Browse a newspaper or surf news channels and I am sure, you'd be enlightened with more than a hundred stories in the course of a day. But not all stories have the potential to be adapted for the big screen. MOHANDAS suffers due to this reason. MOHANDAS is a poignant tale and is well shot too, no doubt, but the question is, does it hold your attention for the next 2 hours? In parts, yes, not in totality. At best, MOHANDAS might strike a chord in the film festival circuit, that's it! Catering to a really miniscule audience. Write your own movie review of Mohan Das - A Man Lost In His Own Nation Meghna [Sonali Kulkarni], a correspondent working at a news channel in New Delhi, receives a videotape from a remote place in Madhya Pradesh. On the tape, a battered young man claims to be the real Mohandas [Nakul Vaid] and alleges that someone else has stolen his identity. Someone else is living as 'Mohandas'. Intrigued by what looks like an unusual small-town scam, Meghna makes a trip to that place. There, she unearths the true story. Mohandas is a topper in studies and is overjoyed when he is selected for a job in Oriental Coal Mines. But he is kept waiting and waiting to actually get the job. Long afterwards, when he has given up and reconciled to it, he learns that someone else has assumed his name and has already taken his job. When he rushes to protest, he is beaten up and thrown out. Meghna places this story in the media. Harshvardhan [Aditya Srivastava], a lawyer from the district, takes this case of stolen identity to court with the intention of hauling up the usurper. But will things change? In most cases, the choice of the subject is right, but the director makes mincemeat of it. But in this case, debutante director Mazhar Kamran makes a sincere attempt to narrate this unconventional story well. A number of sequences are truly well executed, especially the end, which comes as a shocker. But, at the same time, Mazhar should've restricted the narrative to 1.30 hours, instead of almost 2 hours. Also, after a point, it becomes one of those films that depict the good in good light and the corrupt in bad light. In short, it gets bland and monotonous! Nakul Vaid plays his part very well. Sushant Singh doesn't get scope, but nonetheless leaves an impact. Sharbani Mukerji has transformed herself well for this part. Sonali Kulkarni gets her role right. Aditya Srivastava, as always, is competent. Govind Namdeo is first-rate. Sameer Dharmadhikari gets no scope. Uttam Haldar is proficient. On the whole, MOHANDAS is a well-intentioned, well-made film, but it will have a tough time standing on its feet due to lack of face-value and also multiple releases. Rating:[critique]
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Till a few years ago, if a director or writer would tell you that the object of attention in his story is a pistol and how the entire film would revolve around it, you'd laugh, even scoff at, on his face. Is he out of his mind? But times have changed. Wacky concepts are the order of the day. Last week, QUICK GUN MURUGUN depicted one. This Friday, it's AAGEY SE RIGHT. AAGEY SE RIGHT is witty and humorous in parts, but at the same time, the story is so fragile that it runs out of breath when stretched for 2 long hours. Had debutante director Indrajit Nattoji concentrated on just two characters - the cop who loses his gun and the terrorist who loses his heart - instead of focussing on the assorted characters, this one would've been one helluva ride. Final word? AAGEY SE RIGHT doesn't get it right. AAGEY SE RIGHT tells the story of a cop [Shreyas Talpade] and terrorist [Kay Kay Menon]. Through a series of events not in their control, the cop loses his gun and the terrorist loses his heart. Their two worlds collideÃ¢Â€Â¦ To start with, the screenplay doesn't do justice to the wild and imaginative story. In fact, the writing has loopholes aplenty. To cite an instance, Vjay Maurya is supposed to be the front man of the terrorists in Mumbai, but when Kay Kay has a change of heart, so does he. Strange, isn't it? Ditto for Shehnaz Treasurywala, who dances in a sleazy bar, is later visiting studios for film assignments and much later, also dances at the police function [in the finale]. Even Kay Kay's part suffers due to poor writing. His change of heart looks weird. Barring Shreyas, Mahi Gill [television reporter] and Bharti Achrekar [Shreyas' mom], the characters are not well defined. Director Indrajit Nattoji has a wacky sense of humour and it shows in the film, but he's been unsuccessful as far as the writing is concerned. The songs don't serve any purpose either. Shreyas Talpade does a commendable job. In fact, his comic timing is impeccable. Kay Kay Menon is wasted. Vijay Maurya delivers a superior performance. Mahi Gill is perfect. Shehnaz Treasurywala can't act. Shiv Pandit irritates. Ditto for Shruti Seth. Rakesh Bedi is funny in a small role. Bharti Achrekar is excellent. On the whole, AAGEY SE RIGHT has a few funny moments, but overall, this one doesn't go left or right, but directionless.