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Thums Up - Thums Down for the Week - 5 Aug 2009
  Saif Ali Khan hits the Punjabi bulls eye in Imtiaz Ali’s modern yet classic take on love, desi ishtyle!
  - Samir Dave
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Balle Balle! Director Imtiaz Ali immerses himself in Punjabi love for the modern yet classic, ‘Love Aaj Kal’, swoon to the rocking ‘Jashn’ and give some love for the tolerable ‘Luck’ which is the unluckiest of all the new releases.

Thums Up - Recent Films Worth Watching :-)
 Love Aaj Kal
 PB Rating: 8.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Imtiaz Ali  Producer: Saif Ali Khan & Dinesh Vijan
 Music: Pritam  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
 Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Rishi Kapoor and Rahul Khanna
 Genre: Romantic  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Expectations were high for director Imtiaz Ali’s latest release, “Love Aaj Kal” and for good reason. The talented director has previously brought us the woefully underrated and under appreciated “Socha Na Tha” which launched the dark prince of Bollywood Abhay Deol (co-starring Soha Ali Khan), and the incredibly successful “Jab We Met” which capitalized on the chemistry of Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor who fell out of love in real life, and fell into love in reel life. Both films had solid scripts and showcased Ali’s penchant for writing drama within the framework of real life situations. Part of the charm of those movies was the inherent freshness of the scripts, characters and situations. Not only does Ali know how to write believable characterizations, but he also has a keen ear on how to integrate music organically within his narrative. Sandesh Shandilya composed the music for “Socha Na Tha” (worth a listen), and Pritam provided the stratosphere topping blockbuster music for “Jab We Met” along with the music for “Love Aaj Kal” .

So going into this movie, I had a bit of a panic attack. Not the kind that makes you dramatically point to your neck as you gasp for breath, but the kind that makes you take a pause and think about whether or not Ali’s latest will break your bubble of romantic bliss. Usually in apna Bollywood, directors peak with their first film, and each successive film gets somewhat progressively weaker. Not so with Ali’s first two films as “Jab We Met” showed that Ali had grown as writer/director. Would he be able to keep up his winning streak, by going to the creative well and pulling out a bucket of exciting new ideas? Or would he fail and reinforce what Mahesh Bhatt recently said, that is, that our minds are more like recycle bins than creative bins.

I’m happy to say that Imtiaz Ali has defied all the odds with his latest, “Love Aaj Kal” and shows that he is most certainly one of the most talented writers/directors of the new generation. It’s most certainly an auspicious start for Saif Ali Khan’s first production via his Illuminati films. A truly enjoyable romance has been missing for a while, as Bollywood goes through some severe growing pains while trying to find a new identity for itself. Thrillers, mindless comedies, and action films (usually against terrorists) are the name of the game, plus any number of Hollywood movie “adaptations”. Hard to believe that the pure romance genre that really put Bollywood on the map is a dying breed lately isn’t it?

Yet, here we are presented with a film, by a director who knows how to bring forth completely natural performances from Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone as lovers who are representative of the attention deficit disorder world we live in. Is it any wonder, that in this fast modern world, love is also equally fast and hard to come by? The film’s narrative deals with a modern romance, yet keeps the Bollywood gloss that is required for a Hindi movie to truly be a blockbuster.

What do you really need to know about the story? Well it’s about two people who fall in love, perhaps, maybe, or not. It takes them awhile to figure out their feelings, or at least as is often the case, it takes the guy longer than the girl to figure out that he loves her. This might have fallen into a run of the mill modern romance, but Ali interestingly compares the facets of love from a previous generation by placing flashbacks throughout the narrative that focus on the youthful courtship of a young sardar (played as an old man by former youthful dancer Rishi Kapoor). Saif as Jai essays a duel role (Jai and the young version of Rishi Kapoor’s character) with ease and I would be very surprised if he doesn’t get nominated for best actor come awards time. Deepika Padukone plays the modern love interest, and does so in a very understated performance. Whereas Kareena Kapoor was loud and in your face as the Punjabi kudi Geet in “Jab We Met”, Deepika plays a strong woman who clearly is an independent and free soul. In the flashbacks, we are treated to the contrast of how love used to be taboo yet more meaningful in a way in the old days vs. the love that is being twisted this way and that in the current age.

