I finally got the time to catch a movie after many days. Classes and job are taking away recreation and blogging time. Anyway, so here’s my review on Kismat Konnection.
# First the title. I strongly suspect UTV has made a jibe at Ekta Kapoor’s superstitious obnoxious obsession with the letter “K” or maybe they themselves believe in that. 🙂
# Second the cast and acting. Our protagonist is Shahid Kapoor aka Raj Malhotra. Yeah I know…such a cliched name!! Done to death by ShahRukh Khan. Oh by the way SRK has given a narrative voice over. The movie starts with the camera focussing unnecessarily atleast for 5 minutes on Shahid’s well built muscular body. Ok we now know the chocolate guy is not so chocolaty anymore and has become a hunk. But his acting style is not original. He keeps on reminding of SRK most of the time. The stylist is to be complimented on trying to make Vidya Balan look young enough to be paired with Shahid by proper dresses and hairdos. But the media-hyped chemistry isn’t there except for one scene on a cruise boat. But here also like Lage Raho Munnabhai, she runs an old age home. They could have used some other charity work atleast. I find Vidya’s acting somewhat stifled. She seems conscious of camera and her body language doesn’t seem that free. But of course she is better than some plastic dolls of Bollywood. Juhi Chawla is her chirpy self as a gypsy fortune teller who talks in rhyme. I have always liked her. Other prominent characters are Om Puri, Vishal Malhotra , Himani Shivpuri, Boman Irani. But its Shahid ‘s movie throughout. [Maybe Kareena should have waited one year more for Shahid to be a star. 😛 ]
# Third the story and movie (no spoilers). The college topper and most promising architect, Raj is going through a bad time in his life. He seems to be just out of good luck and is currently God’s yo – yo. [Like someone I know 😀 ]. One day he literally bumps into Priya (Vidya Balan) and fights with her every time they meet. Meanwhile he consults a fortune teller Haseena Bano Jaan (Juhi) who points out that Priya is his lucky charm. But the catch is she runs an old-age home which is going to be razed to build a shopping mall by Om Puri. Raj hopes to get the contract for this same job with his lucky charm’s help. Thus ensues Raj’s efforts to keep Priya with him, Raj falling in love with her while doing that and eventually a light hearted movie classifiable as a love story and one time watchable with family or partner with no sexual innuendos or hot item songs. On the downside, the music isn’t so great and there is negligible amount of comedy.
# Fourth my musings. Is there really something called a “good time” or “bad time”? SRK says in the beginning, if fate wasn’t anything then why is it so only some succeed and some don’t with equal amount of effort? Is it really that no matter how much effort one puts in, one cant succeed against adverse luck? This has always been a point of argument between me and one of my colleagues who believes totally in Kismat (Fate). Most of us believe in either lucky charms or omens. I don’t know about boys’ depth of belief and practice of superstitions but I have known many girls who had some lucky dresses which they wore to every exam or some lucky pen or even some lucky friends. I considered a teacher in my school as bad omen. Whenever she came as an invigilator in my Hindi exam, it went bad. I have never flunked though but Hindi scared the hell out of me. Kinda poor in that. But I have never considered anything or anyone as my lucky charm yet. Tell me what’s your lucky charm?