Nitin Kakkar

Sharib Hashmi

Another Take
FILMISTAAN:On a lighter note

The Opinions expressed herein are reviewer’s personal and have nothing to do with FWA. This review is purely from Scriptwriting PoV so may contain spoilers.
Keeping up with the spirit of Bollywood which is the soul of the film, the reviewer has used famous Hindi film dialogues to spice up the review, with due acknowledgements.

आज खुश तो बहुत होंगे तुम पर मोगेम्बो खुश नहीं हुआ (दीवार,मि. इंडिया)

आपको खुश करना मुश्किल ही नहीं नामुमकिन है (डॉन)

राहूल की बोकवास dictionary मेँ impossible वर्ड ही नहीं है (चेन्नई एक्सप्रेस)

इंसान का कर्तव्य होता है कोशिश करना... कामयाबी नाकामयाबी सब उसके हाथ में है (JNMD)

बहुत अच्छे। हम भी कोशिश करने वालों की क़द्र करते है वादे करने वालों की नहीँ। क्योँकि वादे अक़्सर टुट जाते है कौशिशें कामयाब होती है. अगर इंसान जी जान से कोशिश करे तो सारी क़ायनात उसको
कामयाब बनाने की साज़िश में जुट जाती है। (Tiranga, Sharabi, OM Shanti Om)

तो क्या वज़ह हो सकती है? (शोले)

चलती का नाम गाड़ी बढाती का नाम दाढी तुम्हारी कहानी न चलती है ना बढती है
कहानी में twist हो तो मज़ा आता है (कांटे)

Here plot stagnates in time/space for long. If it is an ode to Bollywood – mixing it with terrorism backdrop couldn’t somehow gel to make a homogeneous coherent progressive plot probably. The Protagonist doesn’t do much expect for mimicry. His attempts to escape do not have rising tensions/progress. And he is doing that risking his Pakistani friend. It is difficult to identify with such selfish protagonists and their missions.

दोस्ती में एक दूसरे का फायदा देखा जाता है … फायदा उठाया नहीं जाता .. (All the best)

There is no conflict. The Protagonist and Antagonists have different goals, though Antagonists are holding him captive for some benefit, but it has happened by accident and also if we assume that the conflict is – he wants to flee and they are holding him up, even then nothing much happens on this front too. Protagonist has passion for Bollywood, to this there is no opposition or stopping from anyone. Antagonists have their own terrorism agenda, with this Protagonist has no issues. There is an ideological difference but no conflict of interests. No character graphs etc. If it is An Escape Story, it doesn’t come out as a solid progressive & intriguing plot. Too much realistic treatment keeps the protagonist largely passive who tries to flee a couple of times and gets beaten up. Finally released on mercy.. which is not enough pay off to Bollywood or Cricket or anything!!

कहानी के अंत में सब ठीक हो जाता है और अगर सब ठीक न हो तो समझो कहानी खत्म नहीं हुई (ओम जय जगदीश)

In short nothing is there to keep you intrigued for long. Mimicry and sporadic filmy jokes may entertain you at intervals but they neither blend with the plot nor come as relevant information. Both things appear mutually exclusive. An attempt to merge the two plot lines into one eventually might have worked in favour of the script. But no such attempt is made. Making it like a Biryani dressed with Jalebi.. you may like both separately but not this combo recipe..

कभी कभी दो कहानियाँ जुड़ जाती हैं और एक नयी कहानी बनती है…

और कभी एक कहानी में कई छोटी छोटी कहानियाँ छुपी होती हैं ....

लेकिन बड़ी हो या छोटी हर कहानी में कई छोटे छोटे मोड़, मायने होते हैं और इन्ही से कहानी जुड़ती है, मुड़ती है, बनती है और बढती है (Just Married)

Basic elements of Good Story are missing. Only best part of the film is the sequence where he records his own appeal to the Indian Government. That too doesn’t end on a satirical high. So though it is a nice concept, the development lacks enough material required to make a film as whole. You are making a film about filminess and keeping it devoid of the same filminess, how’z that?

तो क्या हुआ अगर तुमने एक रीयलिस्टिक फिल्म बनाने की कोशिश की

तो क्या हुआ अगर तुमने दो देशो के filmy और cricketing passion की समानता को दर्शाया

तो क्या हुआ अगर तुमने अच्छी mimicry करके कभी कभी दर्शको को हँसाया

तो क्या हुआ अगर तुम्हरा passion Bollywood है

Passion ही तो film के लिए सबकुछ नहीं होता न (DDLJ)

This is just a small film…

आदमी छोटा हो या बड़ा कोई फ़र्क़ नहीं पड़ता बस उसकी कहानी बड़ी होनी चाहीये (Dhishkyaoon)

   Sanjay Sharma


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