Monday, April 30, 2007

Salaam E Ishq - Better in a different Format and Context

the NYT had an article today on old shows being delivered in a new online format:
Coming Online Soon: The Five-Minute ‘Charlie’s Angels’
The question probably never occurred to viewers in the 1970s and 1980s, but suddenly it is highly relevant: exactly how much worthwhile entertainment content was there in shows like “Charlie’s Angels,” “T. J. Hooker,” and “Starsky and Hutch”?

The Sony Corporation and its production studio, Sony Pictures Television, which controls the rights to those and many other relics of a distant era of television, have come up with an answer to that question: three and a half to five minutes.

That’s the length Sony has shrunk episodes down to in order to create what the company hopes is an appealing new business in retooling old shows for a new era of entertainment. Sony even has a name for these shrunken slices of television nostalgia: minisodes.

This got me thinking about Salaam E Isque, which after a long wait in my netlfix queu finally arrived. Though was extremely disappointed with the film when I saw it in the theaters, I have actually spent quite a bit of time watching it on DVD - the differance? I can flick around to the good parts and watch them again, whearas I had to sit through the 3 + hours in the theatre of a poorly told storyline. The production values are good, the music great - and there are some moments here and there (like between John A and Vidya Balan), but the stories were all disjointed and not very interesting...all of which means in this format - non linear form - where I can control the content, its enjoyable to watch.

(and yes, I do have a thing for Vidya Balan)

Unfortunately, its a crappy Eros DVD,with no extras - and one of the best numbers- Mere Dil - was cut from the film: