Ahh!!! what is a Farah Khan film without some retro goodness added in, looking at one of the Tees maar Khan posters reminded me of Jeetendra and Sridevi Kamasutra style dance poses in Tohfa so i guess we should be expecting one in Tees Maar khan
very Similar Poses na!!
Asides from the aforementioned, one could easily term the Akshay/Katrina pairing as the Jeetendra/Sridevi style Jodi of our times, not only was Sridevi considered a mascot to Jeetendra in his 8o's career, Katrina is considered one to Akshay's career as well, a look at all the previous films they've both starred in have been hits, and without doubt this looks set to be one as well. Now even though we could liken these two couples i doubt they'ell ever be able to match Jeetendra/Sridevi when it comes to perfectly synchronised dance steps a lot of which you can see here
Enough of my babbling Tees Maar Khan hits cinemas on december 22 and i really can't wait
There are so many bollywood actors and actresses i have major love for in a big way but for some reason i haven't written up about them on this blog yet, this is mostly because others have written extensively about them. I usually hate writing about movies others have written on, except i really have something to say but even then, i'll just make it known on the comments section of whoever wrote it up. Now as a big Shammi kapoor fan, I'm surprised as to why I'm picking this as my first Shammi Kapoor in a central role film to review on here, as it doesn't have all the charm and the appeal from the usual Shammi movies like Junglee, Teesri Manzil etc. but i was curious and as a fan i'd watch him in anything
Childless Laxmi (Lalita Pawar) while praying for a child of her own miraculously finds an abandoned baby, she picks him up to raise him as her own
the child's real birth mother Shobha (Sulochana Latkar) had given him up after the death of her husband which she had married in secret (her izzat (honour) just had to be intact) she remarries and gives birth to a son 'Hemant'
Laxmi is particular about Ramu's education but her husband Shankar (Jayant) has other plans and sets about raising Ramu as a gambler
Thus Ramu grows up with no education and ends up being a robber while his half brother from his actual birth mother Hemant (Vinod Khanna) is educated and becomes a Policeman who is hot on the tails of his notorious brother Ramu. However both brothers are unaware of their blood ties
Ramu meets and falls for Mala (Leena Chandavarkar) who urges him to go on the straight and narrow, Ramu does this but when Laxmi his adoptive mother is killed accidentally by Hemant during a gun chase, Ramu promises to exact revenge which leads him back to his previous ways
Shobha eventually realises Ramu is her long lost son and what follows, is a 'Mother India/Deewaar' style action of two brothers on opposite sides of the law with their mother trying to bring them together in peace
Jane Anjaane (Friends and Strangers) ends up being nothing much more than an average entertainer, at the heart of the film is the idea that Love (romantic or nurturing) would turn the most hardened of criminals into good citizens.
It was quite hard to watch Shammi in this, he was really sloppy and sweaty in his action scences and let's just say he was past his prime here, no surprise that this was his last leading role before he started playing father and uncle type roles, that spark that made one excited about Shammi was gone in this and needless to say a pal of mine a bollywood novice whom i was watching with quipped 'Why is that man the hero', at which i wasted no time in explaining his iconic status. All hope is not lost though, as traces of the old energetic Shammi pop up in the musical numbers
Vinod rocking the ultimate sideburns
Vinod and Helen Sizzle up the screen
the songs by Shanjkar Jaikishen not their best are pretty decent, i love kishore's vocal on the title track 'jane anjaane log mile' other highlights are Manna Dey's lovely 'cham cham baaje', the flirty 'chahe tum pyar karo', and the sweet 'tere nilee nilee' my favourite of the whole bunch though is the fab 'jane anjaane yahaan' pictuised on Helen, i just love the way she commands attention and the way her male dancers fawn over her
Now a lot of my writing on this blog quite simply an expression of how i feel about films, I don't regard myself as a film buff by any means but i guess I'm becoming quite the bollywood buff. I had qualms about writing this blog at first as i was a bit insecure about my writing style but imagine my surprise when i was watching one of my favourite bollywood based magazine shows 'Brits Bollywood' on Zing (formerly Zee Music) and hearing a direct quote from one of my film reviews on here recited word for word by one of the presenters. Here is the clip below
An here is the quote in question from the review of Himmatwala here
"Following the massive flop of Deedar-E-Yaar, this film did magic for Jeetendra's career and catapulted him into the high realms of bankable stars in 80's bollywood. Directed by K.Raghavendra Rao, Himmatwala (Bravery) was a remake of the directors Tollywood film 'Ooriki Monagadu', these southern type melodramas (mostly remakes of southern films) became a winning formula in 80's bollywood with Jeetendra starring in almost every single one of them alongside Sridevi & Jaya Prada, coupled with dialogues written by Kader Khan as well as folky disco type music from Bappi Lahiri. Himmatwala is a typical example of this genre of films that became blockbusters"
Thank you Brit's Bollywood, you've massaged my ego unknowingly and i have no plans to sue (how can i after all) but I'm very open for work offers, just contact me