Movie : All Is Well.
Cast : Abhishek Bachchan , Rishi Kapoor , Asin , Supriya Pathak , Zeeshan Ayubb.
Director : Umesh Shukla.
All Is Well : A Chaotic Cacophony.
If you have applauded Director Umesh Shukla’s ‘Oh My God’ , then this one will definitely make you utter the same 3 words in agony as you walk out of the theatre.Directed by Umesh Shukla the film is a road trip which completely gets turned upside down and is a water-down.
The film opens with a struggling musician named (Inder Bhalla) played by Abhishek Bachchan based in Bangkok away from his family in India due to a feeling of hatred towards his father.Poor circumstances of his father (Mr Bhalla) played by Rishi Kapoor draws back him to Kasol in India alongside (Nimmi) played by Asin wherein she has feelings for him.We are given a high-toned melodrama and constant arguments of Mr Bhalla and (Pammi) played by Supriya Pathak which culminates Pammi to Alzheimer’s disease and is found in an Ashram.Enters Zesshan Ayubb who solely attempts to extract Mr Bhalla’s bakery.Then follows a series of slapstick comedy which makes you difficult to swallow leading to a confusion and chaos.
Abhishek Bachchan tries to be a rock-star but unfortunately he doesn’t become the one as he is the modern-day ‘Shravan Kumar’ who sacrifies all of his albums for the welfare of his parents.He seems a bit convincing but a tighter script would have made wonders for this actor.It struck me as a wonder as to how his look changes despite he maintains the same denims.He drives harshly and juggles his family in automobiles which just doesn’t seem realistic.At one point we are given a high-pitched sappy scene of Inder taking his father on his shoulders.
Asin is seen after a long sabbatical yet she doesn’t have anything sharp.She has a fetish for Rhonda Byrne’s ‘The Secret’ which doesn’t show any link with the script of the film.She grabs it as it’s the only last copy available in the world.She goes onto hold so tightly that even amidst the goons and kidnapping , she doesn’t seem to lose it.Well , does it really happen? She herself guide the kidnappers to abduct her and yet her family doesn’t seem to bother as to where she really is?
Suffering from polyuria Rishi Kapoor is frequently seen doing ‘su-su’ and also has a fetish for his bakery based in Kasol.He has so attachment towards his bakery, but we hardly see him baking anything.All he does is to shout and yell at his wife drawing his son’s hatred and anger closer.
Supriya Pathak has too little to do apart from saying “Inder ke school jaana hai”.Suffering from Alzheimer’s I really wondered as to how she got well amidst so much of loud situations.Her dialogues are rare to find and she is most of the time found smiling for unnecessary reasons.A fine actress could have been accommodated for a key role to make something well.
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub as Chima plays the hard-core villain who is so funny and humorous with his over-gown, hair and mustache.Every time he appears on screen , some comedy is expected and makes you go jaw-dropping.He plays a brutal character with lots of shades of diverse elements.The best part is his dialogues and comic timing.It would be safe to address him as the sailor of this funny ship.
The soundtracks doesn’t fit into the correct scenes except for Sonakshi Sinha’s Nachan Farratre as the Dhaba song.The film spoils the charm of QSQT’S ‘Ae Mere Humsafar’ as the chemistry of Asin-Abhishek isn’t sparkling. ‘Baaton ko Teri’ is one such song which comes as a refreshing change with exotic locales and colours.We are given the same background score every time they step into the car.
Cinematographer Sameer Arya does a fantastic job in capturing some of the serene landscapes of Himachal and Chandigarh.
The problem lies with Umesh’s screenplay and script which just doesn’t fall at the right place ultimately falling flat.Pre-interval , the screenplay has too many glitches and clings to a faulty drafted script.
The vehicles doesn’t even suffer minor faults due to rash driving.There is an over-weight humor at the death scene of Inder’s Mamji as the family mourns.His wife, played by Seema Pahwa has a fetish for Mercedes more importantly than her husband.All this doesn’t seem convincing at all.
Films based on road-trips like ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ and ‘Piku’ have managed to create a charm and class to stand out of the crowd, but ‘All Is Well’ doesn’t manage to rub shoulders with them.The theme gets over-dramatic with non-sense comedy and Shukla convince his message at a slow pace.
Watch out for the performances of Abhishek Bachchan and Zeeshan Ayubb who forms the pillars of the script, but be ready to suffer the trauma of Shukla’s script.We are going with 2 stars.