Film: Aap Kaa Surroor: The Moviee – The Real Luv Story
Director: Prashant Chadha
Producer: Vijay Taneja
Cast: Himesh Reshammiya, Mallika Sherawat, Hansika Motwani, Raj Babbar, Sachin Khedekar, Pankaj Jha
Imagine creating a film with pieces that are shot at random, that too in Germany and brought back to the editing table to see if some sense can be made of it. This is precisely what Aap Kaa Surroor seems like till the intermission comes along.
Post that with people crying and the much needed masala being added, the film’s graph rockets upward all the way.
So HR (Himesh Reshammiya) is a singer, his popularity and voice has brought him for a concert in Germany, arranged by Khurana. In an accident of sorts, his eyes catch Riya’s (Hansika Motwani) sight. Call it what you will, they are head over heels in love with each other. Meanwhile a journalist, who insists on getting an interview with HR, is murdered and the prime suspect is none other than HR himself. He is arrested, as a video, originally a sting operation leaks out, showing him manhandling her. Upset with the whole thing Ria’s father (Sachin Khedekar), is off to get her married elsewhere.
With love and friends by his side, he escapes prison and is on a mission to prove his innocence and win Riya back.
Barring the occurrence of the concert and murder, everything else is in the second half. You might as well buy a ticket and walk in an hour late as nothing much would have happened anyway. The film is so dreary in the first half; that even Motwani (who looks God sent and magnificent) and Reshammiya (who rocks, throughout the film) can’t save it from the nothing to offer story. Even the dialogues are absurd, filled with senseless ‘nose’ jokes and sentences that lead to nowhere and mean nothing. Also in the first half the characters created are so full of themselves, it becomes nerve-racking beyond the first few lines they deliver.
Post interval the film begins to take shape, from gyrating aimlessly it starts to move forward with a purpose and intention. And surprisingly the dialogues turn more meaningful, the only thing that is constant even after the break are the remorseful jokes. The characters that were wasted in the first half start having something to do in the second half, especially Ruby (Mallika Sherawat).
The camerawork and cinematography is average, while the editing is shocking. Scenes come and go at random without any transitions or build ups. The film, if it had been edited well, would have been perhaps better than most other films playing.
What’s more, the story is good but it is the need to go the extra mile that hampers the film. The film in many portions is indulgent, forgetting the larger picture. The highlight however is Reshammiya’s music, it has you singing along and is a treat to watch.
Minuses a many and pluses a few are seen on the acting front as well. Motwani is like a rare gem discovered, her eyes say a thousand words and express wonderfully. Reshammiya in his debut performance is good, one only hopes he comes back as a greater actor. Sherawat fails to offer a great show and in her minute role does nothing grand. Babbar and Khedekar perform well in their respective father roles.
The film can be expected to do an average business in metros, whereas the masses in Tier II cities may lap up Himesh and his music. The aggressive publicity in Mumbai and the good hum around the film will also aid its business.
All in all, walk in to the theatre an hour late and you have got yourself a good dose of entertainment.