Direction and screenplay by Imtiaz Ali is of high caliber. As director, his vision never falters, and as a writer, he presents us with imminently relatable scenes. The cinematography by Nataraja Subramanian deserves special mention, as he lenses the modern scenes with vibrant colors, and the scenes set in the past with a hint of sepia tones (giving those “old” scenes a nostalgic vibe). I also want to mention the background score by Salim-Sulaiman that strikes a haunting chord whenever a heartbreaking scene enfolds on the silver screen. Finally, the editing by Aarti Bajaj is topnotch, as she handles what could have been the difficult transitions between today (Aaj) and yesterday (Kal) with an ease that saves the viewer from being jolted out of the narrative.

Look, we all know that for a love story to work there has to eventually be a happy ending, but as that famous saying goes, it’s not where you end up, it’s the journey. “Love Aaj Kal” is a breath of fresh air that should breathe some life into the romantic genre that all Bollywood fans love while avoiding the common clichés that plague apna Hindi films. The movie starts out with the chaotic bliss of young love and ends with the joyful beauty of old love. Give it a shot, as it’s certainly one of the best films of the summer and should go on to be one of the best films of the year. Love was great yesterday, love is great today, and love will be great tomorrow. It’s what makes the world go round…!


 Jashnn
 PB Rating: 5.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Hasnain Raksha  Producer: Mukesh Bhatt
 Music: Sharib-Toshi, Nouman Javaid  Lyrics: Kumaar
, Nouman Javaid
, Nilesh Mishra
 Starring: Adhyayan Suman, 
Anjana Sukhani, 
Shahana Goswami, 
Humayun Saeed
 Genre: Musical  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Jashnn

Here we are with the sequel to last years surprise hit “Rock On!!” titled “Rock On!! 2: The return of the ROCK ON!!” Sigh, okay, so it’s not a sequel to that enjoyable movie from last year, but it is a film that plays on the similar themes of a boy (man?) band that is struggling to achieve some modicum of success. The film is presented by those stalwarts of the “inspired by Hollywood films” genre, Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt, who this time follow the formula that made “Rock On!!” such a hit. “Jashnn” never quite reaches the heights of the aforementioned film, but it is an interesting movie nonetheless.

Shahana Goswami should be a name that automatically makes you want to see a film, she’s that good and delivers another stellar performance as the older sister whose younger brother (the aspiring rock star played by Kangana Ranaut’s ex-boyfriend, actor Adhyayan Suman) selfishly depends on for the necessities of life. This dependence drives her to become the secret lover of the clichéd rich man (played by Humayan Saeed). Through a wicked turn of events, spoiled bro depends on elder sis who sleeps with the rich man who has a younger sister (with a heart of gold) who falls in love with the spoiled bro. Got that?! Ahhh, you must be thinking that this basic setup is ripe for drama, and you are right.

I won’t spoil the ending, but the film is directed fairly well by director duo Abbas-Mastan….er…no, it’s directed by the non white safari suit wearing duo of Raksha-Hasnain. The music (which Mukesh Bhatt claims is the best since “Asashiqui”..a debatable statement) is catchy, but will you remember it a few months from now?

Huh? What? What were we talking about!? Oh, yeah, the music (by Toshi Sabri and Sharib Sabri) is decent, the direction is decent, the standard Bhatt shoestring budget is decent, and Shahana Goswami is awesome. Put your hands in the air and scream like a maniac, for “Jashnn” isn’t a bad way to spend a rocking couple of hours. Peace man!


 Luck
 PB Rating: 5.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Soham Shah  Producer: Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Pvt. Ltd
 Music: Salim-Sulaiman  Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed and Anvita Dutt Guptan
 Starring: Imran Khan, Shruti Haasan, Sanjay Dutt, Danny Denzongpa, Mithun Chakraborty, Rati Agnihotri,
 Genre: Action  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Poor Imran Khan, he hasn’t been able to replicate the success of his debut film “Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na”, with “Kidnap” failing and now the lukewarm film, “Luck”. Let’s see, you have to give the guy credit for trying out different roles, he’s played an innocent college lad, a devious dastardly kidnapper with a heart, and now the fearless and lucky chap who gets lucky over and over again (something most men can only dream about). Get yer mind out of the gutter!

