Verdict: A machine that uses cheese as its lubricant aided by little logic.
The director duo Abbas-Mustan is back, this time with Mustan's son, Mustafa Burmawalla, who makes his debut with Machine. The stylish directors make films based on their Hollywood counterparts. Aitraaz was based on Disclosure, Race was based on Goodbye Lover, Players on The Italian Job (well, this one was an official remake), etc. Machine, like some might have expected, has nothing to do with The Terminator. And while you would do well to think of it to be on the same lines of the duo's 2004 film, Taarzan: The Wonder Car, know that machine (a blue DC-customised car christened Taarzan) sure had more soul.
Set in North India, the film is heavily-oiled with songs. There is a song for everything, including a recycled classic, because that's just the trend nowadays. Of course, no Abbas-Mustan film exists without a couple of twists, which begin right before the interval. That's all that can be said about, for the lack of a better phrase, a mechanical plot.
Mustafa essentially plays the titular character. All that can be deduced about him from his performance is that he cannot pronounce the word 'sincerity'. Every single time, he pronounces it as "sin-city". He can dance though. Starring alongside him is Kiara Advani, a cute face who can also act, portraying a range of emotions in this thriller. Ronit Roy's on-screen command is well appreciated and Johny Lever's comic presence, albeit short-lived, is always welcome.
Machine might make you cringe, right from the start – as if it has a manufacturing defect. This machine seems to get faultier as it goes on. Most machines function on an algorithm, but this one functions with cheesiness as its lubricant helped by little logic. Although, it must be said that the film is a visual delight owing to some scenes. Since it is shot in the mountains, the locations are nothing short of scenic.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
There is a dialogue that received quite the applause, where the lead says he will "spoil her lipstick but never her kaajal". Smooth, bro! There is also a savage comparison he makes between his fiancee and a piano – "Main usse zindagi bhar bajaata rahunga." Yes, he actually says that. Watch Machine for more of such masterpieces and a few scenic shots.