Starring – Rani Mukerji, Prithviraj Sukumaran
Director – Sachin Kundalkar
Producer – Anurag Kashyap
Banner – AKFPL Productions, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
Music – Amit Trivedi
Genre – Comedy, Romance
By Prerrna Seth / Kreative Access Media
‘Go Wakda’ says the tagline of Rani Mukerji’s ‘Aiyaa’ and Wakda it is. An OTT, overdramatized, one of a kind film that India cinema hardly has witnessed just in parts before. Now, if not for Rani Mukerji’s extremely dependable acting prowess, director Sachin Kundalkar would not have been able to do justice to the film.
‘Aiyyaa’ is about a lower middle class Marathi Mulgi Meenaxi Deshpande (Rani Mukerji) who wants to get out of her current life and surroundings. She is waiting for her dream man with whom she can run away after stealing all the jewelry in her house. But her has different plans for her. She has given a newspaper ad to get Meenaxi married and Meenaxi if forcefully and artificially shown to prospective Grooms.
The story, concept is different and interesting. But there is a lot missing. Being a Rani Mukerji and Anurag Kashyap film, you expect ‘Aiyya’ to be nothing less than a time bomb but it’s not. There’s comedy yes, that makes you burst out laughing but not enough make you smile throughout. Also, there are moments when you will get irritated and want the story to move ahead. It is slow paced and the same moments are repeated umpteen number of times.
‘Aiyya’ starts on a good note with Rani dreaming of herself as Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi and Juhi Chawla. She is someone who wants to live only in her dreams as reality is not as exciting. Kundalkar hits bull’s eye in her character sketch which seems to be the only high point of the film. Rani’s expressions adding to its positives.
There are other characters, Meenaxi’s Lady Gaga-esque colleague Maina (Anita Date) who is more annoying than entertaining. Ameya Wagh who plays her brother Madhav is someone who you can look forward to watching after Rani. Prithviraj Sukumaran looks more than just handsome. He emotes with his eyes and crave to hear his voice on screen which we are blessed with only in the climax. Jyoti Subhash as Meenaxi’s grandmom too is a fun watch.
Music of the film is interesting. Amit Trivedi has kept in mind the mood of the film and has come out with some foot-tapping numbers. Rani’s dancing abilities adding charm to it and making them a visual treat. Cinematography and some camera angles used should be commended. Background score too is apt for the film.
‘Aiyya’ is a world of its own. With Rani being on the centre-stage its fun watch but there’s still something missing in it.
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