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Thums Up - Thums Down for the Week - 14 Nov 2008
  Walk the ramp, smile, enjoy that wardrobe malfunction as `Fashion` arrives in style!
  - Samir Dave
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Thums Up - Recent Films Worth Watching :-)
 Fashion
 PB Rating: 7.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Madhur Bhandarkar  Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
 Music: Salim-Sulaiman  Lyrics: Sandeep Nath and Irfan Siddhique
 Starring: Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut, Mugdha Godse, Samir Soni, Arbaaz Khan, Arjan Bajwa, and Arbaaz Khan
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Walk the ramp and face the very much real life stresses that face apna Indian fashionistas in the wonderful world of modeling! The latest offering from Madhur Bhandarkar (“Traffic Signal”, “Corporate”, “Chandni Bar”) is a visual and intellectual delight that blows the lid off the scandals that plague the fashion industry. From the casting couch (something the director has first hand familiarity with) to the rise and fall of a supermodel, “Fashion” is a film that is not afraid to show it all. If anyone could have brought forth a great performance from actress Priyanka Chopra, then that is Bhandarkar. He finally proves to the audience that Priyanka can act. It’s this movie that provides her not only with a talented director, but also with a well-written screenplay featuring well-developed characters that any actor would love to bring to life. The film itself outlines the rise and fall of Priyanka Chopra’s character Meghna, who fights her way to the top only to find herself in a deadly freefall that she is desperately trying to escape. Along the way, we are treated to an insider’s view of the fashion world that includes wardrobe malfunctions, illicit affairs and enough cattiness to last a lifetime. Kangana Ranaut shines with her tinny vibrating voice, and fragile china doll looks. She may not look like your typical model, but she has enough chutzpah to carry the role. A revelation is model turned actress Mugdha Godse, who burns up the screen each time the camera lens focuses on her. The music by Salim-Sulaiman is okay if nothing too memorable. Poetic, controversial and chaotic, “Fashion” is the type of rare Bollywood film that is both entertaining and thought provoking. Prepare to walk the ramp, deal with that wardrobe malfunction, and sleep your way to the top as you watch this memorable movie.

 Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi
 PB Rating: 4.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 401 unique users): 5.15
 Director: Kaushik Ghatak  Producer: Rajshri Productions Pvt. Ltd.
 Music: Ravindra Jain  Lyrics: Ravindra Jain
 Starring: Sonu Sood, Isha Koppikar, Alok Nath, Smita Jaykar, Anang Desai, Vishal Malhotra, Chhavi Mittal, Amrita Prakash
 Genre:  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Trust Rajshri films to pop up every few years to remind the multiplex jeans ‘n’ miniskirt crowd that Indian traditional values still exist. If you are expecting a cutting edge MTV style homage to Western degradation, then move along, this film will not (and probably never will be) your cup of chai. In a world of fast cars and even faster men/women, “Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi” reminds you that there’s something special about the anticipation that is felt in the longing Desi heart. Sooraj Barjatya, who is known as the king of sugary family entertainers (“Vivah”, “Hum Saath Saath Hain”, “Hum Aapke Hai Kaun”, “Maine Pyar Kiya") moves from the director’s chair to the producer’s, but there’s no doubt about it that Sooraj’s stamp is all over this film. Debutante director, Kaushik Ghatak, shows a nice sense of maturity and the ability to frame nostalgic shots very well, seemingly under the careful eye of the veteran Barjatya. What we get is a film that is unfortunately a throwback to seemingly simpler more traditional times, and though it’s worth a watch, will probably find very few metro filmi fans that can relate to not only the story but also the presentation of the film. Dealing with a pure love, extreme responsibilities, and Desi style dramatic tears, the movie will take you through the various passions of the human heart. This movie is almost the anti-Bollywood movie, in that inexplicably Rajshri has chosen a debutante director, for a remake of their classic film, “Tapasya”, have hired