Sat, 04 Dec 2010 10:32:23 GMT | By Raj Narayan

'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey': This one surely doesn't play!

MSN's incisive dissection of Ashutosh Gowariker's 'Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey'


Review of Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey

Nobody remembers 'Pehla Nasha' (1993); the aficionados recall 'Baazi' (1995) as a slick flick; everyone and their uncles and aunts raved over 'Lagaan' (2001); the multiplex audience were wowed by 'Swades' (2004); the sheer opulence of 'Jodhaa Akbar' (2008) made us draw in our collective breaths. And then there was a lull.

Sadly thought, the deluge that followed thereafter was unmitigated mediocrity. If director Ashutosh Gowariker next 'What's Your Rashee' (2009) was a disaster, he seems to have forgotten the lessons rather quickly. A man who made just four movies in ten years leading up to 2008 has since made three more thereafter.

One cannot fathom why he should be hell bent on continuing in the same streak? Why would he want to turn a lesser known political upheaval of pre-Independence India into a history lesson told in what can at best be described as a historic way of storytelling? Seems like directorial ennui is making Gowariker seek glory in history, his own and that of the country!

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