It has a big star cast, a good title track that plays on and on until you leave the multiplex humming the tune, beautiful cinematography, super editing (movie makers can learn a thing or two from this film), excellent styling, a big banner, a very fresh, infact new look, but you can’t fit it in any genre. I guess Yash Raj Films themselves are indecisive, so I’d bracket it as ‘Masala Opera’.
That’s what the film basically is. If there were more songs intelligently choreographed between scenes, it would have been a ‘Rock Opera’. Infact that would have done the trick and got the crowds thronging to the theatre and swinging to the beats. It would have been a different type of cinematic experience for the Indian audience. But that’s not to be.
The plot is nothing new but performances from Lara Dutta, Abhishek Bachchan, Bobby Deol and Preity Zinta are good. For me, Lara comes out trumps as the French speaking Anaida and as Laila the prostitute. Her body language spells confidence, and there’s energy in her dance. After JURM, this has to be her best role to date.
Abhishek Bachchan is improving with every scene and this he proves with his comic timing. Bobby Deol, too gives an improved performance; any day better than SHAKALAKA BOOM BOOM.
Amitabh Bachchan carries of his rock star image with aplomb. And every time he breaks into a song and dance there is a certain energy he transmits from the screen. Full marks to designer Aki Narula for AB’s as well as every actor’s look. Keeping the body type and character in mind, the designer has selected costumes, which blend with every actor, never once shouting out loud.
For technical brilliance, this movie is a hit. But that extra something, which makes the movie extra special, is missing.