a lead pair that is arguably not known for their abilities to headline a film, and given the musical reigns to the all but forgotten Ravindra Jain. First up, I dare anyone to not think of a young Amitabh Bachchan when watching Sonu Sood portray the lead character Prem (there’s that name again). Sood delivers a nuanced performance that is the centerpiece of the movie. Also, in a seeming makeover, the usually sexually charged Isha Koppikar delivers a heartfelt performance as the traditionally strong Indian woman torn between love and responsibility. With this film, she proves that she is more than capable of playing a role that doesn’t require flashes of leg. The lead pair are a joy to watch, but watch out for Alok Nath! The veteran actor, who is reborn as the kindly father in each Rajshri film, is again wonderful to watch. Sad, that only Sooraj Barjatya primarily employs him, as he deserves more diverse kinds of roles. Finally, the music, which is normally a major selling point of a Rajshri film, is unfortunately quite bland. It seems that music director Ravindra Jain has literally run out of creative juice and it’s hard to believe that this is the same music director that brought us such hit soundtracks as “Ram Teri Ganga Maili” and “Chitchor”. That a director like Sooraj Barjatya is incapable of inspiring better work from the talented music director is disappointing. The mediocre music comes at the viewer every couple of minutes and totally breaks the narrative to pieces. Memo to Mr. Barjatya: Enough with the mega song soundtrack, it’s time to focus on quality rather than quantity. In a sea of sex and sin, “Ek Vivah Aisi Bhi”, will take you to back to your Indian roots, and remind you that sometimes being traditional is not such a bad thing. The movie is far from perfect, but worth a watch. Rajshri’s values are good, but Sooraj Barjatya needs to catch up with the times, or else he and Rajshri will be left in the proverbial westernized dust.

 Heroes
 PB Rating: 6.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Samir Karnik  Producer: Bharat Shah, Vikas Kapoor and Samir Karnik
 Music: Sajid-Wajid and Monty  Lyrics: Jalees Sherwani and Rahul B. Seth
 Starring: Amrita Arora,Bobby Deol,Mithun Chakraborty,Preity Zinta,Salman Khan,Sohail Khan,Sunny Deol,Vatsal Sheth
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Last week on “Heroes”, the cheerleader once again needed saving, since we all know that you have to save the cheerleader to save the world. Ahem, what’s that you say? This isn’t the hit American television show about ordinary people who gain extraordinary powers? Wait a minute! It’s something better, it’s “Heroes” desi ish style! Director Samir Karnik who hasn’t had much success in directing a hit movie (“Kyun…!Ho Gaya Na” and “Nanhe Jaisalmer"), brings his latest film to audiences. It’s a small film that attempts to tackle the big themes of patriotism and what it means to give your life for your country. What’s interesting is the way the screenplay is handled, tying together multiple stories in an attempt to form a cohesive whole. For the most part, the writers succeed, though there are a few bumps along the road. The film can be divided into three chapters. The first and best story of the film deals with the characters played by Salman Khan and Priety Zinta. These two actors have always had a good chemistry together, and it’s nice to see them together on the silver screen again. Salman in particular goes against his usual himbo type, playing a traditional Sardar who gives his life for his country. It’s probably one of this actor’s best performances, and the first one that he hasn’t sleep walked through in ages. This should remind viewers that he is more than capable of portraying a character other than a loveable buffoon. Priety is also a pleasure to watch, as she conveys the sensitive emotions of her sadness with utmost grace. From there we move onto the second story that focuses on brothers in arms Sunny and Bobby Deol. The two brothers do well and keep the viewer’s interest. Where the film falters however, is in the third act, which focuses on Mithun Chakraborty and Dino Morea, as it drags a bit. It’s not Mithun’s fault, for he acts well, it’s just that Dino Morea does not seem capable of properly handling the subject matter. I should mention Sohail Khan and Vatsal Seth, who have their epiphanies by the end of the movie are adequate. All, I can say is watch the film and say it proud ‘n’ loud, “Jai Hind”!

