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‘Aaha Kalyanam’ – A remake not so well done !

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In a sense, ‘Aaha Kalyanam'(Tamil movie) is an interesting, perhaps even important, film. In a cinema culture obsessed with virginity, it’s refreshing to light on Shruthi (Vaani Kapoor), who begins a wedding-planning business with Shakthi (Nani) and gradually falls in love with him. After executing a big contract, they end up celebrating — with champagne. A woozy-headed kiss leads to sex, and she’s happy. But soon she discovers that he isn’t.

He’s confused about their relationship status. Are they just business partners or life partners ? And when she casually lets slip that .. that night might not have meant much, he leaps at this .. out with visible relief. And she’s crushed — not because she’s had sex with him and he’s not going to marry her, and not because she could be pregnant, but because something that meant so much to her .. means so little to him. She doesn’t regret having sex, but the fact that to him it’s just sex, nothing more.

‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ mined gold from this premise. The film was an example of how relatively standard-issue rom-com fare could be transcended — indeed, made transcendent — through terrific casting, staging and a feel for both the milieu and the material. Gokul Krishna’s remake follows the original almost beat for beat, but never does anything more.

(Source: The Hindu Cinema)


About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.


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