Movie – Action Replayy (2010)
Starring – Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kiron Kher, Om Puri, Rajpal Yadav, Neha Dhupia, Ranvijay Singh and Aditya Roy Kapur
Director – Vipul Shah

Here is my review of one of the big release this Diwali, “Action Replayy.” Movie is directed by Vipul Shah and it’s the fourth collaboration of Vipul and the movie lead Akshay Kumar. Both had previous three successful outings. Read on to see what they have in store for the fourth one.

Kishan Kumar (Akshay Kumar) is an owner of one of the biggest restaurant of Mumbai. He is fed up of his personal life with his wife Mala (Aishwarya Rai). Kishan is as dumb man as you can get. Mala is as aggressive a woman as one would think. From the description of the two characters one would understand how complex their relationship would be. They have son Bunty (Aditya Roy) who is so fed up with his parent’s daily quarrels that he decides not to marry his girl friend.

As Bunty does not believe in wedding, his girlfriend decides to arrange a meeting between her grandfather and Bunty, in order to persuade him to get married. In process her Grandfather who is a professor demonstrates Bunty about his new invention, which is a time-machine. One can sit into it and go back to any past time. It is at that moment that Bunty decides he should go back in the time when his parents were single and try to get them as close as possible. And when he eventually goes back to the time desired, what he see is that his parent or future parent are exactly opposite as in the present. Mala’s mother and Kishan’s father are both big enemies. It was then that he decides to make a change in both Mala’s and Kishan’s attitude towards themselves and within in order to have better future.

From the above one could make out that the story is different. As a natural feeling when Bunty moves into past one would like to see more of the past which is more interesting and the movie gives exactly that. 90% of the movie has been shot in the 1970’s looks. The retro look of 70’s is actually very perfectly executed. One would feel that the audience is watching any 70’s movie, considering the sets, costumes and background score. Music is interesting and not for a single song you feel that it had been “inserted.” Songs were timed very perfectly, where it actually required. Its not just the timing, the songs themselves are good. Zor Ka Jhatka and Chan Ke Mohalla are the best amongst the lot. Choreography too is admirable.

If we talk about performance than Akshay Kumar as Kishan gives his usual committed performance. His zeal, enthusiasm and innocence can be felt. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan excels in the role of Mala. She performs exactly as was required. Om Puri and Kiran Kher are wasted. Rajpal Yadav does not have much to do in this movie. Ranvijay Singh as Kundan does very well. Neha Dhupia again has not so substantial role in the movie. Aditya Roy Kapur as Bunty is a shining spot in the movie. He performs his job wonderfully well. Though the movie dint offered much for him due to his character in the movie, but he has potential to grow as an Actor if given opportunity.

Coming back to where we started. Whether Vipul and Akshay combo has pulled it off successfully for the fourth time? The answer is big YES. Movie is enjoyable and has some genuine moments of laughter, emotions as well as drama. What more audience would ask for? There are some glitches which are due to negligence on the part of director. But what matters is the overall picture when one comes out of the theater after watching Action Replayy. The picture is of a satisfied audience who have watched a clean and interesting movie, with smile on their face.

Verdict – 3 Stars out of 5. This time its not ONLY Akshay Kumar who has to carry the load of entire movie, the movie itself is such that it can carry itself, on its own.

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