Monday, June 13, 2011

Salman Khan-Asin starrer 'Ready' is not really ready

Salman Khan is the box-office magnet. His presence makes a film a chart-buster. And he does not it with elan as well as humanity. Asin brings in the sensuality of an Indian woman which has been missing from Hindi cinema ever since Vyjayanthimala. Hema Malini, Rekha, Meenakshi Seshadri did their job, but they did not bring the sensuousness, both dignified and graceful that is typically south Indian as did Vyjayanthimala and Padmini (yes, she of 'Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hain' fame, dressed in white and standing in a waterfall, an image that Raj Kapoor shamelessly copied in his 'Ram Tera Ganga Maili' in 1985 and surprisingly this is also an image the Federico Fellini used in 'La Dolce Vita' with Anita Ekberg (?) standing in the fountain waters in Rome)in the 1950s and 1960s. But Asin has no time to be the woman she is. The songs and the story move at fast forward as though someone had no patience to a story which goes at even a second slow.
This is the pattern of Hindi films that is been going on since 'Singh is King' and 'From Chandni Chowk to China'. The pause button has been removed.
But on Sunday (June 11, 2011)at the Citywalk, Saket, New Delhi multiplex, the house was full for the 5 pm show, and everyone was laughing at the gag-a-minute comic situations. It does not matter that songs and the fight scenes are done in extra-fast time, the flat dialogues and predictable punchlines are delivered in the most mechanical manner from all the actors and actresses. Even then 'Ready' lasts for 2 hours 29 minutes.
As a friend has pointed out this is a third rate film which is doing first rate at the box office. So, we cannot blame the dozen producers, partners, sponsors (Hollywood studio style) and director Anees Bazmee for the bad product. It is making money.
Unfortunately, Salman Khan looks a tired actor, and his body has an inflated look of a character from the animated features. Asin looks too one-dimensional.
There is no point in blaming the state of Hindi films. They are going through a brainless phase.

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