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quick review:

No ishtyle, No chaaram, no kewl action, no ROFL jhokes (1.5 LOLs, tho). Fitting it into a stereotype - a very 90-ish film!

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Running time: 150 minutes
Genres: Action, Comedy
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NOT A REVIEW - Getting the pre-conceived notions out of the system to give Tashan a fair view -

You know Tashan is clearly targeting that part of the audience that likes style-laden movies and have that rough-and-tough western-ish charm about them. The cool guys who are cool enough to pronounce style as "ishtyle" and Formula as "pharmoola" (We should thank their limited vocabulary since they couldn’t find words that could be misspelt to replace "Goodluck", "Gang", and "Fans"). None of this can take away from the fact that the dudes and dude-ette look super-suave in the promos. Until they open their mouths, that is. Saif Ali Khan's lines are lame and Anil Kapoor's style of delivering his is extremely annoying.

And as if to confirm that the target is the 18-25 age group, the landing page of the official site has three out of the six links taking you to facebook, orkut, and youtube communities of the movie. Or at least we know what faction of web users they are targeting. So, I guess, it only falls in line to have skimpily-clad Kareena Kapoor middle of frame dancing her oomph out in "challiya". I surely hope Ms. Kapoor has more to do than just that in Tashan. Especially after having a movie that completely revolved around her character in Jab We Met. Both the quantity and quality of her character description on the site don’t look too promising.

The character descriptions too sound like they are trying too hard to address a specific target audience. As in, I cannot imagine my parents wanting to watch the movie after having seen the site. Not to mention that they are making an extra effort to make you laugh, but right now I have a smirk on face when I read,

"QUALIFICATIONS: MMS from KingKong University, JKL in Botany from BingBong University, BBMS from Kaun Sa Desh, Currently getting made English Honours marksheet, also Three more degrees made in progress"

in the resume style character description of Anil Kapoor's character. Though I must say that Akshay Kumar's character name 'Bachchan Pande' made me laugh out loud.

The name Vijay Krishna Acharya brings back memories - shudders, et al - of Aishwarya Rai having the word "like" form 25% of her dialogue in Dhoom 2. On the other hand the same man is credited for dialogues in Guru and Pyaar Ke Side Effects, which I remember enjoying. Yet, none of this has anything to do with the kind of director he is.

There, so I have it out of my system. Now, let's go in there with a clean slate.

- meeta, a part of the audience

I thought a film marketed with a rugged look would be an action flick. But, surprise-surprise Tashan is an out-and-out comedy. The action makes you laugh, the romance makes you laugh louder, and it is so funny that the characters make you laugh even when they are seething with anger. And the beauty is I haven't been able to figure out whether any of this was intentional!

Speaking of beauty, after a long time have I seen India shot so beautifully. Kerala, Rajasthan, (Ladakh?) were all saturated with color, alright. Nevertheless the way the intrinsic beauty of these places was shot made me want to find out exactly where those places were and when I could go there.

But alas! Come action sequences, and the camera blows its horn too hard. It doesn't allow the audience to register the seemingly interesting stunts. Similarly, there were glimpses of interesting editing decisions. Like when a character says 'BITCH' with a long 'i' and the scene cuts to a long shot of a beach or when "kabhi kabhi" is playing and a car falls down a cliff when the song reaches "tujhe zameen par bulaya gaya" (you have been called to the earth) part. That the car flying in the air was very shoddily animated is a different story altogether.

However, what really surprised me is that the four main characters in the film had actually different traits which were more-or-less consistently adhered to. What's more, each one had a story arc too!? - Very atypical of a Hindi movie in this genre. An underworld don, a wannabe don with super-powers, a supposed simpleton, and a lady with a mission - all with brain and brawn. (yes the girl too! YAY!!) Sounds like a decent enough premise. But something grossly went wrong in the execution. And I could complain about artistic liberties taken, if only there was any art in sight.

A big fat finger can be pointed at the dialogues. My fears came true, as in the word "the" was overused. I think the writer was pretty sure people are going to go off to sleep. Which is why the name of the movie is repeated every half hour - to orient the people who have just woken up! Also, Hindi-fying of English was done in such abundance that I was soon immune to it. So, while it didn't bother me, it didn't make me laugh either. Sure, there were obvious tributes to Deewar, Sholay, and Jaane Bhi do Yaaro. Would have been good if they were done well, though.

