Saturday, August 22, 2015

All Is Well - There is a message in there somewhere

I don't know what was going on in the director's mind when he first decided to direct All Is Well. Directed by Umesh Shukla, the film isn't long at all. The run time being just a little over 2 hours (2 hours 7 minutes to be exact), All Is Well is an effort gone wrong. The characters are inspired by real life people, like you and me. And the same can be said for the story. But what went wrong is the simplicity and the whole Bollywood drama in a way that the film presents itself.
Rishi Kapoor plays a character that is someone you'll hate initially but later will start to like. Supriya Pathak doesn't have much dialogues but is convincing and good in her character. Asin's presence on the screen is a little more than blink and miss but again, her character doesn't have much dialogues. Surprise of the film is Abhishek Bachchan, who has acted well and you really connect with the character he plays at some level.
The film has a bit of fun element, few funny and emotional moments but overall doesn't connect with the audiences because of the simplistic nature of the script, at times forced-humour filled dialogues and unnecessary songs. Umesh Shukla also directed OMG - Oh My God! starring Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal. After you know that bit of information, you'll seriously say WTF! for this film. I'm not saying that the direction of All Is Well is bad, but just that he could have just refused to direct it because of the script's nature. Even though it's just a little over 2 hours, it feels boring and a drag at times. The music is good but the songs are unnecessary. The acting by all actors is good and Abhishek Bachchan is the only one to look out for in this film.
Should you watch it or not? My answer would be - you can decide for yourself if you wish to see a film with a message in there somewhere but filled with (at times) uninspiring dialogues, simple script inspired by common daily life with a Bollywood take on it.
(Tell me which Dhaba in India offers you the service of watching someone perform a song and dance sequence while you eat Butter Chicken and Naan. Forget Sonakshi Sinha's song, but try listening to the Hafte Mein Chaar Shanivaar song, I'm sure we all wish we had that many Saturdays in a week.)