While I have been known to enjoy the occasional musical, I have never been able to breach the cultural divide that keeps me from renting and sitting through your standard Bollywood picture. The music never appealed to me, the synchronized line dancing was too over-the-top. But now that this Bollywood martial-arts film is coming out, I may have to attempt it. After all, I made it through Kung Fu Hustle, and this looks like almost the exact same movie (with a little Beverly Hills Ninja thrown in). Both have small towns threatened by hat-wearing thugs, both have chosen ones who return to defend them, and both have a lot of synchronized dancing. (The scenes of the hero in 1930s gangster clothes are particularly familiar.) Of course, Stephen Chow didn't shave off a mustache to effect his transformation from sad sack to kung-fu champion in KFH, but I'm pretty sure he shaved his scruffy beard at some point. And I have to say, the transformation of the main character in the trailer, from mustachioed buffoon to stubbly action hero, is pretty dramatic, as is the main actress's transformation between her Chinese and Indian characters. It makes me wonder how long the movie is to squeeze in all of the training, love stories, set pieces and musical numbers. I'll get ready for a long night.
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