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By now we are all well-versed with Rohit Shetty cinema. All his films bear the stamp of total madness, total fun and lots of entertainment. No wonder his films are seen ideal for Diwali release, when the mood is upbeat. Golmaal 3 too arrives today, on a Diwali, with hugest expectations. This is India’s officially first trilogy (if one doesn’t count My Friend Ganesha series) and the need was a product which would meet all the expectations attached to it. Fortunately, Golmaal 3 fulfills all those expectations! The film is entertaining and funny from the word ‘Go’. Unfortunately, there are some glitches but the pros compensate for these minor flaws and overall the film just rocks!
The story of the movie: Gopal (Ajay Devgn) lives with his brother Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), friend Daboo (Kareena Kapoor) and mother Guddi (Ratna Pathak Shah). On the other hand, Pritam (Mithun Chakraborty), a bus driver, stays with his sons-Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) and Laxman (Kunal Khemu). Sons of both Pritam and Guddi can’t stand each other and there’s intense hatred between them. However, what no one knows is Pritam and Guddi were lovers once upon a time who couldn’t marry due to existing circumstances. When they meet after many years, they decide to rekindle their relationship. With Daboo’s persuasion, they get married without Guddi’s sons knowing that Pritam’s sons are the ones they hate and also the other way round. To find out what happens when they find out the bitter truth, watch the film!
It’s evident that Golmaal 3 wasn’t an easy film to make. There were as many as 8 important characters and numerous side characters. Forget the sidekicks, giving adequate screen space to each of the principal characters is a daunting task. However, the writers and makers succeed in doing so. Each character is unique and gets proper time to display their histrionics! Secondly, the director (Rohit Shetty) was helming the part 3 of a successful series. Although Golmaal 1 was successful, Golmaal 2 was thrashed by some for its not-so-interesting humour. Shetty and his team have learnt from their mistakes and appropriate care is taken to come up with a script which inspite of being illogical, is entertaining and tickles the funny bone!
Like all Rohit Shetty films, Golmaal 3 too begins with the title track. There are many scenes that truly stand out. Ajay and team screwing up Arshad team’s business twice and unintentionally destroying their own was too good. The entire flashback of Mithun-Ratna was brilliant and it was told in typical 70s-80s style with retro sets and background score. The best part of the 1st half was when the sons of Mithun and Ratna find the truth and the madness that follows. Just amazing!
Post-interval too the fun doesn’t subside. One of the finest sequences here was both the sibling teams threatening one another without mouthing a single word. It was truly very witty and of course totally hilarious! The emotional drama that erupts was fortunately very well treated. The climax was where the film could have hit a sixer. It was a bit thanda compared to the madness that it succeeded. But nevertheless, it entertains and you come out with a smile!
In Golmaal Returns, it was Shreyas who took away the cake. Here’s its none other than Ajay who’s undoubtedly the best performer of the film! His looks are killer and he carries out the role of hot-headed weirdo with elan. A versatile actor is one who is able to come up with a unique performance in each of the film of the same genre. Ajay succeeds very well in doing that! Hats off!
Kareena Kapoor has never attempted something like this before and she too comes out with flying colours. Even as a tomboy, she looks so hot and this is a considerable feat! Tusshar outperforms everyone in many of the scenes. Also in the only emotional sequence of the film, it’s him who rocks! Great work! Arshad Warsi who was very badly sidelined in Golmaal Returns gets a meaty role in Golmaal 3 and like everytime, gives a fabulous performance. Shreyas Talpade’s stammering act was funny but only at some places. Kunal Khemu brings the house down with his class dialogues!
Mithun Chakraborty gives an honest performance. He’s at his best in flashback scenes and when he makes a signature move in Apna Har Din song! Ratna Pathak Shah too comes up with a fine performance. Johny Lever was just brilliant and will surely be loved for his antics! Watch out for him! Mukesh Tiwari (Vasooli) is funny when he abuses the cop. Murli Sharma (cop) is there in 3 scenes, all of which are very funny. Viju Khote, Ashwini Kalsekar, Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra don’t get much scope.
