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Monday, July 24, 2006

Corporate - A Review

I have never liked Madhur Bhandarkar movies, coz they reek of pretensiousness and Corporate exemplifies everything that is wrong about his movies. Hackneyed and predictable plot combines with shoddy direction, bad acting and worst of all it is way too amateurish.

The director has gone on record to state his painstaking research into the coporate world and how this forms a part of his trilogy (? ) on what is wrong with the society. It shows the marked ignorance on the part of the director if he thinks that by interspersing the dialogues of his characters with words like 'disinvestment, PSU, CEO, stock markets and shares etc..he is making a movie that hopes to shed a light on the 'corporate' world. I am sure that even a person not interested in the affairs of big business and stock markets knows that what goes on within the confines of the boardrooms of these conglomerates, at least in a very peripheral manner.

The plot follows the wheelings-dealings of two rival corporate houses and how they try to outwith each other in the purchase of a PSU. The PSU in question is a bottling plant which the govt has decided to sell off. Wriggled into this strand is the incestous relationship between big business and the politicians and how both these groups are manipulated by each other and yet needs the other. This angle has been done to death in lots of movies and Corporate doesnt tread any new territory. The movie is predictable and after the premise is set, the movie plods along in an episodic manner. The director fails to invest depth to of the protagonists does not try to explain their motivations. There is a romantic angle also set in that goes nowhere.

The acting is also decidedly sub standard, though Rajat Kapur, Harsh Chaya and the guy playing the disinvestment minister does manage to rise above thier written parts. Bipasha basu is ill at ease and you never once take her seriously as she fails to understand her charcter of a top executive. K K Menon has a brief role as one of the senior VP's, but he comes into his own only towards the end when he has to decide between saving the company and sacrificing his lover.

It has become easier for film makers to wrap themselves within a cloak of a holier-than-thou attitude and then start explaining away the ills of the society by blaming too obvious targets...of whichthe politicians are the easiest bet. Madhur Bhandarkar has never been known to create gripping drama and based on his recent efforts, he doesnt seem capable enough to rise above a certain mediocre level he has attained. It is sad though, because he showed promise with his debut venture 'Chandni Bar'.


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