Akhiyon Se Goli Maare
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 2 August 2002
Akhiyon Se Goli Maare
Govinda, Raveena, Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor
Strange that just when this film should release, filmmaker Harmesh Malhotra has been lambasting Govinda in print, accusing him of delaying his movie by two years. Whatever their squabble, ASGM is a comedy by the same team that had earlier given a hit in Dulhe Raja.
The film has an absurd storyline. Kiran (Raveena Tandon) lives with her father Bhangari (Kader Khan), who is a small-time crook in Chor Bazaar, where he has a shop that deals in stolen goods. Even though she is educated, she doesn?t object to her father?s profession. In fact she even tells her boyfriend to pretend to be the biggest gangster in the country, so that her father accepts him, as they are desperate to get married. That boyfriend happens to be Raj (Govinda), a business magnate``s son. While Bhangari chooses Shakti (Shakti Kapoor), a crook who has a number of cases registered against him, as his prospective son-in-law, Kiran and Raj start their game to convince her father. And in no time Raj manages in convincing Bhangari that he is indeed the biggest con of them all. This whacked out story is filled with light moments by Kader Khan, Razzak Khan and Johny Lever who make some of the scenes in the movie truly funny. Even though the theme is illogical and weird, the frontbenchers are sure to enjoy this childish comedy full of inconceivable cinematic liberties.
Technically, it?s a very average film. No department of filmmaking stands out. The screenplay is full of gaffes and changes pace way too often. The music is bad, so is the cinematography. Also, the songs keep coming from nowhere and could have been easily deleted. The only saving grace is some of the funny dialogues. Performance wise Govinda is a pro at it because he?s done it a dozen times before. His timing of comedy is excellent and he makes you laugh many a time. Raveena looks bad and acts all right, but it?s her ?weight? that seems to fill the frame mostly. Compared to them, it is the comedians that take the cake in this movie, as even though it is full of predicable gags, they stand out in the tacky script. Malhotra relies very heavily on Govinda to evoke laughter and even succeeds at timesbut is unable to lift the story from mediocrity due to the done-that-seen-before feel that envelopes the film. Maybe, he lost interest in the film, as it took so long to complete. Whatever the reason, he has gone way past the target this time around. ASGM is a squint attempt at getting the bull?s eye.