Posted: 01 October 2004 at 12:35pm | IP Logged
Popcorn Khao! Mast Ho Jao By Taran Adarsh, October 01st, 2004 - 1500 hrs IST
Welcome to the world of Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead, the popular comic book characters.
Unfortunately, POPCORN KHAO! MAST HO JAO, the desi
version of Archie's, gets so taxing after a point that you actually want to tear your hair in disgust and munch popcorn in despair.
Coming from a debutante director, POPCORN KHAO! MAST HO JAO is a notch above the ordinary in terms of technique. But technique seems to have taken precedence over content. That explains why the outcome, although skillfully executed, lacks soul. You just don't empathize with any of the characters because each one of them seem unauthentic.
POPCORN KHAO! MAST HO JAO is about three friends who together form the 'kurta' gang: The eternal dreamer Rahul [Akshay Kapoor], the dependable Tania [Tanishaa] and the happy-go-lucky Goldie [Yash Tonk].
Enters Sonia [Rashmi Nigam]. The girl with luscious lips, long curly hair and honey colored eyes is the stuff that every boy's dreams are made of… and Rahul is no different boy!
The film starts in college and travels with four characters as they set off thereafter to achieve their individual goals and realize their dreams.
Even the Yash Tonk romantic track with the actress looks ridiculous. Ditto for Deepak Tijori's appearance in a get-up. It ceases to make you laugh after a point. And the announcement of a sequel in the last scene makes you wonder whether the makers are seriously going ahead with a sequel or is it a mere joke.
Debutante Kabir Sadanand has chosen the right idea for his debut vehicle [the film is targeted at the youth], but the screenplay [penned by Kabir himself] lets him down completely. In fact, the scripting is so amateurish and uninspiring that it sets you thinking as to how was it okayed in the first place.
Vishal-Shekhar's music is a major asset and in fact, the saving grace. 'Kal Se Koi', 'Dupatta Beimaan Re', 'Le Chale' and 'O Solemiya' are tracks you hum even after the screening has concluded. 'Dooriyan' is imaginatively filmed and rich lyrically. The picturization of every track is stylish. Cinematography [Manoj Soni] is excellent. The film is visually striking. Dialogues are strictly functional.
Akshay Kapoor is a bundle of talent. The debutante looks good, emotes well and dances gracefully. He has the potential to scale higher, if given right opportunities. Tanisha is much better than her debut flick [SSSSHHH...], but has an ill-defined character, which curtails her growth as an actress considerably. However, she needs to go easy on her make up.
Newcomer Rashmi Nigam looks alright, but wears one expression [that of confusion] throughout. Yash Tonk hams big time. Deepak Tijori is natural. Kabir is just okay.
On the whole, POPCORN KHAO! MAST HO JAO is a weak fare. At the box-office, the film has bleak prospects. Its chances at multiplexes - its target audiences - also seem dim.