Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Desi Superman

Very short post, but great post-lunch humour!
I never knew this movie existed!

And before you give me that crap about Westerners not knowing anything about popular desi culture and any firang reviewer doing a Bollywood movie would be like Thomas Friedman's patronising articles in NYT, read this. Its worth it. I should really watch this movie, I hope someone somewhere has a VCD of it. I'm pretty sure a DVD won't exist.
Anyway, just as a teaser, an excerpt...
" Next up comes a completely unrelated scene in which a rich couple decides to give a gift of expensive food to an orphanage. But unbeknownst to the couple, the cruel heads of the institution take the food away and give the children their usual ration of bread. Superman shows up for no reason and, upon discovering the orphans' plight, he uses his telekinetic powers (what!?) to make the good food march out of the basket where it as being kept, dance around a little, then line up in front of the orphans. The stop-motion animation used to achieve the effect of the marching food looks a lot like the animated bits on Sesame Street in the 1970s, but with less technical proficiency. Come to think of it, the orphans probably could have animated this scene more expertly, because they might have actually cared about what they were doing."
More later.
EDIT : There is even a clip online of the hijacking scene. The movie is really really bad!

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