Movie Review: Tashan
After hearing so many negative ratings on this film, I thought to myself can it really be that bad? After all its a Yash Raj film starring mega stars Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Anil Kapoor. Even if the story is weak, can’t these four join together and deliver perfomances that save the movie?
Unfortunately the answer is NO. There is way too much stupidity in the movie. Everything is predictable. The fight scenes are not believable. And worst of all, there is no story.
I don’t like giving away too much in movie reviews because that defeats the purpose of readers watching the movie. But in this movie’s case there is nostory so nothing can really be given away. In short this movie is about a big don Bhaiyyaji (Anil Kapoor) whose money gets stolen by Pooja (Kareena) and Jimmy (Saif). Thats when Bachchan (Akshay Kumar) is hired to get the money back and kill both of them. In the midst of this supposedly serious mission, we are treated to random and absurd events such as all three (Jimmy, Pooja and Bachchan) putting on costumes/wigs and dancing to Very Happy in My Heart Dil Dance Maare. You can’t help but ask yourself why are they so happy?
Up until the intermission the film is not bad. But after that it seems that the writers run out of material and change the story altogether by adding a twist that seems entirely forced and unbelievable.
The low points of the film are the two almost cartoonish action scenes (one in the middle of the movie and one at the end). The climax of the movie has unexplainable scenes such as Bhaiyyaji watering down Pooja with a huge hose (could it be that he shares the same fantasies as us?); a building being shown blown up multiple times by a single hand grenade (yet nobody inside the building is hurt); and a finale which shows Bhaiyyaji the big don leisurely riding a bicycle as if he is a delivery boy with no cares in the world (does he not know he is about to be killed?). The entire village of hundreds of people comes to shoot at our three vigilantes. But as you may have already guessed, every single person misses.
Performance wise, Akshay Kumar is in a league of his own now. He is reaching another level altogether as an actor. Had it not been for him, the second half would not even be tolerable. Kareena Kapoor looks gorgeous but she has lost too much weight. This is a type of role she has done before so she has no trouble. Saif Khan is the same as he is in every other movie. He has his usual dialogues such as “Man, your’e a dude.” All I can say about Anil Kapoor is… make sure you guys have the subtitles on when you watch this movie. He has invented a new language in this film which nobody else in the world will understand.
The songs seemed average when the music came out but they sounded somewhat better in the film. The Chaliya song officially gets hottest song ever award from me – because of Kareena’s bikini scene. She gives not only a frontal view but a rear view also. But unfortunately that once famous rear is now basically gone because of her dieting (very disappointing!) The song Dil Dance Maare was forced in but is picturized well.
The streak of flops continues for the Yash Raj camp!