Rating: 3/5 stars (Three-Stars)
Star cast: Rani Mukerji, Prithviraj, Anita Date, Subodh Bhave, Satish Alekar, Nirmiti Sawant, Ameya Wagh and Jyoti Subhash.
What’s Good: The superb acting of the entire cast; the Aga bai song; the direction; the general madness in the film.
What’s Bad: The sniffing and chasing; the stretched screenplay.
Loo Break: Not really.
Watch or Not?: Watch Aiyyaa for a quirkily different film with very good performances but be warned that it drags.
There’s nothing new about love at first sight. Movies and books have been done to death on it. But love at first sniff?
When she’s not escaping to her Bollywood dreams, Meenakshi (Rani Mukerji) has a tough job working as a librarian while trying to keep (what’s left of) her sanity with her dog loving brother Nana, marriage obsessed mother, cigarette addict father and grandmother with gold teeth who vrooms around the house in her wheelchair. But there’s more, Meenakshi’s colleague at the art college, Maina (Anita Date), wears the most atrocious costumes and does the weirdest things.
Meenakshi sucks it up and goes through the daily programs of seeing potential grooms while wishing for a handsome prince to sweep her off her feet. Surya (Prithviraj) is the man for her. One whiff of this bloody-eyed brilliant art student and Meenakshi is left gasping for air. She tries to dig out all that she can about him but ends up with bits and pieces of information mostly from Maina and the canteen boy.
But the feisty Meenakshi has set her eyes (and nose) on Surya. To win his heart, she learns Tamil, sneaks into his house and stalks him whenever possible. But our hero barely knows of her existence. At the same time, her parents succeed in finding a boy for her – the simple and sweet Madhav (Subodh Bhave).
Whom does Meenakshi choose? And what’s the secret behind his scent driving her nuts?
Aiyyaa Review: Script Analysis
Sachin Kundalkar’s story is as crazy as it gets and he’s translated it beautifully on screen. The characters have been developed so finely that every time any two of them meet, there’s something interesting bound to happen. And for once, it just isn’t the routine running-around-trees. He gives us a heroine who loves her Bollywood and wants to live it as well. On the other hand, we have an artist whose life is in stark contrast to his admirer.
But even with all the expertise, you do get bored of Meenakshi chasing Surya after a while. While it’s really novel to see a heroine enamoured by the scent of her hero, the stalking gets repetitive after a while. Some of the detours in the screenplay seem unnecessary and needlessly lengthen the film.
Aiyyaa Review: Star Performances
Rani Mukerji might have Agabai-ed, Aiyaa-ed and Issh-ed more than a dozen times on screen but the gal is wonderful! Rani lives it as Meenakshi with all the narcissism, over the top drama, unquestioning love and she does it beautifully throughout. Prithviraj gets very little to do as Surya but he manages well. Anita Date is an exciting surprise as Maina. Every time you see her on screen, she’s got something special and different that will crack you up. Subodh Bhave is adorable as Madhav. Satish Alekar, Nirmiti Sawant, Ameya Wagh and Jyoti Subhash are delightful as Meenakshi’s mad-cap family.
Aiyyaa Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects
Sachin Kundalkar has directed the movie very well though it lags in many parts. The visuals of the colours and the art have been done so masterfully that you want to give most of the credit to Amalendu Choudary for the mesmerizing cinematography. Amit Trivedi’s music is perfect. Vaibhavi Merchant has spun her magic, especially with the sexy and enticing Aga Bai song. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics are mischevious. Abhijeet Deshpande’s editing is alright.
Aiyyaa Review: The Last Word
Aiyyaa is quirkily different and is worth watching for all the characters. But the sniffing and chasing gets a bit annoying.
Aiyyaa released on 12th October, 2012.
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