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Saturday, 14 December 2013 18:47

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The Buzz:

 

     Jani is a young man who lives across the street from the beautiful Bindu with whom he’s in love with. While Bindu reciprocates Jani’s feelings, she plays hard to get. Eventually wealthy playboy and gangster, Sudeep, sets his eyes on her. Realizing that Bindu only has eyes for Jani he murders Jani in order to steal her away. Jani is then reincarnated as a fly bent on revenge and must protect his love from the evil Sudeep. 

 

 

 

Life of the Party:

 

     Makkhi was actually filmed with the title Eega (both words meaning “fly” in different languages from India) in the language of Telugu from a subregion of India, which makes this technically a Tollywood film and not a Bollywood film (yes, that’s an actual distinction). Makkhi (which is the version I saw) is actually a dubbed version of the film in Hindi, which explains the odd way the lips and audio were seemingly just out of synch. The film made a pretty extensive tour of the independent film festival circuit in late 2012 and early 2013 winning numerous award for Best Picture, Best Actors, Best Director, Best Cinematography, etc, etc, etc. 

 

     This is a pretty good movie, surprisingly, despite it’s rather ridiculous premise. Or maybe BECAUSE of it…It’s hard to be sure. While Indian film has really grown over the last decade or so, I feel like this one in particular really begins to show how much Western film has influenced the area. It is still full of overly stylized performances at times, but most of the acting is rather natural. Then there’s the removal of the signature “musical exposition and dance number” every 30 minutes. There is some singing and dancing, but it’s never done with huge production or random people from the streets joining in. Also, it’s never done to tell part of the story. This is a big departure from the standard (at least so far as I’ve seen). Throw in more western clothing styles and a rather violent bent and this is actually, I believe, a pretty palatable comedy for western audiences who are otherwise not interested in films from this region.

 

I... see your point...

 

Potential Hangovers:

 

     While the film is definitely more palatable to western audiences, it’s still very rooted in it’s eastern culture; as should be obvious in it’s tale of reincarnation. For some this may be odd or put you off… especially if you hate subtitles.  Special effects and CGI have not yet gotten to Hollywood level of talent in India and it shows. It isn’t bad, in quite much of it is good, but as an American used to seeing CGI that is almost indistinguishable from film… this may seem dated or bad despite being made so recently.  If that kind of thing bothers you, you’ll be disappointed since almost all of the film hinges on CGI effects. 

 

     One thing that definitely bothered me watching this was that Jani (originally Nani in the Telugu version) is reincarnated as a fly. That’s fine, except that it’s my understanding that reincarnation in Hindu rules state that reincarnating as a “lower” life form was destined to sinful beings or those with bad karma. Jani seems like a genuinely nice guy while alive, so that seems odd that he’d come back as a fly… Another thing that bothered me is how this seemingly nice guy just flips a 180 after his reincarnation to this sadistic homocidal entity… and how easily Bindu goes along with the idea of murdering someone! I mean I guess traumatic death effects people in drastic ways, but… it’s a tad off putting when you think about the lengths these two young people go to. They don’t intend to reveal his criminal ways and have him brought to justice… just murder him. 

 

His power level is....

 

Atmosphere: Casual Gathering

 

     This movie was fun to watch by myself, but there’s definitely moments when I wish I had had a few friends around to laugh with either at or with the film. Big parties don’t really work for foreign films unless they’re over the top special effects monsters, which this isn’t really. I could see this being nice for a date night, but even then I think there’s better options unless you and your significant other just really love Indian film. But for a well made film to watch with friends with an original plot (sorely lacking in American film…) and fun performances this is a pretty high ranking foreign film. 

 

Plus/Minus:

 

+ Easier watch for western audiences

+ Original plot

+ Well crafted film

Oddly sadistic

 

Drinking Games:

 

Drink every time Jani flexes

Finish your drink when Jani wipes blood from his face

Drink when you see tweezers.

Waterfall while you hear a song from Tees Maar Khan

Drink when Jani enters an orifice. 

HARDCORE MODE: Drink any time Jani goes through something round shaped.

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