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Joker  (2012 - Hindi)

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  • Joker will leave you with a ‘Poker’ face!

    Joker rating: 2 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 31 Aug 2012)

    Whenever our film-makers try to make a film with some an unconventional concept or innovative ideas, we either have had a classic path-breaking film or an outright disaster. Films based on the concept of Aliens have been a great favourite with the Hollywood since ever – over there, the audience is simply fascinated by the stories about the unknown beings from the outer space and with time, even most of our Indian audience has acquired a fine taste for their Sci-Fi flicks.

    Not that out film-makers never even tried to dabble in this genre. Right from the 50s (Pradeep Kumar’s ‘Waha Ke Log’ or Dara Singh’s ‘Trip to Moon’), 80s {Raghuvir Yadav’s Aasman Se Gira} or 00’s {Koi Mil Gaya}, we have had these films on similar lines and a few more. Out of all these films, ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ was the most successful, touching the right chord with both masses and classes since Rakesh Roshan presented it in a way that even a common man could easily connect with it and had loved ‘Jadoo’ along with the film. Though it was highly inspired by many Hollywood classics including Steven Spielberg’s ‘E.T’, what counted at end of the day all its counts is that the movie had to be an entertainer and it was. I remember Director Sajid Khan stating that for any Sci-Fi movie lover; ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ is a big time joke. Now this year, Sajid’s brother-in-law and editor-turned-director Shirish Kunder brings us his latest flick which is also written using the ‘Alien’ theme for its premise. So let’s find out whether we have something as great as ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ or worse than Shirish-Farah’s last flick ‘Tees Maar Khan’.

    ‘Joker’ tells the story of a scientist Agastya {Akshay Kumar} trying to contact Alien life form in U.S.A. In between his mission, he gets a call from India about his ill father {Darshan Jariwala}. Agastya along with his partner Diva {Sonali Sinha} leave instantly for Paglapur village, which is stuck in time. Out there, he comes to know that the village has been suffering from loads of problems and to solve those problems, he along with villagers plant a fake Crop Circle which will bring fame and wealth to their village. They succeed but with it come more lies and problems and that’s what the entire film is about.

    Story line is very good and novel but when it comes to execution, the narrative defeats all the logics possible. The screenplay is absurd and the sequences are never allowed to build up properly. As a result, there are hardly one or two good scenes in the film like Akshay going to meet all different ministers from different states followed by all the ministers meeting Akshay in Paglapur. On the flip side, the film defies all the realms of logic in such an outrageous manner that it begins to feel too stupid to even think about enjoying it. The whole Akshay in Quick Sand and the Climax scene {featuring Shreyas Talpade} are particularly two of the worst scenes of the film.One does wonder why the village of Paglapur for so many years never made any progress. By giving a brief nonsensical explanation about how the village came to be known as ‘Paglapur’, the writers throw in our face a bunch of villagers who could very well pass for raving lunatics, behaving like crazy retards all the time in the movie. You might also be forced to think about how could Akshay get his birth certificate and other stuff and reach U.S.A, if this village did not even have a school or electricity or other basic facilities. The movie is set in a village somewhere in central India, as it’s depicted early on, but in the song ‘I Want Just You’ everyone is suddenly talking and singing in Marathi!! Besides, there are several other insane things happening in the film - The villagers swing in the jungle like Tarzan, Have short cuts in Trees, Their houses are more like ghost-mansions and one has not even begun listing the absurdities. It’s not as if the movie is very dreadfully boring or something. But somewhere in the 2nd half, the film reaches a point where you neither feel bored or entertained by the movie – All you can do is keep a blank face and wait for the absurdity to come to an end.The best part of the movie is that brief length (less than 2 hours) or else only God knows the amount of torture the audience would have to go through, on the name of mindless masala entertainment. Camerawork is superb though, in all those places it needed to be - All those Crop Circles scenes, Firefly bulbs and other stuffs looked great.

    Music by Gaurav Gangaonkar and G.V.Prakash is pretty average. ‘ I Just Want You’ is the most catchy of the lot, while ‘Jugnu’ and ‘Sing Raja’ are simple. ‘Yeh Joker’ has some good singing and keeps going with the film. Background Music is not up to the mark.

    Shirish Kunder’s directorial debut ‘Jaan-E-Mann’ was a decent attempt with some fantastic music and good performances where he did display his flair for whacky stuff in some scenes, but those were overlooked. Out here, he begins with a great story-idea. But as the movie progresses, it looked as if the film-maker deliberately intended to cross all the possible logics and make an absurd illogical film, we have seen some films like this in past but they were meant to entertain. Sadly out here this movie was not even unintentionally funny. Yes you will have smile on your face, but just over the taught that what you are watching in the name of a film. Plenty of unnecessary stuffs were forced in the film {Asrani’s English, The Britisher's grandson, Vindu’s gay track, Minisha Lamba’s track and many more}. Sirish overdoes this time with all his stupidity and ends up with a yuck product.

    Perhaps Akshay Kumar sensed the level of mediocrity he had associated himself with this time, which even surpasses some of his worst films in last year’s (Chandni Chowk to China, Kambakkht Ishq & Tees Maar Khan to name a few). Hence, he has very smartly abandoned the film’s promotions, perhaps with an intention to indirectly hint his fans to steer clear of this one. As a performer, Kumar here is plain-average and has nothing new to offer. Sonakshi Sinha is a part of the movie merely for the namesake, and might just as well taste the bitter fruit of a disaster after two super-duper blockbusters like Dabaang & Rowdy Rathore. Shreyas Talpade, Minissha lamba, Asrani, Darshan Jariwala and Sanjay Mishra are funny in parts but begin to irritate as the narrative progresses. Vrajesh Hirjee, Anjan Srivastava, Avtar Gill and others are plain average while Vindu and Guggi are outright horrible. Chitrangada Singh looks great in her item song and perhaps the sole saving-grace of the film.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hai Dum ?

    Dum ??? Forget about having dum of its own, This movie will take away all your Dum instead, leaving you exhausted and in severe need for a aspirin. One would love to see what Sajid Khan, who is a very well-known admirer of trashy films, has to say about ‘Joker’, which might be one of the best films of this type – the ‘so-bad-its-good’ type. When Farah Khan’s ‘Tees Maar Khan’ released, the audience reaction was so bad that it led to rumours whether it was directed by Shirish Kunder since Farah Khan cannot possibly direct a bad film. Now, I would come out & claim all those rumors to be false as Shirish Kunder cannot direct a film like ‘Tees Maar Khan’, which was merely bad. He is capable of making ‘Joker’ that surpasses the standards of a bad film by great length. This movie was initially planned for Kids, but now one doesn’t know if the Kids might love it or not. As for me I would say that this ‘Joker’ will leave you with a ‘Poker’ face wondering why sometimes you are forced to watch such sheer crap in the name of Entertainment. Strictly Avoid.

    Ratings : 1/5

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