Posted by Sari
Firstly, apologies for having been very uncommunicative for the first quarter of the year. The PhD is taking all my time and energy, and will continue to do so for the near future. At the moment however, I am just too tired to form a coherent thought about 17th century England, mainly thanks to the fire engines messing about in the street 3 am. few nights back and disrupting my fragile sleep pattern.
What is it with Taimistontie and Emergency vehicles? I mean we live in a nice neighbourhood. The neighbours are nice. The parks and streets and yards are nice. There are no stalkers or drunkards or robberies (well somebody broke in to the video rental shop few months back...), everything is safe and clean and, well, nice. But for some reason during the years we have lived here, emergency services have been visiting our nice cul-de-sac of a street for six or seven times. So I conclude that the niceness is actually a ruse and we are really living in a den of crack-whores.
From which I can segue elegantly to Gumrah, my latest Bollywood fare which is crack: poor orphaned Sridevi first becomes a singing sensation and superstar, then begins to search for his father who was falsely accused, disgraced, and deported from India. Unbeknownst to her, he is in Hong Kong busily becoming an alcoholic. Sridevi has also met Sunjay Dutt - a rogue with a heart of gold - who robs stuff for her, gets caught, goes to prison, sings a song, escapes and ends up in... Hong Kong! working for Sridevis Father! Who apparently owns a restaurant and is a lawyer in addition of being an alcoholic.
Sridevi Goes for Mauritius for a brief fling with a smarmy Rahul, tracks down her father and flies to Hong Kong. But the smarmy Rahul has planted cocaine in her luggage and she is thrown to prison. Cue in loads of tears, suffering, evil female prison guards with too much lipstick, executions, dirt, scraming, despair, blood and a trip by Sunjay and Sridevi's dad to the public library of Hong Kong to find out about a secret tunnel dug during the second world war which is leading out from the very cell Sridevi is in. Happy ending.
It is not a film I can recommend to anyone except maybe to "the professionals". Also, I really, really did not need to see Sunjay Dutt in a wife beater. I need to go and scrub my brain now.