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May 22, 2015 Friday     
There is no competition to Horror genre in India as almost everyone is ready to try it once (irrespective of the star-cast), expecting that probably this time they do it right coming up with a real scary film breaking the long jinx. But unfortunately, ALONE remains another silly addition to the category of all those lazily made ventures following the typical filmy setting of mixing horror with sex and some soothing songs. Moreover this time neither you get to feel the horror nor are served with any exciting sexual content as seen in director Bhushan Patel’s last scary film RAGINI MMS 2.
Adaptation of a Thai film with the same title ALONE (2007), it was earlier remade in south too as CHAARULATHA (2012 – Kannada/Tamil) before the present Hindi version. And the most disappointing feature of this remake is that despite having a decent, novel plot revolving around two beautiful (twin) sisters, the writers/director fails to materialize on it absurdly and goes on and on with the same old clichéd sequences completely ruining its interesting premise right from the beginning. Both the scary and steamy-quotient are not able to deliver anything significant and the film ends just like that making you feel as conned by the makers stealing your precious two hours and the hard earned money once again so easily.
Being too dark throughout (in literal sense), you get to see a brighter screen only in the well shot songs and few other sequences in gaps resulting in a more annoying experience. Plus the boringly slow pace with a routine progression and average dialogues further become its major downers unable to exploit the potential plot that could have been used differently as required. In the performance section, the key face of the project Bipasha Basu continues with her deliberate move of doing more horror movies but displays the same expressions and erotic appeal repeatedly proving herself as a much better kisser keeping aside the acting skills. However the lady surely deserves an innovative director and project to prove her untapped talent in this particular genre quite clearly. Karan Singh Grover makes a confident debut showing his worked upon body and knows well how to do the emotional scenes (learning from this TV serial experience) evidently. But the poor screenplay of the film doesn’t let him do something exceptional making the best use of the opportunity given. In addition the supporting cast provides few funny moments in place of the scary ones resulting in a weird laughter in the theatre post intermission.
In all, the soundtrack with few interesting (but not great) tracks can be rated as the only positive feature of this lousy horrex film (as it is called). And its really a pity to see such an uninteresting remake despite having two clear references right in front of you for the guidance. Therefore you can easily skip ALONE to watch something more scary from your own DVD collection that is compelling enough to be given a repeat viewing.

(For records, one of its song "Touch My Body" has credited 8 lyricist for its creation, since it is a reworked track from Dr. Zeus earlier two songs namely, "Feel My Body - Don't Be Shy" and "Kangna".)

Rating: 1 / 5
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17 January 2015 / bobbysing /
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Many rate Prabhudeva as a ‘one film wonder’ overrated director who has been mostly lucky till date either due to the star power featuring in his movies or few hit tracks largely saving his projects despite the routine scripts. Frankly I enjoyed watching his WANTED a lot along with the fairly entertaining ROWDY RATHORE that had a big merit of being a Rajamouli remake. But Prabhudeva tried to play it pretty safe with RAMAIYA VASTAIYA (a new age remake of MAINE PYAR KIYA) and then raised many big doubts with his R…RAJKUMAR, one of the weakest biggies this year disappointing hugely.

However I was still willing to give the experienced director a strong benefit of doubt, until I witnessed this utterly atrocious attempt in the name of entertainment by the same Prabhudeva along with Ajay Devgun and a big production house falling down to a rare unbelievable level which even goes beyond R…RAJKUMAR in comparative terms.

Following his fixed pattern of opening the film with a supposedly entertaining mix of action, romance and few songs having some surprising cameos, ACTION JACKSON actually reveals its storyline of lookalikes post 50 minutes of the film. And then has got nothing great to offer in terms of content apart from a well shot, brutal & bloody fight sequence just before the intermission. Sharing my personal experience of watching this terrible attempt, at first I thought that a weirdly dancing Ajay Devgun is having great fun here that should ideally build up later offering some fine enjoyable moments. But as the film moved further, I realized that this was in turn a great ham show put together by all the renowned names which is sure going to find one of the top places in the next “Golden Kela Awards” for the worst movie of the year unarguably.

