Move over "Haunted", the movie of the decade is here. The synopsis of “Will To Live” suggests that it is about an American father who makes a deadly journey to the Jungles of India to find a cure for his ailing son. It also suggests that “Will to Live” is a crossover film with cast and crew that is Indian and American. “Will to Live” is nothing like it sounds. Unfortunately, it looks like a film made at least a decade ago and has the misfortune of being unleashed on unsuspecting audiences in 2011.
The film makers might have taken the formula element a little too far. I assume their formula was Fhirang who can’t act + Indian girl with long legs + Bappi Lahiri’s music + Indian forest/villagers = Great Crossover Cinema. There are so many things infused randomly, just for the heck of it. I bet the makers juts sat around saying “Let’s add Humor”- enter sardar with toing toing music. “Let’s add Drama” – enter failed television actor posing as a South American thug with fake rolling R’s in his dialogues. “Let’s add romance” – cut to randomly inserted and very tastelessly executed love scene. Oh, now it truly can be classified as crossover cinema. What a pity, I say. From the movies shoddy print to the costumes, everything screams of eighties confused cinema.
Special mention for the music here, I hope Bappi Lahiri had nothing to do with how they have used his music. In the most intense scenes there is toing toing and thadanggggg. The thinker in me would honestly like to believe that the film was made in full consciousness knowing that sadists like me would enjoy it to the hilt and would be rolling in laughter for days to come.
Final word before I leave. Bappi Lahiri – you shall haunt my dreams tonight.
Verdict: Ridiculously Funny. Please watch it if you want to find a successor to the iconic “Desh Drohi” or the more recent laugh riot “Haunted”.