Pritam’s music isn’t topping-the-charts kind but suits well to the mood of the film. The title song, Ale and Apna Har Din are likeable. Sanjoy Chowdhury’s background score is terrific especially in action scenes and the aforementioned dialogue-less significant sequence! Dudley’s cinematography gave a fresh and festive look to the film. Jai Singh Nijjar’s action was good although Rohit Shetty should curb the scenes of exploding cars!
Story although bit inspired from old films was well-written. Same for screenplay (Yunus Sajawal) although Yunus could have been a bit imaginative in the climax. Dialogues (Farhad-Sajid, Bunty Rathore) were one of the best things about the film! Especially the ones mouthed by Kunal are simply fantastic!
Finally, Rohit Shetty once again comes up with a winner! The director had gone a bit off-track with Sunday and Golmaal Returns but came back on track with All The Best and now Golmaal 3. As mentioned earlier, the expectations associated with this flick were huge but fortunately, he satisfies all of them. He could have still come up with a better product. But still no complaints as the film entertains like hell. Keep churning out such nice entertaining films RS!
Some of the best scenes:
1. First face-off between the two sibling gangs
2. Pappi (Johny Lever) on the jetski
3. Pritam’s flashback
4. Daboo persuades Pritam and Guddi to marry
5. Daboo persuades the siblings for Pritam-Guddi’s marriage
6. Madness just before the intermission (excellent!)
7. Pritam as the ghost
8. Facebook the dog bites Pritam’s bum
9. High-voltage emotional drama between the siblings
10. The climax
On the whole, Golmaal 3 is a great entertainer which has released during the right time of festival and celebration! It is loaded with tons of masti and madness. Just like every other Rohit Shetty film, don’t look for sense and logic and you’ll definitely enjoy the ride! Enjoy!
AND WISHING ALL THE READERS A HAPPY DIWALI AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!
My rating-**** out of 5!
The Akshay Kumar-Priyadarshan combo has worked wonders in the past and hence a lot was expected from Khatta Meetha. Although it surely engrosses in those 2.30 hours, the film falters as it is promoted as a comedy and satire and both of which the film is not! Moreover, the film has a nice story to tell but doesn’t offer anything new. It throws light on the corruption that is rampant everywhere, something that is seen umpteen number of times in our cinema. Nevertheless, Akshay’s performance and Priyadarshan’s direction ensures that the film keeps you hooked from the first scene to last and doesn’t let you leave the theatre dissatisfied even with a flawed product!
The story of the movie: Sachin Tichkule (Akshay Kumar) is a road contractor in Phaltan taluka of Maharashtra who’s struggling to make ends meet. The municipality isn’t delivering him the cheque for his services while Sachin has to pay the due to his workers and owes money to every tom, dick and harry. To make matters worse, the new municipal commissioner Gehna (Trisha Krishnan) turns out to be his ex-girlfriend with whom he had an ugly break-up in college. His father (Khulbhushan Kharbanda) is ashamed of Sachin while his brother-in-laws laugh at him. Still, Sachin dreams big and hopes that he’ll be successful one day. Will he?
Khatta Meetha begins wonderfully with Akshay Kumar singing bhajan that sets the mood. In the next 20 minutes, almost all the important characters are introduced and frankly, this is done in a decent and not haphazard manner. The entire bridge collapse accident episode deviate the film from its actual plot but was well treated. Funny scenes, although not many, stand out and provide ample laughter. The entire road roller-Johny Lever sequence was howlarious and brings the house down. Equally funny was Asrani talking to multiple people simultaneously…damn funny sequence! However, as mentioned before, the film isn’t completely comical and deals with lots of serious issues in a, well, serious manner. The film could have given a strong message which unfortunately doesn’t happen. What you get in the end is a film that’s partly-funny as well as thrilling, action-packed and dramatic! In short, a bhelpuri of various genres!
Most of Priyan’s films are replete with a madcap ending with characters running helter-skelter and funny things happening to them. Well, nothing of that sort is to be seen in Khatta Meetha! The climax, instead, consists of an action-packed chase sequence! Luckily, it works and you come out of the theatre with some satisfaction, if not fully!
The film belongs to Akshay Kumar! All those who feel that Akshay is doing the same kind of comedy and roles should watch Khatta Meetha and experience what this talented actor is capable of! The film may not be a success but Akki’s performance as Sachin Tichkule will be remembered surely for a long time! Be it funny or a confrontational sequence, Akshay was its best! Great work!
