Labelled as Akshay Kumar’s 100th film, Joker has released amid low key marketing and promotions. Directed by Shirish Kunder and presented by UTV Motion Pictures, this movie co-stars Sonakshi Sinha. The film looks at the fascinating concept of aliens in a light-hearted way.
Agasthya (Akshay) is a space scientist in the US who is looking to device a system that would communicate with the aliens in outer space. Just then, he is forced to return to his village named Paglapur in India, which as the name indicates, has many eccentric characters, including Agasthya’s family. Things aren’t rosy at the village and he discovers that his village has been removed from the Indian map and now he plans to somehow bring his village back in the public eye. As expected he takes the help of his pet subject, aliens, to attract national interest on his village.
What follows is buffoonery and silly antics galore, which might appeal to the kids in the audience. Being Akshay Kumar’s 100th movie, he hasn’t chosen his customary comedy masala but instead chosen to make a movie for the kids. He looks very youthful while his pair Sonakshi Sinha has a cute voice that belies her mature physique. That said Sonakshi is sparkling.
Shreyas Talpade creates a riot with his alien language (gibberish) that brings about wholesome laughter on occasions. The rest of the characters in the village are also crazy in their own ways. Minisha Lamba hardly impresses in a cameo while the American antagonist named Simon Goeback (interestingly named) is sufficient.
The movie is very bright and colourful thanks to the creative art direction and sets. It would surely attract the kids, given the flourish of colours. The movie's plot turns out to be a mish-mash of some other acclaimed movies such as Swades, Lagaan, Koi Mil Gaya and Peepli Live.
On the downside, there are far too many songs even though the film is about 105 minutes long only. G.V.Prakash’s ‘Sing Raja’ and Chitrangada Singh’s item number ‘Kafirana’ make a mark for their peppy tunes and colourful picturization.
Though the movie is harmless time-pass and isn’t a bad watch, there is nothing special too. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously and as a result even the audience will just laugh it off after coming out of the cinema halls.
Verdict: Kids might enjoy this madcap alien entertainer