Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Ready or not, here comes mindless cinema
I don’t know whether I’ve mentioned this before, but there really should be a template created just for the kind of cinema Anees Bazmee’s “Ready” represents, because having to find something to say about a film that seems like the exact replica of ten other films you have seen recently, is a very tough job.
There is always a rich hero, an airhead of a heroine, long-haired, weird looking villains who make sporadic appearances and brandish guns, bumbling aunts and uncles and loads of toilet humour. You can also call it mass cinema, formula films or the oft-used “leave-your-brains-behind-cinema.”
The rich hero in this case is Salman Khan, of course, who plays Prem, the scion of a rich family full of goofy uncles and aunts, all of whom want him to get married. They arrange to get him married to a girl of their choice, but thanks to a misunderstanding, he ends up falling in love with Sanjana, an orphan who has run away from her tyrannical uncles.
Sanjana’s uncles, we are told, want to get her married to a groom of their choice, so that they can lay their hands on her massive wealth. Prem, we are also told can buy them off “like that”, but “unless there are obstacles in the path of love, there is no fun.”
So Bazmee devotes the entire second half to creating these obstacles and resolving them in convoluted manners. To his credit, the first half does present a few funny moments, but that’s about it.
Of course, you don’t notice anyone else in the film but Salman Khan. He owns it, good or bad. He fights the hero with a rose, pays tribute to his earlier hits like “Dabangg” and “Hum Aapke Hain Kaun” and saunters onto screen as though it is his living room.
This is a star who is confident in his success, and that is the only reason you should even think of watching “Ready”.