Rock on Bollywood! We ain't about song and dance in Switzerland anymore! Udaan summed up a perfect Bollywood weekend for me. Salaam Bombay!, Road, Movie followed by Udaan. If Bollywood can do this more consistently, we can really rock the best of cinemas. An immensely likeable starcast and a screenplay thats very engaging to say the least, a very good watch.
India's own Cinema Paradiso. This one will either end up being a pointless exercise or a very satisfying watch just like the art cinema of yore. A genre in Bollywood which has gone missing. Some amazing BGM by Michael Brook, very good performances by Satish Kaushik, the kid and Tanishta, very good cinematography of the Indian desert terrain and a very likeable cinema truck, a story left to your own intepretation at most places made this a very pleasant watch for me.
I have not seen Slumdog Millionaire, I never felt a desire to. Bought tickets, ended up not going to it. Rented the DVD, returned without seeing it. SM always seemed lacking on realism to me and too glamorous for a slum movie. I had watched Salaam Bombay! 20 years back seeing it as a teen as just a good movie. Saw it again over the weekend. A brilliant watch that stands the test of time after over 2 decades. Shafiq Syed (now an auto driver in Bangalore) is amazing as Chai-Pav/Krishna, pity we never saw him again. And Raghuvir Yadav as Chillum is brilliant. Worth a repeat watch after all these years. Shakti (Amitabh), Drohkaal and now Salaam Bombay! are my 3 most favorite Bollywood flicks.