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It's been over a year and a half since the last Rani Mukerji film, No One Killed Jessica. I generally, like the films she picks, so I was reasonably excited to see that she's back. Till, till I realized she is playing a girl of a marriageable age. Not only that, but her character is all excitable and exuberant and likes to shriek just for thrills. This leaves too much scope for over-acting which is already demonstrated by the lady who plays her mother.
And guess what I find out next? The film is being produced by Anurag Kashyap. I certainly wouldn't have associated his name with a seemingly slapsticky, loud film. Now, I am truly intrigued. That combined with all the rave reviews for Amit Trivedi's music to the film puts Aiyya back in the 'looking forward to' category.
Also, Sachin Kundalkar as a director is a reasonably known name in the Marathi film industry and just his debut in the Hindi film industry will be something worth keeping an eye out for.
Yet, I am not too sure about the south Indian reference. They looks a little mocking to start with even if it is supposedly all in good humor, but it also feels like there must be a very good reason for picking the regions of India that the characters come from.
Yes, the songs have a very peppy edge to them and remind you of songs from Jitendra-Sridevi starrers of the 80s and of course songs from South Indian films.
So, I promise myself some lovely mixed feelings while walking into the theater for this one!
Milliblog - "After successfully scaling most other genres, Amit Trivedi leaves his stamp convincingly by delivering one of the most hip parody soundtracks in recent times."
Music Aloud – "8/10"
Bollywood Hungama – "4/5"
Bollyspice – "4/5"
Apun Ka Choice – "4/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
What? Was? That?
Again, just to see if I can rid myself of the sense of bewilderment, “What WAS that?” I can understand the need to experiment and add quirk to a love story that is as simple as it gets. But doing it while maintaining the age-old norms of Bollywood, how much ever spoof-like it was meant to be, just didn't work for Aiyyaa. Aiyyaa is slow, long and tries its best to test your patience.
I know, I should be giving the film some benefit of doubt because of the projection issues that the screen I saw it in had first in about 40 minutes and then a second one in another 10 minutes, which was after a 20 minute delay to begin, and following which the show was canceled. So, I watched the film all over again at the next show. Yet, I am willing to go out on a limb and say that the sheer absurdity of the last half hour is worth another “WHAT WAS THAT?”
Yet, I don't write the film off a 100%, just because of the basic idea. The idea of attraction experienced by a woman because of here sensitivity to smells. Love at first sight has always intrigued me. I have always wondered what ticks. I have always imagined communication through eyes and other senses rather than logic or brain playing a role in this one. And then there was this show on either Discovery or National Geographic that was about how smell plays a major role in how couple interact with each other. And thus the concept that Aiyya uses is fairly engaging as the one line plot.
But boy, has director Sachin Kundalkar overdone it. Anyway, he seems to be enamored by the miraculous sense of smell considering his Marathi film Gandha had three shorter stories connected using the theme of smell. But by the time you have seen Rani Mukerji heave while closing her eyes for the 10th time, you've had enough. For want of a better phrase and over-generalising it way too much for my own taste, Aiyyaa carries a heavy dose of Marathi film sensibilities (barring likes of Deool, Natarang, etc)
Not that that is the only complaint against Aiyyaa. The loud, forcibly quirky characters that Meenakshi (Rani Mukerji) is destined with as her Marathi family, get on your nerves in the first few minutes. Amey Wagh, Jyoti Subhash, Nirmitee Sawant, Satish Alekar – all well known in the Marathi film industry are made plain weird to add to the whackiness element that the director seems to be shooting at. Well, it was an annoying kind of whacky, not the kind you grow to enjoy. And let me not even get started about Maina's (Anita Date) over-the-top, unfathomable derangement. The mockery of people who don't look normal is used yet once again to bring out a few laughs.
Rani Mukerji herself is barely tolerable in general, but is especially far from that too when she does her usual shrieky self in monologues. And couldn't anyone in this heavily Marathi crew point out that just exaggerating the ph, ai, sh while speaking English and punctuating Hindi with 'aiyya' and 'aga bai' does not make for Marathi accent. Moreso, considering that she is a nearly naïve Marathi girl from Pune was the basic theme of the film. Yet, I do commend her for experimenting with this script. It's a risk and it might have failed, but that she took this risk is admirable. Also, she adds to the list of lead ladies bringing size 8-10 back in fashion. Unfortunately, her depiction of the physical attraction a woman experiences comes too late both in her performance and the story/film to add any value other than make the film look even more ludicrous. The juvenile symbolism makes it even more laughable. The climax is another box of weird worms and simplistic Bollywoodization (yeah, yeah spoof-shphoof).
I have read the same synopsis at a couple of places to describe Aiyyaa, something that includes
Bollywood icon Rani Mukerji plays Marathi girl Meenakshi in this delightful 'Amelie'-style comedy.
I just hope this isn't the official synopsis. 'Amelie' style? Really? Such comparisons should be left to the audience, shouldn't they? Also, is that what the makers are admitting to? And I guess, I have to add, having loved almost everything Anurag Kashyap has associated himself with, I never thought I'd ever say this to any of his products, “aga, aai ga!” (MUMMY!!)
