MUMBAI: Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai is about a man
with dreams of lighting up the silver screen, making
his own film some day; cinema is his obsession. While
depicting the story of an aspiring filmmaker, the film
takes a dig at the film industry and the way it works
or rather worked till late last century. The problem
is that in doing so it goes overboard and makes the
mockery of the 100 year old Indian film industry.
Director: Rajnish Raj Thakur.
Cast: Suniel Shetty, Udita Goswami, Rajpal
Yadav, Shyan Munshi, Shawar Al, Neena Gupta, Om
Puri, Rakesh Bedi, Deepak Shirke.
you watch the film, you don't know if it is a take,
a satire, a farce on the film industry and even in doing
that, its ideas are old fashioned when they talk of
making a 25 week jubilee hit or a 100 day runner. Whatever
it is, it is juvenile. The fact that the film has taken
ages in making and its protagonists are out of contention
with the moviegoer is another story.
Shetty is a film buff in Banaras who bunks classes as
a child to watch movies and, when through, he starts
a video library, more to satisfy his own urge to watch
films from all over rather than as a business. He is
always chided by his father, Rajiv Varma, for his ways
for, like all middleclass families, he wants his son
to take up normal work and settle down. Determined to
make his cut as a director, Shetty goes to join the
London Institute of Filmmaking to learn the craft. A
Hindi film hero that he is, he excels and tops the class!
He has also worked on a script, titled Cheekh, while
learning direction in London, that of a real life story
of a Mumbai investigative journalist who was raped for
her adventurous exposes! Hence, instead of staying back
in London and making a career there since he is a topper,
he returns to India to make his mark. He has a friend
in Rajpal Yadav, who claims to have contacts in the
film industry but turns out to be just a junior artiste.
there is no story as such, the film spends its first
part with Shetty knocking the doors of various producers,
each an out of work per day artiste like Avtar Gill,
Deepak Qazir, Gopi Desai, Dinesh Hingoo; all caricatures
with some or the other idiosyncrasy; this is supposed
to be funny which it is not in the least. Shetty finally
finds a producer in a PRO cum fixer, Rakesh Bedi, who
smells his chance to turn a producer with this script.
The script is approved by the reigning box office queen,
Udita Goswami, who sees a national award for herself
with this film. Tenth day into the shooting and Shetty's
producer, Rakesh Bedi, has vanished. It turns out Bedi
was investing underworld don Shivaji Satam's money;
the film is now taken over by Satam himself who dictates
the terms to Shetty, that is still Satam is gunned down
which makes Bedi to come out of hiding.
now wants to give a commercial touch to his film and
in comes jubilee hit writer, Om Puri, who mixes and
matches sequences as he goes on accommodating each of
his star's demands. The film is complete finally, it
is nowhere near what Shetty had in mind but it is a
hit! Shetty has arrived; he joins the bandwagon giving
up all his principles of making meaningful films.
many films have been made on film industry in 1960s
and 70s and most have failed to work; Mere Dost Picture
Abhi Baaki Hai is the worst film on the workings of
film industry ever made. The script is primitive and
nowhere close to the workings of the industry and so
is director's approach. Performance wise, Rakesh Bedi,
Om Puri and, to an extent, Rajpal Yadav are watchable;
rest just fill the bill.
Dost Picture Abhi Baaki Hai is a lost cause from show
one, day one.
Driver is cute but sans any twists