16 agosto 2013

Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara!: recensioni

Periodo d'oro per il botteghino indiano. Chennai Express sta incassando a più non posso, ma sembra che anche Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara! si stia comportando benissimo. Eccovi le recensioni.
The Times of India, *** 1/2: 'Once Upon a Time... Bollywood movies were enamored by dreaded D's of the underworld. They still are. Whether the story is told in retro-rap, or with stylish designer double Dons, or with gloss-free rawness of realism. This endless 'lawless' love affair continues. (...) Milan Luthria captures the essence of the period, packed with characters living behind 'dark shades' with an even darker conscience. (...) The first part is more engaging. (...) The heavy-duty dialogues (Rajat Aroraa) punch drama in the story, though at times too overbearing. The background score (Pritam & Anupam Amod) pitches in dramatically. This film has its moments, but it's not as compelling as the prequel. Akshay (Kumar) does the bhai act with flamboyance. (...) He gets a chance to do what he does best (...) with charisma and clap-trap dialoguebaazi. Imran looks too suave for the part, but eventually rolls up his sleeves to play a don with dil, performing well in emotional scenes. Sonakshi pulls off a dabangg act to stand strong between two daunting dons'.
Hindustan Times, ***: 'More than anything else in Milan Luthria’s sequel, Akshay (Kumar) towers. He chews up the scenery with his dangerous frown, flaring nostrils, dark glasses, flicked cigarettes and thunderous dialogue. (...) But the beauty is that underneath the swagger, Akshay also locates the loneliness and heartache of a monster hobbled by love. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed watching him this much. The rest of the film works in fits and starts. Like Milan’s earlier pictures — Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai and The Dirty Picture — OUATIMD is full-throttle masala. Situated some time in the 1980s, the film revels in blaring background music, old-school machismo, glaring loopholes in logic (starting with that strangely spelled Ay in the title) and, of course, reams of whistle-inducing dialogues by Rajat Aroraa, who also wrote those two earlier films. No one here just talks. Every dialogue is a declaration, saying or metaphor. (...) Some of the lines were so twisted that I couldn’t even decipher the meaning behind the imagery. The pacing is bumpy — too many songs unnecessarily stretch the film to 160 minutes. The screenplay is clunky and for much of the first half, Imran Khan (...) is plainly out of his depth. Imran has a naturally sweet, vulnerable presence but the role requires drama and flamboyance. He makes for an awkward, hesitant gangster but becomes more convincing as the love story takes hold. What’s interesting is that this is a Mumbai mafia story but what drives it is the love triangle. (...) Yes, the film is over-wrought, melodramatic and designed as pulp fiction. But it’s intermittently fun. (...) OUATIMD had me cheering for the bad guy. Which, at least in the movies, is never a bad thing. The film gets one extra star for Akshay Kumar, who makes a stellar killer'.

When not in Rome, don't do as the Romans do - Stefano Pelle

Il saggio When not in Rome, don't do as the Romans do di Stefano Pelle, edito da Sage Publications, è stato presentato in India. Stefano Pelle opera nei mercati emergenti dal 1998, è dirigente di Perfetti per l'Asia meridionale, il medio oriente e l'Africa, ed è coniugato con una donna indiana. Hindustan Times oggi riporta un'intervista concessa dall'autore a Reuters. Vi offriamo qualche stralcio:
'What similarities do you see between India and Italy?
There are so many. The traffic, the chaos, the way of being smart and trying to jump lines. Then the mother of course. The family in general but the relationship with the mother more than the family. In Italy now youngsters stay in their parents' home longer because there is no first employment ... and this forces the attachment with the mother and the cult of the mother that is there in Italy. And of course same thing in India ... It's weird, the relationship with the parents is stronger than the relationship with the wife.
It's amazing how the food can be different in the different parts of Italy and so is the case in India ... Punjabi food in the north, the Hyderabadi biryani or then maybe the Malabari food of coastal Kerala. They are completely different. And it's the same thing in Italy. If you have a Sicilian pasta it's nothing to do with risotto Milanese or osso buco.
Then the fact that they are both peninsulas and then the political situation. The Congress Party in India has dominated the political scene for years and years. In Italy this was the case with the Democrazia Cristiana (Christian Democrats) which in the after-war period ... governed Italy for maybe 40 years.
What about the differences?
Tea against coffee!
What did you most and least like about doing business in India?
People are what I liked most about doing business. I loved first of all their brain ... Secondly they can be humble but they can be extremely aggressive depending on the situation.
What I notice is that normally they still have a little bit of respect for the colonial and the white skin ... whereas at times with their colleagues there can be really no mercy. If they have to climb up they can do anything to show they are the best and better. And the competitiveness - it's not a healthy kind of competition, at times it can even be nasty. But they are really smart people and really hard workers. I've never seen people working like 60 hours a week and no Saturday, no Sunday (off) - whenever is needed. It's really this dedication to work which I found extremely positive'.