Reality Movie doesn't work
After watching a spate of reality shows on television hitting the jackpot, our home grown, idea starved producer-director decides to borrow a much viewed storyline and multi-lingual Box office success story (Malayalam to Tamil to Hindi) to take a "shortkut" to success. Unfortunately, their short cut experiment doesn't work out well. And just like a car which has been owned by more than one person, the experience is definitely not worth writing about.
Hindi movie directors think, they know their industry well and attempt at making fun at the working of the industry. While their intentions are good, the output in a desperate attempt to bring sanity in the scheme of things fall flat on its face.
The story of two strugglers, Raju (Arshad Warsi) who makes it big as an actor, after stealing a script from aspiring director Shekhar (Akshaye Khanna) who continues to struggles and their coming together again could have been a better produced, better directed and most importantly better enacted movie.
In the mean time, Shekhar gets married to Mansi (Amrita Rao), a leading actress and this adds to the already existing mess and chaos. When finally Shekhar gets a chance to direct a movie, as luck and filmi cliches would have it, Raju is the designated star and there begins their clash of egos and down goes the film.
You can't tell a good story without being honest and I think, the movie suffers badly from this syndrome. Has got really little to share with the audience, whether as substance or pure entertainment. Few laughs here and there on borrowed jokes can't sustain you for a movie.
Akshaye puts a sincere effort, and tries his best to act and look convincingly in his role. However, as the old cliche goes...you are as good as the weakest link, he is left stranded. Arshad with one and a half expressions has outlived the life, he got with playing Circuit in Munna bhai. Amrita Rao goes for a sexy makeover. However, she has to do much more than shed her clothes and inhibitions to get noticed. Chunky Pandey is wasted. Others like Ali Asgar and Siddharth Randeria disappoint. Music is also strictly average.
Anil Kapoor would do well to learn from his misadventure as the Producer and try spending more time and putting additional efforts on his future productions.
The film disappoints for the lack of originality and easily evident half hearted efforts of all concerned. There is surely no shortcut to success in the Box Office and you can't pull a fast one on the audience.