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January 25, 2008

Not a fun day…

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 7:30 pm

January 25, 2008

Cast: Ajay Devgan, Ayesha Takia, Arshad Warsi, Irrfan Khan

Director: Rohit Shetty

I’m not sure how to approach writing a review of Sunday, because I can’t seem to make up my mind about the film. It was certainly more watchable than a lot of bad comedies I’ve seen recently, but I can’t exactly say it’s a film I enjoyed in its entirety either. Director Rohit Shetty’s Sunday, remake of a super hit Telugu film, is what I suppose you’d describe as a comic thriller.

Ayesha Takia plays a young, Delhi girl who can’t seem to account for the last Sunday in her week. She remembers going to a nightclub on Saturday night, and then she spent almost all of Monday with her friends. It’s the Sunday in between that she has no recollection of. It’s important for her to find out though, because suddenly she’s being chased by goondas who’re trying to kill her, and a taxi-driver who’s demanding money for a ride he insists she took with him. It’s pretty clear these people and these events are linked to that mysterious Sunday, so she enlists the help of a local cop, played by Ajay Devgan, to solve the jigsaw puzzle.

The first half of Sunday is a pretty smooth ride. If you’re willing to suspend disbelief and give the film a chance, it’s very likely you’ll find yourself amused at least until the film breaks for intermission. Arshad Warsi as the smart-ass taxi driver and Irrfan Khan as his struggling-actor buddy provide most of the laughs in this picture.

Particularly hilarious is that scene in which Irrfan, all dressed up to audition for the part of Ravan in an upcoming mythological film, finds himself sharing a ride with a canine friend. It’s one of those rare laugh-out loud scenes because it’s written so well, and it’s performed so spontaneously by Irrfan.

Also quite humorous is that scene in which Ayesha Takia scares the heebie-jeebies out of Arshad and Irrfan after she takes a ride with them late that Saturday night. A few such scenes stand out among the string of pedestrian jokes that the film is full of, including those tasteless gay jokes that are done in abundance here.

Sunday slips up in its second half, when the film takes the thriller route. The so-called suspense, when revealed, is so lame that you wish they hadn’t digressed from the comedy at all. At a running time of approximately two hours, Sunday still feels very long because there’s very little happening in terms of movement of screenplay. Too many songs and none that are particularly memorable, further slacken the film’s pace.

Of the cast, it’s interesting to see Ajay Devgan lighten up a little, but he was way funnier in Golmaal by the same director, and that’s because Golmaal was a way better script. Ironic that Ayesha Takia’s cast as a dubbing artiste who can modulate her voice to suit various jungle animals — how you wish she could modulate her voice when expressing something as basic as different emotions.

Nevertheless, she’s cute as a button and there’s little else expected of her in this film. Sunday belongs to Arshad Warsi and Irrfan Khan who save this film from being entirely pointless, by injecting such a generous dose of spontaneous humour.

That aside, sadly, there is little else on offer here. So I’m going with two out of five and an average rating for director Rohit Shetty’s Sunday, it’s a just-about tolerable watch for those with high patience levels. For the rest, surely you can find something better to do on a Sunday!

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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