This movie is so lame, but can be fast pace by cutting 60 minutes of it. I did so and I'm watching a very cool movie now. The same I did with Deewaar and Sholay. There is only one cool movie without spoilers no one is talking about, my all time favorite: The Great Gambler.
None of the current film makers have the ability to create a larger than life personas of the characters. Today technology does 80% of the work, and the director does 19%. the performers do the 1% of filling in the space. Even the music which is more of noise is not half as memorable as that of the 60ies to the 80ies. Wish someone will come back with a real bollywood entertainer, thrills et al.
Re: SHAAN remake
by VijaySagar on Jun 30, 2011 03:33 PM
r u saying that the new Don was better than the original. U must be bonkers. None of the remakes will he half as classy or entertaining like the originals. SRK and anyone trying to ape the Big B will only end being pygmies..both is personality and performance. Better to watch the originals, they are still absolutely thrilling.
I doubt Dinesh Raheja's credentials as film critic. Had he done his homework properly, he wouldn't have written that R D Burman was better known for smaller films. On the contrary R D was better known for Big Budget multistarrer Extravaganzas right from his earliest days of Teesri Manzil(1966) to his last bad-patch days of Joshilay,Zalzala,Parinda,1942ALS etc. I think he hasn't heard about most expensive movies in the history of Hindi cinema like Shalimar,Alibaba aur chalis chor or The Burning Train to name the few. Henceforth he should do proper homework before making such sweeping statements.
RE:Shaan & RD
by Vampy on Apr 29, 2005 12:30 PM
I fully agree with you Parag. In fact, the biggest multistarrers and big budget films in the 70s were Sholay and The Burning Train....and who composed the music in those two ? The author should get his facts correctly before writing. After all he is writing in a site open to the public and he ought to be more careful. He may not like Pancham or his works but this is no way to slam the greatest music director of all times.
Well I loved the movie like anything and the major contribution for my liking was the evergreen music of R D Burman. As far as the characters are concerned I would have preffered Waheeda Rehman in place of Rakhee Gulzar. Also the title track by Asha Bhonsle was the most melodious one but I would preffered it in the voice of Lata Mangeshkar. Nimesh.
I think critic on this movie has forgotten the time Shaan was made. It was much ahead of its time. The direction was superb and storyline was typical but nicely woven. In the multistar movies it is bound to happen that no one gets role time he desrves and moreover all star in this movie were big stars of their time barring Shammi Kapoor. Atleast Sippy's have made effort to produce such kind of movie which was ahead of time with no compromises.
If you compare "Statue of Liberty" with every other structure made, there are bound to be flaws you will invariably notice in each. Thats seems to be the case with your review of "Shaan"
Lets begin with the assumption that "Shaan" was not a follow -up to Sholay..because making another Sholay is simply not possible ..its does'nt take you or me to realise it..the director himself has gone on print stating the same.
Now, that there is no comparison, lets reassess-- - In terms of content and cinematography, Shaan was a movie way ahead of its times. - The action sequences were first-rate..i believe there were'nt any better ones. - Great music, if a movie has three songs out of six that are worth remembering, its a great album..there are at least four that immediately come to mind as memorable. - Performance wise,Amitabh performed brilliantly..ditto Shashi Kapoor..great chemistry...Shatru Sinha fit the bill..Sunil Dutt gave a solid performance in an integral role..Mazhar Khan rocked.
Sholay and "Shaan" had varied themes..hence the difference in execution..Shaan was a great movie that bombed but that does not reduce the director's brilliance in any way.
Mr. Raheja states that Mogambo (Mr. India) was the creation of Salim-Javed. I tend to disagree as by the time Mr. India was released in 1986, Saleem-Javed were no longer working as a team. They had already parted ways in 1981. So if Mogambo was created before that then this might be true, but to my knowledge Mogabo was Javed's brainchild. Mr. Raheja, your feedback would surely be appreciated.