Sunday, September 14, 2008

Background Music

I watched "A Wednesday" yesterday. The movie was about one man who plants four bombs in Bombay and then informs the Commissioner of Police. He asks for release of four terrorists in return. Finally, it turns our that the man who had planted the bombs actually was a common man and wanted to kill those four terrorists as he was unsure of the quality of administrative and legal machinery of India.

I read the reviews before going for the movie. Critics said Naseeruddin Shah had given amazing performance. I think he has given far better performances in his career. What annoyed me was the use of loud background score. The same was the case with Mumbai Meri Jaan. The background music was capable of giving me a migraine.

Various directors have used such background music effectively in movies. For instance, Varma in Satya and Company. Yash Chopra in Darr and who can forget that heavenly background music of Sippy's Sholay. On contrast, we have directors of modern age, who use background music when they are sure that their script writers have either written awful dialogues or are totally incapable of writing. For instance, I read somewhere that Ramu had to fill music in "Sarkar - Part1" as he was unhappy with his scripwriter. In the sequel, Sarkar Raj, even Ramu used stupid kind of loud background score.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Bombay Multiplexes

There is new trend visible across multiplexes. Eating outlets at multiplex try to sell their stuff during the show time. I went to watch 'Rock On' last saturday and this guy was selling popcorns to a lady. Suddenly, a man turned and told him that you are disturbing the audience and he was right in saying so.

I think it must be a really frustating job for someone to sell a cold drink, samosa or pop corn in the dark theatre, when hardly anything is visible. Moreover, the voice has to be really low, if it reached the ears of audience, then this fellow is fucked.

On the other hand, it shows that those who run such theatres care a damn about the audience's comfort. They dont realise that when there is hardly any space left for people to walk, they have their own guys selling cold drinks and making the space even more cramped.

The court has ruled it illegal to debar audience from carrying outside food in theatre. In light of this, a shop which was just next to Thakur Cinema has stopped selling bottled water and Thakur Cinema's hand in such kind of arrangement can not be ruled out.