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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

Ishwar (Amitabh Bachchan) dotes on his son Aadi (Akshay Kumar) and does everything in his capacity to turn him into a spoilt brat. He realizes his folly and does everything in his capacity to set things right.

What Worked

  • Ishwar and Sumitra are having an argument while Ishwar is putting a teeka and gajra. The scene is adorable.
  • Ishwar and Aadi exchange places as father and son. Though the scene could have been done a lot better, the concept was lovely.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • How come Ishwar (in the opening scene) was talking about playing with his grandchildren when his son was not even married and Ishwar knew he was to die within the year?
  • The set of the first song was hilarious when it was supposed to be romantic. They didn't even use the premise of a dream sequence to make it acceptable.
  • Ishwar showed no signs of illness till the last half hour of the movie.
  • Nattu (Boman Irani) had no reaction to his daughter and son-in-law being thrown out of their house?
  • What was happening in the hospital with Amitabh Bachchan? Was it okay for that to be left mid-way?
  • The amount of command that the characters had over nature! Everyone wants Ishwar to live till his daughter-in-law delivers his grandson (either they knew it was a baby boy or the movie makers were blatantly politically incorrect!). And lo and behold, the lady goes into labor immediately! Coincidence, yeah right!?
  • The climax as a whole!

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • What was the party for the huge gang of children for? Both at the beginning and the end of the movie?
  • Did Ishwar hire a professional cameraman to shoot his personal video of him and his son? It hardly looked like a home video.