mercifully the moping around in the second half is less than most of the other versions of the story- but is still enough to drag the film down. otherwise it is terrific fun. not so clever and stylised that you don’t care what happens to the characters, you do actually fall in love with paro and lust after chandramukhi, and feel a little – just a little bit- sorry for dev as he indulges in his narcissism. but it is the women who steal the show- and the mad music- ans some of the conemporary twists to the story including an mms scandal and teenage sex.
the night before we saw ‘the president is coming’ where konkona sen and three good gags is the english theater play.