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Friday, August 31, 2012

Akshay Kumar's 'Joker' - Exclusive Movie Review



      Joker – External Movie Review


                                              Theater - Abu Dhabi National Cinemas, UAE

                                                                  30/08/2012 - 9.30 pm

                          Occupancy - 80% (50% are kids with family, thanks to U/G certification)

Akshay Kumar is going through one of the best phases of his career now. Thanks to his two 100crore blockbusters in a row in the form of Housefull2 & Rowdy Rathore. Joker is his third film of 2012 to hit the screens. Joker is reportedly Akshay Kumar's 100th film. Joker released today in UAE. Joker is a fantasy adventure film directed by Shirish Kunder, and also his second directorial venture after Jaan-E-Mann also starred Akshay Kumar with Salman Khan. Shirish made a grand entry in Bollywood as a director by getting excellent reviews from the critics for the film. But since it’s opened on Diwali 2006 with stiff competition from Shahrukh Khan’s Don,  Jaan-e-mann didn’t click as it deserved to be. After 4 years he again came back with Akshay Kumar in the form of script writer for his wife Farah Khan’s third directorial venture, Tees Maar Khan
. Luckily for them & unfortunately for the audience the film looted maximum collection within 1st week only thanks to the Sheila Ki Jawaani mania & the hype around TMK for being a Christmas release. Frankly speaking TMK was an undeserved success for the Akshay-Farah-Kunder team. Their intention was clear.  Just make audience fool and earn maximum money within 1st week. Since TMK was co-produced by Akshay & Farah, it gained profits… But at the same time TMK remains a favorite punching bag to this day for Akshay-Farah-Kunder. And now with Joker, the same team coming again, this time directed by Shirish & co-produced by Akshay & Farah. Sonakshi Sinha is the heroine of Joker. This will be her second film paired opposite Akshay after Rowdy Rathore.

In 1947 when the maps of India and Pakistan were being drawn, an oversight ensured that the village of Paglapur didn't find a place in either country. The village had the distinction of housing the largest mental asylum in the region that ensued during partition, the asylum inmates broke loose, drove away the villagers and established their own republic in Paglapur. And that's how it stayed for the next 60 years! While the world outside changed, Paglapur remained isolated, with no electricity, television or sanity. Now, decades after the world forgot this village, a NASA scientist of Indian origin, Agastya played by Akshay Kumar and his beautiful wife Diva played by Sonakshi Sinha find themselves on the road to Paglapur. Agastya is working on a top secret project for creating a device to communicate with aliens. So why is he in a village whose colorful inhabitants include a man who speaks in Gibberish (Akshay’s brother played by Shreyas Talpade), another who thinks he is a lamp post and everyone else who think Mahatma Gandhi is still around, fighting for independence? And more importantly, what are they going to do that will soon turn the universe's spotlight on this forgotten village? 

Let me go straight to the positives of the film first.
Joker is well executed in the first half. Infact everything about the first half is simply superb. Akshay Kumar who entertained us in Housefull2 & Rowdy Rathore got a serious role here. And no surprise he is good in this film too. Sonakshi Sinha is strictly OK. Shreyas Talpade is a big surprise. Infact he entertained us more in this film. Asrani is funny. And his english subtitles for his each hindi lines are really witty. All other actors are good in their own roles. The much talked Alien Golkot is very entertaining and it’s a visual treat for all the kids. Music composed by famous Tamil Composer GV Prakash (Nephew of AR Rahman) is excellent and all the 4 songs Kaafirana, Jugnu, Singh Raja & Yeh Joker are really good. Shirish Kunder directed the first half brilliantly. No two opinions on that. Frankly speaking really impressed by his film making STRICTLY on the first half. Whatever others say, he got an extra good oblongata when attempting new themes in Bollywood. His background score is epic stuff. Hats Off to him for letting us see this Place Paglapur. Excellent location & production value is just superb. Infact everything till first half was just wow and I was hoping for the same treatment in the second half. 

UNFORTUNATELY……. A Big NO, But Why ???...

Here comes the negatives of the film. Well it will be better if I say Second Half itself is a negative for the film. I have no idea what Mr.Kunder was thinking while writing the script for second half? The lesser I say, the better it would be. Some scenes are absolute crap.  At one point I asked myself, am I watching the second half of Joker? Infact I had a feeling of watching Tees Maar Khan 2 !!! Agreed Joker is touted as a film for kids. But atleast some Logic ??? The only good thing about second half is that 5 min scene by Alien Golkot. It was really entertaining. But that’s about it. So many questions remained unknown… What happened to Akshay Kumar’s job which he need to finish within the target of 1 month??? No clue… Minisha Lamba is totally wasted. Sonakshi got only 3 dialogues in the second half. And Sonakshi in a village dress? Ufff No Way… Last but not least, I was wondering why Askhay Kumar was keeping distance from the promotion of Joker, that too being his 100th film ??? if rumours are to be believed true, then we can’t blame Akshay. Sincerely feel bad for Akshay to get Joker as his 100th film.

On the Whole Joker is just about an average film which has excellent first half & music as its plusses and the whole second half as a letdown. Take your kids, they will enjoy for sure. Akshay Kumar films will always recieve bumper opening at the box office. But in the case of Joker,  considering its lack of promotion & the superstar’s absence on promotions, chances are very less to open 10cr+ on opening day. If weekend cross 30+, then its ONLY because of the star power of AkshayKumar. Good news for Joker is that it’s a 40 crore film co-produced by Akshay & Farah and already recovered 32 crore before the release. So whatever the film gonna gain will be a profit for the makers & distributors.

Verdict – Strictly Average

Its an Udtha Firtha Half cooked 'Omelet' which fails to hit the 'Bulls Eye'

Rating – 2and Half stars ( 2 for the film and half for the production value)

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