Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... (2001)
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It's quite an achievement to have a film's directing, acting, and writing manage to be this appalling for three and a half hours straight. Excrutiating.
This is my 10,728th check. I'm fairly confident there is more screen time devoted to the male leads crying, or at least welled up with tears, in this film than the prior 10,727 checks combined! This film bathes in emotion the way teenagers douse themselves with cologne - yes, it's so cloying, maudlin, melodramatic that a viewer struggles to breathe.
And yet, crying male leads aside, there is much to like and even admire about the film. Technically it's tightly made, the design is exquisite, the production numbers are (mostly) exuberant, and the use of color is delightful, but the music cues are way over the top for the emotional plot points (too much cologne) that are stretched, stretched, and well, salt water taffy isn't pulled this damn much, so yes, the writing suffers. And then there are the two evils: patriarchy and patriotism that, besides emotion, the film wears like armor. Imagine a movie wherein Indian children are singing America is the greatest country on the planet - yeah, I see protests outside embassies and Starbucks - but we basically get that with English kids singing about India. Bizarre and given the history, more so. But it appears to be popular with the home audiences. Let's just hope that's for the stunning stars and catchy tunes.
It has it's tedious parts, some humour that's not for me... but also other funny scenes that actually are funny. The India patriotism is a question of taste, it could probably soon get too much for many people. But nice, colourful shots of dances, crowds, beautiful people dressed in bright colours and so on.
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