First timer Ajit Sinha's WAH TAJ is a well intentioned but a wobbly juvenile hit -or-miss attempt.
Starring Shreyas Talpade and Manjari Fadnis in lead, the movie starts as a quirky comedy with satire tones but quickly losses its gear to enter a chaos that it wasn't meant to.
Written by M. Salim, the movie raises a pertinent issue (naming it will act as a spoiler) and opens up with Tukaram Marathe (Shreyas Talpade) and his wife Sunanda (Manjari Fadnis) making their grand entry in a tractor at the gates of Taj Mahal in Agra.
They have travelled all their way from their village in Maharashtra to reclaim the land on which The Taj Mahal is built claiming it was given as a gift by Humayun to their forefathers.
The surreal claim on India's national treasure gets confronted and I must admit, this basic seed of the idea is quite interesting which opens many space for the writer to pass comments and make it an absorbing political satire.
Unfortunately the fun is restricted to the court proceedings in which Tukaram with some genuine laughs submits proof before the judge with official documents that are unbelievable but funny like Humayun's hand written letter, etc etc forcing the judge played by Rajeev Verma (popularly remembered as Salman khan's father in MAINE PYAR KIYA) to issue a stay order on Taj Mahal's closure for public until the documents submitted by Tukaram are checked and his case is discussed.
Blame it on my ambitious expectations, I got excited feeling that the court discussions will give a new dimension to court room comedies like JOLLY LLB and some fascinatingly funny and quirky observations will emerge but alas it takes a predictable and buffoonery turn lampooning the available potential.
Lacking the desire and will to go deeper Ajit Sinha just shoots over the surface where nothing really adds up. What initially appeared whimsical eventually turns sloppy and when the time comes to make the heart kick in with the bleed you just can,t take it and feel betrayed.
Anyways performance by the lead cast Shreyas and Manjari are tip top in this hotchpotch. While other actors' just sign the muster. Technically fine and musically nothing to hum along. WAH TAJ is an opportunity that has gone 'barbaad' (wasted).
Anyways there is still a silver lining in this,Shreyas and Manjari never fail to entertain us, the novelty in the seed of the idea plus a glimpse of first time director Ajit Sinha's potential to entertain seen in the solitary court room sequence.