Friday, October 09, 2009

On the Saif side

Here are 5 reasons why I would have much preferred to see Saif in the role of Yogesh Patel than Hurrman (is that how he spells his name now? I give up!) in What's Your Rashee?

1. Priyanka has a very strong screen presence and if you go and pack 12 of her in the same movie, it's very difficult for the guy to get noticed at all. Especially if all he has to do is react to the eccentricities of the various Priyankas. Saif is a master of such scenes and would have totally held his own, while being utterly entertaining. Think his two-thumbs up when Preity Zinta says "I love Aman." in Kal Ho Na Ho. Or his reactions in DCH to the Subodh character. On the other hand, Hurrman totally sucks at reactions. Remember his tepid "What?" at the airport when he realises his family has duped him into flying from Chicago to India and he has to get married in 12 days? Sheesh. I can totally Saif throwing up his hands in shock and going "WHAT?!"

2. Saif would have excelled at the part where Yogesh has to look at his brother and say in a mix of awe and sarcasm, "Jeetubhai, you are awesome." Hurrman's rendition was a waste of that scene (he actually said it like he meant it!) and Ashutosh should have just gotten that part edited out -- it sure would have made the movie a tad shorter.

3. Saif has already successfully played the nice Gujju boy in Kal Ho Na Ho and would have easily slipped under the skin of the character. Though it's true that Yogesh Patel needed to have an innocent bechara-looking face which Saif doesn't exactly have and Hurrman does, but Saif sure can pull off the 'half-embarrased-of-his-parents-bechara-deekra' look very well. Hurrman looked quite duh instead of bechara in some scenes.

4. There was a lot of scope for improvisation in the movie but Hurrman pretty much stuck to what was given to him. At the risk of being really mean to him, I thought his most convincing scene was when he plays the robot in that song with the corporate Priyanka. Saif rocks at improvisation. For the uninitited, the two-thumbs up scene in Kal Ho Na Ho was him at work and not the script.

5. WYR was overall okay, and I didn't hate it as such, but it didn't make the cut for my DVD collection (Requirement for a movie to make the cut: I can watch it 10 times). Saif would have made the movie way funnier and increased its repeat value.



14 comments:

shocking said...

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golld gold :)

Visitlife said...

I really hated the movie specially with the length it have. With every next girl coming, i was praying no song for this Rashee Puhleeeeeeeze but :-(:-(:-(

Filmi Ishtyle - Mein is movie ko kabhi maaf nahi kar sakti, ab mere hubby ke paas ek aur bahana hai mujhe movie na dikhane ka

Thousif Raza said...

i havent seen the movie but i sure like saif a lot, good observations ya, and lemme say i claim silver :)

take care and keep writing...........

Dil se said...

I haven'tseen the movie yet but I totally agree with your comemnts about Saif !! And would prefer him anyday, any movie over Hurman :-)

aj said...

so what movies are in your DVD collection? if you can type 'em all that is.

mythalez said...

the only reason i dint bother to watch this movie because it featured this guy ... the "hritik duplicate" :P

minticetea said...

Well...i just watched the movie like couple of days back and totally agree that Hurman ( :/ ) was totally boring and sucks at acting funny. Though never tried to imagine Saif in that role ... but now after reading your post I can imagine that Saif could have made the movie lot better ;)

Porkodi (பொற்கொடி) said...

you did two consecutive posts??? aur mujhe ek bronze bhi nahi mila??? :(

The previous ad is so howlarious!!!!

Sherwin Coelho said...

I think Harman Baweja (or Har-maan!) is going to be the next Tushar Kapoor. I feel bad for him coz he looks like an honest bloke who can dance really well but his acting skills suck. Guess, since he is a kid of someone from the industry he will have more opportunities to try, and we all know what one hit can do to your stars in Bollywood.

How do we know said...

u r sooo cruel Sayesha.. now i keep rerunning the movie in my head with SAif in all the shots.. this is ssoooooo mean to Harman.. i thot the dude was rather cute.. and give him some time.. remember Saif in Ole Ole.. Harman is just starting out.. BUT the movie gets replayed with SAif in the airport scene.. and Saif with Priyanka in the meen rashi.. oh man.. that wld have been a laugh riot!!!

and sayesha's rashee is mean... ;-)

~Lopa said...

hehehe, while reading your post i could visualise Saif in those scenes... and funniest thing is I havent watched WYR :oD

One reason it didnt get realese here in a part of Europe where i live and other reason, i read the reviews other day and looking at the length still havent managed to download, sit and watch !

R said...

Damn, you even saw the movie. :O

Increasingly, I am beginning to believe the particular filmmaker who took up this project is one of the most pretentious of the lot.

geomon said...

but remember he was 'Her-man' bfore all of it :)
Probably also why he got the role.

N said...

So we now know how much you are in love with Saif!!!
Yes, he is good...but since the time he and Kareen hooked up, I have started disliking them...God only knows why...being prejudiced I guess :(