Review - EMI: wannabe munnabhai
Principal of a message on simple living + Interest of a goon trying to turn good should have equaled to some real fun moments with a subtle message running through but = not-so easy installments of lectures against taking loans
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EMI certainly touches upon a very relevant issue in the society today. And though it showcases the concerns in the cities, it is pertinent in the interiors of the country too. It is also hilarious at regular intervals. Especially Mohan Joshi's drunken scene. And what with Sanjay Dutt doing what we know him to do best - deliver dialogues in Mumbai-underworld fashion and time his lines perfectly. The other actors are barely bearable - with Malaika Arora's existence taking first place.
So, the general idea and some of the details are right. But the individual stories chosen, which started off interestingly, became too sappy for my taste. And the other actors are barely bearable. The set-up of the stories, the reasons why the various characters take their loans and how they are unable to repay them is quite interesting. A different aspect is touched upon in each story. The plan for the recovery process is cute too, but the actual act is childish. And the final resolutions are so tacky and hurried that all the set-up seems like a complete waste.
Also, it came across as if the writers were confused on what the purpose of the story was – was it to narrate how these four people went through the process of taking, defaulting and repaying their loans, or was it to showcase the transition of a person from the mafia? In trying to do both they had to deal with 5 plots which not only was too much taken on the plate but also lengthened the movie a bit much.
Cinema as a source of education is taken way too seriously and yet the subject has been presented over-simplistically. And these put together actually undo what is actually entertaining in bits and pieces.
- meeta, a part of the audience
- Violence: None
- Nudity & Sexual content: A couple of sleazy songs in pubs.
- Concept: A warning against the overuse of loans, a lecture on "live within your means".
- General Look and Feel: It's bright and peppy but a little long for the little ones' patience, I'd guess.
EMI - Movie Details
- Producer: Sunil Shetty
- Director: Saurabh Kabra
- Lead Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Rampal, Ashish Chowdhry, Urmila Matondkar
- Supporting Cast: Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Manoj Joshi, Neha Uberoi, Malaika Arora Khan
- Story: Saurabh Kabra
- Dialogues: T Govinda Rajan, Nitin Raikwar
- Editor: Anand Subaya
- Choreography: Harshal, Vithal, Caesar Gonsalves, Bosco
- Music Director: Chirantan Bhatt
- Lyrics: Hamza Faruqui, Shakeel Azmi, Shabbir Ahmed, Junaid Wasi, Amar Valentine, Sarim Momin
- Running time: 135 minutes
- Reviewer: meeta
- Language: Hindi
- Country: India
- Genres: Comedy, Social