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Tera Kya Hoga Johnny – Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on January 3, 2011 | No Comments

FILM – Tera Kya Hoga Johnny
PRODUCER – Sudhir Mishra, Tutu Sharma, Manu S Kumaran
DIRECTOR – Sudhir Mishra
WRITER – Sudhir Mishra, Pankaj Kapoor, Joydeep Sarkar
CAST – Neil Nitin Mukesh, Soha Ali Khan, Kay Kay Menon, Shahana Goswami, Karan Nath, Saurabh Shukla, Vijay Maurya.
MUSIC – Pankaj Awasthi, Abhishek Ray, Ali Azmat

Mutliple stories stitched together by criss-crossing fates, similar predicaments and ridden with the angst and complications of urban living finds another re-telling in Sudhir Mishra’s ‘Tera Kya Hoga Johnny’.

Four stories and eight lives are strung together with the central character of Johnny, a tea boy who also doubles a delivery boy of sorts. There is Inspector Chiple who has stashed a pile of money accumulated through his under-handed dealings and his two-timing wife Divya, having an affair with Parvez, a loser. There is Madam and her drug-trafficker boyfriend Chutta. There is Preeti, a model and her self-destructive live-in boyfriend who is neck-deep in loan. There is Preeti’s self-appointed benefactor and then there is Johnny, the common thread that joins all of these people.

Largely told through Johnny’s perspective and voice-over, Tera Kya Hoga Johnny deals with the journeys of all these people who battle through their circumstances in search of love, hope and money. An evocative journey in essence, it is told in a laidback and loose fashion, not involving itself deeply in anyone’s lives, leave alone its central character, Johnny’s.

The film is dark and sombre, engaging itself with the seedy side of life that is generally ignored. It is the world of drug traffickers, transvestites, corrupting power of money and the helplessness of poverty. But it does not use any of these themes in an important or convincing manner leaving them as a mere backdrop rather than fashioning it into a reality.

The film has an interesting ensemble cast in Kay Kay Menon, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Soha Ali Khan, Saurabh Shukla, Shahana Goswami, Vijay Maurya and not to forget special cameos by Anurag Kashyap and Sudhir Mishra himself. This combination could have been exciting to watch but the lovelessness of the maker to his film renders it a mere collection of actors, some good, some not so.

Much as it wishes to be an involving experience it fails to engage due to the twin problems of a loose screenplay and a lack of depth. Rather unfortunate for a film that definitely had potential but ends up squabbling it away.

FATEMA.H.KAGALWALA

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