Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai is a drag.
Mere Dost Picture Abhi Baki Hai
Dir: Rajnish Raj Thakur
Cast: Suniel Shetty, Rajpal Yadav, Udita Goswami
Rating: *1/12 (out of 5)
Several filmmakers have recreated the real happenings behind the gloss and glitter in Bollywood for their projects. Here’s one more attempt that tells you the story behind the story that unravels on the screen. It could have been a slice-of-life but the need to make it a masala fare infused with the usual clichés makes it a drag.
There is a Mr Wannabe Director (Shetty) who runs a video library in Benares and dreams of making it big in B-Town. On his arrival in Mumbai, he is gung-ho with a bound script looking for the big break. His buddy Mr Wannabe Star (Rajpal Yadav) helps facilitate meetings with prospective producers. Along come a K Fixation filmmaker, a Mr South who only believes in remakes, a certain Mr Crotch Catcher who otherwise mouths expletives and a Mr Underworld who wears a starlet around his shoulders. There’s also a Mummyji and a Ms Item Girl thrown in…. It’s clear to the Mr Wannabe Director that his film might just never see light of day.
Incidentally, this film too is seeing light of day after almost seven years. Director Rajnish Raj Thakur had another Suniel Shetty-starrer Loot release last year. This film was supposed to be his directorial debut and was titled Amar Joshi Shahid Ho Gaya. A change in name they thought could do the trick. But the presence of hardly-seen actors like Neena Gupta, Shayan Munshi and Udita Goswami is a clear give way. Also those Veer Zara cutouts in one of the scenes. Add to that Shetty’s streaked hair-do. As one of the character’s mouths in the film, “Banane ke time film sab badi lagti hai, lagne ke baad pata chalta hai…. Truer words were never spoken.