wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
Lage Raho Munnabhai (LRM) meets Jab We Met but without the charm or humor of either. Vidya Balan blends Janvi of LRM with Suman of Munnabhai MBBS. Shahid Kapoor plays chocolate hero, again! Aziz Mirza is still in I'm directing Shah Rukh Khan mode.Read more
All your films carry the underlying message of hope and the ultimate triumph of the underdog.
It's very likely that this description of Aziz Mirza's film is going to be true for Kismat Konnection. Does that mean I can let my hopes rise by
...you will seek to explore new cinematic boundaries.
I am really intrigued to see how new cinematic boundaries are going to be explored in the 'romantic' genre.
The person making these forecasts is Juhi Chawla. Now, Juhi in a non-mom/non care-giver role is certainly something to look forward to - that is assuming they don’t make her go all slapsticky.
All this fortune telling business also seems to have culminated into changing the spelling of "connection" to "konnection" and now I'm going to have to kontrol myself from going over-board with all the k-joces...kome on guys, 'c' has feelings too. oops, should stop now, maybe they did that just to bring to us the beauty of alliteration.
I'm sure a lot is being said about how Vidya Balan looks older than the ever-choo-chweet Shahid Kapoor. I think it’s a win-win situation. If she does look alright opposite Shahid Kapoor, the screen will look great. If not, older looking women who like being seen with younger looking men (or vice versa) can rejoice because a precedent is set. No?
- meeta, a part of the audience
Staring at the computer. Checking the thesaurus. Wrecking my brain. Checking thesaurus again. There is really no other word for "predictable" that wholesomely describes Kismat Konnection's story, dialogues, character transformations, etc, etc, etc. The title clearly says that it's all konnected by kismat. So, no points for asking why it is set in Canada (or should that be Kanada?)
Which also means that you are demented if you complain about all the happy coincidences when boy meets girl, loses her, wins her back or maybe not. But looks like, asking for 'unique' coincidences is asking for too much. Movies like these have been our staple diet when we were growing up, dear movie makers! It's high time you begin respecting that and show us something more. And just zip up on the tacky symbolic lights-out-luck-down, lights-on-fate-bright bit! It truly makes my eyes hurt from rolling.
And the dialogues have the same effect, when my brain involuntarily says out the words two seconds before the characters do. Before, I can control it from doing so. Hell, let alone the dialogues, the lyrics of the songs are just prose set to tunes, and have no poetry. And, the music didn't work for me in the promos and didn't work for me while watching the movie.
Well, it's not like this one doesn't have its moments. Juhi Chawla and the lines given to her had me in splits for the 7 minutes she was on screen. Then there's this one scene where Vidya Balan's character, Priya describes her idea of an ideal match, which culminates into a lovely romantic moment. But those are about the 9 minutes that I enjoyed in the movie.
The other romantic moments are either as if no one in the movie's team has been romantic after the 80s (stuffed toys as gifts, p-l-e-a-s-e!). Or real romance is so cheesy that it's better to portray this dream world where a squeaky toy can make a heart-broken girl smile than think of genuine romantic situations.
Vidya Balan is one actor who can convey sensuousness through her facial expressions and doesn't really need a 'hot' body to convey that. Which means you need no leather pants in your wardrobe, lady! She looks great though, or at least much better than I thought she would after Heyy Babyy. Thanks to the camera decisions of mostly focusing on her upper body and more so the charming face. And that's the end of intelligent or smart camerawork decisions. Because, the lighting had this uncanny way of making the streets of Canada look like they were studio sets. Or were they actually sets?
And it's obvious that director Aziz Mirza has gotten so used to directing Shah Rukh Khan that almost through half the movie, I had to remind myself that it's Shahid Kapoor I'm watching. And it completely doesn't work when he tried to pull an Amitabh Bachchan from Namakhalal by spouting fast monologues on a sport.
But then, there's this thing that Shahid's eyes do that make you wish he gets the girl even if it's the most expected thing to happen story-wise. Yet the puppy eyes fail to convince me that he's this struggling architect who magically owns a largish house in Canada, a convertible, a large screen TV and yet is broke.
So, you're not allowed to forget that the operative word in the title is "Kismat" - luck, fortune, destiny, whatever you would like to call it as the opening, boring voiceover monologue by Shah Rukh Khan reminds you. klearly kommon kismat konnection is more like it.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...makes you feel you’re under a ten-ton block of concrete, trapped in a joyless world where boring things keep happening to boring people... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Setting up the element of chance that runs through the film, we’re told at the beginning, “Life is like a game of cards.” Yeah, and sometimes, the audiences end up jokers.... full review
Thumbs down, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ...Just when you start liking the breezy premise, the director decides to add (rotten) meat to the story by adding a hackneyed love triangle to stretch the screenplay by a few more clichéd scenes... full review
Thumbs down, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...But what's even more depressing is the complete paucity of a sensible plot, the plodding narration and the thanda connection between Shahid and Vidya.... full review
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Not Interested in Watching, by Helena
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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
Boy (Shahid Kapoor) meets Girl (Vidya Balan). Girl is lucky for boy's career. Boy wants to keep girl. So he lies. Girl finds out...yada, yada, yada.
Nothing really, other than the few things pointed out in the main review