It’s definitely not a sixer, may a slow single
Looks like Rakesh Mehra had more marbles in his hands than he could hold. The biggest of them is Rehman’s music. When you have 9 songs (5 of which are just lovely) delivered by the maestro, you have a huge responsibility of placing them in the narrative, which he splendidly pulled off in RDB. But here, it looks like the songs were written far later than the story and screenplay. How else do you explain the haphazard use and placement of the at least 6 songs in the first half itself, some of them with only one stanza. This proves to be the biggest undoing of this otherwise engaging narrative. Remember Rakesh Mehra pioneered the no lip-syncing-to-the-songs-revolution in RDB. Then why are all ladies shown singing in the same voice (Rekha Bharadwaj’s) in the song Genda Phool. What was the need of that uncreatively picturised song in the first place?? What purpose did it serve to the narrative?? Then the REHNA TU song was just used in the background when Rishi Kapoor and Abhishek are on the way to play pool. Wasn’t it supposed to be a romantic kind of song?? Although the DAFFATAN song was shot imaginatively with good graphics then why the hell was the need to show the entire Chandni Chowk cast replete with the cow scene in this romantic song again in an out and out romantic number. SELF OBSESSED were the words which ran through my mind when the aircraft carrying Abhishek has ROMPD6 (Rakesh Omprakash Mehra Productions Delhi 6) painted on it. Has the success of RDB gone to his head??
Repetitive scene after scene – pigeons flying, Abhishek jogging, boys coming to see Sonam, Abhishek clicking pictures using his Motorola cellphone (Was he so poor that he couldn’t buy a Digicam in the US? So much for in-film marketing!!) just test your patience. Make you cringe in your seats. Symbolism a la Manoj Kumar movies abound here – flying dove for freedom, wings-tied dove and a tied goat for helplessness, the Ram Leela for brotherhood, – as old as the hills stuff this. The different topics covered – religion based politics, untouchability, the oppressive & corrupt policeman - are not very new to us. They have been dealt with individually or collectively in a plethora of other Hindi socials. The only imaginative work here was to connect the entire happenings to the Kala Bandar mania, which they did successfully though. After a point, I started feeling claustrophobic coz the settings just don’t move out of the sets. Saawariya ki yaad dila di. No inspiring acting by any member of the cast here. Not their problem. There was just no scope for anybody to flex his or her eyebrows too much, save for Deepak Dobriyal, who convinces us in his character of Mamdoo and also Divya Dutta. What an actress!! Bravo!!. Others just pass through the motions. Thankfully Om Puri had no 10th wonder of the world to show (Ha Ha). The Amitabh Bachchan scene in the end was like the last nail in the coffin. Ridiculous, Pathetic, Awful. Goes to show the lengths people will go to please Big B!!
Some scenes do make you laugh or leave a mark on you but you can count them on the fingers of one hand of Jadoo. All in all, what this story needed was to be made into a riveting one hour telefilm, but not into a full length Hindi motion picture.
My rating: 2/5
One for the inspiring camerawork by Binod Pradhan and the other for some impactful scenes. That’s it!! May be a one time watch for people who like Dev D and Luck By Chance. The college going youngsters are sure to desist from patronizing this yawnathon.