Action Replayy - Preview
In keeping with the Diwali mood, Action Replayy is all about bright colours and loud noises. Expect no more than that (not even a plot) and you'll be entertained...just about enough. The superficiality of depiction of the 70s era grates but the gags carry you through for some part. After that, it's time to walk out of the theatre and never think about it again.
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There are only so many ways you can say, "boy meets girl" in. But, if there is a fresh angle to it, movie-goers, however irregular, will lap it up. I know that a regular like me got excited when I read that Action Replayy starts with a son tired of his parents' squabbles. But read on and soon enough found out that he has to go back in time to make his parents fall in love, good ol' Bollywood style. #facepalm. Maybe that's how it is, love (without bickering) exists only in movies.
So at the very least, can we expect a blast from the 70s, plain Mukherjee-Chatterjee style? Yeah, right! As far as I can tell from the promos, the 70s was only about long, wigged hair-styles, bell-bottomed pants, floral shirts, tight chudidaars and rock-n-roll? Yes, I'm being sarcastic, because in the name of being 'different', I'm served the same ol' loudness, only with 'different' excuses.
Anyway, let's try to enjoy what we have rather than complain about what cannot be. I love Aishwarya Rai's saris, they don't look 70s-ish, that makes them very wearble in real-life 00s. Similarly, the music and choregraphy is not very 70s-like but I completely enjoyed them. Though the first part of the prelude of this one sounds very similar to a song from Dhoom in this one, the play with colors is very pleasing.
Also, the marwadi in me, can see 'zor ka jhatka... making it to the chartbuster list of wedding sangeet parties. Which might actually picturise the song better than the one the director has come up with - completely kills the beat and is contrary to the mood of the song. Anyhow, other music reviews are mostly in awe of the music too -
milliblog - "5 enjoyable tracks – what more does one want?"
Bolly Spice - "Standout track: Chhan Ke Mohalla, without a doubt."
music aloud - "8.5/10"
dunkdaft - "Inconsistent"
However, whatever the music is like, it still can't take away from my weariness about the slapstick we might have to endure. And the fact that whether it is the 00s or the 00s pretending to be 70s you cannot take out the Akshay Kumar from the Akshay Kumar. Just a different hairdo doesn't do the do.
Since Akshay Kumar can only promise his extent of acting, can we have some hope from Ms. Rai Bachchan who has THE pair from the 70s around at home to tutor her? It won't be too much to expect a little bit of comic timing for her, would it? If not, then there is little hope in terms of her X-factor, because I see Neha Dhupia exuding more oomph than Aishwarya Rai wherever you see the former.
Oh well, a few good laughs is all I ask for. Can we have some of those this Diwali?