Review: Once upon a time, three masterminds namely, Rani Mukerji, Anurag Kashyap and Sachin Kundalkar, got together to work on a film that highlights the amalgamation of Marathi and Tamil cinema. The end-product was thought out to be the most wakda film of the year. Unfortunately, Aiyyaa fizzled out in just the first few minutes itself. This is pretty much the year of the ladies as much as it is the year of comebacks. Most of all, when you have a perfect comeback for a seasoned actress like Sridevi in a film that released just a week back, the expectations were that much higher with Rani Mukerji’s return after approximately a 2 year-long hiatus. She was last seen as a feisty journalist in No One Killed Jessica with Vidya Balan. Having done many good roles most of which she will be remembered for a long time to come, each passing minute in this film, scarred my senses almost irreparably.
Rani Mukerji plays Meenakshi Deshpande, a Maharastrian girl who lives in a mad-house with each family member touching peaks of eccentricity at one point or the other. She is a dreamer who seldom wishes to leave her fantasy world made up of Bollywood songs, films and actors. The pursuit of a job leads her to an art college where she is struck by cupid’s arrow the minute she ‘smells’ her dream man, Surya, played by Southern filmstar, Prithviraj. It’s the Axe Effect really. Wherever he goes, he is being stalked – by the girl driven by the power of her nasal instincts.
The story is pretty simple, it’s only hurtful when immense talent is wasted and how! Coming from a National-award winning director such as Sachin Kundalkar, one had expected a better told story. What we find is low acting prowess which is all over the place. The songs were relatively okay, my favourite being Aga Bai, simply for the chemistry that Rani Mukerji and Prithviraj share in the song. Turns out that this was the only place where the almost non existent chemistry is visible. Like I previously mentioned, three masterminds who got together couldn’t really work wonders. Compared to a film as perfect as Amelie (2001), Aiyyaa only makes way for shattered expectations. Watch it only if you can’t do without watching Rani Mukerji on screen. And also probably for the good looking man, Prithviraj Sukumaran.
The whimsical look at life would have been a good enough approach to set the pace throughout the film. Here, there is nothing extraordinary to look forward to. One can think of giving it a miss.
Verdict: Dreamum Wakeuppam Rani. Prithvi silently steals the show!
Cast & Crew: Rani Mukerji, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Amey Wagh
Director: Sachin Kundalkar
Music: Amit Trivedi
Length: 2 hrs 29 mins