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Aladin – review

Aladin Directed by Sujoy Ghosh

Produced by Sujoy Ghosh

Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Sanjay Dutt, Jacqueline Fernandez

Music: Vishal-Shekhar

In the fictional city of Khwaish lives lonely Aladin Chatterjee (Ritesh Deshmukh). Since childhood he is been bullied by his friends for being namesake of the fairy tale character. He grows up as a timid man still bullied by his friends. Jasmine (Jacqueline Fernandez) is the new student in his class and its love at first sight for Alladin. On his birthday, Jasmine presents him a lamp she bought from an antique shop. When Aladin rubs the lamp appears the Genius the genie played by Amitabh Bachchan. Genius grants Aladin three wishes and after that he would go into retirement (?!) Aladin who could not believe that Genius is real Genie initially is clueless about what to ask while the Genius is in a hurry to grant the wishes. Aladin could only think of using the wishes to win his lady-love and in due process wastes the wishes in the process. Meanwhile, there comes “The Ring Master” (Sanjay Dutt)  an ex-genie with a mission to grab the lamp and with a greater plan of taking over the world with the help of the lamp. He is accompanied with a strange bunch of clowns. So ensues a climax where in a predictable and boring line the good genie wins over the bad genie.

The director inspired by the fairy tale Aladdin character has planned a contemporary movie based on the character but only to good it majorly with the usual bollywood romance-dance sequences. The graphics that makes the fictional city The beginning of the movie starting with the fictional city promised a wonderful sequences to come but only to disappoint the audience with a poor story line. The characterization of “The Ring Master” and “Genius” could have been handles better with such a powerful cast. Alas! it needs a “genie” director to pull Bollywood from its tired and beaten to pulp regular masala story line. Unfortunately, Sujoy Ghosh the director is not the “genie” to rescue.

All the lead actors have given their best. Jacqueline looks fresh and sure to make her presence in more bollywood movies. Music by Vishal Shekhar is passable.

GingerChai Verdict: A powerful cast, nice looking fictional city could have been handled neat if given in the hands of a genius story teller. Aladin does not rub any entertaining fare.

0 30 October, 2009 Movies October 30, 2009

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  1. Abhilash

    Thanks for the review…

    I will surely watch this movie.. it appears to be nice from your review…

    I think the directors and advertisement agencies should take you as their creative director to make the movie a super hit…

  2. sharat

    Aladdin has opened to mixed responses…perticularly enjoyed by the children…it indeed has good animation and cinematography…
    the critics and reviewers are themselves confused, how to rate the movie…your review is indeed balanced..

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