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Wide angle excuse

Ekta Kapoor's "Kahani Hamaray Mahabharat Ki", which opened this week with lots of expectations on 9X failed to excite. It appeared a hurried exercise full of factual inaccuracies. Ved Vyasa is seen narrating the biggest poem in prose, Shantanu, the king of Hastinapur goes hunting in the barren Ladakh. The characters have been dressed up like Greek gods, a cheap copy of big budget Hollywood films like "Troy". The makers seem to have forgotten that just the frequent use of wide angle lens doesn't add grandeur. The dialogues lack the punch and pronunciation and the cast seems tired and is still in the mould of Ekta's saas-bahu sagas. Sakshi (as Ganga) continues to be Parvati and Anita's (as Draupdi) lip movements are not in sync with dialogues. Even the talented Makrand Deshpande is hamming. Silver lining: Kiran Karmakar as Shantanu.


Counter culture!

From blockbusters to serious cinema, World Movies continue to augment its bank of meaningful cinema. Recently the channel has acquired "Che", the Golden Palm nominee at Cannes 2008 that won Del Toro the best actor award. The four-hour-plus epic is the first full cinematic rendition on the life of Latin American revolutionary Ernesto `Che' Guevara.


Bust the blockbuster

The way channels publicise their products, every film is a blockbuster. Recently, a channel sent the publicity material of a reality show which said the winner will get to work in a blockbuster produced by a well known production house. Height of wishful thinking! Similarly duds like "Naach" and "Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam" are publicised as blockbusters. However, this week is different as HBO is bringing the biggest Hollywood blockbuster of 2007, "Spiderman 3" to out living rooms this Friday at 9 pm.

Mythical news!


Taking a cue from entertainment channels, news channels are also turning mythological. As if the frequent stories on Sai Baba were not enough, last week Aaj Tak in its programme "Vishesh" (Special) talked about Ravan's mummy and hinted on its presence. As always there were no hard facts just speculation. For pictures they had the good old pictures of the late Arvind Trivedi fighting it out with Arun Govil. Talking of speculation, Arushi murder cases continues to be the hotbed of gossip on the basis of so-called sources. Zee News declared Rajesh Talwar and his wife were not present in their house on the night of murder and India TV showed an hour long question answer session between Rajesh and CBI. A reconstruction caption appeared at the corner of the screen. Now India TV is a Hindi news channel. Should it not put the reconstruction caption in Hindi?

ANUJ KUMAR

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