Monday, April 10, 2006

Film Review-Shaadi Se Pehle

Starring: Akshaye Khanna, Ayesha Takia, Mallika Sherawat.
Direction: Satish Kaushik
Rating: * * 1/2

It's a cute, light, refreshing, timepass movie.
Ashish Khanna (Akshaye Khanna) falls in love with Rani (Ayesha Takia) for whom is also vying his best friend Aftab Shivdasani. Alls well and Ashish and Rani are all set to marry, until Ashish discovers that he has cancer. But it's a mistake. Now he doesn't want to ruin Rani's life so he does everything to farthen the distance between them even acts like a womaniser. His friend Kanpuria (Rajpal Yadav) helps him to do so and he uses Sania (Mallika Sherawat) as a prop. But what happens is Sania falls for Ashish and that's not it she wants him at any cost and to make that happen is her brother Anna (Sunil Shetty) who happens to be an underworld don.
One fine day Ashish realizes , he doesn't have cancer and wants to reverse everything. That is the confusion in the film and that's what forms the crux of the story.
The camera work is cool. Music is hummable especially the track called "Ishq Ki Bijuria".
The direction is as always very Satish Kaushik in nature. It has its funny moments, some rona dhona some light moments and he sticks to his same formula and style.
Among the actors Gulshan Glover, Anupam Kher and Mita Vashist are totally wasted. Rajpal Yadav this time around goes over the top, only funny in a few scenes. Boman Irani as usual, terrific. Sunil Shetty for a change is likeable.
As far as the main leads are concerned, Aftab Shivdasani is efficient. Ayesha Takia disappoints, she goes through her role mechanically. Also she has to watch her weight. Mallika Sherawat on the other hand is a surprise. She plays the role of a seductress and must say does it really well. And Mr. Akshaye Khanna, though his hairstyle is one of the ugliest to have happened in the history of Indian Cinema and his rude and shocking sense of dressing could give all the Govinda's in the business a run for their money and his dancing skills could put Sunny Deol to shame, but what goes in his favour are his acting capabilities. Despite all the odds, he stands out as an honest actor.
This movie is not some path breaking film nor does it claim to be one. It's just a simple , timepass movie for the weekend.
Seriously no one will be disappointed.
-Sanketh Rao.

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