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Shahrukh Bola? review: Below par

Shahrukh Bola? review: Below par

Source: General

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Sunday 21 November 2010

Movie Title

Shahrukh Bola? review: Below par

Director

Makrand Deshpande

Star Cast

Shahrukh Khan, Preetika Chawla, Sanjay Dadheech, Makrand Deshpande, Nagesh Bhonsle, Kay Kay Menon, Choyoti Ghosh, Afzal Khan

There?s a love triangle brewing on this street corner. Flower-seller Laali (Preetika Chawla) is resisting advances from the book-seller John (Sanjay Ddheech) who is running away from the love-struck local bar-dancer (Choyoti Ghosh)

Then one day, a car stops at the signal. Shah Rukh Khan smiles and tells Laali, `khoobsurat hai tu?. She faints. When she comes to, it?s with a sense of self-importance that annoys and amuses her neighbours. John in a fit of fury stabs her.

This is reminiscent of so many reports one reads about, of men attacking those who reject their advances; one hears of acid attacks and even worse incidents every day.

This is similar. Why, then, the film chooses to sympathize with John is puzzling. From the reporter covering this incident to Laali?s uncle, everyone treats this crime as a lovers? tiff, and encourages Laali to forgive him.

Meanwhile Laali recovers claiming that just thinking about the Shah Rukh episode makes her pain disappear. She begins thinking of him as a sort of god; omnipresent and always taking care of her. Why, she begins thinking like this, considering the incident caused her to be stabbed is not explained. John is simultaneously battling his own problems with the obsessed bar-dancer insisting he become an auto driver with the help of a local don (Makarand Deshpande)

So then, the film trails how Shah Rukh ends up transforming John the bookseller into a ?jhopadpatti ka Devdas?. There?s a fairytale-like element to the story, a contrast to the grittiness of the streets and slums where our protagonists reside. And indeed, in the end it is argued whether Shah Rukh really does manage saving her, without even being there.

The music by Vasuda Sharma is wonderful, and the lyrics (Vasuda Sharma, Makarand Deshpande) fun. Humour, when it does creep in, is fab. One of the funniest lines is from the cop, who is talking to a German photographer saying, ?I know some German people: Steffi Graf, Hitler. Good people.? The dialogue is condescending at places like when John complements Laali, `Kya lag rahi hai. Sabun se nahaya??

Performances by the entire cast are praise-worthy. Theatre veteran and first-time feature writer-director Makarand Deshpande makes a film that?s fun in portions and a drag otherwise. Its very fundamentals are weak with no weight in the reasons for Laali?s devotee-like stance towards Shah Rukh and her personality transformation or for John?s propensity to fatally attack people, or their eventual making-up.

Our audience is hungry for films that defy the formula; but aren?t yet ready to accept a below-par product for the sake of the defiance. So there you have it: an immersing enough premise, but a film that doesn?t quite live up to its quirky title.

Rating - 2 stars

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