Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Acid Factory: Heartburn best avoided
Suparn Varma’s “Acid Factory”, which releases in cinemas this week has a unique feature — that of having the biggest ensemble of bad actors on a single screen.
Fardeen Khan, Aftab Shivdasani, Dino Morea, Dia Mirza, Danny Denzongpa and even the usually dependable Manoj Bajpai put in such atrociously bad performances that you wonder how they got away with it.
In spite of an interesting storyline and a reasonable screen time, you are never hooked to the events on screen, and even during the climax of the film, I was tempted to whip out my mobile and recheck my messages for the day — they would have provided far more entertainment.
Fardeen Khan plays Romeo, a cop who has “applied for an undercover assignment” (didn’t know that happened) to uncover dreaded don Kaiser (Irrfan Khan).
Five weeks later, he finds himself in an abandoned acid factory with four other men and no memory of the events that brought him there.
The film is told in flashback but the story is told so shoddily and the performances, as I said before, are so unconvincing that you cannot wait for this ordeal to be over and to bolt out of the theatre.
The worst of the lot is Gulshan Grover, who plays the dumbest policeman in celluloid history, and every time Irrfan Khan outsmarts him, he goes about saying “very smart” to a bewildered foreign extra.
If you want to save yourself heartburn in the middle of the festival season, do yourself a favour and avoid this disaster.