India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Karzzz: A remake that shouldn’t have been attempted


karzzzz.jpgMidway through what seemed like the umpteenth time Himesh Reshammiya
had burst into an extra-nasal, nonsensical song, the couple sitting next to me in the theatre got up and walked out. And it wasn’t even interval yet.

I wanted to follow, but professional duties beckoned and I sank back resignedly in my chair, reconciled to the fact I would have to wait till the end credits of ‘Karzzz’ rolled.

My thoughts turned to the original film — one that had great performances, memorable tunes and quite a bit of suspense. This one has nothing. I repeat, nothing.

The story is the same, with some peripheral changes (even these don’t work). Urmila Matondkar plays Kamini, a woman who kills her husband two days after their marriage and hands over his property to his arch rival Juda, played by Gulshan Grover — a mindless character who doesn’t speak but punches his words on a computerised gadget that also acts as his arm (I am not making this up).