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10-26-2011, 01:43 AM #1
Movie Review: Damadamm
Story: The story is about Sameer (Himesh Reshammiya), who is constantly nagged by his girlfriend (Purbi Joshi) and her extra possessive behaviour makes his life boring to death. However, as soon as he realises that he enjoys each moment in her absence, Sameer starts loving the distance between the two and in the meanwhile, gets close to his boss’ sister, Sonal Sehgal. Later, how he realises his true love and how he manages to make the right decision, is what the rest of the story is all about.
Story Treatment: The story is simple, predictable with pinch of humour and emotions. This love saga is something anyone would have watched millions of times, however, what’s noteworthy is the placement of the sequences which are successful in letting the story be a simple one and not complicating it further. The first part reflects the freedom of a lover trapped in a girlfriend’s domineering behaviour cycle that too in a very humourous manner. The second half showcases the confused persona of Sameer, where he goes through an emotional journey, but it proves quite predictable.
Star Cast: Himesh Reshammiya is natural, though not apt all the time. Kudos to his resolve of trying to follow his dreams in spite of so much of criticism. His improved acting skills definitely get noticed. Sonal Sehgal is not new to the movie world. She is interesting in her chirpy role, but has little part to play. Purbi Joshi proves her acting prowess and excels with supreme poise.
Direction: Swapna Waghmare manages to make her star cast perform. Also, the director has done justice to a simple storyline without making it go overboard. A feeble and humdrum storyline takes away major credit from the director. There is surely room for improvement, but it seems that the new director understands the traits of the industry.
Dialogue/cinematography/music: Expectations are always high, when it comes to Himesh and his music. However, while talking about the music of Damadamm, the music director fairly succeeds. ‘Umrao Jaan’ steals the show, whereas 'Mango' creates a confusion, as one's left wondering why would someone's girlfriend be compared to a mango. On the whole, the album definitely leaves a Himesh Reshammiya impact. Dialogues are effortless, plain and seem just like any conversation happening between a group of friends. The exchange of words between Sameer and his ex-girlfriend, before his marriage are successful in grabbing attention.
3Ups and Downs: This one's a must watch for Himesh’s fans for they'd get to see him act, sing and dance to his own tunes. And for people, who demand a strong storyline and want to be away from run-of-the-mill romance, this one's surely a strict no-no.
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10-26-2011, 03:40 PM #2
10-27-2011, 11:07 PM #3
Damadamm' has tasteless comedyCast: Himesh Reshammiya, Purbi Joshi, Sonal Sehgal, Rajesh Khattar
Director: Swapna Waghmare Joshi
The irony of Himesh Reshammiya's new film 'Damadamm' doesn't lie in the fact that two attractive women are in love with him here, but that he plays a marketing maverick at a film distribution company, credited with turning one movie after another into box-office hits.
The story of this film, although much of it is set at his workplace, has little to do with that improbable job role. At its core, this film has a surprisingly sincere premise - a man is confused about his feelings for his ex-girlfriend, a nagging over-possessive shrew, when he sees her in a new light after dumping her for a kind co-worker.
Alas, the script paints the ex as such a caricature in the film's early scenes that his sudden rose-tinted view of her later strikes a false note. Also the trigger that leads him to discover her good side - a well-meaning real-estate agent bearing shocking news - comes off as too contrived and convenient.
But there's an inherent sensitivity and grace in the manner this relationship unfolds in their common workplace - the pain of going through a break-up with someone you have to see at work every day, watching an ex move on to another partner in front of your eyes, accepting that your relationship is over and being happy for the person you once loved. These scenes are treated delicately, and performed competently particularly by the female protagonists, played by Purbi Joshi and Sonal Sehgal.
If the film still doesn't hold, it's because it's underlined by an uneasy comic tone that's working at cross purposes here. In one tasteless comic sequence, our hero rubs his ex-girlfriend's face in the fact that he has a new lover now. It also doesn't help that Himesh Reshammiya offers an affected performance as the conflicted lover. He has an awkward body language, and his character is written so wishy-washy that it's hard to muster up much sympathy for his situation. Himesh Reshammiya's music remains his stronger skill.
I'm going with a generous two out of five for director Swapna Waghmare Joshi's 'Damadamm'. What could've been a sweet, simple love story turns into a confused film that never justifies its spirited title.
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10-29-2011, 08:45 PM #4Like him or not, but there’s something about Himesh Reshammiya. He may not feature on your favorite actor list, but you cannot ignore him. A braveheart in whatever he’s dabbled into — producing TV serials, composing music, singing songs or stepping in front of the camera — Reshammiya now forays into film production with DAMADAMM [his company HR Musik presents the film].
A rom-com that comes across as a slice of life film, DAMADAMM takes you back to the times when simple stories were the order of the day, when ordinary looking people were grappling with not too complex issues and problems, when the focus was on delicate relationships. The 70s cinema, which witnessed a number of charming films by doyens like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee, comes alive as you watch DAMADAMM. Of course, DAMADAMM is not as memorable as the films made in the bygone era, but first-time director Swapna Waghmare Joshi [a reputed name in tele circles] makes a sincere attempt to tell a tale that’s not commonplace. Beneath all the song and masala that’s integrated in the story, you will find characters you can relate to.
Notwithstanding its plusses, DAMADAMM doesn’t rise to those levels for two reasons. One, too many songs in the narrative. Two, the plot gets predictable after a point and loses the steam.
Sameer’s [Himesh Reshammiya] life is perfect, but for his over-possessive and constantly nagging girl-friend [Purbi Joshi]. To add to it, he gets drawn towards his boss’ sister [Sonal Sehgal]. All hell breaks loose when the girlfriend returns from her hometown. Sameer is in a fix.
Though not a comic fare, DAMADAMM has light moments aplenty that do bring a smile on your face. When you’re in a relationship, everyone likes to feel loved and wanted by their partner. But, quite often, the love and caring tends to suffocate you as the partner gets over-possessive. This kind of extreme behavior is exactly what Swapna Waghmare Joshi tries to highlight in the movie in a light-hearted fashion and that’s what sets DAMADAMM apart from films of its ilk.
Swapna has avoided going over the top and remains faithful to the subject. I’d like to make note of at least three sequences that are strikingly filmed. One, the tiff at the interval point, when Himesh calls off the relationship. Two, Purbi explaining to Himesh why she behaves that way. Three, Himesh landing up at Purbi’s office towards the final moments of the film.
But, like I pointed out earlier, DAMADAMM should’ve avoided the been-there-seen-that kind of situations that you get to watch in love triangles. Also, the makers could’ve done without a couple of songs. ‘Madhushala’, for instance, is a good track, but wasn’t required in the first place. Also ‘Mango’. Even ‘Umrao Jaan’, the best song of the enterprise, comes too late [end credits].
Himesh’s dedication to his craft is well-known by now and the composer/singer/actor goes that extra mile to get the role right. Sonal Sehgal looks alluring and acts well. But it is Purbi Joshi who steals the show with a power-packed performance. Her confident portrayal stands out. Rajesh Khattar is impressive as Himesh’s boss. The actor enacting the role of Himesh’s friend/colleague is first-rate.
On the whole, DAMADAMM isn’t bad, but it isn’t great either. Though it has a hit score to its credit and some endearing moments, it will have to rely on a strong word of mouth to withstand a mighty opponent [RA.ONE].
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