Sunday, October 21, 2007

Bhool Bhulaiyaa: See It For The Ending. Maybe For The Samosas, If Your Theater Makes Good Samosas.

I saw Bhool Bhulaiyaa at a tiny single-screen theater in Mysore.

I'm not sure I would recommend this film to anyone. I would, definitely, recommend sneaking in to the last thirty-odd minutes of the film. But as to the first two hours...

Let's put it this way. Bhool Bhulaiyaa is lovely to look at (delightful to know). It's set in a mansion populated nearly entirely by women with flowing saris and cascading hair, and the three men (the hot guy, the nerdy guy, and Akshay Kumar) who love them. Throw in a few uncles and aunties for comic relief, plus a poltergeist, for... well, because there are so few Bollywood movies about poltergeists, and we should have a winning combination, right?

Except that the film doesn't make a lick of sense. There are too many heroines, too many heros, no character development, and a "surprise" ending that (unlike the ending of Loins of Punjab) has no grounding in the previous two hours of the film and is thus less of a "twist" and more of a "ha! bet you didn't guess that was coming, because we totally didn't prepare you for it in any way!"

But that ending. Worth the price of admission. Make sure to see it in a theater with exceptionally good surround sound. Don't wait to steal it from the internet and watch it on your laptop.

And do stay for the credits, which feature a music video with the words "Hare Ram, Hare Ram, Hare Krishna, Hare Ram" to the tune of "There's a place in France/Where the naked ladies dance."

Just... spend the first two hours of the film doing something else, 'kay?

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