Started in 2007 to keep a track of gay films that I watched, this blog has come much further than I had planned. There are tons of movies that I need to watch and review here. Through this blog, I want to give you genuine, my personal heart-felt review of the films that I see. These are my personal thoughts and opinions about the films and I would love to hear your thoughts on these films as well. I always reply to comments in a day or two. Please help me make my blog more popular by becoming a member, following it and by recommending it to your friends. As far as I know this is one of the very very few gay movie review blogs where reviews are not linked or copy-paste imdb summary. Enjoy and do keep writing your feedback.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Chicken Tikka Masala (UK)

The movie is fun on first viewing and OTT when you see it the second movie. This is one movie in which one single frame has a very good actor and the completely opposite of a really really bad actor. This is how the cast is spread out in the film.

Jimi is a medical school student who is gay and has a lover Jack and they live with Jack's obese, alcoholic, loose morals aunt Vanessa and her daughter Hannah. Jimi's family is visited by the Patel family from Delhi who bring their beautiful daughter Simran to England to find a husband. Jimi's parents and grandmother trick Jimi into marrying Simran and suddenly announce their engagement and wedding in 7 days. Jimi discovers the plot and is too spineless not to go along with it, a decision which enrages Jack and infuriates Vanessa. Hannah tells a 'little lie' to Simran (that she is Jimi's daughter) and the wedding is off. When Jimi's parents visit Jimi's house they discover the drunken Vanessa. Initially repulsed they ultimately decide to accept Vanessa as their daughter-in-law and decide to get the 2 of them married. Jimi is still too spineless to say anything. Jimi convinces the very reluctant Vanessa to go along with the idea and before long Vanessa is dressed in a sari, prepared for a wedding, and Jimi, terrified at what he is doing just to please his parents, includes Jack as his best man. At the wedding the truth comes out and to Jimi's surprise his family adapts to Jimi's true self and the day is saved by simply being truthful.

One very noticeable thing in the movie is the absolute lack of chemistry between Jimi and Jack. C'mmon you have ben living for 3 years and you dont even give a hug, forget kissing. Zero chemistry. Saeed Jaffrey as Jimi's father is excellent and so is Zohra Sehgal (as always) as grandmother but where did they get the mother from. She had no idea about acting and its very hard to put in words how bad her acting was. Vanessa's character was funny. Supposed to be a funny film, the comic moments in the film were very few and far between. Oh! And how suddenly everything just falls in place and family accepts their son being gay. Only if things were so easy. Give me a break.

Strictly one time watch. Dont even try for a second time. I did and can say from my personal experience. (4.5/10)

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