Would You Watch A Movie For An 'Item Number'?

June 11, 2011
'Item Number' used frequently to spice up a movie can even lighten the overall impact of a well directed movie.

I watched the movie 'Dum Maro Dum' and felt that very contradictory things are being conveyed.  In case you've not watched the movie, let me tell you briefly that it was about the drug mafia based in Goa.  The whole movie was set in Goa, but it seems that to accommodate the item number of Deepika Padukone 'Dum Maro Dum' the rave party had to be organized in Bangalore!  No doubt that Deepika did justice to the song, she looked on a high with an even higher (shredded) skirt (we don't mind that now, see we have evolved!)  Although the lyrics of the song defied all logic (how else do you want us to defaecate ?!) but still it was tolerable ( it didn't touch our morality nerve, you see!)

Rana and Bipasha shared an amazing chemistry.
The point I want to make here is that it was absolutely unnecessary to insert that song there.  Moreover, the publicity of the song kind of nullified all the efforts the cop, Abhishek Bachchan (he was really good!).  I mean, throughout the movie he tries hard to chase these drug peddlers and here this long legged lass takes away all the limelight, all the attention and spreads the message to 'maro dum'.  Not done.  You see the contradiction.  At the end of the movie, I was wondering what the director wanted to say - To Maro or Not to Maro Dum?!  When you glamorize something, you can't be telling the youth to shun that practice.  Though, the whole movie revolves around the lives of people who suffered, very badly, in the hands of the big businessmen in the smuggling of drugs.  It wrenches your heart when you see the plight of those young and innocent people ( played by Bipasha Basu and Prateek Babbar) who ruin in their life due to a little greed to getting quick bucks, but are very innocent.
  
Rana Dagubatti
In fact the song, i just loved in that movie was 'Gaye Tum Gaye Ho Kyun' (singer - Papon)  It touched my soul.  In fact, this song was that satin sheet on which the whole movie glided.  The satin sheet still warm with the embrace of your lover, gone away from you forever.  The warm and slippery feel keeps you connected to your lover even when you know they are never gonna come back....... It had the pain of a lover who lost her girl to the boss of the deadly drug racket, with her playing a mistress to the villain.  

Somewhere we missed out on the essence of a beautiful movie, so well shot, so well made, just because a fast track, ill worded yet glamorized 'item number' was thrown as a bait to us.....

Did you see the movie? How did you like it? Do share....

RESTLESS

21 comments:

Aakash Johry said...

I never saw the movie, and I guess I'll hand the credits to the item no. because honestly that's what I ever knew about the movie. 
And yeah, Love the song 'Jiyein kyun'... I guess I should give it a watch now

aJ

Niceguy251 said...

Restless, 

A well balanced review. I hardly see any movies these days even on TV but when I used to the main reason used to be cast, director and music director. If I could learn about plot in advance that was advantage. However to go for a movie just for one song does not seem to fit the bill. 

Take care

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Rachit Sharma said...

I don't find such movies worthy of wasting my money and time and so go for the easy way, I simply download them. :P And, as far as movie rating is concerned I will give it 1.5 out of 5. The only reason I'm giving it 1.5 is 'coz of sizzling deepika item number.

Deepa said...

Well I feel item numbers are totally redundant and take away the viewers attention from the story line. And I woudnt waste 120 odd bucks just for an item number. I think I'll avoid DMD. Do not like Bipasha Basu at all. Do not think much of her 'acting' and somehow, she reminds me of an animal in heat. :))

Cloudninetalks said...

Hmmmmm...not onyl Dum Maro Dum, there are plenty of such awful songs that pull down a great movie. Sad, youngsters these days never listen to the lyrics, even if they do, they dont bother:(((

RESTLESS said...

Aakash, that's what i'm saying, that due to such item number often the emphasis is shifted from a good movie even. Yeah, do see the movie... u'll like it.

RESTLESS said...

I know, but one latka jhatka item number is a crowd puller for the movie these days, generally speaking.

regards

RESTLESS said...

Hi! Welcome dear! Sure.. will see ur blog. U've used Disqus properly, as u can see the comment is visible.

tk cr

RESTLESS said...

ok. That's ur view Rachit. I really liked the movie.. quite a lot.

tk cr

RESTLESS said...

LOL!!!! Deepa, u said it!!!! about Bips ie.!!!! Even i don't like her one bit.

Yeah agree with u, u very well put it... such thing take away the attention.

RESTLESS said...

right :( I feel bad for DMD that way.

dhiraj jain said...

Did not see the movie, but liked the song.. see you don't necessarily have to hear the lyrics.if u want to hear lyrics try kishore and the likes..

And it often happens that the low quality stuff brings the whole movie so no issues there..

Vivek Chamoli said...

Hi Restless,

How are you doing ? Coming to your space after ages I think ..was out of town for a project and was total cut-off from social network.

I dind't Like the Movie though  , only liked the song you mentioned above.
I have also watched READY ..it was just a time pass , but ..I didn't find a reason how it got a record opening than Dabang ..which was better ..  May be SALMAN n ASIN effect :).

Vee said...

I would watch an item number for an item number. :P
These days, songs have turned into meaningless bunch of lines randomly forced to rhyme. I have not watched any of these new movies, have not even listened to songs completely. 
Guess its time to catch up with the movies!!!

BookWorm said...

well,,, will i watch a movie for an item number..well.. i wont.. infact.. i dont watch any of the item numbers... simply because it doesnt give me anything.  it doesn't give you any magical lyrics, it doesnt give you the foot-tapping rhythm of the songs that we had in Rock-on or other Uber-generation songs. and to say the least, it doesnt give any titillation either.. 

These songs just play the role of lightening the mood of the movie (though i wonder when the movie was so intense).. it also dons the role of the adhesive that when the director feels that he cant connect one situation with another or one scene wiht another, he jsut sews in an item number... 

Reema said...

have not seen it yet! lots of movie are in to watch list :(

RESTLESS said...

Well expressed bookworm!

RESTLESS said...

hmm, this is a one time watch movie Reema.

RESTLESS said...

Watch them just a get a feel of what's happening around

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