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“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