Trisha looks charming but she could have surely done a better job. Her role required her to act fiery and strict which couldn’t do properly. In fact, it is bewildering as to why Priyan opted for a Southern actress when any seasoned Bollywood actress (Tabu preferably) could have pitched in a much better performance! Urvashi Sharma, as expected, gives a brilliant performance! There’s no doubt that she’s talented and deserves to be seen more! Rajpal Yadav was perfect for such kind of a role. Johny Lever was funny as usual and his sequence turns out to be the film’s best! Tinu Anand leaves a mark in a small role. Khulbhushan Kharbanda performs with elan. Manoj Joshi was flawless. Jaideep (one who marries Urvashi) was terrific! It was great to see Neeraj Vora after a long time. Makrand Deshpande, Milind Gunaji, Aruna Irani, Asrani and the rest do a fine job.
Pritam’s music was alright and nothing great. There were 4 songs, 3 of which hampered the pace of the film while the 4th (Bull Shit) is shown during the end credits. Ouseppachan’s background score was marvelous. Dialogues were very witty and funny.
Priyadarshan, besides directing, has written the story and screenplay. Story, as mentioned above, isn’t new but nevertheless, is well-written. Screenplay was appropriate while Priyan handles the direction with expertise. However, where Priyan fails completely is in the flashback scenes where Akshay was shown as a college student and obviously, he doesn’t look like one at all! Also, 2 scenes were prominently shown in the promos-Akshay breaking a flower pot on his feet accidentally and secondly, Akshay being chased by people who assume he was trying to molest. Well, both these scenes are missing from the film! If they were edited from the film, why feature them during promotion?! Anyways, hoping to see Priyadarshan in his former glorious form in his next, Aakrosh!
Some of the best scenes:
1. The first scene
2. The bridge collapse incident
3. Rajpal Yadav is kicked out by Neeraj Vora
4. All scenes of Asrani
5. The Johny Lever-road roller sequence (funniest)
6. Urvashi is married off
7. Akshay’s confession to Trisha in the hospital
8. Urvashi’s flashback
9. The climax
On the whole, Khatta Meetha fails to meet expectations but still manages to give a good time. It is neither fully funny nor satirical as promoted but is surely worth watching for Akshay Kumar’s outstanding performance. Don’t regret if you miss it in theatres…you can catch it later on TV/DVD! The film’s title is justified…the overall experience is indeed ‘khatta-meetha’!
My rating-*** out of 5!
By Taran Adarsh, July 23, 2010 – 12:02 IST
When Priyadarshan and Akshay Kumar join hands, you expect the cineplex to reverberate with laughter. Let’s not forget, the team has regaled us with some terrific entertainers in the past. Naturally then, you expect KHATTA MEETHA to take the legacy forward.
Unfortunately, KHATTA MEETHA is noise [the actors scream a lot in this movie], more noise [the great promotion] and only noise, while the content takes a complete backseat. Although KHATTA MEETHA shouldn’t be compared to this combo’s earlier works, since this one’s a satire, I have to add that this is their weakest film to date.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
The first question I asked myself once the movie got over was, what’s the story? Okay, okay, neither did Priyadarshan’s last few films had a story to tell, but when you attempt a satire, when one talks of the hardships faced by the common man, when one talks of corruption in society, there HAS to be a story in place. That goes without saying!
KHATTA MEETHA raises a finger at the corruption in government establishments, but what it tries to say, or expose, has been witnessed over and over again. In fact, it’s the writing — sorry, the absence of it — that makes matters worse. The beginning is good, the middle falters and the end is exasperating.
Final word? This one’s far from being meetha. It’s a khatta experience!
Struggling road construction contractor Sachin Tichkule [Akshay Kumar] is doomed. There is no chance that his dreams will ever come true, simply because he has no money to bribe. To make matters worse, the new Municipal Commissioner turns out to be his ex girl friend [Trisha], who now hates him.
The film reveals the extent of corruption and bribery rampant in the system and the ingenious means you have to adopt if you want to survive in today’s times.
