Film: Action Replayy
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Rannvijay Singh, Kiron Kher, Om Puri, Neha Dhupia.
Director: Vipul Amrutlal Shah
Rating: Good

Jaya Biswas

 
When it’s a potpourri of bedazzling colours, polka dots and over-the-top drama, you know ’70s era is knocking on the door. Well, Action Replayy — in Eastman colour, out from the kitty of ace director Vipul Shah — is everything mentioned above and more.
The film takes off with Bunty (Aditya Roy Kapoor), a commitment-phobic boyfriend, who blatantly refuses to marry Tanya (Sudeepa Singh). Reason? He sincerely believes that marriage means the end of life. His parents, Kishen (Akshay Kumar) and Aishwarya Rai (Mala), are forever fighting and arguing as an aged couple.
But Tanya’s grandfather, Professor Anthony Gonsalves (Randhir Kapoor), gives him an ultimatum to get married or stop seeing her. Now Bunty feels threatened. He needs to do something fast, his dreams of living happily ever after with Tanya will never be possible. Bunty plans a surprise party for his parents’ 35th wedding anniversary but it turns into yet another bitter spat between Kishen and Mala. A frustrated  Bunty decides to turn back the clock and rewrite his parents destiny and alter their disastrous marriage into a romantic affair.
Bunty rushes to Tanya’s uncle and despite his warnings, takes his time machine and lands up at the time when Kishen and Mala were not married. Yes, here the plot might remind you of Robert Zemeckis’ sci-fi comedy Back To The Future. But that’s okay. To his surprise, the past has more problems than the present. Kishen’s father Rai Bahadur (Om Puri) and Mala’s mother Bholi Devi (Kirron Kher) are sworn enemies, Kishen is a certified nerd, bullied merciless by Kundan (Rannvijay Singh) and Mala, a headstrong girl who takes great pleasure in ragging Kishen.
Now Bunty helps transform his father from a silly guy to an eligible bachelor and his mother from a tomboy into the soft beautiful girl- next-door and make the two fall in love with each other. How Bunty manages to make the impossible into reality is for you to find out.
Dialogues, written by Ritesh Shah and Aatish Kapadia, are excellent. In fact, several comic scenes and dialogues show that a lot of effort has gone into penning the comic caper. It is also a bit inspired by Shah Rukh starrer Om Shanti Om complete with scarlet-jacketed protagonist holding a stuffed tiger and a cabaret song with Neha as an item-girl wearing the gold Helen outfit which doesn’t even try to be original. Akshay repeats his character as a stupid young guy who metamorphoses into to a handsome hunk as in Jaan-E-Mann.
Vipul Shah sets up gags —there is a singing contest a la Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin and a fete scene that could have invoked the Padosan lip sync but these are hardly entertaining.
Akshay is fantastic in the funny sequences. The scenes where he is seen turning over a new leaf and trying to become bold are truly mind-blowing. He deserves kudos for the outstanding performance. His awaaz neeche dialogue is a master stroke. How one wishes, he had not been made to look so ugly in the initial drama of the retro look with a stupid wig and bunny teeth. Ash looks pretty throughout and her appearences are in sync with her character. Aditya Roy Kapoor is a bundle of energy and makes his presence felt. But the guy needs to hone his acting skills a bit more. Rannvijay Singh is good; especially his singing songs in two voices are entertaining. Kiron Kher, like always, is terrific. Om Puri plays Akshay’s father to perfection. Rajpal Yadav leaves a mark with his comedy. Neha Dhupia lends adequate support. Sudeepa Singh is nothing but a prop in the film. Even Randhir Kapoor is a complete waste.
Pritam is back with a peppy track Zor ka jhatka, already a hit with the youngsters. Choreographed by Ganesh Acharya, the video looks stylish. Overall, a fun film; take it with a pinch of salt.

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