Now if you have followed the trend of Akshay Kumar films over the past decade, you simply don’t know what to expect from the man. Amid-st the whole lot of trash he churns out year after year, there comes a film which is really good. But the rarity of a good film is what irritates the hell outta you. The last so called good film from Akshay’s stables? Quite easily- Special 26. Does Holiday make it to that list? No, it doesn’t. But then it is not a trashy film. It is a thriller which is honest, earnest and if it had been a bit crisper, would have thrilled as well. But Alas, at 2 hours and 51 mins, the film overstays its welcome.
First things first. The South Indian hit machine AR Murugadoss returns to Hindi films after half a decade. In fact he was the man who started the 100 crore trend and is thus to blame for all the nonsensical number crunching which films have been reduced to. On a serious note, he almost always strikes gold whenever he makes a film. So Holiday which is a frame by frame remake of his last blockbuster Thuppaki is a film which plays to Akshay’s strengths. As a one man army out to save the city of Mumbai from a gang of sleeper cells, Akshay jumps, fights, punches, dances and parties away to glory.
It is his story from start to end. As Capt. Virat Bakshi, he stumbles across a terrorist who blows up a bus and sets in motion a chain of events wherein the city comes under threat. Although Akshay manages to avert the disaster in a hare brained fashion, he manages to extract the villain from his liar and induce some dialogue baazi into the film before killing him and saving the city once again.
Moral of the story, you may ask? It is simply the fact that a soldier is never off duty. What about the leading lady Sonkashi Sinha, I hear…Well, she comes on screen, sings a couple of songs and vanishes. The film isnt all that bad and is good fun while it lasts and if you have even a wee bit of liking for Akshay and his antics, you will love the film. Go watch and decide which side you are on.
Vijay Krishna Acharya is the man behind India’s most successful movie franchise. He wrote the first two instalments of Dhoom and writes and directs this one. Before Dhoom 3, he made that half witty, half dumb Tashan. And alas, he ends up doing the same here. Much like Tashan, the film kicks off superbly and by the interval, you are well and truly enjoying. And then the second half plays out like a bore, leaving you perplexed about what really went wrong. And that Ladies and gentlemen, is Dhoom 3 for you. I am a fan of the series and the 2nd part especially left me awed. Hrithik Roshan for me has never performed better and this film just nailed it for him. Aamir alas tries a little too hard here and ends up caricaturing himself. The big twist makes it all the more worse.
7 years it took them to write the next part and all they could come up with was this? Apart from an amateurish reason to rob for Aamir, the film is deeply flawed in a lot more ways than I had hoped for and one of its most glaring flaws in the narrative is the fact that they don’t show Aamir rob even once. In the earlier parts, it was not just the case, but also the way the thief stole his booty which made the films all the more thrilling. But here we have chase after chase through different locations. But how does Aamir steal exactly? You are left asking that question. But I am in no way saying that it isn’t paisa vasool. It provides enough bang for your buck. In fact, the team got carried away so much that they decided to probably keep the film going on and on. At almost 3 hours, the film ends up overstaying its welcome. Another reason the film didn’t work for me was the fact that Katrina wasn’t used at all. In fact she was handed an extremely raw deal where she is given just two lines to speak throughout the film and two songs to dance to. And oh boy, doesn’t she kill it? Her song Kamli is one of the sexiest stripteases I have ever seen in Indian cinema and so graceful and lithe is her performance in that song and I couldn’t really stop myself from shouting an Encore.
The performances by the lead actors are hardly anything to write home about. Aamir Khan is good for a while before we realize that he is perennially peeved and that makes his character extremely uni dimensional. Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra are reduced to side actors who seem to be cast as they are the original members of the Dhoom Club. The cinematography is fabulous and the streets of Chicago have been captured beautifully. The music disappoints and the songs without the visuals are barely hummable.
So why then would this film work? It will because we worship the 3 Khans and when they come out of their zones and give us a masalathon, we simply grab it. And of course the sequel factor would really turn this on. But then again, I hope if there is a 4 th instalment to Dhoom, they go beyond gloss and invest the film with a kick-ass story. Till then, enjoy what has been served as you really dont have a choice. Go DhooM!!!!!
