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10-27-2011, 10:49 PM #1
Movie Review: Tell Me O KkhudaStory:
The story revolves around Tanya (Esha Deol), who's leading a perfect life with professional success, great parents and also the perfect love of her life. However, everything around her changes, when one truth gets revealed. Tanya realises that she is an adopted child and that's when her journey to locate her biological parents begins. On her journey, Jai (Arjan Bajwa) and Kuki (Chandan Roy Sanyal) become her strong support. Then begins her ride of hope and despair, which takes her from Rajasthan to Turkey and finally to Goa. Will Tanya be able to chase her impractical dream, is what ‘Tell Me O Kkhuda’ is all about.
Story Treatment: Tell Me O Kkhuda is a high voltage emotional drama. To be specific, it’s surely not something new. What takes away the major credit from the film, is its treatment, the elongated moments that have been stretched for no possible reason. Few of the sequences are delightful, but very extended and they add to the restlessness which is already created initially. Also, it does remind one of the era, when emotions and struggle overruled entertainment. The issue of female foeticide is also highlighted in the movie, which touches in bits and pieces. The movie suffers for a reason and that’s too long-drawn. This one's far from being a complete entertainer.
Star Cast: Esha Deol is the central character of the film and surely sparkles in her comeback vehicle. Arjan Bajwa gets less scope, but manages to do his best. However, he does nothing for people to forget his character from Fashion. The chemistry between Esha and Arjan goes unnoticed. Chandan Roy Sanyal portrays his character effortlessly by providing fillers, when required. Dharmendra is surely a delight in his Garam-Dharam avatar. Rishi Kapoor and Vinod Khanna can always be depended upon. Farooq Sheikh and Deepti Naval do well, thanks to their natural acting. Hema Malini’s sweet and short appearance takes one by surprise. Johnny Lever surely deserves an applause for his comic control and also for the fact that he provides the much needed breathers in between.
Direction: The director definitely knows her job well, but hasn’t taken the present era into consideration. Hema Malini scores points for her story telling art, but leaves you wondering why she's opted for such a slow paced melodramatic treatment. Hema seems to have effortlessly made her star cast perform their best, but a dragged storyline makes the attempt a boring affair.
Dialogue/cinematography/music: Dialogues are simple, but not impressive. Though cinematography is decent, it transports you to the era of 90s. Music can be hardly registered. The title track leaves a stylish impact, but can't boast of some great choreography. ‘Somebody Somewhere’ denotes the search and Tanya’s journey.
3Ups and Downs: Opportunity for all the fans of Hema Malini and Dharmendra to see them on silver screen with their daughter Esha Deol. Also, for Salman Khan’s fans, who can’t wait to catch a glimpse of the superstar till the release of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. For cinegoers, who don’t appreciate high drama and a dragged storyline, other releases this Diwali could be a better option!
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10-27-2011, 11:02 PM #2
'Tell Me O Kkhuda' is an 80s-style melodrama
Cast: Esha Deol, Arjan Bajwa, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Vinod Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Dharmendra, Farooque Shaikh, Deepti Naval
Director: Hema Malini
'Tell Me O Kkhuda' directed by Hema Malini feels so outdated, you’re hardly surprised it’s a rehash of an earlier film she’d directed, 'Dil Aashna Hai', all the way back in 1992. The premise of both films is exactly the same - an adopted girl sets off on a quest to find her birth parents. The director’s own daughter Esha Deol plays the protagonist of this new film, whose determined but frankly harebrained mission takes her to the doorsteps of three different men, one of whom might well be her father.
Predictable and formatted, the film has an episodic feel to it, and works strictly on an unintentionally comical level. Vinod Khanna is a Rajasthan royal at whose estate Esha competes in a camel race to ingratiate herself to her possible daddy. Rishi Kapoor is a Turkey-based hotelier who manipulates her into curing his cuckoo wife. And Dhamendra is a Goa gangster whose rival kidnaps her to get even with the don.
The film fails to connect at an emotional level, because the story’s treated more like a series of adventures for the young girl, than the emotional roller-coaster ride it needed to be. The dialogues are archaic, the tone is melodramatic, and the performances consistently embarrassing.
