally rahmanesque, but then fills up the space between the songs pretty convincingly.

So if you are thinking about watching this movie, just go ahead and watch it, the music makes it totally worth it (and also the Ashutosh-Hrithik-Ash trio is sure to pull in the crowds).

Finally about the controversy surrounding the movie, one word - foolish crap . . The makers have already declared that the movie is a work of fiction and is no history lesson and the movie also carries a message in the beginning which tells viewers about the same, so there is really no reason for a protest or a ban. These days every big release gets into some controversy ( not the type the film makers themselves create ) cos' every big release is an opportunity for a group of fools to get on the front pages of newspapers top headlines on the (fcuked up) news channels. Just imagine how jobless must someone be to protest against a movie, vandalize cinemas just cos' the story line is wrong ( in a fiction).

Cheers...

8 ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:

VIJAY a.k.a VJ said...

My POV is that the movie was really really good on the whole...As u said,the music was just awesome...My priority would be,Jashna-e-bahara,Kwaja,In lamoh,Manmohana and the last one is Azeem sha...

Actually the background was pretty good...There is one scene where the two army men just start rushing towards each other for the war,n this is shown from a top angle shot,the background score starts like a racy drums beat and just b4 they two people collide there is a 2 seconds silence in the background....that silence was really really awesome...

Also i never saw a declaration from the movie crew that this story was fictional...Actually at last if you listen the narrator(amithab)actually says that the whole of this story was true and he finishes off like saying may be it was buried due to communal reasons...

On the whole i would give a 8/10 for the movie..

vidhya said...

Hey guru in your busy symposium work you had time to watch the movie.. Good :)

Guru said...

But then i remember seeing some message implying the story is fictional .. i don't remember the exact words but there was some message to that meaning ..

Even if not for that, the makers and the lead pair have been going around screaming hoarse that this movie is just historical fiction and is a 'love epic' period

The characters are from the Mughal era, none of the info is verified ( Akbarnama - Akbar's biography( which is considered to be accurate) says he was married to a rajput princess, nothing else. No mention of the love story or anything else). Also the climax of the movie is totally made up ...

@Vidhya: Ya i get the sarcasm .. I'm not exactly 'busy' .. I'm just 'not free' .. ;)

Nandhu said...

it's usually called a movie review, not opinion :)

Guru said...

After reading this i've made it a point to call my posts 'opinions' not 'reviews'..

That post really got me thinking .. I really have no right to be reviewing anything ( certainly not movies).. Cos' there is hardly anything i know.. So i prefer to call it 'movie opinion' instead .. :)

ThanaMoi said...

i've been yearning for this movie... but they don seem to show in the cinemas in singapore.. i have no idea why... hmm... i'm so jealous u watched it.. ARR's songs were fantastic...

Nandhu said...

u dont need to know anything per say to either make a movie or review one. let me read that sudhish article in any case.

Guru said...

^^ Yep, that is true.. But then i kinda felt i had no right to be judging movies or to actually write 'reviews' cos' my knowledge bout' movies is very basic (i mean .. i know nothing bout' all the technical stuff that happens behind the screen).

And, it was not Sudhish's post that made me this way, 'that' post jus got me thinking .. And finally i decided to call my posts 'Movie Opinion' instead..

And also if you look at my post, I've not reviewed the movie, i just wrote down my opinion. So guess this makes more sense ;)

And thanks for taking the time off to respond ;)...

Cheers..

 
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