Thursday, October 13, 2005

Salaam Namaste… egg-xactly ;))

It was bound to happen --- when the 3 ruling (?) Khans would grow older; the younger and 4th Khan would get his due share [read big banner movies].

Salaam Namaste {SN} is the story of Nikhil Arora…sorry Nik (played by Saif Ali Khan {SAK}) and Hambarrr…oops Ambar (played by Priety Zinta {PZ}). Then there’s Nik’s friend Ranjit Mathur…no no …Ron (played by a “versatile” Arshad Warsi).

Nik is an architect+chef. Ambar is a medical student+radio jockey.

These two, like most of the characters in the movie, have left India to life live on their terms [it makes one wonder… is it really that important to leave one’s country to live life with complete (?) freedom (??)]. They meet, think that they are in love, decide to stay together to know each other and then how their attitude about life changes.

Javed Jaffrey plays the owner of the house in which Nik and Ambar stay as tenants. He is a pleasure to watch… plays a weirdo and has a “phorener” wife. When ever he asks some ridiculous question like “tell themz hows much I hates the indians”, the wife says “Saw-ree” [she never understand what he says :)) ]. To this he replies --- EGG-XACTLY. Wonder where can one think of some gag like this!!!

The climax is a bit unenviable… but Abhishek Bachchan (his the surprise package of the movie) definitely makes you giggle.

SAK is as usual very suave and very much the character he plays. It makes one wonder whether the movie was written with him in the mind. PZ is surprisingly good too. Still SAK rules ;) . The costumes aren’t worth a mention, sadly though. Arshad plays a thankless role… but still you feel nice to see him worried.

Some things noteworthy in the movie are: there is almost no mention of religion (seems like, here in India too we’ll have the fad of accepting Humanity as the only religion), woman at any point doesn’t try to seek sympathy from any one (shows how financial independence can change attitude of people).

The editing is good…the film doesn’t lose the tempo anywhere. The music is good…songs come as-and-when required. Personal fav is obviously… “My Dil goes Hmm”.

Letdowns include:
1. SAK and PZ looking really old in some scenes… wonder whether the make-up wasn’t up to the mark either.
2. Ambar’s fake stomach [is there any need to talk about it at all]

The movie tries to tell something different but there isn’t any preaching else guess the box-office wouldn’t have rolled the way it would, otherwise!

PS: Well the movie has already done well!


At 12:16 AM, Anonymous Anchal said...

Hi Amrita!!!
read your blog well if you say that movie has good editing well see second half when we have song "paune barah baje.." and towards end where last 30 min are sheer waste of time with both running here and there to make audience aware of some untouched sorroundings of Melbourne.To top of it Abhishek Bachchan and his forgettable doctor character was real big bore to end a movie that started off on a promisng note otherwise.

At 4:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Abhishek was really not needed in the movie at all !!! Javed jafri was too good !!!

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Shraddha said...

Well... to be very frank...

I literally HATED this movie...
Sorry amrita... but completely disagree with you in this case.. :-D

At 3:19 AM, Anonymous AMIT... said...

loved the movie... had everything in it... but yes the ending was really loooooong...and not the least funny... hope javed jaffrey gets more roles after this... he has got much more in him..and even better than this..

At 5:07 AM, Anonymous cherry said...

Most of the people expect entertainment from a movie.So i think salaam namaste has got everythng to entertain except the last looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong scene with abhi bachan.He is wasted in the guest role.
Amrita, even my fav song in this movie is my dil goes....:)
Director has presented jaffery in a gud comic role.Totally a gud entertaining movie.:)

At 3:42 AM, Blogger Amrita said...

anchal - seems it wasnt paisa vasool for you...I paid less for the tickets ;)

anonymous - I found Abhishek funny...Javed Jafferey was amazing :))

shraddha - its fine size doesn't fit all!

amit - you were damn right dude...PZ was good :D
Totally agree with you about Javed Jafferey :)

cherry - Believe me, this blog has very few readers =))

At 10:51 PM, Anonymous neelu said...

Hi amu!
the new concept that the film presents should be welcome. But it really din't need the whole show off of foreign locations and their culture... The concept could have been put up in simple ways.

Half movie is all fine... but "Paune barah baje" and last scene in the movie are simply vulgar. I personally felt that the movie showed 'how a woman emotionally depends on her partner and it's so easy for men to hurt their feelings'. Even if it's obvious(as womer ARE too emotional), I feel that women should be able to confront such situations with utter self respect. What the movie showed is exactly reverse.


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