Taal (1999)

Subhash Ghai - Director / A. R. Rahman - Music

Anand Bakhshi - Lyrics / Running time: 2 hours 53 minutes

Own it!

Taal (pronounced tall, meaning "rhythm") is another movie I watched based purely on the soundtrack. A good friend of mine knew I'd taken to Hindi music and let me borrow the soundtrack CD from this movie. The composer is A. R. Rahman, one of the major players in Bollywood music these days. The songs are great, with a great mix of styles and textures. Having heard them, I was interested in checking out the movie. That interest only increased when I saw who was in it. We've got four repeat appearances with this film.

First up is the lovely Aishwarya Rai, last seen as Mahalaxmi in Khakee. She wasn't given a whole lot to do in that film, so I was eager to see her in a more prominent role. I was not disappointed in the least with her role in today's subject.

Akshaye Khanna rejoins us after his last appearance as Siddharth in Dil Chahta Hai. I really enjoyed his performance in that film, and was pleased to see a familiar face here. His easy-going demeanor is evident in this character as well, which I think lends him a likable, amiable quality.

Back as the stern father, we have Amrish Puri (who recently passed away). His last appearance on my site was in Karan Arjun as the evil Durjan Singh. He isn't quite so murderous in this movie, so we can all relax a little bit.

Finally we have Alok Nath, who had a smaller role in Agni Sakshi as Madhu's father. Once again he's playing the father of a gorgeous woman, so at least he's in familiar territory.

Another noteworthy actor appearing here is Anil Kapoor. While this is his first appearance on this site, Mr. Kapoor as been in many major releases, and is a fine actor. Please check him out in 1942: A Love Story with Manisha Koirala and Anupam Kher.

For this outing, we have on the roster:

Mansi (Aishwarya Rai) - A sweet country girl who is discovered by a music producer and hits the big time.
Manav Mehta (Akshaye Khanna) - Son of the powerful Jagmohan Mehta. Rather free-spirited and somewhat impulsive.
Vikrant Kapoor (Anil Kapoor) - A big-time music producer interested in getting Mansi a career.
Tara (Alok Nath) - Mansi's father and a legendary folk singer in his community. Very old-fashioned and traditional.
Jagmohan Mehta (Amrish Puri) - A wealthy land developer interested in the area that Tara and Mansi are from.
Brownie (himself) - I was thinking the picture might be a little fuzzy but then I figured, well so is he.

Get ready to listen to lots of music, even for a Bollywood movie. Many good songs lie in wait this time.

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