Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra's new movie "What's Your Raashee?"comes out today and the critics seem to like it except for one thing.
It's three and a half hours long.
In the film Priyanka gets a role that would make Jim Carrey or Eddie Murphy proud she gets to play twelve different characters.
The film is a romantic comedy (the first) from director Ashutosh Gowariker.
He also directed the award winning films Lagaan Swades and Jodhaa Akbar.
But to maintain interest for over three hours is quite a feat as a lot of directors have found out the hard way.
The films plot is a Chicagoan (Harman Baweja) returns home to Mumbai and has ten days to find a wife and get his Grandfather's inheritance.
He interviews twelve women (all played by Priyanka) each with a different astrological sign (raashee) and each with their own unique personality which gives Priyanka time to show off her acting abilities.
I understand the length of the movie.
Cutting it down to say 2 hours would have lost a lot of story.
Ashutosh couldn't very well have taken the film and pulled a Quentin Tarantino making "What's Your Raashee" Part 1 and Part 2 ala "Kill Bill".
So I think the movie had to pretty much be made the way it was.
Now will the audiences feel the same way?
Priyanka Chopra in What's Your Raashee? posted to http://maska-chaska.blogspot.com/ on Sept 25th 2009.