Anyway, as I was saying (typing), director Soham Shah resurfaces after the decidedly mixed bag of the Karan Johar produced “Kaal” in 2005, and comes up with a concept that is based on the current reality show craze. You see, all you need to create a popular reality show is to take a group of people with different personalities and put them into dangerous situations that will automatically create the dramatic tension that will draw viewers in. Who will be voted off in this mix of a film that is part Survivor (literally) and part Fear Factor, with a dash of perhaps the Bachelor thrown in for good measure? If all else fails, the director has also added a beautiful girl in a bikini, which is good enough to bring in the horn fanged guys running.

Back to the plot, Soham Shah (along with co-writer Rensil D’Silva) has a very interesting and unique concept, but somewhere along the line the execution/presentation of it falters. It’s not a bad film by any means, it just could have been better, and it’s very frustrating when you see a film that borders on being really cool, but settles on being average. Perhaps the best way to see the film is to fast-forward to the action sequences that are totally mindblowing. As to the story breakdown, here’s what you need to know. Big time mafia don man (played by a bloated Sanjay Dutt) wants to take his gambling business to another level. He has an idea of putting people into very dangerous situations and taking bets on who will survive. Enter the luckiest people in the world who push the limits of endurance all in a bid to win the 20 crores prize money. The catch here, is that not winning means that you will die a horrible death.

Go on; admit that you are interested by what you’ve just read. It truly is an interesting concept. Imran Khan gives it his all, and really shows that he has the potential to rise to the top. Shruti Haasan provides the necessary skin ‘n’ glamour show, but is absolutely wonderful to watch in a truly under written role. She has a rawness to her that other actresses lack. This is a girl that gives as good as she gets. The two are riveting each time they are on screen; it’s just too bad that these fine actors were given such a hackneyed screenplay.

Really, the stars of this show are the action sequences, the out of the world cinematography by Santosh Thundiiayil, the music by Salim-Sulaiman, and the lead pair of Imran and Shruti. Sanjay Dutt is okay and is truly waning as a marquee star (he needs another Munnabhai movie stat). Ravi Kishen does well, as does Mithun Chakraborty who disco dances through the role (just kidding). He’s actually quite good and delivers a memorable performance. Special mention must be given to Danny Denzongpa who gives us a powerhouse performance and is truly a star in every sense of the word. So, as Clint Eastwood always asked, “Do you feel lucky?” Guys around the world ask, “Will I get lucky?” Which brings me to the girls who say, “There’s no way he’s getting lucky!” Well, lucky or not, “Luck” is worth a watch for at the end of it all (though it’s a mixed bag), it’s lucky enough to be entertaining.


 Kambakkht Ishq
 PB Rating: 5.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 401 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Sabbir Khan  Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala
 Music: Anu Malik, RDB, Salim and Sulaiman  Lyrics: Anvita Dutt Guptan, RDB
 Starring: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Sylvester Stallone, Denise Richards, Brandon Routh
 Genre: Action  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Akshay, Akshay, where forth art thou? Ok, so “Kambakkht Ishq” isn’t Shakespeare, but you know what? That’s ok. Bollywood is in this interesting phase right now as it tries to gain the respectability that other forms of international cinema has. So, it is that we find an Indian film industry that is experiencing severe growing pains as it tries to hold onto that which makes Bollywood special (da cheeeeeeese) and yet be more acceptable by audiences all over the world. There are two ways to go about it; one is to make a grim ‘n’ gritty film that takes itself too seriously, with an overly complicated plot and some cutting edge direction. The other, is to embrace that special mix of corniness that makes Bollywood so special, but give it modern production values, music, and a wafer thin plot that’s just distracting enough to make an audience enjoy the two and a half hours they have spent watching it.

“Kambakkth Ishq” giddily falls into the latter, and it’s nice to see a film that harkens back to the Bollywood of old, when blockbusters didn’t take themselves to seriously and audiences simply had to sit still and enjoy the mindless brain freeze. Keep that in mind as you watch this immensely enjoyable movie, for if you expect a movie that will change the world, you better move along, as you won’t find it here.

