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Nature Sao Tome and Principe
~~~A film for Children & Less shining Lamp~~~
Oct 30, 2009 07:58 PM 3470 Views
(Updated Oct 30, 2009 08:01 PM)





As per psychologist, there are three types of natures in every person - a parent, an adult and a child. Everybody have these natures in them in varying degrees. After childhood many permit the child in them to sleep or die. Some grow to youth keeping the child in them. Some keep this mood of childhood till their life end. So, how far there is a kid in you? If the percentage is anything less than 20 percentages, thank you very much for start reading the review, but this movie is not for you. However, if you have a kid at home don’t hesitate to send them with others as they will love you for that. On the other hand if you have a 20 percent plus child still alive…the movie may be an ok watch for you and you can go with your children. Aladin will not satisfy your expectation of a children’s movie but it will for your children. Bollywood is way short of films made for children and Aladin is an attempt in that direction though it doesn’t satisfy our expectations.

Born in an adventure loving family, Aladin Chatterjee (Ritesh Deshmukh) lost his parents when they went for hunting Aladin’s magic lamp. After the death of his grand father, he is an orphan which survives in the mercy of a restaurant owner who cares him like a mother. From school days he is getting bullied for the name Aladin by Kasim (Sahil Khan) and gang. Even after entering to college, his friends continue to bully him and he is afraid to respond. A new beauty (Jasmine) arrives in the college and Aladin is in love with her. Kasim too is on the chase and always outsmarts Aladin. On Aladin’s birthday, Jasmine wanted to gift something and Kasim made her buy a lamp. Kasim did this to bully Aladin again, but things get serious when the lamp was not ordinary. Watch the movie to see Aladin & co.

Frankly speaking, Aladin is an opportunity lost for making an excellent movie, a movie like Mr. India. Everything was there for the movie, except a good script. The beginning was good and later the writers gone out of imagination and spoiled the proceedings. Still the movie did manage to float through, thanks for the brilliant technical side for the support. If we are not sure of the adventures, sticks to the basics are the safest route, which guarantees a minimum satisfaction. The writers ignore this rule and proceeded with their writing ‘adventure’s and end up failing the ‘Genie.’ Sujoy Gosh as a director is ok but looks like his passion for writing let him down. Even Suresh Nair, who wrote London dreams failed in this attempt. One can easily assume that the ‘audition’ part must be his contribution which was the worst. A lot of opportunities are wasted, like a chance to revenge the bullying friends, make a decent song presentation and lot more.

Amitab Bachchan steals the show from the word go. He is simply mesmeric and perfect in the role. After the fight scene we get the impression that if given a chance he can still beat the super heroes of today. Ritesh Deshmukh is very good in the role, except for the romance angle where he was plain average. Sanjay Dutt manages to create an impression even though his role was quite small. Jacqueline Fernandez is just ok. Sahil Khanlooks good for the role, but the script writers failed his character and permit him to down.

Music of the film was good but fails to create an ‘impression of excellence’. Choreography was a mix of Good and average.

Cinematography is very good!

3 Major pluses of the film:

  1. Performance by Amitab Bachchan (Superb!), Sanjay Dutt & Ritesh in part – very good!

  2. Good technical support. Cinematography and visual effects (Very good) & Sets by Sabu Cyril (Excellent! – he simply out performs his own earlier works.) Sound effects – Very good.

  3. The film is of the liking of the kids.

3. Major minus of the film:

  1. Story misses the magic. Even it fails to make a 3 genuine wishes!! The writers made the characters as weak and the situations could have been better created and handled.

  2. Some jokes in the film are vulgar and meant for adults not matching to the genre of the film, kids/fantasy.

  3. The climax – The villain gang had all the powers with them and a huge advantage and don’t know what they were doing in the college auditorium.

The kids in the hall makes merry of the film and the duty of the parents were limited to smile with their kids than enjoying the film for themselves. So, if you children wish for this film, let their wish come true…though I will not say you will be satisfied with the film if you wish it for yourself.

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My rating: 3.5 stars for kids & 2 for general audience – 2.75 stars

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