you know of this film only because it features the
'Chamma Chamma' number by Nicole Kidman, then well,
forget it. Simply because, the lady is nowhere to be
seen when 30 seconds of the song are blared out.
if you've heard of this film because its' a Baz Luhrmann
production, then let us tell you that this is another
attempt at a shocking, unconventional romance. Presented
in the musical genre, Luhrmann uses contemporary Pop
tunes by Madonna, The Beatles et al to create a
mish-mash of grunge, techno and soul with alarming
takes a Hindi film and sells it to western audiences.
More fool us, for even making a brouhaha over it. He
retains the Hindi pichchure formula, adds song-and-dance
and churns out a melodrama. There is even the mandatory
coughing and spitting blood scene. What's more, the film
also states 'The End.' This is no great shakes for those
of us brought up on a staple diet of Aby Baby flicks.
Kidman, at last gets to express herself rather than just
look hot with a cold demeanour. She is terrific when she
makes a fool of herself on screen, as part of the
character. Ewan Mcgregor is rather likeable as the
smitten writer, with his lost puppy look combined with
his perpetually quizzical expression. Technically the
film scores on editing and screenplay. It looks good.
The set design is brilliant, with red, obviously
dominating the scene.
the end, what the film does convey is undiluted passion
and mad rage and jealousy. Brilliant in parts, 'Moulin
Rouge' is a heady mix of masala and mush! Watch it at
your own risk, if you fancy white skin in a
Bollywood-style potboiler. If not that, you might catch
a few laughs!