Thursday, January 5, 2012

Imtiaz's Chokka

Imtiaz Ali has directed four films in 6 years and all have got critical acclamation clubbed with fancy box office success. I found it interesting to study and bring out few observations. 

Let’s look at what’s common and what’s not in his films.

Box Office
Socha Na Tha
Sandesh Shandilya
Irshad, Subrat
Rs 5 Cr
Jab We Met
Pritam, Sandesh Shandilya
Irshad Kamil
Rs 30 Cr
Love Aaj Kal
Irshad Kamil
Rs 119 Cr
A R Rahman
Irshad Kamil
Rs 105 Cr

Male Lead
Female Lead
Socha Na Tha
Abhay Deol
Ayesha Takia
Jab We Met
Shahid Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor
Love Aaj Kal
Saif Ali Khan, Rishi Kapoor
Deepika Padukone, Giselli
Ranbir Kapoor
Nargis Fakhri

Common Factor:
  1. All are about youth. The youth who is not sure about what’s love. Abhay Deol rejects the marriage proposal stating no major reason. Then, he realize that he is in love with Ayesha only. Kareena is crazy about some Anshumaan. Deepika wants to name the relationship with Saif as friendship only. Remember, they celebrated ‘break-up’ party. Nargis has fallen in love to Ranbir. Love is complex to understand and realize, but it’s easy to happen. It’s natural. Imtiaz has elaborated various facets of Love, without branding it as a love story. That is the art reflected by him.
  2. Three out of four are edited by Aarti Bajaj, who is former wife of Anurag Kashyap. We must say that she got good hands in editing.
  3. Mesmerized Music is another most common factor. His all films have outstanding and enjoyable tracks.
  4. Irshad Kamil is the man behind the lyrics for all four films. Such classical adaptation of situation, feelings is expected from very few artiste only. He is one of them. Unfortunately, audience is so obsessed with stardom that many times they ignore the gems or finest contributor of the industry.
  5. Abhay, Ayesha, Gesilli and Nargis have in fact made debut through Imtiaz’s films. (Ayesha was first signed by Imtiaz, but her first release is Taarzan).
  6. It’s about Pain. It will drag you to realize the importance of love. Imtiaz has tried his best so audience can feel the love. 
Not Common:
  1. All films have different male lead. I point out it as a salient skill of the director. He has proved that it’s not about relationship or bonding with one or two persons only. Yash and Dhrma Productions have SRK in many movies. Imtiaz beaks such success norms.
  2. All films have different female lead. In fact for Jab We Met, audience felt that it’s Kareena focused movie.
  3. Music composition is the soul of such films. Imtiaz has tried three different music composer for his Chokka. All have given their respective best. 
I would like to conclude that he has grabbed the nerves of audience and art together. Let's expect the best from him and his team in time to come. 

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Udaan (2010)

Yesternight I was browsing my TV set. My search ended at DD National (DD1). The film ‘Udaan’ was being telecast. I heard the ‘good and great’ about the film. I recalled that few months back, I read its review in one of the Hindi newspapers. I also knew that film has won many awards and hearts of critics. So what? I decided to watch the remaining part of the film.