Movie Details

Joker

"Joker" is a Hindi fantasy adventure film directed by Shirish Kunder, which marks his second directorial venture after "Jaan-E-Mann". The film stars Akshay Kumar alongside Sonakshi Sinha in the lead roles. "Joker" premises on the question: ever wondered if aliens were to visit a village that is not on the map of our country, what would happen? Agastya (Akshay Kumar), a researcher probing about the existence of aliens in the universe, lives to a small native village with his wife Diva (Sonakshi Sinha). Bored that nothing is happening in his village, the out-of-luck Agastya takes it upon himself to put his crazy village on the global map by publicising his research about aliens. While his plan gets his village the attention he craves from across the world, it also comes with a great deal of risk, especially when the extra-terrestrial beings decide to pay them a visit as well.

Language: Hindi
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 31 Aug 2012
Genre: Adventure / Fantasy
Running Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Distributor: MVP ENTERTAINMENT
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Akshay Kumar, Shreyas Talpade, Minissha Lamba
Director: Shirish Kunder
Format: 35MM, 2D

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Writer: Janak

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Watch this if you liked: “Tees Maar Khan” & “Jaan-E-Mann”

One always wonders what made Akshay Kumar sign on for such mediocre films. From "Chandni Chowk To China" (2008) to "Tees Maar Khan" (2010), his films just keep getting worst. This time around, Akshay might've finally realized his bane with this film, as he didn't even try to promote the film before its release as how all Bollywood movies usually do. The answer lies within the end of the film if one manages to watch it till the end.

Paglapur is a village in India that was declared lost during the reign of the British in the early 1900. It was a village that was only inhabited by mentally unstable folks and those who were sane decided to leave the village immediately. Agastya (Akshay Kumar) is a scientist based in the United States Of America who avidly tries his best to contact Aliens, but much of his effort does not amount into anything. One day, he receives a letter from his ill father requesting him to return for a visit, and yes, Agastya comes from the same village but only God knows how he'd ever escaped and became a scientist! His wife, Diva (Sonakshi Sinha) decides to follow him back as well. Upon arriving, he discovers that it was actually a fake plot just to bring him back to save his dying village.

Akshay Kumar is his usual irritating self and Sonakshi Sinha and Minisha Lamba are both completely a waste of heroines doing nothing exceptional throughout the film. The only character worth watching is Shreyas Talpade, who plays Akshay's younger brother named Babban, who only talks in gibberish. Asrani who is another character to watch out for, as his direct translations of Hindi words into English is one aspect that will at least put a slight smile on the audiences face.

Perhaps many knew from the start that the film would be a total disaster, therefore Shirish Kunder - the director of the film not only directed it, but also wrote the story, screenplay, lyrics and even produced the film himself. After his last attempt of a love story with "Jaan-E-Mann" (2005), his direction and handling of the camera might be better now, but in the technical department, falls flat completely. The entire film from the songs to its storyline and plot is a complete drag.

Soundtrack wise, the only song that audience might enjoy is "Jugnu" by Udit Narayan and a slightly fast paced number "Joker" (the title song) by Sonu Nigam and Shweta Pandit.

The cinematography of the film was handled well, but effects are just too over the top that it entirely looks fake.

Overall, the film does provide an interesting concept on Bollywood Aliens along with a handful of funny moments, but nothing more. It can't be said that it is Shirish Kunder's worst attempt with a film, but it's not the best either. The only compliment the director is going to get from the audience is the funny dialogues and characters in the film.

Cinema Online, 25 September 2012
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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