Resham SengarIt is hard to fathom what an award winning director like Sachin Kundalkar was thinking when he set upon himself the task to make a film like ‘Aiyyaa’ after proving his mettle in a Marathi film called ‘Nirop’ and bagging a National Award as a screenplay writer for ‘Gandha’. Perhaps, Sachin woke up one day with an idea to portray the story of a typical single and ready to mingle middle-class girl who’s waiting for her Mr. Right but in reality ended up spoiling the film (and thereby torturing us - the audience) in his attempt to pull off a supposedly off-beat film.
While Rani is ‘overused’, south film star Prithviraj Sukumaran is underused. Making his Bollywood debut in ‘Aiyyaa’, the actor has barely two lines to speak in the movie’s first half. The only scene where he speaks good dialogues is when he proposes Rani Mukerji which also happens to be the only scene in the movie that touches the heart and of course makes sense! This is the first heroine-centric movie where a hero is used as an ornament.Of the other supporting cast in this absurd film, the man who is chosen to marry Rani by her parents is the only person who seems to be normal but even he is not spared from behaving like a weirdo during the film’s climax. The makers of the film could have made a generous use of subtitles to make the dialogues easy to understand for non-Tamil and Marathi speaking audience in sequences where the characters are conversing in the said languages.Amit Trivedi and his music somewhat salvages the film. ‘Dreamum Wakepum’ is a number that is worth shaking a leg for its quirkiness and foot tapping beats. Even ‘Aga bai’ gets you addicted and Rani gets a thumbs up for her spectacular belly dance but the contrast between Prithviraj’s six pack abs and Rani’s paunch is hilarious. In straight words, ‘Aiyya’ is not a script poorly handled rather it is a script poorly written. We can only hope that Sachin Kundalkar doesn’t repeat his mistake and make his audience go ‘Aiyyaa’ in pain again.Rating: ‘Aiyyaa’ deserves only one cheer.
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