Shah Rukh Khan
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There are no lofty promises here. Tutak Tutak Tutiya arrives with a nothing but simplistic assurance of entertainment. It promises to be the quintessential fun fare that lures the ticket buying audience to head to the theater. And the good thing is that the film delivers exactly that.
The promos of the film had told us precisely what the film would be. There will be song and dance, there will be a lot of comedy and some horror. Tutak Tutak Tutak does not fall anywhere. In fact, within the first five minutes, the audience is served a Prabhudeva dance number. And from there on there are regular dollops of dance moves to keep entertained.
The story is about a 34-year old Tamil man in Mumbai who wishes to marry an ‘ultra modern’ girl, who can speak fluently in English. Simple dreams. Except that he finds it extremely difficult to get any girl interested in him. His hopes are dashed when his family forces him to marry a girl from his village. And just when he thinks all his life’s hopes have been dashed he realizes that his wife is possessed by a ghost. A ghost who has a dream of becoming a film star!
Interesting premises? What’s better is that there are actually moments in the film where you feel the scare and the humour at the same time – and unlike usual Bollywood horror flicks, in this case, it is intentional.
One thing that does not work for this film is the sloppy dubbing. While some parts of the film are genuinely shot in Hindi, there are plenty scenes which are merely dubbed. Also, the screenplay in the second half moves from functional to conveniently illogical.
But the hindrances are taken care of by a very effective Prabhudeva. It has been ages since Bollywood saw the comic side to the actor and in this film he flaunts it to full. He will make you laugh almost effortlessly. And then, of course, he has those dance moves! The film, however, belongs to Tamannah. She dances, flies, scares… all of it with conviction. She practically plays two characters – as different from each other as the ones Sridevi played in Chaalbaaz. Sonu Sood, showing off his six-packs generously, plays a star akin to Shah Rukh Khan. Even his character’s name is Raj!
At many levels, Tutak Tutak Tutiya faults male chauvinism. There is outright objectification of the female sex, labeling what is perfect and what is not. For any serious cinema lover or someone who despises formulaic screenplay, this film is a complete No! Tutak is clearly not aimed at them. If you are willing to look beyond these, Tutak Tutak Tutiya might actually be a fun one-time watch.
By Noyon Jyoti Parasara
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