Movie: Parineeta (2005) *

Parineeta stars Saif Ali KhanVidya Balan, and Sanjay Dutt.

I liked story; it was a remake of a classic. The visuals were amazing, the movie is set in 1962. There were few dance sequences, but the weddings gave good visual candy and the songs were admirable. What really made the movie for me was Saif’s acting. Vidya impressed me as well. I think that Sanjay played a different character then was supposed… he was a bit too creepy and old feeling.

Recommendation: Medium to High.

Movie: Salaam Namaste (2005) *

Salaam Namaste is the latest Yash Raj release. It stars Saif Ali KhanPreity Zinta; for backup is Arshad Warsi and Tania Zaetta. There is a surprise appearance by a Bachchan, and it is great.

Saif and Preity have great chemistry in this movie. And by herself, Preity is slowly becoming one of my favourite actresses. She’s been more diverse than my previous third, Kareena. (The first is, of course, Aish.) (The second is Rani.)

The story of this movie is very cute and like my favourite kind of Bollywood movie, it uses the additional hour to have a wider emotional range, rather than more songs or montages. The only “problem” with the story is that it is very untraditional, but does not exploit this as much for commentary.

Overrall the songs are nothing special, but the title track has quality in both the sound and the dance at the time. The “What’s Goin’ On?” song has a very cute dance sequence to it.

Recommendation: Medium to high.

Movie: The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)

The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey stars Aamir Khan and Toby Stephens. Cameo by Rani Mukherjee.

Recommendation: I thought this movie was made well, except that the period was not exploited to have beautiful dance scenes… the movie found itself too serious to have great songs. I disliked the movie, however, due to the source material. I tend to take the British side on the history of the incident and the life of this one person is quite obviously exaggerated. You can read more on Wikipedia: Sepoy Mutiny.