Good for nothing!By K N Gupta
Eye TV India Bureau
Cast: : Kay Kay Menon, Ranvir Shorey, Pradhuman Singh, Neha Bhasin, Manu Rishi
Director: Rakesh Mehta
'Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi' is a good for nothing movie. One wonders as to why writer-director Rakesh Mehta created a large cast of characters who leave no impact. The movie is made focuses on those migrating to Mumbai from outside Maharashtra. Albeit a hot subject, it's not dealt with seriously. Instead, Mehta attempts to end the movie as a comedy. The result is the movie ends up being neither representing stark reality nor a comedy. The title itself is strange, in that it implies 'life is screwed up'!
The movie is a compilation of four different tales. The first is about two hit men killing a gang lord (Jackie Shroff's image) and his wife for no apparent reason. The deceased's son, Salman Firdousi played by Kay Kay Menon, wants to identify the killer and take revenge. In the second track, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chautala played by Manu Rishi is transferred on deputation from his home state to Mumbai where he follows a group of 4 fugitive Nigerian drug peddlers. His job is on the line and he has only 24 hours to save his reputation as a crack crime branch officer. The ACP is shown as a mommy's boy and his conversations are amusing. The third story tracks a useless Kolkatan, Amol Ganguly played by Ranvir Shorey, who returns from London to wed his girlfriend.
She is already married to an ugly rich man. Ranvir is desperate and meanwhile meets with Ajoy Ghosh played by Pradhuman Singh, who puts a gun in his hand and exhorts him to kill himself! The fourth character luckily isn't violent. She is a Chandigarh girl, Dolly Saluja played by Neha Bhasin, but isn't simple or innocent. She pursues her dream for stardom at every cost. There is neither a well-connected story nor any notable performance. Ranvir Shorey and KK fail quite miserably. Others including Tom Alter's cameo as a former gangster, Asrani as a retired army man, Shakti Kapoor as an NRI film producer-cum-conman, Razzaq Khan as the Prince of Junagadh and Neeraj Vora as a hotel manager just fill their roles, so to say. They are wasted in the absence of well-written roles for them.
All in all, the story is incoherent and full of several discrepancies. One is amazed that a superb actor like Kay Kay Menon should accept the movie. Dialogues are average and delivery is even worse. Ranbir Shorey's Bengali and Manu Rishi's Haryanvi are at times laughable.
What a flop and a sheer waste!!
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- Ranvir Shorey, Neha Bhasin in Audio Release of Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi [Bollywood Today]