Saturday, August 27, 2011

Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani (2002)

Sometimes I wish I had words to explain how silly movie really is. With Jaani Dushman it’s hard, because it’s a movie that should be experienced in the company of alcohol and friends. That can explain why it took me more than a month to actually watch the whole movie – not because it was bad, but because it was hard to watch it without someone to share the experience with. And regarding “bad”, I guess that is in the eye of the beholder, because I’m sure the majority would find this production the crappiest of all crap – but they are of course wrong, as usual.

The slightly convoluted story is about a group of elderly “young” students being chased by a Matrix-style demon who wants to take revenge on his wife who killed herself in modern time (she was reborn) after being raped by two of the male students. They fool her that everyone is involved, and she demands that her past demon-husband should kill them all! This plus a series of complicated relationships between the students make a VERY confusing flick. But wait, it’s not only confusing like hell, it’s also packed with ridiculous action scenes copied from every Hollywood action extravaganza from the same time! Only cheaper, very much cheaper!

This is, if I understand it correctly, a remake-remix of two of director Rajkumar Kohli old classics, Nagin (1976) and Jaani Dushman (1979), but spiced-up with tons and tons of absurd action and long fights in slow-motion and Hong Kong-esque scenes when people flies into every kind of furniture available! This is cheap shit, but a lot of fun for people who don’t care about z-grade CGI, sets almost falling apart when people bumps into them and illogical decisions the defies the laws of normal intelligence.

When you sit down and watch Jaani Duschman: Ek Anokhi Kahani you’ll more Matrix-rip offs than you can handle, the beach-final of Mission Impossible 2 but with it ends with one man running after a boat ON the water, like friggin’ Jesus motherf**king Christ. There’s countless long fights which effectively breaks every piece of wood and glass inside the rooms, car-stunts, explosions, more morphs than in that Michael Jackson video that made it popular, you’ll get black and white magic, colourful song- and dance numbers and probably the worst skeleton ever EVER show on the screen. It’s hard to describe, so I hope my photos directly from the TV will give you a clue what’s happening.

I can promise you that you won’t get bored here, especially with friends who have a sense of humour. It’s impossible to take this movie seriously, but at the same time: it’s so filled of energy, enthusiasm and pure insanity that it’s hard to say it’s a bad movie. It’s just silly, stupid and just wonderful in every way possible.

Ah, and don’t forget that that it also copies A Nightmare on Elm Street and the whole final of Terminator 2, but with a Indian guy in stone washed jeans against a Keanu Reeves-wannabe demon in black leather. I’ll buy that for a dollar!

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