Friday, April 20, 2012

Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi 

Try Harder

Every time a small non star cast film does well, a whole bunch of them spring up.  Rakesh Mehta picks up every unemployed (or under-employed) actor he could find and bungs them into Life Ki Toh Kag Gayi, and hopes something clicks. They even resurrected Tom Alter, who brings a gravity to his role, that the film doesn’t deserve.

There are several unconnected tracks, in this such-is-life-in-Mumbai film, which end up at the same venue for a climax.  But the characters are colourless and the story-telling laboured.  It tries very hard to emulate the Ramgopal Varma and Anurag Kashyap style of dark films, but is almost painful to watch.

Kay Kay Menon is a builder looking for the gangsters who killed his parents (Jackie Shroff, believe it or not, and unidentifiable actress);  Ranvir Shorey is a London-returned chef devastated by the infidelity of his girlfriend;  Pradhuman Singh is his extremely annoying ‘rocker’ friend. Manu Rishi Chadha is a Haryanvi cop, a Mamma’s boy, under a cloud because four Nigerian drug dealers escaped his net. A Chandigarh girl (Neha Bhasin) wants to make it in films, and gets conned by a sleazeball (Shakti Kapoor).

It’s the kind of movie you feel sorry for, because it is so eager to push the right buttons,  from the slang-y title to it’s sad attempts at humour.  No real reason to see this one.


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