I can’t remember the last time Hollywood released back-to-back summer blockbuster movies with such high desi quotients. [Detroit Free Press blogs]
1. The Happening by M. Night Shyamalan: Another thriller flick by Shyamalan, this one has an apocalyptic storyline, ala Shyamalan’s 2002 flick, Signs.Unfortunately, after bursting onto big-time Hollywood, with The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan’s movies have been largely criticized for lacking variety. Shyamlan contends this is because movie marketers try to recapture his Sixth Sense feel to movies, even if his movies were based on different concepts [NYT]. Unfortunately for Shyamalan, this movie comes out the same weekend as The Hulk. Will it rise above the Hulk or get crushed by it? Stay tuned. Desi quotient: 2.5 out of 5
2. The Love Guru: We’ve extensively discussed the pros and cons of the Love Guru on this blog. The Love Guru features Mike Myers as a guru brought up in an Indian ashram dispensing love advice. Besides the obvious Hindu angle, this movie features numerous desis – Manu Narayan, Sachin Bhatt, Ravi Patel, Suresh John and above all, Ben Kingsley as Guru Tugginmypudha. Desi quotient: 5 out of 5
3. Get Smart: Featuring Steve Carell as a secret agent, this movie also has Dalip Singh a.k.a The Great Khali. Desi quotient: 0.5 out of 5
4. The Fall: Desigooner also reminds us of Tarsem Singh’s “The Fall”. Tarsem Singh is well known for his 2000 psycho thriller, The Cell. “The Fall” also features desi actor Jeetu Verma among the lead 5.
Desi quotient: 4 out of 5