What is amazing is that despite really lousy dialogues, each one of the four actors has given a good performance. Having the right expressions (exaggerated as they might be) to rise above the bad lines must be applauded in any case. Certainly, the roles must have looked interesting at script stage for established actors like them to give Tashan space in their portfolio. Of course, Kareena overshadowed the male trio put together in the "looks" department. By the way, am I the only one here to sense that Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan are too old and too mature in this industry to flout their 'sexiness' in such an inelegant, uncouth way?

The songs functioned like the snooze button for me. I felt like muting it off when a song started and suffered the familiar rude shock five minutes later when it ended giving charge to the louder background music. So loud that it overshadowed dialogue at many points. The lyrics, the choreography and of course the music, all seemed too generic and random. Actually a level below generic. We can see Kareena not only sporting the golden "Aishwarya look" from Dhoom 2 but she also has a few of Aishwarya's dance moves! And why was Saif Ali Khan made to look like he couldn't dance to save his life?

Despite the things done right, while leaving the theater I was praying that Vijay Acharya hadn't over-dosed me with whatever anesthetic it was he was using. The numbness I felt in the brain region was really scary. Anyway, all's good, I'm out of it and hoping to keep you away from it

- meeta, a part of the audience

36 reviewers(?) - 5 yays 8 so-so 23 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

Thumbs up, by Sanjay Ram, Business of Cinema : ...Though it's a wee bit twisted, it is cleverly scripted... full review

Thumbs up, by Yasser Usmaan, DearCinema : ...The screenplay, specially of the first half is very taut and interesting though he falters in the second half but his dialogues compensates for that... full review

Thumbs up, Filmiholic : ...This being a YashRaj film, the visuals are, overall, terrific.... full review

Thumbs up, by Harshita Kohli, indya.com : ...For those who loved Yash Raj's earlier action flick Dhoom, Tashan goes a step higher. The fight sequences and Akshay Kumar especially is brilliant.... full review

Thumbs up, by Sunil Chaudhary, MovieWalah : ...It's very MTV, Hollywood like and yet not cheesy.... full review

So-So, by Subhash K Jha, All Bollywood : ...If the bizarre brew of the cunning and the cool holds together it's mainly because of Akshay and Kareena, who create a kaleidoscopic chemistry of crime and no punishment.... full review

So-So, Movie Talkies : ...nothing more than a stylized revenge drama, with a little bit of romance, long-lost lovers and a funny villain thrown in... full review

So-So, by Jahan Bakshi, Now Running.com : ...But even if the film is a let-down in terms of writing, which is mostly clumsy and inconsistent, lacking any real wit or inventiveness, the cast does manage to keep things somewhat upbeat... full review

So-So, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...Tashan moodily swings from the dark alleys of Bhaiyya's savaging and often double-meaning humour to crass exchanges between Bachchan and Pooja to characteristically 'Saif' moments every time he candidly talks to the camera.... full review

So-So, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...Anil Kapoor, dipped into the most outrageous wardrobe conceivable, topped off with red-dyed hair and a thick UP accent struggling with English, just shows the actor is game for anything - and still cool enough to carry it off.... full review

So-So, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ... this roulette of deceit and upmanship lacks sophistication.... full review

So-So, by Neha Viswanathan, Within / Without : ...I actually enjoyed parts of it.... full review

Thumbs down, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...Three reasons why ‘Tashan’ overcomes your urge to walk out of the theatre – 1) Akshay Kumar. 2) Funny dialogues. 3) Vishal Shekhar’s music.... full review

Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...a masala movie is, by definition, pitched over the top, so let’s pitch this way over over-the-top, and instead of shaping our ‘story’ through a masala narrative, let the masala – the songs, the fights, the dialogue, the humour, the style – be the narrative.... full review

Thumbs down, by Razeen Shameem, Bolly Spice : ...The story is simple and basic, just as it was expected to be. But what was not expected to be was how badly things play out.... full review

