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Movies in Muscat: Chak De; The Bourne Ultimatum; Hallo; Kireedam & more August 25, 2007

Posted by Arun Rajagopal in Movies.

I’ve been seeing a lot of movies lately and it’s a good time bring the ‘Movies in Muscat’ column back from its hiatus. I know that there has been a talk in at least one of the theatres about the idea of making me a Frequent Film Customer, like you have Frequent Flying Travellers. 🙂

Chak De! India

Chak De! India (Hindi)

: Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade & a kick-ass women’s hockey team
Screen: Al Nasr Cinema & Ruwi Cinema
I saw Chak De! India yesterday at Al Nasr and was blown away to bits. (Chak De! means ‘buck up’ or ‘come on’.) A truly outstanding Bollywood movie in recent times. Brilliant casting, a superb story, screenplay and some outstanding moments – Chak De! India gets it all right. Definitely worth a second or a third watch. Shah Rukh scintillates as the no-nonsense, on the job, dedicated hockey coach that turns around the fortunes of the Indian National Women’s Hockey Team.  Director Shimit Amin deserves a pat on the back for this gem of a movie that whips up patriotism & ‘just do it’ spirit in this amazing flick. Oh yeah, even the songs are happening! Click here to download Chak De! songs. And I can say that Chak De! has made me an ardent follower of women’s hockey!

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum (English)

: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn & Albert Finney
Screen: Ruwi Cinema
A truly adrenaline pumping movie, The Bourne Ultimatum is the ultimate entertainer. In the final episode of the Jason Bourne saga, the protagonist retraces his roots and takes on the powers that create him the way he is. From Tangiers to Madrid, Moscow, New York and London, director Paul Greengrass does an excellent job gripping the viewer with nail biting tension. The background score by John Powell is phenomenal and so is ice cool Bourne’s temperament. His escape scene with British journalist Simon Ross in the Waterloo station and encounter sequence with CIA assassin Desh Bouksani are some of the best highlights of the movie. The million dollar question now is – with his identity resolved, will Jason Bourne be back? Moby’s Extreme Ways single composed for the movie rocks!


Hallo (Malayalam)

Starring: Mohanlal, Parvathy Melton & Jagathy Sreekumar
Screen: Star Cinema
Mohanlal’s much-awaited ‘Hallo’ finally scampered to Muscat last week. Probably, the biggest Malayalam hit this year, I found ‘Hallo’ to be a trifle disappointing and not meeting the usual high standards one expects from a Lal flick. Hallo’s real villain is its inane, senseless story of a booze addicted lawyer rescuing a damsel in distress. Even rare comic moments and a star studded cast cannot save this movie because from start to end Hallo is limping on a story built on crutches. Hallo benefits immensely from the comic antics of Mohanlal, but does not go the whole hog.

Shankar Dada Zindabad

Shankar Dada Zindabad (Telugu)

Starring: Chiranjeevi, Karishma Kotak, Srikanth, Dilip Prabhavalkar as Mahatma Gandhi & Sayaji Shinde
Screen: Star Cinema
Shankar Dada Zindabad is the popular remake of the Bollywood smash hit ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ starring Sanjay Dutt and Boman Irani. Mega star Chiranjeevi reprises the role of local goon Shankar Dada who undergoes reformation after he comes in contact with the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi. Shankar Dada made a quick splash in Muscat a week ago and ran away after playing for just a weekend. Directed by Prabhudeva, Shankar Dada Zindabad is almost a frame-by-frame remake of the Hindi version and incorporates characteristic ‘Chiru’ fights and dance sequences. Karishma Kotak’s narration of the line ‘Good Morningggggggg Hyderabad’ is an absolute irritant. The songs are happening & music by Devi Sri Prasad is worth listening to. Yana Gupta sizzles in a truly amazing item number. The girl is a goddess when it comes to amazing flexi moves on the dance floor. The entire Chiru clan does cameos throughout the movie – watch out for special appearances by Pawan Kalyan, Ravi Teja, Allu Arjun, Nagababu, Sadha, Prabhu Deva and Devi Sri Prasad. I like Lage Raho better. Plus Yana Gupta. And Gandhigiri rocks!


Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule (Telugu)

: Venkatesh, Trisha, Srikanth & Kota Srinivasa Rao
Screen: Star Cinema
Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule (The Words of Women have different meanings) hit Muscat last week and makes for a decent view. I don’t follow Telugu except for a few words, but AMAV made up for decent viewing – it kept me hooked. The first half is all about mushy romancing and masti, while the second half gets into more family oriented emotional roller coaster rides. Kota Srinivasa Rao delivers an excellent performance. The music by Yuvan Shankar Raja is amazing. I love the way the song ‘Yemaindi Ee Vela’ is picturised. I’m plugged into AMAV numbers non-stop since the last few days. It’s great to have Adnan Sami and Udit Narayan croon in Telugu. Click here to download Chak De! songs. Oh yes, the flick has item dance numbers by Meghna Naidu and Mumait Khan. Need I say more? Overall, decent entertainer, and a good job by director Selvaraghavan.


Kireedam (Tamil)

: Ajith, Trisha & Raj Kiran
Screen: Star Cinema
Kireedam (Crown) is a remake of the popular Malayalam flick from 1989 with the same name starring Mohanlal. The Tamil version is more commercialised with dance numbers and songs. Raj Kiran plays an outstanding role as Ajith’s ambitious police constable dad whose dream of seeing his son as a police office goes down in tatters. The song ‘Akkam Pakkam’ from Sadhana Sargam is an absolute pleasure to listen. Kireedam (Tamil) is a decent flick to watch, but comes no way close to the classiness of the original Malayalam version. Click here to listen to music from Kireedam. I’ve heard that there are 2 different climax endings to the movie. One in which he is pardoned for his crimes and seen receiving a Presidential Medal (reshot due to popular demand by his fans… now that’s star power for you) and the other one where he’s arrested by Police (the original ending). We got to see the latter one in Muscat.



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