Kambaakth Ishq

Kareena Kapoor as KaminiImage via Wikipedia

A lot of somebody's money just went down the drain, down a Hollywood drain I must say.

Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, a couple of good songs, a couple of good gags and a few supporting actors are the only good things in this movie. the movie is like a very expensive Titanic that is sinking without a trace.

The movie's storyline or what little exists of it is of Viraaj (Alshay Kumar) a stuntman in Hollywood, primarily working at Universal Studios. He is a womanizer and does not believe in the cocnept of marriage. He has two flunkies Tiger (Vindoo Singh) and Lucky (highly underrated Aftab Shivdasani). Lucky gets married much against his Mentor Viraaj's wishes to Kamini (the hot looking Amrita Arora). Kamini's friend is the model and doctor in training Simritha Rai (Kareena Kapoor) who also does not believe in men or in marriage. When Viraaj and Simritha meet, fireworks happens and there begins the donfall of this movie. Some stale gags and a few new ones later you begin to lose track of where the story is going. Brandon Routh, Denise Richards, Sylvester Stallone etc put in their appearances and obviously had a lot to do with this film's budget.

Sylvester Stallone in Sweden to promote "...Image via Wikipedia

The film fails mainly because of its lack of consistency in characterisation and storyline. This often happens when all the focus is on the stars. When that is the state of the story, I cannot comment much on direction. Take for example a tough gangster neighbourhood where suddenly there is an intact and working Parking meter with coins inside taht is used as a weapon in a fight or consider Kareena does not have USD 5000 but is shopping Gucci and other designer wear, also drives around a VW. Patchy screenplay only adds to the woes of this film.

The film has a great opening at the box office thanks to all the buzz since 2007 and the drought of movies after the producer-multiplex strike. Do not think the BO will hold too much hope though in the weeks to come, but then one never knows. Vindoo Singh does well as the sidekick but has a silly role to play. Aftab does not have much to do and is sadly underutilised. Kareena is hot (yup ! I do have a soft corner for this woman) and appears in the skimpiest of clothes you have ever seen her. Many scenes and sequences border on the titillating. Amrita Arora looks good and of course shows of her toned body in many a scene. In all, the movie seems to be a hastily put together mish-mash of different sequences, scenes and songs with some repetitive stock footage of Hollywood stars and a few guest appearances thrown in for good measure.

It is believed that this project was the dream of producer Freoze Nadiwala. His dream to have Hollywood actors acting in Bollywood film. Dream fulfilled. Sadly, it could have been such a better film to mark this remarkable achievement in cinema. This film reminds me of 'Tashan' (read about it here) which was another example of all style and no substance.

Is it worth watching ? Wait for it to come on TV I suggest. You decide !
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Roshmi Sinha July 4, 2009 at 7:07 AM  

"It is believed that this project was the dream of producer Freoze Nadiwala. His dream to have Hollywood actors acting in Bollywood film. Dream fulfilled."

Seems like, its a case of: Operation successful, but the patient died... what?!!

Thanks for the warning!

Ved July 4, 2009 at 9:37 PM  

I forgot to mention. The completely amateur dialogue writing. I don't mean the English ones but even the ones in Hindi suck big time. Possibly no money to pay the dialogues writers. All the money must have gone for the stars

Prem November 20, 2009 at 5:33 AM  

Hey Ved, You missed the inspiration Kamal hassan's "Pammal K sampantham"

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