KHATTA MEETHA attempts to say a lot many things in those 2.40 hours. Oh yes, its running time is a problem, more so because the narrative lacks the power to keep you hooked to the proceedings. Okay, coming back to what I wanted to say, KHATTA MEETHA is more of a collage of isolated incidents encompassed in those 2.40 hours. The collapse of the bridge, the consequent murder of Tinnu Anand, the constant bickering in the house, the tu-tu-main-main between Akshay and Trisha, the sister’s track, the corrupt netas and government babus, the payment issue of workers… several sequences are a repeat of what’s you watched barely minutes ago or an hour ago.
While the romantic track is the weakest link [half-baked; the songs are forced down your throats, without valid situations whatsoever], the flashback portions, depicting Akshay Kumar as a college student [!!!], is just hard to digest. Even the end is worn out and doesn’t give the feel of contentment that one expects at the conclusion of a film.
Priyadarshan’s handling of the comic sequences is noteworthy, especially in the first half of the film. The repair-and-paint sequence at Asrani’s mansion is sure to bring the house down. Ditto for the conversation that Asrani has with multiple people, in person and also on phone. Also, the road roller sequence is a laugh-riot and prior to that Johny Lever’s sequence of repairing the road roller is truly funny. But a few isolated sequences aren’t enough. The veteran storyteller ought to know the importance of a watertight screenplay by now.
Cinematographer V. Manikandan’s lens captures the exteriors with flourish. Pritam’s music is easy on the ears and at least two songs are extremely popular as well, but the placement of songs in the narrative acts as a roadblock. Dialogues are funny at times, especially the one-liners.
Akshay Kumar plays the common man with gusto. He looks his part and more importantly, not once do you feel that he’s repeating himself. However, he goes over the top in a few sequences. Trisha carries the Plain Jane look well, but fails as an actress. The fiery attitude, so vital when you’re enacting the role of the Municipal Commissioner, is missing. Rajpal Yadav is in terrific form yet again. What a splendid actor!
Urvashi Sharma is awkward. Makrand Deshpande is wasted. Tinnu Anand is hardly there. Even Aroona Irani is sidelined. Kulbhushan Kharbanda is first-rate. Asrani is excellent. Manoj Joshi screams so much. Ditto for Neeraj Vora. Milind Gunaji is okay. The actor playing the role of Urvashi’s husband does a good job.
On the whole, KHATTA MEETHA is a major letdown from the accomplished director. It’s not a full-blown comedy. It’s not a full-scale satire either. Hugely disappointing!
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, May 8, 2010 – 12:56 IST
Vidu Vinod Chopra – 3 Idiots
Boney Kapoor – Wanted
Anurag Kashyap & Ronnie Screwvala – Dev D
Vishal Bharadwaj & Ronnie Screwvala – Kaminey
Sunil Manchanda & AB Corp – Paa
Rajkumar Hirani – 3 Idiots
Anurag Kashyap – Dev D
Ayan Mukerji – Wake Up Sid
Vishal Bharadwaj – Kaminey
Imtiaz Ali – Love Aaj Kal
R.Balki – Paa
Performance in a Leading Role (Male)
Aamir Khan – 3 Idiots
Amitabh Bachchan – Paa
Saif Ali Khan – Love Aaj Kal
Salman Khan – Wanted
Shahid Kapoor – Kaminey
Ranbir Kapoor -Wake Up Sid
Performance in a Leading Role (Female)
Kareena Kapoor – 3 Idiots
Priyanka Chopra – Kaminey
Deepika Padukone – Love Aaj Kal
Vidya Balan – Paa
Mahie Gill – Dev D
Performance in Supporting Role (Male)
Sharman Joshi – 3 Idiots
Irrfan – New York
R. Madhavan – 3 Idiots
Abhimanyu Singh – Gulal
Abhishek Bachchan – Paa
Rishi Kapoor – Love Aaj Kal
Performance in Supporting Role (Female)
Kalki Koechlin – Dev D
Arundhati Naag – Paa
Divya Dutta – Delhi 6
Supriya Pathak – Wake Up Sid
Kirron Kher – Kurrban
Performance in a Comic Role
Omi Vaidya – 3 Idiots
Ajay Devgn – All The Best
Johny Lever – De Dana Dan
Govinda – Life Partner
Sanjay Dutt – All The Best
