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July 31, 2015 Friday     
Prominently publicized as a comic satire with an interesting cast featuring Om Puri, Annu Kapoor and Sanjay Mishra leading the show, the biggest drawback of MISS TANAKPUR HAAZIR HO is that whatever one expects to see or has seen in the promos, it all starts post intermission in the film quite surprisingly. In other words, the basic satire attempted in the script pointing towards the backward mindset, corrupt system, police, law, courts and village panchayats actually begins in its second half when the viewer is already feeling hugely misled and disappointed watching its initial hour.
Reportedly based on ‘real life events’, the film is set in Tanakpur, a fictional village of rural India (Haryana), where an innocent young boy is falsely charged of raping a buffalo, to hide his ongoing affair with the village pradhan’s young wife. But since it’s complete first half gets horribly wasted in all uninteresting sequences, long conversational scenes and not so impressive comedy, the film simply ruins all its chances to make an impact before it even commences talking about its main publicized theme of the strange inhuman rape-case.
Mentioning its few merits, though the intentions are all fine and the director does manage to capture the rustic look and feel of the subject along with his noticeable DOP in a couple of effective sequences (like the one when the boy’s father is in a well). Yet it’s the script and an all forced comedy that mostly falls flat hampering its overall impact, despite the presence of some engaging moments towards the end, closing on an introspective note. Moreover the tragedy of the boy’s family that happens to be the most hard hitting aspect of the film, sadly gets no major emphasis as it should, probably to avoid any heavy and over-dramatic emotional scenes as it seems. Plus the over-length of the film stressing unnecessarily at various points doesn’t let you feel for its characters right from the beginning. As a result MTHH neither becomes a powerful satire nor an enjoyable comedy as portrayed in its cleverly edited promos projecting it as an important eye-opener.
With a strictly routine soundtrack, the film’s background music tries to enhance the progression on screen sincerely and the performances have Annu Kapoor stealing the show as the pradhan, followed by Sanjay Mishra as the fake village ‘Godman’ fooling everyone around. Ravi Kissen is just fine in some of his key scenes and Om Puri plays the corrupt police officer with an effortless ease as always. However Hrishta Bhatt scores in her climax sequence with the buffalo, in an otherwise okay performance playing the pardhan’s unsatisfied young wife.
In all, it’s the unimpressive direction, sluggish editing and all forced humour that doesn’t let MISS TANAKPUR HAAZIR HO rise above the level of a below average attempt. Nevertheless, the film does make you think about the state of life lived in our rural India where still such hard to believe real life events become possible due to the rotten and corrupt system without a spine of its own.
Ratings : 2 / 5 (with a special mention of the scene related to the victim’s father hiding in the well)
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26 June 2015 / bobbysing /
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If one is looking for an example how a completely nonsensical execution can ruin an exciting plot considering the viewers all brainless creatures sitting in the theater, then MR. X would be the perfect film to be quoted even ahead of the recent dud ROY. But in case the statement doesn’t deliver the message clearly then supporting it further, MR. X is just another lazily made, outrageously silly project coming from the Bhatt camp, who once used to make CINEMA but are now only interested in doing BUSINESS with lackluster, poor films being regularly offered as products just like soaps or detergents sold in the general supermarket.
For friends who still are willing to read the review, it’s a typical Bhatt camp formula movie beginning with a clichéd sequence making no impression whatsoever in its first 40 minutes despite the love songs and infamous ‘Hashmi kisses’ as always. It has a weird casting choice wherein the young, well-built Arunoday Singh is presented as a middle aged, grey haired, hamming chief of police force who suddenly turns into the baddie in the very next scene. And then despite having all deliberately added bedroom and pool sequences there is zero chemistry to be found between the sleep walking Emraan and the beautiful Amyra, who looked much better in her first film ISSAK. At times beginning of few songs in the background turn out to be surprisingly funny instead of emotional. Plus when the game of invisibility begins then the explanations given, graphics used and the way Emraan goes on and off at his own will without any kind of engaging logic given, simply makes you go ROFL in the new-age net language, meaning ‘Rolling on floor laughing” 
Inspired from many entertaining films made on the similar concepts in the past (both in English and Hindi), it would be in fact insulting naming a few in this review to be straight. But ignoring any such ‘creative crime’ committed, the makers even dare to end their film with an open climax hinting towards a sequel raising a valid question that,
‘How dumb they actually assume their viewers to be?”
