August 31, 2012 03:40:12 PM IST By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
JOKER is an alien concept. It is an attempt to get the eyeballs of the powers to this long-forgotten state called Paglapur, which now boasts of a scientist (Akshay Kumar) who is working on a project with NASA in the US of A to establish contact with Aliens. This state is full of lunatics. How Akshay managed to flee this mad house after Std III and set base in America is another story.
Akshay is conned into visiting his village after many years by his brother and father. He is already at his wits end as his deadline of two years has expired and he has not yet established contact with the Aliens. He is now given a one-month extension and during this time he is forced to visit his folks. A sudden change of heart sees him now wanting to see development in the village. (Don't ask why he was never bothered about them earlier!)
With his genius brain, scientist manages to get the media to his village manipulating a crop circle and when that lid is about to be blown on his hoax, he hits on the idea of setting up aliens from his band of lunatics. Now, even the FBI is interested!
The problem with JOKER is that it fails to take off from Stage I. The plot moves about in circles going nowhere. Moreover, the songs are needlessly injected into the proceedings. And although the film clocks a decent 1hour 45 minutes, it does appear a bit long.
Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha take off from where they left in ROWDY RATHORE. But this time the romance is less intense. In this drama of Aliens, hers is a role that could have been done away with. Poor Shreyas Talpade, he is left mouthing some gibberish, which in the end only the aliens understand.