Wednesday, January 06, 2010

8/10

A list of 8 films I am really really really looking forward to in 2010. Whatever happens, I am watching these as soon as they come out.
Why eight? Because that's how many I could think of right now. Will add if I can think of more.

Ishqiya
Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi as fugitives in small-town UP. Vidya Balan as the foul-mouthed femme fatale. Vishal Bhardwaj as writer, composer and producer. Deliciously bad language. A script that needed a dialect coach to be hired. Guns. Sex. Gulzar (invoking Ibn Batuta).
And the irrationality. Mujhe iss haramzadi se ishq ho gaya hain. 

Karthik Calling Karthik
Farhan Akhtar plays a psychotic (?) loner who gets a call from himself. Obsessed with solving the Rubik's cube, he grapples with the call and Deepika Padukone (intriguingly called Sonali Mukherjee in the film). Directed by a creative director with McCann Erickson, Vijay Lalwani, KCK promises to be what all Bollywood films promise to be - hatke!

Love Sex aur Dhokha (LSD)
Dibakar Banerjee's next outing, which is releasing as LSD because our censor board will not allow a film with Sex in the title. Shot with spycams, security cameras, hidden cams and all sorts of secretive apparatus, the film explores - well - love, sex and betrayal in the electronic age. Sting operations, blackmails, crime scene investigations - expect them all. India TV - you have competition!

Raavan
Mani Ratnam explores the love story of the eponymous demon king. The King of Lanka loved Seeta to death. Just that he had contend with an incarnate of God. Having grown up reading the heroics of Meghnad, the so-called dark side of Ramayan is a very fascinating subject and who better than Mani Ratnam to bring it alive on screen. Hopefully, Abhishek Bachchan will take off from where he left off in Yuva and Ash won't have too much to do!  

Rann 
They banned the anthem even before the film's promos hit the screens. Amitabh Bachchan plays an upright media baron trying to thwart the Prime Ministerial ambitions of Paresh Rawal. A sleazy rival. A rebellious son. Ubiquitous deal-makers. An upright journalist. A flamboyant show host. And Ramgopal Verma.
Truth is terrible. Watch it after the break!

Road, Movie
A city slicker escapes the family business by hitching a ride on a battered truck, which is also a touring cinema. Dev Benegal returns 10 years after Split Wide Open (and 15 after English, August) to direct Abhay Deol in a quirky movie that is already getting rave reviews in film festivals. From the trailer, I get shades of Cinema Paradiso. Very auspicious!

Teen Patti
A maths genius - Venkat Subramaniam - discovers a theory that could redefine the principle of randomness. And to test it, he enters the high-stakes world of the game we know and love as Teen Patti. Throw in Ben Kingsley as world's living mathematician and shades of 21 to make a cracker of a film. Oh - did I tell you that Venkat Subramaniam is being played by Amitabh Bachchan? No? Well, I just did! 

Up in the Air 
George Clooney is an itinerant downsizer, accumulating frequent flier miles on his pseudo-compassionate mission to smoothly retrench people across the country. Can he fall in love? Can he fire through video-conferencing? Can he get to a million miles? Can the film please be released NOW?

So, which one are you looking forward to?
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