Is this film, mega producer Sajid Nadiadwala’s best? Probably not, though it is his biggest most expensive production to date. The result is a movie that is über slick in its presentation, with excellent production values, decent direction, MTV inspired cinematography, and competent acting. Director Sabbir Khan has been given a lot of money to spend and every cent of it shows up on screen. This isn’t one of those movies that looks the same on the big screen as well as the small television screen (as many films do), this is one of those films that one has to see on the big screen to get the full effect. Cinematographer Vikas Sivaraman is able to effectively give the right atmosphere to each scene, no matter where it is taking place. Anu Malik’s music grows on the listener and is just about right for a movie like this, though RDB’s “Om Mangalam” video takes the cake as it is one of the highlights of the film.

Yes, American stars like Sylvester Stallone (whose garbled attempt to say kambakkht ishq in a cool manner just makes one giggle), Brandon Routh (who really has nothing to do, but look like Superman), and Denise Richards who becomes the romantic rival for studly Akshay Kumar’s affections add a B movie glamour to the proceedings. It’s fun to see them out of their element, and invading Bollywood. Stallone is a certifiable legend, but I’m still not sure what Routh and Richards bring to the film. All three are blown away though by apna Akki ‘n’ Bebo.

You’ll laugh, you’ll giggle, you’ll find yourself begrudgingly liking the film due to the direction and the actors. Akshay Kumar as the brown Hollywood stuntman for white stars defies logic as the stuntman who looks nothing like the stars he is filling in for. He could do roles like this in his sleep, as his comic timing is impeccable. The fact that he shares a palpable chemistry with Kareena Kapoor is an added plus. She excels when she has a feisty character to play, and delivers a performance that may not be worthy of a Filmfare award (though she’ll probably be nominated), but is at least worthy of a laugh or two. She does well as the doctor who inexplicably models on the side, as well as wears revealing clothes that leave very little to the imagination and if it’s one-thing Indian men have, it’s a lot of imagination! Amrita Arora is ok, and is mainly there to beef up the sexy quotient, while Aftab Shivdasani is just, well, wimpy.

In any case, “Kambakkht Ishq” is what it is, and makes no apologies for it, and neither should you. Go see it, giggle, ogle, and remember it fondly.


 Sankat City
 PB Rating: 9.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Pankaj Advani  Producer: Anubhav Sinha
 Music: Ranjit Barot  Lyrics: Panchhi Jalonvi, Mehboob
 Starring: Anupam Kher, Kaykay Menon, Rimi Sen, Chunky Pandey, Yashpal Sharma, Manoj Pahwa, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Hemant Pandey, Jahangir Khan, Veerendra Saxena, Shri Vallabh Vyas, Rahul Dev
 Genre: Comedy  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Unfortunately, “Sankat City” may be a film that is overshadowed by some of the more glitzy releases of the last few weeks, but it’s a diamond in the rough and fans of quality cinema should make it a point to support films like this. First time director Pankaj Advani shows talent as his first film breaks the standard rules of Bollywood narrative to give the plot an added boost and keep the audience involved in the world he has created.

There are no big name stars in the film, though it’s probably better off that way, as I can’t see any of the biggies doing justice to the roles in this film. You need real actors, not ones acting like they can act or posing like models, or simply being praised for anything they do.

That’s why the cast in the film is perfect. Kay Kay Menon has already proven that he is a multi-faceted actor and is perfect as the car thief who gets in over his head. His partner in crime is the talented Dilip Prabhawalker. What happens when two small time car thieves steal something of great value from a big time gangster? Well, when that gangster happens to be Anupam Kher (who reins his inherent wackiness in), things are going to get funny really fast. It helps that Rimi Sen, Rahul Dev, Chunkey Pandey (who thankfully is not lisping or trying to speak in a “tota” accent), Manoj Pahwa, Sanjay Mishra really provide the right support for the main leads.

The direction deserves special notice, for Advani did the best he could with what must have been a shoe string budget. The end product may not have the slickness of a “Kambhakkt Ishq”, but it is far superior in quality.

So, what are you waiting for!?!? If you can make it in Sankat City, you can make it anywhere! Make sure you see this film, tell them PB’s TUTD sent you!


