1.Sajanji Vaari Vaari 2.Jaane Hai Woh Kahan 3.ALbela Albela 4.Halke Halke 5.Pyaar Ki Yeh Kahani 6.Haath Dhore Niye Chalo 7.Halke Halke (Remix) ... Read more
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Surprising and lesser known 2007 gem, beautifully acted & very engaging
The plot is simple: 6 diverse couples are on their honeymoon bus trip to Goa. Between them they represent a range of different relationship connections and challenges. We have older 55 year old couple Shabana Azmi & Boman Irani ; inhibited Kay Kay Menon and aspiring fee-spirit wifeRaima Sen ;romantic Amisha Patel & less romantic husband with his mind on a personal dilemma he won't discuss) Karan Khanna ; reluctant sexual partner Vikram Chatwal and affectionate wife he met on the .NetSandhya Mridul ; unhappy Ranvir Shorey who can't get any response out of arranged marriage wife Diya Mirza who is always crying ; and magic young couple Abhay Deol & Minissha Lamba who seem the model romantic soulmates. There is also a small superhero interlude in a minor subplot! That may sound incongruous but it is done straight (rather than silly comedy) and it works. It almostunderlines that some of the relationships we long for as humans are not what most people experience and that this sort of perfect love may only be available to those not fully human! There is also a cameo role for Arjun Rampal whose character upsets the apple cart for one couple.
I don't usually list most of the cast but in this one they all give above average performances and need comment. There was such texture and depth almost casually portrayed through these actors and a fairly tight script that I was engaged and caring about them from early on.
It is hard to describe the feel of the movie. It isn't a flighty Bollywood melodrama nor is the `real (often equaling dark and depressing) art house flavor. It is more on the real side but in an enjoyable entertaining way that makes you think a little more. I was also particularly impressed by the portrayal of gays in this one. They have so often been caricatured as effeminate jokes in hindi movies but here we have real feelings and normal looking guys struggling with different from straight inner urges in one subplot. (though they still shy back from actually seeing a gay couple as fully acceptable)
The music is above average too- from melodic quieter pieces, through an up tempo Latin number (with flashy dance to match) and a very catchy crowd party song.Most music comes from expected locations like bars, interludes from a lonely heart radio station and a dream.
I found myself really enjoying this lesser known movie. The picture on the cover could have meant boring or silly comedic but the contents were surprising given that possibility. A definite keeper. Elsewhere on the Net it tends to get above average.
Celebrate the journey...
"For everyone, God has made someone. Finding that person is up to you." I don't know how spot-on the sub-title work was in this film, but, either way, this is a beautiful sentiment. It'd be nice if it were true. HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT. LTD. is the kind of film which comes along and, while not exactly blowing you away, leaves you fairly content and thinking: "Now that was a pretty good movie." HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT. LTD. is a Bollywood product, and can't help but echo some of the Bollywood conventions. Yet it also manages to find its own voice. I don't know how original this film is, but, in its dealings with plot situations, it comes off as more mature and perceptive than the average Bollywood film. Certainly it has some things to say about the vagaries and differing flavors of marriages, and specifically, of Indian marriages. And, again, it's just a darn good movie.
It's not at all a convoluted premise. Basically, six newlywed couples sign up for a honeymoon tour to Goa, travelling on a vividly pink tour bus, and accompanied by a surly bus driver, his idealistic nephew, and the veteran tour guide. And stuff happens.
Meet the six couples:
- Nahid and Oscar are the older, more seasoned couple, somewhere in their fifties and each having gone thru harrowing times. They are trying to rebuild their lives and seem to have found love and solace in each other.
- The conservative Partho & the broad-minded, fun loving Milly are embroiled in a constant tug-of-war for marital dominance. For the longest time, Partho has thought he'd been in control. Or has Milli been only content to allow him the upper hand? She seems to be tiring of wearing the traditional sari all the time...
- Aspi and Zara met and fell in love when they were nerdy children, getting bullied by their schoolmates. They've even gone thru an accident together. Everyone thinks they're the ideal couple. Fo'shizzle, they do a mean tango. They've never had an argument. Until now.
- Hitesh & Shilpa are the victims of an unhappy arranged marriage. During their honeymoon vacation, Shilpa insists on locking herself in the bathroom all day and brooding and weeping for her lost love. Doesn't help that Hitesh is kind of a jerk.
