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9/19/2005

Meenaxi : Tale of 3 Cities

Star Cast: Raghuvir Yadav, Tabu, Kunal Kapoor
Director: M. F. Hussain
Amazing visuals, Great music
No story,nothing interesting and no entertainment!!!

Nawab, a popular novelist of Hyderbad, is suffering from classic case of a writter’s block. Five years have elapsed. Stories of substance seem to have dried up.Almost providentially, Nawab comes across Meenaxi at a traditional qawwali ceremony. The young is enigmatic and individualistic. She is not the ‘usual’ kind of a girl,she is someone with deep thinking and sharp thoughts.She always rejects Nawab’s storyline.She tries to bring in a ‘feeling’,a life,in the novel,he is off to write. Meenaxi assumes different personae. She can be the mysterious perfume trader of Hyderabad, the exotic desert bloom of Jaisalmer and the orphaned Maria Of prague. Then,come the following tales set in:

1.Jaisalmer:In Jaisalmer,there is a car mechanic,Kameshwar,who has dreams of becoming a singer.This story gets a twist,when Meenaxi turns into Meenakshi,in this story who falls in love with Kameshwar,but her love story has to come to an end,due to someone who comes as an interferer.

Somehow,this story doesn’t work out and then…

2.Prague:In this city,Meenaxi is Maria,a very casual and a normal and simple girl,who walks along with a cycle,who is in love with Kameshwar,a decent gentleman.Between them comes Nawab as a wall,who wants them both not to come close to each other.

Technically, this movie is a delight. Santosh Sivan experiments freely and provides us some interesting sights. Sreekar Prasad’s editing enables Husain’s thoughts to flow smoothly. This is one of Rahman’s best scores possibly. The background score especially is a big surprise. Need one comment on art direction?

If you are keen on watching an interesting story for two hours, this is not the movie for you certainly. This is just Husain’s imagination running wild and captured on celluloid. The colour combinations are marvellous; that by itself makes it worth watching…well almost. Each of the stories either end abruptly or ambiguously. Add to that many unexplained situations and highly complex dialogues, and you might scale the heights of frustration effortlessly.

On a scale of 5 this movie creeps to 2. Treat for the senses, torture for the brain


A Culture of the street Films’ ‘’Meenaxi:Tale of 3 Cities'’,directed by M.F Hussain,stars Tabu,Kunnal Kapoor and Raghuvir Yadav.This is one truly artistic and different film.This is a movie,in which you can see a desert,some camels,a beautiful lady roaming around in a ‘lehnga’,a car mechanic getting wild,dancing and bathing with two women,a girl going on streets with bicycle,a girl with a bare back,and so on.All these things are very different from each other,like a camel and a cycle have no relationship with each other.It is because there are 3 tales of 3 different cities,in this movie:Hyderabad,Jaisalamer and Prague.

THE CHARACTERS AND PERFORMANCES:

1.Meenaxi(Tabu):”Kahaani ki shuruaat to aap ek chehre se kar sakte hain….ek ehsaas se kar sakte haan…aur kabhi ek khushboo se kar sakte hain”(”You can start a story with a face,with a feeling and sometimes with a smell of fragrance”).This is what Meenaxi believes,who is a very mysterious and interesting character,someone who stands apart from the rest of the world.

2.Meenakshi(Tabu):In the deserts of Jaisalmer,she lives and is a poet at heart,who loves Kunal.

3.Maria(Tabu):Maria,is a simple girl who always takes a cycle along with her and yes,she lives in Prague.

Tabu,looks as gorgeous as ever.M.F Hussain has discovered her beauty through this film.Her face seems so beautiful that her fans will drool over her.For the first time,she has looked so beautiful.If there is one thing to check out in this film,then it’s her beauty.Coming to her performance,she is very good.She does a good job,when she explains how a story should be and in the story which is set in Prague,she,is excellent,but this is surely nowhere near to her performances in Astitva,Hu Tu Tu,Virasat,etc.

2.Nawab(Raghuvir Yadav):Nawab is one such writer who is facing problems.He cannot understand,on whom to write a novel.No good story is coming into his mind,until he meets Meenaxi,a very strange character and then starts a tale of 3 cities.Raghuvir Yadav,is excellent as this confused writer.His face expressions and his dialogue delivery are all first-rate,but what to do,when the movie itself is not worth it,but more about that later…

3.Kameshwar(Kunnal Kapoor):Kameshwar is more of an imaginary character.He can be a wild car mechanic of Jaisalmer or a decent gentleman of Prague.Kunnal Kapoor is good-looking and a nice actor,as well.He is very confident and dances very well,in his hit song “Chinnamma Chilakkamma”.

THE STORY:(As if there is ANY?)

Nawab is a writer,who cannot understand,on what to write a novel.He remains uneasy and one night,during a qawwalli,he finds Meenaxi,a beautiful lady with something very attractive,in her.She is not the ‘usual’ kind of a girl,she is someone with deep thinking and sharp thoughts.She always rejects Nawab’s storyline.She tries to bring in a ‘feeling’,a life,in the novel,he is off to write.Then,come the following tales set in:

1.Jaisalmer:In Jaisalmer,there is a car mechanic,Kameshwar,who has dreams of becoming a singer.This story gets a twist,when Meenaxi turns into Meenakshi,in this story who falls in love with Kameshwar,but her love story has to come to an end,due to someone who comes as an interferer.

Somehow,this story doesn’t work out and then…

2.Prague:In this city,Meenaxi is Maria,a very casual and a normal and simple girl,who walks along with a cycle,who is in love with Kameshwar,a decent gentleman.Between them comes Nawab as a wall,who wants them both not to come close to each other.

THE WORK OF THE CREW:

M.F Hussain along with his son Owais,fails miserably.He had such a good team to work with,such a good star cast,but he simply failed to make anything out of it.A complete failure as a director,it seems as if he didn’t learn any lesson from the failure of his “Gaja Gamini”,which had a very similar theme to this one.There were 5 Madhuris in that with different shades and here we have 3 Tabus.There is not even a single interesting scene in this film,but each and every scene is like a beautiful dream.I think Mr.Hussain doesn’t realize this thing that people like to see dreams while sleeping and like to see ‘FILMS’,in a cinema hall,not a dream in a cinema hall.Screenplay is as loose as the film itself.Script is pathetic and confusing.It seems as if someone had written a rough draft,on which this film was made,without any planning.From Hyderabad to Jaisalamer to Prague,Tabu roams around,confusing you till the very end of the movie and your questions remain unanswered till the end.You just can’t relate with Meenaxi’s character.Some will think,she is crazy,where as others will think that she is the most useless person on this earth.Art direction,is amongst the best,seen in recent times.There are beautiful sets,colours and what not.This film is a painting exhibition.Santosh Sivan’s cinematography is amazing.The way he has captured Jaisalamer and Prague on the screen,is just beautiful.It will give pleasure to your eyes.A.R Rahman’s music is amongst the best of the year,2004.”Chinnamma Chilakamma”,which may remind you of “Humma Humma” from “Bombay”,is excellent.”Yeh Rishta” is a beautiful song and is very soft to the ears.The qawwalli “Noor-un-Ala Noor”,is a work of class.

ON THE WHOLE:

“Meenaxi” is a beautiful picture without any soul.The film has no story,nothing interesting and nothing entertaining as well.It’s just a painting exhibition,as I said earlier and this is the biggest default of this film.It would have been more profitable for M.F Hussain to open a painting exhibition rather than making this film.Tabu’s fans should see it,as she looks gorgeous,but others should stay away.

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