Comedy, Drama, Family
Director: Vipul Shah
Producer: Vipul Shah
Banner: Blockbuster Movie Entertainers, PVR Pictures
Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty
Lyricist: Irshad Kamil
Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Randhir Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Kiron Kher, Om Puri, Rannvijay Singh, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Sudeepa Singh, Rajpal Yadav
Release Date: 5 November 2010
What happens when bright colors, polka dots and over-the-top melodrama coalesce? Well well, you know 70s era is knocking on the door and if the same is projected on the 70 mm big screen then it can be firmly proclaimed it is the Bollywood revisited ishtyle! Out from the kitty of ace director Vipul Shah, ‘Action Replayy’ is everything mentioned above and much more. However, despite the fact, the film still lacks the gleam and charisma of the 70s. Though we have the pyar mohhabat libretto of 70s, the film fails miserably in all the other departments, humor and music standing tall on the flipside sector. Apparently based on a Gujarati play of the same name, Vipul Shah’s ‘Action Replayy’ however has some corny connection to the Robert Zememkis' ‘Back To The Future’, released in the year 1985, which adds to the bowl of misery.
The film shares an identical plot with the 1985 Hollywood flick, wherein a young boy goes back in time to save his parents’ relationship. Young Bunty (Aditya Roy Kapoor) travels back in time when the go-go girls romanced bell-bottomed guys. Thus, we have the long-haired Akshay Kumar who tries to woo the pig-tailed Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. While the former is buck-teethed and low in confidence, the latter is showy and ostentatious. Things could have gone slow had there not been a rival in love (Rannvijay), who is all up sleeves to strike the cupid arrow as well. (A kind of love triangle, you see - worked then, but will not work now!) Bunty plays the dating instructor sorting out the differences between the two to get their institution of marriage back on track when he gets back to the present.
The movie has an underplayed screenplay and overplayed cinematography. While the latter works in favor of the film, the same cannot be said for the former. Action Replayy needed some smart scripting to really get some action replaying. Humor is dull, gags juvenile and chemistry silly. As if all these were not enough, we have delirious music by Pritam. Reviewing the performance of the actors, Akshay Kumar needs some real action to get his franchise rolling or he may soon fall off track. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is just fitting, nothing exceptional. Kirron Kher and Om Puri are veterans wasted. They manage to bring in delight here and there, but that’s not enough.
Last Call: All that we can say is that “Zor ka jhatka haye zoron se laga, haan laga, release ban gayi flop ki saza, haan saza”
Diwali Special Rating: Non-Sparkling Anar
Action Replayy Pre-release Review
Rewind your life back to the 1970s and get ready for a rib-tickling and hilarious journey of love and relationships. ‘Action Replayy’ is one of the most-awaited movies of the year produced and directed by renowned Vipul Shah. A romantic comedy, the movie features Bollywood’s own khiladi Akshay Kumar, and the very gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, as the lead protagonists, five years after their last film together ‘Khakee’. Apparently based on the 1994 Gujarati play ‘Action Replay’, the flick has been presented by Sunshine Pictures Pvt. Ltd., under the banner of Blockbuster Movie Entertainers and PVR Pictures. Lyricist Irshad Kamil and music maestro Pritam Chakraborty have created an ensemble of trendy songs, ranging from the classic retro to romantic milieu to party numbers. ‘Action Replayy’ is slated for a 5th November, 2010 release.
Filmed in rewind mode, ‘Action Replayy’ takes you back to the flowering plant energy era of bell bottoms, ostentatious yet charming clothes, over-the-top hairdos and, not to forget, the Lambretta scooter. This unusual time-travel comedy starts off with Bunty (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Tanya (Sudeepa Singh) playing a couple. Everything is fine with the two, but every time Tanya speaks of marriage, Bunty undergoes a shudder. Reason being, his parents Kishen (Akshay Kumar) and Mala (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) are leading a stern and acrimonious relationship. But this does not count as an excuse for Tanya’s grandfather, Professor Anthony Gonsalves, as he gives Bunty an ultimatum: either marry Tanya or stops seeing her. To add more terror to this, Bunty’s surprise party for his parent’s 35th wedding anniversary becomes a disaster, as the couple ends up with yet another bitter quarrel.
With this begins Bunty’s journey back into the past to find out whether his parents would ever be able to fall in love or not. Will he succeed in transforming their ruinous marriage into a romantic affair? Will he finally win the hearts of his grandparents-in-law and unite with his own love Tanya? Akshay Kumar and Vipul Shah have been known for delivering some big blockbusters like ‘Singh Is Kinng’, ‘Namaste London’ and ‘Waqt: Race Against Time’. Will the two be able to create sizzling fire this time as well? Watch out for retro-look of Aki, aka Akshay Kumar, who will be sporting a new old fashioned lengthy hair depicting the 70s look. This time-travel comedy ‘Action Replayy’ coincides with the forward excursion drive of ‘Golmaal 3’. Let’s wait and see who takes a bigger slice of cake and who enjoys the real phatakas and phuljadis on this Diwali! Come 5th November, 2010 and you’ll soon get to know!