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REPLAYY MOVIE REVIEW
by : Behindwoods review board
Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai, Neha Dhupia.
is typical these days, the lead actors
of Action Replayy, Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya
Rai, raced against time to promote their
latest in every possible way. The movie,
we all know, is about a young kid going
back to the past to make his parents fall
in love and save them from their current
situation. No! Even before you could think
this has already been tried in the past by
Zemeckis in Back to the Future, you see a slide in
the opening credits that the movie is based on a Gujarathi
The movie opens with a rather old looking (!!) Aishwarya
Rai and Akshay Kumar making noise (read quarrel) about
every trivial issue they are related with. This has
an impact on Bunty (Adithya Rai Kapoor) who resigns
from the thought of marriage looking at his parents.
As it has to happen, Bunty learns about his parents'
early years on their 35th wedding anniversary through
one of their servants. Quite conveniently, Bunty's
girlfriend's uncle (Randhir Kapoor) is working on
a Time machine (which has never been tested). Bunty
travels to the 70s, the time before their parents'
marriage and tries to save their future marriage.
What happens in the latter half forms the rest of
What happens in the 1970s does not seem to be real
on the screen. We just get a feeling that the crew
only concentrated on the retro-style of dressing for
the film's characters. Though this is not a period
movie to show Bombay of the 1970s, we atleast expect
some authenticity. The director has quite cleverly
conceived Aishwarya's character as Akshay's neighbour.
What this means is that Ompuri and Kiron Kher (their
respective parents) are always involved in verbal
duels and so do Ash and Akki. Akshay, as the buck-toothed
nerd, is quite a pain to watch. Aishwarya is the tomboy
of those times.
The movie could have done better to make us laugh
a little more. There are many such attempts in the
first half, but they all fall flat and make you think
of your popcorn already. The second half does provide
some respite with Akshay's makeover into the 'Dude'
(courtesy Bunty). There are certainly a few funny
moments especially when Akshay turns a cold face on
Aishwarya to shiver later. The ‘Awaaz Neeche’
phrase gets the audience involved after the first
couple of instances.
Aishwarya looks a million bucks in the movie. Though
the initial old version of her does make you sigh,
the tomboy in her wins all hearts. With her big blue
eyes, colourful costumes and accessories, she is every
bit the Mala of the 70s. Akshay has done his bit as
the nerdy guy. But he deserves all the applause for
his portrayal of the polka-dotted, amusingly walking,
bell-trousered Kishan. He is sure a hot property in
Bollywood. Neha Dhupia, Adithya Rai Kapoor and Rannvijay
do their bits without much fuss.
The music saves the movie to some extent. The BGM
livens up the mood in many instances and so do the
song numbers which are chartbusters. Editing could
have been crisper and so should have been the screenplay.
Director Vipul Shah takes us for granted in many instances.
This is so evident when you are left wondering how
Bunty is accepted in the Kishan and Mala family of
the 70s without being asked a question. It does not
stop there. Bunty calls Kishan 'dad' and Mala 'mom'
(before their marriage that is) and goes un-noticed.
Vipul's confusion about whether to make it authentic
or spoof earlier movies can be witnessed in many places.
Action Replayy is a colourful, yet dull attempt at
going back to the past. As is the case with the time
machine in the movie, Vipul Shah did not have an idea
of how to make it to the present day. Except for a
few bursts of laughter here and there, Action Replayy
is a rather juvenile reference to a rather brilliant
movie of the past. With good production values, the
attempt could have been better with a serious thought
on the screenplay and the plot. Watch it only for
the lead actors!
Verdict: Wake up folks! This is 2010.
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