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...That this film gives women the right to fantasise is in itself an uncommon turn of events considering the general Indian penchant to view human females as hormone-less creatures who men lust after but who never do any lusting themselves. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...Although the plot is innovative, but skeletal, what keeps the film going is Sachin Kundalkar's ability to stumble upon humor in the most ordinary situations. ... full review
Thumbs up, by L Romal M Singh, DNA : ...What doesn’t work for the film is the terrible Tamil. Sachin Kundalkar should have realised that almost every single person in this country knows what Tamil sounds like and so when Kishori Ballal (who plays Surya’s mother) speaks a garbled tongue sounding neither here nor there, you’re left wondering if they take themselves seriously. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Raghuvendra Singh, Filmfare : ...Aiyyaa’s strength lies in its dramatic segments driven by the characters. Again, Kundalkar deserves praise for the fact that he does not try to make his characters real.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...Aiyyaa is triumphant because its originality matches the director’s assured film-making. Kundalkar is a director with a confident, uninhibited stamp. ... full review
Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...She demonstrates her well established star status in that she waited for the right script. Don't miss 'Aiyyaa' to delightfully enjoy a good rom-com and to watch Rani jumping and dancing. ... full review
So-So, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Throughout Aiyyaa, we are left turning between a lovably loud Hindi film and a more dreamlike French romance that might have featured Audrey Tautou – and the effect is whiplash.... full review
So-So, by Rachana Parekh, Bollywood Life : ...While Anurag Kashyap’s production entertains you till the end credit roll, the sluggish, tiresome and far-fetched screenplay mars the novelty of the bizarre comedy. ... full review
So-So, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...With Aiyyaa, quite safely the first of its kind in the Hindi film industry, the dynamic Bengali actor takes the meaning of heroine-centric films to a whole new level. ... full review
So-So, by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in : ...Dum hai total dum hain in first half and in terms of light and bit absurd brand of entertainment. But due to some of its loud characters, over-the-top performances by others and a weak climax, the movie ends up as an average to above average flick.... full review
So-So, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Rani Mukherjee owns the part with a tremendous, uninhibited performance, switching superbly between the film's exaggerated and understated moments. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar : ...Those used to viewing wonky diploma films and experimental shorts at various short film competitions would be familiar with a film like this. They usually sound funnier in narration than they look on screen, and ought to go straight to YouTube. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...Rani goes all out to please the audience. She does a ‘lavani’, a belly dance, a Silk Smitha type number and a bit of Bharat Natyam and puts her heart into each of these songs. However, the story and Director let her down. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment : ...The real obstacle in enjoying the film however lies in its very superficial story-telling. Characters remain strictly bound by the need to entertain and the quirk never leaves a gap for us to see what, if anything at all is really behind these men and women... full review
Thumbs down, by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today : ...The film could have made for a great watch too if Kundalkar was more imaginative with the plot. Instead age-old tripe takes over, about a girl silently pining for the man of her dreams even as her middle-class family has fixed her marriage.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubra Gupta, indian express : ...But Sachin Kundalkar’s whose Marathi ‘Gandha’ did this infinitely better, doesn’t manage the reprise, and what we get is a flat, heavy-footed clomp through screechy lines and overstated, dragged-out situations. ... full review
Thumbs down, Movie Talkies : ...Fans of Rani Mukerji might enjoy the film, but if you are going with high expectations after watching the trailer (which seemed to promise more than what was delivered), you might be sorely disappointed.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Although the concept on papers or as a short capsule sounds interesting, the problem comes about when Sachin stretches it to massive proportions. T... full review
Thumbs down, by Prasanna D Zore, Rediff : ...'Yeh sab kya ho raha hai (what on earth is going on here)?,' wonders Rani Mukerji's character Meenaxi Deshpande in Aiyyaa as the film nears its climax. How on earth could she read my mind? I wonder aloud.... full review
Thumbs down, by Resham Sangar, Zee News : ...While Rani is ‘overused’, south film star Prithviraj Sukumaran is underused. Making his Bollywood debut in ‘Aiyyaa’, the actor has barely two lines to speak in the movie’s first half.... full review
zakzak786: Watched Aiyyaa outstanding movie, thoroughly enjoyed it :)
waa3d: I Saw #Aiyyaa Movie on saturday it was Very Good ☺ Rani was Superb ... Love her ♥
sunnyVIII: Aiyya a film @ankush1009 can be proud of. Liked it better than GOW , he does better producing or directing when canvas is small n intense
stillnuck: I love everything of aiyyaa :)
PhavanKaur: Watch #Aiyyaa last saturday, Nice to see Rani is back... I like her Marathi look in the movie. The movie was Simple and Funny! Love it :)
ambergupta007: Aiyya 1st of its kind ... Awesome... Erotica at its best.... <3..... Ijjat papad:-P
akshaykadam59: i like the film aiyya
dgk651: Aiyyaa . Yes watchable only for performance of Rani , but it could have been shortened by good @ 30 to 40 minutes.
sagarnautiyal: #aiyya waste of time and waste of money
realmachoman22: Can't believe #aiyya came from the script of #anuragkashyap..!...after an intelligent mafia movie like #gow he has gone from a hero to zero!
NaturesDoodle: if you survived to see Aiyyaa's ending then i salute you for your tolerance level!
Nabeel_Shaban: The award for d most irritating/annoying/ridiculous role n History goes to one Anita Date playing 'Maina' in 'Aiyya' I'm still in shock!
imeawesome: Aiyya is plain torture. Rani's constant sniffing is such a turn off. :@ :@
FeudalThemmady: Watched #Aiyyaa.. Stupid movie!
disgruntledpoet: #Aiyyaa Disastrous!
AnkietChauhan: :'(...'Aiyya' dekh kar rona araha hai. Yeh movie banayi hi kyun hai? :'(
Not Interested in Watching, by nirmal : so what is this, a different spin on the The Dirty Picture?
Not Interested in Watching, by Shilpa : Pathetic movie
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