Shirish Kunder, Ronnie Screwvala, Twinkle Khanna.|
Director: Farah Khan.
Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Aksheye Khanna.
It is a tricky job to define the genre of Tees Maar Khan. Is it a comedy,
a caper movie, a crime film? It is none of these. When that happens, the film
becomes mishmash and that is what this film is.
a gag often used in many other films, that of carrying out a grand robbery in
the guise of a film shooting, is the main theme of Tees Maar Khan and,
to say the least, that is stretching a thin plot too far.
Kumar is a robber of repute who can break any lock and break out of shackles with
ease. He is engaged by conjoined twins called Johri Brothers to steal a treasure
worth Rs 5 billion weighing 10,000 kg, being transported by a train.
Kumar identifies a spot, a sleepy village called Dhulia, touching the railway
tracks. He informs the village folk that he is there to shoot a film and asks
them to be part of it. On the other hand, he talks Akshaye Khanna in to doing
his film which he promises to be Oscar material.
is convinced it would have been him collecting an Oscar award instead of Anil
Kapoor only if his secretary had informed him about Danny Boyle's call. Now Akshay
Kumar is all set to rob the train carrying the 10,000 kg treasure.
question is how to hold the film together and the audience engrossed while all
this happens! And that is where the film lacks grossly. There are not enough gags
or funny situations to fill the reels and those which are used are stale and lack
want of content, the film also incorporates an unnecessary song and a track of
headless ghost; again very stale and not funny. The idea is ambitious that everybody
should be funny and since there are no lines or gags for them, they rely on making
faces and buffoonery. Attempts are made to fill up lack of content by roping in
Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor for special appearances.
Salman Khan's item number is a total waste. In fact, Tees Maar Khan loses
steam about 15 minutes into the film after the song Sheela ki jawani and becomes
writing is very poor and lacking in imagination. Farah Khan, trying to do a Manmohan
Desai, does not come anywhere close to the maestro; while Manmohan Desai dished
out implausible ideas but made sure the audience was kept engrossed enough not
to reflect, Farah's stuff here is banal.
is a give up after Sheela ki jawani. Background score is out of sync with the
events. The film also lacks finesse, having been shot on shoddy sets and mostly
on one outdoor location.
Kumar looks bad and adds to one's misery with bad performance. Katrina Kaif has
nothing to do except hang around. Akshaye Khanna looks like the only one taking
his job seriously. Rest are just props.
Tees Maar Khaan, Farah Khan loses a lot of her goodwill with the audience. Being
the first and probably only likely viewing option over the Christmas holidays,
it may see the weekend through with some dignity but the fall from grace is imminent
Ka Superhero: A film excessively dependent on technology|
Krishika Lulla and Kumar Mangat Pathak.|
Writer-Director: Kireet Khurana.
Ajay Devgn, Kajol, Amey Pandya, Chinky Jaiswal.
Ka Superhero is an animation film blended with live action. It is an experiment
that is time consuming, costly, as well as excessively dependent on technology.
the fact that the technology required is now available, there is also the availability
of corporate finance for such a project which, otherwise, would be considered
too risky to attempt by a standalone producer.
is trouble brewing in Toonpur (Cartoon world) as the democracy has been destroyed
and the reigns are taken over by Toonasurs (evil toons) and the Devtoons (good
toons) are terrorised and made to suffer. The Devtoons need a saviour to free
them from the tyranny of the Toonasurs since they, on their own, can't match the
might of the Toonasurs. Their web search pinpoints film action hero Aditya (Ajay
Devgn) whom they have seen doing all super hero acts on screen. By consensus,
they kidnap Ajay Devgn and take him to their world.
Devgn, however popular he may be with his fans, has his worst critics at home.
His kids chide him for being a fake superhero since the stunts he did on screen
and got all the laurels for were actually done by his duplicate. Having landed
in Toonpur, Ajay Devgn thinks that finally this was his chance to save the good
toons (from his children's favourite cartoon show, we are told as if in an after
thought!) and prove to be a real and not only a reel hero.
children's film can no more be made to cater to a particular age group; it would
be wiser to design it according to intellectual levels. Toonpur Ka Superhero
falls short on this count and dishes out more juvenile stuff. While Ajay Devgn's
character merits a detailed introduction, the toon world, its characters and that
they are his kids' favourite, comes out of the blue. It is not as if the cartoon
characters were popular with kids and kids identified with.
cartoon characters are an inspired mix of a few from popular comic books like
Asterix & Obelix to caricatures of various lingual regions of India to some
real life people; like Gappu, inspired by Cacofonix, is supposed to be a caricature
of Bappi Lahiri as if kids today would get the joke on him. The climax is interesting
but hurried through; also the first of three games, that of Wild West duals; how
many kids are familiar with the Wild West today?
Devgn is okay, Kajol, Amey Pandya and Chinky Jaiswal have little to do. Technically
the film is near perfect. Writer-director Kireet Khurana surely deserves kudos
for his direction if not for writing. Music is functional and full of Punjabi
flavour which one can't fathom why!! Dialogue is average.
traditional fare alive, Rajshris try to go contemporary|
Life Mein has the Rajshri brand embossed all over it; a typical small and
happy khandan where every person touches the feet of the elderly person and waits
for aadesh (orders) from an elder even to sit down for a meal. This seemingly
affluent family is compact and loves to continue its image of a community leader
Kamal Kumar Barjatya, Rajkumar Barjatya, Ajit Kumar Barjatya. |
Cast: Akshay Oberoi, Sandeepa Dhar, Mohnish Behl, Shagufta
Ali, Prachi Shah
had their way so far with the family setting, Rajshris try to go contemporary
and the film even has a F*** word! In a way, the film is a marriage of the Rajshri's
family fare with the contemporary.
film is about a traditional small town girl, Sandeepa Dhar, coming to Mumbai,
getting in to a college, joining a clique and finding a vocation (drama in this
case) and soon the city way of life. She turns in to a Pepsi swigging thoroughly
modern Millie. There is some dance and frolic in a kind of college atmosphere
no real collegian can identify with but that's how it is in films! Meanwhile,
the romance has blossomed between the girl and her senior, Akshay Oberoi, a passionate
the modern part comes to end, the traditional Rajshri side takes over again. The
girl is to be married off into a respected family (gharana). The respected gharana
turns out to be bad guys and the hero, Akshay Oberoi, is the right guy for the
girl. Dramatically, the baraat is sent back from the mandap.
Life Mein shows up to be an outcome of economically budgeted film; tacky sets
and faceless supporting cast gives it away. There are good parts in song and dance
sequences and while the clique is shown having fun. There are also some touching
Oberoi alternates between a troubled or an awestruck look throughout. Sandeepa
Dhar keeps twitching her nose and making eyes all along in an attempt to look
cute. Mohnish Behl also limits his expression to one. Shagufta Ali does well.
Supporting cast is okay.
is patchy. Music is peppy with good orchestration.
Life Mein faces major oppositions this week and will find it very tough to