REVIEW OF ALADIN
Posted by Kartik Srinivasan on October 29, 2009 | No Comments
ALADIN- alittle more talk, a little less magic
In an ideal scenario, if you had a magic lamp and three wishes, you would be very careful and wise in your choice. Unfortunately, in our bollywood take on this age old tale, Aladin wishes for Jasmine (Jacqueline Fernandez), Jasmine and you have guessed right: Jasmine again; couldn’t get more predictable.
Set in the fantastical ‘Khwaish City’,the first 10 minutes don’t need much intelligence to fathom as to what’s going on,especiallyif you have already read the tale.Aladin (Ritesh Deshmukh) is a regular kid in college, who is constantly bullied by his classmates, thanks to his name. Enter Jasmine-an exchange student from the US who soon becomes Aladin’s obsession. Fast-forward to some boring clichés and hackneyed dialogues.
The movie gathers some momentum with the entry of genius (Amitabh Bachchan) the genie, when Aladin accidently rubs a lamp gifted to him at a party. What follows is a series of funny interludes between the genie and Aladin, who eventually realizes that his real purpose is to protect the world and the lamp from the reach of the supposedly evilringmaster (Sanjay Dutt) but who comes across more as a laughing assassin.
The director Sujoy Ghosh has definitely got his casting right; one wishes he had worked a lot harder on the script.Amitabh Bacchan as genius is the heart and soul of the movie. In addition, he is in great dancing form too. Ritesh as the confused Aladin, fits the character to the T and doesn’tdisappoint. His chemistry with Bachchan is superb and he comes into his own eventually. This performance just proves what an underrated actor he is. Jacqueline as Jasmine has good screen presence but doesn’t have much of a role to impress.Sanjay Dutt is the only disappointment in the casting as his character lacks depth and development.
The problem with Aladin is that it is not a bad film but at the same time it is neither a good film; thanks to a very weak script.Aladin could have been a far more scintillating film with better special effects, and a superior script.
Altogether the movie is wortha watch once specifically for kids; but I warn you don’t expect any magic.