The popular saying goes “Too many cooks spoil the broth.” Sometimes this can be applied to the Hindi film industry too. Though several examples of excellent performances by the ensemble cast can be cited from the past, Karma aur Holi reiterates to us that the cast also needs to be of superior caliber.
Karma aur Holi is about a young couple, Meera ( Sushmita Sen) a yoga instructor & Dev (Randeep Hooda) who owns an Indian publication & an American magazine in New York. Meera’s craving for a child & Dev’s dilemma when he is caught between the magazine (which is immensely profitable) and the publication (which is equally pushing him towards debts, as he’s put all his money at stake for it) is the major track of the story.
Alongwith these central characters, we are witness to a huge ensemble cast who is invited to Dev & Meera’s residence for Holi celebrations. And since, an Indian party in New York is very much sought after, there’s a huge bunch of visitors (read friends) landing up at their place.
The story then just moves on haphazardly, trying to focus on too many issues and complexities that the characters face. But none are really worth pondering over, or remembering. There is an adolescent who wants to cme out of his shell, Meera’s elder sister (Rati Agnihotri) & her husband (Suresh Oberoi) who have problems of their own, A young Indian doctor & his wife played by Suchitra Krishnamoorty, her sister (Deepal Shaw), and a few more friends from Meera & Dev’s side. The film tries to bring forth all the problems that these characters face, but none is done justice with. Except for a couple of scenes which are nicely executed, the film doesn’t have much to offer. The truth & dare scene where everyone reveals their secrets seemed very abrubt.
Of the cast, Sushmita Sen & Randeep Hooda are okay. None of the others are really worth a mention. The editing is poor, what with some scenes being chopped off inadvertently. The script writers too seemed to have gone on a long break after penning down the outline of the story. On the music scenario, there’s just one song which appears in the climax scene of the film. That song too is slightly enjoyable due to its beats, just because it is a Holi number.
Overall, the film could have been much better, had the duration increased, which might have given some more time for the characters to be established & developed. Can be given a miss surely, but if u still are the kinds who doesn’t miss any films... Wait for its DVD or for it to be telecast on television.
Rating : 1.5