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Cast: Santosh Barmola, Suzana Rodrigues, Varun Sharma, Manjari Phadnis
Director: Gurmeet Singh
Rating: * *
Better trailer, poor movie experience, It’s a first for Bollywood , an underwater 3D survival adventure and as such is creditable but the movie experience though, is by and large forgettable. This film marks Anubhav Sinha’s debut as producer with first-timer Gurmeet Singh as helmer and stars a fairly fresh bunch of newcomers. Shot 3D cameras in under 41 days, the film hopes to take the audience through a novel cinematic experience.
The storyline reflects the recent penchant for apeing/being inspired by Hollywood. The movie begins with a reminisce about school days. The guy doing the reminescing contacts his school buddies through a social networking site and gets them to join him on a sea adventure. The next we know is the five buddies reunite on Tanveer Singh’s (Santosh Barmola) yacht in Fiji. Sabrina’s (Manjari Phadnis) husband, their baby daughter Sara and Tanveer’s girlfriend are the outsiders in the group. It’s celebration time – reunion plus Sara’s first birthday. The group decide to jump into the sea but they forget to lower the ladder. The gang of Seven failed to pay heed to the warning and find themselves in the deep seas infested by sharks. The joyride on a luxurious yatch which was meant to be a reunion now becomes a matter of survival. Sara who is left on board, cries incessantly. Expectedly, old conflicts surface and new ones emerge. Will they survive is not the question you will ask. It’s more like will we survive this pretentious, unadventurous attempt at aiming for ‘Jaws’ like thrills. The fact that this film is a straight lift of a hollywood B grader, ‘Open Seas 2’ makes it even more difficult to appreciate.
Frankly speaking, the 3 D cameras fail to generate add-on thrills. The narrative spiel lacks dramatic tension and the weakly drawn characters fail to rouse our sympathies. The flimsy storyline makes the going tougher. Even the acting is quite distressing. With most of the cast wearing skimpy costunes and the camera whirling around in voyeuristic glee you get a fair idea that the director was not really interested in generating fearsome thrills. The ‘Grand Masti’ intent is evident here in full measure. So don’t be surprised if the audience laps this one up too. Predictable , over-the-top and boring , this one dares to be unenterprising.