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Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam

  | March 07, 2014 09:48 IST
Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam
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  • Cast:
    Rahul Bose, Mallika Sherawat, Paresh Rawal, and Ka
  • Director:
    Sanjay Chhel
  • Producer:
    Champak Jain/Ganesh Jain/Ratan Jain
Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam is the kind of deliriously bad film that makes you wonder what the director was smoking. For the third week in a row, we have a scriptwriter-turned-director behind the camera. And just like in Singh is King and God Tussi Great Ho, the weakest element in the mix is the script. Sanjay Chhel, the man who wrote films like Rangeela and Yes Boss, begins with a terrific premise. A B-grade theater company in a small town Goa gets mixed up with a RAW agent. The actors, persuaded by their lead actor, who is an unforgivable ham and his floozy wife, find their inner patriot and give the best performances of their lives to help foil a terrorist plot. There is material here for a great satirical comedy, on the lines of Kundan Shah's cult classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron. In fact, Sanjay references that film as much as possible even creating a theater scene similar to that legendary climax in which all the characters, including a dead body on skates ended up in a performance of the Mahabarata. Unfortunately, nothing in Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam can match even a frame of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron. To begin with Sanjay places his characters in a specific historical context - 1993 pre the Mumbai bomb blasts. So Dawood and RDX are significant supporting players. The blasts were a horrific event that irreparably damaged the psyche of Mumbai. And little has changed since then - the other release this week is Mumbai Meri Jaan, which focuses on the 2006 Mumbai train blasts. Terrorism continues to fray the fabric of our city and our country. I found it hard to find the humour in this. The laughs that Sanjay does provide are few and far between. Mostly, the characters lurch around in this incoherent script, which is peppered with the requisite sexy songs since the female lead is Mallika Sherawat. I'm not sure why directors feel compelled to show us her navel every single time she does a movie. Still, she, Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon infuse some spirit into this mind-numbing venture. Poor Rahul Bose tries hard to look like he's having fun but the strain of wearing a blonde wig and seducing Mallika in a hot tub covered in rose petals clearly shows. Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam is comically bad. Steer Clear.
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