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The first thing you may notice is the language, which entails what linguists call "code switching." Sentences often begin in Hindi and end in English or vice versa. But much more important to grasp is the Bollywood aesthetic, which is radically different from Hollywood's; to enjoy it requires a suspension of the rules that constrain American films. Ours have rather tightly defined genres: domestic drama, buddy picture, slasher movie, Broadway musical, sci-fi actioner, and so on. Combining two of them is rare; three is straight over the top.
Indian film, in contrast, is kitchen sink filmmaking, throwing together themes and plots from many diverse genres to create tales of epic scope (this one is nearly three hours long). These sagas whipsaw the viewer back and forth from farcical parody to ghastly tragedy to musical fantasy to weepy melodrama to toilet humor to social protest to romantic comedy. The plots are frequently Byzantine in their complexity and the characters hopelessly unrealistic.Read more ›
The movie is in Hindi. I speak no Hindi, but it has English subtitles. The movie was lighthearted entertainment. I found it very funny, with a good soundtrack, it had a thought provoking theme, and an engaging plot. It probably won't be widely acknowledged outside of the greater Hindi speaking world, but it is definitely worth the effort to find it and deal with the subtitles. I've recommended it to several of my colleagues who I know either speak Hindi or are interested in foreign films.
I don't collect DVDs so I rarely purchase movies. Only those that have a significant impact on me in terms of being entertaining enough for multiple viewing and sharing with friend and family motivate a purchase. I think this movie is worth it and am adding it to my "collection" of approximately 5 or 6.
If you don't purchase it at least make the effort to rent it! You won't be disappointed.
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It will introduce you to one of India's best and most famous actors, Aamir Khan. His performance as Ranchhoddas Shamaldas Chandchad (known affectionately as just "Rancho") is terrific, and I certainly think it's Aamir Khan's best role. Rancho's two best friends, Raju and Farhan, are played with great sensitivity and humor by Sharman Joshi and R. Madhavan, respectively. The stunning Kareena Kapoor is simply wonderful as Rancho's love interest, taking the role far beyond just "love interest" - she's Rancho's sprightly and hilarious equal.
The story arc covers several years in the lives of 3 friends, and the narrative becomes epic by the end of the movie - you find yourself marveling at the twists and turns, all of which are tied up nicely. The story has two foundations: the bonds of true friendship, and a critique of the education system in India (though the message has universal applicability). Rancho, Raju and Farhan are students at a prestigious engineering college, where they are randomly assigned to be roommates. Raju wants to be an engineer in order to support his poverty-stricken family, Farhan doesn't really want to be an engineer at all, and Rancho...Rancho bursts into their lives as an enigmatic figure whose background and motives are unclear. Most of the film is spent jumping between their college days and the present, in which Raju and Farhan attempt to sort out the mysteries of Rancho's past.Read more ›
Made with a paltry $7 million, it dwarves Hollywood big cast, big budget, big effects idiotic productions.
See it, by any means!
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Among the most powerful movies that I ever watched. Became a devout follower of Aamir Khan because of this.Published 19 days ago by Patricia Ortiz
One of the most moving and heartfelt movies that I watched so far this year. Thanks for the lovely copy!Published 28 days ago by Donna
This movie was absolutely hilarious and it actually had a good take home message to it! It is a pretty long movie but it just made me feel like I was getting my money's worth. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Angie
My husband and I love this movie. It is a movie people people can relate to regardless of gender or ethnicity. It was funny and engaging. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Angelica Temple
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