Release Date: 27th August 2010
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor
Cast: John Abraham, Sonal Sehgal, Farida Jalal, Girish Karnad and Anahita Nair
The lesser said about this film, the better it is to keep everyone’s hopes and dreams in films alive.
As is always the case, the plot is convoluted. Rahul Sharma (John Abraham) wins Rs 3 crores in betting all of his and his girlfriend, Nafisa’s (Sonal Sehgal) money. His life plan is simple. He wishes to spend all the money while rich and retire at an early age to ‘The Last Resort’. The only glitch is the discovery of his lung cancer. Refusing to undergo treatment, he decides the live his impending 3 months the way he wishes. He discovers ‘a shelter for hope’ through fate. He leaves behind half of his money for Nafisa and bribes his way into the hospice. Where he meets Padma (Anahita Nair). The annoying 17 yr old collaborates with him to start the wish fairy club. In the process, Rahul shares his dream of an Indiana Jones like adventure. And after all is said and done, he embarks on his adventure to the last resort.
One wonders what the genre of the film is. There are elements of a love story, a fantasy adventure and a morose tragedy.
Other than Rahul’s character, all the characters in the hospice are strange and dimwitted. Their quirks are plain and simple agitating. One fellow (Girish Karnad) who had to have his larynx removed, finds pleasure in smoking out of an artificial larynx replacement. Another woman (Farida Jalal) claims, “Main vaishya hoon” (I am a prostitute). And retorts to a query, “Hum normal logon ke tarah hi hote hain.” (We are just like normal people) Seriously? Of course, the most eccentric of them is Padma, who is introduced screaming, ‘Bastards!’ (Reminds one of Kangna Ranaut in Fashion). Her dying wish is to be made love to by Rahul.
Other than a really weird screenplay that provokes laughter at all the wrong places, there is little the film has to offer.
Perhaps, the best lesson one could learn is how to dress like Indiana Jones.
Wouldn’t it be fun to show up at a film screening dressed in this DIY ensemble?
I also found some cool toys on the web.
The available toys have been reviewed in detail here
This was fun. At a friends’ place, we aired our grievances about the film and had a good laugh. Please do share your views on Aashayein and Indiana Jones’ ensembles and toys in the comments section.
Alice is now off for another adventure in Wonderland. Until then, keep smiling.