Performance in a Negative Role
Boman Irani – 3 Idiots
Amol Gupte – Kaminey
Prakash Raj – Wanted
Kay Kay Menon – Gulal
Arya Babbar – Jail
Shantanu Moitra – 3 Idiots
A.R.Rehman – Delhi 6
Pritam – Love Aaj Kal
Amit Trivedi – Dev D
Vishal Bharadwaj – Kaminey
Abhijat Joshi, Raj Kumar Hirani & Vidu Vinod Chopra – 3 Idiots
Ayan Mukherji – Wake Up Sid
Anurag Kashyap & Vikramaditya Motwane – Dev D
Imtiaz Ali – Love Aaj Kal
R.Balki – Paa
Swanand Kirkire – 3 Idiots
Prasoon Joshi – Delhi 6
Irshad Kamil – Love Aaj Kal
Gulzar – Kaminey
Amitabh Bhattacharya – Dev D
Playback Singer (Male)
Shaan – Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh (3 Idiots)
Mohit Chauhan – Masakali (Delhi 6)
Sonu Nigam – All Izz Well (3 Idiots)
Atif Aslam – Tu Jaane Na (Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani)
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – Aaj Din Chadiya (Love Aaj Kal)
Sukhvinder Singh & Vishal Dadlani – Dan Te Nan (Kaminey)
Playback Singer (Female)
Shreya Ghoshal – Zoobi Doobi ( 3 Idiots)
Kavita Seth – IkTara (Wake Up Sid)
Rekha Bharadwaj – Sasural Genda Phool (Delhi 6)
Sunidhi Chauhan – Chor Baazari (Love Aaj Kal)
Shilpa Rao – Mudhi Mudhi (Paa)
Tulsi Kumar – Hafiz Khuda (8X10 Tasveer)
Aamir Khan will take the stage after 10 years. On January 15, the Bollywood superstar, currently riding a wave of success with 3 Idiots, will record his part for a concert that is being put up by the Cine & Television Artistes Association. Aamir only agreed to do this concert because it is for a cause.
Johny Lever, the President of the Cine Artistes Association says, “Our association has completed 50 years. I have personally requested Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan and several other Bollywood biggies to perform for us. We need funds to rehabilitate and provide resources to junior artistes who are finding it hard to make ends meet.”
|Shah Rukh Khan||Aamir Khan||Akshay Kumar|
It is said that after 1992, when Mithun Chakraborty personally initiated a huge concert to raise funds for artistes on the fringes of the film industry, there has been very little done to keep the focus on getting the junior artistes enough funds.
A trade source says, “This time Kiran Kumar and Johny Lever have taken it upon themselves to personally involve the biggest names in showbiz to contribute to the cause of the under-privileged.”
Johny says, “Each and every artiste that we approached has agreed.’’ Apparently Aamir has also sent out personal text messages to all the big names in the business asking them to participate. “SRK has agreed, so has Hrithik. The list is long but I must say that whoever we approached, has agreed to contribute personally. They have realised that the concert, which will later be televised on a satellite channel, is being done for a worthy cause,” added Johny.
By Taran Adarsh, January 8, 2010 – 10:28 IST
The recipe is simple and uncomplicated…
Take MY FAIR LADY.
Add DULHAN WAHI JO PIYA MAN BHAAYE.
Spray NASEEB APNA APNA.
Sprinkle DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE and RAB NE BANA DI JODI.
Hey presto, DULHA MIL GAYA is ready to serve.
In fact, MY FAIR LADY has been a hot favourite of Bollywood. Recall MAN PASAND [Dev Anand, Tina Munim] or HUM TERE AASHIQ HAIN [Jeetendra, Hema Malini]. Similarly, a number of storytellers have rehashed Rajshri’s all-time hit DULHAN WAHI JO PIYA MAN BHAAYE [Prem Krishen, Rameshwari] in various avtaars, over the years.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
DULHA MIL GAYA is a mix of the above-named films. Like they say in filmi lingo, it’s old wine in new bottle. So what? How different can a love story be, since this genre has been done to death in Bollywood? Point noted, but the narrative ought to be engaging if it has to strike a chord and that’s where DULHA MIL GAYA falters.
Merely assembling A-listers and filming the movie at panoramic locations isn’t enough. The film ought to have meat and that’s missing here.
