Films | Loot – Movie Review

Loot – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on November 4, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Suniel Shetty, Shabbir Boxwala
DIRECTOR – Rajneesh Thakur
CAST – Govinda, Suneil Shetty, Mahaakshay Chakraborty, Shweta Bhardwaj, Jaaved Jaaferi
MUSIC – Shravan Sinha, Mika Singh, Shamir Tandon

To ask if Bollywood will ever stop churning out tacky, overdone comic capers involving crimes gone wrong and pots of money may be like asking if the sun will ever rise from the West. An assailed, assaulted, attacked and brutally besieged audience has probably given up on asking it as well. And films like ‘Loot’ continue to grace our silver screens.

It is a very dedicated faithful copy of the 2003 English film ‘Crime Spree’. A bunch of goons are sent on a simple crime mission to Thailand but typically manage to bungle it up. The small-time conmen Builder (SunielShetty), Pandit (Govinda), Wilson (MahaakshayChakraborty) and Akbar (Javed) meet twists and turns one after the other in the form of local gangs and their own low IQ.

Director Rajneesh Thakur chooses to mirror the original film exactly. Events, plot details and characters are loyally reproduced but was humour ever so easy to pull off? The humour here is of the vulgar, double entendre kind. Puns are laid on thick and endless innuendos qualify for the type of humour the film represents. Govinda’s spontaneity tries hard to save the ship but with a very flawed treatment and little help from his co-actors, it doesn’t do much. In this scenario, Javed Jaffery’s natural flair for comedy acts like a struggling dam that breaks more often than survives.

‘Loot’ tries hard to entertain all the while. There is the usual loud, colourful buffoonery mixed with song-n-dance of a typical masala comedy. But on its way to become an entertainer it is horribly unmindful of how ineffective the editing is (doesn’t help pace, mood or the fun element). Pattaya seems rather slovenly onscreen without any romance or charm. Mediocre music makes up the remaining part of the film’s forgetability.

Even as the film brings together a platter of known faces and proven talents, it gives them nothing to shine with. Prem Chopra, Ravi Kishhen, Mahesh Manjrekar, Razzak Khan remain mere faces. Mika debuts as an actor with little aplomb as Shweta Bhardwaj and Kim Sharma add the oomph to the package with tepid sizzle. Mahaakshay Chakraborty, Mithun Chakraborty’ son, incredibly enough, is given yet another chance to show some talent but it is anybody’s guess what he delivers. Oh, and yes, for those interested, there is a Rakhi Swant item number too and she delivers.

In the end all the film reminds one of is a mildly cooked curry with all the spices stale and put in at the wrong time, in the wrong quantity.

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