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I’m on a non-Bollywood streak, but like yesterday’s post, this movie has a big Bollywood star, so I have to post about it.  I saw The Pool (2008) (not to be confused with That Pool) last week at an art house theater, so I’m not surprised that I was shushed. Here’s how it happened.  I’d skimmed an article about the movie and thought I’d read that there were a lot of non-actors in it. It takes place in India and it’s about a pool.  I love pools!  I love India! So I had to see it. So I sat there, and quietly whispered just a couple of things to my friend during the movie.  One being, “It looks just like Mexico!” The other thing I may have said above a whisper, because my heart wanted to shout, NANA PATEKAR!  I didn’t know HE was in THIS!  I LOVE HIM! That’s when the shush came.  I know talking is annoying in a movie theater, especially an art house theater, where the intellectual gather, just waiting for a chance to shush.  The poor guy that shushed me obviously didn’t understand just who Nana Patekar is and thus why he could evoke such enthusiasm in me.  He actually first made the shush noise, followed by, “Hey come on guys.” I thought No sir-ji, you come on! Why aren’t YOU excited to see Nana?

Here’s the trailer for the film:

synopsis:

Daydreaming about one day getting an education, Venkatesh works as a “room boy” in a hotel in Panjim, Goa, in India, and he sells plastic bags on the side with his young friend, Jhangir, to make ends meet. When he becomes enchanted by a sublime residential pool, Vankatesh gets entangled with the mysterious family that inhabits the home. His relationship with the rich father and his cynical, sophisticated daughter disrupt his fixed ideas and unexpectedly alters his destiny. (source)

Now back to the shushing guy.  I wanted to say this to him: “Do you even KNOW who Nana Patekar is!?!?!  Did you see him in Salaam Bombay?  Did you see him in Parinda (1989: Winner, Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award )!? Apaharan? Taxi Number 9211? How about that psycho he played in Shakti-The Power?” Then after saying that to the shusher, I’d want him to face Nana, looking at him like this!

Now do you still want to shush me?  I didn’t think so!  Of course Nana is excellent in this very sweet film and now if you go you won’t be surprised that he’s in the film, so you won’t make any noise and thus you won’t be shushed. And to the shusher, I apologize to you again, as I did that night.

 

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I know this is a Bollywood blog, but sometimes I have to talk about Tollywood.

I saw my second Telugu film the other day: Bommarillu (2006).  The first Telugu film I saw was Varsham (2004), which I enjoyed just as much.  I was excited to see Genelia D’Souza in a movie, since her much anticipated Bollywood film Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na is set to debut this weekend. If you’re curious as I am about JTYJN, Nawab theBollywoodFan has translated the songs from the movie (music by A. R. Rahman!) and given a lot of great preview information at his site.  He’s also had some brushes with the film’s director, Abbas Tyrewala, that you can read about here.

D’Souza is adorable ADORABLE as Hasini in Bommarillu.

She’s like the daughter of Kajol and Rani if that were possible, with a dash of Tanuja, and twist of Gidgit; meaning if she were any cuter she’d explode.  The movie reminded me of DDLJ, KKHH, and Cinderella.  Its appeal is vast, but in particular, I think all 8-12 year old girls out there would adore this movie.  Second to D’Souza, my other favorite part in the film was the domineering father, marvelously played by the brutally handsome Prakash Raj.  I was delighted to find that when this move is remade in Hindi, one of my favorite hot villains, Nana Patekar, will play the father.

My favorite number from the film is Laloo Darvaja, with music by Murali, Naveen, Priya Prakash; lyricist: Kulasekhar.
Here’s another song from the film, Bommani Geesthe, with music by Jeans Srinivas, and Gopika Poornima, lyricist; BhaskaraBhatla.  Reminds me a bit of DDLJ :
Would you like to know more about Bommarillu?  Then head over to theBollywoodFan, Apni East India CompanySai and Shujath Talk Cinema, and Baba Aur Bollywood for some excellent insight. If you consider yourself to be intuitive, this screen capture from the film could be interpreted as a spoiler:

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