Review: 'Tees Maar Khan'
If you thought 'Main Hoon Na' and 'Om Shanti Om' were smashing tributes to the wholesome entertainers of 1970s, Farah Khan's brand new outing 'Tees Maar Khan' will make the most absurd, bizarre and wacky cinema of yore pale in comparison. Not just your cell phone, even your brain needs to be put on 'switched off' mode at the commencement of this film. Farah's fundas are very clear: Ask no questions and abandon all faith in logic, reason and rationale. Only then can you relish 'Tees Maar Khan'.
Knowing Farah and her love and obsession for masala films of yore, it's foolhardy to expect thought provoking cinema from her. 'Tees Maar Khan' belongs to the hardcore masala variety, which was savoured with glee by the hoi polloi then and which continues to be hugely popular at single screens to this day. But unlike her past endeavours, Farah looks at the West for inspiration this time around.
'Tees Maar Khan' is the desi adaptation of Peter Sellers' 1966 Italian film 'After The Fox', which now enjoys a cult following, but it bears the Farah Khan stamp in every frame. Like 'Main Hoon Na' and 'Om Shanti Om', 'Tees Maar Khan' is also a formula-ridden outing with tadka-maar-ke entertainment.
Creating heist films is tricky and tough. The director should ensure that action, thrills and wit are mixed and merged in right doses and 'Tees Maar Khan' amalgamates it all with charming results, mainly in the first half. In fact, Farah's distinctive style transforms the simple premise into a truly vitalizing thriller that can be replicated, but rarely matched. She chooses to once again make a film she is most comfortable making and sticks to the staple formula of action, comedy and full-on masala. What really stands out is the relative effortlessness with which she handles the material.
On the flipside, the film slips towards the second hour. You feel that way primarily because the first hour is thoroughly entertaining with a good number of laugh-inducing sequences and three solid songs and though the second half is engaging at times, it doesn't measure up to the first half in terms of the entertainment quotient.
Final word? 'Tees Maar Khan' is a film that will see a big divide in opinion: The masses may admire it, while the hard-nosed aficionados and connoisseurs of cinema will loathe it.