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  • Smita Vyas Kumar

    Smita Vyas Kumar (6,903 DM Points)

    Desimartini | Updated - December 16, 2013 10:04 PM IST
    3.3DM (3535 ratings)

    Verdict - A fun movie for kids or kids at heart

    Joker(2012)Watch trailerRelease date : August 31, 2012

    The problem with Joker is not the movie but the Director. Shirish Kunder, thanks to a series of highly publicized spats with stars like Shah Rukh has managed to get himself a pretty bad image. No one seems to like him much in the film industry. Even Akshay and Sonakshi refused to promote the film. (Which I think is pretty silly. Ek baar commitment di toh you have to go all the way) We, the people, do not know him personally but form our opinion from what we read and so dislike him too. And then we put on our biased spectacles and prepare to dislike a movie before watching it.

    Of course, that is not to say that this is a great film. But its not a disaster either. It is juvenile in its humour (a village full of mad men is the kind of play we all have done at least once in our school life) but once you have regressed to being say around 8 years (and what is movie watching but a transporting of our dreary cynical sleeves into a more fanciful world?) then you will get the jokes and enjoy this goofy movie.

    Akshay Kumar plays a scientist trying to contact aliens. His village, populated by crazies, descendants of escapees from a madhouse, is left out of the map of India and so is nobodys responsibility. Akshay and his girlfriend Sonakshi try to bring the spotlight on to their village by pretending that aliens have landed there. The crazy farce that follows it is reminiscent of the media frenzy in Peepli live! (not comparing ! just saying!) Anyway, it all expectedly ends well. Kids movies usually do.

    Akshay and Sonakshi look like they are enjoying themselves. Sonakshi doesnt have much to do anyway. Chitrangadha is a disappointment. She should be satisfied with the fact that she is labeled a talented and intelligent actress and not try to achieve item girl status too. One cant be everything.

    Take the kids and enjoy this movie. There are no romantic scenes, no vulgarity (Chitrangadha fails), some good jokes and a pretty different story. Which is a lot more than one can get out of any movie these days. I know I will get beaten up by my fellow MJs who have trashed the movie but I liked Joker.

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