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DSDT Review: RAINCOAT
Raincoat Raincoat is a story about an unemployed Ajay Devgan ( Manu ) , who is in search of money to finance his new business as
he has lost his earlier job. On his quest, he visits his friend Aishwarya Rai ( Neeru ) in Calcutta, to whom he was once
engaged.During the rainy evening, the couple reminisce about their former love and how each ended up in their current situation.
Basically , the whole movie is based on the conversation between Manu and Neeru.
Neeru pretends to be happy in her married life, while Manu pretends to be a prosperous businessman.
The gestures made by Neeru to Manu has many interesting instances, particularly when the door bell rings and she persuades
Manu not to open the door. They go on talking about their past and present with director skillfully transcends in flashback
to get the clearer picture.
The raincoat comes to role when Neeru wears it and goes to fetch some food. Meanwhile, the landlord visits and tells Manu the real
situation of Neeru's household. Manu leaves a letter for Neeru under the bed sheet explaining his own situation.
When Neeru returns, he does not say anything about his encounter with her landlord. After some time Manu leaves. Later, when he
puts his hand inside the pocket of his raincoat, he finds a pair of gold bangles that belonged to Neeru, along with a letter saying that
she had a lot of money and he should have told her about his financial situation. She had actually read a letter that was inside the
raincoat that informed her about Manu's condition.
Raincoat" is a film that must find an audience.If the movie had been made earlier, Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah would've
slipped into character superbly!
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Ramgopal Varma keep the integrity of the plot exceedingly well - though some situations are quite cliched. He keeps you puzzled if there is a
third person, inside or outside the house, and if so, who (the obvious question of Kaun) and why? This is one place where the movie surely
Urmila plays her role, with just the right touch of paranoia, Bajpai is superb in his potrayal of the never-lose-his-cool psychotic visitor.
When no one is found, Matondkar asks Bajpai to leave, and opens the door, and finds another man with a gun, who later identifies himself as
Police Inspector Qureshi (Sushant Singh). The two doubt his credentials, and Sameer phones the nearest police station and calls for help. The
two men then get into a fight, and she gets hold of Qureshi's gun, and asks them to sit quietly. It is then revealed that the man claiming to be
Inspector Qureshi is in fact a thief. She telephones her mother and ask her to contact the police.
We would normally tell you the whole story in a review, but for those who have not watched it, we
wouldn't want to spoil it for you. For those who have watched it , you know how it ends anyway.
The whole movie is filmed in and around this one house, with only three main players, and it keeps you engrossed (the director knows what
he's doing). This film is a must-see.
P.S. : A little known fact is that Urmila sang the title track of this film.
Kaun ,a 1999 Hindi suspense thriller directed by Ram Gopal Verma, written by Anurag Kashyap, and starring Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai
and Sushant Singh.
The film features a man claiming to be a white collar worker (Bajpai) and another man claiming to be a police inspector (Singh), both attempting
to get into the house of a young woman (Matondkar).
In the Malhotra household, a young woman (Urmila Matondkar) is preparing to spend a quiet evening with her pet kitty, watching cable
television. There is a knock on the door, and she sees through the peephole that it is a young man, who later identifies himself as Sameer A.
Purnavale (Manoj Bajpai), claiming to be an employee of Mr. Malhotra. She is reluctant to open the door, even to talk to this stranger, as the
police had just issued a warning about a killer at large in this area. She does offer him a sandwich, but he tricks her into opening the door, and
lets himself in on the pretext of protecting her from an unknown person, who is making a noise elsewhere in the house.
He addresses her as "Madam" all the while, and after a while the "Madam" grates on your nerves. With a girl alone at home, telling mother that
she will be careful - comes a stranger, knocking at the door (rather than ringing the bell). The TV announcement also talks of a mentally
deranged killer in the town who finds an excuse to get into a home and kills the lone inhabitant. The girl also fears that someone else has also
broken into the house.
|DSDT Review: Kaun
Director: Ram Gopal Verma
Cast: Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai, Sushant Singh
|Based on Susanna’s Seven Husbands by Ruskin Bond
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Producer:Ronnie Screwvala, Vishal Bhardwaj
Written by: Matthew Robbins, Vishal Bhardwaj
Cast:Priyanka Chopra, Neil Nitin Mukesh,John Abraham, Irrfan Khan, Aleksandr Dyachenko, Annu Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Vivaan Shah
Music: Vishal Bharadwaj
SAATH KHOON MAAF ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’
This movie had so many expectations to satisfy but despite best efforts by Priyanka Chopra and director Vishal Bhardwaj it
soars in some occasions and falls short on some counts.
Suzanna (Priyanka Chopra) is a rich woman who wears her heart on her sleeve and unluckily meets and falls in love with six
wrong men one after the other. Each of her husbands has a disastrous shortcoming which leads to their deaths.
Be it the jealousy of Major Rodrigues(Neil Nitin Mukesh), drug addiction and unfaithfulness of Jimmy(John Abraham), abusive
sadomasochism of Musafir(Irffan Khan), polygamy of Nikolai Vronsky(Aleksandr Dyachenko), blackmailing and opportunistic
nature of Keemat Lal (Anu Kapoor) or the deviousness of Dr. Modhusudhon Tarafdar(Naseeruddin Shah). She is assisted in
all of her murderous adventures by her faithful assistants Usha Uthup and Shashi Malviya.
The story of first five husbands is narrated by Arun(Debutant -Vivaan Shah) to his wife played by Konkona Sen Sharma and
the last one by Suzanna to Arun.
The movie has a dark enigmatic appeal to it. Priyanka gives a sterling performance all through the movie exuding a deadly
and irresistible charm. The male leads have very little to do and are completely overshadowed by Priyanka in the frames, the
only exceptions being Anu Kapoor who delivers a very realistic and competent performance and Vivaan Shah with a
promising debut act.
‘Darling’ and ‘Hey Mama’ are hummable songs.
The editing is crisp and to the point. The movie could not have been more compressed than it already is.
In the end Vishal Bhardwaj deserves the credit for creating such a dark and thrilling cinematic experience.
The movie is not the regular mirch masala which takes the box office by storm and may not appeal to some, but it does
warrant at least one visit to the theatre.