Waisa Bhi Hota Hai - Part 2
By: By Kunal Shah, India Syndicate
Critic's Rating: 18/5
Saturday 15 November 2003
Waisa Bhi Hota Hai - Part 2
Arshad Warsi, Prashant Narayanan, Sandhya Mridul, Suchitra Pillai, Mahima Chowdhary
Also read: Director Ghosh speaks
Shashanka Ghosh's Waisa Bhi Hota Hai is about a copywriter who gets involved in the underworld when he saves the life of a don.
Puneet (Arshad Warsi) is employed with an ad agency as a copywriter and leads a perfect life. He has a steady girl friend in Agni (Sandhya Mridul), who is a cop. All hell breaks loose when Puneet learns that his brother who was involved with the underworld has been killed.
He speaks out to Agni and they land up in an argument and she asks him to leave her immediately. He drinks the whole night and is about to sleep when he sees some local goons attacking Vishnu (Prashant). He is left half dead when Puneet saves him. They soon become friends.
However Vishnu's boss Ganpat (Anant Jog) does not like Puneet. Vishnu is in love with a prostitute Shalu (Suchitra Pillai). On the other hand, Ganpat's rival gang run by Gangutai (Pratima Kazi) is waiting to kill Vishnu. Gangutai uses Puneet to kill rivals inside the Ganpat gang. How the whole situation is taken care of forms the crux of the story.
Waisa Bhi Hota Hai is a film that cannot be put in one single genre. On one hand, we think that the film is a comedy. On the other hand, the film has dealt with some serious issues, like the underworld. Also, we think that the film is predictable but what happens next is completely unpredictable. The film starts of on a lighter note and picks up once Arshad Warsi saves Prashant.
The story told from the point of view of Arshad makes it all the more interesting, considering that a common layman is exposed to underworld from so close. These situations are hilarious, shocking and extremely surprising. The film has flaws galore, like its failure in defining the Warsi-Mridul relationship. There are no strong sequences between them to establish their love for each other.
The characters of both Prashant and Sandhya could have been sketched better. Also a couple of clich? things like a don's godfather in Anant Jog, a don having a prostitute girl friend and the hitman being killed in the end are very predictable. And the over-the-top acting of Pratima Kazi hampers its prospects.
The USP of the film is without a share of doubt its music. On one hand, `Sajna', `Toota toota' and `My name is' are wonderful. Music is the plus point, including the background score. The screenplay is good and the dialogues evoke laughter.
On the performance front, Arshad Warsi is brilliant in his comic timings. He leaves a lasting impression with the film. Prashant is satisfactory but could have had different expressions in different scenes. Sandhya Mridul looks ravishing and is pretty impressive. Suchitra Pillai leaves an impact in her small role. Anant Jog is okay. Pratima Kazi disappoints. Mahima Choudhary in a cameo leaves her mark. The group of sardars and the bandya gang pass muster. The Barista trio of Ranvir and a couple of others blend well with the narrative.
Overall, a sincere effort has been made to make a genuinely entertaining film.