Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New York - A Review

New York, the first big release after the IPL and the T20 World Cup and the rift between the multiplex owners and the producers, elicits mixed reactions.

The plot of the movie is pretty fresh. It takes a fresh look at the impact of 9/11 on innocent citizens. The world dynamics irreversibly changed after 9/11. The movie depicts innocent people like Sam (John Abraham) becoming victims of the FBI's suspicion. It brings to forth the irony that in an endeavor to curb terrorists, the US is unknowingly creating new ones - the ones which has its origins linked to the 9/11. [I had referred to something similar in my post Live to die]The sub-plot of the victimized Muslim employee who was helped by Maya (Katrina Kaif), a human rights activist is very poignant. It shows the emotional reaction to the torture. Sam, on the contrary, gives an aggressive and a well thought of response to the torment. The theme of the movie – 9/11 ke side effects - is very novel for a bollywood movie. Aditya Chopra, the writer of the movies, deserves full points.

The NYSU part was a bit boring – it was like a conventional big budget movie. But the movie started gaining pace once we found that Sam was suspected to be a terrorist. The movie, then, went Don-way. The FBI appoints Omar (Neil Nitin Mukesh) as an undercover agent to gather evidence against Sam. The RDB style ending was good. Sam and his wife, Maya (Katrina Kaif) are killed by the federal forces even though Sam throws the bomb trigger and surrenders.

Despite having a very strong plot, the movie lacks in keeping up the pace. At times it was just getting too boring. The director, probably, wanted to show that the 'normal' American, NYSU life Sam was leading and how Omar became friends with Maya and Sam. Also, after the disclosure of the fact that Sam was a terrorist, the pace broke down again. Things become too predictable until the end is reached which is pretty unpredictable by the standards of the the series of predictable events preceding it.

The songs are good. It gels well with the movie. They are broken into smaller fragments and are timed such that they appear like background scores and aid the flow of the plot. The songs do not reduce the pace of the movie – the movie is self equipped with sub-plots to do this (slowing of pace).

John, Neil and Katrina did a decent job. Irrfan was playing in his home ground and so was obviously brilliant. Remember him in A Mighty Heart and Slumdog Millionaire?

The best part about the movie was the neutrality in tone it maintained through out. It was very easy for a movie on such sensitive issues to go on either sides. The movie admitted the mistake done in accusing innocent people, however it doesn't encourage the extremist path taken by those impacted. The movie, like any Yash-Raj movie, is very politically correct.

All in all, the movie has a good plot but not so good portrayal of the plot.


Tejaswy June 30, 2009 at 10:58 AM  

I really liked the songs in this movie.Haven't seen the movie though

Bhaswati July 2, 2009 at 9:52 PM  

i liked the movie, possibly because i am a very big fan of john. but i do agree the movie gets boring at certain points. i liked the theme too. the review is well written.

Arti July 3, 2009 at 2:06 PM  

I wish you had given the spoiler alert...

Anto July 3, 2009 at 2:10 PM  

Yet i have'nt seen the movie....but i hav planned....will come again here to share my opinion as soon as i watch tat movie...

u can have a option poll for this movie know..so tat visitors can rate this movie....

Pikul Sarkar July 9, 2009 at 9:46 PM  

I liked Neil Nitin Mukesh's acting. He is not melodramatic like the normal bollywood actors. This guy has substance. He should appear as clean-shaven more often. It was really surprising to watch Katrina acting decently for the first time.

Biswajit Biswas July 15, 2009 at 7:24 PM  

Bro need not comment on this as I was there with you and already commented on that day itself

Crusader July 20, 2009 at 11:30 PM  

In my opinion the movie is a fantastic one and shows today's reality. Aka, Myhtical Realities and Real Myths as explained here,


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