Comedy & '60s obsessive.
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Hmm. I know homosexuality was illegal in India when this film was made, but Dostana does smack of a missed opportunity. Although it's quite impressive to have two major alpha male Bollywood stars kiss, there are way too many stereotypes to recommend this film as a breakthrough. The plot itself is ok, especially as the two heroes don't get away with their deception, but Priyanka Chopra doesn't really get past her role as set decoration, and the whole thing is…
Tezaab could be a really great film, if it wasn't for the ludicrous stunts. However, it's well worth your time, especially as it starts with a truly marvellous song. Madhuri Dixit makes an impressive debut, and there's nothing wrong with the plot. Think of the stunts as a masterclass in Bollywood excess, and you'll be fine.
Veer-Zaara is an epic tale of forbidden love, used as a metaphor for Indian-Pakistani politics. Wait! Come back! What could have been heavy work is transformed with Yash Chopra's lightness of touch, the beautiful locations and the outstanding performances of Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta, who prove why they're such huge stars. Although Bollywood is known for its entertainment, in my opinion, it's at its best when reflecting on the society around it.
Bedazzled is Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's satirical take on Faust, with Cook playing a sarcastic Satan, taking the soul of Stanley Moon (played by Moore) in return for the love of the work colleague that Moon is infatuated with. Or so Moon thinks. There's gorgeous shots of '60s Britain, including a stunner at the top of the GPO Tower, as well as several pokes at '60s popular culture. Eleanor Bron gets the chance to show the range of her acting talent, with Barry Humphries and Sophia Loren providing amusing cameos. One of my favourites.