Of Lakshya and bright young directors

Posted: June 29, 2004 in Uncategorized

Saw Lakshya last night. Inspite of it being a 10:15 pm show at the end of a tiring working day, managed to stay awake and saw the movie. Quite captivating, I must say. Very good direction by Farhan Akhtar. Each and every scene appeared to have been well planned and executed. Like a great amount of thought going into the making of the film. Some excellent camera work. Lights have been used brilliantly; the picturisation of the Preity-Hrithik song had some exceptional effects. In that song as also on the war front, the use of light and shadows was quite well done. The song “Main Aisa Kyon Hoon” and the dancing of Hrithik in that one, is the equivalent of the bright idea of “Woh Ladki Hain Kaha” in Dil Chahata Hai. As Farhan was everywhere on TV, as part of the pre-release promos, heard few things like how Farhan himseld had done “nothing” for a couple of years in his youth, like Hrithik’s character in this movie. Also that one of the reasons that Hrithik was preferred for this role, was the physical demands of the role. and indeed, there are many physically challenging scenes that Hrithik figures in, and I cannot imagine any other leading star of the day being able to do so.

Coming back to Farhan though, it does appear to be a good follow up on the fabulous Dil Chahata Hai. And a very different and unique theme too. Which is not so common.

Lets consider few other successful directors of recent times.

Suraj Barjatya did well with his two films, but they were of the same broad style.

Likewise Karan Johar. Kal Ho Na Ho is a bit of a departure, which he has not directed.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali had a good movie in Khamoshi, which bombed at the box office, and then made the super duper success, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Only to stoop to mega budget, over aggressive marketing, and ordinary execution (by his lofty standards, as demonstrated in HDDCS) for Devdas (never mind the box-office success).

Nagesh Kukunoor had a good Hyderabad Blues, followed by very average Rockford and some stupid Bollywood farce, till he came up with a great Teen Deewarein. And now we await Hyderabad Blues 2.

Aditya Chopra, of course, has inherited the magic touch of his father.

But Farhan Akhtar has certainly proved himself to be made of strong stuff.. Lakshya is good!

  1. RPM says:

    Didn’t know Nagesh was considered a bright director – longevity is the key, and one or two good films should not really make him a good director.

  2. SPM says:

    Hey, Karan Johar and Farhan are also into their second films only by now, and if they can be considered good, why not Nagesh? Nagesh starts with the handicap of not coming from filmy background, like the others guys do.And speaking of bright young directors, I would certainly put him as a part of that list.

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