Movie review: Akshay Kumar's Entertainment is a film you can totally miss
Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Updated: Aug 10, 2014 13:54 IST
Film: Entertainment Director: Sajid, Farhad Genre: Comedy Cast: Akshay Kumar, Tammannah Bhatia, Mithun Chakraborty, Krushna Abhishek, Prakash Raj, Sonu Sood
Storyline: Akhil Lokhande (Akshay Kumar) just has one aim in life: he wants to earn enough money to 'prove his worth, which will in turn, impress his girlfriend's (Tammannah Bhatia) father (Mithun Chakraborty). That is, till he gets the news that he is the son of a multi-millionaire diamond merchant. Akhil's troubles don't end here: his father has inherited all his property to a dog, called Entertainment!
Akshay Kumar's latest film Entertainment, which also stars Tammanah Bhatia, was promoted as a 'masala' entertainer' you just cannot afford to miss. Take our advice, don't waste your time on it.
The film fails on several levels, and there's nothing remotely entertaining in this film.
Let's start with the screenplay. Done by Sajid-Farhad, it does not really build up into much of the story, and most of the information is speed-fed. Within minutes, in what seems like a montage of videos, Entertainment shows Akshay trying his hands at various jobs, without much of an explanation.
Somewhere along all this, we are also introduced to his father: he's been living off his 'hard-earned' money in a hospital because he isn't the real father! And while he is dealing with all this, there is more in store for the hero: he is told that he is the son of Pannalal Johri, a diamond merchant based in Bangkok, and that his father bequeathed all this property to a dog called Entertainment.
This is where the drama unfolds: in the first half of the film, Akshay's fighting the dog, and post-interval, he is fighting for the dog.
That doesn't make for too bad a story. It could have been more engaging and funny had it not been a montage of videos put together.
The trouble is, even before we are allowed to sympathise with Akshay's poverty, he plunges into his fight for money. Not that there is much of a fight.
And with just one leap (literally), Akshay changes his mind from considering Entertainment as his sole enemy to a brother!
Entertainment could very well have been one of those rare films on animals which Bollywood has been hankering for a long time. Sadly, there is not much of it.
What it shows is some dogs, weird tricks to fight them, and even weirder tricks with which they fight back. No, this one ain't for pet lovers either.
Akshay Kumar is not in his best for this one, and Tammannah does not have much to do. Even Prakash Raj -- known for his over-the-top melodramatic performances inspired from our villains of the 80s -- underplays his character. Imagine Prakash Raj and Sonu Sood enacting Karan Arjun (the 1995 Shah Rukh Khan-Salman Khan-starrer). There isn't much screenspace for Mithun.
If there is any bright spark in the film, it is comedian Krushna Abhishek (of Comedy Circus fame). If you like his kind of comedy, you can sit through this mindless 'entertainment'. Krushna does not go out of his way or has much at his hand, but this is what he is loved for and he does it well -- slapstick comedy with innane, Bollywood references.
Even if a film is not a great piece of art, it should be entertaining. This one fails in both aspects.