Synopsis – Tara Wadia, a singer and girlfriend of a gangster Raghu goes to Dublin where she gets detained after being caught with drugs. Now Raghu must help her and find Anirudh Brahman, the stranger who invited her to Ireland.
My Take – Yup, I checked out this film! I know I know don’t judge me, but I do like watching bad films at a times solely for the purpose of being entertained! And guess what? I don’t think I have laughed so hard while watching something for a while now. Don’t get me wrong this is not a comedy, but instead a serious musical thriller & everyone in the film takes the events pertaining very seriously, I guess that is the most funniest part. Nine years ago, having conquered the world of nasal singing and some excellent music (which I still believe he is the best at), Himesh Reshammiya decided to enter the acting business with the dismissal yet successful Aap Kaa Surroor – The Moviee – The Real Luv Story (Yup! That’s the real title of the movie). A few things have changed since then: his once-trademark cap is gone and he’s acquired a body that looks photo-shopped and not even a little aesthetically pleasing. But that blank, sullen expression, that inability to be even slightly interesting in front of the camera, that persists. By the way, did you guys know this film was actually titled Guns N Roses, for some reason the makers decided to change the title & promote it as an installment of the Suroor series (Yup! I am going to stick with that!). And in a very weird coincidence, this film seems highly inspired by the 2007 film, for example it has an uncomfortably unbelievable love story at the front, a mysterious killer, a foreign location, the heroine’s parent is too involved with her love life, a jail break sequence, dumb white cops, same dialogues, the three retained songs (Tanhaiyaan, Tera Suroor, Asalam Walikum) are used as back ground score & one totally unlikable hero.
The story follows Raghu (Himesh Reshammiya), a hired assassin who poses as a car dealer for his girlfriend Tara (Farah Karimaee), a vocalist in a band. They live in his home with her mother (Shernaz Patel) and they are about to get married. After Raghu cheats on her (& confesses), Tara places even their wedding on hold and goes to Dublin for an India Day concert at the behest of a Facebook friend, Anirudh Brahmin, whom she has never ever seen or met and is trapped with drugs on her person. She is soon sentenced to seven years in jail, even though Raghu rushes there and gets an Indian lawyer, Elli (Monica Dogra) to pitch her case. After this, Raghu vows not to return to India without her even if it means helping Tara break out of jail. He first seeks the help of Rajveer Kaul, the Indian ambassador to Dublin (Shekhar Kapur), who, we are told, is “almost an ex-husband” of Elli, but is also willing to try his best to help within his constraints. With doors closed on all sides, Raghu enlists the help of jailbreak expert, Robin Santino (Naseeruddin Shah) to formulate a plan. On a parallel track, Indian Police Commissioner Khan (Kabir Bedi), is also on a hunt for Brahmin, since the Facebook account has been deleted. Khan rings up Raghu to inform him that Brahmin is in Dublin. So who is he? And is he connected to any of the protagonists there? Why the f**k does he stand in a dark room playing all kinds of musical instruments? What is up with that? There is also a certain illogical take on how easily Raghu takes his girlfriend Tara out of Dublin’s city limits, and the police just seem to abandon their search after that. Would the Mumbai police give up just because a criminal has left the city limits? Despite the actual plot not being that bad, there is a lot of quickness in the narration, and at 106 minutes run time filled with the use of montages and cuts, we do get a hurried feel that is probably implanted deliberately for a global or international feel. Reshammiya mentioned that the film was like a Vijay Anand thriller, but it seems director Shawn Arranha got himself confused between atmosphere and frenetic narration. It seems my appreciation of his debut Hide & Seek (2010) was misplaced. With seven released films out there among which I would give a little credit to a little rom com called Damadamm! which honestly I feel was the only film in which he actually poured his heart into, it seems this talented musician has not learned a thing or two. Just by shooting the film outdoors (for example Dublin in this case) & giving the film a soulful soundtrack (the songs are quite good I must say), or in his HR‘s case here adding Surroor to the title, doesn’t guarantee a good film. What’s worse the film reminded of an MTV music video of the early 2000s, where random events would occur around one song. Plus with a run time of just 106 minutes (its too less for a Bollywood film), six songs packed in is a bit too much, isn’t it? Technically, the film is mounted on a grand scale, and Dublin is a dream and (for Hindi cinema) a virgin location. Maneesh Chandra Bhatt, the DOP, is in peak form as he lenses all the sequences, especially the aerial and street shots of this beautiful city and country.
The film has its moments of campy fun, like when Raghu tells Tara, “I never cheated on you. I did it for my profession”; or when Shekhar Kapur, playing the Indian ambassador, asks whether he’s been called to exchange coffee over pleasantries, instead of the other way around. Director Shawn Arranha is stunningly literal: If someone is talking about a Facebook account being deleted, he will actually cut to the act in progress, as if we would have trouble believing it otherwise. It’s possible—even necessary for one’s sanity—to laugh at details like this, but after a while, the sheer ineptitude and the wastage of time starts to weigh in on you. As ironical as it is, that Himesh Reshammiya takes himself so seriously is mighty amusing. He has this intense look which works well when there is a need to be intense, but the rest of the time it is just funny. It is like his character is expecting doom. All the time! Every song – same expression! Even while he is falling in love, he looks like he is readying himself to mourn for the break-up. or even in the love making scene, dude there is no doubt in real life you could score a chick like that, at least try to seem happy about it! No doubt Himesh has given us some good music in the past (and still continues to give so) but what’s with playing ‘Assalam Vaalekum’ and ‘Teraa Teraa Teraa Surroor’ in the background ample of times? Is it to tell us that you are watching the same man who gave us these hit songs so please forgive him for his ‘acting’ and deadpan expressions? Dutch-Indian model Farah Karimaee makes her Bollywood debut with this film. She surely has dead drop gorgeous looks and honestly I wont blame her acting here, which are non existent as you guessed, but its clearly her character. Despite being a love story (a lethal love story in this case), she is used merely as a prop. She has hardly 6-7 dialogues in the film while the rest of the film especially in the song sequences she is forced to walk around the whole Dublin wearing skimpy clothes while the rest of the people on the streets of Dublin she is walking on, are covered head-to-toe to counter winter. It is extremely disheartening to see talents like Kabir Bedi, Naseeruddin Shah and Shekhar Kapur being just reduced to props! Even underutilized talents such Monica Dogra and Shernaz Patel too have nothing much to do a film except for adding more minutes to the run-time. On the whole, ‘Teraa Surroor’ seems like a film made to cash in on Himesh Reshammiya‘s glory days hence adding itself on to his library of films that lie somewhere on the spectrum from so bad it’s good to so bad you want to gouge your eyes out. I guess this one just went a step ahead. For god’s sake just stick to music!
Director – Shawn Arranha
Rated – PG15
Run Time – 106 minutes