Film: Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya Director: Sunil Agnihotri Cast: Mika Singh, Shaan, Gabriela Bertante, Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav, Asrani, Vindu Dara Singh Certification: U/A Rating: 11/2
Clearly, reaching the very pinnacle of their profession doesn’t seem to be enough for our superstar singers. Quick on the heels of Xpose’s Himesh Reshammiya and Yo Yo Honey Singh, Mika Singh joins forces with Shaan (who retains the most pleasant face) to bring us a slapstick comedy that would be funny if you’re still a fan of Akshay Kumar and Sajid Khan. These films achieve what they set out to do and are often successful in a country with an audience for every genre. But why not at least aspire for basic technical competency? Evidently, lack of funds is not the issue. Much of the money spent on Bertante’s item songs could have been put to far better use. The cinematography is abysmal, completely lacking depth of field, with a total of perhaps 2.5 shots in focus. The camera shakes inside a train to indicate movement, but bags and characters remain static. Why not just shoot in a real moving cab when two characters converse inside it, instead of resorting to color-spilling chroma-key environments? With adequate technical support, it isn’t difficult to do. These priorities smack of disrespect for viewers, who can easily tell the difference between sync sound and dubbed sequences nowadays.
Brainless comedies can be fun to watch, what with the infinite characters, goofy plots and toilet humour. But the buck stops with lazy filmmaking—a crime that can ruin the best of punch lines.
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