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Bollywood preview: Table No. 21

Hours before the film releases and a day before the reviews appear, here’s what you can expect from this week’s release(s)…

bollywood Updated: Jan 04, 2013 15:07 IST
Table No. 21

Film: Table No 21
Cast: Paresh Rawal (last seen in Khiladi 786; 2012), Rajeev Khandelwal (last seen in Will You Marry Me?; 2012) and Tena Desae (last seen in Yeh Faasley; 2011)
Plot: A couple wins a chance to celebrate their anniversary in Fiji on an all-expense-paid trip. They romance on the beach, while the audience waits for the plot to kick in. Then at a dinner, they get sold on an offer to play a cheesy reality-series-type ‘truth or dare’ game for a prize of Rs 21 crore.

Hours before the film releases and a day before the reviews appear, here’s what you can expect from this week’s release(s)…

Director: Aditya Datt
He has previously
directed films that
probably no one other than him and the cast remembers. For instance, Good Luck! (2008), Dil Diya Hai ( 2006) and Aashiq Banaya Aapne: Love Takes Over (2005).

Music: Gajendra Verma
Apart from the track ‘Mann mera’, none of the songs seem memorable. The video of the song, ‘If you lie, you die’ is a perfect example of how not to make actors who can’t dance, dance.

Controversies/stunts
Having started from television, Rajeev Khandelwal is most comfortable on the tube. Apart from a formal music launch, the actor made an appearance in the Bigg Boss house with Rakhi Sawant. Of course he did; having the ‘attention magnet’ for company is always a smart move.

Marketing/hype
Produced by Eros, the film has generated almost no buzz. However, since Rajeev Khandelwal has previously hosted Sach Ka Saamna famously, it is only his fan club that is looking forward to watching him.

Our assessment
Doesn’t look like the first-week-of-2013 release will work in favour of this film. Even if it is actually a great story, the packaging does nothing to encourage audiences to get in on the secret. Like Paresh Rawal says in a murderous tone in the promo, “To know that you don’t know is very important.” And to not know what this film is about, even more.

—Compiled by Serena Menon

For the final verdict, look out for Anupama Chopra’s review tomorrow in the Watch & Listen page of Hindustan Times’ Do! section.