wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
Another outstanding performance by both Rani Mukherjee and Konkona Sen Sharma. But, that's no surprise. And unfortunately, that's not enough either, to mask the ill-defined characters and their unexplained motivations. This is further marred by lousy and lengthy dialogues. The lyrics are good and the music is refreshing, but you don't to watch the movie for that.Read more
So, it is a Yash Raj movie. You have learnt to forgive them for the extra tinge of orange and the sharp sounds, the mandatory songs and the unnecessary melodrama. But, if throughout the movie, the one question that nags you is, "Could a real person, seriously react this way to this situation?" then what exactly are you expected to enjoy?
We are talking of a movie that claims to be about the 'journey of a woman'. I refuse to believe that it was supposed to be in the leave-your-brain-home-and-don't-ask-too-many-questions genre. What could have been a celebration of the spirit of a woman, turns into another story of a woman finding ultimate happiness only in meeting an ideal man. It is uncanny how a salute to womanhood ends in men being the goal of their lives. Not to mention that men are shown as a breed who crave sex. So desperate are they that they pay huge sums to have sex with the most remorseful, uninterested women.
Let alone the societal issues, the treatment given to the story was also half-hearted. The details were missing. Elements that needed build-up happened suddenly. The outcome of things that were built-up over the movie was resolved within 30 seconds of screen time.
The only redeeming factors were the performances by the two leading ladies - Rani Mukherjee and Konkona Sen Sharma. We have seen both these women do a wide variety of roles, and these particular ones don't stand out from within the standards they have set for themselves. But, that they managed to jerk tears without adequate support from the script or the dialogues is praiseworthy.
The dialogues, especially towards the end were so clichéd that it was outright ridiculous. There was this one pause that Abhishek Bachchan takes mid-sentence. You could sense a huge portion of the audience admire their dialogue-predicting capabilities, when he finishes his line. The dialogues were excessive in a couple scenes given to Konkana. I think, left to her own devices, Konkana could have expressed much more with her silences.
On the other hand, I was bowled over by the lyrics of the songs. Especially, "nistabdh khadi hu mein" and "Kachi kaliyaa". The music was refreshing because it was different. Now, whether or not the songs deserved time of their own on the screen is a different question altogether.
The camerawork was average. No in-the-face camera or annoying movements except for a few scenes here and there. In fact, there were a couple of very well-done scenes depicting the emotional state of the character. Unfortunately, they did not go with the rest of the film because the technique did not continue in the rest of the movie.
What amused me was the huge compliment the cameraperson paid to Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee in the song that was supposedly shot in Switzerland. Just imagine, they had all the scenic beauty in the world to capture and they focused mainly on close to mid-shots of the two-some. Or did they do that to avoid being criticized of favoring the Alps too much? Or could it be because it was not Switzerland at all? The rainbow shot towards the end of the song looked like use of blue screen. If it wasn't, then that's a bigger shame, isn't it? Imagine all that money spent and the effect is that of a blue screen.
Better defined characters and even better defined motivations would have taken this overall interesting plot a long way. But, alas, that is a lot to ask for.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...If you have got a taste for extended soap operas, you would find Pradeep Sarkar’s movie eminently watchable.If you have got a taste for extended soap operas, you would find Pradeep Sarkar’s movie eminently watchable.... full review
So-So, by Rachel Fernandes, Bollywood Mantra : ...However Pradeep Sarkar’s execution lends a bit of a saving grace to the film, as he manages to capture the finer nuances of Benares extremely efficiently.... full review
So-So, by Hetal Adesara, Business of Cinema : ...since the subject of the film is centered on women, the film had immense scope for drama and emotions, which was not dwelt upon or utilized well.... full review
So-So, by Ashok Nayak, Now Running.com : ...Sarkar has managed to put across the transformations in Badki's character in a convincing and touching way that at times we tend to care deeply for her... full review
Thumbs down, by Abhishek Bandekar, DearCinema : ...Where it falters then, and massively so, is in the department of…I apologize for putting this as civilly as crudeness allows…‘balls’. The film just doesn’t have any.... full review
Thumbs down, by Martin D'souza, Glamsham.com : ...Director Pradeep Sarkar begins with a bang, introducing every character with a touch of flourish, and then throws away the advantage to hop on to mediocrity.... full review
Thumbs down, by Praveen Lance Fernandes, indiatimes : ... There are so many loose ends in the screenplay and with some of the liberties taken you feel like you are moving back into the 70s... full review
Thumbs down, by Sreeram Ramachandran, M TV : ...One wonders why the makers actually chose to shoot these - they could easily have used stock footage from various other films from the past... full review
Thumbs down, by Jahan Bakshi, Passion for Cinema : ...This is a film that simply can’t afford to not look glossy, so much so that the phone booth that Rani uses in the film looks like it has been uprooted from London and miraculously been transplanted here in aamchi Mumbai.... full review
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Seenu Subbu : I think its pretty decent, though the plot does take turns in 30 seconds or minutes as somebody said
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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.
The Sahay family is in a precarious financial condition. The older daughter, Badki (Rani Mukherjee) of the family, decides to do what it takes to make ends meet.