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Aap Kaa Suroor

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quick review:

Curiosity kills the cat. I understand you are curious about seeing Himesh on the big screen. But, would you want to add to their kitty by watching an absolutely worthless movie which is frilled with bad performances? Only saving grace is cinematography, but certainly doesn't make it worth your or any one else's hard-earned money.

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Director: Prashant Chadha
Running time: 130 minutes
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- meeta, a part of the audience

I want to be an actor too - I have more than one and a half facial expressions. Oh, but will that mean I have to be a nasal singer and crack a poor joke about myself on the big screen? The good thing though, is that I would need to be a music director with just one tune in my head. Lyricists who can change the words around a bit here and there must be readily available. No, never mind, I can't, I don't wear a cap that a houseful theater would hoot and whistle at. Too predictable of one to talk about Himesh's cap, well if he can have a badly timed joke about it, why can't I?

Okay, I exaggerated on the music bit. Himesh has certainly tried at least one tune ("Dil na todna") a little out of his usual style, but listening to it you wish he hadn't. The camerawork and lighting of the first song "assalaam vaalekum" is beautiful. But then things deteriorate. Song-after-song-after-song (thank me for not doing that 5 more times). On the way he forgets pronunciation - have never heard "bina" and "tanhaiyaan" being crooned out so badly. And to top it off, we have the sacrilege called "Mehbooba mehbooba". Were they actually given permission to do this to a song from Sholay? Dear Mr. Burman, I apologize for listening to this version of arguably one of your best compositions. And while am it, Mohammad Rafiji, I am sorry for laughing out loud at what was done to "dard-e-dil" of Karz.

Having totally trashed the two main attractions of the movie - the lack of acting by Himesh Reshammiya and then the music - I must tell you something about myself. I am a very patient person as far as movies are concerned. It is usually very difficult for a movie to bore me. Even after about half an hour post interval, I was hopeful. Hopeful that at least the story will be an actual thriller. Alas, the completely lose it thereafter! Far from causing any sort of a thrill, some bits were slow - allowing enough unintended giggle-time - and thus bored till hair be torn apart. The last half hour was plain, outright, superbly ridiculous!! Who gave them a right to take us so much for granted?!

There are no well rounded characters for me to really complain about character inconsistency. Anyone can do anything or nothing. Most characters can transform from evil to good without the slightest provocation and with most inane dialogues for support. And when there are such glaring gaps I don't really have the right to talk about details like a person changing his cap after being arrested.

Ah yes, how can I not mention the quintessential "oomph" factor - Ms. Sherawat. She does her bit. Flaunts her body, dances a couple of dances, utters the mandatory line or two, because she is a character in the plot after all. And Ms. Motwani, well, she looks sweet and has so much eye-shadow on, that she can barely open her eyes. Oh yeah, and what is with the lipstick for Sachin Khedekar and the bright orange lip gloss for Pankaj Jha?

What can I say when the most interesting part of the two+ hours spent in the theater was the 30 second teaser of "Sultan The Warrior" (actually looking forward to it!)?

- meeta, a part of the audience

21 reviewers(?) - 3 yays 4 so-so 14 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM : ...Can you ever imagine actors like Amitabh Bachchan or SRK turning music composers overnight?... full review

Thumbs up, by Rashmi Bansal, J.A.M : ...But then it ain't often that I watch a film 'first day, first show' at Chitra cinema in Dadar... full review

Thumbs up, by Shilpadeep, merinews : ...Himesh is not a star but his performance in ‘Aap Ka Suroor’ is definitely laudable... full review

So-So, by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice : ...For the most part he wears a brooding look that has by now become quite typical of him.... full review

So-So, Bollyvista.com : ...Himesh hams so much, he might as well be rechristened HAM-esh Reshammiya!... full review

So-So, by Renuka Vyavahare, indiatimes : ... Hansikaa surprisingly performs well and looks extremely gorgeous. Fortunately, she doesn’t look 16!... full review

So-So, by Syed Firdaus Ashraf, Rediff : ...Despite the film's shortcomings, it will not bore you.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rachel Fernandes, Bollywood Mantra : ...The screenplay often ignores rationality and logic... full review

Thumbs down, by Sanjay Ram, Business of Cinema : ...The camerawork and cinematography is average, while the editing is shocking... full review

Thumbs down, by Angel Rani, Deccan Herald : ...There is only one expression on Reshammiya’s face. The diehard fan might cry “macho”, but the others just feel the composer-turned-singer-turned-actor had a bowel movement.... full review

Thumbs down, by Aprajita Anil, Express India : ...She might have blossomed into a young lady but unfortunately her dimpled cheeks and sugary smile is too sweet to allow the oomph factor to seep in.... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'souza, Glamsham.com : ...it’s an ego trip that Himeshbhai has gone on... full review

Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Dialogue delivery is clearly not his strength, perhaps that's why his lines are few and far between.... full review

