All Is Well

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When you feel bad for the actors, you don't need to say any more about the film.

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Director: Umesh Shukla
Running time: 125 minutes
Genres: Family, Slapstick
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The father-son banter and the obsession with calls of nature both point a knowing finger towards Piku. It will be an irony of sorts if that comes true. Father's film's trailer was enough to pull you over to the theater and son's film's trailer at best puts you off because it is loud and slapsticky.

While I was looking forward to the next Rishi Kapoor starrer, he too seems to be trying too hard. Abhishek Bachchan's struggle with his films look like it is getting worse by the film. And while Asin and Supriya Pathak barely have any significance in the trailer, the hope is that they do more in the film for the latter can certainly pull a card or two of her own in the acting department.

Despite interesting, catchy lyrics, the music isn't too appealing which isn't the best start for the film, but maybe just maybe the hint of son wanting to walk out of his father's shadow will be delved into deeper.

Music Reviews:
Bollyspice - "3/5"
Bollywood Hungama – "3.5/5"
glamsham – "3.5/5"
Milliblog - "All is not well, but Himesh Reshammiya is."
Music Aloud - "6/10"
Movie Talkies - "3/5"

- meeta, a part of the audience

I am sure I have mentioned my dislike for film marketing gimmicks like item numbers and closing credit songs. The best thing about All Is Well is the closing credit “shanivar” song and Sonakshi Sinha's “farrata” item number. That and sympathy for the actors are the two things I took from the film. Yes, that bad.

My heart weeps for Abhishek Bachchan. Has it come down to this? For now, I have convinced myself that this is the Ajooba and Jaadugar phase of his career, while being cognizant that he hasn't had his Sholay or Janzeer. Because he is a good actor. Even in a badly written film like this he shows great restraint. He might not be the best fit to play a rockstar, yet his fake nonchalance towards his love interest is pretty believable. Anyway, point being, that is the thing I left the film with – feeling bad for Abhishek Bachchan.

Of course, my heart wept for Rishi Kapoor and Supriya Pathak too. But somehow, we've seen them in better films in the last few years. Maybe this one worked out best for Asin – as reminder to the audience that she still exists.

In the form of story, we have a sour parent-child relationship. A full of himself dad and a thankless son make the perfect combination. But, they are too loud and they bicker – All. The. Time. The characters are pretty much insufferable. Not to mention, the movie tries way too hard to be funny and wraps it up with a sermon on importance of family. Doesn't work one bit.

As I mentally go through all the departments of film-making wondering if a comment is worth the readers' time and mine, I come back to the same – two foot-tapping songs and deep sorrow for the actors.

- meeta, a part of the audience

27 reviewers(?) - 1 yays 4 so-so 22 nays

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Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, ALL IS WELL is a family entertainer that will effortlessly charm you and gently carve a place in your heart. It is time to get your extended family together and go for a picnic at a theatre near you.... full review

So-So, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Well the movie might not be as entertaining or enjoyable like director Umesh Shukla's last film 'Oh My God' nor does it have potential to match up to the brilliance of recently released films like 'Piku'. But, despite of having a half baked story line and dragging screenplay the movie has its own merits to cherish. The good music, fine performances, few comical and emotional moments makes this movie a neat and clean family drama for its targeted audience... full review

So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...For audiences that are disposed towards accepting the kind of climactic twists that All Is Well fabricates - the most ridiculous of which is saved for the very last - the film might pass muster as a one-time watch. ... full review

So-So, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...All Is Well lacks the cutting-edge sharpness or glittering depth of Umesh Shukla's OMG. With its old-world feel, it's not a cool cocktail but a teashop bun, dunked in sentimental tea. It could've been way better - but there's some sweetness too in this simple treat.... full review

So-So, by Ritika Handoo, ZEENEWS.COM : ...Go and watch it only for the great actors who are in the film. All can be well, if you read this and then go for the 'masala' potboiler!... full review

Thumbs down, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...Rishi Kapoor redeems himself with some flashes of his usual brilliance while Abhishek Bachchan looks perennially pissed off though in keeping with the character. Asin does nothing of consequence and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub delivers little to write home about... full review

Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Oh My God! isn’t just the name of Shukla’s last film. It’s what you keep exclaiming during these couple of hours.... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...In all, after some terribly unbearable 100 minutes, ALL IS WELL faintly manages to convey a valuable message in its climax reminding everyone to essentially take good care of their ageing parents providing them all the love and warmth in their final decades when they actually need it the most.... full review

