part 2 of Lakshya: reality bites

"I'm glad the moon is up in the sky. We would have cut it to bits, had it been down here."

Making liberal but justified use of my FF button during the gunfire, the rest of Lakshya was solidly enjoyable - or enjoyably solid - or something like that. This is the same summary I would give to the character of Karan, who had all of his twinkle and sweetness beaten out of him at the military academy, but who nevertheless was not a complete jerk, still felt compassion and affection, and kept the ability to be honest with other people, specifically Romi. I was pleasantly surprised by the few little wrinkles in their relationship and even more pleased that their reconcilliation came with him saying "I think about you all the time," rather than "I have decided we can talk again, becuase I am the new and improved big strong man and I think it's okay that we reestablish our relationship" - and that it came after he faced some emotional challenges and not after he had fulfilled his border agression-fuelled military assignment. He remained a sensitive fellow, but just seemed so much less cheerful than before. Although if I was involved in border conflict first-hand, I'd be less cheerful too, so fair enough. I am left thinking that if having and achieving an objective subdues you into less humor and less joie de vivre, then I want no part of it - but that I am glad Karan and Romi went through whatever they needed to go through in order to appreciate each other again.

Major snaps to a world in which even military maneuvers have a chummy, inspiring song.

What does "tango" stand for in military-speak? The principal in Main Hoon Na also says "Tango and Cash" at one point to Major Ram. 'Cause you know if that principal said it, it must be important and sensible.


Anonymous said…
I think there's also some Ajay Devgan movie called "Tango Charlie." I looked it up on google, and according to some random British website, "tango" is slang for "terrorist" (Tango being military-speak for the letter T). It is also a fizzy soft drink drunk primarily in the UK.

I haven't seen Lakshya; is the style at all similar to "Dil Chahta Hai?" (It's the same director, right?)
That's bizarre! No, I see no particular similarity other than what seem like very high production values. I don't know precisely what "production values" are but it seems people use the term in a complimentary way to describe movies that look slick and modern and "Hollywood"-like. Well, wait, now that I think of it, perhaps the progression of maturity of the main character (again a likeable young man) is sort of similar to Akash. Although I guess that's more of a screenplay thing, and this guy didn't write for Lakshya, according to imdb. Honestly I'm not sure I know enough about how to look for diretcorial styles to answer that question.

V interesting re "tango." Now I wonder about "cash" and its combination with "tango," other than being the name of a bad cop movie.
Aparna said…
In millitary language, all alphabets are said in words, so here 'Tango' means T, and in the movie 'Tango Charlie' it was the code name of the soldier whose initials were 'T' and 'C' - Tarun Chauhan.
yves said…
Hi Beth,
Just been through Lakshya (I'm late with a lot of what goes on in the Bolly world, but... better late than ne'er!!) and really enjoyed it. I just asked the same to Maja: did you actually like the movie? It seems that you did (you say it's "solid" or sthg like that), but... I wonder.
I liked it a great deal.
Thanks anyway

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