Rating: 1.5/5 Stars (One and half stars)
Star Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Asin, Rishi Kapoor, Supriya Pathak
Director: Umesh Shukla
What’s Good: It is actually difficult to find what is good in this film. I would just say I have never been so bored on a road trip before.
What’s Bad: The script is crass. Nor funny, nor serious! I am quite confused as to why the film was made in the first place.
Loo Break: Yes! Sip on as much cold drink as you can, it will only help!
Watch or Not?: Absolutely not! Nothing is well in All Is Well. It is a complete waste of great actors like Rishi Kapoor and Supriya Pathak. Save your money and your soul; give this one a miss!
The film takes off with Inder (Abhishek Bachchan) performing (singing) in Bangkok where as in his flashback we see his troubled childhood. As a child, Inder has grown up with a lot of bitterness thanks to his parents having constant fights. Bhalla (Rishi Kapoor) is Inder’s father who runs a bakery in Kasol. After Inder graduates, his dad expects him to join his bakery business but Inder is interested in music. Not being able to convince his dad, Inder leaves his house and returns 10 years later when he receives a call stating him to collect his share from the bakery ownership.
This is a trap set by Cheema who has lent huge sum of money to Bhalla and is now wanting to take over his house and bakery. In the meanwhile, Inder learns that his mother Pammi (Supriya Pathak) is suffering from Alzheimer’s. If this was any less, there is also Inder’s girlfriend Nimmi (Asin) who is hitched to someone else but is still coaxing Inder to change his mind and commit to her. For some reason, she is always seen trotting with The Secret (book) which seems to be the philosophy of her life.
Consider all these messed up characters taking a roadtrip that seems never ending. Eventually, will Inder overcome his phobia of seeing relationships in a bad light and get back with his family together is what is left to see.
All Is Well Review: Script Analysis
Umesh Shukla tries his hands at making a modern day tale of the mythological character Shravan Kumar but fails miserably. There are so many loopholes in this story that I don’t know where to begin. In the first place Inder moving to Bangkok seems extremely illogical looking at his family background. Secondly, why do filmmakers take the issue of Alzheimer’s so lightly. Pammi’s illness strangely becomes fine in the second half which is medically impossible as she is suffering from the same condition since over 10 years.
The humor that is added in the film is so slack that you cannot even blip a little. Jokes at the expense of deaths and funerals are not funny and it extremely psychs me why they would be included by a director who has made a logical film like Oh My God. Casting too seems faulty since, Abhishek does not look like he may be in his 20s in the scenes where he is shown to be a graduate. Nimmi’s character is getting married and weirdly her family is least bothered where the bride is roaming around with Inder and his family. Being a family drama, there is not one point in the film when you actually feel the bond. In the last scene, Inder gifts his dad a revamped bakery cafe which is impossible to be a surprise since they stay right above it.
Besides, renovations take months not two days. So the two hour yawn fest goes on without much sense in it.
All Is Well Review: Star Performance
Rishi Kapoor is one senior actor who actually performs no matter how badly written his character is. He does the same in All Is Well. It’s just that an actor of his caliber is wasted in the film.
Abhishek Bachchan really needs to check what he is signing. All Is Well proves to be another dud in his career and he can’t save it. This modern day Shravan Kumar act does not impress at all.
Asin is once again her over the top self. Her Miss positive character completely gets on your nerves and to top it all she expresses it in proportions that are way higher than what is needed.
Supriya Pathak is a completely under used actor in this film. Playing the Alzheimer’s stricken mother, she has probably four dialogues in the film and it is unfortunate to see that. She is a powerful actress and we miss her charm in this one.
Zeeshan Ayub as Cheema tries to make his villainous act funny but fails badly due to the weak script. He is a actor with great potential but the script fails him here.
All Is Well Review: Music, Direction
Can you believe it, that Umesh Shukla is the same director who made Oh My God? I honestly can’t. Why in the world would he show us such gravity defying logic. All Is Well falls flat in almost every department other than acting. After a boring script, Shukla plans to bore you even more with a completely neglected direction.
The characters are on a road trip and not once do you see a picturesque location. Sonakshi Sinha’s item number pops up from nowhere in a Dhaba. Since the music album is already mediocre, there is little to look forward to in the film. The second half drags into an unnecessary detour and it is like we are roaming around in circles in the same plot.
Shukla wants to show us the importance of relationships but not one scene is captured in a manner to invoke those emotions. It tires you out in the first half itself and while you wait for a predictable climax, the end credits song Chaar Shanivaar pops up. The song is a good alarm for those who fell asleep during the last thirty minutes of the film.
All Is Well Review: The Last Word
All Is Well was supposed to be an entertainer with a social message, unfortunately it fails at both. Generation gaps causing problems in relationships also need logic to it and that is where All Is Well completely misses the point. I am going with a 1.5/5 for this film.
All Is Well Trailer
All Is Well releases on 21st August, 2015.
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