“In The Name Of Desi Masala”..
Bollywood means Songs, Action, Drama, Emotions, Romance,etc. In short a total masala mix of all. Based on this school of thought, loads of such movies were made in 80’s era. Cinematic liberties, Non Existence of Story, etc were part of the deal. After that decade ended the romance trend started and now we see multiple genres of movies.
“Tashan” tries to revisit the masala era of 80’s. But ends up like an old wine in a new bottle.
‘Tashan’ is a story of Jimmy [Saif Ali Khan], a Call Center Executive, who also teaches English with accent. He is Approached by Pooja [Kareena Kapoor] to teach her boss Bhaiyaji [Anil Kapoor]. Pooja with her love charms and uses Jimmy to con Bhaiyaji. After the Con Pooja leaves Jimmy alone to take the blame. Bhaiyaji appoints Bachchan Pande [Akshay Kumar], a local goon to hunt down Pooja with help of Jimmy and get back the lost money. Bachchan succeed in hunting Pooja, but discover a lost love in her. But what’s in Pooja mind is what “Tashan” all about.
Story moves on a thin plot and is short as Kareena’s clothes. Screenplay of the movie is good and entertaining in first half. But the Story and Screen play Disappears in the second half and that s when the problem starts. Too many Cinematic liberties are taken in the name of masala entertainment.
Cinematography is excellent. The camera captures the exotic locations and makes the movie a visual treat.
Action is the Basic Genre of this movie, but action scenes are nowhere compared to an action movie. They remind you of B,C grade Hindi movies of 80’s era. It also looks like a demo version of some action video game, where loads of bullets, bombs etc are fired but none of the main leads get hurt. In the era of Real Action or computer Effects, the outdated actions of this movie fails to impress.
Vishal Shekhars music is average. But the background score is superb, as required in such type of movies.
Vijay Krishna Acharya’s debut direction does a confident start, but later shakes and trembles down as the movie moves ahead. The story takes a backseat and the focus shifts to glamour. This after a point starts losing out. The action scenes and romantic scenes were so outdated and hilarious. The director also lost the time count in these scenes.
On the performance side…Saif Ali Khan looks good but has hardly to perform. Wonder why he took this role, which looks like a modified sidekick in the movie. Kareena does what she had to do, Skin Show. But the expectations were high from her in terms of acting and performance. Especially after the performance of Jab We Met. Anil Kapoor Proves he is old trump card which can be bankable anytime. He has everything in the movie, Glam Looks, Style, Best Dialogs and a Half baked role, which becomes repetitive after second half. The biggest saving grace of the movie is Akshay Kumar, the true king of entertainment. Again despite of a weak role, he shines with his mannerism, grace, style and screen presence. When he comes on screen like an 80’s era movie the whistles blew on and on. Yashpal Sharma, Sanjay Mishra and Manoj Pawa do not have anything to contribute.
So….”bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hain dum???”
Shuravat mein dumdaar hain par action scene and predicted story ke aane se koi dum baki nahin rehta. ‘Tashan’ has Stars, Banner, Music, Good Release, Some good moments and tries to recreate the 80’s era of Masala movies. But fails very badly in action scenes and second half of the movie. Such movie really makes one think, that why in the name of desi masala, where does the entertainment disappears ?.