Saturday, June 30

Film: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Click for more info

Even though I've got a backlog of Hollywood films to watch, my first cinema outing after my time off happens to be Bollywood. Not that I minded much: although I was expecting this to be just okay-nothing-special, it actually turned out to be pretty good fun.

Essentially JBJ is a light-hearted and easy going romantic comedy. It's well built too - I'll even go on to say that it got pretty sophisticated in some places. The leads Abhishek and Preity (still looking good) did a fine job in keeping the film going with their "will they or won't they" shenanigans, while the script provided plenty of laugh out loud moments to keep the film well grounded. The music was a bit poor though, supplying sure fire classics like "Give me my ticket to Hollywood".

We were also treated to a bit of an English twist; there were quite a few cameos by the stable British-Asian drama crew (Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Amit Chana and the like), and some pretty specific cultural references too. I'm still figuring out how they managed to pull it off so well.

All in all a nice enough film, and if you don't feel even a little uplifted after watching it I'd accuse you of having no soul. Heartily recommended.