Mallika is a technically well shot film with a very pathetic and clichéd screenplay. It tends to get so unintentionally
hilarious at times that you forget you are watching a supposedly horror film.
Sanjana (Sheena Nayyar) is troubled by deadly nightmares every night. She sees a murder happening of the girl who
stayed in the same apartment.
Frustrated by her daily night torture she decides to go out of town for a
break. She goes to Rajasthan to a fort resort. She meets Saahil (Sameer Dattani) who too has come for a work cum
pleasure trip at the same resort. But unfortunately for her, if she goes away from one trouble, a much bigger one awaits
She starts seeing the spirit of a lady resembling her. The resort caretaker’s (Himanshu) wife and a
resort guest get brutally murdered. Strange things start happening in the resort and there is no escape for its guests.
Who is behind all this? What connection does Sanjana have with the spirit forms the rest part of the film.
Louis is a horror expert what with having only directed horror flicks so far. But sadly, his scriptwriter has let him down.
All his superb technical expertise and special effects goes waste because of the poor script.
track by Suresh Menon is pathetic. One also wonders why have the makers put in so many bathing scenes in the film!
But Louis should be credited for managing to give a good scare in a couple of scenes. The camerawork is excellent as
well and the dark night scenes have been superbly lit up.
The editing is also good. The sound is too loud.
The music doesn’t impress but the picturisation of the yesteryears number Woh Bhooli Dastan is excellent.
Sheena tries hard and manages to deliver a good performance. It could have been more impressive had she not been
made to expose her body in practically every scene of hers. Sameer Dattani is just unbearable. Himanshu Malik hardly
gets any scope. Suresh Menon is the most irritating factor of the film. Mamik in a special appearance is good.
Mallika offers nothing new apart and is a let down. Watch it if you want to have a good laugh over its silly screenplay or
else skip it!
Siddharth P. Malhotra’s We Are Family (WAF) as we all know by now is an
official remake of Chris Columbus’s Stepmom (1998) with the roles of
Susan Sarandon, Julia Roberts and Ed Harris being played by Kajol,
Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal respectively.
While the fans of the original might not really like it, those who haven’t seen Stepmom might find it a passable fare.
Aman (Arjun Rampal) is a photographer having a live in relationship
with Shreya (Kareena), a designer. His divorced wife Maya (Kajol) takes
care of their three kids.
Aman decides to get married to Shreya, he realizes she needs to get
familiar to his kids as well. But their first meeting begins on a bad
note. The kids hate her and so does Maya. After Maya is diagnosed with
cancer, Aman comes back to stay with her.
But soon they
realize her cancer is in a fatal stage and is going to lead to Maya’s
death. Worried about her kids’ future without a mother, she decides to
Maya convinces Shreya to come home and stay with
them so that she can train her to be the perfect stepmom for her kids
after she is gone. What it all leads to forms the rest of the film.
The subject of a mother bringing in her would be ‘souten’ and helping
her in becoming the perfect mother for her kids is a novel subject for
Bollywood. But then again, Siddharth P. Malhotra has managed to make a
decent family entertainer that’s replete with some good emotional
moments and humour.
writing and direction is just perfect in the first half but after
Kareena comes and joins the ‘family’ the situations become repetitive
and the pace drops. Some unwanted sequences lead to boredom.
the pre climax sequence between Kajol and each member of her family
redeems back the film to a large extent, kudos to the writer and
Malhotra for that. But then again the marriage sequence post it brings
the graph of the film down.
few scenes could have been less cheesy and predictable one hopes. The
scenes between Kajol and her children and the confrontation sequences
between Kajol and Kareena have turned out very well. The dialogues by
Niranjan Iyengar are inconsistent though.
Kajol delivers an award winning performance. Kareena manages to hold
her own despite the powerhouse of talent like Kajol in front of her.
Rampal is passable and doesn’t have much to do. He is absent in most
parts of the film, especially in the 2 nd half. All the three kids –
Diya Sonecha, Nominath and Aanchal Munjal have done a wonderful job.
Iravati Harshe as Kajol’s daughter gets limited scope.
Shankar Ehsaan and Loy disappoint with their tunes this time. The
Jailhouse Rock number rocks more for its picturisation though than
their efforts in recreating it.
We Are Family could have been a better film had it not been for its
inconsistent writing and being to predictably similar to it’s Hollywood
original. Do give it a try if you haven’t seen Stepmom.