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Thums Up - Thums Down for the Week - 16 Dec 2008
  ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’ is rocking fun, but Vinay Pathak in ‘Dasvidaniya’ and ‘Oh My God!’ is mindblowing!
  - Samir Dave
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Thums Up - Recent Films Worth Watching :-)
 Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
 PB Rating: 7.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Aditya Chopra  Producer: Yash Raj Films
 Music: Salim-Sulaiman  Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni
 Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Vinay Pathak
 Genre: Romantic  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
The sweet smell of samosas permeates the theater hall as I sit down on a plush new theater seat, waiting with anticipation for the movie to begin. I talk about how no movie has every matched ‘Dilwale Dulhania Layjayenge’s’ romantic power. I discuss how Aditya Chopra and Yash Raj have taken a nasty fall from grace. The production house that was once cutting edge is now being pulled downward by the simple fact that they have fallen into a designer clothes, sexy women, fast cars, NRI focused filmi pattern. So it is with baited breath that I wait for Director/Writer/Producer Aditya Chopra’s latest film, expecting another DDLJ perhaps? I remember that ‘Mohabbatein’ was disappointing, and can’t even remember the details of the film other than the explosive confrontation between Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. The audience and I hope that Aditya Chopra is able to turn things around with his latest. But, hush now, the lights have dimmed, and the movie is about to begin. The movie experience is felt and at the end the lights go up. So what did I think? After fifteen minutes shy of three hours, I have to say that this film is Aditya’s best since DDLJ. I think the main problem with a lot of the audience members was the fact that most individuals cannot stop themselves from comparing the new film with a film (DDLJ) that has had more than a decade to grow into our collective psyches. I have to say it right now; you have to stop yourself from doing that. “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” (RNBDJ) should be taken for its own merits, and is different than Aditya’s previous two films.

RNBDJ is seemingly Aditya Chopra’s efforts to re-align not only from the modernistic hole that he has fallen into, but also to strongly pull Yash Raj Films back to focus on Indian values, something that most of their recent films have lost. A while ago, there was a rumor that Yash Raj had decided to dump Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) for younger actors, and though ten to fifteen years ago, SRK only had hit films under the Yash Raj Banner (for the most part), he has now proven that it is the other way around. Yash Raj needs Shah Rukh Khan. The King Khan carries this movie completely on his shoulders. It’s his acting as the simple man, Surinder that resonates with the audience. You will laugh with him, cry with him, cheer for him, and take this character home with you after the movie. SRK proves that he is at the pinnacle of his career, as arguably no other actor could have delivered such a fine performance. His portrayal of both Surinder and his alter ego, the more modern avatar Raj is wonderful as both try to woo Tanni (Anushka). You’ll be swept with the honesty of his performance of common man Surinder and truly feel for the character when Tanni falls for Raj instead. The film wouldn’t have worked if SRK didn’t have a female lead that could hold her own against his acting onslaught, and that’s where Anushka comes in. She is a new actress that can actually act, without relying on sexy clothing, and refusing to simply be the glamorous window dressing to the lead actor’s shadow. Her performance is superb, and one hopes that she gets a chance for the kind of success she deserves. Anushka’s portrayal of Tanni, the woman who is the total opposite of SRK’s character Surinder is heartwarming. It doesn’t hurt that she has the kind of smile that would melt even the coldest of hearts. Throw a brilliant as always Vinay Pathak into the mix, and you have a small set of characters that will resonate.

The script/screenplay by Aditya Chopra is not groundbreaking by any means, and it does require a certain suspension of disbelief, but it is entertainingly pleasant enough to work. There’s no pushing the envelope with this film. It’s not cutting edge, and doesn’t break any taboo barriers. What it is is a film that celebrates the common man, and serves to remind us that every couple has a beautiful love story to remember. It’s pure Hindi film escapism, and something that we do not see much of lately. The best part of Aditya Chopra’s direction and writing is that it doesn’t fall prey to becoming unbearably syrupy sweet (take notes Mr. Sooraj Barjatya). He proves that you can celebrate being Indian without being too cute for your own good. RNBDJ may not be pushing the envelope, but then neither was DDLJ, which was basically a traditional love story, wrapped up in a more modern vision. Do yourself a favor; take your family to see this film. You’ll be carried along with the characters. Don’t try to rationalize why Anushka’s character Tanni is not able to tell that Raj is simply her husband Surinder in disguise. Enjoy the music by Salim Sulaiman that is understated and simple, yet increasingly catchy (particularly the addictive track, “Haule Haule” whose tune was actually composed by Aditya himself). For the people that can’t simply enjoy themselves without comparing this movie to Aditya’s previous efforts, or not simply giving into the simple pleasure of this romantic fantasy, I have to ask: Why so serious? Just let yourself go.


