After having watched 'Josettante Hero', I was just wondering of a film that attempts to take a satirical look at the industry, but which in the process ends up making even a great mockery of itself.
'Josettante Hero' has Vijayaraghavan playing Josettan, a film producer who has fallen on evil days. His last chance of resurrection arrives when Haritha (Kriti Kapoor), a much in demand star whom he had introduced, comes to his rescue, offering him her dates to make a film. Josettan requests Ravi Prakash (Ashokan) the reigning super star for the dates as well, and he agrees though he has other plans in mind.
It escapes me totally why this film has been titled 'Josettante Hero', when it's the Heroine who plays savior to Josettan. Its Haritha who doles out the much required star dates to Josettan, its her who evades Tamil film producers to see to it that Josettan's film is finished on time, and its her who finally helps him out with the money, when he goes bankrupt. 'Josettante Heroine' should have been the title, no doubt.
The Hero on the contrary is Saajan (Anoop Menon) a still photographer turned star, who admits that he cannot act. The director (Nandu), who claims to be a trained professional himself, assumes the role of a teaching instructor, and goes about teaching him the technicalities of acting. And the result is that a few days of training does transform him into an actor to reckon with.
There have been several films of late that have taken digs at the super stars. 'Josettante Hero' also does just the same. It has a scene in which Josettan in an unforgiving mood blasts Ravi Prakash, and asks him to take off his dark glasses so that he can plainly see what goes on in those eyes of his. There is also another scene when Ravi Prakash asks the director to dismiss a poster designer just because he hadn't risen up from his seat when the star walked in.
The script looks and feels like there is a determination all around to keep the quality to the minimum. The dialogues are infantile and the characters feel like they have been cut out of card board. Surprisingly, there is just one character in this entire film that seems to have life, and its Josettan's wife - played by Zeenath!
The climax is undoubtedly the worst part of it, and it's a miracle that Josettan's film reaches the theatres. Perhaps it's this sequence that prompted the makers to give the film a title as 'Josettante Hero'. It's through a heroic deed that Sajan saves the film reels, and the less said about it the better.
I remember having observed some time back that Anoop Menon does look like he is testing himself by appearing in films as these. There is no other reason that I can think of, as to why you would see him in a film as this. Kriti Kapoor, made me remind of Swetha Menon, and her remarkable dialogue while dubbing for an artiste in 'Salt 'n Pepper'.
After having watched 'Josettante Hero' I was just wondering of a film that attempts to take a satirical look at the industry, but which in the process ends up making even a great mockery of itself. Thumbs down, for this one!
1 out of 5 (Poor)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good