Sat, 28 Jun 2008 13:30:52 GMT

'Thoda Pyaar'... and No Magic!!!

There's a fleeting scene in Kunal Kohli's 'Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic', in which the characters visiting Los Angeles,  pass the famous landmark of the hills with 'Hollywood' written across.  For a few seconds, the 'H' change to 'B', and you think, ha! Wishful thinking.  First come up with an original idea, then talk!

Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherji in Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic

Movie review by Deepa Gahlot

All three of Kohli's films so far have been picked from Hollywood sources, his latest has bits and pieces from several –'Sound of Music', 'Mary Poppins', 'Nanny McPhee', 'Enchanted'—without even an ounce of magic from any of them.

There has to be a good reason for a director to pick up a really hackneyed subject to make a film—and that too in these times, when all its Hollywood source material has been seen (or can be) on TV and DVD.

It's either a classic he wants to reinterpret in his own way (danger zone!) or there's something he wants to add to the formula.  After watching the promos of  Kunal Kohli's 'Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic', you know exactly what the film is about, how it will go and how it will end. Then what's your motivation for spending those big multiplex bucks?

Ranbeer (Saif Ali Khan), a surly businessman (he was orphaned in childhood and grew up with deep frown lines) accidentally kills a couple when his car crashes into theirs. The judge (Sharat Saxena) – like in the old hit 'Dushman'—orders him to look after their kids,  and do it well, or go to jail.

The four kids (Akshat Chopra, Shriya Sharma, Rachit Sidana, Ayushi Berman), odious enough as it is, giving their relatives a hard time, hate him and go all out to make his life hell. Then God (a chubby Rishi Kapoor) sends an angel Geeta (Rani Mukerji) to earth to sort their problems. She lands up wearing a dress more hideous than her white chiffon angel costume and wins over the kids with magic.

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She inexplicably speaks like a Punjabi housewife, takes an instant dislike to Ranbeer's flighty bimbo girlfriend Malaika (Ameesha Patel) and manages to do the job of bringing kids and 'enemy' together, but, predictably 'didi' and 'bhaiyya' fall in love and it's God's problem to solve this one.

Of course, there are special effects, but there is such a thing as overdoing it. Geeta takes the kids to a museum and they get into outer-space, enter a war tableau, participate in the Dandi march, and you wonder why the pari is singing a patriotic song to entertain the kids?  If the film was meant for kids, then why the erotic Lazy Lamhe number?

The biggest problem with 'TPTM' is its predictability, its curious lack of warmth for the characters, more special effects than it required, a needless sojourn in LA—all this fluff, over a solid screenplay and heart-tugging lines.

Saif Ali Khan must have told to keep that frown on and does; Rani Mukerji acts cuter than all four kids put together, which along with their cuteness, ups the saccharine quotient of the film to unhealthy levels, without making their antics any more watchable. Forget Hollywood, see 'Parichay' and 'Bawarchi'—even today they can make the most jaded viewer laugh and cry. That is movie magic, this is just charlatanry.

Source: India Syndicate

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