Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi: Movie Review

Director: Rakesh Mehta

Cast: Pradhuman Singh, Kay Kay Menon, Manu Rishi, Ranvir Shorey, Tom Alter, Neha Bhasin, Misti Mukherjee

Synopsis: Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi is the struggle of four different people in maximum city – Mumbai. They all have an objective – one with vengeance, one on a mission, one with hope and one to con. They all eventually end up at one place and find their way… 
Salman (Kay Kay Menon) is looking for his parents` murderers, a humiliated cop ACP Chautala (Manu Rishi Chadha) is looking for 4 Nigerian drug peddlers, a desperate lover Amol Ganguly (Ranvir Shouri) steps in to rescue his beloved girlfriend who has been married off to some millionaire, a runaway girl from Chandigarh, Dolly (Neha Bhasin) wants to go back home but not before she recovers all the money she has lost in the attempt to become a top heroine in the Hindi film industry. It all changes when an anti-christ rockstar, Ajoy Ghosh advises his friend, the police inspector to commit suicide!

Review: This is the kind of film that couples looking for some quality time will gladly go for, knowing that they won’t miss out on anything worthwhile. Okay I’ll be nicer, this so-called comedy sure knows how to burst someone’s bubble! I was looking forward to the film in the hope that it would be one of those innovative small budget ones. The way I see it, it’s very hard to mess up a film with multiple storylines simply because some plots make up for the weaker ones. But this one’s a class apart. It’s disguised as an independent comic film but has nothing new to offer! Even the slapstick Hollywood remakes are a better dekho, atleast those so-called ridiculous laugh riots are a stressbuster!

The theme at first glance gives one some of hope as the individual plots seem interesting on the surface. All the leading actors are searching for something – the truth, fame and fast money, to get back the love of their lives or simply to do their job. You anticipate their paths to intertwine but that doesn’t happen until the messy climax at a shoddy hotel! Brave viewers willing to risk their sanity or those who can’t snooze without some blaring background score or dialogues, can go ahead and sit through the entire film (which is only one hour, forty five minutes long).

ACP Chautala (Manu Rishi) from Delhi has been assigned the task of nailing down three Nigerian drug peddlers while Salman (Kay Kay Menon) the son of underworld don (Jackie Shroff) who makes a very brief guest appearance, is trying to figure out his parents’ mysterious murder. Amol Ganguly (Ranvir Shorey) is a Chef who has returned from UK to get his wife back. She dumped him for a sloppy, wealthy tycoon. Lastly, there’s that struggling actress who’s present in most films, except this one is thankfully not naive and wants to avenge the richie riches.

Manu Rishi’s track is the most vague from the lot. All that this powerhouse cop does is glare into the camera and flex his muscles as he desperately tries to nail down the trio. He was spotted in "Ek deewana Tha" as Prateik Babber’s friend, where his comic timing was quite good. But here the direction is to blame for his cliché performance. Manu’s a fine actor apart from in this film. Ranvir Shorey plays the part of the distressed lover decently until he seeks solace in his hippie friend Ajoy Ghosh (Pradhuman Singh) after which you get subjected to seeing his buddy dance around in his boxers! Ooh what eye candy! (Ya right!)

Speaking of which, Neha Bhasin who’s named Dolly in this film, doesn’t even remotely resemble a doll  as she plays a victim of the casting couch. Her character represents the modern angry young woman who will not tolerate being walked over. She tries to do justice to her part, but unfortunately, her hair steals the show and is far far too distracting. Now coming to Mr. Menon, who’s story has a trace of potential but has been ruined by the cinematography which excessively uses close up shots, rainfall to depict his grief, but all this further dramatizes his plight as compared to moving the viewer.

Most of all my heart goes out to the screenwriter as the script had tremendous potential. The music is not too great and could have definitely been more soothing! The movie was supposedly a comedy but those moments are rare and very forced. Like for instance when Ajoy Ghosh’s character is being introduced, you see ‘bong connection’  being scrawled and being replaced by ‘wrong connection’. 

All in all, not a great watch, unless you have abundant money and time to waste, this one’s a disappointment. If the director had paid a little more atttention to detail and reduced the films drama quotient, it wouldn’t have been such a disaster!
Verdict: If you go for the film, aapki bhi lagegi!
Kanika Rajani

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