Waisa Bhi Hota Hai: Part II is an interesting fare, indeed! Almost every aspect of the film--except for the main plot--leaves the viewer experiencing one phenomenon: I┬┤ve never seen that in a Hindi movie. Furthermore, Waisa Bhi Hota Hai: Part II is a "crossover" film in the true sense; despite being completely non-filmi in presentation, it is a Bollywood film, and that is the best part of the movie. It does have quite a share of flaws, but in the end, it comes out as an adequte entertainer.
The main plot is of Arshad Warsi, who plays Puneet, a copywriter for an ad agency. He is in a co-habitating relationship with Agni, played by
Sandhya Mridul (yes, they are not married, but they live together!). One night, Puneet inadvertantly saves the life of Vishnu, a hot-shot Mumbai gangster played by Prashant Narayan. In no time, the two become the best of friends. In addition, there is the female Don, Gangu Tai (Pratima Kazmi) who is out to kill her rival Ganpat (Anant Jog), but first must kill Vishnu, who is Ganpat┬┤s right-hand man. Through certain events, she makes use of Puneet to weaken the bond between Ganpat and Vishnu. The remainder of the film is how Puneet┬┤s life get back on track from a detour with the underworld.
The foundation of the main plot has been witnessed many times in Bollywood, but it is the treatment of the film as a whole that is truly praiseworthy. Firstly, director Shashanka Ghosh┬┤s portrayal of the evolution of Puneet and Vishnu┬┤s friendship is sectacular for it┬┤s authentic delivery. Credt must also be given for the exemplary chemistry shared between Narayan and Warsi! Aside from a few speedbumps, Waisa Bhi Hota Hai: Part II runs at an uninterrupted pace; all the right sequences happen at all the right times! The arrival, at intervals, of three characters in a cafe discussing the events of movie is unique and provides the proper comic relief. Also, the scenes between Arshad Warsi and Gangu Tai are hilarious!
But the greatest asset of movie would have to be its culmination! Every character, even the oddly added group of Sardars and their Bengali friend, is given his/her due and helps move the story to its end, inducing a surprisingly entertained feeling.
The music, aside from two songs, is some of the best of 2003. The irony behind the inclusion of Allah Ke Bande is rather funny. The picturisations of Sajna Aa Bhi Jaa and Jism on
Shibani Kashyap and Moira Goretti Warsi, respectively, are first-rate.
However, the film flaws in many areas. Technically, one could expect a more from a movie with modern intent. Also, there are many incidences that arouse questions, but no answers are provided: What is Puneet┬┤s true relationship with his co-worker Sumi? Why is Vishnu so loyal to Ganpat? Why is Puneet and Agni┬┤s relationship so "on-again-off-again"? The ambigutiy harms a film that could have been very coherent.
The speedbumps in the film are the addition of the songs Jism and My Name is Gurdeep. They serve absolutley no purpose in taking the film forward and their addition shows that the movie is directed by a rookie. Moreover,
Suchitra Pillai┬┤s role as Vishnu┬┤s prostitute-girlfriend (a la Vaastav) is unnecessary; the movie would have been better off without her.
Like the movie as a whole, the performances are of a mixed variety. Arshad Warsi comes up with the best performance of his career and proves that he is capable of carrying off author-backed roles. His flair with comedy is well-known to the industry, but it is his strength in emotional sequences that amazes. Prashant Narayan is excellent. His role is similar to his role in
Chhal, but Vishu has many more dimensions, all of which are well depicted. Sandhya Mridul lacks the fire required to pull Agni┬┤s character (no pun intended). Anant Jog is OK. Suchitra Pillai is wasted. Mahima Chaudhary, as herself, is fine. Shockingly,
Pratima Kazmi delivers a performance that is not only evil, but hilarious as well. She is fantastic as Gangu Tai and is the best part of Waisa Bhi Hota Hai: Part II.
Well worth a dekho, Waisa Bhi Hota Hai: Part II is a fine piece of cinema. Despite being a little rough around the edges, the movie is a stong signal that Bollywood is going places--in the right direction, too! Way to go to the cast and crew of Waisa Bhi Hota Hai: Part II!