Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Shreyas Talpade, Darshan Jariwala
Director: Shirish Kunder
Length: 1.45hours approximately.
In midst of conventional potboiler genre, if suddenly a JOKER arrives, than it’s a breath of fresh air unless it turns out to be a turkey! Fortunately, JOKER has its heart in the right place and the film surrenders itself to the humor that could be best described as “PJs” and the plot could be described as “interesting”.
JOKER’s strength lies in the characters around and some fabulous PJs that flock in first half one after another. Kunder doesn’t do much spoon feeding about why the village is not in the map of India. Just one scene on it, the very first one and then immediately the focus skates towards Akshay and Sonakshi. The best part about this venture is its brisk pace and also the length is trimmed down to 105 minutes which works majorly in JOKER’s favor. Even though some corny PJs fall flat on face just like TEES MAAR KHAN’s aplenty felt, still JOKER has staunch support of its innovative concept. Despite few blemishes, JOKER does tremendously well in first half, especially because the film has consistent tone to its core.
Post intermission the film goes predictably and the laughs slowly disappear. But that doesn’t allow me to discredit some amazing moments like the villagers turn sad with a voice, the moment they listen anything in English language from Akshay’s tongue! It seems silly but the set-up of the film allows such humor. However, the film’s ending should’ve been more fun and inspiring instead of being simple one.
The music is good. “Kaafirana” “Sing Raja” and “Yeh Joker” are fairl good songs. Chitrangada’s ravishing dance adds soul to the song. The cinematography is amazing especially because it transports us directly to the village. The story is interesting but there was enough room for twists which would only have enhanced the efficiency level. Kunder’s direction seems to have good control on the proceedings. Compared to his 6 years old JAAN-E-MAN, Joker is much entertaining a film. The VFX effects however are very minimal.
Akshay Kumar’s sharp comic timing works once again. Even though his is the most matured character in the whole film, or compared to any of his recent films, still he does it good. Sonakshi Sinha looks brewing hot in and also shares some comic moments with the villagers. Shreyas Talpade gets decent scope and his accent is definitely funny. Rest everyone in the film does what they were expected to – act as madly as you can!
The attempt by makers is definitely impressive, but could have been so much more! It’s a happy, entertaining film which delivers well at places. Go for it, if you are open to a film which could be silly and smart in one go!
Rating- 2.5/5 (Above AVerage)