Yeh Jeena Hain Angoor ka Daana...
A slapstick Akky, with a black umbrella, as a ‘yes-I-am-corrupt – so-is-the-whole-country’ Sachin Tichkule, instead of the sumptuous Leonardo in ‘The Inception’ is not exactly what I had bargained for on a weekend movie-afternoon out with hubby. But the fact that hubby was more keen to watch Priyadarshan (when we didn’t get tickets for the Caprio flick) than Angelina Jolie was a bit heartening. (hehehe) So I sighed and agreed to pay Rs. (how do we get the new rupee sign on our keyboard guys?!!) 600 to sit through ‘Khatta Meetha’. (Gawd – just overnight and I am struggling to remember what the name of the movie was for a full 2 minutes while penning this right now…sigh – what an insult to the beautiful classic that the older ‘Khatta Meetha’ this is!)
Yes, Priyadarshan can make you laugh in some places. He certainly makes others in the cinema hall laugh more. So while its paisa-wasool for the average Indian family out to be entertained for 3 hours, it sure made me wonder where the standards of good Hindi comedy have fallen. They don’t make any more of the likes of ‘Angoor’ or ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ anymore I guess. Priyadarshan has talent in getting his finger on the pulse of issues that affect the middle class – corruption, family politics, the underbelly of the construction business, dreams of the youth, college politics, college romance et all. While he can touch your heart with the entire gamut no doubt, his script seemed to be getting nowhere apart from scenes pasted together – and forced laughs thrown in everywhere.
Asrani, in his scene handling the two telephones and two people his office simultaneously, shows very simply that comedy is the genre where they don’t make likes of him anymore. All the other characters and actors play their role well. Newcomer Trisha isn’t bad – she shakes her leg with Akki well and also mouths her part as the Municipal Commissioner at war with Tichkule equally well. Though, yes one can’t help imagine how good Mohanlal and Shobhana must have been in the original Malayalam version. The opening credit of the film claims that ‘Project Designer’ is Twinkle Khanna….sorry but other than a few of the heroine’s dresses I couldn’t see anything ‘twinkling’ in this movie…so guys go for it if only you must :-)
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