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The Movie starts at a good pace but starts losing its grip very soon. Firstly, the Movie is peppered with too many characters that are one dimensional and then you have the requisite Gay fashion designer who is more of a caricature, the bitchy actresses, super bitchy journalists, womanising heroes and haughty star wives who keep their husband on a leash. I am sure you got my drift.
The Movie keeps meandering in the first half and you wonder 'What is it, that the director wants to say through this Movie?'. The only saving grace is Kareena, whose performance is superb as the actress who comes from a broken home and suffers from a bipolar disorder. She is shown to be vulnerable, bitchy and an erratic actress who learns that to survive in Bollywood, she needs to cross all limits. Mahi is shown to be constantly in search for love and happiness. She tries to find it and when she gets it, she rejects it for something else.
Kareena does justice to her role and is a treat to watch. She effectively comes across as a person who is troubled and is slowly losing control over her life. Arjun Rampal, is shown to be a playboy who is in love with Mahi but is commitment phobic. I felt, he was a bit wooden in certain scenes.Randeep Hooda is a cricketer who is madly in love with Mahi. When he proposes to her, she rejects him and chooses her own career over love. His character seems a little impractical, as he does not understand the reason as to why Mahi is giving importance to her career over marriage. Does he not know that a heroine has a very short shelf life in Bollywood and marriage can end their career?
It is more difficult to like this Movie cause the story of Mahi never touches your heart. Her pain does not become your pain. The story is neither about an underdog like in Dirty picture, nor is it about the trials and tribulations of the human spirit, like in Chandni Bar. It is a plain linear narrative of a character called Mahi, without giving any depth to her character.
The ending of the movie is abrupt and a liittle unbelievable. It looks as if the Director did not know how to end the Movie and so hastily put something to end it.
I will give the Movie 2.5 starts out of 5 only because of Kareena and her acting. Would recommend all you good people to save your money and watch it free, when it is aired on Television. Save that money and go watch 'Barfi' again.
Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Randeep Hooda
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar