Cast â€“ Amitabh Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Jaqueline Fernandez, Sanjay Dutt
Direction â€“ Sujoy Ghosh
Somehow, fantasies that belong to Tim Burton genre (Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish) have always appealed to me. I enjoy films that are set in fantasy locations and have real people in it as they have a different kind of excitement to it and have a huge scope of imagination. And having spent most of my childhood with Aladin, playing video games of Aladin, solving jigsaw puzzles, watching his cartoon series, etc., made me very much interested in watching the film. I always have loved Aladin.
Set in the contemporary period, the film has characters borrowed from the original story. Our lead character, who is named Aladin by his family members, is teased by school and college mates and is made to rub lamps like the Aladin in the original story does to call the Djinn. Meanwhile we have the Ringmaster, played by Sanjay Dutt, who is trying to hunt the magic lamp by which he can make Djinn his slave and ask him to fulfil his three wishes. Predictably, the lamp falls into the hands of Aladin, gifted to him by Jasmine (Jaqueline Fernandez) on his birthday. Jasmine obviously is the love interest of Aladin, as in the original story. (more…)