Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bollywood goes to Hollywood: DBB watches Kaante

I watched Kaante (2002) at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles this week. A few well-chosen and well-executed Bollywood production numbers helped make the movie's 2 1/2 hours fly by. Perhaps more heist movies should incorporate such numbers.

The major characters were all good, as were some of the minor ones. The solution to the movie's central mystery is arbitrary, but that's a red herring; the question drives the movie. The answer is beside the point.

The movie is in Hindi, liberally interspersed with English. All but one of the lead characters speaks both languages, and the script turns the linguistic duality into plot points both serious and comic. The film was shot in Los Angeles and incorporates several picturesque Los Angeles locations, among which is not, as far as I can tell, the Bradbury Building.

The New Beverly is Quentin Tarantino's theater, and Tarantino has been been quoted as rating Kaante high among movies influenced by his own Reservoir Dogs. I suspect that the occasional waves of what sounded like knowing laughter at the New Beverly reflected the audience's recognition of particular nods to Tarantino's movie, but knowledge of Reservoir Dogs is no prerequisite to enjoying Kaante.
 
© Peter Rozovsky 2017

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4 Comments:

Blogger Linda L. Richards said...

OK: enough. Stop everything. Go and watch Reservoir Dogs now. You just have to see it. Please! That and Pulp Fiction. You can’t make further comment on this oeuvre without viewing these two films. Full stop.

April 17, 2017  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

You're right!

April 17, 2017  
Blogger Linda L. Richards said...

Oh come now! I anticipated at least a bit of a struggle.

April 17, 2017  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Not in this matter!

April 17, 2017  

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