Thumbs down, by Daliya Daspurkayastha, Bollywood Mantra : ...The makers itself do not know what message they are conveying and to whom. The stars are just wasted.... full review

Thumbs down, by Abhishek Mande, Buzz18 : ...Most sorely missed in Tashan is the chemistry between Akshay and Saif.... full review

Thumbs down, by Angel Rani, Deccan Herald : ...Kareena puts all swimsuit rumours to rest and emerges in a two-piece with a how-do-I-look pose. Hot, but a bit anorexic.... full review

Thumbs down, by Aniruddha Guha, DNA : ...as Tashan unfolds, you realise the makers probably expected every viewer to have the IQ of an imbecile and fathom every hard-to-digest explanation the film offers.... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'souza, Glamsham.com : ...I simply say these is ekdum boredom, phillum. T... full review

Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times : ...Yours truly rushed to the closest clinic to seek medical attention for depression, brain compression and entertainment regression.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Tashan is what you'd describe as a road movie, but one that's going in all the wrong directions.... full review

Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM : ...Instead of coming to the point right away, what the writer does is makes you run in circles and circles.... full review

Thumbs down, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ... Vaibhavi Merchant’s choreography lacks innovation.... full review

Thumbs down, Indicine : ...Although the action sequences are interesting at times, why make it so unrealistic?... full review

Thumbs down, by Sreeram Ramachandran, M TV : ...A waste of all the ingredients needed to make a good, entertaining masala pot-boiler that were present.... full review

Thumbs down, by Amit R Agarwal, merinews : ......These few questions form the narrative of the story. The biggest question, however, is: Is the audience interested?... full review

Thumbs down, musicNmovies.info : ...DONT waste at least your money in theater like I did.... full review

Thumbs down, by Anupama Chopra, NDTV : ...Tashan is a mind-numbing road trip filled with un-engaging characters.... full review

Thumbs down, by Vivek Kumar, Passion for Cinema : ...When a good script is missing and it has holes, then nothing…and I mean nothing…can redeem it, cause the most basic human instinct is one of brains and intelligence.... full review

Thumbs down, by Rupak Ghosh, Passion for Cinema : ...‘Bull shit…with a cherry on top’.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shruti Bhasin, Planet Bollywood : ...I was smart enough to shut off my brain before watching the movie and ended up laughing a few times intentionally and unintentionally.... full review

Thumbs down, by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam : ...The best part about the movie is its magnetic title – Tashan…No Jashan this time.z... full review

Thumbs down, SearchIndia.com : ...No, Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan are not palliatives either. Hey, there are just no palliatives or redeeming elements in this piece of trash.... full review

Thumbs down, Upper Stall : ...The cinematography is adequate but suffers from poor and unimaginative use of the wide angle lens and the usual misuse of Digital Intermediate (DI) giving the film a most synthetic look... full review

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1 readers - 0 yays 0 so-so 1 nays

Nay! Thumbs Down, by TimELiebe : "It's a JOKE, Son! A JOKE! Doncha get it?"

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

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.

Plot Summary

Jimmy (Saif Ali Khan) falls in love with Pooja (Kareena Kapoor). Pooja falls in love with Jimmy too, however they are employed by Bhaiyyaji (Anil Kapoor) who has reasons to not let them go. Bachchan Pande (Akshay Kumar) who idolizes Bhaiyaji is employed by the latter to take care of a situation that Jimmy and Pooja have created.

What Worked

  • The scene which had the Mona Lisa portrait in the background and Kareena Kapoor's close-up in the foreground. Somehow added beauty to both the portrait and Kareena.
  • Bachchan Pande is wearing his chudidar (with a rich sherwani) up while riding a cycle - fits with the character. Also the cotton scarf he wears all the time.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Why does Pooja lead Jimmy to a robbery which would make them run away from Bhaiyaji when killing bhaiyyaji is what her aim was!?
  • I really want to know where the opening shot was located. A lake right beside a highway on a running through an arid desert?!
  • The overuse of voiceovers narrating the story.
  • Kareena Kapoor's back turning to show her side profile - the turn looked too artificial, as if to exhibit her acting skills when she cries.
  • That seemed like too extravagant a house for a call center worker cum English teacher!
  • Was the gay joke really that irresistible?
  • The water hose wetting of Kareena Kapoor, was so randomly placed in the climax fight scene.
  • The Hollywood director had no song his movie but for some reason had the costumes and choreographer ready. Btw, did he also not have cameras or lighting equipment to shoot the movie either?!?!
  • But of course, there's a character called Bachchan Pande in the movie for a reason, to make a silly quip about Amitabh Bachchan.


