Monday, May 16, 2011

Why, oh Why?!

TERE BIN LADEN (2010)

Produced By: Walkwater Media
Director: Abhishek Sharma
Starring: Ali Zafar, Sugandha Garg, Barry John, Piyush Mishra and others
Rating: ** of 5 (2 of 5)
Pros: Mildly funny
Cons: Dumb, dumb, dumb

Before I begin, let me make it clear that I do not like mindless comedies. Still, I gave Tere Bin Laden a fair chance - and it bombed.

On the face of it, this comedy does have some substance - a bin laden look alike and a Pakistani youngster itching to emigrate to America. Interesting. But terribly made.

The worst part of the movie is the acting. Right from the start, Ali Zafar (playing Ali Hassan) shows us repeated scenes of the same smile irrespective of the situation. The other actors don't really add much either, with the CIA agent (Barry John) putting up an equally pathetic performance. Perhaps I can spare a few nice words only for Pradhuman Singh (playing the Osama lookalike) who actually does put up some good acting.

And then there is the pathetic storyline. It starts decently well but then goes off in every direction possible. The pinnacle was when some American ship supposedly shoots down a little truck from thousands of miles away - GPS is good, but not that good.The costumes are just OK although they could have been better,

To be fair, there were some laughable scenes, including the now-famous 'interrogation' of bin Laden. But those scenes are few and far in between and you are left with a strong desire to get up and leave every few minutes. The music is nothing great either.

This movies biggest faux pas is the use of Indian currency throughout the movie. The song however, describes the actor well - "He's a good-looking ulla da pattha" - but definitely not an actor. He should stick to modeling. (OTFS)

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