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Hello  (2008 - Hindi)

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  • Hello rating: 3 out of 10(Pritam Roy wrote on 10 Oct 2008)

    One night @ the theater

    The movie starts with Salman, the rockstar's performance. Salman loses his shirt and the director loses the thinking cap and the film goes on a downward spiral.

    There are six characters in the movie working in the call center and the characters have the right emotional mix. There is Shyam (Sharman Joshi) in love with Priyanka (Gul Panag), and going around for 4 yrs...who is planning to get married to a rich NRI(thanks to over zealous and melodramatic Mom), working for Microsoft with fake accent. There is a retired Army fellow, who has been separated from his grandson by his son, staying in US and who is longing for their love. There is cute Punjabi gal, Radhika (Amrita Arora), who is trying to be the dutiful daughter-in-law in her day shift at home, and working at the call center at nights, while her husband is always traveling for work. Then, Varun (Sohail Khan) is in love with Isha (Esha Kopikkar), who is also a part time model, working hard for a place in the fashion week.

    I doubt, if people working at call centers would identify with the story line at all. The sitting arrangement resembles more like a bank or travel company, than a call center. For the major part of the movie, you would think, that these are the only employees working there. And after watching the movie, you will wonder, how many people will want a career in the call centers, supposed to be the new workplace of emerging India's youth. When the boss talks about downsizing / rightsizing, you wonder, how many employees can be removed from a workstrength of 6 and whether it justifies having it in the first place, when the employees only act as a support group and hardly get any calls. Towards the end, attempts to spread rumours about a virus, which will make people call them and increase the call volume can't be considered as good work ethics, either. Wonder, if the client will continue the business with such a vendor. The reason for Shyam's promotion or the boss's attempt to hijack the same to get an immediate transfer to US is as flimsy as it can get...all it takes is a website manual. Shyam and Priyanka making out scene or attempts thereof in the car is devoid of any passion and is actually made out to be quite funny, where Shyam keeps falling of...and it can be hardly considered as promo stuff for Chevrolet Tavera. Talking of brands, there is Kappa all through-out the movie, where the hero doen't quite like any other brand. There is also bit of caricature, with Pepsidentle toothpaste and Funfeast biscuits. Are HUL and ITC watching?

    The movie hardly inspires one to listen to the inner call, which is supposed to be the message for the audience to sort out their lives and problems thereof. And God becomes trivial, when a special halo comes out of the cell display to represent God and the caller name also shows as "God".

    Wonder, if Salman (and Katrina) fans will be disappointed with the blink and you miss performances, though the film posters and publicity give him disproportionate space to draw the crowds. Performance of all the actors are average. It is a low-budget movie, and it shows. The music including Salman's item no and the title song (which is by the way, God's preferred ring tone) are Ok.

    For those, who have read Chetan Bhagat's book, they would have known, that there is not much to expect from the movie. Unfortunately, the movie may cost you more than a book. Also, you can share your book with others, without compromising on the experience while the movie needs to be personally viewed by each person desirous of experiencing it first hand. One night @ the theater would be better spent watching some other movie.

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