To give you  the exact idea about the amazing hamming sequences shot by the team hilariously, just sample the following and then give it a thought that how could such big names of the industry could even think of doing it on the screen in the name of entertainment. (Spoilers Ahead)

A. The leading lady accidently gets to see the private parts of our hero and assumes that it is her lucky charm. As she tries to witness ‘it’ again making repeated attempts (to become lucky), her group of friends is also willing to do the same and they end up undressing a wrong person instead having a good fun. So this is the romantic angle of the movie (involving all educated new age girls) to be rated as cheeky, cheap, disgusting or vulgar as per your own choice.

B. A scene dealing with the problem of primary school admissions has a principal who behaves more like a Kirana shop-keeper, undeservingly sitting at the reputed post.

C. The actions sequences go on throwing, stabbing, killing dozens of people like vegetables both in the country as well as abroad and our Police is more interested in working for the criminals than the government they wear their uniform for. Moreover the Don’ psycho sister even kills four goons throwing them out of a high rise building to fall on the road in Bangkok as if she owned the city and its law too.

D. The two lookalikes are so overconfident that one even decides to go to Bangkok in place of the other along with his friend without any official hassles at all.

E.  Our hero narrates his tragic story in the flashback, recalling the incidents which actually happened in his absence, as if he had the power of a gifted third eye.

F. A pregnant woman is stabbed pretty badly but she delivers a healthy baby later on surviving a ‘big final operation’ which is never shown. Also our hero’s funny friend gets brutally stabbed in the back only to return looking perfectly fine in the end.

G. Played by an ambitious actress, the film also has the most hamming lip-lock sequence ever with the girl kissing the hero’s funny friend only, to know the hero’s whereabouts.

H. Despite having a reputed name in the lyrics department, AJ has some outrageously written songs such as “Surya Ast Punjabi Mast" (What do you mean by that really???), “Tujhse Milne Ka Keeda Ander Hai” (Now we have fallen down to the ‘Keeda’ level) and “Chhichhora Piya” revealing our foolish journey from “Dagabaaz Piya" to this disgraceful phrase calling the lover Chhichhora. (How could you even approve these dear Prabhudeva and Ajay Devgun?)

I. Along with a badly written, rotten script (can we even call it a script taking everything from here and there?) the film has some sick punch lines mocking two earlier cult hits WANTED and AGNEEPATH. Whereas in reality it is not even close to ‘The Commitment’ and far, far away from ‘The Appointment’ quite shamelessly.

J. The background score is another of those strong hamming elements of ACTION JACKSON, that turns out to be hugely loud as well as funny instead of terrifying at regular intervals. Moreover despite having Prabhudeva as the director, we do not get to see any exceptional choreography too in the mediocre songs unexpectedly.

K. Adding to the technical hamming, the over excessive use of illogical animation and special effects in the film’s editing is so ‘at your face’ that it seems as if the editor has used this opportunity to showcase everything he had got in his editing machines and then tried to make a personal show-reel out of the film, acting smartly.

L. Coming to the performances, they all force you to question their cinematic intelligence loudly as Ajay Devgun seems to be all confused doing nothing new in the film apart from his weird, over confident ‘left foot dancing’. Sonakshi Sinha looks like acting clever while giving her interviews only because the girl has done all exactly similar roles till date except LOOTERE. In straight words, If they are not offering you something different then who is stopping you to refuse all these stupid, identical roles one after another dear Sonakshi? Yami Gautam suffers again due to a bad project and we cannot really blame her completely since who can refuse a Prabhudeva film (with such reputation) as her third assignment only in the industry. The debutante Manasvi tries showcasing her every asset to grab your attention in vain along with those never seen before hamming villains contributing nothing. So among all these non-performers there is only Kunaal Roy Kapur doing a repetitive yet entertaining role of Ajay’s friend generating some kind of laughter in his few sequences.

In all, ACTION JACKSON seriously made me think that did Ajay Devgun & Prabhudeva really had to do this, stooping to such a low? Do these makers actually consider we the viewers as fools for granted, who can accept anything and everything served in a well publicized movie with some known faces offering a big ‘no-show’ in terms of content or entertainment.
Do they have all reached their saturation point in reality, having nothing left in them creatively, hence trying these ridiculous mix-n-match remakes in order to skip the hard work of experimenting with some new subjects and scripts.

