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Rating: 2 stars (Two stars)

Star cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Shreyas Talpade, Minissha Lamba, Vindu Dara Singh, Asrani, Chitrangda Singh (item song), Darshan Jariwala.

What’s Good: The direction; the music; the cinematography; some puns.

What’s Bad: The predictable storyline.

Loo Break: None.

Watch or Not?: It’s a timepass watch but not really engrossing.

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As bland as the title of the film may sound, Joker does not disappoint.

In a bit of an out-of-world way, the small village of Pagalpur is overlooked when India’s map is being charted during independence. After the inmates of the mental asylum in the village break loose, all the other inhabitants flee the place.

Surrounded by his crackling machines, Agastya (Akshay Kumar) is a scientist in the US searching for signs of life beyond the earth. When he has nothing more than static to show his research sponsors, Agastya has a month to hope that ET or his brethren show him proof of their existence. When he finds out that his father is seriously ill, he abandons his work and goes back to Paglapur with this girlfriend Diva (Sonakshi Sinha).

The current inhabitants of Paglapur make one hell of a fruit basket. There’s Agastya’s brother (Shreyas Talpade) who speaks only in a strange tongue, his cross-eyed father (Darshan Jariwala), a loud friend (Vindu Dara Singh), a teacher (Asrani) who thinks that WW2 is still on and many others. Agastya finds out that his father was faking illness but decides to stay back and help the villagers out of their misery. Since Paglapur is not on the map of India, they don’t belong to any state, have no electricity, roads or water supply. Since the tiny crackpot village has nothing to offer, even the ministers Agastya approaches for help pass the buck to the next state.

At last Agastya comes up with a plan: to create crop circles in Paglapur and sell it to the media and the world as alien doing. Soon his plan brings reporters and scientists in hordes to the village and things are starting to look up with lots of song and dance. But Agastya’s competitor Simon Goeback (get it?) (Alexx ONell) puts a spanner in the works when he arrives in Paglapur and calls the whole thing a hoax.

This other-worldly mess plays out in the rest of the movie.

Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Shreyas Talpade, Asrani (Joker Movie Stills)
Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Shreyas Talpade, Asrani (Joker Movie Stills)

Joker Review: Script Analysis

Shirish Kunder’s premise for Joker is too simplistic. Obviously, logic takes a backseat but it’s the predictability that is the real downer. The dialogues are alright. Some of the puns like Simon Goeback, the tongue-in-cheek timing of the Ayega song etc. are well written. The reason behind the title of the film Joker is well thought of.

Why Agastya decides to stay back is not convincingly done. While scientists from all over the world ascertain the crop circles have an alien hand, how does Simon blow their lid in less than 5 seconds? Why do the armed forces stand at the perimeter of the forest where the aliens appear instead of hiding inside the forest? And why the heck did they open fire on them? Looks like Jadoo took all the logic away in his spaceship.

Joker Review: Star Performances

Akshay Kumar does a good job but nothing extraordinary as Agastya. Sonakshi Sinha mostly clings on to Akki’s arm as his girlfriend Diva. Shreyas Talpade is very good as the brother and manages to convey all his emotions with just a handful of gibberish words that he has to mouth throughout the movie. Vindu Dara Singh’s act is annoying. Thankfully Minissha Lamba gets very little time for hamming as a press reporter. Darshan Jariwala and Asrani are good as Agastya’s father and nut job of a teacher respectively.

Joker Review: Direction, Editing & Music

There’s not much that director Shirish Kunder could do to the script, but he does a good job. His editing is alright. Gaurav Dagaonkar and G. V. Prakash Kumar’s songs are enjoyable. Shirish’s background score goes well with the scenes. Sudeep Chatterjee and Anay Goswami’s cinematography is very nice. The colours keep the movie quite cheerful. Visual effects are well done.

Joker Review: The Last Word

Joker is an amusing but predictable fare. Nothing out-of-this-world.

Joker Trailer

Joker movie releases on 31st August, 2012

39 COMMENTS

  1. आज मे जब थीयेटर से जोकर देखकर बाहर निकला,तो मैने अपने पास बैठे एक व्यक्ति से उसका फिल्म के बारे मे रिव्यू पूछा,उसने जवाब दिया-
    “फिल्म के ट्रेलर मे मुझे लगा की ये मूवी चल जाएगी….और खास बात शिरीष कुंदर का निर्देशक बोहट ही शानदार है,जिस तरह से,उन्होने फिल्म के लोकेशन्स & उनको पर्दे पर उतरा है,वह वाकई लाजवाब है……अक्षय कुमार और उनकी कॉमिक टाइमिंग गजब है,और उनका पर्फॉर्मेन्स भी क़ाबिले तारीफ है…..स्टोरी के बारे मे क्या कहु….मुझे तो डायलोग्ग्स सुनने और एलीयेन्स की मस्ती देखने मे ज़्यादा मज़ा आया….मैने स्टोरी पर ध्यान नही दिया…..सिर्फ़ एंटरटेनमेंट पर ध्यान दिया “

  2. Dear Akki’s fans, If Akshay dint want to promote, there is no logic to watch it, as it hurts his sentiments. They want SRK as a promoter, It gvs a stag to AK!b.d.w, A mental guys is operating alien based computer ie.starship’s computer interface! Isnt a posible…? The backgrnd score is weak n not sounding well.. If u dnt like Ek tha tiger becoz of its short time, then u wil think that its worst film.. Art direction is very weak as lighting too mch rarely splits.. The item song Chikni Chameli’s art direction has some spark but in joker worser! U wil hate Shreyas more than u hate in G3 coz of its tongued stuck language.. Size zero Sonakshi am i rite? Shit her acting is weakest than R.R.. Editing isnt sharp n clear! No one cn remember a song of Joker.. Evn Kids come bcz of action.. It lacks.. Pls dnt watch my request.

    • “जोकर” एक सिंपल फिल्म है…सिंपल एंटरटेनमेंट..सिंपल मज़ा & सिंपल टाइमपास….
      फिल्म का बजट भी देखो तुम लोग 30-40 करोड़ की फिल्म मे रा.वन के जैसे VFX की उम्मीद कर रहे हो….Had Hai Yar…Isiliye Bollywood Filmo Ka Market Bohat Chota Hai As Compared To Hollywood

  3. its a goo movi,taran give it 1 star ,taran r now become mad after giving 4.5 star to ek tha tiger bakwasss movi, akshe rocksssssss here its much batter than ek tha tiger

  4. SRK also supports Rowdy Rathor for akshe,he spent much time with akshe during its promotion because akshe his good friend

  5. god knows kyu mai apne dost kay baat mai aa kay joker chala gaya…it’s a f**king horrible movie…guys my suggestion don’t ever watch dat movie…rating 0/5…

  6. is movie ko dekh kar lag raha tha ki ..kab khatam hogi yeh ..but btw its 105 min movie ..but “shaktiman hi accha aata tha isse toh ” bilkul bakwass ….plzzz dont go …..

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