Movie Review: Action Replayy – Where’s the Action?

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It’s time that popular Hindi cinema otherwise referred to as ‘Bollywood’ to seriously start thinking about a simple yet irreplaceable ingredient called ‘script’ while making a film. Action Replayy has just about everything that is needed to make a film and yet it falls flat on its face.

Action Replayy Story

There is precious little to the plot- witness to the never ending spats between his parents Kishen (Akshay Kumar) and Mala (Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan), Bunty (Aditya Roy Kapoor) decides not to marry his sweetheart Tanya (Sudeepa Singh) ever. When she gets her madcap scientist of an uncle, Anthony Gonsalves (Randhir Kapoor) to drill some sense into him, Bunty ends up stealing the professor’s time machine to go back to the 1970’s to make sure that his parents aren’t forced into marriage but fall in love and marry. Back in the 1970’s he ensures that his idiotically simpleton ‘Kitchen Kumar’ father transforms into the man Mala wants to fall in love with.

There are a lot of things that go wrong in Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s Action Replayy but the biggest culprit is the half-baked screenplay. More than the times; it’s the cinema of 1970’s that forms the backbone for Action Replayy and even that isn’t exploited to the fullest. Once Bunty goes back in time a lot of the scenes, shots and sequences are repeated to the extent of boring the life out of the viewer. Kishen and Mala are modeled on two dimensional cardboard cutouts that according to writers Suresh Nair and Aatish Kapadia are just the stuff yesteryears are made of. While Kishen says things like ‘a motherless childhood has made him into the bumpkin that he is’, Mala’s tough exterior is her defense mechanism to make up for the absence of a father figure and everyone says something similarly inane in rewind mode. The mainstay of the film is Kishen’s transformation which sweeps Mala off her feet and even that is revealed as soon as the film starts in the Jor Ka Jhatka song much before Bunty even gets the idea of time traveling.

Even with a string of big duds behind him there is no denying that Akshay Kumar can take the simplest lines and deliver then with such gusto that they become funny. But that trait is good enough to carve a sequence or two or at best a trailer, which is also about to change post the Tees Maar Khan promo which accompanies Action Replayy, but to expect a whole film to work on the basis of his charisma is now hoping for too much.

Akshay Kumar is an accidental comedy star and while he can still make something out of nothing this characteristic suits a Johnny Lever more than him. Rai Bachchan looks like a million bucks but she too runs out of expressions halfway through the film. Ranvijay Singh as the evil Kundan, who can sing in two voices, gets a meaty role and mostly looks the part but Roy Kapoor is a let down. He’s too keen to emote, keeps smiling for reasons unknown and seems too happy to be a part of the film that strangely “re-introduces” him; remember he had debuted in Shah’s disastrous London Dreams? Neha Dhupia’s Mona could have had some more lines or at least a semblance of a definition and Om Puri (Kishen’s father Rai Bahadur) as well as Kirron Kher (Mala’s mother Bholi Devi) are relegated to saying the same lines with the same expressions over and over again.

Final Words on Action Replayy

With sequences repeating themselves and nonsensical scenes that don’t really impact the storyline, Action Replayy’s first half is a test of your patience. The ’70’s flavor is also limited- Pritam’s music sounds nothing like the era, the costumes switch three decades without any warning. The film gets a little better in parts once Kishen transforms into a stud but that is very late in the day!

Action Replayy Cast: Asshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranvijay Singh, Neha Dhupia, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Kirron Kher and Om Puri

Action Replayy Written by: Suresh Nair and Atish Kapadia

Action Replayy Directed by: Vipul Amrutlal Shah

Action Replayy BUZZ RATING: 1 / 5

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