"Karzzzz : The Burden of Remaking"
When you seem Urmila looking nervous rather than gruesome and ruthless when killing her husband, or Himesh looking deadpan instead of ecstatic while singing a ballad for his love-at-first-sight, You know why classics should not be remade. Karzzzz is a stale rehash of One of the best films of the 80s.
This potboiler melodrama is made in an out and out Reshammiyaesque aura as we see our Local Michael Jackson (or as made out in the film by the makers by showing girls fainting when he’s singing. Oh really!) trying to carry the entire film on his shoulders that are unfortunately not strong enough.
While the director is busy in self-indulging (borrowing silly lines from his past works et al), Danny Denzongpa provides some comic relief by mouthing one liners from old Hindi classics. However, little does he realize that he unintentionally reiterates the bitter truth - Classics are better cherished than recreated.
In the namesake of setting the story in the 21st century, our villain (gulshan Grover) is made to sport a gadget on which he plays certain tunes that only his henchmen manage to decipher. One wished the writers displayed the same creativity while penning the script.
The script is not entirely borrowed though, and has its share of twists from the original. But the screenplay is hackneyed and the film just rushes through its running time, without trying to bank on the emotional resonance, which in turn make the ongoings seem really abrupt at times. Adding salt to the injury, We have our composer- turned- singer turned- hero coming up with one song every 10 minutes, and that includes an uninspired rehash of one of the most haunting songs of Hindi cinema ever.
On the brighter side, the Film doesn’t bore you as such esp. in the 2nd half. There are some nice moments between Himesh and Urmila that hold your gaze. And the film overall is somewhat enjoyable. But then, some credit for this also goes to the unintentional fun that one is provided with thanks to some really over the top moments laced with Himesh Reshammiya’s amateur exhibition of whatever he’s learnt since his debut.
Himesh is certainly good in patches, esp. in a few comic scenes. But He is equally over-acting otherwise. And further, The character needed a very charming persona, which Himesh is far away from. His unshaved look and disheveled hair-do make him look tired rather than Rustic.
Danny Denzongpa and Rohini Hattangadi are two of the better performers from the entire cast, although they are restriced to being cameos. Danny, however, has some great comic moments to his credit. Urmila looks comfortable but does not perform her best. Shweta Kumar just sleep walks through her debut.
The film is so busy banking on Reshammiya and his mass appeal that it’s crew members seem to have not made any efforts on their behalf what-so-ever. The locales are great though. And amidst all this we have some nice numbers most of which are grossly misused.
Final Verdict :
Karzzz at best can be a time pass entertainer for Himesh’s wellwishers or those who haven’t watched the original. But for those who have even some vague memories of Subhash Ghai’s tour de force, Karzz may not be much of an enjoyable experience.
Rating – 2.25