 Karzzzz
 PB Rating: 3.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Satish Kaushik  Producer: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar
 Music: Himesh Reshammiya  Lyrics: Sameer
 Starring: Urmila Matondkar, Himesh Reshammiya, Shweta Kumar, Gulshan Grover, Danny Denzongpa, Imran Hasnee, Rohini Hattangadi, Dino Morea, Raj Babbar, Asrani, Bakhtiyaar Irani
 Genre: Thriller  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
I really wanted to hate this movie. I really did. I absolutely detested the great formerly capped nasal voiced singer slash Johnny come lately actor Himesh Reshammiya (HR) in the horrible "Aap Ka Suroor". I am still plagued at night by nightmares of a nasal twanged voice repeating undecipherable words over and over again. I am still burning with the question as to how those rickshaw drivers mysteriously appeared as a deus ex machina to save HR at just the right time (shame on you lazy script writers). So you can imagine dear reader that I was not looking forward to “Karzzzzzzzz(cough)zzzz” at all. I wanted to hate it. I wanted to make fun of the formerly capped one now strangely mopped top HR. Yet, I found myself strangely appreciative of this diminutive titan that is the perfect example of the guy next door. Apna HR, the people’s hero. He rose from nowhere to become the number one music director, to the number one (and arguably first) Indian rock/pop star, to one of the biggest box office draws of Bollywood (“Aap Kaa Surroor” was one of the biggest hits of 2007 and if advance collections are any indication, “Karzzzz” too will smash records). The songs from the soundtrack that I once found annoying, slowly (via the constant play on the music channels) and hypnotically have started to brainwash me into liking them. So, I sat down to watch the film, remembering the entertaining but flawed “Om Shanti Om” of last year, itself a remake of the original Ghai directed “Karz” with one z. What a surprise then, that the new remake directed ably by Satish Kaushik, is actually pretty good. It’s a throwback to yesteryear, yet modernized enough to appeal to a wide demographic audience. Honestly, I’ve never been a great fan of Satish Kaushik as a director. It’s not that he lacks talent; he is more than capable of directing well, it’s just that his vision somehow seems to be lacking that epic quality that would distinguish him from the other standard directors and move into the upper echelon. Yet, with this film, he’s shown that he knows just how to remake what is considered to be a classic, and leave his stamp on it. But, what a surprise! The biggest strength of the film is the great mop top Himesh Reshammiya who has developed into a genuine actor. Gone is the hammy, cheesy HR of “Aap Kaa Surroor”. Gone is the stilted dialogue delivery and funny for all the wrong reasons expressions. It seems like he’s finally come out from under the shadow of the cap. Now we have some real acting that actually makes you believe that he is Monty the reincarnation of Kamini’s (Urmila Matondkar) husband whom she killed to gain his extravagant wealth. It’s classic Bollywood cheese and the entire film is masala-rific fun! Don’t get me wrong, HR is no thespian, but then he doesn’t need to be. He’s a pop culture actor, for a pop culture audience that has grown up on techno-bhangra-flavor of the moment fads. The fact that he actually can act, just sweetens the pot. Still, HR would have been stranded if he didn’t have the well-nuanced performance of Urmila to bounce off of (so to speak). Urmila is perfect as Princess Kamini, the caricature of an evil woman who will stop at nothing to get her way. What could have come up as laughable instead becomes a study in evil yet vulnerable tragedy thanks to her performance. Oh, I almost forgot that Shweta Kumar is in the film. Her role is almost non-existent, as the love interest and her acting talent leaves something to be desired. In other words, she leaves absolutely no impact on the audience. What little we see of her comes off as stilted and unnatural (perhaps HR can train her with his techniques…. hey it worked for him). Gulshan Grover is wasted as the ludicrous and often times painfully corny villain La Juda with a silver musical hand who appears for all of five minutes or so in the entire film. We are supposed to believe that his musical hand is used to not only convey the BWAHAHAHA evilness of the villain, but to strike terror in our hearts with the musical bleeps ‘n’ bloops that he uses to communicate. He looks like some clownish bald version of Liberace. Memo to make up artist, there’s a scene where Gulshan’s bald cap seems to be too loose for his head. If you’re going to use a bald cap…use it right! The always-excellent Danny Denzonpa is criminally under utilized but managed to steal every scene as the mobster uncle with a heart who constantly quotes classic Bollywood films (Super Hit)!. Asrani is his usual slightly funny self. The songs come at you fast and furious, seemingly every five minutes as if to remind you that you should buy the cd. Dino Morea is surprisingly effective in the role of Monty’s previous incarnation. On top of all that, no Bollywood masalarooni film is complete without a tender heart-tugging tear splashing moment between a forlorn mother and her long lost son. I dare your Bollywood dil to not tear up during the emotional scene between HR and Rohini Hattangadi who plays the mother whose son is now reincarnated. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry (sometimes for the wrong reasons), but one thing is for sure, you will be entertained. I never thought I would say this, but Himesh Reshammiya, the actor, has arrived whether you like it or not.

