TNI Bureau: Rani Mukherjee’s comeback in the film ‘Aiyyaa’ can be tagged as its director Sachin Kundalkar’s fantasy. Meenakshi (Rani) plays a melodramatic young lady in the film that is complete movie beige but her performance cannot be blamed as she seems to be quiet natural throughout the film. She who moves through her part with brilliance.
Story of the film is that – Meenakshi is an average looking Maharashtrian girl from a middle class family having with a lot of passion to live and love in Bollywood mannerism. On the other hand, her family is just like any other middle-class family with their respective situations filled with lots of tensions and responsibilities. For Meenakshi they need a perfect groom.
But Minaxi has something else in her mind. She is crazy for love marriage instead of arrange marriage, who want to live life of a Bollywood actress of the eighties like Madhuri Dixit. However, at least finally she finds her dream boy, a South Indian student in her college, Surya (Prithviraj Sukumaran). She works in the college.
Irrationally the basis of Meenaxi’s love is the body odour of Surya. He is a reserved character about whom people were making different kinds of unpleasant stories such that taking drugs, drinking alcohol and so on.
The story takes a turn when another man Madhav (Subodh Bhave), approves Meenaxi for marriage. But Meenkshi woos Surya and so the story proceeds in an unexpected way and finally ends in a happy note.
The movie is unnecessarily stretched both in the first and second half. It is boring enough to see Meenakshi chase Surya after a while and that is also enamoured by the odour of her dream boy. Forced humour and unnecessary songs makes it more boring either.
Basis of the plot is good and the director has tried his best to come out with a good presentation, but somehow he has failed in his endeavour. The movie makes a good start with Rani’s dream sequence which was filled with songs from late 80s, but gradually it leaves you with complete boredom and tasteless entertainment.
Coming to performance, Rani is good; the supporting characters are good either. Prithviraj as Surya could not impress and only after appearance of Madhav makes the second half slightly interesting.
Some sequences are entertaining such as nautanki entry of Rani, montage of marriage proposals for Rani, the very first meet of Prithiviraj and Rani, Farooq Sheikh and Deepti Naval’s sequence followed by their song, Rani’s brother (Ameya Wagh) and her colleague Maina’s (Anita Date) sequence.
Amit Trivedi’s music is good, but does not fit to the sequence at most of the time in the film and so seems irrelevant.
As a whole, the movie doesn’t fulfil expectations of the audience that they had from Rani Mukherjee and Anurag Kashyap. Though the movie had a good plot, still it could not be told properly despite some good scenes, performances and presence of some really good actors. So, though not a disaster the film has even nothing very big to entertain.
Directed & Written by Sachin Kundalkar
Produced by Anurag Kashyap
Music by Amit Trivedi
Cinematography Amalendu Choudhary
Starring – Rani Mukherjee, Prithviraj
Our rating – ** 2 star out of five.