74. Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love (2007) — A-choo! There, I just sneezed at it. It’s not enough that my brain fell asleep during the movie, but I didn’t even get to finish the story — the projectionist took it upon himself to cut off the credits! Hallo, I wanna know what happens two years later!!! Even if there are very many people waiting outside to catch the midnight movie! Plus, that snappy number “Mera Dil” didn’t even get an airing! Technically, a well-done movie — the naturalistic use of special effects at one point really does wow and the editing was impeccable; script-wise, more imagination and follow-through would have been immeasurably more rewarding. Clever nudges and winks here and there cannot save the movie, la. Didn’t expect much from it, but wasn’t as entertained as I hoped to be, gah. Vidya Balan proved herself to be truly cool, though, to shed her vanity as an actress in the second half and let the dark circles show. Has John Abraham the actor become a victim of his adulation? Some of his moments were definitely meant for fans only. I wish Salman Khan would rein in the posturing and vocalisations and let those glimpses of endearing honesty bloom. Is Ayesha Takia’s forehead preternaturally low or what? Funny she was paired with a guy that has hair going the other way. Meow. The song sequences were miles ahead of the usual fare, for which much credit goes to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. A few of the couples were quite watchable, but the Juhi Chalwa-Anil Kapoor pairing was lacklustre, largely let down by yawn-worthy characterisation and the strange coldness that is emanating from the latter actor. To have all this raw material screwed by a barely beating heart of a plot kinda … sucks. And why must there always be a “shut up!” moment? Anyway, this barely passes as a time-pass movie. Feel free to multi-task while you watch it, or just catch the fantastic musical numbers.