Let me elaborate. Debutante director Mudassar Aziz, who has also penned the script, borrows from the past, going for the tried-and-tested stuff, but the narrative, already low on fuel, comes to a grinding halt by the time it reaches its finale.
Donsai [Fardeen Khan], a young commitment-phobic debonair, is petrified with terms like marriage and long-term relationships. Samarpreet [Ishita Sharma] is a quintessential Punjabi girl, for whom relationships are to be cherished.
Shimmer [Sushmita Sen] is a diva from the world of glamour for whom love and relationships aren’t important in life as independence and success are. Pawan Raj Gandhi/PRG [Shah Rukh Khan] is a suave multi-millionaire whose heart still remains larger than his bank balance and for whom winning love is the only victory there is.
When paths cross for these four characters, they not only land up influencing each other with their outlook on relationships, but also get influenced themselves and learn a whole new meaning of the term.
Something that got ignited with D.D.L.J. continues to shimmer to this date. Our stories continue to travel from firangi land to the fields of Punjab. DULHA MIL GAYA too does that [initially], before MY FAIR LADY and RAB NE BANA DI JODI take over.
To give the credit where it’s due, DULHA MIL GAYA has some interesting moments, but the problem is they are few and far between. One expects things to perk up when SRK’s character is introduced [in the post-interval portions], but your hopes go crashing as nothing worthy of note occurs.
The writing has gaping flaws, which are difficult to absorb after a point. The girl travels all the way from Punjab to Trinidad and Tobago, but not once do her concerned parents call to enquire how she is. Strangely, even the girl doesn’t feel the need to inform them. If that’s not enough, Sushmita takes upon herself to tame Fardeen, giving you the impression that she thinks from her heart. But when it comes to her relationship with Shah Rukh, she behaves in a rather odd manner. SRK, on the other hand, seems completely besotted by her, even though she never reciprocates his feelings. Hence, her somersault in the end – just because Ishita has given her some bhashan – doesn’t look convincing.
Mudassar Aziz’s direction is a shade better than his writing. And that’s not saying much. Given the fact that newer stories are being attempted in these fast-changing times and in view of the fact that he had some of the best talents on board, Mudassar should’ve seized the opportunity and told a refreshingly different and absorbing tale. But he doesn’t. Sure, a few sequences are clever and smart, but that’s not enough.
The music is of a mixed variety. ‘Akela Dil’ is groovy, while the title track is strictly okay. Cinematography is appealing.
Sushmita excels in a role that demands her to be hoity-toity. She enacts her part effortlessly. One wishes to see her more often on the big screen! Fardeen does a good job, especially towards the end when he’s about to confess something vital to Ishita. Ishita delivers a sincere performance. It’s a pity that a superstar like Shah Rukh is terribly wasted in an inconsequential role. It may not go down well with his fans.
Mohit Chadha has screen presence, but gets no scope. Johny Lever is wasted. Ditto for Tara Sharma. Suchitra Pillai and Howard Rosemeyer are passable. Parikshit Sahni, Bina Kak and Viveck Vaswani are as usual.
On the whole, DULHA MIL GAYA doesn’t work!
WHEN FILMS DON’T GET A TIMELY RELEASE…
RAAT GAYI BAAT GAYI:
Last week’s discussion of The Hangover brings to my mind another topic of the upcoming film Raat Gayi Baat Gayi (RGBG) which is all set to release on December 31. Presented by Percept, produced by Pritish Nandy and Rajat Kapoor and directed by Saurabh Shukla, RGBG stars Vinay Pathak, Rajat Kapoor, Neha Dhupia Anu Menon, Navneet Nishan and Dalip Tahil. The film was announced 2 years back in 2007 and it’s ready since a long long time. But due to some reason, the film which could have released earlier this year is now finally releasing (and anyways, when Percept is involved, then that film is bound to get postponed!!).
On the other hand, The Hangover released this year and took the world by storm. Unfortunately, RGBG’s plot is very similar to that of The Hangover. While The Hangover was a story of four friends going to LA for a bachelor party only to wake up the next morning and not remembering a thing, RGBG involves three men who attend a party with their wives and where they come across a sexy lady. The men get drunk and when they wake up next day, they couldn’t remember what happened after meeting the lady. So the amnesic angle is common in both of the films but the situations are drastically different.
