Sunday, July 6, 2008
Milap is another Reena Roy snake lady movie. Only here she doesn't play an actual snake-turned-lady, but rather a lady whose lover from a past life has been reincarnated as a snake. When that snake, upon reaching the age of 100, assumes human form and has sexual congress with her, she will become -- well, I'm not quite clear on that really, but it's something that her current lover, played by Shatrughan Sinha, desperately wants to avoid happening. An alarmingly fresh-faced Danny Dezongpa plays a snake charmer who is competing for Roy's affections, and Sarita plays a heroin-smoking hippy chick who is helping Sinha to circumvent Roy's scaley fate. Directed by Brij Bhooshan, this relatively compact (at two hours) film doesn't have the wild color and weird effects of Rajkumar Kholi's wonderful Nagin, but is mildly interesting for an overall dour and foreboding tone that is reminiscent of American horror films of its era. Sinha's character is presented as a rootless and seeking product of the modern world whose staunchly secular mindset is challenged by his encounter with the supernatural world. An early montage showing his history of vice is well worth seeing, especially for a shot of him smoking as a ten year old boy, which is framed by an iris of lit butts. In other highlights, the potential titillation of a climactic scene in which Roy is forced to disrobe by her snakey lover is amusingly foiled by the fact that she is wearing about 500 layers of clothing. I will say that this is one to avoid if you're at all squeamish of snakes, because there are a lot of them (real ones) on display, and Bhooshan manages to make them look extra slimy.