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Hindi film review
Low brow comic sci-fi caper
Film: Ebn- E –Batuta
Cast: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Rajeev Verma, Dev Gohar, Satyendra Khare, Nazea Sayed
Director: Varun Middha
Rating: * *
This film has an ambitious storyline but the resultant is not as forthcoming. The film is set in a nondescript village in Punjab. Three men- Heera (Omkar Das manikpuri) who wants to be a leader, Vijay who wants to be an Actor and Lovely who wants his love Bubbly(Nazea Sayed) come together because they are basically outcasts. While on one of their everyday jaunts, they come in contact with an alien spaceship with two aliens who can talk hindi. So they take them home and introduce them to the village. At the Panch meeting, one of the aliens is able to save a man suffering from an attack of fits and soon enough the village proclaims them God. A temple is built and they give regular darshan and this leads to a group of thugs taking them over while the three original finders are left to sulk in silence. But all is not as well as it seems. The aliens are actually here to steal gravity and only a mad sciuentists who has been preparing for this coming, recognizes their evil. He tries to kill the aliens but is killed instead and now it’s left to the three layabouts to save the earth and rescue civilization.
Noble high-sounding intentions don’t always fructify in the manner they are intended to. This film is no different. As a comedy it’s certainly engaging but as a sci-fi there’s obviously a lot more to be desired. The make-up is terrible and the tech job is so poor as to be pitiable. The alien ship looks like a poorly finished cardboard model while the alien suits look like cheap spandex coated with plastic. The lot of actors are more or less unrecognizable so the expectations are low enough for them to measure up. Omkar Das Manikpuri once again reestablishes his stature as a wooden actor- even so director’s still take him on in the hope that the film will sell on his name alone. Even the so called message is quite confounding. These sort of films barely last the week even in a single show in the multiplexes. Other than the sad-sack humor and silly shtick, this one has little distinction to prop it up beyond the standard run for such fare!