Movie Review : Joker

Film: "Joker"; Starring: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, A village Of Wackos; Directed by: Shirish Kunder; Rating: ***

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Film: "Joker"; Starring: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, A village Of Wackos; Directed by: Shirish Kunder.

Imagine if Shah Rukh Khan left his posh job at NASA in "Swades" and returned to a village filled with escapees from a lunatic asylum and you have the basic plot structure of Shirish Kunder's "Joker", a film as crazy in intent as its characters make the proceeedings appear to be.

The film is fun to watch when it isn't trying to be too clever for words, or when it isn't tripping over with its tongue-in-cheek smart-ass humour. The characters are uniformly self-deprecating. Some of the material connected to an outsider helping set a scrambled village in order through mirthful masquerade echoes Farah Khan's "Tees Maar Khan", though this time Akshay Kumar plays a far more 'serious' character.

He doesn't even have a romantic duet with his co-star Sonakshi!

I wonder why Akshay Kumar chose to distance himself from movie review of jokerthis film! He has done much worse comedies in his career. Crass, loud, inane, repetitive and unfunny ones. "Joker" is none of these. The humour is never below-the-belt.

Its big USP is its audacious originality. A village named Pagalpur that has been wiped off the Indian map during the British Raj, a scientist-hero who is trying to make contact with aliens, a heroine who has nothing to do except stand attentively listening to her live-in partner's crazy schemes to bring aliens down to earth, and a village filled with crazy maladjusted anachronistic oddballs for whom the clock stopped ticking 50 years ago - these populate Kunder's kookie kingdom.

Welcome to blunderland!

There is an arresting sense of frozen farce in the proceedings. The characters are so silly they end up being distant avatars of the zonked-out villagers in Farah Khan's "Tees Maar Khan". The spoofy ambience is painted in believable shades. The film is shot an interesting shades of iodized sepia which creates a sense of fading flamboyance in a location where the characters have lost their sense of time.

Movie review of jokerBeneath the veneer of joviality the film has a serious message on the malnourished state of rural India. Politicians are shown to be so conniving and caricatural, they seem real! Likewise the 'aliens', actually villagers dressed in pumpkins and other fruits to attract outside attention, are so clumsy they look more aliens than real aliens.

"Peepli Live" gone berserk, "Joker" is funnier and less vulgar than a lot of the over-the-top situational comedies that rely on double meanings, cleavages and gay-bashing to tease titters out of a comatose script.

Not everything in "Joker" works. Some of the material echoes the calibrated linear movements of a televidio serial with our hero Agastya aka Sattoo moving from one place to another with the villagers in tow.

Yet setting aside the aimlessness the film gradually builds to a moderate momentum where we don't need to feel cheated by a film that splits the comedy genre wide open without joker movie reviewfracturing the farce. The jokes hold up.

And so do some of the performances. Shreyas Talpade as a gibberish-mouthing villager who gets all weak kneed in front of journalist Minissha Lamba, steals every scene from Akshay Kumay whenever they are together.

Could this be the real reason why our Rowdy Kumar decided to distance himself from this film? Like it or not "Joker" is a masterpiece compared with Akshay Kumar Blue or Thank You.

Flawed? Yes. Seriously so, specially in its failure to pin the aliens' theme down to a manageable streamlined structure. That apart, "Joker" is an utterly original parable on rural development, done with lots of colour, vibrancy, attitude, gusto and giggles.

Rating: ***

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  • Posted on: 19 September 2012 at 6:13amfarhana91

    I like this film. I have see here the Actual Joker. So nice It.

    Edited on:19 September 2012 at 6:13am

  • Posted on: 12 September 2012 at 3:53amharisinha

    Director and co-writer Kunal Kohli attempts here to create an epic romance, a meeting of the souls that transcends time. The concept is similar to Hou Hsiao-Hsien's 2005 film Three Times, but the sensibilities are poles apart. Three Times is a deliberately slow and exquisitely aching ode to love. Teri Meri Kahaani is a banal romance that wants to cover all bases so in the colonial Indian love story we get a lot of sher-shayari and in contemporary times, Facebook, Twitter and text messages play a key role.But if we are to stay interested in watching the same two people fall in love for two hours, the writing and performances really have to sparkle. Sadly here, neither does-Anupama sharma..More reviews on

  • Posted on: 07 September 2012 at 7:12amlovelina25

    Like seriously we love Hindi movies in the Caribbean. However this movie is CRAP and does not deserved to be watched. Ashkay Kumar is an excellent actor and he is always committed to his movies. Please help the writer to come up with some plots. He is running out of ideas:(

  • Posted on: 03 September 2012 at 1:06amPreets19

    Tis is the most crap movie i have ever watchd.. Seriously do tey have brain whoever wrote the story..Gosh!! Akshay what kind of scientist he is in the movie.. it proves he studied frm tat paagalpan school itself by his crap tatics..

  • Posted on: 02 September 2012 at 7:01pm-DulceMaria-

    Srsly who writes reviews for I-F?? the movie is a joke and Shreyas's character is most irritating of the lot.

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  • Posted on: 02 September 2012 at 4:19pmKajol17

    Once I knew Shirish Kunder was doing this movie, I knew it is gonna be a flop, my mom wants to watch this and I keep telling her it not a good movie.

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  • Posted on: 02 September 2012 at 11:34amvini187

    cool review,i will certainly watch this movie

  • Posted on: 02 September 2012 at 4:24amliyanasahir99

    I read these film reviews all the time only because I love the articles. They are all really well written!

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  • Posted on: 01 September 2012 at 10:13pmMohabbateinn

    Someone told this to me yesterday and I cracked up laughing, he said : The joke's on you if you paid for the ticket. LOLL:P

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  • Posted on: 01 September 2012 at 1:14pmparheezGM

    The aliens are played by the audiences who watched tees maar khan!! Hehehehehe

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