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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Kandukondain Kandukondain (aka I Have Found It) (2000)

The two daughters of an old and revered family take different romantic paths. One (Tabu) has been unlucky in love (her fiance committed suicide over another woman) and feeling herself to be a jinx is reluctant to get involved even while being pursued by an aspiring film director (Ajith Kumar). The other (Aishwarya Rai) dreams of an exciting passionate lover, she dismisses the older gentleman (Mammootty) who attempts to woo her in favor of an unethical but handsome entrepreneur (Abbas). Jane Austen meets Bollywood! This is an adaptation of Austen's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY transposed to contemporary India. Updating Jane Austen is nothing new, EMMA morphing into CLUELESS is probably the most well known example. But this lively all singing, all dancing adaptation is hard to resist and the transition from 1811 Southwest England to 1990's India is seamless. Rajiv Menon's direction is strong and the cast is very attractive. The songs and score are by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE) and the choreography is lively and spirited. A good example of the charms of the Bollywood musical.

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