Friday, April 11, 2008

KRAZZY 4 - limp Bollywood caper flick

Isn't it convenient for a fifty-two year-old man who has no history of mental illness to suddenly have a complete psychotic breakdown, just when he's about to be indicted?Jaideep Sen's directorial debut is a lacklustre, snail-paced caper movie called KRAZZY 4. The incomparable Irrfan Khan (THE NAMESAKE) and popular comic actor Arshard Warsi lead a pack of mental patients let loose on the streets of Mumbai when their kind-hearted psychiatrist (Juhi Chawla) is kidnapped. When the movie breaks for the Interval, our Krazzy heroes have unwittingly uncovered a nasty plot involving political corruption.

The movie plays as a poorly written, flabby caper movie, with half-hearted attempts at physical humour and romance in the first half, and a thin thriller plot in the second half. Arshad Warsi, Irrfhan Khan and the rest of the cast are not given a chance to shine. In addition, I fear that the only thing anyone will remember about the score will be the legal kerfuffles surrounding its authorship. Rakhi Sawant is in typically sleazy form in a very lacklustre item number in the first half; the promise of some high wattage cameos will no doubt keep fans in the cinema for the item number in the second half.

The only thing I can really find to praise in KRAZZY 4 is the sporadic attempt at social critique. The film is mostly set on India's Independence Day and the screenwriter has a lot of digs at the corruption and disrespect for public property that is endemic to Indian society.

KRAZZY 4 is on release in India and the UK.

1 comment:

  1. I think Krazy 4 is a hit. Loved the lyrics too… see it for yourself!