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My Donkey My Lover & I, As French As It Can Get

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My Donkey My Lover &  I

Director
Caroline Vignal
Writers
Caroline Vignal
Cast
Laure Calamy,Benjamin Lavernhe,Olivia Côte
Plot
Antoinette, a school teacher, is looking forward to her long planned summer holidays with her secret lover Vladimir, the father of one of her pupils. When learning that Vladimir cannot come because his wife organized a surprise trekking holiday in the Cévennes National Park with their daughter and a donkey to carry their load, Antoinette decides to follow their track, by herself, with Patrick, a protective donkey.

Rating: ** ½

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My Donkey My Lover &  I Movie Review: Antoinette  Lapouge  is  the  kind of clumsy, tactless  heroine whom the French like to  put in uncomfortable  situations. She  is  prone to fits   of mortifying  impulsiveness .And in  the oddly entitled  My Donkey My Lover &  I —no, they aren’t calling the lover a donkey, there  is actually a donkey playing one of the main characters—when we  first meet  Antoinette she is making  out with one of her  kindergarten student’s father in  the classroom.

 If you think that’s as  inappropriate  as  her  conduct is  going to get,  you are wrong. It gets  worse and worse. Her  lover Vladmir(Benjamin Lavernhe) is a much-married man with a wife and a daughter  whom he takes on a vacation at a scenic  resort known for its donkey trekking.

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 In a face-palm action of desperation Antoinette  follows her lover to family holiday.What  follows could have  all been very  predictable and horny. Horny, it is. Once at the holiday resort  Antoinette makes  out with her lover right under his  family’s nose. She is disgusting in her carnal urgency,  pathetic in her futile  efforts  to win him  back and  embarrassing in her intrusions into her lover’s  family vacation.

Miraculously the  film allows  Antoinette’s clouded judgement to  remain untouched by extraneous  intervention. It is  as though she  is  the  master  of her own destiny,  no matter how twisted.  In the hot pursuit of her two-timing lover the  plot is often prone to bouts of moving  introspection, lighting up  Antoinette’s trekking  time  with  tons  talk time with her  stubborn donkey.

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 My Donkey My Lover & I delivers  the  expected,though in unexpected ways. It is spiked and  smooth simultaneously. While Antointee thinks(pretends?)  nobody can see her  adulterous moves she is also a very selfaware  evolved human being who  knows  the mess she has gotten herself  into.

 In the end her  friendship with her travelling -companion donkey seems not only pre-destined  but also moving.Laure Calamy(already a star in Call Me Your Agent)  provides her character  with a rare empathy.No matter how goofy her  moves Antoinette never appears  undignified.She may be  in a situation that most educationists  wouldn’t wish on their worst enemy. But Antionette knows how to make lemonade when life serves her lemons.

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Her confrontations  with her lover’s sensible  sharp practical   wife(Olivia Cote) make Antionette  look misbegotten . But her mistakes are hers to make. She  never disowns  then. Even in her worst moments Antionette is selfaware.  Having a donkey for company needn’t be  an exercise in stupidity. What  if the donkey is far more intelligent and sensible than the human it must bear?

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Jamuna Had A Love-Hate Relationship With  Bollywood

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Veteran  Telugu  actress  Jamuna who passed away on Friday, shared an uneasy relationship with  the Hindi film industry.She did eleven Hindi films including the iconic Milan in  1967 where Jamuna  agreed to play the  second lead, or the  supporting role if you will, to Nutan.

 Jamuna as Gauri was the Other Woman who craved for the hero Sunil Dutt’s attention whereas  he had  eyes and devotion  only for Nutan. In later  years  Aruna Irani played a similar  role in  Caravan.

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 In Milan Jamuna  was not keen to  do a supporting role. Producer L V Prasad tempted her with three chartbusting songs. Besides, Jamuna had played the same role in Mooga Manasulu, the  Telugu original  of  Milan. But it  was the songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal  which convinced  Jamuna to  take up the second lead in Milan.

 While  Nutan had no solo songs  in Milan, she did have the chartbuster duet  Sawan  ka mahina . Jamuna on the  other hand,  had two  splendid Lata Mangeshkar solos: Tohey saawariya naahin khabariya  and   the magnificent Ghazal Aaj dil pe koi  zor chalta nahin.Not only  these, Jamuna  also had a  hit duet  with Mukesh  based on her character  Gauri:  Bol Gauri  bol tera kaun piya.

