Move Review: Paheli

Movie: Paheli (Hindi)
Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Anupam Kher, Amitabh.

The basic premise of the movie is that a ghost can take a human form, talk, dance, make love and have kids! If you can buy that, then the rest of the movie is something you might want to proceed with. I saw the entire movie although the basic premise sounded radically stupid to me. It appears as though the movie maker (Shahrukh himself) was looking to turn a money spinner by throwing together a formula film. Top stars, beautiful locales, great color set in gorgeous Rajasthan, a few songs and there you have it — a certain hit. Wrong!

Barring the beautiful scenes, this movie has nothing to offer. The songs were a big let down. After MM Kreem’s melodious numbers in Jism, this performance was sub-standard. Shahrukh and Rani handle their roles with ease like they always do. Amitabh shows up towards the end (show me a movie he doesn’t appear in these days, please, I’m serious), but nothing to get excited about.

Hero and heroine get married. Hero goes away on work for a long period of time. An identical ghost takes his place. The real husband returns. Meanwhile, the ghost and the heroine are greatly in love and expecting a baby, of course! The ghost is finally exposed and leaves only to re-appear within the hero’s actual human form (oh-oh, sorry, if I broke the suspense!).

I was just done cribbing about the movie and I heard that it was India’s choice for the Oscars!

Harriet Miers: Bush’s Supreme Court nominee

President Bush turned in another political “doosra” by naming another virtual unknown to the Supreme court. He has probably pissed off his base by not naming a hard core right wing element. But he is in “sh**” himself and care less about what he believes in and more about making peace (!!) and having less headaches to deal with.

Anyway, another farcial confirmation hearing will soon begin. The candidate won’t tell us “chicken sh**” about what she thinks on any critical issues. Finally, all Senators will vote along party lines and she will be confirmed…oh well.. …

The Indian Cricket Committee Meeting: What Really happened?

Jaggu (Dalmiya): Namaste, hello everybody.

Mahendra: Dalmiya-ji! Kya karen itna controversy….

Jaggu interrupting: Mahendra aap zara chup rahiye!….

Venkat: But Dalmiya-Sir Mr. Mahendra is correct, we need to do…..

Shastri: Its a controversy no doubt but……

Jaggu: Ravi, your commentary contract is ok? Sunny, appka PMG, commentary contract vagaira sub teek tak? Any problem?

Sunny: Yes. All fine.

Jaggu: Venkat, aap itna juldi kyoon retire hogaya? Aur do teen saal umpiring karna tha…anyway koi baat nahin. Selection committee ko dissolve kar degene. Phir 3 member selection committe banatein. Venkat upko hum zaroor selector banayenge.

Ok, hum abhi Chappell ko bulayenge. Sunny aur Ravi, tum log usko bol dena ki India me ye email-shemail chalta nahin hai. Aisa bukwas hum ko nahin pasand hai. Kuch bolna hai tho meeting me karna chahiye.

Aur uske baad hum Ganguly ko bulayenge. Mahendra tum chup raina. Kuch bolne ka nahin hai.
Venkat, please tell Ganguly that he needs to perform better and learn to work with Chappell. Tell the same thing to Chappell.

Both are brought in one after another and asked to spill their guts. Dalmiya interrupts both with abrupt Thank yous.

Jaggu then turns to Mahendra and hands him a small sheet of paper, “Please read this. Jo isme likha hai, seedha press ko bol dena”. Aur Sunny, Ravi, ek, do din ke baad tum log bhi press ko yehi baat bol de na, which I know you will do very well. But please, please train this guy Mahendra.. before he talks to the press about this issue……aur Venkat, don’t worry, aap ka selector post guranteed.

Then Jaggu says “Ok Meeting over. Thank you everybody”.