More Bodies Less Soul
Quite a few bollywood personalities’ reputation is at stake with this film - Akshay Kumar, with recent flop hat-trick, Anu Malik, with endless list of flops, Kareena Kapoor, with her first release after a gap of 8 months and the normally box-office safe Nadiadwala grandsons.
A Hollywood stuntman Viraj (Akshay), who does all dangerous actions scenes for the likes of Stallone and Brandon Routh, meets Simrita/Bebo (Kareena) at their respective friends’ (Aftab and Amrita Arora) wedding, and they instantly develop extreme disliking for each other. They are chauvinists of their respective sexes; Viraj doesn’t believe in the institution of marriage and Bebo hates males for whatever she had seen in her surroundings. They keep bumping into each other and the hatred sours. Bebo, who is a trainee doctor cum part time model, lives with her sister (Kehkeshan Patel) and aunt (Kirron Kher). The aunt is hell bent on getting Bebo to settle in life and gifts her wristwatch with automatic hourly alarm buzzing the most common marriage mantra.
Viraj gets hurt during a shoot and is coincidently operated by debutant Bebo, who (as per Indian tradition) does a successful operation but not without leaving her watch inside him. Viraj is disturbed by the new hourly ailment which nobody is able to diagnose. Bebo realizes her mistake and tries to seduce and get Viraj back to the OT to rectify the mistake. How the things are sorted out is a roller-coaster ride of events…
A very interesting plot, which could have been developed into a top engrossing flick through intelligent and humorous screenplay and witty dialogues, is sadly reduced to a routine slapstick comedy affair. The lines and body language are often crass, with singular meaning of below the belt and above the stomach toilet humor. Allegedly nine of the dialogues have already been chopped off by the censor board.
Action sequences are of topmost quality and cinematography is excellent. Sequences of Akshay’s introduction, train accident and underwater proposal are very well picturised.
Most of the new breed directors (more aptly, the digital pirates) have one thing in common. It would be very difficult to find lapse in their action and comedy sequences and the song picturisation, but as soon as they enter the emotional and romantic zone, they start to falter. This one is no exception.
With the enormous pre-release hype and paid-previews, the solid lead pair and the long strike, irrespective of the quality the initial collections should be huge (just as in SIK). Whether it sustains thereafter (with not much competition) is really an interesting matter to be seen.
Performances: Akshay does well in action and comic sequences, Needs further improvement in emotional scenes. Kareena has done similar things in “Khushi” and “Hulchul” before, so looks easy on her part. Aftab and Amrita are average, nothing much should be expected from them. With their restored physique, both Kareena and Amrita look great on screen, which was also vetted by the ecstatic whistles in the theatre. Vindoo acts funny and brings in some smiles. Javed Jaffery’s track runs beyond the plot and is passable. Kirron Kher, Boman Irani and Kehkeshan had nothing much to offer. The Hollywood brigade (Stallone, Routh, Denise) are kept as sidekicks to the Akshay. Denise is hot as hell. Stallone’s “Khambha Ukhad Ke” action sequence is good in the climax.
Music: Already fighting with Satish Kaushik for scrapping his songs in “Tere Sang”, Anu Malik gets a competitor here as well. RDB’s title song (never mind improper rendition of some Sanskrit word) and Anu Malik’s “Bebo” are well orchestrated. Rest is average.