Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Good and bad things about Kumki.
Good things
1. The cinematography
2.The scruffy good looks of the hero
3. His resemblance (perhaps imagined, perhaps real) to Shivaji, his grandfather
4. His ability to look rugged and romantic
5.The songs and the popularity which made the fans sing along in the theatre
6. The characterization of the killer- rogue elephant.
7. The newness/otherness of the tribal culture, though not so authentically portrayed
8.very well played, but underused minor characters such as the village head, forest ranger and some of the tribals, who looked authentic.
9. funny tickles from the loser-uncle of the hero character, almost all through the film
10. an attempt to show the hero's nomadic life style.
11. Graphics or whatever, but a watchable fight scene between the elephants
12. The sudden realization by the hero of the folly in what he did.
13. The village setting, the forest setting, the romantic meeting place of the couple.
Bad things
1. The inability of the heroine to look authentic.
2. Her limited acting skills and stylised body language, inspite of her good looks. ( she would have come under good things, if I had been a man)
3. the poor development of the character of the good elephant, which is sickeningly cinematic
4. the screen play got slack in the middle, when nothing seemed to happen but repetitive romance.
5. The funny loser uncle is also irritating
6. the sudden end with no atmosphere and not sufficient forewarning.
7. The subtle reinforcement of the Indian mindset which claims family customs are more important than 'love' . Being in "Love" is being unfaithful to the family and a shame to the community. I have used the word 'love' in quotes because, the films and the community concedes no distinction between mindless infatuation and mature love.

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