Thumbs down, by Moumita Bhattacharjee, Bollywood Life : ...The story is so dull you wish for the interval to come soon in the first half and the end in the second half. Shukla takes us to the late 90s and early 2000 when Punjabis were stereotyped as loud, brash and gaudy. Your ‘well’ness is in your hands. Watch it if you absolutely have to!... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...Perhaps because of the problems while making the film—Smriti Irani dropped out, and many scenes had to be reshot—there are gaps and continuity glitches in the film. Moreover, director Shukla is not sure if he wants to make comedy or a moral fable about family values. There may have been a good idea about dysfunctional families (a Hollywood staple) in there, but the way the film turns out, the viewer can only feel sorry for the actors—particularly Rishi Kapoor—who did not deserve to be Perhaps because of the problems while making the film—Smriti Irani dropped out, and many scenes had to be reshot—there are gaps and continuity glitches in the film. Moreover, director Shukla is not sure if he wants to make comedy or a moral fable about family values. There may have been a good idea about dysfunctional families (a Hollywood staple) in there, but the way the film turns out, the viewer can only feel sorry for the actors—particularly Rishi Kapoor—who did not deserve to be in this mess. this mess. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini : ...A shoddy script with forced humour makes this a boring watch inspite of a strong star cast.... full review

Thumbs down, by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini : ...All is Not Well. lazy joke? well movie bhi kaafi recycled hai.... full review

Thumbs down, by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini : ...Will this be the last nail in Junior B's coffin? Looks like it,... full review

Thumbs down, by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA : ...All Is Well is nothing short of a ride to hell. If you want to stay well, stay away from it. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Not that All Is Well is boring or offensive. It’s just so plain vanilla that for two hours you’re sitting in a chair waiting for something to shake you up. But that edge of the seat moment, just doesn’t arrive. You’re plonked firmly in the center and even Sonakshi Sinha’s gyrations in an item number do nothing to up your spirits. Miss this and you wouldn’t have missed an iota of entertainment.... full review

Thumbs down, by Gayatri Gauri, FirstPost : ...Growing up with parents who are constantly at each other’s throats isn’t easy. A child could deal with this situation by becoming an escapist who distances himself from the parents. But is that a solution? This is the premise — and a thoroughly interesting one — of Shukla’s All is Well. That’s the good part. And it ends there.... full review

Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The script is total nonsense. The writing lacks vigor and the attempts at humor are pretty much decadent.... full review

Thumbs down, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...En fin, it might be best to just watch OMG! again to reinstate your faith in Umesh Shukla, and maybe forgive his indulgence in this one.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Actors compete with each other in bad acting. All Is Well is a rudderless film, to say the least. It’s excruciatingly painful to watch this film. I still can’t believe that Oh My God was helmed by the same director.... full review

Thumbs down, by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today : ...All Is Well uses the tagline 'All Is NOT Well' while breaking for the intermission. That's what is the matter with the entire film. Watch it only if you have nothing better to do.... full review

Thumbs down, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...All Is Well was supposed to be an entertainer with a social message, unfortunately it fails at both. Generation gaps causing problems in relationships also need logic to it and that is where All Is Well completely misses the point.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...It’s sad to see director Umesh Shukla coming out with this, after the delightful OMG – Oh My God! (2012). And as for the writers (Sumit Arora and Niren Bhatt), if they had read up a bit more on Alzheimer’s, they would have perhaps written about this dreaded condition a bit more sensitively.... full review

Thumbs down, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...In conclusion, nothing is really well with All Is Well…... full review

Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...At one point in All Is Well, Bachchan picks up Rishi Kapoor and carries him on his shoulders. This is the big 'moment' of the film, clearly, the Shravan Kumar moment which shows the prodigal son lifting the father. It is, however, a slow-motion mess, which is made further farcical by Rishi Kapoor, while hanging from Bachchan's left shoulder, trying to pat the younger actor's back a few times.... full review

Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...It's perplexing how Umesh Shukla, who made the simple and entertaining OMG Oh My God!, could have come up with this sub-par deal. With comedy that's more likely to make you cry, all is well in the movie's finale, except the viewer's state. Avoid!... full review

Thumbs down, by VISHAL MENON, The Hindu : ...All is Well is the kind of film you want to show to that relative who assumes it’s easy to watch movies for a living.... full review

Thumbs down, Upper Stall : ...A comic caper that fails to evoke a single laughter, even if it is in its own absurdity, is not a very successful one. The film’s journey has way to many pit stops and diversions, and the final destination comes at the cost of a ride that is devoid of even a single memorable moment.... full review

