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The biggest emotional atyachar in this movie is its name. Those who go to this film expecting something along the lines of the TV show (after all they have the same name) or hope to see an edgy cult film like Dev D (they have the same actress looking similar to her character in that movie) are in for a big disappointment since the movie is far away from either of these two. That is the biggest disservice the makers of this movie have done to it. Its almost as if the director did not have enough confidence in his own creation to lean on such subliminal crutches to pull people in to the theatre.
Emotional atyachar tries too hard to be cool and hip and loses a bit of itself in the process. I dont think doing a study on the peeing styles of different people and showing us the varying looks of relief and ecstacy on their faces while doing so is cool. It makes it look more like a doctors case file on prostate problems
Ok, having got that rant out of the way, on to the main movie. The movies synopsis on different movie websites calls it a dark thriller. The dark part of it is true since a lot of action happens at night on the Goa Mumbai highway where different characters from 4 different stories overlap and bump into (or rather bump off) each other. The story as it moves along is fairly engrossing (thrilling would be a bit much) but tiresome in the amount of time it takes to mesh it all together. Also, there is not enough backstory on each character for the viewer to invest in any of them.
There are a few spaced out laughs but what spoilt it for me was the pretty amateurish sounding dialogues and some weak scripting. The Ravi Kishen track looked the most artificial. He uses too much of tapori dialogue but still does not come across as a gangster. His two sidekicks look out of a school play. Ranvir Shorey and Vinay Pathak are an Abbott and Costello act which does not need any more polishing. Vinay Pathaks Bheja fry laugh still made me giggle though I think he could have come up with something more original. Kalki Koechlin looks charmingly waif like but badly needs a haircut or at least a good conditioner. The other characters are too small to make much of an impact.
I background music during the credits is trippy though the nightclub song with Kalki looking straight out of a 1920s German flick is a waste of time.
There are a couple of weak links and unexplainable bloopers in the movie which I think are pretty unforgivable given that its meant to be an edgy, intelligent sort of movie. Also if you can crack who is coming from Goa and who is going to it I may just give you a special mention in my next review :)
The movie is kept afloat I would think by Ranvir and Vinay and their seasoned chemistry and I hope they have been handsomely rewarded for it.
If you are planning on catching this one, first remove all references from your mind to anything already in existence that has the phrase 'emotional atyachar' in it. Then, have a strong drink. That will put you in a kindlier and more forgiving frame of mind towards first time directors. Then you may just about enjoy this one