However, RGBG is not a copy of Hangover as the script of RGBG was written way back and the shooting was also completed last year, some 7-8 months before Hangover released. But the damage is done-a huge section of moviegoing audience has already thrashed RGBG as a ‘copy’. Teasers of RGBG are uploaded on YouTube with the title ‘Promo-Raat Gayi Baat Gayi (Hangover Remake)’. Madness!
Now it remains how RGBG is received by the audience and critics. The exciting news is that it won the Best Film Award at the HBO’s South Asian International Film Festival held in New York in Oct-Nov. This again is an indication of the originality of the script of the film! I hope the lesson is learnt-let’s not waste time in releasing our films.
Khallballi, on the other hand, seems like a copy of De Dana Dan (but it’s not)! This flick too is ready since a long time. Directed by Ajay Chandok (director of flops like Nehlle Pe Dehlla, Team-The Force etc), it stars Nikhil Dwivedi (who debuted in My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves), Southern siren Sada, Rajpal Yadav, Suresh Menon, Johny Lever, Zakir Hussain, Asrani, Vrajesh Hirjee, Tiku Talsania, Chunky Pandey and many others. The promos of the film began somewhere in September last year and the film was scheduled to release on Jan 9, 2009. But it was pushed forward and since then, there has been no news on the film.
The producer of the film, Azam Khan who had carved out a wise promotional strategy for Phoonk, had even thought of a similar idea for Khallballi. During Phoonk, anyone sitting throughout the film without getting scared was to be given 5 lakhs. For Khallballi, the produced challenged anyone to sit through the film with a straight face without any signs of laughter. And the reward here was double-Rs. 10 lakhs!
After the film got postponed indefinitely, the contest was thrown out of the window and Azam Khan is now busy with Phoonk-2! Even if Khallballi gets a release in near future, it’ll be dubbed as a ‘poor man’s De Dana Dan’ as the plot in both films are almost same-the lovers and other interesting characters inside a hotel leading to mistaken identities and helter-skelter in the end! Very unfortunate!
CHECK OUT KHALLBALLI’S PROMO BELOW!
GET READY FOR AVATAR’S RELEASE
The biggest flick of all time, Avatar is hitting the screens tomorrow. Directed by James Cameron of Titanic fame, the film is expected to provide a fresh outstanding experience of cinema. The makers are recommending the viewers to watch it in 3D. But everywhere, the film is releasing in 3D in handful of theatres. Anyways, Avatar seems a must watch film and all those wanting to have some exciting experience should definitely watch it!
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Priyadarshan has always come up with zany comedies but De Dana Dan takes away the cake. In your entire life, you would have not seen such complicated and bizarre film ever, nor would you see it in future! There are some 25 characters; the entire action takes place inside a luxurious hotel and misunderstandings galore in the film. In fact, the flick thrives on misunderstandings and mistaken identities! However, like many other pathetic comedy flicks attempted this year, this doesn’t disappoint all thanks to Priyadarshan’s excellent handling and execution!
The story of the movie: Nitin Bankar (Akshay Kumar) works for Archana (Archana Puran Singh), a rich lady in Singapore and who loves her pet dog named Moolchandji the most! Nitin’s only friend is Ram (Suniel Shetty). While Nitin is in love with Anjali (Katrina Kaif), Ram loves Manpreet (Sameera Reddy). However, both Anjali and Manpreet are born and brought up in rich families and their families would not like their daughters to marry financially unstable men. So Nitin and Ram come up with plan to get quick money-they decide to kidnap Moolchandji in exchange of a huge ransom from Archana! Without realizing that the kidnapping has gone awry, both hide in the luxurious Pan Pacific Hotel waiting for the ransom. Unfortunately, there are more colourful, anti-social, gadbad-types people in the hotel at that time! And then starts the mother of all misunderstandings, mistaken identities and unlimited, uninterrupted laughter for the viewers!
There is absolutely no logic whatsoever in De Dana Dan. There are some big big loopholes in the story too! But if you are lover of masala Hindi comedies, then you won’t mind at all as there is so much fun happening in the film every second! Except during the songs, you won’t get a chance to yawn or check out the time in your watch or look anywhere else than the screen!
The first half is where the characters are introduced and established which is perfectly done. The asli mazaa begins when Nitin and Ram hatch the kidnap plan. The actual kidnapping and the events that follow was brilliant! Also, there are lots of tracks going on in the film, each one which is well written and worked upon. There is Harbans Chadda (Paresh Rawal) who is deep in debt and who wants to marry off his son Nonny (Chunky Pandey) to the best amir khandaan ki ladki; there is Brij Mohan Oberoi (Manoj Joshi) who is happy to marry off her manglik daughter Manpreet to Nonny; then there is smart theif cum club dancer (Neha Dhupia), Harban’s unfaithful wife Pammi (Aditi Govitrikar), a killer on a mission Peshawarwala (Johny Lever), an oversmart waiter Duggu (Rajpal Yadav), an Indian ambassador Paramjeet Lamba (Vikram Gokhale) and her wife (Supriya Karnik), Anjali’s dad Kakkad (Tinu Anand), Anti-corruption cop (Sharat Saxena) and a letch (Shakti Kapoor) (I hope I haven’t left anyone). Whew! With so many characters with interesting characteristics, Priyadarshan and the writing team excellently links up unrelated characters creating multiple mistaken identities, all which provide laughter unlimited!
The first half is laced with 4 songs but still the flick didn’t turn boring. However, it was the 2nd half where at a point, everything gets too monotonous and you want the flick to end. In fact, the film is close to 2 hrs 45 minutes. However, the climax again takes the film up and it was the most weird and bizarre climax I have ever witnessed! Once again, I state that don’t watch the flick if you can’t stand any nonsense in films. Or else you’ll surely faint watching the nonsense climax! But for those who love comedies, the climax will surely entertain!
With so many characters, it becomes difficult to decide who the best was. In fact all put their best foot forward and contribute well. Akshay Kumar was like everytime rocking! His films may not entertain everytime but he always impresses. In fact, it was so great to see a fantastic Akshay Kumar film after so long (the last such film was Welcome, 2 years back). Keep rocking Akki! Suniel Shetty gives an amazing performance and it was great to see him after a long time! Watch out for him in his next, Red Alert!
From the rest, the ones who impress and provide maximum laughs are Paresh Rawal, Archana Puran Singh, Johny Lever and Vikram Gokhale. Vikram Gokhale particularly entertains a lot! The rest-Asrani, Chunky Pandey (he had no role at all!), Manoj Joshi, Rajpal Yadav, Supriya Karnik, Tinu Anand and Sharat Saxena also did a nice job but it got overshadowed in presence of so many actors. Producer Ratan Jain is also there in the film!
As for the heroines, Katrina Kaif has the meatiest role and sizzles full on in the song Gale Lag Ja. Neha Dhupia gives a bindass performance. Sameera Reddy looks charming but hardly has any dialogues. Aditi Govitrikar’s performance was flawless.
Music was fine. Baamulaiza, Gale Lag Ja and Rishte Naate are the best songs of the lot. K Ahambaram’s cinematography was too shaky in some scenes which didn’t work. Salim-Suliaman’s background score, as usual, was flawless. Sabu Cyril’s production design deserves special appreciation especially for the climax where the entire hotel gets flooded. Some parts of the hotel were recreated in Mumbai, it was flooded and shot and it was so accurately done that it’s impossible to distinguish the actual hotel in Singapore from the set! Great work! But at the same time, disappointed to see enormous quantity of water wasted under the guise of entertainment!
Finally, we come to the writers and director. Suresh Krisshnan’s story was unusual. Jay Master’s dialogues were amazing and also contribute to the entertainment quotient in the film! And this is undoubtedly Priyadarshan’s one of the finest works! It requires guts and courage to screenwrite a film with so many complicated and tangled scenes and then directing it and also giving it a proper conclusion. Any other director would have either failed miserably or would have run away midway! So hats off to Priyan….keep giving us such films!
This time, there would be no section of Best Scenes….there are some 3 to 4 dozen memorable scenes, half of which I can’t even recollect now but enjoyed while watching! So please excuse this time!
On the whole, De Dana Dan is one of the most complicated comedies of all time. Those who love Priyadarshan and his slapstick comedies should not even think of missing it!
My rating-**** out of 5!
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