He has nice eyes, V. Shantaram. They evocate well. No fault with his acting. The same cannot be said of the convicts being reformed under him. Their instructions must have been, "Look as fierce as you can, extend your eyes wide, grunt whenever possible and swagger always". Their attempt in places is almost comic. The whole movie is overtly daramatic, sometimes funnily so – It reminds of Ramleela on big screen. Yet, it deserves credit for the innovative storyline, some clever shadowplay and amazing music. The toy woman (Sandhya, also Shantaram's third wife) – though her head and eyebrows never stopped twitching through the movie – holds the bits together and is the voice of reason among troubled men. Interesting movie – makes one go back in time and see a completely different genre of film making. It is also on Top 25 Must See Bollywood Films.
Are they our expectations of people that make them the way they turn out? We expect the maid to steal, the autowalahs to cheat, the vagabonds to tease, the men to stray, the women to nag. In MBA we called it the Pygmalion effect. DABH may have been too naïve to portray the six convicts to be good hearted men whose mistakes were momentary insanity – I mean can you see Jack the Ripper or Charles Sobhraj reformed by giving them freedom and singing devotional songs? Or is the culprit my low expectation of them? There is much truth in it, maybe with some exceptions. Innocent until proven guilty!
I was expecting a better end to The Deathly Hallows. Really!? 19 years later?! Why?why?why? Why couldn’t it just have been open ended - she could have kept the hopes of children alive, eagerly waiting for some more to churn out of her pen. And how corny were the grown up wizards with kids named after their dead loved ones. A sorely disappointing end, after having devoured and lived the Harry Potter series forever now!