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Shakal Pe Mat Ja – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on November 18, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Deepak Jalan, Sarita Jalan, Hrishita Bhatt (Co-producer)
DIRECTOR – Shubh
WRITER – Shubh
CAST – Shubh, Pratik Katare, Saurabh Shukla, Raghuveer Yadav, Aamna Shariff, Zakir Hussain
MUSIC – Salim Merchant, Sulaiman Merchant, Nitin Kumar Gupta, Yo Yo Honey Singh

Mistaken identities in the backdrop of international terrorism is equal to a can of worms. Quite a formula this became with last year’s surprise hit ‘Tere Bin Laden’.

In Shakal Pe Mat Ja, it is four friends, Ankit Sharma (Shubh), Rohan Malhotra (Chitrak Bandhopadhyay), Bulai (Harsh Parekh) and Dhruv Sharma (master Pratik Katare) who get caught by anti-terror police at the international airport for suspected activity. The activity? They are capturing on camera the landing of a plane.

The comedy-of-errors is meant to be a rib-tickler of sorts. Bumpkin type, commoner protagonists meet equally blundering anti-terror police officers Chavan (Saurabh Shukla), and police officer Om Prakash (Raghubir Yadav). The recipe sounds like fun but isn’t as crackling. A long-drawn out screenplay and misfiring chemistry between actors constantly get in the way of an enjoyable time.

The film is a debut venture of Shubh who also plays the lead. While he plays the lead with a decent amount of capability, the direction sorely lacks vision or guidance. Tacky dialogues and tackier events weave a flimsy story together that does no one any real service.

In between the contrived mayhem of innocents mistaken for criminals there is a track of Ankit’s girlfriend Prachi (Aamna Shareif) that doesn’t really fit into the story. It makes the whole ensemble look patchier than ever.

The film boasts of some good talent that generally has us enjoying our cinematic outings. But tagged with a reluctant-to-perform script and seriously unfunny lines Saurabh Shukla, Raghuvir Yadav, Zakir Hussain and ilk have anything much to sink their teeth into.

Low-budget, non-star films have started to make a distinct niche for themselves. But that niche which dictates its watchability is got to do largely with a strong script and stronger direction. Without either, Shakal Pe Mat Ja remains a forgettable product with nothing to offer.

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