Thums Down - Recent Films that Disappointed :-(
 Shortkut
Anil Kapoor’s production house previously brought us the incredible “Gandhi, My Father”, in which Akshaye Khanna proved that he is one of the most talented actors of our generation. Please tell me that you’ve seen that movie? If you haven’t, go watch it right now; I’ll be here waiting for you when you get back.

Welcome back! Now, you’ve seen “Gandhi, My Father” and are fully aware of what Anil Kapoor is capable of producing. So, what went wrong with his latest, “Shortkut”? I don’t know if he got burned (in terms of profit, or lack of it) with his first home production, but it seems like this time around Mr. Kapoor decided to play it safe, and what safer way can there be then making one of those mindless comedies that are the rage these days? Well, I hate to burst the bubble here, but even mindless comedies take a lot of effort to be so effortlessly mindless. A great story (ok, even a so so story) is needed, but what you also need are those madcap misunderstandings that make the audience chuckle so much, plus some cringe worthy dialogue. “Shortkut”, directed by Neeraj Vohra (who is capable of being funnier), somehow falls short though everything and the kitchen sink is thrown at the audience.

The plot (which is based on a Malayalam film “Udayananu Tharam”) centers on a wannabe actor (Arshad Warsi), a totally hot ‘n’ happening starlet (Amrita Rao), and a frustrated director (Akshaye Khanna) whose script has been stolen by the wannabe actor inciting tons of ludicrous poses. When put together on the same film project, egos clash, tempers flare, and hilarity ensues…. or does it?

Who better, to star in Priyadarshan like comedies than Akshaye Khanna? To give him credit, he does a decent job. Joining him is the ultimate (and unfortunately typecast) sidekick Arshad Warsi. Put two and two together and you don’t have Munnabhai and Circuit…you have Akshaye and Arshad. I feel bad for these two talented actors who quite obviously are not getting the type of roles that can allow them to really shine. Amrita Rao sheds her clothing and girl next-door image leaving “Vivah” far behind (a pre-requisite for any actress who wishes to succeed in Bollywood) to try to provide the oomph to the limp script.

I really wanted to like this film, I truly did, and it had all the right elements, but those elements simply didn’t come together. Not a bad film by any means, just not good enough to get into the Thums Up section. Kick back a couple of beers, hold that someone special close and watch the movie through the corner of your eye…!


 Morning Walk
 Director: Arup Dutta  Producer: Tapan Biswas
 Music: Jeet Gannguli  Lyrics: Sanjeev Tiwari, Dibyendu Mukherjee, Nida Fazli, Shaan
 Starring: Anupam Kher, Sharmila Tagore, Rajit Kapoor, Divya Dutta, Shayan Munshi, Nargis, Avika Gor
 Genre: Emotional  Recommended Audience: General
On the surface, when first hearing about this movie, I thought that it might just be surprisingly good. Then I heard the soundtrack that though overlooked by mostly all the music charts, is truly one of the best of the year. Suddenly the prospects for the film itself started looking even better. Then I heard about Anupam Kher playing the lead opposite Sharmila Tagore and thought that this might turn out to be a refreshing adult romantic film (a rarity in the youth oriented Bollywood culture that is so prevalent today which is ironic since most of our male superstars are in their forties).

Alas, my hopes were completely dashed as the film turned out to be a damp squib. Director Arup Dutta is unable to rise above the weak script or coax his actors to deliver the performances they are capable of. The story that focuses on Anupam Kher’s character finding a long lost love on Facebook, and then friending her, only to find that she is tweeting someone else on Twitter. Okay, that’s not the story, but that would have been interesting, no? In reality, what we get is a conniving daughter in law (Divya Dutta), a weak son (Rajit Kapoor), and a emotional grand daughter (Avika Gor) whose lives are turned upside down with Anupam Kher discovers his lost love and more. What could have been a decent film instead turns into a contrived one. In place of watching this let down, it’s probably best to stick with the excellent soundtrack and hope that there isn’t a sequel called, “Evening Walk” or even the equally banal, “Day Walk”, or “Afternoon Walk”. In fact, let’s skip this walk all together shall we and see a film from the Thums Up section, while having a nice cool bottle of…. you guessed it….Thums UP!


