Apne - a welcome drift from the norm

Saw Apne last night. Starring Dharmendra, Kiron Kher, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Shilpa Shetty, and Katrina Kaif, I enjoyed the movie. A welcome drift from the norm in my humble opinion. And a refreshing take on relationships and the underlying philosophies behind them.

A few notes on performances. Ditto to Shilpa Shetty, who does very well in her role and shows that she can certainly act and play the role of the traditional Indian bahu (daughter-in-law) rather well. The piece with her dancing along to a hip-hop track is very well executed! Katrina Kaif is just too cool. This time, playing the role of a doctor, she looks the part too. Kiron Kher has mastered the Punjabi mom role -- is she Punjabi? Remember her in Rang De Basanti (2006)? Fantastic.

Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol are very good actors, and they put in quality performances once again. But this one belongs to Dharmendra. Excellent actor still, and near-perfect delivery of dialog. Superb.

The film is very well made, and rural India is very well depicted in it. I almost felt like jumping into the screen and having some nice hot chai on a haveli rooftop, it was that real. The biggest negatives pertain to the boxing routines (they get redundant fast), but that is what the fast forward button is for :)

Despite that, overall a good, decent family film that deserves to be watched and enjoyed.

My classification: U (suitable for all ages)

Movie Rating: *** (Good)

Watch it if: you appreciate clean and quality Indian cinema with a focus on relationships minus the usual noise surrounding them. This one is different and is very well made.

Music Rating: ** (only because of the title song which is excellent work by Sonu Nigam. The rest of the album is the usual Himesh Reshammiya noise.)

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