Thumbs down, Movie Talkies : ...is letdown not by its actors, but by the screenplay. It is flaccid, and oh-so predictable... full review

Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, NDTV : ...Never mind other causes with no effects and effects with no causes. Never mind the supposed love story.... full review

Thumbs down, by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com : ...hrough this movie Himesh is just trying to put himself across to the masses as a good human being and clear most of the speculations concerning him... full review

Thumbs down, by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com : ...What was required was a strong plotline to carry his acting aspirations into the sphere of the bearable, if not the believable.... full review

Thumbs down, by Greatbong, Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind : ...a sequence of events and scenes strung together on the most tenous of plot threads, whose sole purpose is to illustrate Himesh’s total grooviness... full review

Thumbs down, by Gautam Chintamani, Rediff : ...a film that tries to explain the cult of Himesh Reshammiya aka HR... full review

Thumbs down, by Satyajit, SmasHits.com : ...The film's gloss, slick promotion and chartbusting music should be treated as its attribute while scripting takes a backseat.... full review

Thumbs down, by Naomi Datta, Times Now : ...Mallika tries to vamp it up, but gets fairly bored of it and it starts to show... full review

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6 readers - 3 yays 2 so-so 1 nays

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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

Himesh Reshammiya (Himesh Reshammiya (who said he is full of himself?!)) is an Indian rock star who is on a stage show abroad. He gets framed for murder. What happened before the murder and after is what we spend two hours+ watching.

What Worked

  • The camerawork in general. Especially in the first two songs.
  • Stylisation of Himesh Reshammiya's character in the first 15-20 minutes. Unfortunately it doesn't stick through to the end.

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

  • The chemistry between HR and Hansika Motwani. Towards the end they looked more like brother and sister than lovers.
  • Dubbing was off at too many places - especially in the slow motion scenes.
  • How does Shravan (HR's friend) know about Nadia Merchant's murder when he wasn't even present when the police came in?
  • Why did Anant Mahadevan have to be roped in for such a trivial role?
  • Misuse of child artist (Trishu) - was she brought in just to crack that one silly joke?
  • Hansika Motwani's solo dance on a stone path in the song "ye tera mera milna". People who cannot dance should certainly not be given such hideous steps!
  • The close-up of Sachin Khedekar's hands in the scene where HR talks about marriage. It looked very out of context and thus forced.
  • It is amazing how HR and his friend were totally drunk and HR was back home by 9pm?
  • Weren't HR and his friend living in the same house? Then how come only HR got back home?
  • I still don't get why marriage is such a high priority in Hindi movies? It's as if that is the only thing that gives women any sort of an identity.
  • How did the gunman know where HR was going to stop the car?
  • A criminal roaming all over town in broad daylight without the slightest fear of being caught.
  • Why does Mallika Sherawat's character, Ruby, have a change of heart?
  • Use of sitar for Sachin Khedekar's emotional dialogues seems out of place with rest of the background score.
  • I have always wondered...when a person is accused of a crime and he escapes from jail, when he finds the true criminal, is he scott free? Doesn't he need a judge to say that he is no longer guilty?

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.

  • The rear-view mirror of the car in the opening scene was reflecting nothing!
  • In "Assalaam vaalekum" - towards the end of the song, the mike is in HR's hand and then in the next shot is on the stand.
  • Sexy seductress she may be. But, why does a lawyer "catwalk" out of her bathroom, when she is alone in the house?
  • Hansika Motwani says, "most luckiest girl". I say, "yuckiest grammatical error".
  • How come Sachin Khedekar's house was empty when his daughter was supposed to get married the next day?
  • Why is Hansika wearing pink lipstick with a red wedding dress?

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Comments (7)

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I don't mean to be nitpicky, but one needs to get one's facts right while trying to inject humour into one's writing. You need to apologize to rafi Saheb, not Kishore Kumar ji for 'Laughing out loud at what was done to dard-e-dil of Karz'

Aditya, Preeti, thanks for pointing out the mistakes in this post.

Mis-identifying the singer of "dard-e-dil" as Kishore Kumar was a blunder. The incorrect rating of "Must See - on the big screen" was a technical glitch caused due to an upgrade in the software I use to post reviews. (The upgrade was for automatically creating the index of movie reviews by rating and alphabetically.)

I am deeply sorry for both mistakes, and will hopefully not make such slips again.

Sorry.

sam

Hi Himesh,
u r n outstanding actor with gesture n ur performance is extra-ordinary,marvellous & impressive.may god bless you for your entire career as an actor.U did very good acting in aap ka suroor so keep it up.

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bhaiya ji aap bahut achcha gaate hain. aapka music to lajwaab kh

Aap Kaa Suroor is a good song of Himesh Reshammiya.His relation with his mom is inspired me a lot. Thanks a lot for sharing yours views with us.

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