Star Cast:Ayushmann Khurrana, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Sharda
Claps For:The acting
Slaps For:Pretty much everything else
Popcorn Refill:During every song, which is every 10 minutes!
Story:The movie has a very interesting premise regarding one of India's pre-independence period scientists whose achievements are simply unknown to us! The movie begins with Shivkar 'Shivi' Talpade (Ayushmann Khurrana) making a confession in a church. What follows is the story of Shivi, an individual struggling to get past the 4th standard in his 9th attempt, who ends up being one of the brilliant minds of the era! Unfortunately, the way his journey is depicted in the movie through a tiresome love story and silly song sequences every ten minutes!
Performance:Ayushmann Khurrana moves away from his Delhi-boy image and delivers a honest performance. He does manage to break away from stereotype but is severely let down by the poor screenplay. Mithun Chakraborty plays the eccentric Shastriji and does well even though he too is made to look silly at times! Pallavi Sharda is decent and sensous as Sitara.
Direction: Debutant director Vibhu Puri has taken a perfectly good premise for a story and ruined it completely. The movie feels more like a typical Bollywood love story with few scenes of buffoonery. The 'Bollywoodization' of Shivkar Talpade's inspiring story is an embarrassing and silly attempt by Puri! The film concentrates more on stupid song sequences and a mandatory Bollywood-style love story. His actual achievement and the main story of the film receive importance only in the second half. An excellent opportunity at some sincere cinema is utterly wasted! There are a few scenes that inspire, but they are just far too little! You hardly feel any sympathy for any of the characters in the movie and within the first 20 minutes of the movie, you realize it is going to bore you to death! The topic requires the film-maker to be brave and attempt something different, to do justice to a great man's achievements. By making a real, inspiring story into a sugary, song-and-dance laden, typical Bollywood love story is absolute nonsense. The only good thing here is, Shivkar Talpade's achievements have finally come out in the open.
Combo-on-Offer: Do not expect the movie to be a inspiring, true story like it deserves to be! Just another waste of a wonderful opportunity by making it into a run-of-the-mill, silly Bollywood fareâ€¦
Verdict:One Big, Tight Slap for ruining a wonderful premise!