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Thread: Review: Ready entertains in bits
06-04-2011, 12:13 AM #1
Review: Ready entertains in bitsAfter two films, Dabangg and Wanted, both of which were successful at the box-office Salman Khan returns in Anees Bazmee's Ready. Since Dabangg was the top grosser of the year, or possibly even the decade, the hangover was bound to linger for a couple of years. And it was obvious Sallu baba would reappear in his Dabangg avatar as his fans screamed for more. The pertinent question being 'How much more?'
Salman (Prem) is a spoilt brat from a rich family who worships him even as he does his bit to irritate them. There is no trace of a career or profession. He's passionate about rubbing people up the wrong way.
As a hobby, he helps people find their soul mate in life. Even if it means helping a bride to escape from her wedding at the eleventh hour. Or keeping tabs on his uncle's love life and extramarital affairs. Taboo topics in the 'almost perfect' household.
Salman's father Mahesh Manjrekar (Rajveer Kapoor) plays an industrialist plagued with weird memory loss. As he struggles to remember commonplace words like beta and shaadi, his dialogues are punctuated with double meanings and bordering-on-obscene gestures.
Manoj Joshi is the chacha who alternately encourages him or disparages him in public as per the demands of the situation.
In a rather bizarre turn of events Asin ] (Sanjana ) stumbles into his life. She's no pushover and has her own agenda. Unfortunately for Salman his eccentric family completely dotes on Asin. But Asin hasn't entered his life with any romantic intentions. She's on the run as her uncles' (mamas) Akhilendra Mishra and Sharat Saxena have their eyes on her wealth.
The supporting cast also includes Anooradha Patel, Manoj Pahwa, Arya Babbar and Sudesh Lahiri. But it isn't an ensemble cast by any stretch of imagination. They've been cast as the perfect props for Salman's punch lines. And of course his punches!
For those who believed No Entry, (Salman's and Anees Bazmee's 2005 megahit) was packed to the gills with lewd raunchy double meaning humor, be warned, Ready is all that and much more. Sexual innuendos, toilet jokes, and burps have been skillfully foisted onto an otherwise lackluster script.
Twenty minutes into the film and we are treated to the dialogue 'zindagi mein teen cheesein kabhi underestimate nahin karna, I me and myself' (never underestimate three things in life, I me and myself) which gets repeated a few times both pre and post-interval might as well have been the tagline for Ready. Or if the producer wished to add fuel to the fire, it could have ideally been titled 'Mera Naam Salman Khan Hai.'
The director or maybe Sohail Khan , the producer, genuinely believe fans can sit through any sort of gibberish provided Salman stays in the frame. Or if he exits the frame, clumsily carting his bulky body then he must return in less than five seconds. Why take the risk of disappointing the frontbenchers who clamor for their superhero?
So Salman tries his hand at playing Prem the young lovable rascal from Hum Aapke Hain Kaun a role which won him a lot of acclaim two decades back. But Salman is now in his mid-forties and looks neither young nor lovable. The beefed-up body, the biceps and triceps are flaunted even in the romantic numbers such as Humko Pyaar Hua, camera angles concentrate on capturing the brawn rather than the chemistry between Salman and Asin.
Asin is the surprise element and is totally convincing as the 'runaway bride' despite a small role. She shares good chemistry with Salman and manages to evoke laughter with her crazy antics. It's a pity the director almost forgot about her existence in the second half of the film.
Post-interval Salman gets into action mode, a persona his fans can't get enough of. He fights goons, breaks tables and rescues his lady love from evil gangsters without even breaking into a sweat.
Of course there are plenty of digs at the successful films of the last decade be it Kuch Kuch Hota Hai [ Images ] or the more recent Ghajini with Paresh Rawal mimicking Aamir Khan . These in-your-face asides are something we associate with Rohit Shetty and not Anees Bazmee.
Salman fans who carve for a glimpse of their bare-chested idol need not worry. The actor is more than happy to oblige.
Ready isn't a tribute to Salman Khan. It's a vehicle which showcases the 'Best of Salman' one has seen over the last twenty years. It entertains in bits; the song Character Dheela Hai and Dhinka Chika will stay on top of the charts for a while. Some crisp one-liners, too but they are few and far between. For the greater part, the gags are stale and the humor remains contrived.
Salman, who created box-office history with Dabangg, set out to prove with Ready that he could do it all over again but fails to deliver. Maybe we just have to wait a while longer for Dabangg 2.
In the meantime …if the absence of a convincing storyline isn't a deterrent and you go ballistic every time Sallu baba appears on screen then this is perfect weekend viewing for you.
Last edited by Caasanova; 06-04-2011 at 11:23 AM....being a human...
06-05-2011, 12:44 AM #2Directed by: Anees Bazmee
Produced by: Rajat Rawail, Bhushan Kumar, Nitin Manmohan, Kishan Kumar, Sohail Khan.
Starring: Salman Khan, Asin, Arya Babbar, Paresh Rawal, Puneet Issar, Mahesh Manjrekar, Akhilendra Mishra
Music by: Pritam, Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Sunil Patel, Thomas Xavier
Editing by: Ritesh Soni
Distributed by: T-Series, Rawail Grandsons Entertainment and Software Pvt. Ltd., Sohail Khan Productions.
The much awaited movie of the season, Ready, has finally hit theaters today, 3rd June 2011. A remake of superhit Telugu film by the same name, Ready is a typical commercial cinema packed with humor and masala.