- Now, they don't like to admit this to others, but Madhu and Bunty met on the Internet. Madhu is secretly recovering from a fresh heartbreak. And Bunty, a NRI (non-resident Indian), is hiding something else.
- Pinky is a bubbly chatterbox who longs for that perfect romance. But her husband Vicky overwhelmingly isn't on the same page.
This is Reema Kagti's first shot at directing her own film, not that you could tell. Paced leisurely but without dragging, breezy yet infused with unexpected sensitivity, HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT. LTD. is a romantic comedy travelogue, and it's worth watching. And, for an ensemble film, it manages to touch on most of its characters. Kagti manages to juggle the whimsy with the drama. So we have a story arc about hidden homosexuality co-existing with something as frivolous as one couple who, in their alter egos, are superheroes (yeah, you heard me!). And there's early suspense in the form of a leather-clad man on a motorcycle who mysteriously trails the honeymoon bus.
Here's a neat idea. From time to time, an all-knowing radio station (Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM) is used as a device to chronicle the backstory of the couples, allowing us to learn of the diversity of these marriages and the secrets these couples cling to. These flashbacks are smoothly transitioned and effective in fleshing out the cast even more, and without disrupting the narrative flow. Me, I became even more involved in the respective story arcs, which continued to nicely develop as the tour went on. As in life, not every ending can be happy. When the end credits roll around, one marriage has fallen by the wayside while several more are kept going out of convenience.
This is a true ensemble cast, and the acting is rock solid. There are certainly plenty of beautiful women present (Raima Sen, Diya Mirza, Minissha Lamba, Sandhya Mridul). In fact, this film is represented by quite a few women, in front of and behind the camera (the Film Director, the Director of Photography, etc.). And while no one supposedly has a "leading" role, several actors do separate themselves from the pack. Boman Irani as Oscar and Kay Kay Menon as the uptight Partho are particular stand outs.I've only seen Irani in strictly comedic roles before, and, conversely, Kay Kay only in serious parts. They're great in these role reversals. All throughout, Irani provides a steady presence as the elder statesman Oscar, who, perhaps, along with his wife (the very good Shabana Azmi), realizes best what it takes to make a marriage. But Irani also manages to pepper his scenes with humor. I loved that brief boating sequence with Irani demanding to know where the dolphins are ("There!" the boat guide randomly points to the horizon.). Meanwhile, one of the film's best moments turns up when Partho unwittingly gets high and lets his hair down in the invigorating cruise ship musical number.
Representing the femmes, Raima Sen sinks her teeth into a good role as Partho's controlled wife who yearns for some freedom. I think Raima gets more camera time than the rest of the actresses, but it's okay; she makes the most of it. Kay and Kay and Raima turn out to be my favorite couple. The rest of the cast are fine, although Amisha Patel gets pretty annoying with her incessant babble (although, I do think the writers intended her to get on everyone's nerves, so maybe it's just good acting).
I dig the music here. I have two songs I'm really partial to. There's the sizzling salsa number "Pyaar Ki Yeh Kahani." Then there's most of the cast boogeying down in the cruise ship number "Sajnaji Vaari Vaari." For some reason, the cathartic dancing here makes me think of that musical sequence in BARBERSHOP. Huh.
At 44 minutes in length, enough of the comprehensive "Making Of" feature is in English so that non-Hindi speaking folks should be able to get ample 411 out of it. As a bonus eye candy for the ladies, there's even a guest appearance by Arjun Rampal.
Check out this film, do. HONEYMOON TRAVELS PVT. LTD. (which isn't at all a cumbersome title for a film, right?) is funny and sad, playful and bittersweet. It's even a bit ridiculous. And when I say "funny" I definitely don't mean the inane, juvenile comedy normally found in Bollywood pictures. The humor here is low key and doesn't come off as contrived. The characters display real emotions and are complex enough that they feel real (except maybe for Aspi and Zara, who seem to be overwhelmingly too perfect). Even in its occasional penchant for spoofing, the film doesn't stray too far from its character driven core. As these couples traipse about under the sun and over the sea of Goa, we learn that it's wiser to celebrate the journey more than the destination. That things sometimes stop lasting or maybe were never there in the first place. But that you shouldn't stop trying to make the best of it. It's life.
Vishal Shekhar have done it again
Another top bill by Vishal Shekhar. YOu can feel several influences in the music and "sajna se vaari" is a very good rendition.
It is time India recognizes their talent and move beyond Himesh Reshammiya.
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