June 29th 2018
I have seen so many movies, mostly Hollywood or American productions.
One starts to tire of certain structures that seem to be repeating over and over, of getting force-fed the American, or in any case Western, way of life (be it critically or appraisingly), and a very particular way of producing movies.
How glad am i to have taken the plunge into my first Indian movie (are they all "Bollywood""?)!
It's cheesy beyond compare, it's naive (although also very complex and layered in a sort of biblical way), it displays a very particular (i guess Indian) type of sexism at every step, but all that doesn't matter because it's epic, beautiful, colorful, and a story well told.
And, dare i say it, both are well-made movies, the music scenes click very well with the plot, the effects are cheap and unrealistic but a lot of fun. It also gives insight into a different culture, different religion, and, I say it again, a very refreshing & entertaining change to "Western mainstream" productions.