Aiyyaa – Movie Review by Films of India – ‘Aiyyaa is not entertainment but trauma’
Judging by what I saw in the recently released English Vinglish and the impact that Sridevi has made, let’s tell you, the audience whether Anurag Kashyap’s & Rani Mukherji‘s ‘Aiyyaa’ has done the same.
The movie opens with the introduction of Meenakshi Deshpande and her quirks. Now if you thought the name was too cliché, you’re in for worse, especially when it comes to the screen depiction of a Maharashtrian family.
An Aai, Baba, Aaji and Bhau with the accents that you’ve seen time and again on TV come to life here. Rani Mukherjee herself seems to be the older, dark-circled version of ‘Babli’ from Bunty aur Babli, back with her fascination with cinema and dressing up like a wannabe.
The movie-mash-up in the first ten minutes shows how she aspires to be a part of the cinemas of the 70’s and 80’s. The story goes on to show how the Despande family is desperately looking for a groom for this ‘eligible bachelorette’, and that’s when the men enter.
The twist in the tale is that according to Meenakshi, South Indians are the ‘kaala’s, who she is interested in, as against the ‘goraa’s’, who the average girl is interested in. What catches her attention is the tall, dusky and well built Surya essayed by Prithviraj who is from the Malayalam and Tamil cinema. Surya, is the south Indian infatuation or rather obsession of Meenakshi. To add to her problem, she’s now engaged to Madhav Rajyadhyaksha- also a Maharashtrian. Madhav is played by Subodh Bhave.
The rest of the movie revolves around the three- Meenakshi, Madhav and Surya, and how Meenakshi seems to be more attracted by even the body odour of Surya.
There are hardly any dialogues for Surya or Subodh, and the Rajadhyaksha and Deshpande families do exactly what real self respecting Maharashtrians don’t. You get the gist – We are not too pleased with what we saw ofAiyyaa! It is not even your basic commercial escapist fare, in fact you want to escape from this ridiculous farce of a movie, which is a low iq and leave logic behind load of nonsense. It has characters that could have been moulded beautifully, but have at best been turned into caricatures. Aiyyaa comes off as sleazy and cheesy with Rani, trying really hard to make a comeback as a full fledged heroine. When you say BBlack, Yuva, Paheli, Bunty aur babli, Hum Tum, No one killed Jessica, who comes to mind? A supremely talented Rani Mukherji and after nearly 15 odd years in the industry she has decided to tear down all that hard work, with one fell swoop of an Aiyyaa.
Rani, it seems has made this movie just to showcase her talent and to show that she can do much better thanVidya Balan and belly dance better than Katrina kaif, and well yes she can, but it just seems to lack that bit of class.
The once most popular actress has tried too desperately but the overacting of the ‘once-most-popular actress’ will leave you disappointed as she goes over the top with the antics, actions, drama and dance. Rani is oozing oomph and energy, but is loud and obnoxious. She seems to have put all her strength or as they say in hindi,’ poora zor laga diya hai’ to make sure she makes a return as a full-on heroine. Prithviraj is ok, considering he just had to walk around like a stoney eyed zombie with nothing much to say or do.
One can’t blame the cast and crew, as being over the top seems to be the brief given to them. Before the movie started they must have sent a memo out to the entire cast that it is a pre-requisite to overact!
The dance sequences by Vailbhavi Merchant are stereotypical, with the grand, Himmatwaala-esque sets of Dreamum Wakeuppum and the lavani song ‘Sava Dollar’, but having said that ‘Dreamum’ and ‘Aga bai’ are the only things that entertain you. Rani‘s bellydancing is phenomenal but belly shaking alone doesn’t fit the bill. Music is functional .The movie has a 80′s feel to it. There was an innovative concept to explore and sure entertainment is what the movie is about, but Aiyyaa is not entertainment but trauma.
Rani, it seems has tried too hard to follow the recent trend of women- centric movies, barring English Vinglish, that have gone the bold way but this movie is just twisted or ‘wakda’ in Aiyyaa speak! We are so disappointed in Rani, especially since we know what she is capable of. This quirky flick with its not so funny characters gets no thumbs up from us.