I watched ‘Soong Na Oie’ yesterday. The movie called ‘Tell Me Wai’ (Soong Na Oie) is quite a run of the mill one. Directed by an experienced film maker Mr. Tshering Wangyel is once again with his one of his trite genres- love-story. ‘Soong Na Oi’ reflects both sides of life; tradition and modern fashion. The protagonist, who seems to be an antagonist to his family needs shampooing his hairs badly. Phurba Thinley, a swayer and pander monk says correctly that his hairs look similar to that of porcupine in the forest. This truly reflects our youth, a kind of Korean culture adapted by our youth, in which they love it. On the other hand, the female protagonist showcases the real simplicity of village and the life in villages. So, we know that there will be infusion of these two diverse lives at the end.
One dialogue that the viewers will remember is the frequent repeats of ‘Yeid May Na,’ and the rough translation could be ‘There is something.’ The moment he speaks, he starts with ‘Yeid May Na,’ and there is NOTHING in as such. The story is all told- run of the mill and no different than his past movies. In fact, his past movies, that I had watched are far better than this one. The movie only becomes alive because of Phurba Thinley and Azha Namgay’s comedies, if not; this movie is not for elder citizens; it is a child-act-play. The movie has also many loud-earsplitting songs, which are mostly ‘I love you, you love me.’
The movie was shot mostly in picturesque valleys of Bumthang and Paro. This striking background otherwise is the plus point for viewers. You got to see greenery of Bhutan at least.
The good part of the movie is in the ending part, as it is in other movies too. The side-splitting fights and dialogues keep one engage for a few minutes, then to end the movie. And as you know, the worst become good, and good overcome bad.