The Reincarnation of Entertainment.

Hello world, this is my first blog entry!

Since this is my first entry, I’ve decided to kick things off with the topic closest to my heart – review of Karzzz. But before I start my in-depth analysis, let’s take a look at what the experts have to say:

The essence of cinema is editing. It’s the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy.

Francis Ford Coppola, clearly in awe.

Mr. Coppola’s views on the incessant criticism and ridicule that Himesh has been facing since birth (this and the previous one) :

Usually, the stuff that’s your best idea or work is going to be attacked the most.

Francis Ford Coppola

Right. Moving on…

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.

Stanley Kubrick, commenting about the soundtrack.

If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.

Alfred Hitchcock, wishing that the sound would go off.

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.
Stephen Hawking, trolling again. Stick to the topic please, Mr. Hawking.

Shakespearean but overlong, The Dark Knight is two hours of heady, involving action that devolves into a mind-numbing 32-minute epilogue.
Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Film Critic, referring to Himesh as ‘The Dark Knight’ ( Karzzz scored a whopping 99% on CreamofRottenTomatoes.com)

Waiting for tonight, when you would be here in my arms…
J Lo’s lame attempt at seducing Himesh.

After a recent spate of below par embarrassments like Rang De Basanti, Taare Zameen Par and Jodha Akbar, Bollywood has finally come of age. Every so often comes a movie that makes you sit up and take notice, makes you really think about your place in the universe, touches your soul, and makes you touch yourself at night. However, Karzz is not just another brilliant movie that you watch and forget; no. It’s an exemplary lesson in audio-visual perfection and finesse; a complete cinematic experience that will change your life for good. Blending art, poetry, music, physics and some splendid visual imagery, Karzz tantalizes you, teases you, charms you and leaves you begging (just like the Lehman Brothers) for more.

The story revolves around Ravi Varma (Version 1.0 played by a very disgusting, ugly, deformed Dino Moria) who is betrayed by his youthful wife (played by a very youthful Urmila Matondkar). But we all know how futile it is to even think about killing someone like Himesh. It’s like shoving Michael Phelps into water and hoping he will drown. Duh! Anyhoo, the plot is intricately carved around Monty and his revenge against this evil, evil world. I won’t give away ANY spoilers about his reincarnation or how Urmila dies in the end – you’ll have to watch the movie for that.

Himesh’s dialogue delivery is like watching a real life C-section delivery. He executes the hard-hitting dialogues absolutely perfectly with his voice which is as silky as ..cotton. He uses his boyish-cute looks to his advantage with that John Lennon hairstyle and those Mick Jagger outfits. Urmila may have turned 109 this year, but she manages to carry off that teenager look with effortless elegance. It’s hard to decide who looks cuter : Himesh, Urmila or Disney’s Bambi. Oh well.

Another enigmatic character from the movie is the almost-Robocop played by Gulshan Grover. Apparently, he has lost his arm and voice in some bizzare accident (go figure), and now communicates through the iPhone-cum-wrist watch on his arm. How cool is that?!

Moving on to the music. The hallmark of a great movie is a great soundtrack that really embodies the theme of the movie and breathes life into the visuals. This is exactly what makes Karzz a masterpiece. Apart from the unforgettable, incommensurable performance as the protagonist, Himesh shows off his talent in music with the swagger of a virtuoso. Himesh bestows his unique sound and powerful songwriting to provide an utterly enriching experience. The lyrics are poignant, vivid, vibrant and paint an enchanting, resplendent imagery sorely reminiscent of Jim Morrison’s works. Sample this:

Tanha tanha hai din,

Tanha tandoori nights,

If loving you is wrong,

I don’t wanna be right..

Rabba rabba meri jaan jale, jale, jale, jale..

Tak tana na na tandoori nights,tandoori nights, tandoori nights,

Tak tana na na tandoori nights,tandoori nights, tandoori nights

Tere bin tere bine meri jaan jale, jale, jale, jale

Tak tana na na tandoori nights,tandoori nights, tandoori nights,

Tak tana na na tandoori nights,tandoori nights, tandoori nights..

They say music died the day Jim was found dead. I say music was reincarnated the day Himesh was born. Reincarnated, get it? Hee hee. No? Ok.

Tandoori Nights, however, serves as a mere appetizer; the main course is yet to come. Himesh takes the stage for the song “Hari Om”, in what can easily be described as one of the most brilliant moments in cinematic history. The crowning glory. Le tour de force. Le piece de resistance. Le wreck de train. Le coup de grace. The song begins with a haunting riff, and progresses into something so incredibly magical that it takes your soul into another world…and leaves it there. Connoisseurs will no doubt notice the definitive, clinical ease with which Himesh wields the guitar and makes it wail in a manner that has gone missing since the Jimi Hendrix days.

Watching Himesh flailing his arms and crooning “Harry ooom Harry ooom Harry ooo[…]oom” fills one’s heart with abundant joy. It is so poetic that it could have given Shakespeare and Lord Byron multiple orgasms in their respective graves. At least it did in my case.

All in all, it’s a compelling story supported by superlative performances from a star-studded cast, and an impeccable soundtrack. Himesh’s power-packed display of acting, dancing and singing sets a new benchmark for the film industry. You can’t even think about dreaming about thinking about missing this one even in your dreams.

Rating : ********** (Those are actually 10 stars, and NOT some 10 letter word which might be an expletive)

PS: To be honest, it wasn’t as bad as expected. At least he’s better than that 50 year old orang-utan from Om Shanti Om.

PPS: Oops, totally forgot to mention the other actress(!!) from the movie. Funny, I don’t recall anything about her.

 

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3 responses to “The Reincarnation of Entertainment.

  1. I cannot believe u saw this movies…even for the sake of writing ur first blog entry…this was way too big a sacrifice…by the way…great stuff…keep the juices flowing…
    First comment *woot*

  2. U made my day! I’ve been ROFLing non-stop.. 😀

  3. Thanks, Chandana. But Himesh Sir deserves the credit really.

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