Farah Khan's films carry her unmistakable stamp of crazy humour, full-on entertainment and a deep emotional connect
Tees Maar Khan
Dir: Farah Khan
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Akshaye Khannau00a0
WHAT IT's ABOUT: Farah Khan's films carry her unmistakable stamp of crazy humour, full-on entertainment and a deep emotional connect. They stand apart because of the way she combines the storyline with fine packaging and all-round gags. With Tees Maar Khan, Farah treads a new path as this time she relies mainly on the screenplay.
Adapted from the Peter Sellers starrer After The Fox, the film is all about con man Tabrez aka Tees Maar Khan (Kumar) who's one of the most wanted criminals in the country. His girlfriend is Anya Khan (Kaif), a wannabe actress who's looking for the big break.
TMK gets the assignment of his life when he's asked to steal gold and antiques worth over Rs 500 crore from a running train a heist that would require over 200 people to help him out.
So he poses as a film director, befriends a village promising the locals roles in the film and even convinces superstar Aatish Kapoor (Khanna) to act in it. How he manages to pull it off and even bags an Oscar for his 'debut movie' is what the rest of the film is about.
WHAT'S HOT: With TMK, Farah changes her style, narrative and treatment to a considerable extent. The gags begin from the first reel itself when she shows TMK learning the tricks of the trade while in his mother's womb. The sequence sets the tone for the entire film.
The first half is packed with loads of 'highlights' and hilarious moments. The humour is brazen, in-your-face and considerably loud. But it works because it follows the essence of the film.
TMK is like an outrageous spoof and it should be viewed keeping that in mind. Farah maintains that tempo throughout be it the hero-heroine relationship, the cops, the villagers, the Bollywood superstar or the baddies each chapter is a take-off.
The director also does a super job with her ensemble cast and each character comes with a distinct trait TMK's team (Soda, Burger and Dollar), the Bollywood-struck mother (Apara Mehta), the superstar's wig-wearing secretary (Sudhir Pandey), the evil conjoined twins (Raghu and Rajiv) and the bumbling cops (Murli Sharma and 'naughty boy' Aman Varma).
While Katrinau00a0 Kaif rocks Sheila Ki Jawaani, Salman Khan's entry in the Wallah Re Wallah song is guaranteed to bring the house down.
And don't miss Anil Kapoor's revival of his Oscar-winning jig with slum kids. The Happy Ending song during the end credits is one of the biggest highlights. Shirish Kunder does a fabulous job with the dialogues and the background score.
Farah's presentation of Akshay Kumar is brilliant and the actor is super in the comic sequences. Akshaye Khanna as the Oscar ka bhookha superstar is magic on screen. Even in a short role, he makes a solid impact.