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Aladin Review

Cast:Amitabh Bachchan,Sanjay DuttRitesh Deshmukh,Juhi Chawla,Sameera Reddy,Jackie Fernandez
Direction:Sujoy Ghosh
Production:Sujoy Ghosh
Music:Vishal Dadlani,Shekhar Ravjiani
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Aladin Movie Review - Flimsily done

IndiaGlitz  [Saturday, October 31, 2009]

Aladin - it's something far behind what a real fantasy should be. This modernized version of 'Aladdin and Magic Lamp' is ridiculous with a flimsy narration. Looks like producers were temporarily deaf when Sujoy narrated the script. Alas! The filmmaker's attempt of inheriting the superlative special effects from 'Harry Potter' alone doesn't keep us intact throughout the show.

With the film loaded with such biggies like Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt, expectations were more. But regrettably, things fall short of our expectations.

And again, if you presume this flick would be an apt entertainer for children, they're sure to become hot-tempered for recommending this kind of 'fantasy-bounded flick', they had watched hundred times over Hollywood movies.

Aladin Chatterjee (Riteish Deshmukh) lives in the city of Khwaish, an orphan who has been bullied since childhood by Kasim and his gang. But his life changes when Jasmine (Jacqueline Fernandez) gives him a magic lamp- because it lets loose the genie Genius (Amitabh Bachchan). Desperate to grant him 3 wishes and seek the end of his contract with the Magic Lamp, the rock-star Genius makes Aladin's life difficult until the real threat looms on the horizon: the ex-genie Ringmaster (Sanjay Dutt). Why does Ringmaster want to kill Aladin? What is the dark secret about Aladin's past that Genius is carrying? And what is Aladin's destiny?

The film starts off with mediocre and later goes blemished with sluggish screenplay. Of course, there are certain things to praise about - grandiloquent sets and some magnetizing special effects... The filmmaker should've spent more time in penning a great script rather than merely focusing on such technical vistas.

Amitabh Bachchan takes off with his brilliant performance. It's nice to witness the Big B over rib-tickling comedy tracks, but when he exceeds his limits, that turns out to be ridiculous... Sanju Bhaiyya has to work a lot over choosing the right script. His previous films: 'Blue', 'All The Best' and now 'Aladin' have been posing him with unsubstantial roles. Ritesh Deshmukh has delivered his best show putting forth right emotions. Cherubic Jacqueline lives up to expectations and she's sure to sway with a successful endeavor ahead.

Musical score by Vishal-Shekar doesn't stimulate our invigorations. Except the soft romantic solo of 'You are the one', nothing seems to be engrossing. Sirsha Ray's cinematography is stunning and Sabu Cyril picks your focus with his marvelous art works.

Finally, 'Aladin' doesn't offer anything special in terms of story and narration. Recently, the producers had announced about making a sequel to this flick. If in reality, the modern day 'Genius' appears before us, we would kindly request him to stop producers from making a big mistake again.

Verdict: Just forget it

Rating: * ½

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