Loot review: Dated and dreary
By: Sonia Chopra
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Saturday 05 November 2011
Govinda, Mahaakshay Chakraborty, Hansika Motwani, Shweta Bhardwaj, Jaaved Jaaferi, Rakhi Sawant, Suniel Shetty, Kim Sharma
As the title suggests, the film is about loot. Not just of cash, but of audio cassettes! One doesn?t know when this film was made and the reasons for a delayed release, buthonestly, cassettes?
Four uninvolving characters: Pandit (Govinda), Akbar (Jaaved Jaaferi), Builder (Suniel Shetty) and Wilson "from Bandra" (Mahaakshay Chakraborty) leave for Bangkok for a robbery assignment. They erroneously rob the loot of a dreaded don (Mahesh Manjrekar?spiked hair, blurry speech).
Things are not what they seem and the four realize they've been set up. In walk the peripheral characters: Shweta Bhardwaj as the accomplice, Ravi Kissen as a cop, Mika a street-side thief, Kim Sharma as his assistant. Now they?re in bigger trouble and the film trails their journey.
The dialogue is archaic, punning on everything including 'Pattaya' (the place they land up in), and inexplicably has the characters speak in rhyme. Then suspending all logic, you have local robbers speaking in Hindi. Yes, this is a film full of charlatans an con-men. What?s disturbing about the general audience watching leading men and peripherals, all play thieves? Which brings this writer to the next worst thing ? children in the theatre laughing at the bad, often, adult humour. We honestly need to look a rating system that absorbs several tiers, not just the basic three we have currently.
The acting is bad across the board. A jaded Govinda mumbles his dialogue; Jaaved Jaaferi hasn?t been given a single genuinely funny line; Suniel Shetty does his strong silent act, and Mahaakshay plays the stereotypical Bollywood Christian including a 'hey man' in every sentence.
Debutant director Rajneesh Thakur gives us a film that?s as dreary as it is dated. Watch this if you want to relive the awful potboilers of the 80s and 90s!
Rating: One star
Time pass comedy entertainer
Average comedy entertainer
Decent rural family entertainer
Soubin Shahir and Mamta Mohandas shine in this conventional film