JOKER movie review: This clown fails to make you laugh!

JOKER movie review: This clown fails to make you laugh!

Shirish Kunder’s madcap alien saga is so appalling that it can easily be called the joke of the year….and a bad one!

We are curious to know what was going on in Shirish Kunder’s over-the-top filmi mind when he decided to make Joker. Perhaps he was directing a school play for a bunch of fifth graders for an annual function. And maybe Kunder was so impressed by his own indulgence that he decided to portray the same story on the big screen with Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Shreyas Talpade at the helm of the whole sadly sorry affair.

So you have an Indian American scientist called Agastya (Akshay Kumar), who is on visit to his native place of Paglapur with his girlfriend (Sonakshi Sinha). The village is filled with mad-mad people who can drive you nuts with their antics. And no matter how hard director Kunder tries to make them look funny, this bunch of buffoons comes across as outright repulsive.

Agastya discovers that Paglapur is so remote and so alienated from the real world that it is not even on the map. The place lacks basic facilities like drinking water and electricity. Agastya decides to improve things for the locals by creating a hoax of an alien invasion, just to attract the world’s attention to Paglapur. Unfortunately, Agatsya’s nemesis, an undercover American agent, discovers the true story and plays party-pooper. Will Paglapur’s mad but clean-hearted people spearheaded by the determined Agastya succeed in keeping the show on? To find the answer to that one you have to bear the pain of watching the film.

As for the cast, Akshay is the only saving grace of the film and Sonakshi has complemented Akki well with her role, small though it is. Shreyas Talpade tries his best, but ends up hamming a lot. Minissha Lamba plays a reporter, but even the creepy-looking aliens get more screen time than the petite babe does. The music of the film is largely forgettable. Overall, the less we analyse the other facets of Joker, the better!

At 1 hour 50 minutes, Joker is fairly crisp. And one must thank Kunder profusely for keeping his mad drama short and tight. For that reason alone, he deserves a pat on the back.

Rating: 1.5/5


* Poor – Avoid!
** Average – Give it a shot if you are desperate!
*** Good – One time watch!
**** Very good – Must watch!
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  • dolby

    Shirish kunder, please stop making your utter flop movies with stars like akki. You simply make the audiences sick with ur movies. what i am more worried is that salman’s ‘kick’ is going to be directed by you. The original ‘kick’ in telugu was one of the most entertaining superhit movie of recent times and please for god sake dont make a mockery of both salman and the original movie. Salman is in his best phase, on the roll, in red hot form with back to back ‘record breaking and making’ blockbusters and the last thing the fans want is another ‘jaane maan’ in the making. Shirish if you dont have any work, better try directing srk’s movies because i believe u both make an ‘ideal’ & ‘deadly’ combination or otherwise act in one of your wife’s movies, but please dont make actors like akki,salman and others to give utter flop movies to their fans.

    • ronak

      srk has no time like salman akki…to do flope films like joker or kick…..:p

      • abhijeet

        yes u r rite

    • Fahad

      Srk has given more hits than akshay and salman , a true actor and the only king in bollywood,

      • deepak

        srk suks salman rocks he is true actor and about the movie joker efforts had been put but it was not up to da mark cant tel its a waste movie

  • southstall

    yes movie is average



  • MovieMaster

    This one of the best example of a
    genuine concept gone horribly wrong!
    After having an out of the box idea and
    giving it a noble title, Shirish Kunder
    fails not only to give a coherent story
    and screenplay but also he fails
    miserably in executing it!!!!
    Humerous doesn’t work, story is too
    predictable and inconsistent at places
    too and ofcourse like all other movies
    of this time you are supposed to not
    carry your brain in the theatre!!!
    3D format could have saved it a bit!
    Though promoted as a film for
    children, I don’t think even children are
    going to like it !!!!
    One more thing though I try to watch
    each movie as a different entity this
    movie has obvious similarities with
    different films like- Koi mil gaya,
    Lagaan… and many more which sadly
    can’t be overlooked! Even the
    soundtrack seems familiar at places
    (Hear background sound at different
    places and music of Singh Raja song
    and compare it with Maya Yashoda
    from “Jhoota hi sahi”).
    On positive side it has some (very few)
    brilliant moments both in terms of
    humour and emotion, A noble Idea
    indeed and The Best Title someone
    could have thought for it!!!!
    Akshay saves the film if at all! Sonakshi
    has nothing to do here (I heard she
    said she has got the most meatier role
    in this movie; Only one question “Dear
    SONAKSHI have you watched the
    movie after it has been released???”).
    Rest cast is just supportive!
    Music is just so-so! Only one song that
    stays with you is the first one that is
    “Kafirana”! CHITRANGDA looks Damn
    hot as a desi Item girl; I am sure she
    will surely get her share of “CITY AND
    HOOTS” from the crowd! After
    watching her you can’t resist saying
    Overall very Disappointing movie
    bound to suffer loss!
    RATING- 2/5 (0.5 extra for noble idea
    and Title)!

  • idris

    it is avery boring movie but script is too good

  • samir

    sonakhi kya nach raha he,

  • yogesh

    ye saala pagal hogaya hai
    shirish bandar

  • shankar tudu

    it is false story.