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Albela
Bhargav Shastry / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
3.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suggestions
Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
Govinda, the poor man's Amitabh Bachchan, the simpleton, the buffoon. Only, these stereotypes of him have been appreciated and cheered only when those films belong to the genre called slapstick - the leave-your-brains-behind-at-home, David Dhawan steered comedies. His attempts at trying the same antics in a pathetically illogical, dragging, hackneyed film like Albela, which does not even not claim to be so, makes him a miserable parody of his original self. An actor who otherwise has few rivals to match his timing in the comedy that he specializes in, Govinda's foolishness gets onto your nerves here. So even what could have been the only saving grace of this movie goes kaput.

Watching this kitsch, you wonder how demented filmmakers can get. They can get a much-in-demand actress like Aishwarya Rai to act for them and spend crores shooting in exotic locations, but they don't bother with basic things like doing their homework on the script front. And when you see sensible, hard-hitting films like Satya made on shoestring budgets and with virtual novices become huge commercial hits, you wonder how lots of money makes some people lose respect for it.

The stupidity piques you from the start itself. Tony (Govinda) is a tourist guide in an island near Goa called Malaga. Honey Irani, the scriptwriter couldn't get more foolish than that. Malaga is actually a port in Spain. In this film Malaga is shown to be a part of India and inhabited by Indians, but the filming has been done in places like Mauritius and Maldives.

A soothsayer has told Tony that a princess would come to Malaga and change his fortunes. Sure enough, Sonia (Rai), the daughter of an Austrian ambassador (Syed Jaffrey, whose hamming in this movie can be matched only by the senility in his performance), comes to Malaga in search of the grave of her mother, who has returned to India as soon as Sonia was born, despite her husband's objections.

Sonia hires Tony as her guide, and Govinda's histrionics are supposed to suggest that he is already in love with her. Tony has a friend Nina (Namrata Shirodkar) who loves him but who is used as a doormat by him remorselessly. Tony, as we have said earlier, is foolish enough not to understand the difference between a doormat and a bombshell. Now we have Tony's fantasies and songs at the most illogical pretexts. Nina, meanwhile, pukes at the name of madam memsahib being mentioned by Tony.

Sonia finds her mama's grave and decides to leave Malaga, when she encounters a journalist Prem (a jaded, withered, man for all occasions: Jackie Shroff) just before the intermission. A flashback shows Prem as a journalist with a Hindi newspaper (and wearing Armani, traveling in a limousine and carrying a laptop - no khadi-kurta-stubble stereotypes here). When he once goes to Austria to interview the Ambassador, he meets Sonia and they fall in love. But our already screaming Ambassador will have none of it, and after a harangue about Indians, asks him to get lost.

The chance encounter in Malaga now keeps the inanity alive and they both prance around. Our buffoon, meanwhile, relentlessly fantasizes singing with his memsahib. The only difference between one fantasy and the other is the jarring increases in the brightness of the shirts worn.

One fine day, to the dismay of Sonia and to the pain of the viewers, the senile ambassador drops in. The scene of confrontation between Tony and Mr. Senile will be one of the loudest, the most irritating and the most noisome scenes for eons to come. And to top it all, it was supposed to be a comic scene.

When Mr. Senile comes to know about the Sonia-Journo affair, he asks Sonia to pack her bags for Austria (which she has been doing since the beginning of the movie). Sonia decides to take the buffoon along with her to get him a job there. The climax starts here, and finally this doormat-loves-guide-loves-memsahib-loves-journo-loves-memsahib thing comes to an abrupt and a happy ending (for everyone).

Rai looks her pre-HDDCS days with her gawky hairdo and unkempt makeup. Since Govinda has already failed here and Jackie Shroff has long lost his fans, it's Shirodkar with a 4-1/2 scene footage that looks like the crowd-puller. Any takers?
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  • Cast
    Govinda, Aishwarya Rai, Namrata Shirodkar, Jackie Shroff, Sayeed Jaffrey
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    Jatin-Lalit
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    Deepak Sareen
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best idea but poor script
VINEET Bhandari on 24th Apr 2001, 1:25pm | Permalink
GOOD
RATING
10
VINEET BHANDARI on 24th Apr 2001, 1:22pm | Permalink
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV GOOD
RATING
10
Vineet on 24th Apr 2001, 1:19pm | Permalink
GOOD
RATING
10
THE Great-vineet Bhandari on 24th Apr 2001, 1:18pm | Permalink
superb
RATING
8
Vineet Bhandari on 24th Apr 2001, 1:16pm | Permalink
very GOOD.
RATING
10
Husswai Na on 23rd Apr 2001, 3:13pm | Permalink
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10
Kesav Rao on 23rd Apr 2001, 11:25am | Permalink
good.
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10
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