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • They took all the trouble to show the logistical problem of not being able to travel while wearing wet clothes. But Kareena had fresh lipstick glaring at you just after she has been in the water.

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Running time:
150 minutes

Comments (22)

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I jus hope with the presence of akshay and saif together, it doesnt turn out to be another "Race" experience.

Akshay and Saif were actually pretty good as a team in Main Khiladi... That was of course before Saif's transformation but if they do manage to create the same laughs, I am not complaining.

I was ready to throw up all over while watching Ash pull her pseudo 'girl from the ghetto' act in Dhoom 2. 'Like' how fake and out of place was that?

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like most of the over publicised movies, i think this will also let down its hype and hoopla

I think that's a bit of an over-speculation based solely on the promos :-)
But yeah, looks like its gonna go the way you have stated.

Tashan - Review...

Local anesthesia...to the brain! No ishtyle, No chaaram, no kewl action, no ROFL jhokes (1.5 LOLs, tho)....

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You know I am tempted to watch the movie so that I can have fun running it down !!

[...] Without giving the movie away [...]

I am glad to find a viewer who can see the quirkiness of the movie.It has its weaknesses but is still enjoyable in bits and pieces.

@Ashish K. - glad i could make you laugh :D

@Suraj Jain - oops! anyway, now you know where to come next time ;)

@ranjith - oh yes! how did i miss that!!? Thanks for including it in your comment. I just couldn't stop my eyes from growing wider when the jet ski appeared.

@Sudhir Nair - you just love doing that, don't you? ;) join the gang!

@sudarshan, akash kaul, sunny - :D

@AF, Pintu - alright then, it is 'to each his own' like always.

I was almost going to go, but canceled. Yeah yeah!

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@arpit, Amit, ROCKY - what can we do!? :-|
@mickey - good luck!
@Avnish - good for you! and thanks for the compliment on your blog!!

I have seen the movie Tashan 2 days ago.I really enjoyed it. Action is much better. It is Saif who steals the show with elegant fighting and the speed boat stunt which was spectacular . On the whole, Tashan is an OK watch movie.

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Well,I saw Tashan..but was really bored half way through…
The movie didn’t live up to the expectations of a typical Bollywood fan…
Even, Jannat was not that great…

So, not many good movies coming out of Bollywood lately..

But, I’m really looking forward to Love Story 2050, the sci-fi flick of Priyanka Chopra & Harman Baweja..The promos seem really promising & personally I’m very fond of science fiction movies which are very rare in Bollywood..

Kareena Kapoor Video Bikini Scene In Tashan

This is the bikini scene video in Tashan that all are raving about !!


...a must see!

I'm as big a fan of a tongue-in-cheek action movie with lots of movie references as anybody - so I should have loved this film, right? Sadly, nope - the constant winking to the audience, the quotes to films and genres whether they fit the scene or not, was like all four of the leads were digging their elbows into my side and going, "It's funny, isn't it? Get how funny we're being?" Even Anil Kapoor's frequent, and Deliberately Stupid, references to wanting to learn "to speak perfect English - just like George W. Bush!" (it's funny because, even in India, everybody knows George W. Bush is a barely articulate moron!) failed to land as well as the people in the scene thought they should.

I really like all four of these actors - just not in this movie.

@TimEliebe Will you watch Go Goa Gone then? ha ha ha ha...no, maybe it's not that great and maybe you won't find it half as funny as I did. Just that it is still better than this one and Agent Vinod. Of course, only after you excuse the climax. :D

That's the one you actually liked, isn't it, Meetu?

Maybe.... You know my taste for trash is nearly limitless! And if it's trash you enjoyed...? :)

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