 Dasvidaniya
 Director: Shashant Shah  Producer: Vinay Pathak, Azam Khan, Shashant Shah
 Music: Kailash Kher, Naresh Kamath, Paresh Kamath  Lyrics: Kailash Kher
 Starring: Vinay Pathak, Ranvir Shorey, Rajat Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Saurabh Shukla, Gaurav Gera, Suchitra Pillai, Sarita Joshi, Manoylo Svitlana, Brijendra Kala, Ikhlaq Khan, Suresh Menon, Purbi Joshi, Kiku Sharda, Kunal Kumar, Joy Fernandes, Sachin Khurana
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
The brilliant Vinay Pathak scores again with this simple tale of how a dying man fulfills his heart’s fondest wishes before he dies. Director Shashant Singh keeps the witty and wry script moving along while bringing forth memorable performances from his cast. Actor Vinay Pathak (best know as the singing goofball in “Bheja Fry”) once again plays the common man who could easily fade away into the background. He’s not able to fulfill or confront his sincerest desires and just needs that one big push. Unfortunately, that push comes in the form of him finding out that he only has three months to live. From making his mom (Sarita Joshi) happy by making her dream come true, to dashing that dream when he poignantly tells her that he doesn’t have long to live, to finally informing the woman he has held in his heart all these years that he loves her (though she is now married and has a child with someone else), this film will move you simply based on Pathak’s nuanced performance. Returning with him are some familiar cohorts, in the form of Ranvir Shorey and Rajat Kapoor. These three are truly some of the finest actors that apna Bollywood has to offer. Time and time again, they deliver excellent performances. The smaller independant films they star in are many times better than the usual bloated big budged Bollywood fare. Don’t say goodbye (which is what dasvidaniya means in Russian), say hello to this wonderful film that will make you realize that you shouldn’t waste a moment, for life is most definitely too short and before you know it, it’s over.

 Slumdog Millionaire
 PB Rating: 10.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Danny Boyle  Producer: Christian Colson / Fox Searchlight Pictures
 Music: A.R. Rahman  Lyrics: Raquib Alam, Gulzar, Blaaze, Wendy Parr, M.I.A., A.R. Rahman, & Tanvi Shah
 Starring: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Rajendranath Zutshi, Freida Pinto, Jeneva Talwar, Irfan Khan
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
had to give off a chuckle when one Western media reviewer said that the actor portraying the game show host looks like Omar Sharif (the Arabic actor). The actor in question is of course Anil Kapoor, and though I fail to see the resemblance (perhaps the moustache and hair), the film doesn’t belong to apna hero Anil, but rather rests brilliantly on the thin shoulders of the young man who plays Jamal, the “slumdog” in the film, Dev Patel. The British actor totally immerses himself in the role of the poor boy who goes on a game show and wins, only to be thrown into the shadows of doubt and suspicion by those thinking that he has cheated. Director Danny Boyle (“Trainspotting”, “28 Days Later”) has given a kinetic style and structure to the film as it flashes from the present to the past and back to tell a story that is as much a tale of human perseverance as it is of love and the vibrant city of Mumbai. Based on the novel “Q&A” by Vikas Swarup, the clever screenplay (adapted by Simon Beaufoy) retains the frantic pace of the book and the blissful innocence of destined young love. The attention to detail in the film is amazing and that’s not only thanks to Danny Boyle, but also to his Indian co-director Loveleen Tandan (assistant director for “Monsoon Wedding”). She really brings forth the essence of Mumbai, while Boyle makes sure the gritty undercurrent of danger is retained within each frame of the film. Frieda Pinto plays the love interest for Dev Patel’s character. Originally from Mumbai, the actress brings a beauty to the ugly surroundings of various scenes throughout the film. Irrfan Khan once again proves to be a true crossover artist. While other “major” actors claim to be courted by Hollywood, Irrfan has quietly made the transition and brings his talented acting to a Western audience. His role as the inspector, who investigates Jamal’s surprising and seemingly suspicious win, is picture perfect. A.R. Rahman shines with the soundtrack, breaking the bonds of Bollywood restraint to add an amazing musical soundscape to the visuals of the film (M.I.A. fans take note, her collaboration with Rahman results in an amazingly innovative track that will leave you breathless). The tale of the two lost loves; coming together via Jamal’s appearance on “Kaun Banega Crorepati?” ("Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" is what holds the movie together. I don’t want to say more as that would dampen the thrill of seeing this movie, but you’ll be on the edge of your seat and then feel an incredible joy as you see the brilliant ode to Bollywood “dancing” during the final credits. Run, don’t walk to see this film that will reinvigorate not only your heart, but also is one of the finest films of the year. In a month where the brutal terrorist attack of 11/26/08 is bearing down on everyone’s thoughts and souls, this movie is a nice ode to the human spirit and how we should never give up and let anyone knock us down. Hope is eternal, and so is the Indian spirit.