 Runway
 Director: Suniel Tiwari, Praful Tiwari  Producer: Reeta J Shukla
 Music: Shamir Tandon  Lyrics: Shabir Ahmed
 Starring: Amarjeet, Tulip Joshi, Lucky Ali, Shawar Ali, Deepak, Sharat Saxena
 Genre: Action  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Run away! Run away! Run away! What’s that? Oh, ahem, sorry, I was just trying to convey the way I felt after watching “Runway”. Poor script, poor direction, poor acting, and poor music combine to give the viewer major discomfort while watching this film. Unless you are a Lucky Ali fan and are celebrating his return to the big screen, this film is not for you or anyone for that matter. In case you even care, the film is directed by Suniel – Praful and stars Amarjeet and Deepal Shaw. The movie instead is a tired tale of an assassin with a heart. Ho hum. Just stay away…please. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

 Kirkit
I love to play “Kirkit”…don’t you? In fact, you’d be better off donning those crisp white cricket uniforms and playing a game rather than watching this film that feels like an overly long match in which your favorite team is always losing. Shashi Preetam directs (or tries to) this tragic tale of Shakespearean proportions. Two groups of guys are on the prowl in Goa. Looking for booze and women (in that order), the two groups hate each other and so naturally decide to play a cricket match to decide the winning batch of bad boys. Jackie Shroff looks dazed `n` confused throughout the movie, and it looks like he showed up only to collect the money. There’s really nothing redeemable about this film and it only succeeds in giving kirkit, I mean cricket a bad name.

  Kal Kissne Dekha
What if you took every romantic cliché from the 90s that you could possibly find, shook it all up, and then regurgitated it in a film released in 2009? Add to the mix, a strange subplot about the lead character being a psychic who can predict the future, and you have the makings of an eccentric and ultimately bad film. Producer Vashu Bhagnani launches his son Jaccky with a mess of a film. The film feels like Vivek Sharma, who gave us the very enjoyable “Bhootnath” last year, directed it on autopilot. He’s tried his best by shooting in exotic locales, with high production values, but ultimately is let down by that which destroys many Bollywood films, and that is the poor script. The story meanders from one plotline to another; ultimately petering out into a climax for a film that has lost it’s steam halfway through. But enough of that, I guess the story doesn’t really matter when it’s Jaccky’s debut! Ok, the young man can act well and dance extremely well. When dancing, he doesn’t look like a spastic ostrich, like a lot of actors do. He resembles the younger brother of Uday Chopra at times, which doesn’t bode well for him. Yet, there’s a certain charisma to the debutante actor that one can’t deny. If he has the right kind of film, he just might make it, otherwise he’ll be doomed to the world of Sohail Khan and Hurman Baweja, meaning that he’ll appear in all sorts of awful B movies. Actress Vaishali Desai does fairly well, but doesn’t have the same charisma as Jaccky, and one wonders if we will really ever see her again. Rishi Kapoor plays the buffoon of a scientist gone bad. Ritesh Deshmukh has a pointless cameo that goes nowhere. About the only minor saving grace of the film is the catchy music by Sajid Wajid. So what is the story, you ask? Small town boy comes to out of town college, meets snooty rude girl, falls inexplicably in love with her, fights some bullies, befriends those bullies, forgets those bullies, girl has a change of heart, boy predicts the future, is befriended by a mad scientist who wears a bad wig, mobster appears in useless subplot, boring patches of film that will make you fall asleep and all hell breaks loose. That’s about it in a nutshell.

A couple of questions come to mind after watching the film. Was that Sanjay Dutt in a blink and you’ll miss it cameo? What’s up with Rishi Kapoor’s idiotic wig? Why oh why couldn’t the writers have written an interesting story? Why throw in the obligatory college bully who has a change of heart, just so he can disappear by the second half? Come on Ritesh, is this what your career has come to? What am I doing wasting my time watching this!?

Unfortunately I am unable to predict the future, except in this one case. I predict the film will be a flop that you will watch it in a moment of weakness, and afterwards realize that you should have listened to me and avoided the movie entirely. Don’t say that I haven’t warned you.


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