I have recently been subjected to my own personal hell… an entire week where the only activity was to watch Bollywood movies.
What we saw:
- Don [then said in low echoing voice] Don Don Don Don
As complicated as the first Mission Impossible but it’s 3 hrs long so there is soooo much more time to pack in confusing details and twists. Actually the final twist was pretty cool and made the movie almost worth watching. Low expectations here helped.
- Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (Don’t Say Goodbye)
This movie was over 3 hours long. This is equivalent to over 6 half hour TV episodes and if you include commercials it is more like 8 episodes. This *one* movie had enough romantic melodrama as a *full season* of TV.
- Umrao Jaan, or as I like to call it Ashwaria’s Wretched Miserable Miserable Life
Sort of a sad, Memoirs of a Geisha. Actually, it’s very reminiscent in tone to The Passion except with a *more* wretched ending.
- Chini Cam (Amitabh’s Cook Movie)
Don’t get me started on Amitabh Bachchan, more later.
- Jurm (Wife killing movie)
I missed the first 2 hours of this, luckily for me there was like another 5
hours left. This movie hit every single Hindi movie stereotype imaginable… campy, bad acting, overacting, drawn out, long, cheesy dialog, ridiculous action, too much makeup, need to spontaneously break out into song…