‘Cirkus’ review: An unendurable waste of time!
Directed by: Rohit Shetty. Actors: Ranveer Singh, Pooja Hegde, Jacqueline Fernandes, Johny Lever, Sanjay Mishra and Varun Sharma.
Cinematography: Jomon T. John. Music: Devi Sri Prasad, Badshah and Lijo George.
IANS Rating: **
By Arnab Banerjee
‘The Bard of Avon’ is never wrong. The timeless Shakespeare, more than 400 years after he entertained Queen Elizabeth I and her courtiers, continues to resonate in different ways with each generation. And his ‘Comedy of Errors’ has been loved by Bollywood filmmakers.
After Kishore Kumar’s ‘Do Dooni Chaar’ and Sanjeev Kumar’s ‘Angoor’ and a number of other forgettable adaptations, comes Rohit Shetty’s ‘Cirkus’, with Ranveer Singh playing two identical twins who are accidentally lost separated at birth. Sadly, however, Bollywood is poor at adapting and formulating new ideas.
So what does the movie have to offer? Old jokes, unbearable jokes, bad acting, and a failed plot. Even as writers Farhad Samji, Sanchit Bedre, and Vidhi Ghodgaonkar try to Indianize the much-revised story, nothing creative changes in this two-plus-hour film.
Twins Roy and Roy (Singh) and Joy and Joy (Sharma) were separated at birth. Coincidentally, the two pairs were adopted by two different pairs of parents – one Roy was intentionally paired with another Joy and the other with another Joy in Ooty and Bengaluru, respectively.
From the basic premise, this should have been a laughable riot when identical twins living in different cities met and confused their identities causing a series of ridiculous situations. The twins met by chance a few years later, when they happened to be in the same town. Needless to say, misunderstanding reigns supreme when people confuse one with the other.
One Roy works in the circus and is not affected by electricity, making the audience extremely scared and laughing. His act of holding a wire naked got everyone clapping for him during the encore. He makes a living as a professional, but whenever his body touches an electrical wire, his twin in another city will feel startled as electricity flows through his tissues. .
Without being electrocuted, the twin brother experienced a shock so severe that anyone who came in contact with him could feel it. Now, that can lead to not one but countless funny moments.
And though the screenwriters did their best to introduce characters, such as mothers (Ashwini Kalsikar and Sulabha Arya) and girlfriends Mala and Bindu (Hegde and Fernandes) to add to the chaos. chaos, chaos and disorder, all we have are pathetic examples of poor writing skills and extremely uncomfortable situations, that even the talented Ranveer Singh can hardly salvage movie. His character repeats himself so often that he probably doesn’t even need to memorize his lines — nor does he get any chance to come up with his lines impulsively.
Among the cast, which includes veterans Tiku Talsania, Vrajesh Hirje, Mukesh Tiwary, Brijender Kala, Sanjay Mishra and Johny Lever, none of them featured a scene that could be described as hilarious, funny, or provocative. smile softly.
Shetty, who specializes in certain genres of humor in hits like ‘Singham’, ‘Golmaal’ and ‘Chennai Express’, failed miserably to be amusing. The only thing that fits the movie is Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s sudden improvisation for ‘Current laga re’.
It’s the only ‘paisa vasool’ part of the movie, which should be seen as a huge wasted opportunity.
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