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Tees Maar Khan – Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on December 27, 2010 | No Comments

FILM – Tees Maar Khan
PRODUCER – Shirish Kunder and Twinkle Khanna
DIRECTOR – Farah Khan
WRITER – Shirish Kunder, Ashmit Kunder
CAST – Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Akshaye Khanna, Raghu Ram, Rajiv Laxman, Arya Babbar
MUSIC  – Vishal-Shekhar, Shirish Kunder

At one time, school plays had mandatory spoofs on stories/elements of popular culture. It used to be a standard form of stage entertainment for children and teachers alike. Goofy and uproariously outrageous it owed no allegiance to art, craft, form or rules. Or even limits for that matter. Farah Khan, made that school play spoof act a popular form of mainstream entertainment with her first two outings. With Tees Maar Khan she continues to do the same although a little repetitively and with less emphasis on strong dramatic and story elements.

Tees Maar Khan (Akshay Kumar) is a super-slippery crook, half-Robinhood (steals from rich, doesn’t give to the poor) who is also into film-making (don’t ask how) with a mission of looting 500 crores worth of treasure from a train. He is on contract with Chori Bros, who are joined at the hip, ahem, literally. He decides to pull it off with the help of 200 hundred villagers, a film star and his actress girlfriend under the noses of silly, Clouseau-like police Inspectors on the pretext of making a film. Somewhere, the other half of his Robinhood self arises and Farah tries hard to make him a hero we would root for.

The film concentrates on drawing chuckles more than telling a story, a decidedly fall from grace for a director with strong-telling capabilities. However, the spoofy over-doings of all characters in the film, even though loud border on ‘cute’ rather than silly barring a few. The humour needs some getting used to but settles you in quite quickly. The trademark in-jokes of the film industry, personal agendas hidden in innuendos and a sweeping lampooning of cliches in mainstream cinema overshadow story-telling and become the end in itself rather than remaining just the means. For a jolly, easy ride Tees Maar Khan makes for a passably enjoyable watch, i.e. if you’re ok with the loudness (both of sound and action).

The film is bursting with energy and it is that energy that carries you through various inanities and gaps that may otherwise have been blackholes for the film. One such inanity is the lead star himself whose incessant hamming gets a free reign here bringing down this film to any other Priyadarshan fare. For a Farah Khan film and its upmarket pretensions it is necessarily a let-down, one would think. However, the cornball silliness of each of the cast be it the girlfriend (Katrina Kaif) mother (Apara Mehta), the Oscar-hungry superstar (Akshaye Khanna), the Commissioner (Sachin Khedekar), the police Inspectors (Aman Verma and Murli Sharma) brings a sort of cuteness to the madness.

The film is a one-big parody and unfortunately nothing more. The trademark gimmickry of spectacle is sorely missing giving way to over-the-top antics of Bollywood brotherhood and campism making it seem like something out of Dus ka Dum. Enjoyable, if the on-screen bonding is seen as endearing, disgusting if seen as posturing. None of the other elements of mass entertainment like music, cinematography and locations find a commendable place in this saga of singular spoofiness.

One thing needs to be said though. Despite it all, it engages and takes you on the mad ride by the force of your collar, compelling you to participate in the non-stop nonsense even if its not your cup of tea. Now that is a feat.

FATEMA H.KAGALWALA

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