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God Tussi Great Ho

  | March 07, 2014 09:48 IST
God Tussi Great Ho
  • Genre:
    Romantic comedy
  • Cast:
    Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, So
  • Director:
    Rumy Jaffery
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Another week, another copy. It has become a depressingly familiar story. This weekend, writer Rumy Jaffrey, who has penned Govinda gems like Jodi No 1 and Hero No 1, turns director with God Tussi Great Ho, which takes its premise and characters from the Jim Carrey hit Bruce Almighty. In that film, Carrey plays Bruce, a television anchor who has a string of bad luck, which includes losing out a coveted post to his rival. Bruce keeps cursing God for giving him a raw deal. Eventually, God gets tired, invites Bruce to a ramshackle building and then gives him the power to run the world for a limited time. God’s logic is that since you think you can do a better job, it's yours. What follows is a series of mishaps, through with the Bruce realises his folly. At one point, near the climax, God, played elegantly by Morgan Freeman, tells him: People want me to do everything for them. What they don't realise is that they have the power. You want to see a miracle? Be the miracle! Bruce Almighty wasn’t a great film but it had some crackling comedy, provided by Carrey at his manic best. In the hands of Jaffrey and company, it becomes an infantile bore. Jaffrey makes last week's writer-turned-director Anees Bazmi seem like Martin Scorsese. God Tussi Great Ho has been under production for over three years so the look ranges from dated to trendy. In one song, Priyanka Chopra is wearing a pair of silver chappals that I'm sure she wouldn’t be caught dead in now. The special effects are remarkably cheesy – Bruce Almighty director Tom Shadyac played safe by not creating a heaven and having Bruce meet God in an empty, blindingly white room. Jaffrey tries to be original and creates a heaven of waterfalls and pathways that lead nowhere. The songs are even more bizarre – in one the dancers are white women, wearing sequined bra-tops and wings. Another one has the leads, Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra, clad in wedding attire and lounging on a swing –It seems air-lifted from an early 90s movie. But the film’s biggest flaw is the writing. The jokes are limp. There is one wonderful moment, when a beggar asks Salman if he wants dinner and then pulls out a cell phone and orders in from China Garden. But one moment in eight reels does not make a comedy. There’s an offensive side-track about the hero’s unattractive, unmarried sister who remains pitifully unwanted by suitors until he, newly empowered by God, gives her a make-over. Carrey, who has an incredible talent for physical comedy, injected fun even in Bruce Almighty’s more hokey moments. Sadly, Salman shows no such spark. He mostly frowns and screams. He isn’t so much an actor as a rock star who can’t be bothered to emote and is content to let his adoring fans simply gaze. Amitabh Bachchan, playing God, is on auto-pilot and seems like he is sauntering through another Reid and Taylor commercial. God Tussi Great Ho is a tiresome rehash. Watch Bruce Almighty instead.
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