One 2 Ka 4

*may contain spoilers*

It may be hard to digest a film like One 2 Ka 4. With one of Bollywood's most loved jodi's, Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla, it had such potential. The film could have been an enthralling suspense thriller but instead switches multiple tracks from comedy to romance to mystery, etc. The script never really settles on any one genre and, as a result, ends up being a mish-mash of different plot elements. As many movies look for "inspiration" from Hollywood, this film is no exception and takes it's cue from the buddy cop flick genre, borrowing some scenes directly from the Lethal Weapon series. It teeters dangerously between being a waste of time and being worth watching. Though the writing is second rate, the direction is often choppy, and the action sequences nearly seem like they have been taken directly from a spoof movie, the film redeems itself with gorgeous locales, great music, and good acting.

Shah Rukh delivers a spirited performance, lending dignity to some of the hard-to-digest scenes. He brings a certain vulnerability and sensitivity with masses of charm as Arun. The film is that much more watchable because Shah Rukh really raises it to a much higher level than the film achieves. One of my favorite scenes in the entire movie is a quiet moment between Arun and Geeta in which they are discussing what the future may hold for them. I wonder, however, if it takes a certain amount of courage to portray something as out and out silly as in the "I'm Sorry" picturization.

Juhi Chawla, a veritable goddess of the silver screen, is wonderful, playing Geeta with just the right amount of charisma in every scene. To do comedy is not easy but she is almost perfect in her role, very funny and frankly, I cannot imagine anyone better than her.

Jackie Shroff is competent in a brief but significant role. Nirmal Pandey was simply awful overacting outrageously in every single scene he was in. Perhaps making faces is what acting is all about.

One had high hopes with this film in respects to it's music, and, for the most part, AR Rahman delivers an inspired soundtrack. The composer has concentrated on melody, with the orchestration not dominating the songs. Utilizing the industry's best playback artists like Sonu Nigam, Lata Mangeshkar, and Udit Narayan, the vocals are spot on. However, 'Alley Alley' left me feeling a little weird.

So, in the end, the audience is left with a half-baked, inconsistent script with loopholes galore and nothing to show for itself, except for a fantastic turn by Juhi Chawla and Shah Rukh Khan and great music.

10 Response to "One 2 Ka 4"

  1. bollywooddeewana says:
    May 20, 2009 at 6:49 AM

    if you liked the Shahrukh/ Juhi Jodi do check out 'Darr'. I haven't seen this one, and looks like i would give it a pass following your review

  2. shell says:
    May 20, 2009 at 7:06 AM

    I will. I tried 'Yes Boss' once and found it hard to watch, but that was very early into my addiction. I wonder if I will have found a new appreciation for it now.

    This movie wasn't really that bad. I don't feel like I wasted my time watching, however, I probably won't watch it a 2nd time.

  3. bollywooddeewana says:
    May 20, 2009 at 7:20 AM

    Its so annoying when that happens, i like buying dvds i can watch and watch again & again. Darr is really nice, Sharukh plays a negative role, i'm sure you'll love it

  4. shell says:
    May 20, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    I like almost everything he's in. I keep trying to get through Baazigar - it would be the first I'll have seen with him in a negative role.

  5. Bhargav Saikia says:
    May 21, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    The only thing good about this movie is the music. Rest everything was mediocre.

    Nice blog :)

  6. shell says:
    May 21, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    Thanks Bhargav Saikia for coming by and the nice comment. Glad you enjoyed it. Come by again.

  7. Jules says:
    May 23, 2009 at 10:18 PM

    If Shah hadn't looked so good in this movie, I'm not sure I'd have watched the second half. But I did, and I didn't feel like it was a total waste of time!

  8. shell says:
    May 24, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    @ jules - Mmmm, especially in those shower scenes!

  9. Rohan Sheth says:
    August 12, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    LOL, I must warn you to NOT watch Anjaam.

  10. Rohan Sheth says:
    August 12, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    LOL, I must warn you to NOT watch Anjaam.