Chick flic meets stoner buddy comedy. Universal Studios theme park meets Pammal K Sambandan(Kamalhaasan).Harry bhai meets sallyben, (Ramesh meets Moitra 😉 ). Nadiedvala grandson meets white women in progressive states of undress. Indian paisa vasool meets Eros international. Ought to be a winning combination, right? So where did it go wrong?
KI has so much going right for it. For one, the raw charm of Akshay kumar , (sincere meets hairy) and then the correctly updated feminist attitudes of Kareena Kapoor (stomach meets backbone) and all that white flesh maan! like you stumbled on to a backyard bbq at a trailer park in John Mc Cain Arizona! So What went wrong?
Early word from the film’s headquarters is that Kambakkth Ishq is minting money hand over fist like any critic proof superbad comedy. (I reserve the right to take this out if the early word turns out to be hype) .So what went wrong?
This is an occasion for us the good reviewer to go and take a time out. All your angreji vangreji will nahi chalega. we were plain wrong(all us except taran adarsh who was like a bloodhound smelling the moolah) . All our theories of film ,of our second guesses about what those people in the US may like, of our not trusting our guts, and instead choosing the easy way out – of Kareena bashing and trivializing crass mass entertainment as if that is the why our fathers educated us in English – to work the old lady of bori bunder into a credible elitist threat to pop culture of the vernacualr desi – maybe this is what went wrong , along the structural fault lines of Mumbai’s demographics. Maybe ,we deluded ourself into thinking we were fighting Shiv sainiks in Mumbai when we faulted the films they liked.Maybe we are the jehadis. Maybe we simply DIDN’T Identify with the banarsi taxidriver whom we use every day to get from VT to BCCI. Maybe WE are what went wrong.
Kambakht ishq is a Superbad film , and not even well executed. The only thing it has going for it is its heart. It drip an earnest desire to entertain, and this is contagious (I would compare it ,in this respect to Kung Fu Hustle) . You want to forgive Kareena’s bony boosom, Akshay’s Hairy chest and kadva expression..the fact that Denise Richards looks like a lap dancer and that Sly Stallone looks like Aahnold’s seventy year old chest(pic) .
The film still feels like a seventies martial arts comedy- the films of a generation where people made b flics with sheer raw talent (in their case, for Karate) and didn’t let the loose strings show through in their knitting. It’s a good two point two five hours at the moves but would we listen ? Oh noooo… we are working for our reputations, which would be mud ..MUD ! if word got out that we liked Kambakkth Ishq.
The Joke’s on US.