Anjaana Anjaani & Endhiran, 2010

Anjaana Anjaani – Endhiran (The Robot), 2010
Directed by: Siddharth Anand – Shankar

These films have NOTHING in common with each other outside of these minute points:
-I saw them both twice
-I liked each one so much better the second time around.

I’m going to work alphabetically, so up first: Anjaana Anjaani.

The first time I saw this film I almost walked out during interval. I was not impressed by where the story was going, unconvinced by the actors and totally not onboard with the “serious” nature of the story that lacked any substance and feeling. Thankfully I stayed and was totally charmed by the second half of the film… but it was a close call.

The second time I saw this film I was a) not alone like I was the first time and b) in an audience of more drunk man-children and less aunties so I was able to lighten up a bit.

Anjaana Anjaani is standard Romantic Comedy fare. All the over-used ploys that leave me bitter in Hollywood once again were melting my heart and making me all lovey-dovey through the guises of Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.

I’m such a conflicted individual.

The songs in this film are totally what saves it, there is something just GOOD about them. And, this film has the most seamless background score I have ever heard in an Indian Film. Ever. It was so polished and so professional and so clean and so wonderful that I can’t stop adding “so…” to my description.

Priyanka Chopra is quickly becoming my go-to girl for Bolly Rom Coms. There is just something about her that makes me want to BE her. It is an essence she is acquiring with age, since her early movies leave me less than thrilled or impressed by her. She’s the Julia Roberts of Indian Cinema, and since that’s my opinion you can take it or leave it.

Ranbir, Ranbir. I love yo so. After Neetu Week it was so obvious to me how much of your mother is present inside you. Oh, sure you get some things from your poppa, but I think that Neetu is very much living on through her darling son. Forget that they look so much alike, but Ranbir’s screen presence just comes across in the same vein that his mother’s did. I could eat him up with a spoon.

Odd observations:
-The road trip sequence was filmed right outside of St. George, Utah. It is actually the highway that goes to Vegas. I have many, many, many memories on that curvy strip of land.
-“New York is the haven of single ladies”. I’ve never laughed more bitterly in my life. It’s so true.
-Now that I live in New York it is the weirdest thing to watch a movie set in it. It’s almost like a film crew has run over your personal property… maybe I’m feeling especially weirded out since I work in an office that is currently being overrun with at popular TV show…
-You can’t have coffee that is “black, low fat” since “black” implies there is NO MILK.

Favorite song: Tumse Hi Tumse… because there are multiple Ranbirs and I LIKED what they were trying to express; that when were crazy about someone we try to contain it, while on the inside were jumping and skipping and giggling and dressing up like Superman. …I can so relate right now.

ROBOT.

OH SWEET MOTHER OF MERCIFUL HOLY THINGS!

Rajni is the hottest thing I’ve ever seen! I don’t care if he’s sixty. I don’t care if he’s petrified in plastic makeup and wigs. I don’t care. I just don’t.

Endhiran was my first Southie film, and while I think they’re something rather different and I’m a little off put by the overt machisimo I have to admit that I’m wildly intrigued. I’m not making promises, but now that I know where to find them in Queens, I’ll probably be going to see them more often.

Also, am I the only one who likes Aishwarya Rai better in Tamil? She seems so much younger and easy going and relaxed. I’m sure a lot of that has to do with the no-nonsense role she was given, but it was still to see her in such a refreshed being.

The songs in the film were my only repeated nuisance. They appeared out of NOWHERE and they had nothing to do with anything happening before or after the interlude. Oh, a girl almost gets raped and then we’re teleported to Machu Picchu!? Okaaaaayyy… I just went with it because I figured it was like an aria in opera. The song isn’t really needed for story purposes but more for emotional effusions.

I was wildly distraught by the outright carnage and overt violence… it was just a bit excessive to be killing off entire police forces, in my opinion, but like I said, I was just going with things.

One cannot take things too seriously when the hero is a 60 year old in a wig and mask.

There were a few moments that really, really concerned me but I lack both the energy and the passion to talk about them. I’ll just put it simply and state that I think the blaming the victim mentality was far, far over played and incorrectly enabled since there was no need for it, that is all.

Odd observations:
-Who signs a contract when they break up?
-Watchign people write in Tamil script is nothing short of awe inducing.
-Is a zetabyte even a real thing?
-Aishwarya should probably refrain from trying to HipHop dance AND from becoming a “rapper girl”. Just saying.
-Mosquito programming? REALLY?

Favorite song: Kilimanjaro. Because, Aishwarya has dreadlocks. And come on. It’s amaaaazing. And there are llamas, that stare at the dancers like they’ve lost their marbles.

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