Friday, March 28, 2014

O Teri , Hindi Bollywood Film Movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * 1/2

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Hindi Film Review
Johnson Thomas     

Film: O Teri  : Just Bad language, suggestive songs and inappropriate preening 
Cast: Pulkit Samrat, Bilal Amrohi, Sarah Jane Dias, Anupam Kher, Vijay Raaz, Mandira Bedi, Manoj Pahwa
Director: Umesh Bisht

Rating: * ½

It’s the Khan-daan’s latest offering presented with all the gusto and pride that goes into the promotions of a Salman Khan film. The pity is that it’s not a Salman Khan film and so minus that only possible saving grace, there’s precious little to cheer you here. Albeit, Salman appears in the title track much after you’ve suffered through the whole shebang of witless, brain-dead , completely clueless narration-but it’s no consolation because by then you just want to get away as far as possible.

Atul and Alvira Agnihotri’s production has not come up with a worthwhile effort as yet. This one is no different. The attempt was to make a laugh riot-a social satire with it’s plotline hugging the ‘Jaane Bhi Do yaaron’ template while spouting currency through it’s focus on politicians  and media involved in financial scams. The story and screenplay by Umesh Bisht and Neeta Palti, has two unlikely reporters named Prantabh Pratap/PP(Pulkit Samrat) and Anand Ishwaram Devdutt Subramaniam/AIDS (Bilal Amrohi) , both dimwits working for a TV channel titled NU. Monsoon(Sarah Jane Dais) is their editor and chief news presenter. In fact there doesn’t seem like anyone else works there. A CBI officer is murdered in broad daylight, while a sports minister (Anupam Kher)and an opposition party MP, Kilol(Vijay Raaz) are involved in some behind the scenes shenanigans. Sherie(Mandira Bedi) a Nira Radia type public relations specialist helps them out with their media management. So the setting is set for a typical ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ plotting with the two dim-wit reporters finding the body, losing it, accumulating some valuable evidence, misplacing it and then getting caught out in a shoot fest. By then you are so fed up with the numerous inserts for song and dance and an unsavory plotting, that you are just not bothered by what happens eventually.
 The references to modern day politicians and their involvement in sports scams are just that. There is no clear logic at work here.  Despite the short-of two hour runtime, the film feels like a marathon session of incredible tedium. Pulkit Samrat has great rhythm but his constant pouty preening turns you off pretty soon while Bilal Amrohi’s incessant flashing of his testosterone embellished pecs(instead of talent which he doesn’t appear to have) makes you want to groan in despair. So Tedium and Despair are pretty much this film’s calling cards!

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