Some movies look good on paper and sound exciting when spoken about. But if the execution goes wrong then nothing can save it...not even one of the major wonders of the world- Taj Mahal.
Star Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Manjari Fadnis, Rajeev Verma and Hemant Pandey
Director: Ajit Sinha
Producer: Pawan Sharma and Abhinav Verma
Claps For: Unique Concept, and Shreyas Talpade and Manjari Fadnis’ Performance
Slaps For: Mediocre Performances by the Supporting Cast, Editing, Cinematography, Direction, Low Production Value, and VFX
What’s New: Nothing
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: Tukaram Marathe enters the premises of India’s pride, the Taj Mahal, on a tractor along with his wife and little daughter. When questioned about his intentions, the farmer from Maharashtra reveals his plans to go and settle inside the monument and here’s why- the land apparently belong to his ancestors which was snatched away from Shah Jahan in order to build a symbol of love for one of his wives.
What follows next is how Tukaram and his family fight with the politicians, government officials and individuals to get justice and get back what rightfully and lawfully belongs to them- The Taj Mahal!
Performances: 30 minutes into the film and you start feeling bad for the extremely talented Shreyas Talpade since the actor gives his 100 percent and brings his character to life. The Marathi connection helps him lend authenticity to his Tukaram Marathe and is undoubtedly the jaan of ‘Wah Taj’.
Manjari Fadnis hardly has anything to do! The director could have utilized her in a much better way giving her more dialogues rather just making her stand besides Shreyas. Nevertheless, she delivers an honest performance.
Apart from these two, every other actor in the movie fails to impress. Be it the female reporter who tries to showcase 10 expressions in one scene or Hemant Sharma who completely disappoints. Either the supporting cast is busy over acting, or else under acting!
In fact, the casting is so poor that it feels as if the makers just picked up individuals from an audition and made them wear the clothes of a politician or a rich businessman even without checking if it suits their persona. Oh yes, the man who plays top business tycoon Virani looks lifeless instead of coming across a rich hot-shot!
About The Movie: The story is something unique and the film does deserve claps for its attempt to showcase the plight of the famers in India. Sadly, a good intention is not enough to make the film worth the watch!
The worst part about ‘Wah Taj’ is that it doesn’t give you even a single chance to say ‘Wah’. Sinha tries hard to make this a social satire filled with plenty of humour but most of the jokes fall flat and only a few of them manage to make you laugh.
After ‘Rustom’, here’s another courtroom drama (happens in the first half) which fails to invoke any kind of interest. Especially after last week’s release ‘Pink’ which was all about some power-packed courtroom scenes, this one looks way too immature.
The camera work and weird angles along with a pathetic editing make it look like an episode of ‘Crime Patrol’ at times!
The low production value makes it hard not to count the number of flaws making the film look fake and badly executed! The songs looked dragged and have the reporters crying for the Marathe family and praying with them in just a day. And if that’s not enough, we see Manjari running from one religion’s temple to another...her character’s got some serious trust issues with the Lords too, man!
Plus, there’s the poor VFX too.
Basically- it’s Blah Taj!
Combo-On-Offer: Drama + Comedy + Social Message
Verdict: Despite it’s good intentions to showcase the plight of our country’s farmers along with honest performances by the lead pair Shreyas Talpade and Manjari Fadnis, ‘Wah Taj’ fails to be WAH at any level. Hence, we give the movie SLAPS.