AIYYAA movie review: Rani Mukerji’s laugh riot is enjoyable, but extremely loud and over the top

Thu, October 11, 2012 9:20pm UTC by 17 Comments
AIYYAA movie review: Rani Mukerji’s laugh riot is enjoyable, but extremely loud and over the top

Anurag Kashyap and Sachin Kundalkar’s masaledar movie Aiyyaa is about Marathi mulgi Rani Mukerji’s hunt for her dream man, Tamilian magan Prithviraj. And the film has all the fluff to engage and entertain you

Aiyyaa opens with Meenakshi Deshpande’s (Rani Mukerji) spoof-like impersonation of 80s reigning divas Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Sridevi and Juhi Chawla singing and dancing. But she’s not an aspiring starlet as the scene or the film’s promos want you to believe. Meenakshi is seemingly simple, sane and normal-looking member of the quirky family, but looks are highly deceptive in her case. The story, set in Pune, is about the eccentric Deshpandes’ search for a suitable mulga for their mulgi. But their daughter’s nothing like a sweet, homely and television stereotyped bahu material.

Her loud, over-enthusiastic, roly-poly mother (Nirmiti Sawant) places a matrimonial ad in the local newspapers to find a groom for her darling daughter, but the young one wants to be in love with the man she marries. The Bollywood-struck, salwar-kurta clad mulgi falls for gold-medalist art student, Tamilian magan Surya Iyer (Prithviraj) at the art and craft’s college where she works as a librarian. But it’s not love at first sight for the wacky woman, she’s mesmerised…hold your breathe…by his manly body odour.

So that’s the story of Aiyyaa! Obviously there have to be a few hiccups in the filmi prem kahani. In writer-director Sachin Kundalkar’s plot there are two big obstacles, not the typical caste conscious parents, but Meenakshi’s tongue-tied behaviour every time she spots Surya and Madhav (the guy she’s met in the arranged marriage set-up, perfectly played by Subodh Bhave).

Right from the outset you realise that first-time Hindi film director’s script is 80s Bollywood melodrama spiced with Maharashtrian masalas and enhanced with South Indian tadka.

By the way prior to Aiyyaa, Sachin made a Marathi film titled Gandh in which the sense of smell played an integral part in the plot like the Rani-Prithviraj starrer.

The first half of Aiyyaa starts interestingly, but the recurring situations in the screenplay make you wonder if there’s more to the story. For instance, Rani’s constant Jim Carrey-like facial expressions, her blindly chasing Surya as soon as she gets a whiff of his manly scent, her breaking into a dhinchak song and dance every time the script comes up with an appropriate opportunity and last, but not the least, her loud family’s crazy antics.

As we mention of this motley bunch of characters, one must point out that Meenakshi’s Maharashtrian, highly caricaturish folks – apart from her mother, she has a docile father (Satish Alekar), her wheelchair-ridden granny with gold-plated teeth (Jyoti Subhash) and her street dog-loving brother (Amey Wagh ) – and co-worker Maina (buck-toothed Lady Gaga replica played by Anita Date) hold their ground against Rani’s theatrics in the laugh riot.

Thankfully in the second half Madhav arrives in Meenakshi’s life and Aiyyaa moves forward at a decent speed. And the film concludes on a happy note.

While Anurag Kashyap’s production entertains you till the end credit roll, the sluggish, tiresome and far-fetched screenplay mars the novelty of the bizarre comedy. When Aiyyaa reaches the last few reels of the film, Meenakshi talks to Surya! Till then she’s has madly following him everywhere like Mary’s little lamb.

