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Why SRK is India's finest actor

Discussion in 'Duplicate' started by Wafa, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    Director: Mahesh Bhatt
    Music: Anu Malik; Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
    Year: 1998
    Running Time: 2 hours 34 minutes

    One characteristic of Indian cinema that might strike those from the West as rather odd is the frequency in which film plots revolve around look-alikes. While in the West this plot device has generally become relegated to either horror or Jean Claude Van Damme films, in India it is considered a high status award for an actor to be in a film in which he gets to convey two different roles. At some point practically every male star (and many female stars) has had such a project and in fact according to one book* I read the man considered India’s greatest actor, Amitabh Bachchan, was in over ten films in which he had double roles.


    In Duplicate the actor honored with a double role is Shahrukh Khan and he approaches this opportunity with delightful relish and creates two distinct and in their own way intriguing characters. His Babloo is a complete simpering mama’s boy, while his Manu is a snarling dangerous criminal. Watching Shahrukh shift between the two of them gives you a good idea why he is considered by many to be India’s finest modern actor. Everything about them is different from the voice, the look, the facial expressions, vocal delivery and body language and yet both feel like complete characters. Babloo is all pursed lip respectability and Manu is animalistic fury who can handle a woman or a gun with equally rough efficiency. Since the film is generally a broad comedy, Shahrukh brings a bit of caricature to them both, but avoids overstepping the boundary of silliness and manages to make Babloo very endearing and Manu frightening.

    Babloo loves cooking and his mother (Farida Jalal) to the point of almost being a fetish – at one point he sleeps in the same bed as mom and at another dances with various vegetables! He dreams of becoming a chef and gets his chance when he bowls over a banquet manager (Juhi Chawla) with his simplistic charm. He is given a test – to prepare a Japanese meal within fifteen minutes and in a musical showstopper that Busby Berkely would be proud of Shahrukh spins through the kitchen making merry with cooking utensils, food and a bevy of beautiful black or plaid skirted apprentices.

    At the same time this is occurring, Manu has escaped from maximum security and is intent on reaping retribution on the ex-gang members who set him up. A master of disguise, Manu infiltrates their locations – one time attired as a vampish female dancer – and at another time just as he is about to be discovered in a cabaret he seamlessly joins the dance on stage – and kills them off one by one. In a John Woo inspired set piece, Manu has a shoot out with the gang that has bodies flying and encompasses Woo’s classic gun to the head stand off as well as the famous Chow Yun Fat two guns blazing back on the ground move. When he is not busy killing, Manu finds the chance to make mattress time with his cabaret dancer girlfriend – the hot as melting steel, Sonali Bendre, who torches the screen in her dance numbers.

    Things are looking good for Manu until he decides to mix it up with the quivering but determined lip of Babloo – big mistake! Realizing that he has a duplicate, Manu tries to take advantage of the situation by taking Babloo’s place – even to romancing Juhi – but this proves too much for sweet Babloo and he finds his hidden backbone and decides to take Manu’s place. In a few delicious scenes, they face off against one another with Shahrukh in a sense now creating four characters – as their impersonations of each other are just enough off to make them amusing – especially Babloo trying to be menacing and salacious with his tongue but getting it all wrong. It’s all lightweight goofy stuff (with some decent action though) that should be covered with a thick layer of dust, but the simple charm of the film and the performers has a way of winning you over. Shahrukh is great to watch in his various incarnations, but he also receives very good support from the winsome Juhi and the sensuous Sonali. Also as an added pleasure - look for the quick as a blink cameo from Kajol at the train station.

    Thrown into this mix are some solid bouncy tunes, but the real strength of the musical pieces is the infectious choreography from Farah Khan and the energy of the actors. The kitschy kitchen number – Wahji Wah – with its wailing sax is great fun, in Keh Rahi Hai Sonali sizzles as she first rips out your eyeballs attired in black hotpants an then goes through various costume changes that all compliment her fabulous gams and the other songs are hummable and charming as well.
     
  2. sonal

    sonal SRK's D&G lover!

    amen to that!!!! i feel good that for once i can read something nice about this film...i dunno why ppl didnt like it as much
     
  3. srk_amira

    srk_amira New Member

    Thanx Wafa for sharing this article!
     
  4. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    thats why I think duplicate was an underrated movie. he makes it look so easy and people don't realize the degree of difficulty and level of skills required and included to do this role.
     
  5. meena

    meena Well-Known Member

    thanks so much wafa i love this film

    manu is such a good charcter but i love baloo as a cute muma's boy :heart:

    its must have been hard work to play both roles

    but shahrukh can do anything so i'm glad this a good acticle
     
  6. ravi_0605

    ravi_0605 New Member

    babloo was goog and manoo was great
     
  7. sanjani

    sanjani Ullu-Club Member

    It makes me curious...
    Haven't seen this movie...
    Have to try to buy it somewhere....

    Thanks for sharing! :)
     
  8. vdoggy

    vdoggy Member

    I agree Sonal, i thought it was pretty good film :)
     
  9. Mia

    Mia New Member

    I saw this movie yesterday. It's an interesting movie...first I was a little shocked when I saw Manu but at the end I loved the movie.
     
  10. Marvin

    Marvin New Member

    AW: Why SRK is India's finest actor

    I was really disappointed when I read that DUPLICATE failed
    at the Box Office in India. I dont understand it. Cause, yes
    its a comedy but SRK did a marvelous achievement, a great
    job playing these too characters - total differnet. Even now
    after watching Duplicate for many many times I forget that
    these too men were played by one person. Hats off for SRK!
     
  11. KKhan

    KKhan Well-Known Member

    ya tru the movie was underated lots of his movies are (in india) i think duplicate was great srks performance the songs everything and i was disapointed when i saw it was a flop
     
  12. Pompula

    Pompula Shahrukh Fan-Girl

    Well, I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who likes this film, because sometimes it feels like that... It is quite entertaining and I think Shahrukh and Juhi made good performances.
     
  13. srk-nihal

    srk-nihal Winning Hearts

    Thanks Wafa :)
    I think for Shahrukh's fans none of his movies is a flop at all we love him in all his roles :nod: ;)
    Duplicate is a great movie I love it Shahrukh's performance was terrific his versatility is clearly manifested and no wonder he is the finest actor in India
     
  14. sonumonu

    sonumonu New Member

    One characteristic of Indian cinema that might strike those from the West as rather odd is the frequency in which film plots revolve around look-alikes. While in the West this plot device has generally become relegated to either horror or Jean Claude Van Damme films, in India it is considered a high status award for an actor to be in a film in which he gets to convey two different roles. At some point practically every male star (and many female stars) has had such a project and in fact according to one book* I read the man considered India’s greatest actor, Amitabh Bachchan, was in over ten films in which he had double roles.
     

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