Ending on a sad note, the film reminded me of a beautiful story wherein an intelligent father gives 100 rupees to his 3 sons individually and asks them to buy something to fill a room with the money given. Two of his sons decide to buy cheap things such as cotton and grass to fill the room with the money given, but the third son cleverly buys an incense stick for just one rupee and saves 99. He burns the stick and fills the room with its soothing fragrance in no time, winning the competition hands down.

Now finding a relation with the above inspiring story, Prabhudeva’s ACTION JACKSON is exactly like the act of those two sons who try to fill the room with just anything without thinking much. So we have a big budgeted look, huge canvas, great fights, good looking faces, foreign locations, romance, glamour, sex, songs and everything else in the movie stuffed in forcibly to complete those 145 minutes. But the act doesn’t have that soothing fragrance to win hearts.

We are all looking for that pleasant fragrance in our films, dear film-makers. So better try to be the third intelligent son in your upcoming ventures……..gracefully!

Rating : 1 / 5 (Just for the huge effort put in by the entire crew and very few enjoyable moments with Kunaal Roy Kapur)

(Note : Not anything related to the storyline but ACTION JACKSON takes it major inspirations for its sword fighting and all colour scheme and graphics used in the promos from Quentin Tarantino’s KILL BILL.)

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05 December 2014 / bobbysing /
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Horror genre has surely got a big number of takers among the Indian viewers since I have never seen any Hindi horror movie show getting cancelled on its very first day even when there is no star featuring in it and no publicity or buzz existing about the movie before its sudden release. The fact proves that the audiences are just waiting for a good Hindi horror flick since long and this is one clear open field where anyone can easily hit a four or six with just putting in an extra effort coming out of the crease.
But sadly this Friday also offers another comparatively better but still a mediocre attempt in this particular genre taking its clear inspirations from a few foreign films or TV serials like GHOST HUNTERS, talking about a shooting crew visiting a haunted place at night to record some possible paranormal activities.
To give the makers their due credits 3 A.M. turns out to be a much better film in its first half (in comparison to many latest duds of this genre), when the director remains focused on creating the build-up and then shows the night invasion into the deserted haunted factory having a spooky history. The fun element remains intact in these first 45 minutes and the interest is kept alive as it should be. But once we come back post the intermission, the over-stretching begins and probably the producer instructions take over with many silly insertions of college flashbacks, songs, romance and more resulting in a quick loss of grip all of a sudden.
As a result, the film goes back to that routine trend of offering all clichéd scary sequences which no longer are able to give the viewers the much awaited thrills or chills. The story narration turns confusing (and then all weird) without any clear conclusions in the end. And later the final 20 minutes simply ruin it all leaving a quite poor impact on the viewers. Performances range from decent to average with Rannvijay, Kavin and Sahil putting the best efforts playing their weak characters and Anindita just looking pretty, getting much lesser scope than the three. In its technical department, the background score makes it presence felt only occasionally but the DOP does well to get it all right in the dark along with few soothing but deliberately inserted tracks affecting the horror feel.
In short, this could have been a fine flick with an intelligent mix of normal and night vision camera visuals, giving the viewers what they all wished for in the dark. But since we are still somewhere stuck in the same ages old formula of ‘romance, sex and songs’ package to be included in a horror film making it more commercially viable, its really difficult that any sensible director would get the freedom to make a brilliant Hindi horror film in the near future. Nevertheless, our hope is still there and may be an independent film-maker (free of all producer dictates) might be able to break this silly set pattern soon.
So ending on a positive note, this is not as bad as many recent low budget movies and surprisingly has got few interesting songs too, specifically “Meharbaani Teri” which though gets placed at a very wrong timing, but still stays there in your mind as something better enjoyed in its second half. In fact this is another instance when a good song gets lost in an unknown and unimpressive film, which could have reached millions in a bigger project.
On the whole, with 3 A.M we are certainly heading towards the right direction, but now urgently need to get rid of the set routine pattern and come up with a completely focused horror film to scare the hell out of the viewers giving them the worth of their money spent.

Rating : 2 / 5 (Including 0.5 more for few soothing musical tracks which unfortunately were all forced into the script in the name of a 'Soundtrack'.)
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27 September 2014 / bobbysing /
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