A group of people got together last week for a meeting somewhere in Delhi (I think) and at the end of it Sudhir Mishra proclaimed something to this effect…
Shahrukh in Swades was not a bad performance. There were other performances also which were good. But here is an actor (Saif Ali Khan) who is approaching a role in a different way.
Anyone with a conscience in that room would have wept blood. Well, if not at that statement, then at least during the next announcement.
…complex and daring attempt to expose the shallow world of Page 3 – a reference to the coverage of celebrities and parties by newspapers – in a savagely satirical and gently ironical way.
I like Saif Ali Khan. I think honoring an actor for a comedy role is commendable. But Hum Tum sucked. And try as I might, I cannot seem to recall what ‘different way’ Saif ‘approached’ to deserve a National Award. And no, I’m not watching it again to jog my memory. I think I’ve had my share of ‘unnecessary, juvenile cartoon interludes in a movie’ for one lifetime.
And ‘Page 3’? This is what Madhur Bhandarkar had to say about the recognition for his effort.
I am especially happy as it was a difficult film, with many issues to talk about in just two hours and 10 minutes