Sunday, January 11, 2004

munna bhai mbbs: migraine induced by a desi cuckoo

Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Dutt and the makers of this mush-laden predictafest should be drawn and quartered. Other culprits include the lass with limited expression Gracy Singh, and anyone who thought that Sanjay Dutt was (a) a good actor (b) could pass off as a taporii. Arshad Warsi once again triumphs (see Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II) as does Boman Irani (Darna Mana Hai). The script is loaded with sequences of potential merit. These are destroyed by the generous dollops of sentimental tripe so predictable you can hit FF early enough without fear of losing out on anything significant. The songs (except perhaps for subah ho gayii maamuu) suck. And the echoes of One Flew Over a Cuckoo's Nest are something we couldn't shake off. And Jimmy Shergill reappears in another pointless role well suited for his limited repertoire. Pity. The pedestrian slang just indicates how much potential this film had. The original casting choices were Shah Rukh Khan and the Big B. Not sure how that would have worked out (don't have too much faith in SRK's taporii skills either!). In any case, this film will probably reap the makers enough $$$ to be pleased with themselves. Quality there ain't. Mindless entertainment[sic] triumphs once again. Yay for maamuu (although local lingo ontologies conflict severely in a risqué manner). Boo for jaaduu kii jhappii. These guys deserve a jhaapa.D.

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