All Is Well review: It's so unfunny

  • Mihir Fadnavis, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 23, 2015 12:51 IST
Abhishek Bachchan in a still from All Is Well.

Film: All Is Well
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Asin, Rishi Kapoor, Supriya Pathak, Zeeshan Ayyub
Director: Umesh Shukla
Rating: 1/5

There is no logic to All is Well, and even less comedy. I left the theatre without having laughed once. That, dear reader, is what you can expect from the new film by Umesh Shukla of OMG: Oh My God!

At least OMG, though visually tacky, had an interesting premise. Without even that, All is Well becomes little more than an exercise in unsophisticated film-making.

What little there is of the plot is indefensible. The hero, Inder Bhalla (Bachchan), is a struggling Indian musician in Bangkok — you’d think that at some point a friend or relative would point out to him the futility of trying to sing Hindi songs in Thailand, but anyway.

Inder is suddenly given a shot at the big league, but he must first make an advance payment to a music producer. It’s a huge sum. He has only one option — sell his dad’s (Rishi Kapoor) bakery back home.

So I nder retur ns t o his estranged family, only to discover that the property is already gone because dad owes a loan shark a ton of money.

The rest of the film follows the bickering family as they set off on a road trip to try and sort out their issues.

The illogical plot and buffoonish over-the-top characters might still have been forgiven if there were even a handful of laughs to be had. Instead, the journey is tiresome and utterly un-engaging, filled with tedious potty jibes, loud noises and hammy gesticulation.

The gaps between t hese comedic attempts are filled with dramatic moments that are shrill to the point of being painful.

Kapoor is always irritable and it feels like he’s trying to reprise Big B’s role in Piku.

Jr B seems lost, neither hitting the comedic notes nor the dramatic ones. In a lot of scenes, he looks downright apologetic, perhaps ruing that he did not read the script more carefully when he had the chance.

Somewhere in this hodgepodge is Asin, tagging along holding a copy of The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, desperately in love with Inder. He shows her not a smidgen of affection. It’s all quite regressive and pointless.

When Seema Pahwa (from Aankhon Dekhi) turns up in a thankless cartoonish role with fake oversized front teeth, you know it’s time to give up on the whole project. Unfortunately, there’s still about half the movie to go.

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