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Sadda Adda review: Half-baked bromance

Sadda Adda review: Half-baked bromance

Source: Sify

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Saturday 14 January 2012

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Movie Title

Sadda Adda

Director

Muazzam Beg

Star Cast

Karanvir Sharma, Rohin Robert, Bhaumik Sampat, Kunal Pant, Rohit Arora, Shaurya Chauhan Kahkkashan Aryan, Parimal Aloke, Maryam Zakaria

Six guys?all roomies?have come to the city to make it big. The film is strongly reminiscent of 3 Idiots and last year?s Pyaar Ka Punchnama (that has recently got a cheeky Golden Kela Award for misogyny).

They?re all struggling in their fields ?Sameer (Karanvir Sharma) is a stage actor who has nailed an Indo-American film, Safal (Parimal Aloke)?his name is ironic as it unfolds in the film?is working hard for his Civil Services Exams, Rajat (Rohin Robert) is the Haryanvi who dreams of settling in America, while Irfan (Bhaumik Sampat) is an architect facing discrimination at his workplace. The other two, Kabir and Jogi (Kunal Pant, Rohit Arora), are jobless and hunting for employment.

It?s another of those films?where men are portrayed as the un-evolved species lacking emotional intelligence, manners, and hygiene. And the women as sex-objects or shrews. The manner in which our protagonists address women (item, maal) and their abusive language (even Hindi swear words), you wonder if you?ve sauntered into a David Dhawan film. But no, this film is set in present time and our protagonists are well-educated men from what they call "good families". Shudder.

Subtlety is not the film?s strong point. Naturally, humour is in-your-face. There are sparse portions that make you genuinely laugh, but only if you overlook how ludicrous the gag is. Technically the film is below par. The film is clumsily dubbed (chomping sounds, ugh). A dance number has the girl call herself Dilli ki Billi. Performances remain average; the actors are confident but the lack of finesse is jarring.

Admittedly, there are some heartfelt moments. Like the one where one of the roomies?jobless and desperately hunting? comments looking into the mirror that he has begun to get wrinkles. Moments where the roomies bond and support each other are also very slice-of-life. Indeed in a new city, roommates become family. So the regular fights, supporting each other, even waiting outside the house so one of the roomies can ?spend time? with his girlfriend are sweet.

Characterization is all over the place. A clingy insecure girlfriend forgets the ex-boyfriend in a snap. That boyfriend turns into a wreck and expresses his anger in a shocking outburst. We do see a violent vein in this character before (he is shown pulling his girlfriend?s hair back in that filmi manner of the '90s), but this reaction is a stretch.

Director Muazzam Beg (co-writer of Rockstar) folds in the career struggle aspect of 3 Idiots within the relationship bits. Sadda Adda has a few fun moments, but not enough for this writer to recommend the film.

Rating: Two stars

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