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Total Syaapa: Good, Not Great !

PUBLISHED BY: SURENDER KUMAR
MARCH 07, 2014

   
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Total Syaapa: Good, Not Great !

 

"Total Siyapaa" explores the cultural chasm between India and Pakistan through the prism of Ali Zafar-Yami Gautam alliance against the backdrop of London. Asha (Yami’s character) brings home her boyfriend but quickly realizes that her family is against her alliance with a Pak national. Total chaos follows and Aman lands in a nightmare, where he has to handle a shrill, potential MIL (Kirron Kher), her hubby (Anupam Kher), a sister-in-law, a bullying brother-in-law and a crackpot grandpa.

 

E. Nivas, while making a directorial comeback after ‘De Taali’, starts with good intentions, but fails to save a weak plot towards the end. Writer Neeraj Pandey, who delivered hits like ‘A Wednesday’ and ‘Special 26’ succeeds in injecting humour upto a point. Kirron Kher takes the centrestage so far the acting department goes  – playing the loud Punjabi to perfection and her scenes with Zafar are outstanding for their comic timing. Yaami's character is not well fleshed out. Anupam Kher could have been given more space.

 

Ali Zafar lends his voice to all five songs, including ‘Palat Meri Jaan’ and ‘Asha’. The music and the lyrics complement the story. But overall, the movie leaves you craving for more -- more finesse in the plot and refinement of the humor there. However, the movie does successfully handle the simmering and delicate Indo-Pak theme by boiling down the mutual enmity to cultural differences.

 

It is not a great movie, but if you are looking for a good weekend pastime, watch it. It won't disappoint you.



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