I am really in the mood for some huge and loud crackers after the dilute acid we have been treated to, from the “Acid Factory” last week, not to mention the disturbance caused by “Do Knot Disturb” the week before. Of course, we did have the delightful “Wake Up Sid” too, but it wasn’t exactly a cracker. So lets take a look at the Diwali crackers we are being presented by Bollywood. They have got us the Salman-Kareena starrer Main aurr Mrs. Khanna, and the much hyped Akshay Kumar starrer Blue.
Main Aurr… Mrs. Khanna
Written and directed by Prem Soni, co-produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Sohail Khan, Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna is a story about the conflicting emotions of three people.
Samir (obvious from the name that it is Salman Khan) is a practical and traditional man, who believes that a wife should not work as it is the husband’s duty to be the sole earner in the family. For him, wealth and success are all that are required to lead a perfect life. His wife Raina (Kareena Kapoor) has been brought up in an orphanage and therefore feels that love is enough for a perfect life. She finds that love in her husband. Akash (Sohail Khan) is a flirtatious character, a guy who falls in love with every other woman, but when he meets Raina, he knows that this time it is for real (How many times will we have flirts falling in true love?)
Their lives are intertwined at an international airport where each person has to decide which flight to catch and resolve their conflicting emotions. Samir has to figure out if he wants to start a new life elsewhere, leaving the city that gave him all he wanted, but also took away more. Raina needs to decide if her love for her husband is more justified than her friendship with Akash. While Akash (really) should figure out if he is in love with this married woman and if it is justified to win her over at any cost including that of her marriage (It isn’t an extramarital affair, silly. It is “conflicting emotion”. Duh).
Interesting story. How it is pulled off on screen is a different matter that remains to be seen.
Oh where to start about this movie? Directed by first-timer Anthony D’Souza, Blue is Bollywood’s first underwater thriller, with lots of action both below and above the sea level.
A sunken ship and its treasure lies buried deep in the ocean and many are out to get it at all costs, including people’s lives. Three friends played by Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and Zayed Khan decide to explore the deep, dark shadows of the ocean in search of the treasure, fighting off Sharks and Sting Rays and other deadly sea creatures (no kraken though). But in the course of the hunt, there is betrayal from their midst.
The movie stars Lara Dutta as the leading lady. Katrina Kaif, along with international Pop star, Kylie Mingue have exciting, pivotal roles (and not just item numbers, reportedly).
With a budget of over 100 crores, Blue is one of the costliest Bollywood movies. Excited that I was about Kylie’s song in the movie, it was a disappointment. Hopefully, the movie will not be.
So we have two different movies from two different genres (romance and thrillers) with their own sets of audiences. Hope this Diwali will be loud crackers for Bollywood and its audience.
Would definitely like your reviews of these movies down in the comments section!