A Blank Call.
In Hollywood there are so many movie made on best sellers books. In India we had such type of movies, but the numbers are very minimal. Few decades back movies were made inspired by Authors like Ravindranath Tagore, Munshi Premchand to Best Sellers like Gulshan Nanda, etc. After so many years a movie is made based on a book by one of top Indian author, but have our directors grown up in last so many years that they can do justice to the book the way west does and to certain extent old film makers did. Let’s find out.
“Hello” is story of Salman Khan [Himself] who on they way back home in a waiting lounge meets a girl [Katrina] who tells him a story of six call center employees, who go through a big night of their life. Shyam [Sharman Joshi], Vroom [Sohail Khan], Esha [Eesha Kopikkar], Radhika [Amrita Arora], Military Uncle [Sharad Saxena] and Priyanka [Gul Panag] work in a night shift in an American based call center. Their team is headed by Mr.Bakshi [Dalip Tahil] who is a selfish boss and tries to take gain from his employees. Due to bad network connection the team was having a less hectic schedule, where they start discovering many different sides of each others personal life. On the other hand the company is planning to have layoffs, due to bad business. The movie is a journey throughout that whole fateful night and it’s after effects on these six employees.
Story by Chetan Bhagat is good but the screen play is pretty weak and confusing. Keeping the book in consideration , the screenplay and story have been changed. Many important scenes are missing and those there are shown quite hurried way. The conviction level is missing in the important scenes. The movie goes too fast in second half. The director and writers have assumed that all people have read the book thus misses out giving proper justification or conviction in the main scenes. For people who have not read the book they might find plenty of loop holes in the movie especially in the second half and the climax. The location of call center does not gel with the book or the audience. It feels that the director has never seen a multi national call center in his life. Camera work is pretty average and has nothing new to offer.
Music is not required in such movies but still is fine in one or two songs, rest could have been easily avoidable. Though the Salman song and Pub song [in first half] were fine.
Atul Agnihotri treats the film as he had treated his acting career, in a very very weak way. His changes in the film are accepted but missing out on main scenes is not accepted from one who have read the book and also from one who haven’t. His direction is quite confusing and shaky in second half thus he turns out to be a big negative point for the film.
On performance basis Salman and Katrina in their cameo are pretty ok and have nothing more to add in the film. Sharman Joshi has done his job perfectly, one will love his devil side. Sohail Khan has done a decent job in the film and has acted in quite controlled manner. Though at some times he tends to be at his original irritating manner. Gul panag, Eesha Kopikkar, Amrita Arora and Sharad Saxena are fine but does not come over the character. Dalip Tahil is average and at times irritating [one does wonder why he has to be shown in his office with baseball and bat every time]. Arbaaz and Suresh Menon are wasted.
So Bol meri “FILMI KHOPDI” is film mein kitna hai dum ?
Dum hai par bahut thoda dum hai and who bhi sirf first half mein, second mein to bahut hi kamzor hai. Despite a good book, big actors , publicity the movie fails to connect with the audience. With so many loopholes [thanks to trimming of main and important scenes from the book] one does wonder that why did he take a call to watch this movie which turns out to be a blank call which has nothing but “Hello!!!”
Ratings : 1.5/5