It all started with a tweet, that said that a 150-crore firework has fizzled. The owner of the tweet was Shirish Kunder and the tweet was meant for Shah Rukh Khan, who could not manage the box office collection that he had dreamt for 'Ra.One'. Shah Rukh came to know about the tweet but chose to keep quiet for the moment. But he simmered inside and what happened next is history...
As luck can have it, two years later Shirish Kunder also made a science fiction and this 'firework' has fizzle written all over its face. Though we cannot say that Shah Rukh will be happy after seeing Joker , we can say this for sure that Shirish couldn't have made a worse film than this. Maybe, Shah Rukh will not tweet but if the box office could tweet, it would say that this film had fizzled out even before it arrived.
We are sorry, Shirish. There are always second chances. This time around divine justice has been served. What started with 'Tees Maar Khan' is continuing with Joker -- a ludicrous plot, shoddy story-telling and amateurish direction.
The film is clearly one of the worst science fictions that have ever arrived on the silver screen. A Ramsay Brothers horror film is a better deal than Joker . No amount of words are enough to describe the disaster that Shirish has made in the name of making a film.
Sonakshi is wasted in the film
Sonakshi - who boasts of a string of box office superhits before Joker - won't be proud of this film for sure. Instead of focussing on her strengths, the film has focussed on all her weaknesses. The movie cameras that have complimented her so much in the past, are used here to show that she doesn't have an ideal body.
The costume designer for Sonakshi hasn't even got one dress right. With nobody looking into how she is looking on the monitor, the dress designer has gone ahead doing her own jazz and has given her clothes that she shouldn't be caught dead in. If her 'malfunctioning' wardrobe was not enough, here's Shirish Kunder with his film-school level direction where he never gives her a chance to act.
Sonakshi is made to utter a dialogue or two which are mainly in chorus or as answers to questions that don't need any answers in the first place. The actress -- who was having such a good run till now -- will face a speed-breaker with this film which will be the first flop of her career. No effort was made to make her an integral part of the story, if there was any in the first place.
Akshay couldn't do anything to save the film
If there's no proper story, star power can't come and rescue you. The film's story was so unrealistic and pathetic that it brings a smile to your face. The film is like a PJ that goes on and on. Its the same thing when you watch B-grade films of the 1980s. The absurdity on your TV screen makes you scream out, "Arrey yeh kya ho raha hai". The same feeling returns to haunt you when you watch Joker.
At one point of time, the film starts looking like a B-grade comedy of the 1980s that tickles you to make you laugh. This film makes you laugh with its stupidity. The film's plot has been given away long back and you know that aliens will be dancing all around in this film. One just hoped against hope that the climax will turn out to be good. But no, by the time the film inches towards the climax, you know that it is not the film that should be called Joker. The film should call you a Joker, my dear audience because you have bought tickets for this film.
Chitrangada looks good, but that's about it
Since this is a film review one has to find something good about this film. After much pondering, we have arrived at the conclusion that Chitrangada Singh looks good in the lone item number. She moves and dances well in the item number though you have no idea where she came from and where she is going. She is not an alien though but she might seem like one. The Fakht You song that she is in has undergone a change in terms of lyrics and you will see her dancing and gesturing like a Naginn when the song in the background will blurt out something like I wanna get you. But the item song looks normal and hence looks a little out of place in this abnormal film.
Shirish should not lose heart
One can understand that the immediate reaction of Shirish Kunder would be to throw a lot of angry cuss words at critics who would pan the film and then sulk in depression as the film stops collecting money at the box office and the audience starts behaving like an alien. But maybe this is the time to sit back and introspect about the fact somehow there's a disconnect with his sense of humour and with what you are used to in Bollywood. When you are releasing a film commercially, you are trying to do business. Getting the audience conform to your sense of humour forecefully can be anything but good business sense. May be that is why some of the best niche and classic films in this world are actually box office disasters. Shirish Kunder might be a good director but he was certainly not thinking about the audience when he was making this film. The same disease of 'Tees Maar Khaan' has come back to haunt Shirish. The only difference is: Last time he couldn't deliver in his own departments. This time around the whole film was his department and he alienated himself from the audience. This is the time for him to sit back and think where he is going wrong. May be next time he will make a 'film'.
While Shirish ponders...
...You should plan a party in the movie hall. This movie has enough masala to make you laugh loudly at the aliens. Not only that the aliens are weird, the whole movie seems be in some weird planet after a point of time. If you have a penchant for weird Bollywood stuff, please go ahead. If you are a film student and an aspiring film-maker then you must see this film. Just to know how a film should not be made.
in.com rating: 0.5/5
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