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All audience reviews of Ghayal Once Again

  • Dhai Kilo ka bakwaas

    Smita Vyas Kumar (6,903 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - February 05, 2016 12:34 PM IST
    3.6DM (2880 ratings)

    Verdict - An OTT melodrama that makes even car chases look boring after a point.

    Ghayal Once AgainWatch trailerRelease date : February 05, 2016

    I am reeling. Sunny Deol's dhai kilo ka haath hit me so many times on my head that I am now numb and have tinnitus like the villain does in the climax when the hand comes down on him.

    So, Mr. Ghayal returns as a crusader against injustice. He and his other pals from jail now run a newspaper that exposes all sorts of scandals. He also suffers from a neurological problem that makes him clutch his head in acute pain every time he remembers the past. So much so, that he needs a pretty young doctor who looks like Soha Ali Khan to be at his side every time the head clutching happens to pass him some pink pills and say "Paani pee lo" in a tender voice. Anyway, his old pal Joe Fernandes who is now a retired cop gets shot at by an industrialist, Bansal's son and a gang of four teenagers who were filming some patently fraud looking birds in Karnala bird sanctuary inadvertently capture the murder on their camera. They try to take it to our man but are caught by Bansal and then all dishoom dishoom, rona dhona, char chases, gunshots, screaming and all happen till the movie ends. You can't even nod off because the movie is so loud.

    Sunny Deol is still stuck in the 80s style of movie making with exaggerations at every turn, be it violent or emotional. Of course, it also has to do with the fact that the man still cannot act. So, he needs these visual cues swirling around his head. When the sad images swirl around he grimaces, swings his head in agony and sad music plays. Happy image arrives he smiles and happy music plays. See? It gets easy when someone helps you. And even the audience is left in no doubt that the emotion he is expressing is happiness, sadness or anger.

    All the characters shout and scream till they are about to burst multiple blood vessels. In the climax, his newfound daughter is on a rooftop in a wheel chair and he is fighting all the goons to save her. At that point she irritatingly keeps screaming "Papa Papa" making him look gooey eyed at her while fending off the baddies. The whiny "Papa" gets so bugging after a point that if I could I would have pushed her off the building myself, wheel chair and all.

    There are all kinds of logical errors and loopholes and I won't bother with all of them. But I do really really want to know how he managed to hijack Bansal's helicopter.

    The movie is really actually one long car chase. The chases are so long and dreary that you can take a loo break, chai break etc and still come back to find everyone chasing everyone else.

    The cast has Om Puri as Joe Fernandes dying early, which is a good thing, as I can no longer see anything but his nose. There is the simpering Bansal family with a Dadi, a stupid kid and Tisca Chopra wasted as the wife. Abhilash Kumar plays the spoilt son who shot Fernandes because of whom everyone goes mad trying to protect or destroy an orange coloured HD. For such an important role all he has to help him is a fancy hairstyle and red huge earphones. Really, so easy to spot rich kids in a crowd. The four kids who are truth seekers are kind of sweet and I found Diana Naaz Khan as Zoya really charming. Shivam Patil as Rohan is very agile and looks kind of cute. These two need a better movie. Everyone is inspired by Sunny Paaji to overact, shout, cry, rant rave and hyperventilate to the edge of reason.

    Avoid this movie like you would an oncoming cement crusher or prepare to get crushed under the weight of melodrama, boredom and hysteria.

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