Saturday, November 10, 2007

Happy Endings!

Just watched Om Shanti Om for Diwali.Nice entertainment. Really good show and the movie made people stick to their seats till the last credit was displayed (must give kudos to whoever came up with the out of box way of credit display and I was particularly impressed with the spot buy and finance team"). Coming to the movie, what struck me as insistent was the focus on a "happy ending". If it isnt happy then the movie apparently hasnt ended as per OSO(thus making any bollywood movie end only one way).

Since the movie is Retro, if you are reading this, please go and borrow this movie called "The Third Man" which is from 1949 but an yeggastradinary movie to watch for any buff.This movie will have different endings based on your geographical location. American DVDs have a different ending whereas British distribution of original has a different one and there is one which compromises between both approached. Reason was that Graham Greene wanted to have a Shah Rukh like happy ending whereas Selznick (Speaking of Selznick, OSO had this wonderful SRK line of "I dont give a damn,dear" which is cool adaptation) knew his market was not going to the movies for such assurances and begged differ.

I watched both endings and must agree with Selznick in that his adapation of the ending is far better in pleasing my aesthetic sense than the Greene one of make up at the end. The correct word to describe the selznick ending would be "tantalising the senses" rather than soothing. So there, one reason for not always having happy endings.

"In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed — they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."

- Orson Welles' contribution to the script of The Third Man


Unknown said...

Loved the rajnikant spoof, and the award functions part. It was hilarious in the first half, but only ordinary in the second.

UMASS GRAD said...

Hey I really like ur blog..although a little intense, the good thing is itz simple wording which makes an easy reading

Paddy said...

[shruti] Totally loved the Rajni spoof apart from the costumes/set/period setting for the old movies..First half was innovative and second half was just normal.(albeit the last shot with the gujju film maker where SRK throws a flower using his mouth was hilarious)

Paddy said...

[Raagini] Welcome to my lair.Intensity is a function of my conviction on an issue and yes, usually I try keeping it simple and straight but not always.Glad to know you liked it. Will talk to you soon!