37 tweeters(?) - 11 yays 2 so-so 24 nays

RAMSRAGA: Must watch All is Well.Great movie with noble Msg...

oorajnish: किसी आलोचक के ढाई सितारे मुझे हंसने से नहीं रोक सकते। #All_Is_Well मनोरंजक फिल्म है आप रिस्क ले सकते हैं।यकीनन हंसते हुये घर लौटेंगे।

Nafees_Ansari_: Alteast gotta see a good story after a long time!! All Is Well!!

moxisahilawyer: Watched nice movie All is Well

khalidrafiq141: All Is Well review: Rishi Kapoor hams, Abhishek Bachchan 'acts' and everything's boring http://t.co/MFacvUwkzz

JashanTV: Umesh Shukla has passed the litmus test with his second outing, All Is Well. It is a full on family entertainer... http://lagareh.com/all-is-well/

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BMXCorporation: All Is Well Trite yet entertaining

ashisharpita: All Is Well a 100% family entertainment movie, Abhi nic job..

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aishdiaheartfan: All Is Well amazing movie loved it

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srivastavkush1: Whatched all is well yesterday and was awesome movie Rlly nimmi nd inder make a Gud couple http://twitter.com/srivastavkush1/status/635086699001843712/photo/1

_smoon: Just woke up to find that #MUFC is shit. All is well, back to bed.

zimmyzim: All is well ☺️

Veer_Rock1992: डिजास्टर है 'All Is Well', TV पर आने का करें इंतजार movie review by #bhaskarnews @juniorbachchan Bhai app kya kahenge dosto ne kaha achi hai

swatirgurjar1: Film maker movie public ke liye banate he or public ko hi banate bhi he Like : all is well

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Rohkyv: Happy to know that All Is Well is a flop movie. Starcast Abhishek Bachchan, Asin, Rishi Kapoor etc. doesn't mean it will be a good script.

RK_HUNTERR: Abhishek is a gentleman . He should avoid doing films like All is well .

Prtk_Live: BY THE WAY, don't get a conclusion by my Tweets on ALL is Well that it's a Bad movie..it's quite an entertaining movie @actorzee rocks!!

Piyushgriffin: Please dont watch all is well, 3 hour like whole dayy

NadeemMd: Could not help writing this but one of the bad movies all is well

MovieKeeda: After giving a thought provoking hit like Oh My God, Umesh Shukla comes up with a mediocre comedy “All Is Well”.... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=933368333373315

kaunsimovie: All is not well with "All is Well" ⭐⭐ read complete review on #kaunsimovie.com

HRITHIKSAINI1: Sir you're film All is Well is a very boring and time West film, why are you act for this film @juniorbachchan @chintskap

GuttuG: All is well dekhi kal. Kya bakwass film hai yaar. Bahut dino baad aisi ghatiya filma dekhi 3/10

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dibyaalok_tweet: #All_is_well Painful 2 hours. A super super super boring movie to watch out.

dhakalmira: All is well. All is not well.. #Saturday #movie.

Dev_105: Today saw ALL IS WELL but it is not so WELL...

Devilmani15: Watched all is well movie is d worst movie of this decade.

ChitariSagar: All is well is fail half star

bollyfusion: All Is Well review: This Abhishek Bachchan starrer will put you to sleep http://t.co/MKsTMfAWvl

BATOLEBAZI: महानायक पुत्र की एक फिल्म आयी है All Is Well जरूर देखिये लगेगा All Is Hell

AshveerSingh06: With All Is Well Abhishek Bachchan proves that the apple did fall far away from the tree. Talent is NOT hereditary. In need of therapy now!

anirudhbb: "All Is Well" is without doubt the worst movie so far in 2015. Why is even Abhishek Bacchan in the movies still. He makes it worst. #fb

1 readers - 0 yays 0 so-so 1 nays

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Not Interested in Watching, by Anup : Bad Luck Continues

Not Interested in Watching, by Kaustubh Bhonge

Not Interested in Watching, by TimELiebe : Sounds like a stinker.

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Fan

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  • Violence: None
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None
  • Concept: A sour father-son relationship
  • General Look and Feel: Mediocre

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Comments (13)

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Fan

Abhishek has been plainly unlucky in the film selections. Unfortunately for him each film that he selects gets a terrible treatment in the production phase which results in a terrible treatment at the box office. I wish him luck as he is capable of carrying a film on his shoulders provided he gets good scripts filmed by good directors.

