Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baaki Hai

Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baaki Hai review: Mediocre satire!

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 21 July 2012

Movie Title

Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baaki Hai


Rajnish Raj Thakur

Star Cast

Suniel Shetty, Rajpal Yadav, Om Puri

A film about filmmaking piques everyone's interest. Those involved are excited to pick the in-jokes and spot the spoofs on real-life people. Those outside want to get a peek; a sort of behind-the scenes expose in how the industry works.

The fact is, however, that despite filmmaking getting organised with corporates joining the industry and so on, the nature of this collaborative art rests in chaos. Just the degree fluctuates.

We meet Benares-based Amar Joshi (Suniel Shetty), a struggling director who is doing the rounds of producers to get his film made. Through his journey, we see spoofs on several well-known people - some hard to place, but most very apparent.

They are presented to the viewer in a staccato, episodic format, which is amusing to start with but gets progressively predictable.

Amar's story about a journalist who gets raped and then fights for justice is appreciated by all the producers he meets. But they all have their own "suggestions".

One wants a hero so that the action in the film can appease the "Delhi-UP" viewers. Another - and this one was a really entertaining portion - is a lady who wants everything from the film title to the character's name to begin with the letter 'K'.

So she wants the character named Indu Varma to be changed to Kamla Varma, and is delighted when Amar sarcastically suggests changing his own name as well.

He shares his meeting with these bizarre people with his roommate-friend-confidant Sooraj (Rajpal Yadav), a junior artist trying to help Amar.

When his film finally goes on the floors, a writer (Om Puri) is brought in who brings in his own changes. Finally, and collectively, the makers decide, much to Amar's chagrin, that the rape will be a hindrance in making a commercially viable "family film" and suggest doing away with it altogether.

Strangely, the film commits this often-practiced hara-kiri - while arguing against the insinuation of romantic songs for commercial value, it makes us endure exactly that, even if under the garb of the song being shot.

The portion where the journalist (Udita Goswami in a mini-skirt) is surrounded by attackers and is saved by the hero who arrives on a flashy bike - and who says a big dialogue before fighting them all - is absolutely hilarious. There are intermittent portions such as these that touch a cord.

Suniel Shetty in the 'bechara' role carries a consistent expression, looking like he's going to burst into tears any minute. But one guesses that's the state of most hopefuls who enter the industry.

Rajpal Yadav does his usual sidekick role, but hardly gets any scope to show off his comic prowess except mixing up English words (impotent for important).

Director Rajnish Raj Thakur picks an interesting subject, but the storytelling seems a little jaded and old-school.

The film had potential to be a crackling satire, but falls flat due to the drab storytelling and uni-dimensional characterisations.

Worth a watch only if you're in the mood for a satire, even if it's a mediocre one.

Rating: 2 stars

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