Hello Darling Movie Review

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Joginder Tuteja By Joginder Tuteja | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:03.6630000 IST


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It's been quite a long time since a music album from Subhash Ghai's Mukta Arts banner (apart from YUVRAAJ of course) has had a successful show in terms of sales volumes generated. And that is quite sad and ironic since in the past any musical offering from the Ghai stable always had a stamp of class written all over it and music patrons used to throng the stores to buy them. Ghai always had ears for good music, he showed that with his last directed film, YUVRAAJ, which may not have succeeded at the turnstile but had excellent music by music maestro A.R.Rahman. However it appears that Ghai has not been able to pay much attention to music of the films produced under his banner but not directed by him (although this film is produced by his brother Ashok Ghai, a veteran producer himself), unlike a Karan Johar or Aditya Chopra, whose films despite not being directed by them always boast of some chartbusting music. Well, let us see if Ghai has learnt from his previous mistakes and if his latest offering has anything novel and exciting to offer, and especially with Pritam at the helm of affairs, it would not be wrong for us to expect some chartbusters and popular music.

Continuing with the present tradition of remixing old classic dance/item numbers (which started with the super success of Sajid Khan's "Dhanno" HOUSEFULL) and changing the lyrics to suit the narrative and mood of the film Pritam has once again(after "Parda"-OUATIM) picked up a timeless composition, "Aa Jaane Jaan"(INTEQAM), a rare cabaret number sung by the nightingale herself Lata Mangeshkar. However, the highlight of the track is not the way the song has been remixed and re-arranged but the way it has been rendered by the lead actor of the film, Jaaved Jaffery, who has given the song his unique humorous touch that is almost rip roaring. Giving him support and ample oomph factor necessary for the song are Akriti Kakkar and Antara Mitra, who pitch in for Lata and do a good job in their seductively sweet vocals. The lyrics (retaining the 'mukhda of the original as has been the norm) by Shabbir Ahmed too are hilarious and when we hear the song in the context of the film, (which is about sexual harassment at work place and the boss harbouring bad intentions against the women working in his office), the song becomes all the more funny as well as situationally correct. The song will raise quite a few laughs especially, because of Jaaved who is at his zany best with the three sex sirens, Celina Jaitley, Gul Panag and Eesha Koppikar raising the heat as can be seen in the promos.

The next number, "Band Baaja", seems to be a continuation of the album from Imtiaz Ali's LOVE AAJ KAL, and the song appears to be a mixture of "Chor Bazari" and "Thoda Thoda Pyaar" but it is highly enjoyable in it's new avatar. Rana Mazumdar sings almost like Neeraj Sridhar (who is highly missed here) but he too does a good job and the queen of folk numbers, Richa Sharma, along with Ritu Pathak provide good back up support. The totally rustic Punjabi feel, though done to death by most composers, has been conveyed effectively through superb musical arrangements that are traditional as well as western; 'dhol-taasha', 'ektara', harmonium and the customary brass band, used in Indian marriage functions. Ashish Pandit has written the lyrics of this celebration number and even though this situation has seen innumerable numbers, Ashish is outstanding. "Na duja kaam koi bas tujhpe marna kaam bacha hai, Tujhe sab saunp diya bas paas mere mera naam bacha hai, Jo karna tha tu kar baithi ab qatle aam bacha hai ." The song should be a sure fire hit but needs heavy duty promotion.

The remix version too is enjoyable and the rap portions as well as the rhythm added make the song more youth and dance oriented.



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In the midst of this all, one does feel pity for the three leading ladies who clearly seem to have been 'subjected' to such an affair. Celina Jaitly, who has done well in comedies before, looks hot but surprisingly gets the minimal screen presence amongst all the young women. Gul Panag appears to be totally uncomfortable in the setting and that shows. As for Eesha, she is the one who is completely enjoying the proceedings. As a bimbo, she plays her part well, gets some of the best lines and does impress with her comic timing once again.

Amongst supporting actors, Chunky Pandey gets into another embarrassing part after PAYING GUEST and EK-THE POWER OF ONE. He deserves better. Mukesh Tiwari is totally wasted in that solitary scene. Divya Dutta is okay. Seema Biswas won't pride herself in adding this film to her repertoire. As for Javed Jaffrey, he does bring across the menacing side of him well and could opt at playing a suave baddy in films to come.

Overall, HELLO DARLING just doesn't work. Regardless of the fact that it wanted to bring a serious subject to the fore, an attempt at telling it all in a comic vein fails.

Rating - 1.5/5



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Now what was that? A comedy which is about sexual harassment at workplace, stars three leggy beauties like Gul Panag, Celina Jaitly and Eesha Koppikhar, has backing by none less than Subhash Ghai and is promoted as a chic flick, HELLO DARLING was expected to bring in laughs at regular intervals in its 100 minutes duration. After all, the premise was such that there could have been dozens of funny incidents interspersed into the narrative that would have kept the fun element going.

Alas, the humour here is restricted to a bunch of eunuchs running after Javed Jaffrey on Mumbai roads, an errant husband getting his hairy chest ironed (literally) in a torture ward and double meaning dialogues belonging to David Dhawan cinema (which has been passe for a decade now) coming up every 10 minutes.

So, while the initial part of the film is established in showcasing how Javed Jaffrey doesn't take a moment to mutter 'Hello Darling' to anything in a skirt (he doesn't even spare a hospital nurse), the latter moments try to establish how women in his office (Gul, Celina, Eesha) feel totally disgusted with his ways. Well ladies, how about the HR department? Any MNC worth its salt has a team that does look into such issues.

The scenes of seduction that follow are plain cold, while Javed's kidnapping is totally unbelievable. Well, if he could make a phone call to his wife (Divya Dutta) for help while being trapped, it would have taken him just one more call to the police too, right? Even some screaming from inside the apartment would have fetched some attention, isn't it? 



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In the midst of this all, one does feel pity for the three leading ladies who clearly seem to have been 'subjected' to such an affair. Celina Jaitly, who has done well in comedies before, looks hot but surprisingly gets the minimal screen presence amongst all the young women. Gul Panag appears to be totally uncomfortable in the setting and that shows. As for Eesha, she is the one who is completely enjoying the proceedings. As a bimbo, she plays her part well, gets some of the best lines and does impress with her comic timing once again.

Amongst supporting actors, Chunky Pandey gets into another embarrassing part after PAYING GUEST and EK-THE POWER OF ONE. He deserves better. Mukesh Tiwari is totally wasted in that solitary scene. Divya Dutta is okay. Seema Biswas won't pride herself in adding this film to her repertoire. As for Javed Jaffrey, he does bring across the menacing side of him well and could opt at playing a suave baddy in films to come.

Overall, HELLO DARLING just doesn't work. Regardless of the fact that it wanted to bring a serious subject to the fore, an attempt at telling it all in a comic vein fails.

Rating - 1.5/5


Rating 1.5/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Javed Jaffery, Divya Dutta, Eesha Koppikar, Celina Jaitley, Gul Panag and Chunky Pandey
  • Lyrics: Shabbir Ahmed, Ashish Pandit and Kumaar
  • Director: Manoj Tiwari
  • Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty