Star cast: Pritika Chawla, Sanjay Dadheech, Choyoti Ghosh, Afzal Khan, Nagesh Bhosale, Makarand Deshpande.
Plot: Shah Rukh Khan, the superstar, tells an ordinary flower girl, Pritika, that she is beautiful. And her life changes after that.
What’s Good: Nothing really.
What’s Bad: Everything, actually. Or almost so!
Verdict: Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu is a box-office debacle.
Loo break: Plenty, and just about any time.
Music Factory’s Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu (UA) is about how just a single comment of superstar Shah Rukh Khan changes the life of a flower girl, Lali (Pritika Chawla).
Lali, a fan of superstar Shah Rukh Khan, lives in a slum of Bombay and sells flowers on the streets for a living. An orphan, she is looked after by Maamu (Shaikh Sami). John (Sanjay Dadheech) is madly in love with her but she doesn’t reciprocate his love. One day, a frustrated John stabs Lali because she tells him that her idol, Shah Rukh Khan (played by Shah Rukh himself), had complimented her on her beauty. Of course, John is repentant and Lali forgives him soon to facilitate his release from prison. Champa (Choyoti Ghosh) loves John and wants to marry him but John can’t see beyond Lali.
Meanwhile, Lali experiences a divine force within her whenever she thinks of Shah Rukh Khan and this helps her face any difficulty or challenge. The drama goes on to tell how Shah Rukh changes the life of his fan. There is a track of a journalist, Ravinder (Afzal Khan), and his photographer-friend, Stefi (Suzanne), who cover the story of Lali.
The film has a philosophical kind of a story which won’t be enjoyed by the majority of the audience. The screenplay, like the story, has surreal incidents which won’t be understood by the viewers. In other words, Makarand Deshpande’s story and screenplay are both very incongruous. What’s more, the characters are all so anti-social that watching the film leaves the audience depressed. While John is a good-for-nothing loser in life whose only work seems to be to woo Lali or gulp alcohol till he is physically thrown out of the bar, Champa is a prostitute. Mausi’s (Shabnam Wadera) husband (Gopal Singh) is a drunkard who can set anybody on fire if he is refused money to buy a drink. Salim Hateli (Makarand Deshpande) is a local don who sleeps with available girls and beats or kills people at the slightest provocation. If the story and screenplay are poor, Makarand Deshpande’s dialogues are too commonplace to be true.
Pritika Chawla acts well and is natural. Sanjay Dadheech is not too impressive. Choyoti Ghosh does a very fine job. Afzal Khan leaves a mark although he doesn’t get much scope. Nagesh Bhosale is very good as the police inspector. Makarand Deshpande acts with effortless ease. Shaikh Sami and Gopal Singh provide fine support. Shabnam Wadera is effective. Shah Rukh Khan plays himself but he has no worthwhile role to talk about.
Makarand Deshpande’s direction is as vague as his script. Vasuda Sharma’s music is boring. Camerawork (Pathan Parvez Khan) is good. Ilyas Sheikh’s action scenes are well-composed and go well with the characters in the drama. Sanjib Datta’s editing is fine. Production values are dull.
On the whole, Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu is a poor show all the way with almost nil chances at the ticket windows.