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Tashan  (2008 - Hindi)

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  • Tashan rating: 8 out of 10(Divya Kapoor wrote on 25 Apr 2008)

    PLOT: Bhaiyaji (Anil), with the help of Puja (Kareena), hires Jimmy (Saif), a call-centre employee, to teach him English. Puja and Jimmy fall in love. Later, Jimmy learns the truth about Bhaiyaji’s identity, but just a bit too late. Puja disappears, taking along with her Bhaiyaji’s bag full of money. Bhaiyaji calls for hitman Bachchan Pandey (Akshay) to track them down and bring back all the money that Puja had fled away with. Watch out for the twists that take place at regular intervals..! WHAT WORKS? Firstly, the look/feel of the film is absolutely great!! Cinematography is just superb!! Every frame is beautiful and colorful. It looks like watching some cowboy type of film, something like Good Bad and Ugly! A different approach to story-telling has been used. It’s not the usual type of masala which movies have these days. This has a unique entertainment value. It may seem a bit slow at times, but it really catches up on you! Great humour at regular intervals makes sure you don’t get bored. There are some really funny ones!! Dialogues are good. Performances, especially by Akshay, and Kareena to an extent, are great! All look to be in sync with their character, and are actually perfectly cast. The chemistry between Akshay, Kareena and Saif is too good. Couldn’t ask for more. The movie starts off in a unique way which manages to gain the attention of the viewer from the word Go! Akshay’s entry is superb and unique, with the theme of Bachchan Pandey running throughout the movie when he’s on screen. The climax is overall good, barring a few flaws. Music is great. Just wish the pace was a bit faster, especially for Dil haara… Background score is great too. Action scenes are quite good. WHAT FAILS TO WORK? Direction by Vijay Acharya is okay. If it had been better, the movie would have worked wonders!! Choreography by Vaibhavi Merchant is really awful! Yeah Saif is not a good dancer relatively, but you gotta make him dance when you have such great tracks!! Dil haara… has arguably the best music, but the worst choreography among films of recent times. Kareena looked really thin. Yeah she looked great in some costumes, like in the denims, the black ghagra she wore in the song Falak tak…, and the costumes in Dil haara… But the other Indian costumes didn’t suit her much. Her face really looks big for her skinny body now. I wonder if she lost weight for the film’s requirements, or was the film made to show off her weight loss! Anil Kapoor’s dialogue delivery, especially in the 1st half, is quite bad. Yeah he was trying to talk in English, but whatever he was saying should be understandable atleast! Thankfully, it got better in the 2nd half. Editing could have been better. Some scenes of Anil Kapoor are a bit longer than they should have been. Among some great action sequences, is one foolish scene where Akshay has 20-30 people trying to shoot him and he doesn’t get touched by even one bullet!! PERFORMANCES: Akshay is absolutely brilliant. Whether emotional or comedy or action, he does it all, with ease! He’s easily the best among all in the film and leaves the biggest impact! No I'm not being biased. Watch it to believe it. Saif does justice to his role. His style and accent was required here, and that’s just what he did well. But he really needs to be more flexible while dancing! He looked really stiff. Anil Kapoor is overall good, but his dialogue delivery could have been better. Kareena Kapoor acted well, especially in the 2nd half. She looked good only in a few scenes. I really wish she gains some weight again. All others were fine. MUSIC: Dil Haara… is easily the best track of the lot. Bad choreography, but beautiful locations and colors are used. Falak tak… is quite melodious and romantic. Beautifully shot again. Dil dance maare… was really funny!! Chhaliyaa… was quite good. Tashan mein… is a good track, and well placed with the credits in the beginning. VERDICT: A unique masala flick with a touch of Hollywood. High on entertainment value. Not to be missed! Go without any expectations to be satisfied!! Overall rating – 3.75/5

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