Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
The rain scenes in the film and its reference to a similar tragedy could have hit home if it had been made compellingly. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen.
The film, a love story set in the backdrop of the 2005 Mumbai floods, could have been India’s first “disaster” film but settles for a long-drawn-out unoriginal plot with sporadic shots of rain and people shouting “mujhe bachao”.
Emraan Hashmi and Soha Ali Khan play Akshay and Sanjana, former lovers who meet on a flight to India on July 26, 2005, the day when Mumbai went under water.
Akshay is a brooding artist who also waits tables at a café in Cape Town. Sanjana, on the other hand, is a journalist with a rich father.
Imagine taking a DJ to a funeral or U.S. President George W Bush taking Oliver Stone along to Ground Zero after the 9/11 attack. Would you call it inappropriate? I think the word doesn’t even begin to describe Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s actions on Sunday afternoon.
On a visit to the ravaged Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, he was accompanied by his son, actor Riteish Deshmukh, and filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, both of them strolling around as if it were a normal walk in the park.