Rani’s  a livewire as the madcap Meenakshi – her attempt to be part of the rising range of heroine-centric films - but after a point she seems to be trying too hard to impress with her histrionics. And you certainly feel so when she tries to pull off the Marathi accent. Though the reigning diva sounds believable when she’s speaking in Surya’s mother tongue (she learns the South Indian language to impress the handsome hunk). As mentioned earlier the supporting cast does a good job at making you laugh and sometimes cry as their acts get monotonous. And all those women think who think Bollywood always exploits the fairer-sex to heighten the hot-o-metre in movies, Aiyyaa is your film. South film actor Prithviraj’s the eye-candy in this plot. He’s mostly there to show-off his well-sculpted physique and lend oomph and sizzle to the wacky comedy. But sadly that’s all he does when he’s not throwing intense glances at Meenakshi.

Amit Trivedi’s background score and cheesy songs enhance the masaledar movie. Cinematographer Amal Chaudhary creates some great visuals to support the over the top and loud entertainer. Before Aiyyaa writer-director Sachin made only two and half Marathi films (two feature lengths and one short), but he possesses the reins needed for an entertaining story teller. Next time however he better ensure he has a solid, slightly logical and shorter script to ensure a blockbuster masala movie.

So go for Aiyyaa for Rani Mukerji’s tadkedar Bollywoodish hodge-podge of Maharastrian and South Indian cultures, but just don’t expect too much from this comedy. Carry along a bit of patience and oodles of crazy sense of humour to enjoy this entertainer.

Rating: 3/5

* Poor – Avoid!

** Average – Give it a shot if you are desperate!

*** Good – One time watch!

**** Very good – Must watch!

***** Excellent – Don’t miss!

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  • annie

    if u have given 3 stars to the movie then it surely will be deserving at least 4 stars in actual coz u always come with the negative side related to rani mukerji…so im sure now that this movie wud be hilarious n worth watching

    • Ralph

      HELLOOO.. EVERY ONE EVEN THE AUDIENCE GAVE IT A 1 STAR!! LOOK AT ALL THE AUDIENCE REACTION VIDEOS.. HAHAHA.. STUPID..

      • Manta

        Pathetic lifeless lame audience and critics…all I can say is get a life losers.enjoy lighter side of life too for a change

  • biswajit das

    2m bollywood life k badmaash logond itna negative promotion kiya aur last me isko 3 stars diye dat means it deserves 2 get minimum 4 stars.well done rani.

  • Gaurav

    After so much negative campaigning and bad words about Rani..if she gets 3/5 from the same site that means she was able to slap you donkeys with her performance..

    My verdict on the site : Utterly disgusting and demeaning

  • john

    if it’s 3/5 means it a must watch , knowing the whole film is on rani shoulder , as for the hero he is not very famous , so thump up for you RANI.. looking fwd for your TALASH.

    • Ralph

      HELLOOO.. EVERY ONE EVEN THE AUDIENCE GAVE IT A 1 STAR!! LOOK AT ALL THE AUDIENCE REACTION VIDEOS.. HAHAHA.. STUPID..

      I BELIVE YOU ARE RAANI’S PR..

  • phani

    top entertainment

  • Kunal

    Aiyyaa…!!!! Every1 must watch dis movie…!! Rani..rockxx…

  • mirza akhtar ahmmad begg

    i do not see this flim’s becouse rani dress is not good,i respect u,but than i am very upset rani.

  • Ralph

    HHAHAHAHHAHA.. this is the HIGHEST any one ever gave this film..

    ITS A SUPER FLOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO AND CHECK OUT THE AUDIENCE REACTION.

  • Niita

    people in Bollywood take themselves So seriously it is nice to see some one make fun of themselves.

  • Sushma

    Ok this movie is extremely boring , waste of time and money I hv never been so bored in any movie,, u rather sit around and do nothing than watching this stupid movie, I m shocked tht Rani really acted in this movie , no story at all , don’t even bother to see this movie ( my opinion)

  • Sushma

    Well I would not even give half a star to this movie hahahahahahahahaha

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  • Zahida

    Must watch the movie. Lovely extremely good

  • Alina

    It was hilarious. Don’t u guys think we need light movies as life it self v complicated. Such a natural actress. Rani g u simply rock. Stay blessed


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