By Vidya Pradhan
- I watch these movies so you don't have to.
- Note to Bollywoood – SCRIPT IS KING! SCRIPT IS KING! SCRIPT IS KING!
- Ajay Devgan, who makes his directorial debut with this movie, obviously did not get that note.
- He also takes credit for the story – alas, IMDB points us to the "inspiration" for UMAH's central premise, The Notebook, a rather saccharine love story by Nicholas Sparks which was made into an ok movie starring Rachel McAdams.
- Movies with cutesy bilingual names are usually an indicator of box-office poison but Jab We Met was refreshing, so I thought I'd give this one a try.
- UMAH starts well and ends strong..it's the middle that's the problem.
- If a previous engagement gets you to the movie only by intermission, thank your stars, the worst is over.
- Fat kids cannot be used for comedy in Hindi movies anymore.
- Scenes involving babies in jeopardy should be kept short in "family" films.
- Some directorial advice – next time don't be cheap about hiring a good supporting cast, it pays off.
- Kajol does her luminous best, her fans will be pleased with her acting and not so pleased with her cameraman.
- Ajay Devgan should not be playing 25 year old romantics anymore. Why not emulate "The Notebook" and have a different cast for the younger generation?
- Vishal Bharadwaj's music is pleasing, if unmemorable. Download the title song.
- Did I mention script is king?
- Now that I have thoroughly turned you off the movie, who knows, you may even like it.
- Full disclosure – I watched this movie on a DVD with questionable antecedents, but guilt over journalistic integrity made me watch the entire movie at one setting without any fast forwards, and believe me, I was tempted.
My rating – 2 out of 5 stars