O Teri Review
You don't expect much from a Salman Khan film when it comes to story, the man clearly endorses masala over content but he has shown promise in the past as a producerwith a rare gem like Chilllar Party. So it's only obvious to expect a laugh riot when his latest production venture O Teri pitches itself as a witty comedy. And just when you think films can't get worse than Joe. B. Carvalho, Yaariyan, Heartless etc. you get surprised with new offerings of 2014 like O Teri coming from the house of Salman Khan!
O Teri revolves around two goofy TV reporters AIDS (Bilal Amrohi) and PP (Pulkit Samrat) and their misadventures whilst sourcing news in a bid to safeguard their information. They don't mind stooping to all lows of dumbness to acquire sensational stories and it is that dire need that lands them with a dead body, a big scam and lots of danger. Whether they survive the danger and expose the corrupt officials or not follows through the rest of the plot.
In what appears like a story that may have appeared enticing only on paper, O Teri clearly sticks to its title and falls flat. Hindi cinema has seen some brilliant satire in the past including the kinds made by Shyam Benegal and O Teri only appears a half-baked attempt at even reaching a certain percentage of that. The movie that promises to offer gags and situational comedy only gets reduced to a yawn inducing trauma.
What's actually quite a pity is how shoddily the filmmaker exploits a great comedy as that of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron by seeking inspiration from it and making is mess in the end.
Centered at the Common Wealth games there are satirical remarks that follow on corruption and scams between sequences which actually hold no impact as neither are they funny nor preachy.
What's disappointing is the commercialisation of even a badly made film. The filmmaker incorporates all commercial masala in his apparently comic satire and you have songs popping out in the script for no rhyme or reason (except profiling both newcomers - Bilal and Pulkit of course).
There's hardly a respite even on the acting front. While the seasoned actors like Murali Sharma, Mandira Bedi and Anupam Kher try really hard to salvage the lost cause, the newcomers like Pulkit, Bilal and Sara Jane Dias only make matters worse with an extremely mediocre job.
To sum it up, O Teri from its title is self explanatory of the expression you'd have whilst watching it. We suggest you lay off the film.
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