Kiara Advani and Mustafa in 'Machine'
Cast: Mustafa Burmawalla, Kiara Advani
This is the kind of film that makes you wonder, "What was on the makers' minds when they thought of it?" The type when the audience laughs in sheer disbelief. Abbas-Mustan had a reason close to their heart to make 'Machine', as it marks the debut of Abbas's son, Mustafa. But sadly, it has turned out to be a heartless effort. High on style, low in substance, no troubleshooting can help this 'Machine'.
Attention has been paid to exotic locations, fancy costumes and aerial cinematography, with scant regard to the plot. The wafer-thin story crumbles in 'Machine'.
There is the quintessential Bollywood girl meets boy plot. Cupid strikes at first sight. They decide to get hitched, but not before breaking into umpteen song-and-dance sequences that stretch through the first half. There is a twist half-way inspired by the director duo's Shah Rukh Khan-starrer 'Baazigar' (1993). Instead of keeping alive the intrigue, things turn bizarre, going downhill to hit rock bottom, rendering the 'Machine' useless.
Abbas-Mustan have hits like 'Baazigar', 'Soldier' (1998), 'Ajnabee' (2001), 'Humraaz' (2002) and the 'Race' franchise (2008 and 2013) to their credit, but sadly, 'Machine' mars Bollywood's Men in White's spotless track record.