 Outsourced
From time to time, I like to shine the PB TUTD spotlight on movies that may have slipped through the radar, yet truly deserve a viewing. “Outsourced” may not be a Bollywood film in the true sense of the word, but it deals with the sub-culture of the calling center in a much more realistic and entertaining way than the recent Bollywood release, “Hello”. While “Hello” fails to leave an impact on the audience, “Outsourced” has a well written screenplay, good direction and wonderful acting by the ensemble cast. The film effectively manages to convey the often times funny life style that call centers have created in India. The juxtaposition of the modern with the traditional is handled with aplomb. The story revolves around an American call center manager who is fired, then sent to India to train what else….a call center manager. At first this seems to be a classic and standard fish out of water story, but it develops into much more as the manager from America, begins to understand Indian culture. From culture clashes to a surprise romance, the director and writer John Jeffcoat really keeps things going. The director’s vision is realized by the excellent performances from the lead actor Josh Hamilton and especially the actor who plays his love interest Ayesha Dharkar. Dharkar truly shines in the film. She’s funny, witty, down to Earth, and stunning as the Indian woman who steals the heart of the out of place American man. The film is worth watching simply for the lead performances, but adding to the entertainment value is the ensemble cast featuring Asif Basra, Arjun Mathur, and Larry Pine. All in all, a pleasant surprise of a sleeper movie that was missed during its theatrical release, but now can and should be viewed in the comfort of your home. Take a chance, and you won’t be disappointed. You might find yourself pleasantly "Outsourced" by this gentle gem of a film.

Thums Down - Recent Films that Disappointed :-(
 Golmaal Returns
I’m at a loss to explain how this film could possibly endear itself to anyone’s heart. It takes the kind of mindless comedy patented by the recent “Singh is Kiing” and takes it to another spectacularly unfunny low level. Misunderstandings and physical buffoonery are the order of the day. Pity that Ajay Devgan is not getting the right kinds of roles, as he is woefully miscast. Kareena Kapoor (who has yet to deliver a decent film after “Jab We Met) is riding a vacuous wave of popularity that is not backed up by her actual acting talent. She’s capable of so much more, yet someone needs to steer her away from her poor choice of films. In this one, she seems to be sleepwalking through the movie, waking up once in a while to look glamorous during the songs. Celena Jaitley, is, well Celena. There’s not much to say about her acting, as she primarily relies on her looks to carry her through the film. The only bright spots to this dreary affair are Shreyas Talpade who has a proven track record playing humerous characters (“Dor” and “Welcome to Sajjanpur”) and the always under appreciated Tusshar Kapoor. While Shreyas has had a chance to branch out into different kinds of films, Tusshar has been relegated to starring in at least one mindless comedy each year. These two share the only real chemistry in the film, and the characters should be spun off into their own movie. Director Rohit Shetty does his best, but perhaps the pressure to deliver a sequel got to him, as he fails to prop up the weak storyline or focus on any kind of character development. As to Arshad Warsi, the unfortunate actor only gets to shine in the Munnabhai films, as it seems that no director really knows what to do with him. Let’s pray that Golmaal doesn’t return again, but judging by the bumper opening, I’d bet that we haven’t seen the last of these crazy goons.