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But  then, fate  intervened. After the film released  one of Jamuna’s solos, the poignant and memorable  Aaj dil pe koi zor chalta nahin was  snipped  out of the film.

Here is what  happened:  the  Ghazal , one of Lataji’s all-time greats, was very much a part of Milan when  it released on 17 March 1967. But then  it was seen to hamper the  flow of the  film and  edited  out. The  beautiful song occurred right after intermission. Producer  Prasad, a shrewd  filmmaker, got to know that audiences prolonged their  loo breaks as there was  a song after the break. Hence the sacrifice  of  a seriously  sonorous melody.

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Jamuna hardly did  Hindi films after Milan. Her last  Bollywood appearance  was in  Raj Kumar  Kohli’s Raj Tilak  where she  was lost in a multistarrer as  the royal  queen.

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Karan Johar Moves Alia Song From Switzerland To Kashmir

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The  romantic duet in  Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani  Ki Prem Kahaani  which was to be  shot in Switzerland and which was  delayed  due to the film’s leading lady Alia Bhatt’s motherhood, is now being relocated to  Kashmir.

Purely out of  the  love for  new mom Alia.

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Says a source in the know, “Karan loves Alia  like his own daughter. He would do anything for her. He postponed  the  release of Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani as the love duet could not be shot before Alia’s maternity leave. Karan had decided to shoot the song in Switzerland  after Alia’s maternity love. But now he has relocated the song to Kashmir  as Alia doesn’t want to leave her  baby girl behind for  long stretches.”

And as Karan Johar argued, snow is  snow. How does it matter whether it is  Switzerland or Kashmir?

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This  song would be Karan Johar’s tribute to  his  idol Yash Chopra. Alia would be dressed in chiffon sarees while  Ranveer, for  a change, would be seen in  formals.

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Bobby Deol’s Switchover To Villainous Roles

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After  Prakash Jha’s webseries Ashram where Bobby  played a sleazy  godman, and Love Hostel  where  he was a ruthless assassin,   he is playing the villain to Ranbir Kapoor in  Sandeep Vanga’s  Animal.

Bobby says it is not conscious career decision to play negative characters  but a conscious  decision to play interesting characters. “ I don’t look at  characters as positive or negative.When I watch  films there is always  one character  that stays  with you. I want to play that  character.”

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Prakash Jha’s Ashram proved a gamechanger for Bobby.  He admits finding  challenging roles is tough.  “I am trying. I  am doing Sandeep Vanga’s Animal with Ranbir  Kapoor , Parineeti Chopra. Then I am doing the family film Apne  2 which I am  very excited  about.”

 In an  earlier  interview with  this writer Bobby spoke  about his   long absence  from screen  before Prakash Jha’s Ashram.  “My fans   would ask why I wasn’t being seen on the screen.And I couldn’t tell them it was  because  I wasn’t getting good roles. But my fans  stood by me. They gave me  the strength  to  keep looking for the right roles. Thankfully I found the roles I liked. My new  films have given  me  some new fans. I am  thankful  I am still here. Yeah , I am in a good space right now.”

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Pathaan Collects 55 crore nett in India On Day 1

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YRF’s Pathaan has apparently wiped out all previous records as it collected 55 crore nett in India and recorded the biggest ever Day 1 for a Hindi film. The total collections of Pathaan on Day One is 57 crore nett (Hindi – 55 crore and dubbed versions 2 crore).

It is the widest Hindi release of  all  time in India and also the highest grossing 1st Day for a   Hindi film.It is  also the  highest grosser  on the  first first for a  non-holiday release. Pathhan is  also the highest  opener for Shah Rukh Khan.

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Akshaye Widhani, CEO of Yash Raj Films, says, “It is a historic day for Indian cinema and we are humbled to see the love and appreciation that is flowing for Pathaan globally. For Pathaan to shatter records in this fashion on a non holiday, just proves that the theatrical business is here to stay, provided we make films that entice people to come to the cinemas to witness a never seen before experience that entertains them thoroughly.“

He adds, “We, at YRF, are thrilled with the start that the film has got across India and we are hopeful that Pathaan brings joy to cine-goers globally in the days to come! Pathaan is the fourth film of our YRF Spy Universe and we are thrilled that we have been able to elevate the cinematic experience of audiences with each film from this franchise. We humbly share this moment with all the stake-holders of the film who have given their blood, sweat and tears to give people a movie-going experience like never before.”

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