With no justification of why the film was made in 3D, MR. X neither has any of those good trademark love songs in a Bhatt camp film nor it has some enjoyable graphics that ought to be the backbone of a project revolving around ‘The Invisible Man’. Completing the circle, repeating both the title & the subject used by Nanabhai Bhatt (in his 1957) directed film MR. X featuring Ashok Kumar in the lead role, the present version falls way short of even that black and white film made more than half a century back in terms of entertainment.
In short, the experience of watching MR. X is exactly like watching a POGO channel comedy serial made for the kids that even the kids would surely reject as non-entertaining. Interestingly the film also features the now famous comedian Tanmay Bhat (of AIB fame) and it would be great to see how he presents a spoof on his own film in one of the next episodes of AIB.
However ending on a serious note (as mentioned earlier in one of my reviews), films like MR.X are actually ‘feeder movies’, that these multiplexes desperately need to display every week as ‘new releases’ in order to keep them running. In reality, these are the projects made in between ‘the major’ ones to keep the business going, otherwise how will the multiplexes earn if there would be only one or two movies releasing in one month? In fact that will totally crush their ‘weekend business strategy’ highly dependent upon new releases alone, coming every week irrespective of their content or quality.
Hence it doesn’t matter whether they are enjoying or not the process of writing and making these films, the production houses are bound to keep supplying such kind of hurriedly made business products to the multiplexes in the name of cinema. And the plan will keep on working till ‘the consumer or the viewer’ wakes up from his sleep in the coming future.
So the slogan is “Jaago Grahak Jaago” and stop playing in the hands of this silly ‘weekend business model’ of the entertainment world at the earliest.
Rating : 0.5 / 5 (and that too for the innocent technicians working for the project.)
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17 April 2015 / bobbysing /
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Ideally a smaller project with no big names should have such a solid content with some surprising novelty that it forces the viewers to take a strong notice of it as the word of mouth spreads post its limited release. In fact that’s the only way of making it big for independent films, particularly for the debutant producers, directors and actors apart from the other tried and tested formula of having a hit soundtrack, which is another hard to find feature in the present times.
Hence its always exciting to watch all the lesser known, small budget films looking for that exclusive, innovative content breaking the routine pattern. But sadly, a big disappointment is what they have to offer most of the times with all seen before stuff, strangely tried without any major names in the cast pointing towards the immature outlook of the entire team behind their making.
Incidentally, the present MAIN AUR MR. RIIGHT is also one of those poor films made on the ages old concept of a boyfriend/fiancé/husband hired by a successful lady for her own reasons for a specific period of time. And here we have Shenaz hiring a wannabe struggler actor (a Salman Khan fan again) as her Mr. Right for a few weeks in order to answer her group of friends asking her to marry or get engaged at the earliest. Now either the debutant director really had something else in his mind or on paper that couldn’t get transformed on the screen as per his own visualization or he and his writers are perhaps still stuck in the same old formula of “a hiring turning into an eternal romance” used umpteen times before in our Hindi Cinema.
As a result, what we get to see is a completely immature and uninteresting film in those two hours, that can easily be called a quite childish (or rather funny) take on love, romance and changing relationships between few long time friends. It begins on a comic note with all fresh faces showing some promise, but then quickly falls flat once its clichéd plot gets revealed turning it into a completely predictable and boring fare post the initial 20 minutes.

Though the film is more about Shenaz looking stunning in her well chosen costumes right till the end, but the girl is nowhere close to the fairly enjoyable act of Barun Sobti playing the hired Mr. Right with a typical Punjabi feel and some good comic timing. So where Shenaz fails to impress due to her badly written character, Barun tries his best to deliver the only good moments in the film along with the other actors who probably are just their due to their personal contacts with the makers or straight taken from their ongoing short term courses in a known acting school.
With a tacky editing, average cinematography and a filler background score MAIN AUR MR. RIGHT has only one above average feature in its favour and that’s a well composed and sung track “Bhool Na Jaana Mujhe” in an unplugged style from Astitva Band. The soundtrack also has a version of famous song “Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re” (SAAHEB) from the man Bappi Lahiri himself and few other noticeable songs such as “Khuda Khair” and “Desi Daru” trying hard to contribute something into this avoidable venture.
In short, this is another example teaching an important lesson to the budding producers, directors and actors, that unless a low budget, smaller venture has something fresh or novel to offer, it can be nothing more than a ignorable, wasted effort or may be a producer’s own means to show some losses in a financial year.
Rating : 1 / 5 (And that too just for the song “Bhool Na Jaana Mujhe”)
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14 December 2014 / bobbysing /
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