Archives for October 2009
Ratings: – * * * ½
A novel concept of group Amnesia, a fast and innovative narrative, sleek presentation, up to the mark technical aspects and some perfect performances make Suparn Verma’s Acid Factory one of the few impressive modern thrillers to have come from Bollywood. The above mentioned factors even manage to overshadow a clear flaw in the climax.
The plot takes place inside a locked acid factory where six people suddenly wake up realizing they can’t remember a thing about themselves or the situation they are thrown into. Soon, they realize they have become temporarily amnesic due to a gas leak in the factory. Thus starts their quest to understand the situation and most importantly, find their own identity.
The narrative, over here, becomes a vital streak where the flashback and the current events are presented in a manner that fixes your attention to the screen throughout. Director Suparn Verma has come a long way since Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena. Not only does he manage to narrate the unusual story with maturity, but he also succeeds in giving opportunity to all the actors to display their abilities. Verma is blessed with a tight and crisp script.
The subject demands high quality cinematography and background score. Sahil Kapoor and Amar Mohile fulfill the demand with perfection coupled with some breathtaking action by the veteran Tinu Verma.
The long line-up of the cast puts you in a dilemma of sorts as to who was the best among them as each one (Fardeen Khan, Aftab Shivdasani Danny Dengzongpa, Irrfan Khan, Manoj Bajpai, Dino Morea and Dia Mirza) plays its part with maturity. It won’t be an understatement to term this as Aftab, Dino and Dia’s one of the best performances till date, if not the best. Though there’s hardly any scope for music, Shamir Tondon’s composition Yeh Jism suits the mood of the movie and has some superb lyrics.
Now what stops Acid Factory from being a truly excellent adventure is a key flaw in the final act. The writers and the director should have thought about it. Also too many car explosion scenes could have been avoided. However, in spite of that, Acid Factory turns out to be an enjoyable experience because of the plus points already mentioned.
From the box-office point of view, the film has had a below average opening, which will make sure it succumbs once the three most awaited Diwali releases (Blue, All The Best and Main Aurr Mrs Khanna) arrive next week. As it is, there’s hardly an audience in India for such dark thrillers.
Why is October 12 so special for me? (No… it’s not my birthday and I am still single)
October 12… sounds like an ordinary date doesn’t it? But for me, it’s worth a thousand smiles. Something happened on this day which I so dearly wanted to happen since my childhood. I am sure many would consider my excitement as over the top but I can’t help. Three years back, I finally saw him in real and spoke with him (not her by any means). And before you start thinking, God knows what, let me come to the point and stop your weird imaginations. It was the day when I met the great Baadshah of Bollywood – Shah Rukh Khan!
I and my classmates, who were completing PG Diploma in Journalism, were sent by our college (K C College of Management Studies) to a talk show on NDTV show where SRK was the guest. I clearly remember how desperate I was to put in my name in the list of those who were interesting in attending the show. Thus began my wait for that Thursday, which finally arrived. After we reached Mehboob Studio for more than an hour, King Khan finally arrived dressed in a shirt and blue jeans. I could hardly believe my eyes and luck.
Pranab Roy, the host, quickly began the show. As Shah Rukh started answering questions on his daily life, we soon came to know how down to earth he is. We were all pleasantly surprised to see the biggest star behaving in the most simplest of manners just like any other common man. The show began to progress and so did King Khan’s friendliness with us. Also we were awestruck by his witty humor.
In between he also gave attitude tips in a totally non-preaching manner. It’s after listening to one of his tips that I have started doing every small activity with utmost dedication. SRK had said, “Even if you are just brushing your teeth you should brush it in such a way as if it is the last time you are getting a chance to do so.” Initially I wasn’t sure of this but still gave it a try few days after the show and today I am still enjoying doing every small activity enthusiasm.
Later in the show, selected few got a chance to ask Shah Rukh a question and of course I was one of them. While all were desperately pleading for the mike with all excitement, I just politely signaled Roy for a chance and it paid off. If there was a moment where calmness scored over desperation, this was one!
As I tried asking a question to SRK, I could feel my hand shaking, heartbeat thumping and my breath going irregular. I asked, “Are you looking forward to becoming a director ever?” and he answered humorously, “Yes, maybe after 4-5 years when nobody will give me work.” I won’t explain my reaction after this cameo of a talk with him because I will never be able to do so! And lastly, we broke the rules of the organizers and ran on the stage. Needless to say I was one of them. I can still feel his handshake.
The show ended as Shah Rukh Khan danced with few members from the audience. And this time, I, being the worst dancer in the world, was happy sitting in the audience as I had no intentions of making a fool of myself on national television! Thus, the show ended and so did one of the best moments of my life.
When my course ended, majority of my classmates felt the money spent on the fees wasn’t worth. In fact, almost all of them felt that… except me. Those few hours spent inside Mehboob studio never allowed me to feel that way.