wogma rating: Add to “To Watch” list, watch some day (?)
This is no Dabangg because it has a plot that the makers try to stick to. Or is it just me being wishful? And it might sound like it, but this is a positive review coming from this forum.Read more
Salman Khan. Anees Bazmee. Together. Is this payback for my misdeeds from previous lives?
Or wait, maybe it is all for the best, after all. Two possibly awful films merge into one! Obviously, I'm the one who couldn't laugh at (let alone with) Dabangg or Welcome/No Entry. There are only so many times you can get excited about watching the same thing over and over again. Especially, when you know you don’t like that kind of stuff. Nothing new at all!
I wish I could really at least understand, if not enjoy, the Salman-mania. What's it the dance, the action? I just can't make myself call moving your trousers and collar dance. Wasn't there a time when Salman Khan actually danced? I remember him being good at it too. There's nothing novel to look forward to in terms of action, either. At least not from what the trailer gives us.
I've heard people swear by his "dialogue delivery". I just don't get it. The 2-minute promo above doesn't offer much in terms of that either. I guess, so far all the delivery has depended on some stoned-out writers. From what it looks like, Ready's writers seem to be way too sober, look at them try so hard to be "coo".
And I can barely make myself excited about seeing Asin. I don't see how her character will be anything more than someone who needs to be saved by Salman Khan from bad, bad people. Yeah, my confidence in the script is transparent. There must be some factor somewhere that'll make me go to the film with a clean slate. Just hope for cinema, maybe. Just can't see it right now.
To top it off, I'm not too much for the street-side type music that the Ready soundtrack is all about. Here are, I guess, worthier music reviews:
milliblog - "Character dheela is the only Pritam track that manages to sustain interest... Composer Devi Sri Prasad clearly owns this soundtrack with his single, tried and tested material!"
Dunkdaft - "Since last few movies, he is on roll with some bindaas moves in his own style. One can name the song just by seeing the steps."
music aloud - "6/10"
Apun Ka Choice - "2.5/5"
Bollyspice - "3/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "4/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
I am in a state of shock. Ready actually has a sort-a, kind-a coherent story. Well of course, I'm using the word coherent loosely. And story. And what-the-hell, "sort-a, kind-a" too. What I'm trying to get at is, Ready has focus. Or more focus than the director's last outing and the actor's last outing. Put together, of course. I'm not joking or being sarcastic when I say, I found some of the one-liners and movie references in Readyquite witty. I talk defensively because of my general contempt for "mindless entertainers".
So, you have your standard "boy hates girl and yet wants to save her from the big, bad world" routine. Boy is Prem (surprise!) who can get away with anything and is played by your standard Salman Khan doing a "I can get away with anything, take that, you reviewers!" I actually saw one one-liner in which I smiled and thought, "wow! Comic timing and all, huh?"
Okay so the first half isn't all that great or anything.
2nd half zillion times better.
And I thought post interval, the film became more of the same from Anees Bazmee's world (along with its distasteful sproduction values). Till then, stuff was in the believable range. Like, you could see why Prem liked Sanjana and vice versa. Such logic is totally unheard of in this genre.
Also, what makes Ready a shade different from other Salman films is that the other characters in the film had something to do. They are a tad more than props that work towards establishing how cool Salman is. For example, Mohan Joshi has a few amusing quips. Though the mockery that Paresh Rawal makes of himself is pretty much the same. Asin looks barely presentable. What went wrong, make-up dada?
Another thing that happened here is that there was an attempt at passing on a social message. The irony of the social message was beyond hilarious. A husband realizes he's oppressing his wife, so he gives the woman "permission" to eat before him!?!
But, you know as well as I do, no amount of "different" within the confines of what Anees Bazmee can make is enough to make a film that I can whole-heartedly recommend. And, you know as well as I do, a Salman Khan fan cares two hoots for what I recommend or not. Go along and watch the next "creative" way in which his shirt comes off!
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...It packs one gimmick after another. Also, the dialogues are totally mass appealing; they are simply mazedaar -- humorous and impactful, both at the same time. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Ankur Pathak, Desi Martini : ...I recommend this picture for the man who doesn't hide behind an autistic mask to gain sympathy or play an over-insolent collegian to inspire. He is himself, and he sets the turnstiles on fire when he is what he is. ... full review
So-So, by P S Arjun, The Cine Segye : ...Post interval viewers might wish for an early climax, but in drags as much as possible that too with many ‘so called’ comedy sequences were hardly anybody laughs.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...There are loony dons. There's joint family. There's wedding. It shouldn't take you long to figure the film's been directed by Anees Bazmee ... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...I had some hopes that Asin would liven up the proceedings, like she did in `Ghajini’. But here she comes off like a cut-rate Sridevi, with the same kind of squeaky delivery, but without the sparkle or the spunk.... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...Mahesh Manjrekar [ Images ], Manoj Joshi, Sharat Saxena do what they can, but this film -- where the comedic highpoint is the fact that two morons are named after Salman flops, Veer and Yuuvraaj -- doesn't give anyone, especially the talented and creatively abused Paresh Rawal [ Images ], any wiggle room.... full review
Thumbs down, by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall : ...Oh forget it, this review is officially over. Much like our patience with these nonsensical comedies that only reinforce the stereotypical notion of Indian cinema being nothing brainless song-and-dance musical extravaganzas to be watched instead of the local circus acts.... full review
Thumbs down, by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India : ...After several songs, excessive hamming and dialogues like "Iska koi resort nahin. Isse acha hain ki aap resort book karlo"and "In that case, mere paas aaja mere suitcase"... full review
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Kaaliya
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Rahul : Would have rated it so-so, but a Thumbs Up for Asin.
So-So, by guddu : liked it
So-So, by Nitin Sharma : Get ready to laugh a little with one man army action-comedy
So-So, by sell diamonds nj,
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Boy (Salman Khan), Prem wants to save his girl (Asin Thottumkal), Pooja from evil.