Friday, June 10, 2005


I like basu CHATTERJI movies and took Aastha because it was his movie. But i later realized that i had misread the DVD cover. It was a basu BHATTACHARYA movie and not a Basu CHATTERJI.That's how i ended up watching this movie.

Basu bhatttachrya supposedly took what is called a Amar-Manasi trilogy. With Amar and manasi his hero & heroine, he explored various issues in a man-women relationship. This was in the 70's.He came back in 1997 to make aastha with his favorite characters amar and mansi, played by ompuri and rekha.

Mansi is a middle class wife who is always in need of money. Amar a simple college professor, shuns away from money and lives a happy life with his meager salary. Mansi accidentally meets a woman who turns out to be a pimp and ends in her prostitution racket. Amar does not know anything. mansi leads a life of fear and guilt and also she is not able to enjoy her earnings.With the help of one of amar's student she confesses everything to amar by innuendo.

All together a pathetic movie. Basu battacharya wanted to make a bold movie on the lines of Indecesent proposal,and almost ended up making a soft porn. The story, screenplay & dialouge all lack depths. Pathetic rekha through out the movie looks as if she just had 4 pegs of whiskhy and the acting was average. Om puri is wasted in the movie. Basu battacharya does not properly explain the reasons for mansi's decision or the morality part of the story.The screenplay could have been a lot better, he does not pose any question to the audience or make them think.He just keeps on telling the story as if it is some Aesop's Fable .

Music by saarang dev was a comedy. There is a scene where amar's student sees mansi with the pimp and rushes to tell that news to amar.what kind of a bgm should someone expect, something that conveys the danger ahead, suspense or sad .But this guy goes haywire with the sitar. The BGM was the regular music similar to the one that comes when the heroine is happy & she runs to tell a good news to someone. And when you feel that there is a need for a BGM, it will be complete scilence.

The only thing that made me happy in that DVD was the trailer of "jai shakumbhari maa".It was a big comedy, i had a good laugh. If there is a genre to classify the movie.i would name that genre as "Spiritual Comedy".

I don't know why the godess herself is crying??

And the oscar for special effect's goes to......

sometimes, the producers try to make mocery out of these mythological or amman movies.
Even though I am a spiritual person, just like you, these movies also tickles me.
I wish George Lucas or Peter Jackson give an try on Mahabharat that will awesome.
BTW I have book tagged you
Agree ghannu bhai,
Actually I was wishing someone will tag me.I didn't see anybody doing i thought i will tag myself.but u saved me.I look upon you as those peoples who look up at Shakumbhari Maa.
dude, I actualy dont watch this so called amman movies try to avoid them.
Anyway like your new blog template
Solla marathiten
read my book list and lets see where our tastes stand :)
Aastha is an Indianized version of Luis Bunuel's 'Belle De Jour'
Luis Bunuel's 'Belle De Jour'.... the story sounds so.Dont know about the french one, but the indian version sucked.
the caps of the hindi amman movie(and your comments) were hilarious. made me miss rama. narayanan's movies :)
Don't remaind me of that guy.Did he stop making movies ??
Enna Senthil, didn't you see Rama Narayanan's latest 'magnum opus', Kalaignar's 'Mannin Mainthan'? :-)
ohh.. he is still in the fray.In a period where even KB has gone to televsion side.I dont know how come this guy is able to survive??.
Its funny that you mistook Basu Chatterji for Basu Bhattacharya!!
and yeah, Aastha is the Indian version of Bunuel's Belle de Jour.

haven't seen both the movies. The vcd of Aastha is notably (:p) present in (in fact, everytime I pay a visit as the stock never gets empty) landmark, music world and many other leading vcd shops.
But I never wanted to buy it (yeah here I buy, and not rent, a movie to see it!) as it was not looking very impressive.

FYI, Basu Bhattacharya is kinda recognized as a good filmmaker, though I haven't seen any of his movies. Heard quite a lot about him. Sparsh was produced by him. Angered coz of the late release of Sparsh, Sai Paranjpe named the Farookh Sheikh character in her next film, Katha as Bashu!! LOL!
:) Intresting piece of info.I saw katha and yes he is bashu, he is kind of a negative character in the movie.
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