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01-12-2012, 11:23 PM #1
Movie Review: Sadda Adda
The story revolves around six room-mates and their camaraderie. Irfan (Bhaumik Sampat), Sameer (Karanvir Sharma), Kabir (Kunal Pant), Jogi (Rohitt Arora), Safal (Parimal Aloke) and Rajat (Rohin Robert) stay in Delhi, just like thousands of North Indians, in search of opportunities that were never available in their own home towns. They come from different backgrounds together, to share a two BHK apartment in a middle-class colony, which they lovingly call ‘Sadda Adda’ and live with a completely bindaas attitude. However, with time they come across many situations in life, but it's just the way they deal with it that decides their future.
'The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you’, is one message which the movie screams out loud and leaves a very positive message, that life is about how you deal with your issues. The movie offers a pleasing experience, packed in very ‘Men will be Men’ style, yet keeping the emotions intact in the storyline. The story is simple, yet engaging. The emotional quotient is uninterrupted with different emotional backdrops. The first half establishes the characters without inducing much, but second half is more poignant and appealing.
Bhaumik Sampat grabs one’s attention and has done complete justice to whatever he was offered, with his good looks and apt acting. Karanvir Sharma too promises to be a new talent to look forward to and impresses with his performance. Parimal Aloke, Rohin Robert and Kunal Pant get less scope, but again leave an impact on the viewers. Shaurya Chauhan makes her presence felt, while Rohitt Arora adds a funny side to the film without overdoing his act.
Muazzam Beg does justice to the movie, while taking the script a level ahead. The director surely earns some brownie points for making his new star cast shine with their talent. Also, the direction clearly indicates his sense of understanding of the youth and how he's able to still pass on one serious message with such ease, registered with entertainment. Dialogues/cinematography/music: Dialogues are simple, convincing and funny, which assure entertainment. Cinematography is decent, a crispier editing could have added to the charm further. Sarphira song expresses the flavour of the movie, while leaves a feel good effect on ears. The title track Sadda Adda also explains the lifestyle of youngsters and suits the film’s theme.
3ups and downs:
A film with a message and roofed with engaging entertainment, surely makes it a one time watch. No major star cast and promotions can act as a hindrance at the ticket window. It's a bit slow during the first half, but is successful in tickling the funny bone.
...being a human...
01-14-2012, 10:16 PM #2Now this is a coincidence. This week's SADDA ADDA as well as TUTIYA DIL seem inspired, to an extent, by last year's sleeper hit PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA. Not TUTIYA DIL as much, actually. But one can draw parallels between PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA and SADDA ADDA for sure. Thankfully, one can't label SADDA ADDA as a mere imitation, since the film has its moments of sunshine and glory.
Like most films that focus on Gen X, one may assume that SADDA ADDA falls in the category of coming of age film with liberal doses of sex. Writer-director Muazzam Beg sets out to narrate a story about six buddies and how each of them encounters roadblocks and barriers, personally and professionally, while chasing their dreams. One of them, sadly, has a bitter end. It's more of a slice of life film that mirrors the hardships of the urban youth. Having said that, I'd like to add that SADDA ADDA isn't without its share of blemishes. More on that later!
SADDA ADDA is about how six bachelors, with completely different backgrounds and personalities, live together. Their apartment 'Sadda Adda' is a complete mess with empty beer bottles, cigarette butts, unwashed clothes, mattresses tossed all over the floor etc., yet they cook, clean, buy groceries, pay rent, laugh, cry, fight over insignificant issues and always stand up for each other -- like a family.
SADDA ADDA, actually, takes a long time to come to the point. In fact, there's not much movement in the story in the first hour, since it's devoted to establishing the characters and the bonhomie that the youngsters share. But Beg ensures that the first hour has its share of some wonderful, laden-with-wit moments that keep you engrossed. The turning point in the story comes at the interval point, expectedly.
It's in the post-interval portions that the wheels start moving. Nope, it's not a great script -- you can guess what's in store next at times -- but Beg handles the multiple stories maturely. The best sub-plot is that of Karanvir Sharma, who enacts the role of a failed actor and how he rises from the ashes. Rohin Robert's plot is abruptly cut short, while Bhaumik Sampat's story is predictable, yet relatable and Rohitt Arora's tale provides occasional laughs. The fifth story -- Kunal Pant -- lacks meat. Despite the hiccups, SADDA ADDA keeps you engaged in its second hour due to the twists and turns in the story. In fact, the penultimate 20 odd minutes are the mainstay of the film, with the emotional moments making you moist-eyed. The end, luckily, gives you a positive vibe.
While the cinematography is okay, the music gels well with the mood of the film. How one wishes the songs were aggressively promoted, prior to the release, especially the title track. The dialogue are funny and witty.
The boys are much better than the girls. Also because the girls have nothing substantial to do. Karanvir Sharma is the scene-stealer, while Bhaumik Sampat is a complete natural. Rohin Robert is decent, Rohitt Arora is alright, while Kunal Pant is fair. Parimal Aloke gets into the skin of the character. The girls opposite Karanvir [Shaurya Chauhan] and Bhaumik [Kahkkashan Aryan] are passable.
On the whole, SADDA ADDA is a decent attempt, but will have to rely on a strong word of mouth to sustain....being a human...
02-14-2012, 02:17 AM #3