How's my Luck now?

Reflections, views and descriptions during my stay at IIM Lucknow from July 2004 to March 2006

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Saturday, November 20, 2004

Two days in the city

Two of us had decided to treat our group of friends to a movie and dinner in the city, as celebration for our summer placements. The first day we went (the 18th), we couldn't get tickets for the film we wanted to watch - Yash Chopra's 'Veer-Zaara'. After a lot of roaming around, we just ended up eating first chaat-s, then dinner at the Aryans again, and then ice-cream (sponsored by one of our other friends who had his birthday that day). Feeling stuffed, we came right back to the institute.

The next day, the group felt compelled to go and watch the movie. So off we went again to the city and this time we went to a nearby cinema hall - 'Novelty' - in Aliganj. The hall was quite decent and we managed to get front-row balcony seats. Lots of families had come to watch the film. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan (as Sq. Ldr. Veer Pratap Singh), Preity Zinta (as Zaara Hayat Khan) and Rani Mukherjee (as advocate Samiya Siddiqui). Guest appearances are put in by Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini (as Veer's parents) and Manoj Bajpai (in an excellent cameo as Zaara's fiance). The tale has been lengthened a lot and ends happily. The acting performances were good and that held up attention in an otherwise too long film.
The film's USP for me was that it had unreleased tunes by Madan Mohan for the music. His son Sanjeev Kohli had overseen the music arrangement. However, the tunes had been so Jatin-Lalit-ised that no trace of Madan Mohan could ever be found in them. A couple of them were good tunes, well sung by Udit Narayan and Sonu Nigam. But Lata Mangeshkar, who was the female voice for all the songs, shouldn't really have been given the assignment. Her voice now just sounds too screechy.

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