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Aiyyaa  (2012 - Hindi)

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  • A ‘Wakda’ Dream...

    Aiyyaa rating: 5 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 12 Oct 2012)

    In this materialistic world, there are some people who love to live in their own dream world, with Dreams full of inner desires mixed with some dash of realism. Thus, when a film maker chooses this basic concept as the premise for his entire movie, it becomes an interesting tale and especially when its heroine-centric it becomes both interesting and unique. Out here debutant Director Sachin Kundalkar brings us a tale of one such woman who lives alternatively in dreams and reality. So let’s find out these dreams are reality or mere dreams or even a horrifying nightmare maybe.

    “Aiyya” is the story of Meenakshi {Rani Mukherjee}, a middle class Maharastrian girl who lives with a crazy and over-the-top family in Pune. Meenakshi loves to dream and fantasize about falling in love but in total Hindi Movie style. She also has a secret penchant for the body odor of a brooding painter Surya {Prithiviraj}. She goes crazy as she starts smelling his body odor and slowly her desire converts into love for this unknown person. But on other hand, her family has found a perfect husband for her and wants her to get married. Meenakshi is confused in this dream world and reality world and what happens next is what the entire film is about.

    Story is different and unique. It has plenty of quirky moments but with a mild sense of humor along with it. Screenplay is totally entertaining in the first half, but can’t help going haywire in the second half and then a bit confused towards the finale, but still has its winning moments. There are enjoyable scenes in plenty, like the opening credits dream sequence, The whole daily-routine of Matchmaking, Rani getting crazy after smelling Prithviraj’s body-odour, Rani learning Tamil from the Tea-wallah, Rani and her brother’s interaction with the drug peddler, Rani’s first meet with Subodh, The date with Subodh followed by discussion over Farooq Sheikh and Dipti Naval, Rani at Subodh’s house and few more crazy stuff. You have a smile while watching the first half and then the graph keeps lowering as the narrative approaches its finale. On the flip side, The loud characters in Rani’s family sometimes tend to irritate, Rani’s friend Maina is unbearable and towards the finale becomes total torture. The whole Prithviraj stalking scenes becomes a little repetitive as the movie progresses towards its climax which is totally confusing and out-of-sync. The makers could have done much better with this superb concept, but rather end up with not such a satisfaying result. Camera work is good and has captured the essence of Pune in proper manner. Editing is flawless in the first half; but the second half needed to be sharper and tighter.

    Music by Amit Trivedi is superb and all the foot tapping numbers, be it ‘Sava Dollar’ or ‘Dreemum Wakeuaapm’ or ‘Aga Bai’, are fantastic. Rani brings a lot of charm to these songs and makes them a visual treat. The soft number ‘Mehekti’ adds the proper dash of romance in this film. ‘Ijjat Papad’ is good to hear, but shot very badly and I found it bit cheap and vulgar. ‘Wakda’ should’ve been avoided as it spoils the flow of the film. Background music goes well with the film.

    Director Sachin Kundalkar made decent Marathi films, out of which ‘Gandha’ had a basic plotline of Odor in it. Out here he makes it as a main focus point, which works initially but later becomes irritating and repetitive. His sense of humor makes this film interesting and the whole story telling is done in quite an entertaining manner, no doubt. But as the movie progresses the maker gets lost and confused, which prominently shows up on the screen as well, leaving its viewers in dilemma. Having said that, one should appreciate the director for adding layers in this film which looks quite simple on its face but lend the movie some depth.

    Rani Mukherjee is superb in this author backed role, and as said above brings great charm to her character. Her fans are going to love her and will keep wishing for her to sign more and more films. Prithviraj looks handsome but wished he had more to offer on the performance side besides giving only model type poses. Subodh Bhave is of top notch followed by Nirmiti Sawant who plays Rani’s mother.Jyothi Subhash {Ranis Grandmother} and Anita Date {Rani’s friend} are horrible. Amey Wagh is ok.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hai Dum ?

    Dum hai total dum hain in first half and in terms of light and bit absurd brand of entertainment. But due to some of its loud characters, over-the-top performances by others and a weak climax, the movie ends up as an average to above average flick. On overall basis, the movie is like a ‘Wakda’ {twisted} dream yet has its Crazy moments which will leave a smile on your face, not to forget some bad parts too.

    Rating – 2.75

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