I will start with the Hindi release Budda Mar
Gaya. Anupam Kher, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal and Rakhi
Sawant star in this very crude comedy movie with
umpteen numbers of double meaning dialogues. Budda
Mar Gaya is for those with a strong liking for
such genre of movies and I recommend it for those
who wish to see an adventure with a dead man.
Now a biggie and this is an English movie. A
dubbed version is expected very soon. After last
week’s King Khan now it’s the turn
of the Macho Khan to take over with his first
direct English movie, Marigold (we are not referring
to tea time biscuits). This is a romantic comedy
about an unsuccessful English actress trying her
luck in Bollywood. Now this should be interesting.
Moving on to Hollywood. The first in question
is “Hot stepper.” I really don’t
know why they changed the name of the movie from
“Stomp the Yard” to Hot stepper? May
be the movie is so bad that they feared the audience
may not show up if called in the original name.
But half the people hardly know the name. I don’t
see the point! Could it be due to astrological
significance? Whatever it might be, the movie
does not pass muster. The consoling part is it
has some real cool dancing.
Now for the biggie. This is sure in the runner
up position for this week’s coveted Pick
of the Week. This year’s biggest non-sequel
summer blockbuster, “Transformers.”
It is directed by Michael Bay, the biggest and
the most successful commercial director in Hollywood
right now. And the movie’s executive producer
is none other than Stephen Spielberg. Transformers
dubbed version in Tamil is also being released
to cater to the Tamil audience. The movie is definitely
going to have a good word of mouth but the marketing
push for getting a flyer like Pirates or the Spiderman
is clearly missing.
Now for the Behindwoods pick of the week - Little
It has been almost a year since this movie was
released and it also got a few Oscars. A pity
that it is being released so late over here. Still
the movie is a blast. It’s a story about
a dysfunctional family on a road trip.
Little Miss Sunshine is not for the people who
expect two hours of laugh-your-heads-out kind
of movie, but a movie where you can smile and
keep smiling till you get out of the theatres.
The reason for this movie to work lies in the
acting department. Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette,
Paul Dano, Steve Carell and last but not the least
the Oscar contenders Abigail Breslin as Olive
and Alan Arkin as her grand father. Abigail as
the dancing little angel must be seen to believe.
So a thoroughly enjoyable movie with superb acting,
but releasing after such a long time since its
US premiere would clearly affect its Box-office
Verdict – Thank God it has been released!