Don’t judge a book by its cover. So this film’s title suggests: Shakal Pe Mat Jaa, don’t go by the looks. I see the hopeless looks on people’s faces as they emerge from this movie just as I’m about to enter its next show, and immediately wonder: Should I really go in? As luck would have it, I’m already in, holed up for hours, like the four main characters in Shakal Pe Mat Jaa film.
We’re inside the theatre, of course, technically not allowed to get out. They’re inside an airport, caught by cops, because they were filming without permission shots of flights landing and taking off. The coppers are convinced these blokes are terrorists. You’re sure they’re just average Joes, plain nuts about some vague ideas about becoming famous, making movies. This is true for most of northwest Mumbai. Hence, this supposedly recycled rubbish.
Success of Ready produces Bodyguard. On the other end of the spectrum, acceptance of films like Delhi Belly, Tere Bin Laden, creates stuff like these: Paunchy ‘beardo’ in this gang of four uncontrollably farts out of indigestion (reminds you of Kunal Roy Kapur’s flatulent Nitin). Bin Laden makes an appearance as Omama, in the form of actor Zakir Hussain (takes you back to the awesome Pradhuman Singh in Osama gear).