Withnail, Ignatius and I.   

Kiran and I saw what we thought was one of the funniest films we have seen in our lives. Its called Withnail And I. It is the most wacked out and bizarrely funny film I have ever seen.

Warning. I’m not sure I should recommend it though. I am not sure how many people will find this kind of humour appealing. I believe it wasn’t very successful at the box office when it released, so judging by that not many in the public liked it. But for those who want to experiment with very unusual humour in cinema, go for it.

Its a story about these 2 out of work actors and their mad, funny and tragic lives. Exceedingly well written, brilliantly performed and superbly executed. Its a huge cult success. Written and directed by Bruce Robinson. British.

Watching Withnail And I reminded me of one of my favourite books, A Confederacy Of Dunces, written by John Kennedy Toole. Again a piece of work that I find supremely funny and tragic. Absolutely brilliant. A must read, but again I don’t know how many of you will like it. Have read the book twice and plan to read it once every couple years.

The book was actually published after the death of the author and he did not live to see the huge success that it became. In fact the book would never have been published had it not been for Toole’s mother who found a carbon copy of the manuscript left in the house following Toole’s suicide in 1969 at the young age of 31. Toole’s mother took this manuscript to various publishers in attempt to get it published without any success until she took it to Walker Percy, an author, and literally forced him to read it. Percy explains in his foreword that he started the manuscript with great reservation but got sucked into the book and loved it. The book was published in 1980, 11 years after Toole’s death, and became a cult classic, and then later a mainstream success.

So much brilliance in this world. So inspiring.

What fun.

Posted by Aamir Khan at 04:49 AM
2809 Comments  Post Comment Aamir's Responses
2799. tikloo
Posted on Oct,22,2009 at 04:29 AM
Just ordered Confederacy of dunces from amazon and looking
forward to watch Withnail and I. Thanks for suggesting.

2798. haddock
Posted on Oct,19,2009 at 03:17 PM
Aha so its really you.
Was very skeptical (and doubtful) about this site. But by the No
of comments I think its genuine.
Will try to see the British picture Withnail and I.
If you have a chance do see "The boy with striped pajamas" Its
worth it.
Have a nice time and keep smiling.

2797. rmangena
Posted on Oct,12,2009 at 09:07 PM
Aamir i loved your movie Andaaz apna apna
to the full...its one of my fav films of all time...The chemistry
you share with salman is amazing in the film....i would love to
watch the sequel for this film ...any plans of making a
sequel?..bcause it would be great to watch once again the khans
spilling the magic on screen after all these years...Hope u would

-Ravi Kiran

2796. rmangena
Posted on Oct,12,2009 at 08:54 PM
I dont know about the film u mentioned, but i would recommend u
to watch the movie " Man From The Earth"!!!!!...... The movie is
really very good and hope u would like it ...

2795. fazal1
Posted on Oct,09,2009 at 10:04 AM
hi amir
i dont know much about films how its get done or so on and what.
i just have one suggestion to make if its too big talk out of my
mouth i am very sorry in advance.
recently i was watching one cartoon series name
samurai champloo made in japan.
if you ever get chance to watch it please do so because i loved
the story and music and the way they put together character its
just so good.
what i have in mind i can explain after you watch this cartoon
series. if you get chance.
yes i do admire your work and i love what you have done so far
indian films. i just have rugh idea about this please reply if
you can.
salaam to all.

2794. TA
Posted on Oct,06,2009 at 02:31 PM
Withnail and I is one of my favourite films ever! Richard E Grant
is spetacular. The one-liners (gone on holiday by mistake)
Brilliant and what an ending.

2793. Laili
Posted on Oct,06,2009 at 04:46 AM
I just watched withnail and I, you're totally right it's not for
most people to watch.
by the way, thank you for the warning or else I would've made my
parents watch it. I can only imagine their reaction =)
Brilliant film, thank you for the recommendation!!
Take care!!!

2792. fansameer
Posted on Oct,06,2009 at 12:01 AM
Hey aamir, Its half past midnight and I was reading through your
blog on withnail and I. If this film has influenced you so much,
then it would be a good film indeed. Would you like to direct or
make any movie based on this story in future. I might sound weird
but just wanna know for the fact that I see only films which has
you. I am waiting for 3 idiots to release and then not sure
when,.....Pls...comment..Thanks & Regards

2791. nikam_ks
Posted on Oct,05,2009 at 11:44 AM
Dear sir,

u r at ur best in 1947 -earth. In the climax ,the gray shade of
your character, u kill the lover and sell ur love & tht vicious
lough,my god
Sir if possible, might be stupid, but i really like to see u in
the role of Dr. ramanujan.

2790. dpakdha1
Posted on Oct,04,2009 at 12:03 AM
hi Aamir,
I wish you best of luck with ur new film, i have read the
book(uff ross taylor bold by afridi(champions trophy 2nd semi)
and im sure 100 judgement is gonna be done with that book or may
be more better than the actual book.
since u r a book reader , tell me do you like Dan Brown? did u
read the last symbol?
well tired of bollywood and hollywood,started seeing some tamil
films (anniyan (aprarichit) was the start and then ended up
seeing more than 20 films in just 2 weeks instantaly became fan
of (Vikram,Vishal,Surya), hats off to these guys good
entertainers they are. saw ghajni as well and ended up seeing it
like a critic, but then it struck me "dude its the same director
men", both were execellent.
i always think of telling Hritik to do (anniyan(aprichit) in
hindi he will suite for that character.

good to films of different for a change, refreshes ones mind, new
for a change is always nice.

take care
:) deepak

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