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PSA in Disguise

  • Rony D'costa

    Rony D'costa

    Desimartini | Updated - February 12, 2014 11:09 AM IST
    3.5DM (580 ratings)

    Verdict - Table no 21 is a PSA in disguise and a watchable film. It would have been more interesting if it had a completely fresh star cast.

    Table No. 21Watch trailerRelease date : January 04, 2013

    PSA in Disguise

    Last year the first Hindi film i saw was Players. Thank god for it's unintentional humor otherwise it would have been a pain to sit through that long film. So, the first thing to celebrate table no.21 is that it is under 2 hrs long. The 2nd thing that calls for a mini celebration is that it is not a bad film.

    Vivaan (Rajeev Khandelwal) and Siya ( Tena Desae) are in Fiji to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Vivaan has been jobless for a while so this free trip comes us a blessing in disguise but mr khan (Paresh Rawal) awaits them there.

    He lures them to play a game called table no 21. The game is simple. Answer eight questions. Each question is followed by a task. complete the tasks and win 21 crores. The one big rule is "if you lie you die". For people who enjoy reality t.v. this film is good fun since follows a similar template. The structure is fairly simple on the surface but there is larger picture running beyond it and every question and task leads the couple towards it.

    Tena Desae brings in a freshness in the film. She looks delicious in a bikini and also carries off a bald look too. Rajeev Khandelwal is in the same zone as his first film. Someone new in his place would have been better. Same with Paresh Rawal. We have seen him do these kind of roles before so there is no novelty left to engage with him as an audience. Hanif Hilaal makes a silent debut and looks good enough to be cast as a villain in future films. How good is he? We will know only when we hear him speak. this is the 4th film by director Aditya Datt. After 3 mistakes he finally makes a good impression.

    Word of mouth - table no 21 is a PSA in disguise and a watchable film. It would have been more interesting if it had a completely fresh star cast.

    Rating - *** ( Above Average)

    Ticket Meter - worth 150 bucks.

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