Ghazab Director Ki Ajab Movie
Rajkumar Santoshi gave us hard hitting films like Ghayal, Damini. I loved both of them, though knew little of the director. Then, he gave us Andaz Apna Apna and it was one of the mad comedies, which you can watch again and again. After much forgettable Barsaat, he was back with Sunny Deol in Ghatak. I thought, he had a message for the society, for the youth...which he reinforced with Pukar, Lajja, Khakee, Halla Bol. However many of these last films did not get as much commercial success as some of his earlier films. Now, he decides to go back in search of the secret sauce, which can get him commercial success.
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is a mix-match of many things. As I walked out of the theater, I was thinking, is it Saawariya, or is it Andaz Apna Apna, or is it...DDLJ or even Jab We Met. Hmm...or, is it some other movie, I had seen but don't quite remember. I realize, that APKGK will remain in the last category in my memories after few months or even weeks. It will be one of those movies, I have seen, but nothing unique or fascinating to remember for long.
It starts with a talking statue at the town square who tells the story of Prem (Ranbir Kapoor). Now, Prem is a happy go lucky, loser living with his parents (Darshan Jariwala and Smita Jaykar) doing nothing. But he is not as endearing a loser as Sunil (SRK) in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. Why he did not continue his studies or, why he spends time doing nothing at Happy Club with his followers is not well explained. Now, Happy Club also helps lovers to unite. And on an attempt to kidnap a girl in yellow from the marketplace, there is a confusion, as many girls, including the beautiful Jenny (Katrina Kaif) are wearing the same colour. Yes, Yellow is the official colour of the movie. The chances that either of the leading cast are seen wearing yellow is very bright throughout the movie, just as blue was the official colour of the movie, Blue, oops! I meant Saawariya!! :-p
So, loser falls in love with Jenny, who comes to live in town with his family. Now, to get into an emotional track, you discover Jenny is an orphan. This has been a convenient tool for Hindi film makers to get audience to feel for the characters. Also, by the way, both Prem and Jenny stammer, when they get emotional and try to make you laugh.
Now, not much happens, till you discover mid way, that Prem suddenly decides to start working to impress his girl and also uses spare time to practice different ways to propose. Don't miss the stupid joke at this moment, when a passing waiter, forcefully inserted says, that he has been practising the same thing and wait karte karte, he became a waiter. Haha! Ain't it funny?
So, when mid-way, both Prem and Jenny meet at the bridge (remember, Saawariya or even Om Shanti Om) to say, that they are in love...yes, they both are in love. You know, there is something wrong. Yes, enter...Upen Patel, poor guy, who you know never gets the girl and this movie will be no exception, inspite of right Caanaadian (extra a's for added impact)accent. Well, he has a politician father, too, Pitambar Jalan (Govind Namdeo, playing a caricature of CM in waiting). Then, there is a comedian don, who wants to extract money from the politician for some unknown reason. Also, Jenny's parents want her to get married to their friend's son in Goa, who is willing to get them married by force. One of the most cliched dialogues again. "If she doesn't say I do, on her own, she will be forcefully made to do so". Heard it before?
By the way, Prem's father can't stand Prem wasting his life and doing nothing, while his mother upholding usual Hindi film motherly tradition, protects the son. There are some nice moments between Darshan Jariwala and Smita Jaykar, which provide some comic relief.
And as you must have guessed, With all these characters, the plot doesn't go anywhere really. You know, all the yarn, that has been spinning must be rolled back. Yes, Prem the lover boy decides to sacrifice his love for his lover's true happiness. Jenny realizes her true love lies in Prem and runs away from her wedding mandap. She hands over the Rs. 1.5cr necklace that Upen Patel had bought for Mahesh Notandass Jewellers, while all Prem could afford was moong dal ka pakora with pudina ka chutney. Hmm!
And, in the end, there is a free for all fight...running around, each getting a chance to hit out at others. There is some new found love for electric shock with characters getting shock (I saw it in Aladin recently) and jumping like crazy.
Strictly for Ranbir fans, who want to see him repeat the Saawariya act a bit, bit of Raj Kapoor and bit of Charlie Chaplin. I liked him in Wake Up Sid. But, is this funny? Where does it all add up? Katrina does her job, looking beautiful, acting innocent and the quintessential damsel in distress with perfect English accent and somewhat different Hindi accent with added stammering effect.
But, hey...why does the statue talk? Why didn't he talk earlier? Is it just to remind you, this Ajab movie is just fantasy.