Monday, December 22, 2014

What was that about?


Produced By: Wave Cinemas, Ponty Chaddha Productions and others
Director: Sai Kabir
Starring: Kangana Ranaut, Vir Das, Zakir Hussain and others
Pros: Amusing in parts, interesting in parts
Cons: Mostly senseless
Rating: ** of 5 (2 of 5)

Continuing with movies from my long flight back to India, this was one of the so-called women-centric films of 2014, Kangana Ranaut's second after Queen, but probably the weakest of the lot. A drama that tries to be political but mostly misses the mark, it was a good attempt that just failed to take off.

The movie isn't entirely bad. Zakir Hussain and his political machinations are quite interesting to follow and the story is good, with Kangana Ranaut pulling off some good acting (Vir Das has a stock expression on his face; he should just return to stand up comedy). It is lazy in terms of the politics, with all the standard formulas being applied, although the addition of a senseless mediaperson was a good move.

Nonetheless, the movie was largely boring, with little by way of logic or eve common sense. Despite the premise of 'women empowerment' (pardon the hackneyed term), it actually takes a big step backward in that respect. Not much fun to watch, I'd skip it. (OTFS)

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