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Total Siyappa(Hindi) Rating: * Too deliberate and off-kilter to be funny. Tedious is more like it!
Hindi Film review
Film Review: Total Siyappa
Cast : Ali Zafar, Yami Gautam, Kirron Kher, Sarah Khan, Vishwa Mohan Badola, Anupam Kher
Director: E Nivas;
Cross-border tensions are extrapolated through a love story between an Indian Sikh girl Asha(Yami Gautam) and her Pakistani Muslim fiance, Aman(Ali Zafar). They are all set to get married so he has to meet the parents first(no one talks about her meeting his parents)- after all this is an Indian film. To top that scenario both reside in London. He is a struggling musician with a few cult hits under his belt and she is a well-established TV presenter. The fact that they want to ‘meet the parents’ knowing that it’s gonna cause mayhem, beats me.
Screenwriter Neeraj Pandey contrives a screenplay out of incidents inspired from a Spanish film "Seres Queridos", with a similar theme about a Palestinian boy and his finacee’s conservative Jewish family. The bickering are routine. The anger and misbehavior are rooted in cultural clashes and the trifling with relationships based on uninteresting farce. The setting , London, renders all the commotion rudderless. It’s not a space where Indo-Pak relations are at a perennial boil. Given the cultural mistrust in thier respective home countries, it’s hard to imagine the couple actually seeking acceptance from their respective folk. The humor is also missing bid-time. The haplessly contrived situations pile on the misery!