There was a time when films were star vehicles which had no story, no logic but were full of herogiri, hand to hand combats and lovey dovey songs. Then the audience lost patience watching the same thing again and again which gave rise to the Kashyaps and the Motwanes of today. But the tide changed yet again few years back, and the man who was partly responsible for this was Prabhu Dheva. His Wanted set the ball rolling and gave the perennial Superstar in the making Salman Khan a new lease of life. And we all know the box office monster he has become now. Not just that, Prabhu Dheva is also responsible for giving Akshay Kumar his biggest blockbuster, a feat which none of his subsequent films have managed to even come close to. Of course, Ramaiyya Vastavaiya was a minor aberration, but he managed to carve out a decent success there as well with a rank newcomer. So when he decided to cast Shahid, I had reasons to believe that this film would be a game changer for him and give him the hit he so desperately needs. That is for the audience to decide, but Prabhu Dheva gives it his all and serves a piping hot entertainer which strikes all the right notes.
The story is about Romeo Rajkumar, a roadside tapori who comes to a village with a specific agenda. He gets into Shivraj’s gang (Sonu Sood in top form) and starts eliminating his enemies one by one, till he falls head over heels in love with Chanda (Sonakshi Sinha, for the 99th time in the same old role). Romeo’s attraction towards Chanda is so strong that every time she comes in front of him, he forgets the world and only focuses on impressing her. The mauj masti and romance take a violent turn midway when Shivraj also falls for Chanda’s charm. The battle lines are drawn and then begins a fight to the finish between Shivraj and Romeo. Who wins is anybody’s guess, but this was one fight which was among st equals. Then again it was refreshing to see a villain who is not Prakash Raj and is an equal match to the hero.
The film worked for me in most parts. Shahid’s dancing to Pritam’s chart-busters is the film’s biggest draw. Although when Shahid bulldozes over 50 odd men, it looks a bit unconvincing but he gives it his all. He is an impeccable actor and his romance, dance, fights and above all his uninhabited style take the film to another level. Sonu Sood in his nostril flaring role is uniformly good, but has nothing new to offer. Sonakshi wears the same clothes she wore last week in Bullett Raja,its just that this role has her in a more spunkier avatar.
The direction is top notch and Prabhu Dheva who directs his first original Bollywood film deserves brownie points for his work. The dialogues by Shiraz Ahmad are clap worthy and are in sync with the mood of the film. Pritam delivers two excellent songs and 3 average songs which give Shahid ample scope to exhibit his dancing skills.
This is one spicy masala entertainer, probably the best among the several which have released this year and deserves a watch for Shahid alone whose metamorphosis into a violent killing machine leaves you silent at the end of it all!!!
Slapstick is back and how. A couple of months back, Sajid Khan decided to pay an ode to the 1980’s and failed miserably. Its Rajkumar Santoshi’s turn now. And he makes it work and how. Getting together the looniest bunch of actors and a wacky script in place along with a heartthrob in the form of Shahid Kapoor, Santoshi makes this film rock simply on the strength of gags which for a viewer looking for an intelligent film might across as stupid, but if by any chance you have left your brains at home, then you are all set for the ride of your lives.
Packed with cliches like upright mother who wants make her son an honest police inspector, the son sacrificing his dreams to fulfil his mother’s wish, a lady who falls in love with the heroine after his first fight and so on, it is packed with seen there, watched kind of scenes but it still manages to tickle your funny bones. It is genuinely funny in places and Shahid’s kooky grin and infectious energy is just the tadka which a film like this needed. As for Rajkumar Santoshi, he picks up from where he left off with Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani and entertains you throughout the film’s running time.
The plot is about Vishwas Rao (Shahid) whow ants to become a superstar but his mother would have none of that. She wants him to become a plocie officer and how he manages to realize his mother’s vision and at the same time fulfill his aspirations forms the crux of the film. Ileana plays the eye candy who does the customary heroine jig but it is Padmini Kolhapure as Shahid’s mother who is first rate.
The music is typically Pritam with a couple of groovy chart busters and Shahid’s dancing skills take the songs to a new level. The action scenes are over the top and add to the madness of the film.
Shahid Kapoor is terrific as the proverbial hero and this is easily going to be his biggest hit. Ileana is disappointing as she could have picked up a better role. The other supporting actors are all good with Saurabh Shukla deserving special mention for his hilarious acting.
So if you have been longing to watch a dhinchak masala entertainer for a while, then this is the film… Go Dhating NaacH.