 Oh My God!
What’s this? Here’s Vinay Pathak again in another quirky little release that showcases his acting talent. Subtle comedy is what he does best, and he’s in fine form with “OMG”! Forget the fact that Bollywood fans were previously let down by the horrible “God Tussi Great Ho”, a film that makes me to this day regret the two and a half hours I spent watching it. Instead, give in to this very enjoyable little film that focuses on a man who simply refuses to believe that God is trying to help him. Then again, would you believe that God would appear to you in the form of the oddly quirky Saurabh Shukla? Debutante director, Sourabh Shrivastava’s first time showcases his talent in a very understated way. ‘OMG!’ is enjoyable as it’s full of the kind of comedy that makes you laugh without resorting to clichéd situations. To say anything more about this film’s plot would do it a dis-service. Instead, follow my advice. Search out this little gem of a film and you’ll find yourself with a smile on your face as you say, “oh my God”!

 Yuvvraaj
 PB Rating: 6.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Subhash Ghai  Producer: Subhash Ghai
 Music: A.R.Rahman  Lyrics: Gulzar
 Starring: Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Zayed Khan, Boman Irani, Aushima Sawhney
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
I really wanted this film to be Ghai’s comeback. I was hoping to see the kind of film that a director who has fallen from grace with disasters like “Yaadein” and the totally wretched “Kisna”, would create to redeem himself in the eyes of not only his peers but also his loyal audience. Though he has directed, the smaller “Black & White” this year, “Yuvvraaj” is the true test to see if this once obviously talented director could rekindle his creative fire. Sadly, this film is not the comeback he was hoping for and if this is as creative as he can get, then I think it’s time for him to call “pack up” for the final time as director.

I don’t even know where to begin. The screenplay is poorly written with no memorable dialogues or dramatic tension. The plot is wafer thin and fails to hold the audience’s interest leading to a climax that is totally anti-climactic. The set design and costumes are a throwback to the 80’s and shows a director whose vision is still stuck in a time warp. Ghai has unfortunately not been able to keep up with the times or re-invent himself. He’s still prone to have stereotypical villains who clownishly threaten the hero of the film. There’s the turbo charged wheelchair uncle who wants the wealth no matter what the cost and a plethora of other stereotypical Bollywood villains whose job is to mainly sneer at the camera (let’s not forget the scantily clad vamp who tries to distract the hero with her bare cleavage and the vicious aunty with the purple hair). Also, could someone please tell Subhash Ghai that he should tone down his cap/hat fetish? He seems to love to adorn his heroes with caps or hats, getting to the point of looking absolutely ridiculous. I kept being reminded of Dr. Seuss’ the “Cat in the Hat” every time I saw either Salman or Zayed with a goofy hat on their head. Mr. Ghai does a big disservice to A.R. Rahman’s beautiful music as not one of his songs is showcased in any way that is memorable.

What about the actors you say? Well, Salman never succeeds in conveying the intensity of his character’s emotions. One begins to think that this actor who once could act very well in dramatic roles in past films (“Jaan-E-Mann”, “Garv”) has now lost the ability to emote without making everything into a joke. He looks tired in some scenes, and the only thing noticeable about his performance is that his hair changes in every shot (like some big hairy chameleon sitting on top of Salman’s head). What can I say about Zayed Khan? Not much, as his performance just comes off as artificial. Katrina Kaif in the miniscule role that she has is given no chance at acting, thus failing to prove (even after all these films) whether or not she can really act. All she basically has to do is look at the camera with a painfully perplexed expression. Boman Irani plays Katrina’s dad as an eccentric over the top fellow, the type of caricature that we have seen too many times from this talented actor and his performance falls flat. Mithun Chakraborty is in this too, as the lawyer whose hairstyle reminds you of Snoopy’s ears. At this point, you must be looking up at the title of this section to see if you have mistakenly jumped to the Thums Down section! The sole reason that this film is worth a watch and has made it to the Thums Up section is Anil Kapoor. His portrayal of the mentally challenged eldest brother Gyanesh is wonderful. He plays this simple yet pure hearted character so naturally, and with so much sensitivity that every time he is on the silver screen (or lcd monitor), true movie magic is created saving the film from being a total disaster.

Ghai seems to have lost his touch as a director of the big budget films he used to be so adept at. Caught in a time warp in looks, set design, costume design (look at the lamb like pants for the male dancers in the song, “Shano Shano”), and storytelling ability, “Yuvvraaj” is a sad example of a director who has lost his way. Yes, I am a “bad” boy for writing this scathing review, but I know that Mr. Ghai is capable of much better, after all, once a showman always a showman.


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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