There is a lot riding on this flick for several reasons
· Aziz Mirza returns after a hiatus since his last 'Chalte Chalte'
· Shahid Kapur is back with the his loverboy looks
· Pritam has fused in some amazing tracks for this one
Raj [Shahid Kapur] was numero uno. In academics, sports, dramatics. But four years after winning the best-student-of-the-year trophy from his architectural college, he's wondering why a brilliant architect like him, with designs to set the Canadian landscape on fire, is still struggling to find that one big chance to showcase his mettle.
It's almost as though some negative kismat is following him around because whenever something good is about to happen, it seems doomed to fail.
Desperate to get rid of the bad phase in his life, Raj meets a quirky oracle, Hasina Bano Jaan [Juhi Chawla]. She tells him that soon his stars will change and make everything work in his favour; but for all this to happen, Raj has first to find his lucky charm and never let go of it. But she tells him no more, leaving Raj mystified, trying to figure out what this charm could be.
Suddenly, his life seems to be on the right track. He's managed to impress top builder Sanjeev Gill [Om Puri] into giving him a prestigious project.
Priya [Vidya Balan] is a tough-talking, tough-decision taking girl with a heart of gold. She is an idealist who is intent on making the world a better, more humane place and is quite willing to fight a lone battle for it.
Raj succeeds in persuading Priya that he's the Messiah who can save her beloved Community Centre from destruction. And also opens her eyes to her philandering fiancé [Amit Verma]. Raj even manages to thwart the evil designs of old-college-foe-turned-deadly-professional-enemy Dave [Manoj Bohra]. Does this mean that Raj has unwittingly discovered his lucky charm?
'Kismat Konnection' does well in establishing the connect because of its simplicity. The film is outright plain and simple. A film truly for the masses! Aziz Mirza succeeds in his storytelling of romance and the reality of life that dawns upon this romance.
Aziz Mirza along with his son and co-director Haroon succeed with the romance which has always been Azizji's forte. All Aziz Mirza's film have always brought about ambitious men stuck in the midst of their career and love . Take a look at 'Chalte Chalte' and 'Yes Boss' and nothing much has changed with Azizji's approach. It's simplicity that has ruled and what works with 'Kismat Konnection'too.
The biggest drawback that comes with this flick is its length. The film starts dragging primarily during the second half and the culmination of events takes too long. Couple of scenes and characters such as Habiba (Juhi Chawla) could have been done away with.
If you are wondering whether the film may be lacking the Shahrukh angle that has been associated with all Azizji's film; Shahid Kapur lives up to all expectations. He delivers well, expresses well and entertains. He carries the film so well on his shoulder and shows immense maturity as an actor. Watch out for the comic sequences and his body language.
Vidya Balan too does well and is just apt for the film. She brings about that chemistry with Shahid and things look real. On the costume front too, Vidya is much better than her previous 'Hey Baby'.
Juhi Chawla does well but her character could have been done away with. Om Puri impresses. Boman makes a blink appearance. Himani Shivpuri is hilarious. Vishal Malhotra too does well as Shahid's friend and is hilarious.
The cinematography by Bino Pradhan is interesting and music by Pritam entirely lifts the film. The choreography with 'Ai Papi' and simplicity with 'Is this love' is terrific.
On the writing front Rahila does well with the initial ideation. Vibha Singh and Kabir Sai fall a little short with the flow of events . Sanjay Chel is good with the dialogues.
The film isn't highly intellectual or so and isn't in any manner preachy or unique. It's been done but it's the treatment and simplicity that works here. Aziz Mirza even at 66 has a lot to offer and from no angle does the film look devoid of any youthful element.
Rating : ***