wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
Sarcastic spewing on the state of the nation, comic timing and peppy item numbers by the reigning "stars" provide a few select moments of entertainment. Other than that, vanilla slapstick is what it is.Read more
NOT A REVIEW - just my take on pre-release takes of others...
The four characters of Krazzy 4 are described as "Crazy for anger", "Crazy for cleanliness", "Crazy for freedom" and at this point they lost interest in looking for things that a person could be crazy "for", so they came up with the brilliant..."Simply crazy". Now before I am labeled as "Crazy for English" or much worse "Crazy for Sanity in Indian cinema", let's move on to what other people think.
Speaking of crazy people becoming a source of entertainment to the non-crazy population, A mother in India is offended by the trivialized portrayal of a cruel and devastating illness. In her blog, she talks about her experiences and challenges in getting help for her daughter who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
'Krazzy-4' is produced by a Bollywood Czar. One of the 'Krazzy-4' characters is titled ‘Schizophrenic' Gangadhar. Apparently ‘Schizophrenic' Gangadhar has wonderful hallucinations with Gandhi, Nehru and all the icons of Indian History. I wonder if Gangadhar had been suffering from Cancer would the makers of the film have the gall to brand him as ‘Cancerous Gangadhar’ and the movie titled ‘Malignant 4’?
Sensitivity has never been our strong point, especially in the slapstick genre. Whether it be mental illnesses or using homosexuality as a subject of rude and crude humor. Being closely associated with 2-3 people suffering from schizophrenia, I completely empathize with "A mother in India". These people are already heavily marginalized and are extremely low on confidence, do they really need us to laugh at them?
So, let's see what the Bollywood Czar has to say about his latest production.
The idea of the story came to me almost 8 to 10 years ago...after observing Jaideep Sen closely whilst making Koi...mil gaya and Krrish, I wanted to give him a break as an independent director and decided that he had the right sensibility and would not go over the top directing Krazzy 4...
My major concern was that none of the characters end up as caricatures, especially since the film totally revolved around these four.
In keeping with the Filmkraft ethos, Krazzy 4, too is not your usual run-of-the-mill film.
I promise to reserve judgement till after I have seen the movie. Maybe we will be pleasantly surprised and we will be laughing with the Krazzy 4 and not at them.
- meeta, a part of the audience
|Subtle unexpected satire||✔|
|Makes you laugh||✔ ✔ ✔ ✔||that's for the 4 jokes|
|Comic timing||✔ ✔ ✔ ✔||not the actor's fault that there were only 4 funny lines!|
|3 peppy item numbers||✔ ✔ ✔||for accepting that none of the cast members have the x-factor. By the way why weren't there 4 item numbers?|
|1 song with adorable lyrics||✔||the "ik rupaiya" song|
BUT and a big BUT (just incase you didn’t notice)
|Loud||(✔ ✔ ✔) x 30||for 90 minutes of being above acceptable decibel level|
|run-of-the-mill slapstick||✔ x ∞||Can't really quantify the torture endured due to toilet jokes, can I?|
|Come on guys, just because Munnabhai worked, doesn't mean this will work too.|
|Repetitive dialogues||✔||Looks like Ashwani Dhir had a hangover. Some of the dialogues could have easily been from U Me aur Hum|
|Sermons||✔ ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔||Actually, there is only 1 but it felt like 3 sermons and 2 extra ✔ for how crappy that 1 was|
|Random bottom-up camera angles.
Camera doing the dancing instead of Rakhee Sawant
|✔ ✔ ✔||Yep, that's a negative!|
|Topical research||Uhh...what's that, again?|
|Cinematic liberties||Oh sorry, so many checkmarks will overload our server.|
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com : ...The major problem with Krazzy 4 is the script. The first half is enjoyable, but it's the second half that disappoints. The climax isn't convincing either.... full review
Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Performance wise, none stand out; the poor script does not allow them to. So the only interest remains the ‘Special dances’ of Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan.... full review
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It's Krazzy-4's day out from the mental asylum they are being treated at. They find out that it's a mad mad world out there.
Guys, 10 minutes into the movie, I gave up on taking notes on this one. When a movie starts with naming mental diseases that were supposed to make people laugh, what more can you say?