Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Take foot, insert slowly in mouth

Watched Iqbal yesterday. As I am fond of saying, I live in hope. And this time, it was justified. Eating crow, eating crow. Will refrain from doing full-length analysis of said film, but suffice it to say is eminently watchable in feel-good, pulling-at-heartstrings kind of way. Heck, I always knew Nagesh had it in him ;)

And please refrain from pointing out that that's the most shamelessly barefaced turnaround of the century.

12 Comments:

At August 30, 2005 6:35 PM, Blogger Jabberwock said...

Uh, I'm not sure I get the logic. Why would your face be protein-smeared because of a post that was about the incompetence of Kukunoor's previous work? Even if
he goes on to make a long, unbroken series of masterpieces from here onwards, surely what you said about his earlier stuff still holds good.

This reminds me about that cliche of cricket reportage where, after a long-out-of-form batsman scores a
century, the papers shriek "So-and-so proved his critics wrong..." Never understood that one either.

So pillory thee on, marauder...maraud long and prosper!

 
At August 30, 2005 9:52 PM, Anonymous an ordinary man said...

So, how was the taste? And the smell? MM, at least now u should respect the views of ordinary mortals...

 
At August 30, 2005 9:57 PM, Blogger The Marauder's Map said...

Ordinary man, pls refer to Jabberwock's adroit defence of my earlier position. So there!

 
At August 30, 2005 10:00 PM, Anonymous Passerby said...

Forget the fact whether the movie was good or bad...the fact that MM went to watch the movie in itself says a lot about! That for me is the volte face of the century!!! And, for a stickler for perfection in the English language, for a prim and propah MM, the use of the word "recentest" is a boo boo!!!!

 
At August 30, 2005 10:43 PM, Blogger A fool on the hill said...

Eat crow. Eat your foot. But, what about the hate-the-kuknooo club? Stands disbanded? Never seen a marauding turncoat! Quite an oxymoron that.

 
At August 31, 2005 3:19 PM, Blogger the still dancer said...

errr..that's the most shamelessly barefaced turnaround of the century. :-D.

 
At September 02, 2005 5:49 PM, Blogger Sinfully Pinstripe said...

BTW, AajTak says he might have flicked the storyline..... from a Techie, what's more.

And it's good, huh?

 
At September 11, 2005 2:42 PM, Blogger n.g. said...

yeah, and about time. like i said on your page a few days ago, i'd like to see the film before screaming my congratulations. and i did, twice. and loved it. after 5 duds, its about time the man made anything remotely close to resembling a film.

was watching an interview of nagesh, and he had an interesting take on it. he called it a 'sport' film. 'sports' is a genre not explored in this country and i thought it was a huge opportunity. er, yeah sure. but i dont think iqbal is about sport. its about spirit. just like 'million dollar baby' wasnt about boxing, it was about fighting.

 
At September 13, 2005 12:21 PM, Blogger GSB said...

Totally agree with Nish. It's not about sport. Just as Iqbal's mother tells the father when he says 'a game is about to destry our life', and she says 'it was never about the game.' I think Nagesh is intelligent, and he does have it somewhere in him. I liked Rockford, and I think HB can't be criticised now for prod values because you have to see it in the time and context it released, not five or ten years later. Bollywood calling was crap and the others I haven't seen. But Iqbal is very good. And I think finally, Nagesh has found a balance between aesthetics and emotions and realised that pandering to commercial diktats (BC and TD) doens't work for one and all. It's better sometimes to concentrate on your strength and commercial success will follow (look at Bhandarkar's Page 3).

 
At September 14, 2005 1:09 PM, Blogger The Marauder's Map said...

I really liked the film, actually. Went to watch it -- in fact was dragged to the theatre -- with a lot of scepticism and totally prepared to hate it. The first few scenes, especially the one where Iqbal's mother starts having dramatic labour pains just after watching a match on TV were slightly cringe-worthy but after that te film sailed off pretty well. I especially liked the protagonist's sister -- this kid Shweta Prasad merits watching out for -- and her belligerent love/hate relationship with Naseer's character.

 
At September 15, 2005 12:49 AM, Blogger A fool on the hill said...

Why don't you get over the Kuknoo fixation and post something new?

 
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