Sunday, October 22, 2006

Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)

What can be said about a classic film--1 year my senior--that hasn't already been said?

a.) That a small child can not only survive a 'run-in' with 1.5 tons of automobile, but land on pavement and receive no broken bones?

b.) That being hit on the head can cause blindness?

c.) That if your hitman/bodyguard shows up wearing a t-shirt with a cuddly baby beluga on it, you should fire him post-haste? (Obviously, he's trying a little too hard to appear trustworthy!)

d.) That during the theme song, the lead characters said their names more times than the average rapper on an entire album?

Nay, friends, nay. I'm sure someone, somewhere in the past 29 years has brought these important truths to light. I shall simply make a few personal comments on my AAA experience. Here goes:

I always recognize I'm in for a special treat when the movie credits start so late into the film you forgot you hadn't seen them. Especially when the font looks like it should be called, "Gothic Cotton Candy."

[So sweet of the boys to volunteer to give blood to the injured lady and to show up all at one time so that the staff could hook all their little tubes together in one container...]

The actors who played AAA as little boys were just as cute as can be! They've got to be just a few years older than me. Does anybody know who they are? Are they married? I'd love to have sons that cute. I wonder if anyone on crew was the least bit concerned that the littlest one seemed to be crying for real during the shoot...

Between this film and Satte Pe Satta, I'm beginning to wonder what Amitabh Bachchan is like in real life when he gets drunk...

I once ate something not intended for pre-bedtime consumption and had a nightmare that looked a lot like this scene with the gianormous Easter egg. I remember running in slow motion but I don't remember any extras waving their arms in the air. I seem to have blocked it all out now...

Still, my favorite gem from this classic is Anthony's pronouncement that there are only two reasons for a man to run fast, either he is in the Olympics, or he is being chased by the police. How can you hate on a film that drops that kind of knowledge?

5 comments:

Susania said...

What amazes me about this movie is that even after a half-dozen viewings, I still get emotional when the various reunions between the parents and the sons take place! Especially when Amar and Akbar are reunited while in disguise in Robert's house, and they hug each other with tears in their eyes...

Mosilager said...

my favourite scene is the drunken talk that amitabh does with himself... the line about the olympics versus police is really funny in the original hindi, it rhymes and is in bombay slang. are you planning to compare the original and the new Don?

t-HYPE said...

Amar & Robert's reunite is a good part! It was very precious. I also like the parts where Anthony goes off on the virgin mary!

Mosilager, I promise to do a comparison if the movie ever comes to Nashville! *still waiting*

Meenakshi said...

This movie was an awesome classic. I love the U-N-I-T-Y theme with the brothers being Hindu, Christian, and Muslim. I think there is a scene where Praveen Babi is trying to escape from a guy trying to have his way with her, and I think his name was Zabisco!

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