Director: Prabhu Deva
…said the team with the launch of the movie and yes, it remained so. The audience could not accept Shahid Kapoor in his ‘much seen- much dragged’ persona as prince charming.
Bollywood demands drama and action, but it does not ask the directors to churn the same hay…that too under the same wheel. We are not a Cow, not anymore! Our taste buds are active and we are ready to take something new in our plate.
Very much in line with prediction, the formula of a ‘trying to be hero’ guy and a ‘sweet-shehri’ girl did not work.
Shahid Kapoor in lead, as Romeo Rajkumar follows his love interest Chanda (Sonakshi Sinha) everywhere, using all cliche dialogues and gestures you can think of, and finally manages to woo her with them. Their romance appears to be confusing- as it is neither funny, nor emotional. You can neither laugh, nor cry! It leaves you unaffected. Same goes with the violence, which is neither impressive nor justified. You find it scripted with loose ends.
Shahid Kapoor’s appearance, the flowery print shirts and stylish pants, repeats what we recently saw in Phata Poster! We understand it’s hard to re-create the magic of Kaminey. So, instead of taking up violence and tapori-giri, he should try more of ‘Jab We Met’ roles. May be that will work!
When Vidya Balan and Shahid had started pairing together, their lack of maturity in choosing right movies, was the talk of the town. Vidya has come a long way since then, she has experimented, challenged herself with difficult and controversial roles. Shahid still needs to explore his potentials. Where Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan can take and carry the load of similar movies one after other, Shahid needs to work hard and gain more experience to reach that level. He still needs to prove himself.
And we are so done with watching Sonakshi singing and dancing… with Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan and now Shahid. We want more from her, specially after Lootera. A non-zero size actress, who has the potential, is very much welcome. We are anyway tired of watching polished bodies. We want a persona we can relate to. And Sonakshi’s simplicity gives us that. We want her to be selective. Is she picking every movie coming her way?
With Prabhu Deva being the Director of the movie, the last and the only hope remains with choreography, which is not bad. It cannot be bad. He is the Indian God of dance. But we have seen these movements, these styles before. They do not surprise us, they does not impress us. We watch it out of respect.
So, yes! Shahid being a good dancer, was the Rajkumar for the ‘dance-king’ director. But for us, all we could watch the movie for was Sonu Sood. We watched him as we were seeing him after a long time. We had missed him!
Rating: 2 Star
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