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One of the joys of our local cinema being in Bradford is that as well as the usual English Language flicks, one also has a wide variety of Bollywood to choose from. So today, we went to see Ek Tha Tiger. It's a spy action thriller romcom musical (Bollywood doesn't really do single genre films) set in India, Iraq, Turkey, Cuba and Dublin. And it was bloody fantastic.

The plot was convoluted but fun, the cinematography was stunning, the fight choreography was amazingly creative, and the sets and costumes were beautiful. If you go and see it (and I recommend that you do) watch out for the Indo-Irish dance routine, the slowmo closeup eyebrow action in the fights, and the hero getting shot in the arse at a crucial moment.

Doesn't pass Bechdel, but does have an arse-kicking, rooftop running, parkour champion of a female lead, who is DEFINITELY her own woman. The hero's neighbours are not all stunningly beautiful starlets, either. There's some old people and some fat people and... nobody comments on this. It's normal.

((I'd also at this point like to say something about the trailers we saw before the film. One was for a romcom starring two fat people in their forties. There was no fat shaming in the trailer, and the cast looked pretty gender balanced. One was for a film about a Bollywood starlet, written by a woman and directed by a woman, and passed Bechdel in the trailer. And one was for a drama about a deaf guy, which appeared to be entirely in sign language.

Why can't we have this level of diversity and interest in mainstream English language films?))

Anyway, Go see this film if:
  • You're tired of conventional Hollywood fare and want to watch something that has bags of originality and creativity.
  • You like a plot that twists and turns
  • You like action movies. Seriously, you'll have to sit through bits of romance and a few dance routines, but it's totally worth it for the fight scenes, which are stunning.

Don't go see this film if:
  • You can't cope with the rapid and random swinging between genres (and, indeed, languages) which comes with this film
  • You haven't got the attention span for a lot of plot twists
  • You're a joyless, soulless husk

9/10

Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] magister
But I'm a joyless, soulless husk and I enjoyed it.

Date: Friday, August 24th, 2012 08:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ggreig
That's a relief. I was thinking it sounded pretty good until I read that line.

Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lonemagpie
We're big Bollywood fans, but the magic words Salman Khan will put Lesley right off - she and all her fellow Bolly fangirls refer to him as Creepy Khan...

Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mcgillianaire
>Bollywood doesn't really do single genre films
I know what you mean but I don't think this is a fair representation any more. What you say is true of the masala format of Bollywood films that are better known to English-speaking audiences, and widely-popular to the South Asian masses. But there's also a significant, even if it ain't a substantial, part of Bollywood/Indian cinema that caters to the anti-masala brigade like myself. They've been around since before the "talkies" era but always remained a niche and almost underground scene. Thankfuly they're growing in popularity now and some films (cue: those involving Aamir Khan for instance) have even hit the mainstream in recent years. I can see the attraction of masala films to a nation famed for its stiff upper-lip and stoicism, starved of such originality and creativity (as you put it), lapping up the entertainment. But there's so much more to Bollywood than bloody masala films. And don't even get me started on Salman Khan. :) Still glad you enjoyed it!
Edited Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)

Date: Saturday, August 25th, 2012 09:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mcgillianaire
Do you remember the names of the trailers?

>Salman Khan is a bit of a Tom Cruise then?

Haha I've never thought of it that way. I can just about stand Tom Cruise and truth be told, he's acted in at least a handful of good movies. It's been nearly fifteen years since I watched a film in which he had a starring role. And even off-camera, he's a bit of a bastard.

Date: Friday, August 24th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pmoodie
The main barrier between me and Bollywood is that the films are all musicals! I cannot ABIDE musicals.

Date: Saturday, August 25th, 2012 09:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mcgillianaire
Not all Bollywood films are musicals...

Date: Saturday, August 25th, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pmoodie
Then I must seek out some of the ones that aren't! :)

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