Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherji
Direction: Siddharth Anand
Oh dear dear, there is this fear. The next time you’re in New York, it might seem as if you’re strolling down Nagar Chowk or Chandni Chowk. After all, whether it’s on television or the formula racing tracks, everyone’s speaking Hindi and supping on masala bhindi. Americans are conspicuous by their absence.
Produced by Factory No.1 aka Yashraj and directed by Siddharth Anand,
In fact, the screenplay is about as original as a Xerox machine..but that’s an antiquated grouse, isn’t it? Lift and let lift. If you slap yourself into submission, the result is not too bad, even engrossing and touching at points. Yup, you’re occasionally manipulated into empathising with a certain AV (Saif Ali Khan) and Female AV who have married after singing, dancing and arguing over a broken iPod..never mind if pods weren’t invented when the two were dating, mating..whatever..at least some eight years ago. Time pass anyone?
Anyway, the couple come up with two kids faster than cash from an ATM machine. And then sigh..your hero has a nasty accident on the tracks. Sniff. He hits skid row, is deserted by manager Jaaved Jaaferi (bad impersonation of a Gujarati bhai) and boss Bharat Dhabolkar (smoking a cigar as if it were a hookah). Moanwhile, angry pa-in-law Victor Bannerji travels around in a limousine that’s mercifully shorter than his speeches. "You study Elizabethan poetry," he tells his literature-enriched daughter, "and you want to marry a driver? Sorry, he’s not of your intellect."
That’s the first time the word ‘
The direction style, especially in the use of
Of the cast, kiddoes Ali Haji and Angelina Idnani are endearing.Saif Ali Khan is reliably likeable, displaying a new maturity in the heavy duty scenes. Rani Mukherji is lovely and delivers a near flawless performance. Their costumes are a bit jarring though: Ms Mukherji’s micro-skirts are much too wannabe sexy..and Mr Khan’s use of checked shirts to suggest that he’s got no money is often chuckle-inducing. Please!
Bottom line: worth a summer holiday outing..just about..but that’s still saying a lot about the movies today at the plexes.