Our hero in the film movie walks around carrying an unlit cigarette. That’s not the mystery. The bigger scandal is why is it that 2 of the best actors in the industry Irrfan Khan and Adil Hussain were made to do cameos in a film that could clearly make use of Homo sapiens with the acting gene dominant. “The Xpose” is being put forth as a musical thriller. Now the first half is bang on. There are lots of songs and 2 music industry giants Himesh Reshammiya and Honey Singh in pivotal roles. As far as it being a thriller - let’s take a deep breath!
High cheek-boned, chisel jawed, donning long double breasted red and black colored coats, slim waisted, lanky legged, perennially pouting Himesh Reshammiya plays superstar Ravi Kumar in a hastily put 60’s setup. Popular Bollywood stereotypes and some uncanny references to present day and yester year’s folklore about film stars and their lives manage to be a ubiquitous part of the film. There is a Zeenat Amman- ish actress, a Satyam Shivam Sundaram like film set, Nargis-Sunil Dutt love story and loads of Salman Khan-ish attitude with ofcourse a Teesri Manzil like whodunit feel.
For the “expose” bit of the movie, we have 2 model turned actresses Zoya Afroz and Sonali Raut who are playing newbie heroines in the film too. One of them asks “iss role ke liye mujhe kya kerna padega” and the director exclaims “na dance, na expression, na pose, sirf expose”. There you have it then!
So right at the start of the movie we see a screaming woman fall down from a building top and through the course of the film we intend to expose the killer. Director Anant Mahadevan can also be seen infront of the camera wearing the director’s cap. But the only thing that could have saved this film is a man donning a cape!
The deal is that “The expose” is absolutely hilarious and entertaining without meaning to be so and a fizz- less thriller without intending to be one. Ravi Kumar (Himesh Reshammiya) is an exceptionally short tempered cop who shoots people at will when they piss him off. His father once scolded him as a kid for smoking so we are told that “woh cigarette pita nahi hai per cigarette ke saath jeena bhi nahi chhodta” thus attempting to explain the unlit cigarette that our hero carries between his fingers throughout the film. This expelled cop becomes a tantrum throwing superstar who tells his fans “filmy baatein mat karo tumhe fan se latka dunga”. There is also his co actress who unabashedly makes advances at him and gushes “aap vishwamitra hain toh main meneka, apki tapasya bhang ker dungi” to which our hero stoically replies referring to himself in third person “Ravi Kumar bistar mein neend ke siwa kuch nahi leta”. Gulp!
A good thriller needs a believable storyline, some good actors and a screenplay to keep the audiences glued till the end. Does this film have any of it? My answer this election season would be NOTA- None of the above! Most important the film fails to arouse in us any interest to find out who the killer is! We just don’t give a damn. Infact I could well have walked out mid way and not lose any sleep over the impending “expose” of the killer.”The Expose” is flat, bland and to add to it Himesh Reshammiya’s chapped lips are extremely distracting in all his narcissistic close-ups. Honey Singh has a Midas touch as far as music goes and even in this film his songs are already ruling the charts but Sir as KD you are just a meowing presence along with our paper tiger Reshammiya ji.
I really hope good days will be here again when musicians churn out hit scores for films and leave acting to those who can. This film is sure to sink without a trace and you have already given enough of your time reading this ode to it. I suggest go for it only if you have seriously nothing else to do.