Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Movie Review: Tees Maar Khan

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif
Director: Farah Khan
Original Release Date: December 24, 2010

*No Spoilers*

One thing about Akshay Kumar movies is that you never know what you're in for. Although Akshay is currently the highest paid actor in Bollywood, his films are either a complete hit, or a complete miss. Let's just say that I knew this film was doomed from the opening credits with the title track featuring an incredibly creepy baby-in-the-womb dance sequence. I was left horrified from the outset.

A remake of the Italian film After the Fox (1966), Tees Maar Khan is an utter disaster. The story lacked originality, with the second half of the film being largely reminiscent of the 2009 flick Billu Barber. Now, I'm a strong believer in the idea that a movie doesn't need to be original in order to be a success as long is it's well-made and entertaining. This movie is neither of those things. Marketed as a slapstick comedy, Tees Maar Khan just wasn't funny. At all. Akshay's one-liners had almost no comedic effect, his three "sidekicks" in the film were just plain annoying, and the "Johri Brothers" offered failed attempts and comedic relief. This movie tried really hard to be funny, but reverted to sheer buffoonery (think 1990s Govinda gone wrong) as an excuse for humor, making the entire film seem like a cheap comedy--minus the comedy.

As for acting, there weren't any memorable performances in the film. Akshay did a decent job and fulfilled his role as the careless conman Tabrez Mirza Khan adequately. Akshaye Khanna's cameo was interesting, but the role seemed beneath him. I will say that Katrina Kaif's character was a perfect fit. She played a ditzy aspiring actress who does nothing but overact--no role could be more true to life, don't you think?

Shameless attacks on Katrina aside, she did contribute to the one bright spot of the film-- Sheila ki Jawani. This item number, with all its glitz and glamor, lives up to the colossal hype surrounding it. The music is upbeat and catchy, the lyrics are memorable, and the choreography is impeccable. On top of that, Katrina looks simply ravishing with a body to die for. I would have liked to see more expression in her face, but the sheer spectacle of the song itself made up for that. Wallah re Wallah is also a memorable song, with a special appearance by Salman Khan being the cherry on top.

All in all, save yourself some time by watching Sheila ki Jawani on YouTube, and skipping Tees Maar Khan all together. Farah Khan attempted to make another formulaic masala film, which do usually work, but this one just doesn't leave a mark and is rather disappointing.

Final Verdict: 1/5 stars

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