Smeep Kang’s comedy of errors is not worth your time and money
This is clearly not the first time where you have a tale that finds humor in lies. Given that already, if someone attempts such a film in 2019, you do expect a breeze of freshness in terms of the approach, treatment, and the overall flavor. Jhootha Kahin Ka fails miserably in all three, leaving the audience disappointed rather than amused. With a tiring execution and only a few moments where you smile (forget laughing), the film isn’t something that you should invest (read: waste) you energies in.
Based in Mauritius, Varun (Omkar Kapoor) falls in love with Riya (Nimisha Mehta) and lies to her that he’s an orphan. With the help of his close buddy Karan (Sunny Singh), he moves in with Riya who stays with her parents. Troubles start when his father Yograj Singh (Rishi Kapoor) lands in Mauritius to spend time with his son and ends up being his neighbor.
Shreya Srivastava and Vaibhav Suman’s story is still decent given the genre and it’s prerequisites. There is story and a satisfactory one for such a genre and scale. The film is actually ruined in the screenplay where its lackluster presentation gets boring very early on.
There are moments in the film which you enjoy (brought out by the physical comedy rather than situational), but even those are conventional ones done to death. The film hence gets predictable in almost every scene and no element in the story is actually able to emerge as substantial.
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A story of such level demands novelty by way of how the situations are played to how relatable the characters are or even strength in terms of technical aspects. None of them does any good here and it’s all mundane. Even the comedy on which the film relies on seems forced, jarring, and over-the-top. The scenes lack conviction.
Having said that, the makers have tried their best on a wafer thin plot to keep the audience interested for 132 mins. Towards the end, it indeed wipes off miseries to some extent. But the damage by then is already too huge.
Rishi Kapoor is the only reason why you actually watch the film fully. He binds some sense in the otherwise disintegrated piece. He has his comic timing in place but he clearly is underutilized in a film that lies right below the average mark.
Omkar Kapoor is on the lines of poor and nothing about him can be cherished. Sunny Singh on the other hand is still fine and has some fine moments. Jimmy Shergill in a brief role is fine and you like him.
Nimisha Mehta and Rucha Vaidya are both average. The makers have made them look glamorous but haven’t given them any say in the plot. Nimisha still has some length in her role and she gets a chance to perform to some extent. Manoj Joshi and Lilette Dubey being fantastic actors try their best to save the film but can’t help much. Why did they even sign the film is an important question.
Rajesh Sharma is brilliant in his supporting act. He makes an indelible impression with his polished act. It’s a sheer pleasure to watch him.
The loud songs of the film do nothing apart from adding to the run time of the film unnecessarily. The background score is also appalling, where even a layman could tell that it could be evidently improved.
Cinematography by Akashdeep Pandey is vibrant and colorful with sets too basic for a Bollywood film. It seems that the production design department was instructed to use as many colors as they could, not necessarily putting aesthetics and quality in mind.
Editing by Ashfaque Makrani is too simplistic given the inherent scope of the film as a whole. It doesn’t offer spaces where editing could contribute.
With Hindi cinema experimenting with new concepts rigorously, it’s frustrating to see some makers still sticking to age old formula. To add to it, they refuse to add anything new considering how the audience has evolved over the years. Can be missed. The Lion King is out. The choice is simple.