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WHAT'S YOUR RASHI : FILM REVIEW
The Oscar nominated director of Lagaan returns after working with 3 of the biggest stars in the country Aamir Khan (Lagaan), Shahrukh Khan (Swades) and Hrithik Roshan (Jodhaa Akbar).. comparatively What’s your Rashee is a much smaller movie starring Priyanka Chopra in 12 different roles and Harman Baweja as the most eligible bachelor. Yet the expectations are sky high and understandably so.
But what unfolds in this terribly long movie on Sun Signs, is Gowariker’s worst work in a long long time. A movie that not just falls way below expectations, but surprises you with its mediocrity. Is this really, for real, an Ashutosh Gowariker directed movie?
Some reasons why you could watch What’s your Rashee on DVD (visit to a theater not recommended)
•Priyanka Chorpa - Does justice to each of the 12 characters she portrays and ensures almost each of them feel distinctly different.
•Some dialogues and comic scenes work, but are way too few and far in between.
Why you would absolutely regret the Rashee experience if you indeed decide to watch it
•The movie is way too long and what makes things worse are those 13 songs, 12 for each Rashee and the title song in the end. Why include a song, just for the heck of it? None, absolutely none of the songs were necessary. Dont get me wrong, length is never a problem as long as the content is strong, unfortunately the screenplay and its execution (read direction) ensure the 3 hour 30 minute movie remains terribly weak on content throughout.
•With due credit to Priyanka’s performance, she is let down by some of the most irritating and weird characters you will ever get to watch on screen. They dance without a reason, their dialogues are outright pathetic and while most seem different from each other, the effort to make them so different seems to have back-fired big time.
•Harman Baweja is completely overshadowed by Priyanka here. His performance and dialogue delivery has improved considerably since his Love Story 2050 days and Gowariker has ensured there is no trace of Hrithik left in his performance, yet there is something missing. Could be the energy, intensity or the lack screen presence? He seems to have the necessary talent and looks but if Gowariker could’nt extract the best out of him we wonder who could..
•After the drag that the movie is, you look forward to the last possible saving grace - the climax. But what unfolds in the last 20 odd minutes has to be one of the most stupid and unconvincing climaxes ever.
•Darshan Jariwala’s extra marital storyline that adds to the runtime gets increasingly annoying. It was meant to be funny, but isn’t.
Overall, from a director with epics like Lagaan and Swades behind him, its a shocker. Hard to put it in words, but being one of the biggest fans of Gowariker since his acting and CID days, it hurts to say this - What’s your Rashee is one of the worst films this decade. A powerful sleeping pill, that isn’t recommended even for chronic sleeplessness.
Other notes - The review was actually supposed to cover each of the 13 different stories (12 of each Rashee and the main storyline), but why make it terribly long and boring for readers when not more than one or two deserved a mention?
We loved Priyanka’s look in certain characters, she looked stunning as Sanjana (Aquarius), Kajal (Gemini), Bhavna (Sagittarius) and Pooja (Virgo).
Coming to the box office, the advance booking has been poor, morning and afternoon shows were literally empty on Friday.. Don’t expect much at the box office, as the word of mouth is terribly negative
Lara joins Twitter
After Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat, Bollywood actress Lara Dutta is the latest celebrity to enter the world of Twitter.
The former Miss Universe, who is currently shooting for her upcoming film 'Housefull' that also stars Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Jiah Khan and Riteish Deshmukh, was helped by her co-star Riteish in setting up the Twitter account.
"Hiya! Just set up my account with help from RD on the sets of Housefull! Very excited!," Lara wrote in her first tweet on the micro-blogging website.
Riteish also expressed his happiness on Lara's entry in the world of Twitter.
"Guys. just got Lara on twitter.@DuttaLara," the 'Hey Baby' actor wrote on his webpage.
However, 'Housefull' director Sajid Khan was not too happy with the 'Twitter' activity on the sets of his film.
"Hi guys, this is Sajid Khan. Please do this later as I need Riteish and Lara on the set, Sethji-Akki (Akshay Kumar) is waiting along with Arjuna," the director wrote on Riteish's twitter page.
The 31-year-old actress now joins the list of Bollywood celebrities including Karan Johar, Uday Chopra and Gul Panag on Twitter and already has 484 followers just three hours after making her account on the popular networking website.
John Bechara Recession ka maara
If there is one actor who is severely hit by recession and the current economic woes looming Bollywood, it’s John Abraham. Even with his buffed up bod and killer looks, John isn’t considered a safe bet in filmdom - a sign clearly visible by the actor’s nose-diving price and constant battle to bag films.
And joining the long list of closed projects is the actor’s dream film that is now on the brink of being dropped. The film is question was John Abraham`s much loved project, which was to be directed by his old friend Sabal Shekhawat. But John’s dream came crashing down when the producers Studio 18 backed out of the project citing recession as the reason. However, not willing to let go John is now contemplating to back the project himself. Our source said, “Studio 18 had loved the subject and John was extremely keen to work on the film. Sabal Shekhawat, who is among the finest ad filmmakers, was supposed to direct the film. John had loved this spy thriller. Everything was set and Sabal was in Turkey finalising the locations when he received a call from Studio 18 saying that they were no longer keen on doing the project due to its budget.” Confirming the news, a source told a news daily, “Studio 18 wanted to reduce the budget, but Sabal does not want to compromise at all on the creative front. He was of the opinion that the film required a certain mounting and he clearly was not in favour of reducing the budget. John was cool about it as he is committed to Sabal, as the director was the one who gave John his break into modeling. John has now taken it on himself to see to it that the project goes on the floors immediately. In fact, another producer is now set to make the film as well.” Talking about the film, John said, “Studio or no studio, the film will be made. I have complete faith in Sabal and at no point, will I let him down. I will always stand by him like I do with my directors. There is no question of the film not happening; it is very much on course.”
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