Aaaaargh! I'm conflicted! This frickin' movie made me cry, but it also demanded I accept its rindonkulous setup and wait a zillion years before the characters even really dig into its consequences. For once, a movie got better as it went along, and it is to Saif Ali Khan (aloof industrialist Ranbeer)'s credit alone that I was still watching when people finally had good conversations and tried to understand one another. His Ranbeer is damaged and distant rather than an actual baddie; once he realizes that the right thing to do is to engage, he's very capable. That's a nice life lesson, isn't it? - "Try. You'll be amazed."
Audiences have brains. Did the filmmakers forget?
Having criminals do real service for their victims is a fine concept. Legally tying children to adults who have no known desire or ability to be a guardian is thoughtless and potentially very dangerous - and not of real service. Poor Ranbeer has no guidance whatsoever, so what kind of caretaker is he possibly supposed to become? Sending a first-time earth visitor (angel Geeta, played by Rani Mukherji) to watch over things doesn't seem very useful, does it? But of course it is useful, because she's wacky and unconventional and therefore knows how to get past people's defenses to their true selves and encourage their looooove. Blurgh.
If there's going to be a Mary Poppins-ish Bollywood movie, why, for the love of all that is good in the world, was there no chimneysweep song? Think of all the guest stars who could have lent their hoofing skills. Wasted opportunity for truly charming greatness.
A question for whoever was responsible for the look of "Bulbula" (possibly Vaibhavi Merchant?): do you remember "Kaisi Hai Ye Rut," the worst song in Dil Chahta Hai? I do, and I think you just reshuffled its corniest visuals to make poor Rani's entrance song.
I think Sid had dolphins too, didn't he?
Why would a person subject audiences to this a second time in a decade? Against my better judgment, I liked the Traveling Wilburys feel of this song - any time I get to clap along, I'm happy - but looking at it was hard to stomach. I kind of hated the lyrics too - Geeta sounds so annoying!
I watched this three times, and the subtitles are not what white guy says (he speaks in English, so I'm sure).
He does not say "third world." He's clearly no gem at this moment, but why did the subtitles add something so icky when it isn't actually there? It's a tricky scene (played for purposes other than what I'm discussing, but I got tripped up by this): Ranbeer's kids were being obnoxious bullies and some adult should have said something to them. Not "go back to your country," obviously, but something along the lines of "Here's why you don't get to act like that." Why are kids at a golf-course business deal anyway?
Urgh! The incredibly thoughtless segment of Geeta driving Ranbeer's car without looking at the crowded road! Loved the fun old film songs in the background (anyone know what they were?); hated Geeta cruelly making Ranbeer relive his fatal mistake without even talking about it and with no recognition of what she's doing.
Clearly no fashion designers throughout history have ever made it to heaven, or Geeta would have known not to dress herself like this.
But we also have hearts and are therefore not unmoved.
When Ranbeer starts paying attention and the kids stop lying, their bonds are cute, especially when Ranbeer shows his empathetic weaknesses
and converses with them like they're grown-ups and doesn't do any talking-down nonsense.
And yes, the resulting family made my dil go squish.
I love that the movie sticks to its argument that families are made by love, not by birth alone. (The end credits sequence may or may not undo all this hard work; because the movie improved as it went along, I was in a charitable mood by the time it showed up, so I'll let it slide.)
Mmmm. Saif under water in "Lazy Lamhe."
Great song, full of mmmm and ooooh; you can hear the swiveling hips and drowsy sunshine. It's also really clever to have Geeta freeze time during it, so that the moments are in fact so lazy that the action pauses for all the adults and the kids can run around setting up trouble. Related point: Saif in brainy specs.
Dancing with the scarves!
"Nihaal Ho Gayi" made me realize how much I like songs choreographed with scarves. I asked Memsaab, current queen of the list, to make one of scarf songs, and she has promised to think it over. Though the scarves are for but a brief time, this song also features a studio lot zombie!
I loved this. Geeta's outfits are so bad that Ranbeer mistakes a zombie for his lady-love. Hee! I don't recall having seen a passer-by zombie join in a song before. Saif also gets to pretend he can't dance as the kids try to get Ranbeer to join in their fun; the principles of song science* then take effect, and by the end of the number he's workin' full-on hero moves.
God-approved reference to Hum Tum.
Best use yet of Razak Khan.
So understated and...butlery!
This is more of a brain-related plus, but: Ranbeer's sweet girlfriend, Malaika (Amisha Patel), was surprisingly well-written and sparingly used. There's a lot she doesn't understand, but she too is not malicious. She's as childish as any of the kids, and he doesn't know what do with her either. She is no flakier than he is uninterested, and the ultimate declaration of mismatch is so sensible.
I don't know why, but I've never really warmed to Amisha Patel, but I liked her here.
Krrish and "Tu Mera Superman"!
God is Santa Claus, then?
We knew it!
Kids went to a museum and learned to love it! Thank yooooooo! This is exactly what the tours I give are like.
The more fog and glitter you fling around the galleries, the better. I can't believe how jingoistic and mushy this was and how much I liked it anyway. I also can't believe no one had told me this movie had a whole song in a museum! Rani! Museum! Song! Gah! [Faint.]
Who am I to resist its charms?
Reduced to "awwwww," apparently.
[Rolling eyes at self.]
* The Principles of Song Science will be enumerated in a future post.