Sat, 30 Aug 2008 14:11:28 GMT

'C Kkompany': Lackluster fare!

Sachin Yardi, who directs 'C Kkompany', was the writer of 'Kya Kool Hain Hum', so there is a feeling of trepidation while stepping into his new film.


C Kkompany

Review by Deepa Gahlot

It is not quite so crude as 'KKHH', which was also produced by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji and started her brother Tusshar. Never mind the kinky spelling, with a bit more effort, 'C Kkompany' could have been another 'Lage Raho Munnabhai'.

Yardi's film is about three friends in need of money who pretend to be a gang and extort money, but the consequences are beyond their control. Akshay (Tusshar), Joshi (Anupam Kher) and Lamodar (Rajpal Yadav) live in the same building and are friends despite the age differences. They are all in need of money — one to be able to marry his girlfriend, the second to stop his son from ill-treating him and the third to escape a humiliating job.

They decide to make an extortion call to Joshi's nasty son, naming themselves C Company. But a fake video makes it to the news channel where Akshay works and the non-existent gang becomes big. The cops, as well as TV-soap addict Don Dattubhai (Mithun Chakraborty) expend all efforts to trace this mysterious new gang.

But when the three realize that just a phone can scare off greedy builders from taking over a chawl and displacing poor people, they become urban "Robin Hoods," using the power of threatening phone call to do good. Akshay's channel starts a talk show to challenge the government, because C Company is doing the job of the authorities — whether it is getting a widow her dues or shutting down an illegal pub.

'C Kkompany' could have been a satire on the media's glamorization of gangsters, and the public's fascination for dons, but it turns out to be a self-conscious tribute to the producers Balaji instead, with head honcho Ekta Kapoor making an appearance as herself. This kind of ego massage has not been seen in any other film, except perhaps 'Bachna Ae Haseeno' and its many references to Yash Raj Films.

Besides, after establishing the idea of a ghost gang, Yardi runs out of ideas and the film ends up as a messy heap in a climax set at a fairground. Songs are forced in and the gags gets progressively sillier.

Except for Mithun Chakraborty hamming like crazy, the actors are all okay..The film, despite its clever idea does not amount to a satisfying watch.

Source: India Syndicate

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