This is a dramatic chain of events in the most glamorous ,swinging era of Hindi films...the 1960s. It was a decade when film stars tasted success and carried their larger than life screen image on to real life with unbridled pomp and splendour. It was during this time that two ambitious films were made...Ujwal Nirmal Sheetal ...more
This is a dramatic chain of events in the most glamorous ,swinging era of Hindi films...the 1960s. It was a decade when film stars tasted success and carried their larger than life screen image on to real life with unbridled pomp and splendour. It was during this time that two ambitious films were made...Ujwal Nirmal Sheetal and Reena Mera Naam. The latter became a runaway hit while the former was struggling at the box office. less
“Shoddy scripting and awful acting especially by Himesh Reshammiya. The murder mystery lacks intrigue and the music and the costumes don't appeal to the senses. This Xposé is hollow.”
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The Xpose looked like a bad film when I saw the trailer but thought it would be unintentionally hilarious and at least entertaining, in some way. Aap Kaa Suroor (2007) was a bad film but I could at least make fun of it and enjoy watching the stupidity. To my inevitable dismay, the film is utterly terrible and not even remotely enjoyable. The reason is Mr. Himesh Reshammiya.
I enjoyed his music at a point of time but the ego has bloated to colossal levels. He plays an actor called Ravi Kumar. Actually, he was a police officer before but he got rusticated due to his temper. Anyway, that "important" character detail aside, Ravi Kumar is a superstar from the south film industry making his big debut in Bollywood of the 60s. Neither does it look anywhere close to the 60s, nor does it have anything Bollywood about it. We are told it is inspired by real events. They forgot to inform us about the inspiration from real movies. Like The Great Gatsby (2013). The word anachronistic loses its meaning when you see the clothes and the art design in the film. I repeat, it does NOT looks like India in the 60s.
Ravi Kumar wears his attitude over his gaudy clothing. By attitude, I don't mean the cool swag. He's got that stinker of an attitude. This arrogant prick got on my nerves and kept increasing the bullshit factor as the film progressed. When he comes to Mumbai a reporter asks him how he is feeling to be in Mumbai. He asks her to ask Mumbai how it is feeling upon his arrival.
Give. Me. A. Break.
There's more. He says things like:
"Uparwale ne make-up karke bheja hai". He doesn't believe in make-up
"Rehearsal who karte hain jine apne aap pe bharosa nahi hota". What an actor, sir ji.
"Main jo bol deta hoon, wahi script ban jaati hai". What a writer, sir ji.
How are we to take an idiot like this seriously? Moreover, he is always holding a cigarette between his fingers. No, he never smokes it. He simply holds it. All the damn time. Basically, while he is on a one-way street to Prick-ville, he carries a bag of douche with him.
Then there is the murder mystery section of the film. The film begins with a funeral where we are introduced to all the characters while the character names flash on the screen. Irrfan Khan, poor poor Irrfan Khan, has to do the dishonours. He has 3 scenes and I hope he was only in it for the money. Yo Yo Honey Singh has definitely been cast for getting the youth to watch the film. While he is the only half-good thing about the film, even his coolness couldn't save some scenes.
Oh right, the murder mystery. Well, the mystery is as thankless as it gets. The murder is shown to us at least 6 times. It is predictable even when I didn't want to predict it. After a while, it started throwing twists at me and I dodged them all as I couldn't care enough. I was face-palming almost throughout the 110 minutes of the film.
That being said, I find the song Ice-Cream Khaungi highly amusing. That Ha-Has are vintage Himesh. I hope he stuck to singing and composing music. Him acting, especially like an egoistic dummy, is a pain to watch.
The Xpose is one of those bad movies that don't have anything going for it. The acting, the music, the script, the style, the dialogues - it all falls flat on the face.