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Dolce and Namak

Nice write-up, worthy of an Imtiaz Ali screen play :)

I actually really liked the ending of the film, and even though my DVD kept skipping right around the time she has to make the decision, it didn't seem rushed to me. I was hoping she would do that! She had loved Dheeraj all along, she only accepted Ankush for reasons that don't have much to do with love: respect, gratitude, friendship. In a culture that believes it's ok for love to come after marriage, these seem like pretty good reasons to marry someone. And just like in Saawariya, because a future with no husband/life companion was probably not something she would have envisioned for herself. It's not a point of view that we would be aligned with in our society, but I can see it working in the original environment, and even in an Indian environment.

I loved Abhay in this film (ok I love him in every film :))! I just have to remember to skip the songs when I watch it again ;) Thank God they realized he can't lip-sync or dance to save his life and spared us the pain after this one!

katherine

That is a good point -- it's possible that I identify so strongly with Ankush by that point in the film that I just want him to have what he wants in life, I want him to be able to build on that confidence he's found. Maybe I was hoping that the film would resolve the White Nights story in a new way, the same way Dev. D. did with what I don't like about the Devdas story.

I'll have another think about that next time I get around to re-watching it.

I watched all of Abhay's films last year and started writing them up, only to stall, so I decided this morning to get back to them. As someone obsessed with first films, I was particularly tickled to see the shift from both Imtiaz Ali and Abhay from Socha Na Tha.

As you probably well know, Abhay has been open about how uncomfortable he is with picturisations, so I have a lot of sympathy for him when he's required to do them. :-)

Dolce and Namak

Started writing them all up?? And never published them???? That's just unfair to people like me reading along here! Can't wait until you post them all: with the exception of Aisha there's not a single Abhay movie I didn't enjoy/love. Even the wacky Ek Chalis :)

But back to AA, I think something would have to change much more drastically in the body of the story for a different ending to be warranted. Dev D was awesome precisely because the characters were radically different from the other well known version (which is the only one other version I have seen). So their story could lead to a contrasting result. In AA I don't think they were going for "different".

Well, after you're done obsessively rewatching all the other ones, hopefully you'll grace them with a write-up as well :) I am particularly enjoying the comparisons you make between the different roles of each actor chronologically. I never watch movies in the order they were made, so that's something I hardly ever think about. I may cut them some slack for their first film, or be impressed with them for the same reason, but that's as far as my analysis goes. So it's interesting to read your thoughts on their evolution.

PS: Re dancing: Abhay did pretty good in Honeymoon Travels, gotta give him that one for dancing. But yes, otherwise it's evident he's not cut out for it, and thankfully he's honest enough about that. :D

katherine

Honeymoon Travels is already lined up for a re-watch sometime soon -- I love that film, just adore it. Yes, I was massively surprised at Abhay's dancing in it, he said something like it took them a couple of weeks of rehearsal to get it right. I think the choice of doing something as strict as ballroom dance may have been a good one :-)

But yes, one of my goals in the next while is to go through my backlog of draft posts and get off my duff and get them out. Hopefully I'll have better luck screencapping, for some reason the AA DVD kept freezing on my when I tried.

Filmbuff

Excellent post on one of my favourite movies. I thought this movie was also directed by Imitiaz Ali as Socha Na Tha. I was lucky to find a DVD that has both SNT and AA.

Abhay really did well in this movie. Honeymoon Travels and Dev D are in my "To Watch" pile - must get to them some time

katherine

Thanks, @Filmbuff -- directorial debut of Shivam Nair, but written by Imtiaz Ali, so a first film/second film respectively (to feed my obsession with chronology).

Both Honeymoon Travels and Dev. D. are SO worth watching -- I'm now very much looking forward to watching them again and finish writing them up!

Limette

I need to watch more of Abhay Deol... this one might be an option.

katherine

@Limette If you suspect you are an Abhay fan, then you'll want to watch them all, and thankfully, he doesn't have a completely overwhelming filmography to draw on at the moment :-)

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