 Roadside Romeo
Pity poor Jugul Hansraj. The “Masoom” lad has not had much luck in the grown up world. Though he tasted success as a child actor, not even Aditya Chopra’s “Mohabattein” could give him the boost he needed in Bollywood. Luckily for him, the Chopra family are close friends, and he has been given a second chance as a director. Even luckier for him, Disney Pictures decided to partner up with Yash Raj Films to produce what can only be called India’s first big budget computer animated film. Unfortunately for him, Yash Raj has been truly hurting this year, with flop after flop indicating that the production house is severely out of touch with what the audience truly wants to see. Into this climate comes, “Roadside Romeo” and honestly, it’s not that bad, but the problem is, it’s not that good either. Now you might say that’s a contradiction, but let’s look at the bad first. When thinking of a loveable ruffian of a dog, the first thing you might think about is Saif Ali Khan, but though that may look good on paper, the fact of the matter is that his voice doesn’t really fit the lead character in the film. Voice acting is different and more difficult at times then live acting, and Saif’s vocals fall a bit flat. You never quite disconnect that this is Saif Ali Khan’s voice, and it pulls the viewer out of the film. I understand the need for a big marquee name, but in the future it would probably be better to cast an actor whose voice would be a better fit. In this case, perhaps Salman Khan’s voice would have provided the necessary playfulness. The same holds for Kareena Kapoor’s voice, as the poodle who get’s Romeo’s caboodle into gear. For lack of a better word, there’s just no vocal chemistry between the two. Also, the animation for some reason is not too fluid, as character movements come across a bit stiff at times, particularly during the dance scenes. Third, the music by Salim-Sulaiman is pretty mediocre, and quickly forgettable. Fourth, the screenplay isn’t witty enough to appeal to adults, and isn’t cute enough to appeal to the kids. The best children’s movies are the ones that are smart enough to appeal to both adults and youngsters. It’s very hard to toe that line, but Disney has done it with their and Pixar’s releases. So what’s the good you ask? Well, that would have to be the excellent Jaaved Jaaferi as the don of all dogs, Charlie Anna. This talented actor is the only one who seems to understand what it means to act vocally, and modulate his voice to match his animated character. The result is a melding of his vocals to the animated dog on screen, immersing the viewer in the character and laughing along with him. I was hoping that this film would knock one out of the park, but at the most it’s barely fun enough to kill a couple of hours. Sadly, this romeo has fallen by the roadside!

 Hello
 Director: Atul Agnihotri  Producer: Percept Picture Company
 Music: Sajid Wajid  Lyrics: Jalees Sherwani
 Starring: Salman Khan, Sharman Joshi,Sohail Khan,Katrina Kaif,Isha Koppikar,Amrita Arora,Gul Panag
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Just say Goodbye, to Atul Agnihotri’s second film “Hello”. Though his first film, “Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha” was enjoyable in parts, it was obvious that there was room for improvement in Agnihotri’s direction style. This time around, he’s roped in author Chetan Bhagat and attempted to adapt the writer’s best selling novel, “One Night @ the Call Centre” (his recent “3 Mistakes of My Life” also looks very promising). The main problem with “Hello” is the screenplay (written by Bhagat and Agnihotri). What could have been an excellent adaptation of a well-written novel instead is turned into a boring movie that never quite gels enough to leave an impact on the audience. Multiple storylines are always tricky to handle in an ensemble film. Anurag Basu did an excellent job at this with the wonderful, “Life in a Metro” last year, but for every good multiple character driven film, we get a dozen that just fail due to the screenplay and direction. “Hello”, unfortunately suffers from not only a poorly written screenplay, but also lackluster direction. Don’t have any high hopes that Salman or Katrina have substantial roles in the film. They don’t. Salman looks like he’s got a killer hangover from having too many whiskey shots, and Katrina Kaif plays an otherworldly character in an obvious promotional ploy (Salman is the director’s brother in law and…Katrina is for lack of a better description, the girlfriend in law) to bring audiences to the theater. Pity the actors who have really put their all into the film, specifically Gul Panag, Sharman Joshi, and Sohail Khan (yes, believe it or not the youngest Khan brother acts quite well). Isha Koppikar, Amrita Arora, Arbaaz Khan, and Sharat Saxena, all of who are just about ok, round off the cast. Perhaps, in the hands of a more capable director, the film could have turned out to be a crowd pleaser. The topic is definitely current and there’s an extreme curiosity about call centre culture. It’s too bad the director dropped the ball. Don’t say “Hello”, just say “GOODBYE”!

 Kidnap
 PB Rating: 4.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 401 unique users): 5.16
 Director: Sanjay Gadhvi  Producer: Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Pvt. Ltd.
