Thursday, December 31, 2009

Avatar/3 Idiots

The greatest difference between Avatar and 3 Idiots, it occurred to me, is in the visual effects department. Where James Cameron spent hundreds of millions of dollars to stunningly realize life on another planet, the best F/X talent in Bombay couldn't make a 45 year old pass for a college student.

Aamir Khan is the worst thing that could have happened to Rajkumar Hirani's inspirational-comedy, a film so close in spirit to the Munnabhai films ("Follow Your Dreams", "Institutional Education Sucks"), that it serves unwittingly as an illustration of what happens when Sanjay Dutt doesn't get enough bail-time. Over the last few years it has become apparent that Khan has few charms to offer audiences, and as soon as he appears on-screen you can be sure a Not-For-Profit message is coming your way. When he isn't on-screen is when 3 Idiots is most like Avatar - a colossal entertainment - built on spectacular supporting turns from Boman Irani, Madhavan, and Sharman Joshi.


Anonymous said...

Kartik! I feel Aamir carries off the college student act with elan.
I'm a HUGE fan of your blog, but as far as this review is concerned, I beg to differ.

Kartik said...

Who is this? Tell na please.

Anonymous said...

Do also tell what you thought of the Twilight Saga. Would love to read your thoughts on that.

Anonymous said...

when watching a movie, especially one from bollywood, do you not accept to suspend all disbelief upon entering the cinema ? I think it is in the fine print on tickets.

once you take that important step, pretend this dude had whatever AB had in paa, but a milder form of it. or a weirder form of what benjamin button had, and then - there you go. story, dialogue, music, picturisation and all that come up in front.


Joseph Reddy said...

Just stumbled across your blog - interesting reviews... don't think I've found too many people that haven't been raving about Amir Khan so cheers for an original viewpoint!


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