Tepid end dilutes impact
Producers: One-Up Entertainment
Director: Rumy Jafry
Writers: Rumy Jafry,Mumukshu Mudgal
Cast: Akshaye Khanna,Shriya Saran,Mugdha Godse,Satish Kaushik,Murli Sharma,Amit Mistry,Akhilendra Mishra,Annu Kapoor,Vijay Raaz,Jagdeep,
Mustaque Khan,Javed Rizvi,Pradeep Kabra,Kailash Kher,Rajat Rawail
A common man,bank cashier Bharat (Akshaye Khanna) is leading a mundane life. His patriotic father Shivnarayan (Satish Kaushik) has a dream that his son who plays Hanuman in the annual Ram Leela be promoted to the role of Lord Ram. However,that role is earmarked for Sattu Tripathi (Amit Mistry),brother of the local MLA Manku Tripathi (Murli Sharma).
When Shivnarayan refuses Manku a room in his ancestral house for the election office and allots it to the latters honest rival,he invites trouble after Manku wins the polls. A table-fan is stolen and Bharat spends an incredible amount to get it back,giving bribes to cut through red-tape. The troubles continue,till the serious accusation that Bharat is a terrorist leads to his arrest from the Ram Leela grounds!
A sub-plot has Bharats teacher wife Nisha (Shriya Saran) suspecting something fishy between her husband and paying- guest hottie Amita (Mugdha Godse),but this is only tenuously linked to the main proceedings and sporadically springs up like the comic sub-plots in 60s tearjerkers!
The screenplay is largely fresh,ditto the dialogues,but the impact is diluted by the climax,which shows Bharats near and dear ones succumbing to the system to set him free! Bharats subsequent token slap to the baddies is followed by a vague,unsatisfactory conclusion.
Anu Maliks title-track works,but the item number is crass in every sense. The film boasts of some sterling performances by Akshaye Khanna,Satish Kaushik and Annu Kapoor in particular. Shriya Saran has only two expressions and needs a crash course in emoting. The rest are okay.
Rumy Jafry should have devised a bolder and funnier satire with a clear ending that gratified the audience. Some standout lines for Kaushik and Kapoor and a few sequences like the cops first visit to Bharats house in the middle of the night lift the film.
Rating: One star for Khanna,Kaushik and Kapoor,one for a fresh script and a half star for those standout sequences.