 Music: Pritam, Sanjay and Sandeep Vyas  Lyrics: Mayur Puri
 Starring: Imran Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Minissha Lamba, Vidya Malvade, Rahul Dev, Malaika Arora, Amrita Arora, Reema Lagoo, Raj Zutshi
 Genre: Thriller  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
I wish that I was kidnapped while watching this film, at least that would have broken me out of the dazed glaze of boredom that I felt throughout this tedious exercise in Bollywood excess. First off, the king of empty style over substance, director Sanjay Gadhvi shows that he is unable to deliver the goods outside of the Yash Raj camp. There’s certainly a lot of style ‘n’ sass in this film (as evidenced by the clever storyboard drawings at the beginning of the film), but the screenplay by Shibani Bathija is not well written enough to keep the audience’s interest. A movie like this should have non-stop thrills and a feeling of rollercoaster like movement to what should be a climax that leaves the audience breathless. Instead we get a film that has a few excellent sequences but is for the most part vacuous. Can someone tell me who in their right mind thought that casting Vidya Malvade (who was just seen as a young woman in last year’s Chak De India) as the mother of an eighteen year old would be believable? In that same vein, in whose eyes does the mature faced Minissha Lamba look like a vivacious teen? These two are woefully miscast and though Bollywood films always require a certain suspension of disbelief, it is hard to believe these two in their respective roles. Sanjay Gadhvi tries his best though; as he basically strips Lamba down to get the juices flowing for all the frontbenchers as she traipses through the film showing her sinfully toned body (here`s another starlet that has joined the bikini brigade). He’s done it successfully before with the “Dhoom” films (specially with the sexing up of Aishwarya Rai), but it’s getting to be a gimmick that fails to cover up that the character is not well written. The saving grace of the film is Imran Khan, who in his sophomore effort (after the excellent “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na”) shows that he is a talent to watch out for. The film is worth viewing just for his performance. As to Sanju Baba, he basically coasts his way throughout the film, as if he’s dialed in his performance via long distance. Let’s make a special mention of Pritam’s music; then again, the less said about it the better (other than the excellent “Mit Jaaye” by the brothers Vyas). It’s a shame that this film will be gone and forgotten soon, for it had the potential to be a really good action thriller. Instead we get a film from a director who really needs to reinvent himself. Perhaps Gadhvi will try again to “Kidnap” audiences with “Dhoom 3” next time.

 Drona
 PB Rating: 6.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 401 unique users): 5.15
 Director: Goldie Behl  Producer: Shrishti Arya, Sunil Lulla
 Music: Dhruv Ghanekar  Lyrics: Vaibhav Modi
 Starring: Abhishek Bachchan,Priyanka Chopra,Kay Kay Menon,Jaya Bachchan
 Genre: Action  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Drona-Man, Drona-Man…. does whatever a Drona can. Swings his sword, everytime. Catches Kay Kay with this rhyme. Hey there! There goes the Drona-Man! Perhaps for a moment I thought that Goldie Behl (director of “Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai”) would actually surprise with a genre-busting trail blazing film with mythological elements and a smattering of sci-fi, opening the doors for more films in this genre. Alas, that is not the case as this train wreck of a film completely derails the audience’s good mood. The special effects are top notch and are truly groundbreaking (though the sandstorm face scene is a complete rip off of a similar shot in the “Mummy”). Yet, like the sporadically good “Love Story 2050”, the screenplay for “Drona is its biggest weakness. The story is lacking as it feels like the director/producer poured all the money into the special effects when they should have been investing in a good screenplay. Why is it that apna Bollywood honchos don’t realized that a well-written script is the best special effect money can buy? Instead we are treated to a by the books storyline whose predictable ending is telegraphed a mile away. They say that the measure of a true hero is the villain/challenges he/she faces. Yet, the villain in this film, played by Kay Kay Menon is laughably corny. Again, Bollywood fails to realize that a villain should be powerful, perhaps even more powerful than the hero for that is what would push the main character to beat the odds. We get the usual, “Bwahahaha, I am going to conquer the world starting with India while I make cheesy jokes and parade around with my ridiculous hairstyle”! Kay Kay, do you need the money that bad? As for Abhishek, he delivers another weak performance. I do give him kudos for keeping a straight face while wearing that ridiculous Drona costume. Let’s just say, it doesn’t strike fear into the hearts of evildoers. It almost looks like Elvis Presley’s patented white costume. Priyanka Chopra as the tough broad, who can fight as well as the guys, yet has a heart that is soft and tender just doesn’t work. Another flop for this unlucky actress makes this reviewer say, “Oop Cha”! Jaya Bachchan steals the show in the few scenes she has. The music by Dhruv Ghanekar makes me feel like I am watching a T.V. commercial. Again, what could have been a powerful mythological/sci-fi/fantasy tale instead has been ground through the Bollywood cheese-o-matic machine to create a boring and ultimately waste of time film. You’d need to be a hero to have the courage to watch this film. Just pop it in the good old DVD player and skip to the chapters with the special effects, but stay away from the rest.

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