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Bollywood Calling Review

Bollywood Calling
Smriti Kashyap / 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
A fledgling director flaps his wannabe wings as he tries to come up with a feeble spoof aimed at the baap of all baaps, Bollywood. Lights, camera, action - and the trauma begins, as you sit through an excruciating film that prompts you to press for parliamentary action to make euthanasia legal.

A Yale graduate, Pat (Pat Cusick) is a down-and-out actor, struggling to make the best of his loser status. As his wife walks out on him and he is slapped in the face with cancer, he decides to go ahead and make his death wish complete by accepting a film project from the numero uno Indian producer, Subramanyam (Om Puri).

The project, aptly titled 'Maut - the death', is the quintessential potboiler, replete with the twin brother syndrome, Kumbh Mela-ness, a glycerin soaking herione and a goddess of your choice. Working the usual Bollywood way, the script is made up as the film proceeds, as Pat discovers, much to his Angrezi chagrin, that there is absolutely no concept of characterization.

The film also stars the hero of the masses, a wig-toting Munna Kapoor (Navin Nishchol), whose ego is three times the size of his head and his Nike shoes combined. He throws the usual starry tantrums and his weight around, and refuses the heroine permission to touch his hair (or what's glued to his head). The only thing that seems to resemble a fully stacked upstairs is the brain of the heroine Kajal (Perizaad), as she expertly dons and un-dons her two faces to face the hypocrisies of the film world.

Pat tries to cope with the haphazard method of filming and inadvertently stubs a few toes on the way. In trying to expose the clichés and quirks of Bollywood, Kukunoor seems to have a good idea, but unfortunately lacks the storytelling capacity, which differentiates the zebras from the deers. Several times, you see him come up with some funny stuff (the director of Maut screeching, while shooting a song, "Balls, I want more balls!") - yeah buddy, now if you can only do that to your whole film.

The protagonist Pat is just that - 'PAT'. He's pretty pathetic, and fails to garner any sort of interest from the audience. The heroine Perizaad is one helluva bright spark, and does a rather good job in this botched-up movie as she spews lines that consistently make sense.

Om Puri, though, is the absolute star of the show, as he pulls the South-Indian director stunt. After his brilliant performance as the Pakistani Pop in 'East Is East', he attacks the silver screen with an acting style that is both facile and extremely endearing.

On the whole, Bollywood Calling is a good idea, but baaaaad execution. It's like having a cow and not milking it.

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Bollywood Calling (english) reviews
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Kanta Rao on 18th Jan 2002, 5:06pm | Permalink
smruti i think u need arethink on the movie...fullhyd is as off the mark on this movie as it was when it first reviewed lagaan!!!!
RATING
10
Rajesh Reddy on 30th Dec 2001, 10:11am | Permalink
I thought this movie was funny. I don't agree with the review.
RATING
8
Azad K on 24th Dec 2001, 10:33am | Permalink
sk! please watch the movie twice or thrice before reviewing it. the movie is damn funny. and if people in bombay read this review they will not like it
RATING
6
Munna on 24th Dec 2001, 4:34am | Permalink
Ripped me apart with laughter.Wonder if SK saw the same movie as me.
RATING
8
Crashtest on 23rd Dec 2001, 10:03pm | Permalink
saw the movie in mumbai.loved it.
RATING
6
Tallben on 23rd Dec 2001, 12:05pm | Permalink
hey sk great going. true to the last bit
RATING
2
Jamshed on 23rd Dec 2001, 12:02pm | Permalink
sada hua movie!
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2
Hell on 23rd Dec 2001, 12:01pm | Permalink
hey full hyd, why r u so stingy with stars? are yaar there are lots in the sky, please be a bit generous
RATING
6
Majid Atif on 23rd Dec 2001, 4:51am | Permalink
A true winner.I think Kukunoor is here to stay.
RATING
10
Sahil Reddy on 23rd Dec 2001, 4:49am | Permalink
I think SK needs a vacation.The baap of all baaps, Bollywood has fed us with so much crap over the years that, a movie like Bollywood calling aws long overdue.
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8
Raghu Nakidi on 23rd Dec 2001, 4:44am | Permalink
FullHYD need to find reviewers/critics with slightly looser sphincters.If you can't enjoy Bollywood Calling for what it is, you truly have a problem.
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10
Sandeep L on 22nd Dec 2001, 10:22pm | Permalink
fullhyd seems to have very narrow and empty minds
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8
Pappu on 22nd Dec 2001, 10:52am | Permalink
the review is not pathetic, the movie is.
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6
Appu on 21st Dec 2001, 10:57pm | Permalink
The movie's not pathetic, the review is.
RATING
8
Akash on 21st Dec 2001, 10:46pm | Permalink
good review by sk
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2
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