Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra
Directed by: Vishal Bharadwaj
Guddu and Charlie (Shahid Kapoor) are identical twins with a speech defect, but different in everything else. Guddu, who stutters, works for an NGO and plans to marry his pregnant girlfriend Sweety( Priyanka Chopra). Charlie, who lisps, fixes races for a band of Bengali brothers. Avenging his double-crossing at the hands of a jockey, Charlie stumbles upon a guitar case filled with Rs. 10 crore worth of cocaine, and tries to cheat the dealer out of it. Guddu learns that his girlfriend's brother is a gangster who puts a price on his head. Trying to run from the mafia and police on their tails, the brothers' lives collide. Guddu and Charlie, who hated the sight of each other, must now co-operate if they are to survive.
The movie was brilliant, one of the best Hindi movies I've seen in a very long time. Shahid pulled off his double-role so well, morphing from the quiet Guddu to the street-smart Charlie effortlessly. The scene where the two brothers first meet is very good with great direction and superb acting. Priyanka is also good, no hysterics, no over-acting. But the best of the lot is Vishal Bharadwaj. He directs this cast of top-notch theatre actors and A-class movie stars with panache, creating a film that will grip you from scene 1. He is the Indian Scorsese, he manages to tell the story of the underworld much like Scorsese told it in The Departed. The climax is reminiscent of Reservoir Dogs, a dark shootout that was awesome in its picturization. I had a lot of expectations from this movie ever since I fell in love with the Dhan Te Nan song, and it didn't let me down.
Starring: Uttam Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Bhanu Banerjee
Directed by: Nilima Dey
In the Annapurna boarding house for men, a family come to stay for a few days while they search for a house in Kolkata. The daughter, played by Suchitra Sen, attracts the attention of the bachelor men. She is headstrong and frequently gets into arguments with Uttam Kumar. But opposites attract, and the two find themselves falling in love with each other, but not before a lot of misunderstandings and confusion ensue in the process.
This is a really cute Bengali romantic comedy made in the 1950s. It stars the golden couple of Bengali cinema, Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen, and they look positively adorable. But more than the romance, it is the comedy in this movie which is par excellence. It has two great comedians, Bhanu and Tulsi Chakraborthy, who light up the screen with their performance. The comedy of errors involving Tulsi Chakraborthy and his wife, is the best part of the movie, and reaffirmed my opinion that he is one of the most under-rated actors of Bengali cinema. The songs are also very good, especially the light and frivolous Amar E Joubon (My Youth). If you are a Bengali, don't miss it (of course, if you are a Bengali, you've probably seen it already).