The main culprit here is the sloppy script. The writers interrupt the basic storyline with such repeated distractions as a romantic track between Esha and Arjan Bajwa, a long-drawn sermon against female foeticide, and even some badly timed humor from Johnny Lever. The film’s conflict is resolved conveniently, and Esha’s character is reunited with her biological parents in a cheesy scene that winks at the real-life parallels it obviously draws.
Intended as a starring vehicle for Esha Deol, this 80s-style melodrama might have benefited from smarter writing and slicker direction. I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for Hema Malini’s 'Tell Me O Kkhuda'. Plodding on for what seems like eternity, this is an earnest but exhausting film.
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10-29-2011, 08:44 PM #3Hema Malini returns to direction after a sabbatical, almost twenty years after she made DIL AASHNA HAI , and so does her daughter Esha, whose last release hit the screens three years ago. But the veteran actress/film-maker takes an emotional trip yet again. In DIL AASHNA HAI, it was all about a girl wanting to know who her mother was. In TELL ME O KKHUDA, the gender is changed; the protagonist goes in search of her biological father. It’s her passionate quest for her roots, the search for her father that makes her travel to different destinations — Rajasthan, Turkey and Goa.
Well, this isn’t an innovative concept, frankly. Of course, DIL AASHNA HAI had a similar theme, but prior to that, Yash Chopra incorporated a similar sub-plot in KABHI KABHIE. But, if one were to be specific, TELL ME O KKHUDA inadvertently bears a striking resemblance to the Meryl Streep starrer MAMMA MIA!. Generally, in subjects such as these, the focus is on, you guessed it right, the drama and also the emotional quotient. It boils down to how one connects with the plot and how proficiently can the protagonist get into the shoes.
Hema Malini gets it right as far as the plot is concerned and there’s no denying that Esha pitches in a sincere, heartwarming performance, but TELL ME O KKHUDA suffers for that vital reason that’s the lifeline of every film — the screenplay isn’t convincing enough. The three stories, not connected with each other, hold your interest intermittently, in bits and spurts. But it’s the culmination to the tale that spoils the effort. Things go awry at this stage. What was the need for a formulaic and filmy end?
Tanya [Esha Deol] is brought up in the secure and content environment of a loving family [Farooque Shaikh, Deepti Naval], but decides to chart an unpredictable course with the intention of tracing her biological parents. The intense search for her roots, which Tanya takes up passionately and with headstrong determination, takes her around the globe. She meets the three men one by one — Abhay [Vinod Khanna], a royal by birth who is revered for integrity; Altaf [Rishi Kapoor], a sophisticated Indian settled in Turkey; Anthony [Dharmendra], a gangster. Tanya has to find the answers she’s looking for.
Of the three stories, the one featuring Rishi Kapoor manages to hold your interest. That’s because it comes across as real. The story featuring Vinod Khanna gets into an altogether different track and even the camel race that’s featured in this episode, which should’ve been a highpoint, fails to excite you. And the one featuring Dharmendra is the weakest of the lot. Frankly, the sequences that feature the real-life father and daughter, Dharmendra and Esha, are electrifying, but the episode featuring the father’s past [Hema Malini] is so so disappointing. The emotional connect is missing here. Like I pointed out earlier, even the finale is an absolute letdown.
Hema Malini has handled a few emotional moments well, but the screenplay is far from convincing, disjointed and least engaging, which takes the film down. There’s not much hope for music here, yet Pritam comes up with two decent tracks — ‘Mera Mann’ and ‘Esha’. The latter comes too late in the narrative, though. The cinematography is consistent. The portions in Turkey are luminously filmed.
Esha Deol delivers a mature performance. Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor are accomplished actors all and they stand out in their respective parts. Farooque Shaikh is equally good. Deepti Naval is effective. Arjan Bajwa doesn’t get scope, though Chandan Roy Sanyal is a complete livewire, a spontaneous actor. Sudhanshu Pandey is strictly okay, while Madhoo does well. The actress playing the part of Rishi Kapoor’s wife does a fine job. Johny Lever provides some genuine laughs. Hema Malini appears towards the end of the film. She doesn’t impress this time!
On the whole, TELL ME O KKHUDA has an erratic script, which works in bits and spurts. That, honestly, isn’t enough!
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