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Kiran Janjani, Vikas Sethi, Adyasha, Mink Singh, Mita Vashisht, Kiran Kumar

india Updated: Aug 06, 2003 16:46 IST
Meenakshi Kumar
Meenakshi Kumar

Whenever new story ideas in Bollywood have been experimented on the unsuspecting audiences, they have come a cropper. Aks, Kaante, Aankhen are some of the recent examples.

So, it’s with some amount of justified cynicism as well as a good deal of curiosity that one ventures out to watch Deepak Tijori’s Oops! After two and a half hours, the first thought that comes to mind is 'Thank God! It’s not that bad!'

Well, it may not be anywhere close to Full Monty but at the same time it doesn’t border on vulgarity and tackiness. Yes, the story is about male strippers but it thankfully moves out to encompass issues about Indian morality, friendship and success.

Friends Jahan (Kiran Janjani), Akash (Vikas Sethi) and Nikki (Adyasha) share a common passion – dancing. While Akash and Nikki are content with the way their lives, Jahan dreams of earning big bucks fast. Luckily for him, his dreams come true pretty fast, in the guise of Sonia (Mink Singh), a high-society babe, who offers him good money for a stripping act.

Jahan accepts the offer, pulls in a reluctant Akash and steps into the life of a male stripper. Meanwhile, Nikki, who loves Akash, is disturbed by Jahan’s decision but no amount of disuassion can get Jahan to change his mind.

The first experience takes off well, and boosts Jahan’s confidence so much that there doesn’t seem to be any stopping. And just when things had taken off well, Jahan meets this middle-aged, enigmatic woman (Mita Vashisht) who invites him over for a one-night stand.

Overcome by his experience and fatally drawn to this mysterious woman, he visits Akash’s place where he is left dumbstruck after meeting Akash’s mother. She is the same woman.

If the first half of the film has a urban and young feel, the second half ends up as a run-of-the-mill soppy story. Mita Vashisht is left justifying her wrong with the same age old reasoning – a much-neglected wife and mother giving in to her human desires. The father and son are shocked initially but they decide to forgive?

After all it was their fault which led her to sleeping around with young boys! And Akash forgives Jahan, who gives up stripping and all is hunky-dory at the end. Phew! Quite a happy-go-lucky crowd!

Despite terrible sets and three ugly female leads, Oops! Is not an unwatchable film. For a first-timer, Kiran Janjani is impressive, the songs are worth listening to and the storyline is taut. If only the end hadn’t been so predictable, Oops! May have had reasons to cheer!

First Published: Aug 06, 2003 16:44 IST