Star Cast: Sunil Shetty, Rajpal Yadav, Om Puri, Neena Gupta, Rakesh Bedi, Udita Goswami, Shahwar Ali, Shayan Munshi, Deepak Shirke and Mumait Khan.
What’s Good: Rajpal Yadav’s earnest acting; the thought behind the film.
What’s Bad: The aimless script; the repetitive lyrics; some characters in the movie.
Verdict: Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai might have had a good thought behind it, but it’s a boring package on screen.
Watch or Not: If you haven’t had sleep for quite some time, catch this film.
Everyone loves Bollywood; some make the mistake of trying to make a career out of it. Amar Joshi (Sunil Shetty) is one such romantic. Armed with dreams of Bollywood and a course in direction from a London University, he lands up in Bollywood trying to get his dream film, Cheekh, made. While chasing producers and production houses, Amar has a helpful friend Suraj (Rajpal Yadav), a struggling actor who tries to give him sane advice.
After months of running around, Amar finally ropes in an ear-scratching producer Monty (Rakesh Bedi) for his film. Soon, he also manages to rope in the “top actress” Mohini (Udita Goswami). Everything is almost fine until the real financer of the film, underworld don Sudama Bhosle (Deepak Shirke) decides that he wants to do his part for the film. So now Amar has to include Sudama’s foul-mouthed girlfriend Tina (Mumait Khan) in the film. Dissatisfied with her role, Tina persuades Sudama to include her as an “item” in the film. Frustrated at having to include a glitzy dance number in a film about a journalist’s rape, Amar is at wits’ end. Then Sudama gets gunned down in an encounter.
Will Amar’s film ever get made? Where will the money come from? Will the inclusion of Baig Saab (Om Puri) as the scriptwriter in the film improve it or destroy it? Watch the rest of the film to find out.
Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai Review: Script Analysis & Direction
Rajnish Raj Thakur is the one-man show. He has written the story, screenplay, dialogues and even directed the film. The thought behind the story is good: how a director/scriptwriter’s movie gets hackneyed by the people in the industry. Everyone wants their say in a film that ends up going nowhere.
But this does not come out in the screenplay. You end up watching the making of a movie in a movie and it bores you to endless yawns. The jokes are barely funny. Some of the characters, like the crotch-grabbing producer-director – are plain irritating. The direction is so tiring and winding that like Sunil Shetty’s character towards the end of the film, you’re just waiting for the credits to roll.
Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai Review: Star Performances
Sunil Shetty tries to act well as Amar Joshi, but there’s a resignation in his role. Rajpal Yadav, as Suraj, is one of the few people who does his best, and even brings relief when you see him on screen. Udita Goswami is strictly alright as the “star” Mohini; except mouthing “Waaaaw!” she doesn’t really have much to do. Om Puri’s pan-chewing role as Baig Saab is nothing special. Neena Gupta is good as Mohini’s demanding mother. Rakesh Bedi is okay as Monty, except that his wig and fake moustache seem to be peeling off for most of the movie. Shahwar Ali and Shayan Munshi are as wooden as it gets as the action and romantic heroes. Deepak Shirke and Mumait Khan are okay in their small roles.
Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai Review: Music, Editing & Technical Aspects
Sukhwinder Singh, Rajendra Shiv, Subash Pradhan and Parvez Qadar’s music is forgettable. Sameer, Ravi Chopra, Swasti Shree Sharma and Taabish Romani’s lyrics are lazy. They seem to be two-three words repeated in most of the songs. Aarif Sheikh’s editing is okay. Nothing special about Surendra Rao’s cinematography.
Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki HaiReview: The Last Word
Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai is long, winding movie that makes you wonder “Picture Aur Kitni Baki Hai?” It’s only Rajpal Yadav’s earnest acting that is saving grace.
Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai Trailer
Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai releases on 20th July 2012.