Movie Review: Joker
After watching Joker I am seriously biting into this conspiracy theory. Farah Khan and her husband-director Shirish Kunder were on a hidden mission and with Tees Maar Khan and Joker, they got their mission accomplished by making a joke out of Akshay Kumar.
When you put together Bollywood and Alien sci-fi movies, you know it is a disastourous recipe. So when I came to know Joker was a desi sci-fi subject I was bit skeptical but then there was also Hrithik Roshan starrer Koi Mil Gaya as an exception, which deftly handled our own home-grown alien ‘Jadoo’ and packaged it rather well without over-exposing the alien element. So I still had a faint hope that Shirish could pull an alien out of his hat to undo the mistake his wife did for Akki in the memorably disastrous movie Tees Maar Khan.
Two possibilities. Either Shirish is a master story-teller who could convince Akshay Kumar to sign the movie or Akki is a weak decision maker who chooses movies influenced by emotions and friendly obligations. Whatever the truth be, ultimately this Friday witnessed a movie that is a joke at everyone’s expense!
I am sure most of you are going to skip the movie so let me out the story. Akshay is a top scientist who is on a mission to establish conduct with Aliens! He is backed by a corporation who have invested heavily onto his project. After two years and no result, they give him a final one month to prove or else it would be handed over to his rival scientist. This is the first few minutes of intro on Akshay’s character.
If you think so far so good wait, behold and be prepared for flight to Pagalpur! Yes, it is Akshay’s native village back in India. His wife, Sonakshi who is blissfully aware of his past receives a call from India asking Akshay to visit his supposedly ailing father. So they set back to karma bhoomi and the karma bhoomi here is a hamlet that is literally non-existent in official records of India! While the entire inhabitants including Akshay’s kith and kin as the name of the village suggests are sheer idiots! They are ridiculously stupid that even the neighbouring villagers don’t step in. Err? Well, all is fair in bollywood and stupidity. So don’t faint!
Just don’t ask how Akshay was an exception and became a scientist though he explains this his wife though we have really given up on any logic at this stage. The villager’s existence is threatened by the nearby dam construction. When Akshay realizes there is no help coming forward from government since his village is almost non-existent as per records. He decides to pull a joke and bring the world’s attention to his village. So the Alien story unfolds and the bucks stop in the climax with a real Alien landing and doing its own bit of joking around! Holy Aliens!
The movie is directionless, clueless to whether to make it a kid-centric movie or a jab on the political class and story hungry media.
The plus point of the movie it is only one hour and fourty minutes or so. Small mercies. The minus is everything. Bad scripting, bad editing, bad direction and a big meh! Should be the lamest, dumbest movie of the decade.
Joker is one joke of a film. If Farah made TMK, its hubby Shirish’s turn to complement it with Joker. Poor Akshay! No wonder he seems to be visibly upset and disowned the film like everyone else.