There was a long discussion at the ticket counter on whether the show will get cancelled or not. It seemed me and my better half were the only ones interested in watching the 11 pm show. In case you are wondering why bother, let me tell you we are quite a movie buff and have a track record of entering a near empty halls. In front of us was a movie that boasted of 4 actors who generally choose their roles. A poster which reflects a genre that in general gets good reviews from the critics. To be frank we were a little disappointed at the situation which reflects apathy towards these low budget well scripted movies. We went ahead and were duly welcomed by an empty theater. Finally one movie which we get to see all by ourselves.
We were disappointed. Firstly we weren't the only ones watching the movie. By the time the national anthem ended there were 6 others. Hence there was no privileged access. Secondly, by interval we were debating whether to leave or not. It was past 12 and there was no point staying back. Btw, we have a history of walking out of theaters. We once did it 10 mins into the movie. So why were we discussing an early walk out. Well to begin with the movie till interval had no plot/ script/ screenplay.. whatever you wish to call. There was an item number, one song sequence on hawa hawa and we also saw Mayak Pawa. There was no need for any of these. How did Hriday Shetty manage to convince the 4 lead guys to act in this movie. The humour was non-existent. Item songs were boring. The actors were trying to their best but the dialogues just didn't have it in them.
We would have left but decided to hang on for 10 more minutes post interval to see if it improves. It does improve. So much so that we wondered who directed the 1st half. The end was good. The twist was not expected, may be given our already low expectations from the movie.
Its very difficult to balance between commercial and serious elements of movie making. Indian film makers have tried at different levels and baring exceptions all have ended making movies which look, feel the same. This movie had a plot and full marks to it. But the first half makes me questions the directors motives. In order to make the movie commercially viable he lost on his central selling point, a the plot. Had he focused more on the dialogues/ script I feel he would have had a better product.
As Master Oogway rightly said "One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it". The director tried to avoid making a script-less, silly movie and ended up making one!