Aimed as the biggest crossover venture with an assembly of a dependable bollywood superstar and a decent director, high quality Indian and foreign technicians and in-house maverick music composer all backed with humongous budget under one of the most prestigious and successful banner, one expects a volcano of entertainment and adventure. Sadly the outcome doesn’t match the expectations, and all one gets is a subtle Hollywood experience and a potpourri of a few bollywood debacles…
Jay (Hrithik Roshan) is a sort of unfortunate struggler in the Vegas, who is always in dire need of money, whatever way it comes, be it film piracy, dance coaching or even fakes marriages with the green-card aspirants from across globe. But whenever big money knocks his door, he is always inside his bathroom. Finally one day he gets hold of a big opportunity in the form of his dance student Gina (Kangana Ranaut), the daughter of biggest gambling den mafia Bob (Kabir Bedi). He impresses them by winning a dance competition with Gina as his partner, and sneaks into the royal family. There he bumps into Linda a.k.a. Natasha (Barbara Mori), one of his eleven green card wives, who is all set to get married to Gina’s brother Tony (Nicholas Brown) soon. Like him, she is also after the money, so that she can support her big fat family back in Mexico.
Cupid strikes as Jay saves her from the brutality of Tony, and circumstances force them to run far away from the dangerous and influential family, who then is after their lives forever. Can they survive the deadly chase?
The biggest USP of the movie is the inter-racial romance between the lead pair, fighting and bonding in a mix of Spanish, Hindi and English. To that extent, the film does alright. Things which are not in place are: a novel story and a flawless screenplay. After a shaky starting reel, things start looking better till the first night–out which Jay spends with Linda. But after that, the writing becomes so predictable, that you can guess the next scene with a high probability rate. Numerous of those scenes – the close & helping friend Robin (Anand Tiwari) you surely know will be bumped off later by the baddies, Jay saving Linda from Tony, driver Jamal (Yuri Suri) coming handy at a crucial time, tragedy following the Mexican marriage, Tony and his gang coming to finish Jay at the railway station, and many more are too obvious and it’s only “when” it happens that one waits for. The basic plot line and narrative is quite similar to two of recent RGV factory debacles “James” and “Go”, and in the climax the director takes inspiration from his own “Saaya”. Dialogues lack enough punch, and on a whole Akash Khurana, Robin Bhatt and Anurag disappoint with the writing.
On the up side, the lead pair looks good together. Ayananka Bose’s camerawork is brilliant. Action sequences are slick and sound design is effective. Editing is mostly crisp. Few scenes – the dance competition performance, the first night out, Linda lashing out at Jay while on the run, the bank withdrawal cum robbery, abducting the van with a bi–lingual / translator driver and the Mexican wedding, stand out.
Performances: Hrithik does well in his role but certainly nothing very new or path breaking vis-à-vis his work so far in the past decade. The real screen stealer is Barbara Mori, who slips into her character with ease and delivers excellent performance. Her high hotness quotient, right body language and good expressions make it one of the few decent Hollywood debuts in bollywood. Kangana may only know what she was doing in the film with one of her most poorly written role. Kabir Bedi looked lethal but hardly had any role in the second half. Nicholas Brown just passes the muster as the main villain, as he lacked the required wildness and gruesomeness, and always appeared pale in front of Hrithik. Anand Tiwari and Yuri were decent. Nobody else gets any scope in the story.
Music: Two of the KK numbers “Zindagi Do Pal Ki” and “Dil Kyun Ye Mera” are soothing and are there to stay. Rest is not exactly up to the caliber of Rajesh Roshan. Background music is racy and loud, but in a way helps you keep engrossed in the proceedings.