4 agosto 2013

Le prime del 9 agosto: Chennai Express

Chennai Express è il divertentissimo (a giudicare dal trailer) titolo in programmazione per la festa musulmana dell'Id. Diretto dal re del botteghino Rohit Shetty, CE offre una particolarità di cui tanto si è chiacchierato in India: è la prima pellicola, nella filmografia di Shetty, a non essere interpretata dall'amico di sempre Ajay Devgan. Il regista ha infatti scritturato Shah Rukh Khan, altro pezzo da novanta, e non ce ne lamentiamo. Ad affiancarlo una pepatissima Deepika Padukone. La colonna sonora è composta da Vishal-Shekhar. Un assaggio nei brani One two three four, Titli e Kashmir Mein Tu Kanyakumari. Sito ufficiale.

B.A. Pass: recensioni

The Times of India, *** 1/2: 'Unbutton, unbuckle and unstrap the senses. It's going to be one erotic escapade - kinky, caustic, brutal and brave. With ample 'O's and 'Ahhs!'. Some painfully fake, others carnally climaxed. Adapted from Mohan Sikka's short story, Railway Aunty, it's about the doom and desperation of an impoverished life and the extremes one can go to redeem themselves of an ignominious existence. (...) Debutant Ajay Bahl's film is dark and deeply disturbing. The subject boldly pulls off the cover on what happens behind closed (bedroom) doors of a society that thrives on pseudo morals and values. While the movie doesn't exploit eroticism, a little subtlety would have as much 'shock' value. The sex-scenes are well-crafted, though he could have done with little more (fore)play of positions. 'Woman on Top' seems desirable, but variety (in shots and angle) would have left a stronger impact. If you want a change from the colourful canvas of Bollywood, and you like it dark, very dark - test this one out'.
Hindustan Times, ** 1/2: 'BAP reimagines New Delhi’s Paharganj area as a Dante-esque circle of hell. (...) Working from a short story by Mohan Sikka, debutant director Ajay Bahl creates a film that starts out strong. The casting is solid. (...) BAP holds your interest as long as Bahl sticks to Sikka’s darkly twisted story. But each time he diverges (...) the narrative wobbles. The plot additions (...) are feeble. Some of the sex scenes are unintentionally funny. (...) But mostly, the film is tripped up by its strangely solemn yet voyeuristic tonality, a gaze that is both sympathetic and leering. Beyond a point, it becomes repetitive and Bahl is unable to hold your interest in these sad and sordid lives. Still, BAP is much better than its tacky posters let on. Which is a welcome surprise'.

Box office: 26 luglio/1 agosto 2013

1 - Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (distribuito il 12.07); 2 - Bajatey Raho (26.07); 3 - Ramaiya Vastavaiya (19.07); 4 - D-Day (19.07). Bollywood Hungama

Le prime del 2 agosto: B.A. Pass

Ecco un film fuori dal coro. B.A. Pass è il fascinoso noir a sfondo erotico ambientato in una Delhi notturna e incantatrice. Diretta da Ajay Bahl, la pellicola è stata presentata in diversi festival internazionali, e si è aggiudicata premi e recensioni positive. Vedremo come reagirà il pubblico indiano... Trailer.