Halla Bol Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:35:28.7100000 IST


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Socially relevant flicks have been always heavy and high on its contents and there are many occasions in the past when music has been subsided to the situational needs of the film. In terms of musical exuberance, HALLA BOL comes out as thinnest musical offerings from the combo of actor Ajay Devgan and director Raj Kumar Santoshi conglomerate. Sukhwinder Singh inconsequential stint as music composer has been so far showcased in low profile entertainers or socially relevant films (IQBAL, KAAFILA, and CHOORIYAN ETC) and HALLA BOL simply adds to this list. Professionally speaking, the transition of composers transcending into vocalist?s stature (Himesh Reshammiya, Anand Raj Anand) has been fruitful but it hasn?t been beneficial for the vice versa.

Piously nurtured and spiritually rendered ?Shabad Gurbani?, divine Sikh chants, is soul enlightening enchanting musical work by Sukhwinder Singh. It?s well recited wording speaks about path to salvation, self liberation and creates serene feel of eternal soul-awakening in its religiously tranquil ambience. After ?Ek Onkaar? (RANG DE BASANTI), this elegiac sacred harmonic work proves to be another blissful treat that should working boon for the film?s promising run at the box office.

The sanctimonious grandeur of ?Haji Ali Dargah? gets a scintillating musical vocal treat by traditional Amjad Farid Sabri in another piously penned religious work ?More Haji Piya?. The penetrative and modulating choral shades of pious

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?qawaali? working along with Amjad Farid Sabri?s immaculately pristine vocals enlightens the blissful aura of ?spiritualism? and it?s meaningfully penned wordings connects amiably with the relevance of the subject. Sukhwinder?s ethical understanding of the concept coupled with his musical finesse has been instrumental in creating decorum of sanctity but still it?s more suited for niche listener?s delight.

?Jab Tak Hai Dum?, a vociferously belligerent track by Sukhwinder Singh is the harmonious epicenter of this ?thought-provoking? film and its penned phrases affixes with the ?never-say-die? spirit of the protagonist. Like ?Jab Tak Hai Saans? (KAAFILA) and ?Khelenge Khelenge? (IQBAL), it?s likely to be cult musical piece in the climax and the grueling situations of the film but there?s nothing amusing or flashy to be cherished in this modestly conceived track.


It?s a pity a talented actor like Devgan is getting saddled in roles like these. He stands out in his scenes but it?s not enough because there is nowhere the film goes, script-wise. It?s a dead end. Pankaj Kapur as Sidhu a reformed dacoit who stages street plays to educate the junta, is top class. But how much can he do? Vidya Balan has not much of a role, but she does stand out in one scene where she takes on the media concerning the question of her marriage. But one scene does not make a movie!

To his credit, the director begins the proceedings with a bang and when he takes you to the point of thrill, reverses his car to get into flashback. And by the time he gets back to first gear to the point of the thrill, all excitement is lost. You almost forget which spot it was that he had reversed his vehicle. Has he lost his touch? Looks like, because even the court proceedings are so hurried that it looks like he had lost interest in the project. All the accused rush up to the ?box? and before they can say anything are charged ?Guilty?. The end is abrupt!

Our verdict: ?Mr Rajkumar Santoshi. Guilty?

To go or not: The verdict says it all!

Ratings : 1 / 5



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Rajkumar Santoshi?s HALLA BOL is a clone of his earlier hit film DAMINI. If you have seen the Sunny Deol-starrer, you know what to expect here. But then DAMINI was in a different league and was, so to speak, ahead of its time. Good performances, tight script and brilliant courtroom scenes. Sadly the same cannot be said here.

The script is old. Very old. And you can predict most of the twists because you have seen it unfold a number of times on the big screen. So when the victim?s sister does a volte-face in a packed courtroom, you are not surprised. You are not surprised even when you learn the reason. As for the scene on the Persian rug where the film?s protagonist Ajay Devgan relieves himself, you almost implore him to do it!!!!

HALLA BOL is all about a small town boy who dreams of making it big in Bollywood. Ashfaque (Ajay Devgan) who later has a screen name, Sameer Khan, hits the jackpot. What values he stood for earlier, he conveniently forgets in the quest of moving up the popularity charts. But when he is a witness to the murder of a girl in cold blood in a night club, things change. Reluctant at first, he later relents and takes on the might of the powers that be, who play every trick in the book to get the accused freed.


It?s a pity a talented actor like Devgan is getting saddled in roles like these. He stands out in his scenes but it?s not enough because there is nowhere the film goes, script-wise. It?s a dead end. Pankaj Kapur as Sidhu a reformed dacoit who stages street plays to educate the junta, is top class. But how much can he do? Vidya Balan has not much of a role, but she does stand out in one scene where she takes on the media concerning the question of her marriage. But one scene does not make a movie!

To his credit, the director begins the proceedings with a bang and when he takes you to the point of thrill, reverses his car to get into flashback. And by the time he gets back to first gear to the point of the thrill, all excitement is lost. You almost forget which spot it was that he had reversed his vehicle. Has he lost his touch? Looks like, because even the court proceedings are so hurried that it looks like he had lost interest in the project. All the accused rush up to the ?box? and before they can say anything are charged ?Guilty?. The end is abrupt!

Our verdict: ?Mr Rajkumar Santoshi. Guilty?

To go or not: The verdict says it all!

Ratings : 1 / 5


Rating /5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Ajay Devgan, Vidya Balan, Pankaj Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Ruby Bhatia, Mukesh Tiwari, Lekh Tandon, Darshan Jariwala.
  • Lyrics: Dushyant Kumar, Sameer, Mehboob
  • Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
  • Music Director: Sukhwinder Singh
  • Release Date : 11 Jan 2008