Friday, July 3, 2009

Kambakkht Ishq- Movie review

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoo,r Aftab Shivdasani, Amrita Arora
Direction: Sabbir Khan
Music: Anu Malik
Production: Sajid Nadiadwala

Its raining biggies in Bollywood after almost 3 months of lull, New York revived the market to an extent last week and now it’s the turn of the reigning Baadshah of Bollywood Akki to show some magic with ‘Kambakkht Ishq’. Akki has had a rather lackluster 2009 with three of his releases Jumbo, Chandni Chowk to China and Tasveer that did rather shoddily at the box-office, so Kambakkht Ishq is very important for the macho man of Bollywood. Let’s see if he hits a six or misses it.

Kambakkht Ishq is a remake of Kamal Hassan’s Tamil hit ‘Pammal. K. Sammandham’ but has been changed and tweaked to suit the Hindi audience or that is what they want us to believe. They have made a movie which is full of cleavage and clichés and though cleavages rule the entire movie, during the last 20 minutes clichés take over.

The story is about the constant clash between the sexes and especially Raj (Akshay) and Simrita (Kareena) who

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hate each other and don’t agree on anything except one thing- they both hate marriage. Lucky (Aftab), Raj’s brother and Kamini (Amrita), Simrita’s best friend marry and Simrita’s and Raj’s ego clashes affects their life and they face a divorce. Simrita being a part time super model and surgeon by profession happens to operate Raj on her first surgery and by mistake drops her watch inside his stomach. How will Simrita convince her enemy to sit in the operation table to save her career? How will these two find out that against all odds they are made for each other? And in the process will Lucky and Kamini’s marriage be saved? What are those Hollywood biggies doing in the promos of the movie? To find out this and more, go to the nearest theatre where the movie is running and watch it.

Sabbir Khan, the debutant director has done a good job. He has made a movie which is entertaining almost all the way through, thanks to the lighthearted scenes which take up most of the first half and larger portions of the second too. But as a screenplay writer Sabbir Khan along with Kiran Kotrial, Anvita Dutt Guptil and Ishita Mohitra, is not up to the mark, as the foursome writers have heavily relied on skin show and sex to move the movie ahead. This might work on college youth oriented romance or sex flicks like American pie but not this kind of a genre. The Tamil original might not have had an enviable screenplay but it scored in flawless characterization as every action of the people involved had a reason but Kambakkht Ishq slips in that department as almost all the characters suffer from poor character sketch. One small unworthy dialogue will change their whole life’s principles. Yes, it is a movie which asks you to rest your brain but these are essentials for any movie and without which your heart does not go for the characters.

Thanks to Sajid Nadiadwala, he has given full freedom to the debutant, Sabbir Khan and has made sure in giving a rich product with more glamour and glitz than any other movie in Bollywood history. Cinematography by Vikas Shivaram is brisk but gets naughty most of the time. Action choreography by Spiro Razatas is impressive. Dialogues by Anvita Dutt Guptil are impressive but are not everyone’s cup of tea. Music by Anu Malik is fair and Kyun stands out as a quality number but the execution has too much of the ‘Tanhaae’ hang over. ‘Om Mangalam’ by RDB has been shot well but its timing in the film makes it only half as effective. The editing is crisp. Choreography by Vaibhavi Merchant has nothing much to gaga about as she uses simple steps and finishes her job.

Acting wise Akshay Kumar once again gives his best and his comic timings are spot on. He does the stunts quite well and fits the role of a stunt man quite effectively. Kareena Kapoor has acted well too and looks quite hot almost all through the movie. Aftab Shivdasani hams and is a complete let down. Amrita Arora looks hot and does a decent job in the acting department as well. Vindu Dara Singh makes you laugh but only occasionally while Javed Jaffery lightens things up with his usual antics. Kirron Kher is impressive in spite of her insipid role. Then comes a big list of special appearances, Brandon Routh - decent, Denise Richards – good, Sylvester Stallone – who gets to flex some muscles for a forced fight sequence and also a small sequence in which he gives an award to Akshay. Boman Irani has been wasted.

Overall it’s a decent entertainer, which would be enjoyed more if you grace the theatres with your friends than family. The movie is sure to get a huge opening and lack of opposition would ensure its hold at the box-office for quite a while.

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