Mostly Thoughtless

Tam Brahm, thank you ma'am

Saturday, July 24, 2004


Certain films make you feel good. Even hours after you've reached home, you're still thinking about the film and wearing a smile on your face. They fill your heart up with their warmth and have a certain magic about them that simply cannot be expressed in words. This magic comes about only when there's a perfect harmony of the cast, the story, the screenplay and the music. Needless to say, such movies go on to become classics.

'New' is definitely NOT one of them.

8-year old Pappu is a kid who wants to do stuff that adults do. His mom keeps scolding him and so, one night, he decides to run away and commit suicide. He is stopped by a scientist who injects him with a wonder-drug that turns him into 28-year old Vichu overnight. Vichu goes on to work in a toy store and fall in love with a beautiful girl. However, a flaw in the drug lands Vichu in a soup wherein he's an 8-year old from 0600 to 1800 and a 28-year old for the other twelve hours.

Interesting? Well, screw the logic. The script has enough masala to make the movie a success but all that promise is wasted.

Everything goes wrong in this movie. The performances are downright horrible. Everyone hams. Most of the voices are horrible and the entire movie is just too goddamn loud. The comedy is of the silly slapstick variety and they only succeed in bringing tears to your eyes. The double-entendres in the movie are slightly enjoyable but even they're done in extremely bad taste.

A.R. Rehman's music is perhaps the saving grace of the movie. Even in a complete turkey like this one, the songs by Rehman are absolutely outstanding. All of them, without exception, are brilliant. The only other highlight of the movie is a ravishing Simran, in her last film appearance. Apart from these two, there is simply no other plus that you can take away from this movie.

One concluding piece of advice - If you're planning to watch this movie, don't. Buy the tape instead.


Blogger Anshumani said...

This sounds like the plot of a very old Tom Hanks movie called 'Big' in which a kid grows old overnight and works in a toy store and falls in love with a woman who works in the store. When will we stop copying Hollywood movies. It sucks. Really sucks.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Sharad said...

Yes, Big ...

I loved that movie. Thanks for warning me da . I won't watch New now . Maybe Gajendra , when it's out.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Vinod said...

Thanks a lot but I do know that it's based on 'Big'. I just didn't want to demean 'Big' by even mentioning it in the same post.

I just loved 'Big'. I thought it was awesome.

And Sharad, yup, waiting for 'Gajendra'. With baited breath. next post about Vijaykanth only.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Suze said...

why is it simran's last fillum?
and did anyone see gharshana?
i took a solemn vow that i will sit thru one telugu fillum as a dedication to four f***ked up yrs at a gult college. :)

6:25 PM  
Blogger Vinod said...

Yup, I don't think she's gonna act any more now that she's married. And yeah, what is it about gults and engineering?

6:17 AM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home