Jungle Mein Khoye Khoye
It’s bad time for naïve investors. Intelligent fund raisers show them rosy future promising big money at the end of the day in exchange of their initial investment (and even pay a token return installment). Once the kitty is full, they simply disappear, leaving behind a heartbroken and dissatisfied bunch. RGV does the same here with his audience…
Sujal (Nitin) and Sameera (Rasika Duggal) are assistants to director JJ (Howard Rosemeyer) who is beginning shoot for his new thriller at the outdoors. Sujal is in awe of film star Asha (Priyanka Kothari) who has been signed in the film along with the rising super star, a heavy headed stud, Sharman Kapoor (Gautam Rode). Cameraman Shakky (Kali Prasad Mukherjee), action director Raka (Ravi Kale) also join the crew of the film produced by Murthy (Ishrat Ali). Together they reach the location chosen by JJ, a jungle in Sri Lanka, which is bit disconnected from the outside world. All they have is guide Sethu (Joy Fernandes) to sail through the locations.
The shoot starts but things don’t seem to be in place. Somebody is not comfortable in their company and won’t let them live in single piece…
It’s an age old story, which has already been told to perfection in suspense thrillers like ‘Gumnaam” and “Khamosh”. RGV has his own style of narration, and he is partly successful in keeping the interest on till first half. Then everybody loses the plot and the road ahead, just like the movie crew in the film. Even after (as publicized) shooting six climax scenes for this film, the way it winds up leaves a sour taste in the mouth. The spine doesn’t chill any moment and it’s more humor than thrill.
Surjodeep Ghosh’s camerawork and Amar Mohile’s background score are the only two positives in the whole crew. The haunting jungle scenes are captured brilliantly and give it an authentic look and scary feel (as opposed to the staged IJSMB). It’s over edited and gets over within 100 minutes, probably making more room for the sequel. Dialogues are ineffective.
Performances: Gautam Rode, Priyanka and Rasika are the only ones who play their characters with ease. Rest of the cast disappoints and mostly indulges in shouting and pouring their eyes out. Nitin has a bad debut, and appears a bad copy of Siddharth. Ishteyak Khan as Gautam’s assistant acts like Rajpal Yadav, but is bearable. Ishrat Ali’s southern dance and “Ayyoda” are few things which can bring a smile.
Music: Though no scope for songs, two sensuous numbers are kept which look good only on screen for their glamour show.