The Bog of Lost Scholars

October 22, 2009

Recent Movies: Two Samples of Indian Cinema

Filed under: Film and Media — castiron @ 11:47 pm

I checked out a couple Indian movies from the library, based on recommendations in Lois McMaster Bujold’s blog.

Koi…Mil Gaya. A Bollywood science fiction movie. A mentally disabled young man meets the aliens his father was trying to detect. Good music, a plot no cornier than many American SF films, mindless action scenes, and overall a great three hours’ entertainment. And the mother is just perfect.

Kandukondain Kandukondain. A Kollywood adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, set in modern southern India. It works as a romantic movie; it works as a S&S retelling (Mammooty does for Major Bala what Alan Rickman did for Colonel Brandon); it’s another worthwhile use of 150 minutes.

Having seen this movie, I’m now possessed by the thought that Indian cinema could do Mansfield Park right. (Come on, can’t you just see Fanny Price in a huge song and dance number showing all the emotions that she keeps concealed in public? It would be awesome.)

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