19 March 2007 | jlg-cen
I guess I was expecting a masterpiece...
I'll start this review with a confession: I'm a super fan of Saif Ali Khan. In my eyes he can do no wrong. With his plummy accent, beautiful brown eyes, and oodles of charm, he can put across the saddest melodrama, the stupidest "comedy," the squishiest romance...Well, anything really.
But before 'Omkara,' I was quite prepared to accept that he couldn't really act. It's his personal magnetism that works for me, rather than his histrionics. What girl wouldn't love an Eton-educated professional, who's also a plain nice guy, and really hot too? (See 'Kal Ho Naa Ho'...)
But he's proved himself--and he didn't really need Filmfare to confirm it. So what I really want to know is, what's he doing in tripe like this? It can't be for lack of offers?
Saif and (my other favorite)Sanjay Dutt essay the roles of two down and out crooks up for a big score which involves Bipasha Basu, Kim What's Her Name, some scenery-munching guest appearances, and Shakti Kapoor as a corpse with a strange proclivity for steel drum music (don't ask).
I have to admit, some of it is pretty funny in a "it's Saturday afternoon and I haven't anything else to do so why not?" sort of way, but if you're expecting the next big thing from Saif (and I was!) you'll be sort of shocked and definitely disappointed.
This is definitely not the film to earn him the "King Khan" crown...