The story of the film revolves around happy-go-lucky Prem (Salman Khan), who is the most eligible bachelor living in an extended joint family and Sanjana (Asin), an orphan, who stay with her evil maternal uncles, Narendra and Tulsi. Her maamas are always plotting to steal away her ancestral assets, by persuading her to marry either of their brother in-laws. However, Sanjana sniffs their intentions.
Prem and Sanjana, fall in love, and the duo plans on teaching a nice lesson to the maamas. What follows is complete comical mayhem.. How Prem marries Sanjana, thus making her uncles realize their mistakes is the rest of the story. In short, the film revolves around how he unites the families of the girl and himself.
Bameez maintains his trademark, loud comedy, over-the-top acts and silly slapstick. The second half of the movie is when the actual story starts. The first half had a few scenes changed from the original flick, thus giving the much needed mass masala to Salman fans. However, Paresh Rawal’s character was ruined, though he was great in whatever he did. Bazmee failed to understand that in the original flick (Ready in Telugu) this character is the heart and soul of the film. There are a few vulgar jokes, which was not really needed.
Salman lived up to infusing life into the film.His mind blowing screen presence is simply superb!!! His sense of humour and the dance moves are the highlight of the film. Coming to Asin, she was a little pale in a few scenes, but the superb actress that she is, did the magic. The duo’s on screen chemistry is mind blowing.
The highlights of the film are 1) Salman Khan, 2) awesome comedy in the second half and 3) Dhinka Chika, Character Dheela songs. However, the only negative thing in the film was the action sequences. It was too weak for a Salman Khan flick, especially after his iconic Chulbul Pandey act.
The songs of film, ‘Character Dheela’ and ‘Dhnka Chika’ stole the show. Devi Sri Prasad Bollywood debut with his Dhinka Chika is the new chant of B town. Preetam’s music, needless to mention, mind blowing. Sajid-Farhad’s dialogues worked very well, elevating the humor. Sunil Patel’s cinematography is spot on. After a disastrous ‘Thank You’, ‘Ready’ sees director Anees Bazmee, back with a bang.
Ready’s opening day is surely going to be mind boggling and don’t be surprised if the film goes on to break all the record of Dabangg. A full time entertainer with fulon family drama, I give it a 4.5 out of 5…...being a human...
06-05-2011, 01:10 AM #3
Subhash K. Jha speaks about ReadyShe's a runaway bride. He's a runaway rogue, a little rough around the edges but a good-hearted lovable soul. Salman Khan can play this character over and over again with his eyes closed. In Ready, he is back to playing the lover-boy clown. Mr Fix-It and Ms Hum Aapke Hain Conwoman flirt and get naughty in exotic locations. They don't generate chemistry. They are just being around.
Jeez, these two never tire of saying cheese! And when the going gets cheesy there's always the family to fall back on. There are three families creaking at the joints, living in homes that appear to have been built to accommodate over-sized families .The setting is almost laughably anachronistic. Salman Khan and his director Anees Bazmee pay a hefty comic homage to Hum Aapke Hain Kaun . The Salman-Asin romance unfolds against the backdrop of a commodious joint family where every family-member seems determined to have a good time even at the expense of good taste.
True, Asin lacks the gamine charm of Madhuri Dixit. But then the Salman Khan in Ready is not quite the Salman Khan from Hum Aaapke Hain Kaun. He hasn't aged. He's just become more smug and self-confident. Many times we catch him looking bored on camera. But that this iconic star's style statement. When you are Salman Khan, you can slip out of character when you want.
No one is complaining. Bazmee's script, a shoot-off of a Telugu hit, accommodates more characters than Goa during the tourist season. Every character is over-dressed and over-the-top. Then men are constantly looking for reasons to say goofy corny things to one another. That's the required mood of this panga-'mirth'-lena comedy with an attitude that stretches from one end of the lengthy narration to the other with hardly a break for the plot to gather together its thoughts.
Bazmee keeps the proceedings neatly on the side of good taste. Innuendos are avoided, and partly so because Salman has an image of the good-bad boy. He never offends refined sensibilities with his wildly bratty antics, though he never shows any inclination to be one of those refined types himself. He is happy being human in a way only Salman Khan can be. He gets able support from some solid performers like Akhilendra Mishra, Sharad Saxena, Manoj Pahwa, television comedian Sudesh Lehri and Mahesh Manjrekar whose hilarious act as Salman's dad (Manrekar as DAD, really???) is lifted from Sanjay Chhel's Khubsoorat.
Strangely the women performers are all vapid to the point of seeming sedated. This is a men's comedy with women welcome to join the fun. But nobody minds. And not because this is a mindless comedy. The quality of the gags is often higher than what we usually get in Bollywood comedies. But the film suffers from an overloaded narration. There is too much effort to cram in "entertainment" at every possible level. There is also a rather lame attempt to define the status of women in feudal households.
But the attempt is so hurried and cursory, it's almost farcical. Shall we just get on with the laughs, boys? Replete with tongue-in-cheek references to many earlier blockbusters including Sooraj Barjatya's Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Ready is like one of those familiar tunes sung to a new set of lyrics that you may not approve of but you empathize with because it offers the comfort of the familiar. Having said that, the film, it must be confessed, doesn't really offer even diehard Salman fans the fun-quotient expected from the mega-star.
Too many people colonize this domestic comedy. Boisterous uncles, over-dressed aunties, under-intellectualized gangsters and irksome henchmen are all greedy to be noticed. Trouble is, they aren't doing anything that is terribly exciting or engaging, except playing the foil to the Star of the show. And we all know who that is.
...being a human...
06-30-2011, 07:37 PM #4
billy bro u are out of ur mind 2 stars for ready oh man really billy 2 stars