Rishi Kapoor's behavior is getting unbearable on screen and off screen. He confuses loudness with acting. Of recent years the only subdued or measured acts that he gave was in Agneepath and Aurangzeb. Rest all is of pure hamming level.

Asin: well her 100% record in hindi films will now drop to 75% record. And going by all accounts, it will remain at 75% as this is probably her last film ever.

Kaustubh Bhonge

@meetu I feel for you that you had to watch it, for writing a review, even after indirect warnings in trailer :D

Yes, I realize having Amitabh Bachchan as a father is a really high bar for an actor to clear - but, aside from thinking he

I'm trying to remember if I've ever seen a film where I've thought Junior was even in the same acting ballpark as his Dad - and, aside from thinking he wasn't bad in Game back in 2011, I can't say I have.

Let Me Try This Again (my laptop rebooted in mid-post!):

Yes, I realize having Amitabh Bachchan as a father is a really high bar for an actor to clear - but, aside from thinking he did a pretty decent job in Game back in 2011, I can't say I think Abhishek's even in the same acting ballpark as his Dad.

He's okay at playing sullen loners, and can occasionally manage a likable bit of self-kidding, but he lacks both the range and natural authority Big B had even when he was a young actor. (I recently watched the original Zanjeer and, while it's dated in a lot of ways? It's easy to see why it made Amitabh Bachchan a major star....)

Maybe Little B should consider following his sometimes co-star Uday Chopra behind the cameras, and seeing if he'd be a better director and producer than "Hero".

ANuP

Guess Whats coming next from Abhishek Bachan.
Hera Pheri 3 not directed by Priyadarshan and Housefull 3 not even directed by Sajid Khan rather been directed by even worst director duo Sajid Farad (yes from Its Entertainment fame).
And guess what he didnt get ? Dostana 2.
Which was actually a nice movie just because of Abhishek Bachan and he has been dropped from the sequal project.. I guess we are not gonna see any decent movie of junior B atleast in near future.
And this one is definitely a flop.
Good for Drishyam and Brothers to collect some more money..

Anuj

@Anup : Brothers has sunk at the box office and is a goner. Its a huge flop with lifetime collections that will be at par with Baby despite costing 1.5 times its amount. Baby & Gabbar were appreciated movies which did not get enough of an audience at the theaters due to Akshay's high headedness and reluctance to promote his own films. Brothers on the other hand is a purely boring and bad film which does not deserve an audience at all.

Anuj

Abhishek has neither the skill nor the ability to carry a film on his shoulders. Neither is he an out and out commercial actor like a Hrithik Roshan or an Akshay Kumar who can deliver entertainment potboilers and nor is he in the Irfan Khan/Nawauddin range. He's just a confused child of a yesteryear megastar whose tried his hand at mainstream as well as parallel cinema but has failed miserably at both.

I don't know. I feel he has a style of his own that can be capitalised. But have to keep shut till I see it :D

Fan

When the thugs behave less like goons and more like buffoons you know that you are watching a film where you have to hide your thinking cap and don your logicless hindi film cap.

I have no issues with that. Have watched baby's day out with similarly stupid goons. Only hiccup is that this brainless caper also happens to be a story less caper. Which is a pity as the message of family being important got lost in the medium that the director chose to convey the message. A feel good moment does happen albeit very late in the film, which highlights the fact that the director is capable of delivering.

Felt bad for Abhishekh. I found him alright in the film. The discovery of the film of course being M Z Ayyub as the bumbling Chima. I had never realised that he had such fantastic comic timing. I hope that he gets further comic roles doing justice to his talent.

@Meeta - I think Little B might?

But really, I think he needs to move to another country where he's not Son of Film Royalty and do a couple movies, to see if that doesn't challenge him creatively.

@Fan yeah, I didn't mind Chima either :D

@TimELiebe hmmm...I wonder if that would make a difference. If script choice is a problem because of which not good scripts are offered to him it is a not-so-nice little circle.

@Meeta - past a certain point if you're a major star (in any country), I'd think "script choice" is as much the actor's (or his management's) fault as the producers'.

As @ANuP pointed out, he didn't get Dostana 2 - the sequel to the superhit he was one of the three stars of! Unless he's got a reputation for being as impossible to work with as Katherine Heigl has over here (maybe exaggerated because she's female, a bit), I have to assume it was Little B's choice to walk away from that - and to accept Housefull 3 (!), Hera Pheri 3 (!!!), and this Triumph of Modern Cinema instead. Why would he do that, anyway...?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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